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seemingly once stately red brick building in Kenilworth has been left to the ravages of weather and time. It now stands forgotten and empty, the door ajar and the windows showing no signs of life. It has also become a haven for the homeless and neighbouring residents are concerned for their safety. A Kenilworth resident, who does not want to be named, says: “We do not feel comfortable in our own home. There is no security on the premises which is why vagrants move freely through the main gate of the house. We do not know what they are doing there.” The house, in Tennant Road, is vacant and

it may belong to the national Department of Public Works. The double-story house has some windows missing and is secured by a fence and a unlocked gate. The Kenilworth resident says the owner of the property should restore and sell the house immediately. Ward councillor Ian Iversen says the property has been standing vacant for ages and ever so often vagrants take up occupation in the house and on the grounds, leaving neighbours feeling very uncomfortable. Iversen says: “The house is in a terrible condition. The wooden windows appear to have been warped. Leaves and branches are piled up in the driveway. There are also black bags lined up against the wall. It looks very untidy.”

He says after having had a look at the water accounts of the house there “appears to be a serious leak on the property”. Iversen adds it is a disgrace and shows a lack of vision that the State has allowed this situation to develop over the years. “Instead of paying (about) R10 000 a month to a security firm, the house should be rented to generate an income or be put on the market and sold,” he says. He adds a security guard is on duty. Iversen says he has no doubt there are a number of interested parties who would want to live in the area and are prepared to undertake the necessary repairs. “I will be asking my colleagues in Parliament to put questions to the responsible minister to establish what their plans are

and to determine the cost of maintaining an empty house,” he says. He says the auditor-general could easily categorise the expenditure as wasteful and fruitless. Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson of the Claremont Police Station, says: “We have not received any formal complaints regarding this residence. I have, however, made contact with the sector manager who will ensure regular police patrols are carried out in Tennant Road and to address the problem of vagrancy.” Al-Ameen Kafaar, head of communications for the Department of Transport and Public Works, says the property could be part of the national public works department’s portfolio.

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ampering with evidence at a crime scene could result in criminals getting away with murder. It also, inevitably, means there is no closure for loved ones. And, police say, evidence collected at crime scenes found to have been tampered with or collected incorrectly is inadmissible in court. Warrant Officer Frank Jaftah from the provincial Forensics Unit says police have lost many cases because of a lack of evidence in court. “People often touch the evidence or wash surfaces because they’re not knowledgable about solving crimes.” Commander at the Serious and Violent Crimes Unit Captain Henry Petersen says people want to assist the police with crimes and end up picking up evidence from crime scenes mistakenly thinking they’re helping. “Each time a different evidence sample is collected different gloves need to be used. This is to prevent DNA from being transferred and tampered with,” Petersen says. Opportunistic criminals are no help, either. He refers to a case in which a delivery truck and a security van came under fire. “Community members got involved at the crime scene and stole the attacker’s gun. The gun was later found in a neighbouring community, but the evidence from the initial crime scene was tampered with. The thief was charged with defeating justice and theft,” he says. Jaftah says the DNA Project is being rolled out to train people about the correct procedure to follow at a crime scene. “The things we look for are not always visible with the naked eye. Sometimes we even find that police officers just walk through the crime scene,” he says. “Since 2011 I’ve travelled the province educating prosecutors, the public and police officers about evidence, exhibits and how to behave at crime scenes.” Veronica Cloete attended the workshop and wants to see these education drives offered to other communities, too. “I learned where I should stand and what to do when there’s a shooting,” she says. For Shereen Hendricks the highlight of the workshop was learning what to do after gunfire. “At shootings and murders people

usually only look for bullets and don’t realise they’re damaging the scene by not controlling the crowd,” she says. “Now I know about the importance of footprints, hair and clothing at crime scenes.” The DNA Project, an organisation which assists the police to educate the community about the preservation of evidence, was started after founder Vanessa Lynch’s father was murdered and the crime scene was contami- DON’T TOUCH: The Police along with the organisation DNA Project are drawing awareness among community members about how to nated. PHOTO: LAILA MAJIET “There are a number of behave at crime scenes. projects which we provide, and educating people about the impor- tabase.” Kathleen Dey of Rape Crisis says the wintance of protecting DNA evidence found on crime scenes is just one of the facets of our dow in which a rape survivor can have eviorganisation,” she says. “It was initially dif- dence collected is 72 hours. “Most do not know the importance of this ficult to convince people to let us conduct workshops, but now we’re conducting time period and are not aware of the imporawareness workshops with police officers tant steps to take to preserve as much eviwho arrive at the scene first, but are not dence as possible,” she says. “Research which the organisation underqualified to collect evidence. Their job is to cordon off the crime scene, and our aware- took last year shows a lack of understanding ness workshops facilitate their understand- of the criminal justice system was the major ing of why it is important to do this so that factor stopping people from reporting and when crime scene investigators arrive, thus securing evidence immediately.” Policing and Forensic Investigation acathere is uncontaminated and valuable evidemic Professor Rudolph Zinn says courts dence still preserved on the scene.” Lynch says the workshops are free and all place a large focus on DNA and science. “Police statistics for successful investigathe material is provided. Last week the much debated DNA Bill was tions vary because there’s a large difference voted into Parliament which will include a in results when compared with conviction DNA database of individuals who have been rates,” he says. The police base its 60% success rate on ararrested. “The new law makes it mandatory to take DNA samples from suspects at the rests, whereas the court’s 7% success rate time of arrest and then before their release is based on convictions. “This low success rate is largely based on from prison,” she says. “All offenders convicted of serious violent lack of evidence pointing to perpetrators becrimes which include rape, murder and cause of inadmissible evidence collected theft, who are in prison, as well as parolees from crime scenes.” The question of inadmissible evidence has and remand detained individuals will also have to give samples of their DNA. This law led to police recruiting an additional 900 will allow police officers to take samples fieldworkers to process scenes, Zinn says. “Police also need to look at how they train from arrestees and convicted offenders, which will eliminate suspects and prevent their officers. There’s a lack of accountabiliwrongful convictions. Only the sex of the ty and mismanagement at middle manageconvicted person will be revealed on the da- ment levels.”

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he notion of carefree student life at the University of Cape Town got eroded further after a student was abducted and robbed at gunpoint. Community safety role players say UCT students can ill afford to be slack about their security in Main Road, Mowbray. The victim, a male student, was casually walking down Main Road where he was approached by two men who stopped in a black VW Golf4 to ask him for directions. Once they struck up a conversation with the student, they produced a firearm and ordered him to get in the vehicle. He was robbed of his wallet, cellphone and bank cards. Captain Angie Latchman, spokesperson for the Claremont police says: “The suspects then demanded the pin codes to the debit card. Thereafter, withdrew an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim’s account.” She says no shots were fired and the student did not sustain any injuries. “The victim was then dropped off in the vicinity of Cape Town and the men drove away.” Gerda Kruger, executive director of the communication and marketing department at UCT says: “The University offered the student counselling after the police in Mowbray received his statement about the crime. We are very relieved the student was not harmed.” University management issued a plea to students to be more active in preventing crime on and off campus. Kruger says they are urging students and staff to report anything that seems amiss, as this will help security staff in their duties. “We again warn students and staff not to be lured to cars or individuals asking for help or directions,” Kruger adds. She says UCT continues to work very closely with police, Metro Police and the Groote Schuur City Improvement District to fight crime and keep residents and visitors safe. “We are aware of crime statistics across the country, and the university is committed to doing all it can for the safety of all citizens. This includes research and other academic resources to assist in fighting crime and violence, and to help the judicial system to do its important work,” she says.

COMMUNITY SAFETY: Students are encouraged to be more vigilant when in Main Road, Rondebosch. UCT has increased the number of crime prevention officers who specifically patrol inside buildings. Part of their duty is to highlight security risks such as doors and windows which have been left unlocked. They are assigned to specific buildings and have become familiar faces to staff and students. “UCT campus remains very safe in the midst of a city beset by violent crime. The university has a very low crime rate and most reported crimes are in the nature of petty theft. Violent crimes are extremely rare on campus,”she says. Jonathan Hobday, chairperson of the Mowbray Community Policing Forum, says he is enormously grateful the student was not physically harmed. “This is not the first time this has happened, therefore we ask students to be vigilant when walking on or off campus.” A student, who did not want to be named, says she was robbed on campus in April. The experience was jarring and deeply traumatic. “UCT is supposed to be a world-class institution but we still fall prey to petty crime. Considering how much we pay, I think more

security on campus will put everyone at ease,” she says. She now thinks twice about staying late on campus to study in the library. “With everything going on I am too afraid to be here after hours. UCT is supposed to be a learning haven but has become a breeding ground for criminals.” Another student, who spoke under anonymity, says students’ safety is primarily an individual concern and they should be more vigilant.

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The Eskom power bulletins broadcast on SABC seem to be doing the trick after the latest figures show that up to 250MW has been saved countrywide. The inserts usually pop up during your favourite primetime TV programmes, requesting you to turn off unnecessary appliances when the usage is high. So do you take the electricity provider’s advice and pull out your plugs or is your consumption already low owing to last month’s 8% tariff increase? People’s Post took to the streets to poll readers. Share your views. SMS “Post” and your thoughts to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

RICHARD ALLARD says it is his right to use his electrical appliances as he sees fit. He chooses to ignore the bulletins. “I don’t have many electrical appliances, but I can’t understand why I must switch it off if I’m paying for it. It is my luxury to bath when I want to. I also don’t want to wait for a suitable time to switch on my dishwasher.”

MAR MARSELLE SELLE GROENEW GROENEWALD ALD backs the idea of getting the country to dim down the lights. “When I see those adverts, I switch off some appliances because I am making a difference. We should all save electricity because just like the petrol price, another price increase might surprise us and you’ll wish you saved that little bit of power.”

NANG NANGAMGO AMGO MAYEMA MAYEMA iis being proactive. “Almost everybody wastes electricity in some way. I see those adverts and switch off some stuff. I don’t do it because we have a problem nationwide, but to save money for myself. The price of electricity will continue to grow and I would rather think of my own pocket before I think of anybody else.”

NOZIBELE LLUDIDI NOZIBELE UDIDI says the Eskom adverts make no difference to the way she saves electricity. “We don’t really switch off lights in the house. The only time we do is when we go to bed at night.” However, her family saves electricity by switching on their geyser for only three hours a day.

PATRICK ABNER admits he pays no attention to the bulletins. He feels they are a waste of time and doesn’t help to save electricity. “I won’t switch off my geyser. It takes much more current when you have to switch it on every time and wait for the water to reach a warm level again.”

RIEDEWAAN RIEDEW AAN CLARKE admits to at times ignoring the bulletins, but insists he cares about his usage. “I don’t leave the lights on when there is nobody in the room and I switch off appliances. It not only contributes toward saving electricity, but also saves me from having a hole in my pocket.”

CARLA SEDROS is always thinking of saving electricity. “I walk around my house looking for things to switch off. If there is a need to save, everybody should be on board. People must understand that every bit counts. If your cellphone charger is plugged in unnecessarily, unplug it.”

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Residents have been cautioned to be on high alert following a spike in burglaries in Pinelands. This is according to the police, who say thieves use stolen vehicles to escape with the looted property. Pinelands Police Station commander Captain Anton van der Berg says the thieves don’t care whether or not people are home during these break-ins. “Most of the theft happens between 18:00 and 06:00. These are times when people are home or sleeping, which goes to show they (the thieves) are determined to get what they want,” he says. Van der Berg says thieves are no longer taking small items such as handbags, cellphones and clothing. “They want the big screen TVs, laptops, computers and DVD players which is why they use the vehicles to carry the heavy load.” Police are urging residents to make sure they leave no window of opportunity because the odds are thieves will do whatever it takes to gain entry into a house. “When you are watching television in one room make sure the windows in the other

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e may be only eight years old, but Gareth Hawkins has shown the grit of his spirit. The Grade 2 pupil at Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School was recently diagnosed with leukaemia in June, and is displaying a maturity far beyond his years. His mother, Deborah Walters, is proud of her son’s effervescent attitude. Walters says her son doesn’t really grasp the scope of his illness and hasn’t given up on living his life to the fullest. “He has a fighting spirit and has decided to fight (’til the end),” she says. Once on the road to recovery, Gareth will have to learn to walk again. Gareth has already been for two chemotherapy sessions. “When he gets well he will return to school. He looks forward to seeing his friends and playing with his brother again,” she says. The family has received an overwhelming tide of support from friends, family and Gareth’s school. Teachers Chris Verster and Peter Wood-

ward recently established the ’Bosch for Gareth Fund. The fund aims to generate at least R100 000 to assist the family with mounting medical costs. They also hope to fulfil Gareth’s wish that the fund also rallies support for Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital Paediatric Oncology Unit where he is treated. The ’Bosch for Gareth Fund team will participate in the three-day 240km Wines to Whales cycle race in their bid to achieve this goal. Verster, who had hip replacement surgery, says: “I couldn’t think of a better way to regain my fitness and mobility than this endurance race for this cause.” Solo-adventurer Riaan Manser, who circumnavigated Africa on his bicycle and is no stranger to titanic obstacles, also pledged his support and donated R5 000 towards the fund and is challenging corporates to step up. “Businesses are as much a part of the community as the people who live in them,” he says. Walters is grateful for the support. “I am so touched to see so many people care. The whole experience has taught us to appreciate each other again,” she beams.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 27 August 2013

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he power struggle between Nathi Mthethwa and Helen Zille continues. Following a meeting last week national police minister Mthethwa, together with mayor Patricia de Lille and provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer, announced the three spheres of government and law enforcement agencies involved, will meet on gang violence every week. He said there is now a greater focus on collaboration. But Mthethwa still refuses to ask President Jacob Zuma to send the army into the gang-ridden areas or to form specialised units for gangs and drugs. After Manenberg schools were shut due gang shoot-outs two weeks ago, Zille requested that Mthethwa have the army deployed. She and Dan Plato, provincial minister for community safety, have been calling for reinstatement of specialist units for at least two years. Zille said these units worked very well in the past and that it is essential to stem the gangs, drug industry and the associated violence. Mthethwa said the units consisted of 58 officers covering the whole province had, and police stations have not taken ownership of the problem. Currently there are 100 police officers, spread across stations, who focus on gang activities and are deployed where as violence flares. Mthethwa said these units consisted of 58 members who had to cover the entire province and police stations did not take ownership of the problem. Now there are 100 police officers focusing on gang fighting, who are stationed at various police stations, and are deployed to areas where gang violence flares up. Mthethwa said this team, through its Operation Combat and gang fighting plan, stabilised the situation in Manenberg. This means the shootings have ended and people resume their lives. He added that gang fighting does not form

HANDOVER: Henrietta Mrwebi accepts the key to her home in District Six from Premier Helen Zille. Almost 70 beneficiaries received houses in the second phase of development on Saturday. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

part of the army’s mandate. Zille said the army had previously been deployed during the ANC’s provincial reign. She added that the shootings in Manenberg ended because everyone who had to be shot in the “cycle of revenge” has been shot. Zille said the gang activity was continuing as gang leaders are not arrested and are not successfully prosecuted.

Mthethwa and Lamoer could not say how many gang leaders have been arrested during the period, but undertook to make the information available. The power struggle between Mthethwa and Zille largely has to do with the provincial government claiming its constitutional supervisory role with, among others, the commission to investigate the alleged disin-

tegration of the relationship between the Khayelitsha community and the police and the provincial Act on Community Safety. Mthethwa opposes both these matters, neither of which were raised at last week’s meeting. Both sides agree that socio-economic conditions are the underlying cause of gang involvement – and this needs to be resolved.


8 OUT AND ABOUT Tuesday 27 August V Mowbray: The Egyptian Society of South Africa will hold a talks at St George’s Grammar School at 19:30 on Ancient Egypt – Long before the Pharaohs: Human Occupation and Movement in Egyptian North Africa by Dr Alexandra Summer and Helen of Troy – an Egyptian connection? by Professor Anthony Humphreys. Entry for members are free and R20 for non-members. Call (021)557 5082. Wednesday 28 August V Pinelands: The Pinelands Stamp Circle’s monthly meeting will be held at the library activities hall at 19:15. John Stinson will exhibit material to illustrate the History of the Postal Services. One-page exhibits will cover the subjects “skiing” and “hats”. Members will participate in a workshop and discussion on aspects of stamp collecting. Visitors and those interested in stamp collecting are welcome. Phone John (021) 531 1954 or Martin (021) 689 5050 for further details. Thursday 29 August V Claremont: Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch will hold their general meeting at Villagers Rugby Club in Imam Haroun Road. Call Penny Owens (021)671 8719. V Pinelands: The annual Cannon’s Creek wine auction will take place at the Pinelands Town Hall at 18:30. Tickets cost R75. Call Kathy on 083 987 7673 or kathya@hotmail.com. V Pinelands: Mended Hearts Support Group for people who have had a cardiovascular incident and their families will hold a meeting at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital at 18:00 for 18:30. A talk, Recognition of a medical emergency, will be given by a paramedic at Life Healthcare.

Refreshments will be served from 18:00. Visit www.heartfoundation.co.za or phone Dawn Pretorius on (021) 447 6268. Friday 30 August V Newlands: The Cape Natural History Club will host a talk by Hans van Heerden at the Athenaeum at 20:00. The talk describes the extraordinary challenges ordinary people undertake. Entry is R20. Call Sheila on (021) 782 1620 or visit www.capenaturalhistoryclub.co.za. V Rondebosch: The Cape Town Concert Brass will perform a fundraiser for Rondebosch United Church at the church in Belmont Road at 19:00. Under the inspired leadership of Gerhard de Jager, the band’s musical repertoire of classical, jazz and popular tunes will ensure an enjoyable evening. Tickets cost R50 for adults and R25 for scholars, and will be available at the door. Refreshments will be on sale. Enquiries to Marie on 084 567 7055. V Rondebosch: Rondebosch Library received ward allocation funds for Job Skills Training. They will host the first in a series of workshops at the library from today from 10:00 to 16:00. Contact Anna van der Riet on (021) 689 1100 or email anna.vanderriet@capetown.gov.za. Saturday 31 August V Pinelands: The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) will hold their open day at 09:00 at 307 Forest Drive. Call Bethwill Cloete on (021)532 2750 or bethwill@tsiba.org.za or www.tsiba.org.za. V Pinelands: The Congregational Church in Nerine Avenue will host a morning féte from 09:00 to 13:00. Cakes, puddings, pancakes,

PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 27 August 2013 teas, sweets, burgers and boerewors rolls will be on sale. There will also be a white elephant and plant stalls, as well as entertainment in the form of games. For further details phone Helen on (021) 531 3540 or Glenda on (021) 531 5713.

Pinelands Sports Grounds from 19:00 until late. Admission costs R20; refreshments will be on sale. For more information phobe Gavin on 082 559 9495 or Denise on 076 780 1616.

V Rondebosch: Protea Bookshop in Main Road will host Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink, led by co-editor Karina Magdalena Szczurek and some of the contributors to the collection at 11:00. André Brink will also be on hand to give a reading from his latest novel, Philida. RSVP to capetown@proteaboekhuis.co.za or (021) 685 9296.

V Rondebosch: The Miniaturia Guild will hold its annual Spring Fair at St Thomas Church hall from 10:00 to 16:00. Entrance costs R5 for adults and R2 for children. All proceeds will go to the South African Riding for the Disabled (Sarda). On Sunday 8 September the Guild will hold an auction at the same venue, with an incredible range of superbly-crafted items. Viewing will be from 11:30, while the auction will be held from 13:00 until 16:00. For information on the fair phone Sheila Ferguson on 083 273 7173. For details on the auction phone Belinda and Rhys McWilliams on (021) 853 0803, between 09:00 and 16:00.

Monday 2 September V Newlands: The Cape Horticultural Society will host an illustrated talk by Alice Notten on Kirstenbosch Then and Now, at the Athenaeum from 20:00 until 22:00. Admission is R20 for visitors. For further information call Glenda on (021) 531 5713. V Claremont: The Greyladies Association will meet at St Saviour’s Church hall in Brooke Street at 15:30 for 16:00. For additional information phone Barbara Fogarty on (021) 671 0820 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Thursday 5 September V Claremont: The Huntington’s Disease Support Group will meet at Abbott’s College, Greenwood Road, on the first Thursday of the month at 19:00. Call Jess Self on 082 318 3330 or jessica_selfe@yahoo.co.uk. Friday 6 September V Pinelands: Western Cape Police Blackball Pool Association will hold a karaoke at

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Monday 9 September V Kenilworth: The South African Cake Decorators Guild will host an African-themed Christmas workshop at Pick n Pay School of Cooking in Rosmead Avenue at 09:30. The cost is R45 and will include a kit. To book phone Sharon on 083 756 4559 by Monday 2 September. Wednesday 11 September V Rondebosch: UCT Schools Development Unit presents the Teacher Enrichment Initiative called Through the looking glass darkly where Dr Jonathan Clark will analyse some uncomfortable reflections on the dual economy of schooling in the province. The talk will take place at the Humanities Graduate School Building HUM LT2 at 15:45 until 17:30. RSVP by Wednesday 4 September to Wardeeah Fisher on (021) 650 3584 or wardeeah.fisher@uct.ac.za.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 27 August 2013

I was most disappointed to find such an anti-worker attitude in my People’s Post. I refer to the cartoon of 20 August. Percentages, at best, are misleading. Firstly, one has to look at time trends. It is a fact that over the years workers’ wages do not even keep up with inflation. Secondly, 20% of “peanuts” is actually very little in living costs’ terms. I don’t see your cartoonist complaining when senior business executive (and) MPs get 40% increases on huge amounts! Dr Ed Wethli, Rondebosch

Found: a beautiful British Blue I have had a beautiful grey cat, British Blue, around here for over two months. I have taken him to the vet to have him checked for a microchip. He was, but somebody didn’t registered him. Somebody must be missing him. I would keep him at my home in Conifer Way, but I am waiting to go into a retirement home where they don’t allow animals. I have also phoned the SPCA and Animal Welfare, but (have had) no luck. I do feel he has been straying for sometime. If he may be your cat, please phone me on (021) 531 2494. Val Raxworthy, Pinelands

Force drivers to adhere to road rules The article “Residents are in a road rage” (People’s Post, 20 August) almost suggests the only intersection in Cape Town where motorists ignore four-way stop streets is at the intersection of Queen Victoria and Parry streets in Claremont. Truth be told very few Cape Town motorists stop at four-way stop streets. I have seen and reported microbuses loaded with school children on their way home drive through the four-way intersection at Avenue de Mist and Stewart Road. Are we waiting for another tragic accident before something happens here? The madness continues when the traffic lights don’t work. According to the rules

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and implement some pilot projects in the area. The City also needs to ensure that all road traffic signs are clearly visible. Many of the traffic signs and traffic lights around the city and in our suburbs are hidden behind trees, shrubs, lamp poles and other signs. The road markings themselves are sometimes not easy to see, especially when the road is wet or the marking is faded making it difficult to see. A team from the traffic department should be set up to check the visibility of all road signs and, where necessary, to take corrective action. Mike C, Email

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‘Overwhelming’ support from Pinelands I would like to express my disappointment with regards to the quotes and opinions attributed to me in Nadine Moodie’s article “Learning curve for parents” (People’s Post, 20 August). The article contains numerous inaccuracies that have the potential to be damaging to our broader school community and I feel need correction. The schools in Pinelands receive overwhelming support from local residents. In fact the entire gist of the article was that this support is so strong residents are finding it difficult to secure places for their children at local schools. At Pinelands High School we receive applications from the vast majority of local students. Pinelands remains by far our largest single feeder area and we have seen a steady growth in the number of Grade 8 students living in Pinelands over the last three years. Of particular concern was the erroneous quote suggesting Pinelands residents were not supporting local schools. School records provide the evidence that this is not true as there are hundreds of parents sending their children to local State schools in the area. This reality stands harmoniously with the privilege we enjoy of embracing students from a range of surrounding suburban areas. Community schooling provides great social benefits to students and is a strategic pillar of Pinelands High School’s vision. We embrace the diversity inherent in our student body and actively nurture a spirit of inclusion that transcends municipal boundaries. I was deeply saddened by the inaccuracies that appeared in this article as they stand in direct opposition to the truth and my own passionate commitment to community building and the provision of high quality education for all of our students. Jeremy Gibbon, Pinelands High School principal

of the road, when this happens the intersection is supposed to be treated as a fourway stop street, but who hasn’t seen motorists driving straight through as if this was a normal uncontrolled intersection? Cape Town needs to learn from the practices adopted by other municipalities in the country. In Port Elizabeth and also in some Gauteng municipalities traffic calming measures are placed at many four-way stop streets and sometimes even at traffic circles. These measures include speed bumps designed to force cars to slow down or suffer damage to their vehicles. The City of Cape Town needs to investigate this practice

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he final of the Engen Knockout Challenge went down to the wire as penalties were needed to separate Ajax Cape Town and ASD Academy on Sunday. The final was the culmination of months of qualifying matches and over 40 matches at the weekend, and pitted together two of the title favourites. People’s Post is the tournament’s print media sponsor. The Urban Warriors breezed through the group stages, quarter-finals and semis with

a perfect record as expected, scoring 13 goals and conceding just one. ASD had a less a comfortable route to the final, drawing against United FC in the group stage and scraping past Bishop Lavis on penalties in the semis. Buoyed by their success in the earlier rounds, Ajax needed no time to settle in the final and were in all-out attacking mode as soon as the first whistle sounded. The defending champions won the midfield battle and imposed their style of play on the game to take full control and keep ASD pinned in their own half.

Ajax regularly got in behind the opposition defence, but couldn’t come up with an accurate final ball to take the lead. The second half started as the first had, with Ajax pushing for a breakthrough and ASD hesitant to commit numbers to attack. Though the Urban Warriors continued to look dangerous, they seldom threatened and found the opposition keeper up to the task when tasted from long range. Neither team found a goal in the remaining minutes, and, in the end, Ajax won 4-3 on penalties, after the match ended in a goalless draw after regular time, to take their

sixth title in the 10th instalment of the Challenge. Meanwhile, tournament hosts Santos had a tournament to forget. The People’s Team finished sixth overall, after finishing second in 2012. Pinelands club Old Mutual Academy finished fifth, Grassy Park’s Crusaders ended seventh and Mitchell’s Plain side Kenpark United were eighth. Hanover Park FC finished ninth and Green Point Salesians finished 10th overall. V To view galleries of all the Engen Knockout Challenge action, visit www.peoplespost.co.za.

TRIPLE CROWN: Ajax Cape Town celebrate after winning the Engen Knockout Challenge for the third consecutive year in Wynberg on Sunday. Ajax have now won the tournament six times out of the 10 times it has taken place. PHOTO: CARINA ROUX TO THE TOP: Santos FC chairman Goolam Allie, Safa Cape Town president Norman Arendse, Valentino Valesco and Engen marketing manager Brad Bergh after Valesco was crowned winner of the 10th Anniversary Award. The award will see the Crusaders FC player flown up to Pretoria to spend time at the Engen High Performance Centre to experience life as a profootballer. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

SUPREME STOPPER: Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Jody February (left) accepts the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

TEAM WORK: Kenpark United’s Ricky Burns (left) and the team’s captain (centre) accept the Team of the Tournament award from Engen marketing manager Brad Bergh. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

CLOTHES LINE: Ajax Cape Town’s Ziyaad Eksteen shields the ball from ASD Academy’s Anele Mnyaka during the final of the Engen Knockout Challenge on Sunday. Ajax won 4-3 on penalties after regular time finished at 0-0. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS


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ARD wants to break records at scenic race LIAM MOSES An athletics club has challenged Cape Town’s runners to break a 20 year old record set by a South African sports legend. ARD Athletics Club hosts the third annual Three Vleis 10km road race in Grassy Park on Sunday 15 September. Race director Nazrulla Enus believes it’s possible for history to be rewritten this year and the club has put up a R2 000 incentive for any runners who can break the provincial 10km male and female records. “The route has never changed since the first race. The last male winner finished in under 29 minutes,” he says. “That’s why we created the Western Province record challenge. The female record has been held by Elana Meyer since 1989. It’s possible to break the record on this course. It’s one of the fastest routes in Western Cape.” The Three Vleis race first took place in 2011 and has been run every year since. The course sees runners pass the Zeekoei, Ronde and Princess vleis. Apart from the incentive for breaking the 10km provincial record, several prizes will also be up for grabs. The first school or sports club, other than an athletics club, to have 10 members cross the finish line together will receive R2 000. Anyone who breaks the course record will receive R1 000 and the senior and junior male and female winners will all receive R500. Almost 50 spot prizes will also be awarded during the race. The biggest winner at the Three Vleis will be the League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). “From the inception of the race we decided that the SPCA and LOFOB would be the main beneficiaries,” says Enus. “We felt that we have these two institutions in the area and we wanted to contribute to and assist them.” Enus adds that a donation will be made to the SPCA, while LOFOB will receive a portion of every runner’s entry fee. The amount has not been confirmed. Race entries can be completed at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Rondebosch from 15:00 to 18:00 on Friday 13 August and from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 14 August or at Fairmount High School in Grassy Park from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 14 August. The first 800 entrants will receive good bags. Any runner who finishes the race before the two-hour cut off time will receive a medal and any runner who finishes in less than an hour will receive a special medal or shield. Phone Enus on 082 574 5323.

MAKING HISTORY. Wynberg Boys’ inside centre Jarryd Sage skips past SACS captain Keagan Wheeler on his way to the try-line during a match in Wynberg on Saturday. The match was Sage’s 50th first team appearance and his try helped Wynberg to a 17-12 victory. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

Wynberg narrowly beats SACS LIAM MOSES

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ynberg Boys’ High School defeated arch rivals SACS at home on Saturday to finish the 2013 Western Province schools’ rugby season on a high. The match was the last ever for both sides’ matric pupils, adding an extra edge to a fixture that is always hotly contested. Wynberg did most of the playing in the opening minutes of the encounter, with SACS mostly pinned inside their own half trying to stem the tide. However, the opening try came against the run of play when SACS skipper and scrumhalf Keagan Wheeler gratefully intercepted a pass in midfield and raced 60m to touch down. A goaled conversion from flyhalf Shane

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Fourie put the visitors 7-0 ahead. Wynberg narrowed the lead in the 17th minute, when fullback Karl Martin split the uprights from a penalty kick and then scored their first try from a well worked backline move five minutes later. Inside centre Jarryd Sage ghosted through a gap after clinging onto a perfectly-timed inside pass, stepped infield to evade two defenders and rounded SACS fullback Seb Roodt to perfectly cap his 50th and last ever appearance for the Wynberg. Wynberg were just as dominant when play resumed and extended the lead after just a few minutes, when James AmblerSmith grounded the ball after a powerful maul. Martin made no mistake from the conversion. Five minutes later, SACS profit-

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ed from another error by the home team. A misdirected punt from Wynberg flyhalf Siya Alam saw the visitors counter-attack and eventually touchdown through left wing Matthew Wadling. SACS still trailed by five points after Fourie failed with his conversion attempt, but the try inspired the Claremont school to lift their performances. Wynberg, meanwhile, retreated to protect their narrow lead instead of launching another attack to widen it. The visitors were presented with several chances to win the game in the dying minutes, but were either repelled by desperate defence or butchered the opportunities with unforced errors. The final whistle sounded with Wynberg 17-12 ahead, and the victorious team was swarmed by Wynberg pupils.

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