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RONDEBOSCH: ASSAILANTS ‘DANGEROUS’

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HE so-called Follow Home Gang is believed to be active in Rondebosch again, but residents are cautioned not to confront them. The gang’s modus operandi is to follow drivers home, mostly from shopping centres. When the intended victims stop in their driveways, the gang holds them at gunpoint and robs them. This year, however, the installation of new cameras are expected to go some way towards curbing the gang’s activities. This was not the case last year when seven cases of such robberies were reported to police. Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) manager Shirley Aldum says the cameras, which were funded by the Rondebosch Ratepayers’ Association, have assisted them in their search for information relating to a robbery believed to have been committed by the gang. “The incident occurred last week in Mayfield Avenue, when a resident was held at gunpoint by three men as he entered his driveway,” she says. “After a warning shot was fired, the man was told to lie on the ground and was robbed of his wallet, cellphone and car keys. The suspects then fled in a silver Mercedes Benz. “The victim believes the suspects followed him home after he went to a shop in Kromboom Road.” She adds: “Rondebosch is not the only community targeted by this gang, but (people from) the surrounding areas are also complaining about this trend,” says Aldum. She would, however, not be drawn to divulge more information, fearing doing so would interfere with the police investiga-

tion. “Residents who reported incidents concur that they were held at gunpoint as they entered their driveways, after they left supermarkets, video shops and petrol stations. “RCID hub controllers have searched their camera systems for footage pertaining to this incident and have provided police with relevant information.” Rondebosch Ratepayers’ Association chairperson Monica Sutherland confirms the matter is under police investigation. But Rondebosch Police warrant officer Lyndon Sisam says they cannot confirm if it is a gang operating in the area. “The individuals involved in these crimes are dangerous, and residents should avoid confronting them, if they feel they’re being followed,” he warns. “To prevent being followed, residents should regularly change their daily route to and from their homes, to guard against a possible established pattern been formed.” The Reverend Derrick Pratt, acting chairperson for Rondebosch Community Policing Forum (CPF), expressed concern about crimes of this nature as he believes it could lead to many more such incidents. “Compared to last year, this is just the first one. We have to be sensible about crime. Residents should save the cellphone numbers of the police’s sector vehicles on their phones. So if they are followed home, they can contact one of them for assistance.” He adds: “Some have their own security measures, or are members of Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) or RCID. We do, however, need more cooperation between residents and police.” V The contact numbers for the sector vehicles are Cen­ tral Sector 082 378 9289 and Suburban Sector 082 378 9264.

SUPPORT THE CAUSE: The Children’s Hospital Trust calls on all former patients and their families to join the Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s Grateful Hearts programme. The aim of the programme is to create a community of ex­patients who wish to share their stories of hope. This will give them a voice, while they will also be kept up­to­date with news of the hospital and be invited to special events with donors. To join the programme or support the Trust phone (021) 686 7860 or email cht@chtrust.org.za. Alternatively visit www.childrenshospitaltrust.org.za. Photographed are kidney transplant patient Niyaaz Isaacs and his mom, Saaida. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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BIRTH CONTROL: ‘A HUMAN RIGHT’

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CCESS to contraception is not just a woman’s right – it’s a human right. This is the view of an international organisation which lobbies for the rights of women to get contraceptives. And as the world today celebrates International Day of Action for Women’s Health – an initiative by the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights – access to contraceptives in South Africa remains a challenge. Founded in 1984, the organisation advocates for the rights for controlled methods of sterilisation, abortion and use of contraceptives. Their network consists of more than 1000 member organisations in 105 countries. This year the network has launched the Call for Action 2013: Access to Contraceptives is a Human Right campaign. It also aims to create an awareness of the issue through conferences and launches globally. “In South Africa nothing is happening on the day, because the contraception policy launch scheduled for the day has been cancelled five times,” says Marion Stevens, coordinator at Women in Sexual Reproductive Health (WISH). While some women point a finger at long queues and waiting periods to access these means locally, others blame hostile clinic or hospital staff. Religious views of staff have also come into contention. Berne Peters fell pregnant at 44. The pregnancy was not planned. “I stopped going to the clinic for my injection, because the queue was too long and I didn’t have the patience to wait to be attended to,” Peters says. “I’m 47 years old and have to care for my

three-year-old child.” Despite contraceptives being widely available, Berne says women avoid getting the readily available birth control method, because of the extended wait. “Condoms are everywhere; you can find them at hospitals and NGOs. People are even using condoms to shine their shoes,” she says. “The long queues and the low spirits of the sometimes unfriendly and overworked nurses at clinics discourage women from going for their injections every three months.” Bronwen*, a 25-year-old HIV-positive mother to a 10-month-old baby boy, did not know forms of contraceptives existed. “I never used protection,” she says. She discovered her HIV status two months after she and a former boyfriend had had sexual relations. She chose to not abort, as she “knew my mother would take care of my son”. “I didn’t know he (my ex-boyfriend) was HIV-positive. I only found out when I was pregnant. There was nothing I could do, but to make peace with my situation and move on,” Bronwen says. “Once I was aware of my pregnancy and HIV status, I started seeing a doctor each month.” Thanks to the early detection and medication used during the pregnancy, her son did not contract HIV. A family medicine practitioner, Dr Kevin Stoffberg, says prescribing contraceptives to patients becomes “complicated” when the patient is ill. “There are various contraceptive medications and often health professionals will give certain patients the injection instead of a tablet, depending on their medical conditions,” he says. For unemployed Bronwen life is difficult. Her unplanned pregnancy, medical side-effects and the responsibility of having to raise a child add to her problems of living in an informal settlement. “My mother looks after the baby, because I don’t have the means to take care of him,” she says. “I use the three-month injection to prevent another pregnancy. I use my medication every day and visit the clinic for my monthly CD4-count test.” Bernedette Muthien, of Engender, an NGO advocating for gender and sexuality issues, says the idea of contraception becomes moot because of high levels of gender violence in the country. “There’s more access to contraceptives

than before, but medication – such as the pill and the injection – have hideous sideeffects that people often want to avoid,” she explains. In the event of her death, Berne fears she will leave her toddler parentless. “I didn’t want to have this baby, but I have to live with the consequences. I did not get the injection and my partner didn’t use protection.” In South Africa a woman is said to be raped every 17 seconds. And many of these incidents lead to unwanted pregnancies. Abortion is always an option, but for many women this is taboo as principles, morals and religious views dictate their decisions. “At no cost you can have an abortion at Groote Schuur Hospital, but the nurses are sometimes religious and discourage women, who don’t have the economic means to look after the child, from taking this route,” Muthien says. Field worker at Sonke Gender Justice, Leo Mbobi, says there’s a large number of refugee women in Cape Town who struggle to access the health system for contraceptives. “So many of these women get raped on their journey to South Africa and, when they arrive, they want to see a medical professional, but the language barrier often prevents them from accessing the system,” he says. Wendy Pekeur, director of Ubuntu Rural Women and Youth Movement, says the tide has changed for women living in rural areas, especially in the Boland. “In the past women in rural areas never had access to contraception, but now mobile clinics visit farms making it easily accessible for women,” she says. V *Her name has been changed.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 28 May 2013

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ECURITY measures at Elsieskraal River in Thornton and Pinelands are to be beefed up. This comes after the river claimed the life of seven-year-old Dale Eastland, of Thornton, in August, while he was playing along the canal and fell in. “Elsieskraal River is open and anyone can fall into it,” says Dale’s father, George Eastland. “In winter the canal runs constantly because of the heavy rainfall in the Cape.” He and his wife recently moved away from the area in their quest to heal and come to terms with their loss. “Thornton is a growing community. I never want to hear of another child drowning in that river.” Thornton Residents’ Association’s treasurer Petra D’Aguanno says the community was shocked when they heard of Dale’s death. “Residents living near the canal will welcome more signage along the area to prevent a repetition of the past.” Last year ward councillor Brian Watkyns convened a series of meetings with Thornton Residents’ Association, Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch and officials from City of Cape Town during which a number of ideas were put forward. Watkyns says many of these suggestions “seemed straightforward, but when investigated were found to be impractical”. “The idea is to replace existing and missing signs, as well as placing additional ones at all entry points to the river in both Pinelands and Thornton.” He adds: “Tight rolled nets filled with empty cool drink bottles will be placed across the

river at Forest Drive bridge in Thornton and at the two pedestrian bridges in Pinelands at the Pinehurst Primary and Pinelands High schools.” The proposed nets will rise with the water levels of the river, which will give anyone who falls in a chance to hold on to them until they are rescued. Watkyns says: “The materials used have very little value and I hope they will not be vandalised or stolen.” Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater Brett Herron says the Elsieskraal Safety Initiative is underway, as safety nets are being manufactured. “We’re hoping to erect the 35 signs along the river by the end of June,” says Herron. “The signs will cost the City of Cape Town R35 000, while the costing and installation of the safety ropes still need to be determined,” says Herron. Pinelands Ratepayers’ Association and Pinelands Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson John Berry says safety measures are needed around the river. “People need to be extra vigilant, because water is very powerful and is here to stay,” he says. “Years ago it was just a normal river, but now it’s improved and has been canalised. We need to teach our children to steer clear from the embankment and to respect the river.” Herron says the City has a maintenance plan to ensure the signs are not vandalised and litter not caught on the rope. “Officials from the Catchment, Stormwater and River management branch will conduct routine checks, while the physical infrastructure will be undertaken by District Five officials (Council workers in the area),” he says.

SIGNAGE: An example of the warning signs that will be placed along Elsieskraal River to warn individuals of the dangers. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

THE NET: The proposed net that will be placed along the river and used as a security measurement to prevent danger. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 28 May 2013

POVERTY: MALNUTRITION A SAD REALITY

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VERY weekday, thousands of pupils long for 10:30 when they are handed a plate of food. For some, their next meal will be 24 hours later, at the same time the next day. Malnutrition and a lack of energy spell a dark future for children filled with potential. Today marks World Hunger Day and as food insecurity increases, so more children end up going to school without a meal. Three out of four children go to school hungry every day. The Peninsula School Feeding Association works tirelessly to help feed these needy pupils. The organisation feeds two meals to about 330 000 children every school day. A total of 660 000 meals are served daily in the province. The association receives a subsidy from the Department of Education to feed 90% of that total, while the remaining 10% requires the group to raise R12m to avoid being forced to decrease the number of children being fed. However, the government subsidy will be terminated next month. Fundraising coordinator Kate Hamilton says children at 111 schools across the prov-

ince benefit from the programme. With the slash in government aid, the association has been forced to cut down on the number of children they feed. “We will now only be able to feed 22 000 children. This is the same number of children that we have been feeding for the last 55 years,” Hamilton explains. It costs only R2 to feed a child two cooked meals a day. People are being encouraged to adopt a child for the year for only R395. As the association’s biggest fundraising event looms, the public is being called on to participate. Now in its 44th year, Blisters for Bread – usually held on the last Sunday in August – is one of Cape Town’s calendar events. The race last year attracted a record number of more than 15 800 walkers, coming out in support of the association and feeding hungry children. All funds raised are directed to the school feeding programme so that more pupils can be nourished. This year’s race will be held on Sunday, 25 August. Entry is R42, which will help feed 21 children for a day, Hamilton adds. V For more details, visit http://www.psfa.org.za/blis­ ters_for_bread.

EAT UP: The Peninsula School Feeding Association works tirelessly to help feed hungry pupils in the province. A total of 660 000 meals are served daily, but a cut in government funding is putting strain on the organisation. PHOTO: LAILA MAJIET


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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 28 May 2013

SEEN HIM? Rondebosch Police requires assistance to establish the where足 abouts of Dolphin Freddy Ononga (pictured), known as, Diabo. The police believe he could assist them in a case involving theft. The case involves placement of an advertise足 ment on Gumtree, an online advertising site, offering the lease of flats in Rondebosch. Anyone with information can contact investigating officers constables Sithem足 bile Solwundle on 073 878 3255 or Leonard Mngambi on 082 623 4901. Or call Crime Stop on 0860 01011. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Parole: a help or not?

FORMER gangster Rashied Staggie has reportedly been granted day parole. This means he will be allowed to spend his days outside prison as from Monday 23 September. Staggie has served 10 years and was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment, to run concurrently with a 15-year sentence for a rape conviction. He will be released on full parole next March. People’s Post polled readers for their thoughts on the parole system.

TRACY MATTHEWS says people who have been convicted should stay in prison until they have fin­ ished their sentence. “There is no point in them being given parole because they will continue committing crimes when they are freed.”

NOMAVA MNUKWA says allowing criminals to be out on parole puts the community at risk. “We are not safe when they come out. I don’t trust them and even if they just rob someone, people should be (put in jail) and stay there.”

SHEPARD NYAMANGODO says it is hard to judge whether or not the parole system is a benefit. “It is a good thing if innocent people get parole. But not if everybody thinks it is okay to commit a crime because they will get parole.”

BEVERLEY RUTHVEN says the system doesn’t re­ ally make a difference. “Your life is always at risk – whether criminals are outside or behind bars. Criminals all have contacts inside and outside of jail, so parole doesn’t make you feel any safer.”

NIGEL MEASURES says the public needs to know if the parole is given to decrease the number of prisoners in jails or if the person has really changed. “Many people who get parole often go back to jail a short time after being released.”

MICHELE ZAMANJAH believes parole is waste of time because people feel unsafe once a criminal is released back into society. “The best solution is that criminals should serve their full sentence. They need to be punished for what they did.”

GLEN HANS believes people can turn their lives around. “I’m an ex­gangster myself. People should be given second chances in life because people make mistakes, but must also be given a chance to make up for those mistakes.”

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 28 May 2013 Church in Brooke Street at 19:00. Tickets, at R60, include coffee or tea. For additional information contact Barbara Fogarty on (021) 671 0820.

HAVE YOUR SAY! POLICIES AND BY-LAWS

Saturday 1 June Tuesday 28 May V Mowbray: Journeying through the Faiyum is the title of an illustrated lecture by Lambert Vorster, as well as More of the Western Desert at The Egyptian Society of SA’s monthly meeting at St George’s Grammar School at 19:30. Admission is free for members and R20 for non­members. Call (021) 557 5082.

In giving effect to the “Opportunity City” pillar in its Integrated Development Plan, the City’s Economic, Environment and Spatial Planning Directorate is in the process of reviewing some existing policies, developing new policies and amending some by-laws. These include:

Wednesday 29 May V Pinelands: The Pinelands Stamp Circle will hold its monthly meeting at the Pinelands Library activities hall at 19:15. Members will be offering their surplus material in a society auction. One­page exhibits will cover the subjects Vikings and Early Steam Locos. Visitors are welcome. For additional informa­ tion contact John (021) 531 1954 or Martin (021) 689 5050.

From 24 May 2013 these proposed new and revised policies and by-law amendments are available for perusal at all City libraries, subcouncil offices and at www.capetown.gov.za/ haveyoursay. Electronic copies may also be requested by e-mail from the officials mentioned below. You are invited to comment on the above policies and by-law amendments by 21 June 2013 in any of the following ways: Informal trading

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V Pinelands: The Heart and Stroke Founda­ tion South Africa will hold a Mended Hearts meeting at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital at 18:00. Guest speaker Brigid Comrie will speak on Transcendental Meditation. For additional information phone (021) 447 6268. V Mowbray: Reach For Recovery Cape Peninsula will hold an open meeting at the Cansa offices at 10:00. The guest speaker will be Helen Ohlhoff, who will be demonstrating Look Good, Feel Better. Entry is free. Phone (021) 689 5347 for further details.

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V Claremont: Bethan Fellowship Church will host their monthly mini­market at 225 Lansdowne Road at 09:00. There will be a tea garden, jewellery and clothing. Stalls are R20. Call the church office on (021) 671 9400 or 074 330 7052.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Tuesday, 28 May 2013

EDUCATION: LACK OF TEACHERS IN SA

‘Western Cape not affected by teacher shortage’ MARELIZE POTGIETER

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ESPITE a shortage of thousands of teachers across the country, teaching in the Western Cape will not be affected by this. This according to Professor Lesley le Grange, acting dean of the Stellenbosch University education faculty. “There is a shortage of between 20 000 and 30 000 teachers across the country, but at the same there is also an influx of recently graduated teachers from other provinces to the Western Cape,” he said. This reaction follows provincial minister for education Donald Grant’s recent statement that 41% of teachers in the province will reach retirement age in the next 15 years. This includes 11 666 permanent teachers out a total of 28 345 permanent posts. Le Grange refused to speculate on the reasons why teachers prefer the Western Cape, but said research showed most teachers who study through the Funza Lushaka Bursary want to work in the province after graduation. Western Cape Education Department (WCED) spokesperson Paddy Attwell said an addition 2 942 teachers are currently contracted in the province. “We will miss experienced teachers who do good work, yet we are pleased with the

quality of the teachers entering the system,” Attwell said. He added there is a large demand for teaching posts in the province. The WCED received about 10 000 applications for 260 posts advertised in the second vacancy bulletin for the year. Professor Herman van Schalkwyk, rector of the North West University’s Potchefstroom campus, said the national shortage of teachers is concerning. He estimated the shortage to be about 15 000. “Universities do not have the capacity to train more teachers,” Van Schalkwyk said. But he added that students who do graduate are of an excellent quality. “They first have to obtain a degree and then have to study towards a teaching qualification.” Van Schalkwyk does not believe the Western Cape should be too concerned about the 41% of retiring teachers, as it would happen systematically. Professor Nan Yeld, an education expert at the University of Cape Town, said one has to remember that a recently graduated teacher remains inexperienced, despite the quality of the training. ���In a State school there will be at least two to three novices, who would need mentoring from the other teachers. If there are too many novices, mentorship will be neglected,” Yeld said.

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ETBALL is back in Bo-Kaap after a development team was founded by two residents. Shooting Stars Netball Club, founded by Zanap Salie and Mishka Samie in January, aims to provide young netballers a constructive pastime. However, the club has since grown to include two adult teams and has a growing membership of over 50 people between the ages of seven and 25. Samie says they hope to develop the club members’ skills to participate in league matches in the future and eventually progress up the ranks. “There is a plan to get them into an organised league, but we first need to get their skills up to scratch. The problem we face is getting new players every week, as the word is spreading,” she says. “We also want to give each child a chance to play. To get us to a league level, we need to train our girls first. We are taking it easy and letting them gain experience through friendlies.” Thus far Stars have played and hosted two friendlies, against Whales and Bluebirds from Manenberg, at the Bryant Street Park. Samie adds the club received an “over-

SNAPPING TO THE TOP: People’s Post freelance sports photographer Rashied Isaacs was a top three finalist in the sports photography category at the MDDA­Sanlam Local Media Awards. The Athlone resident has been capturing sport action for People’s Post for the past five years. He has no professional training in photography and says he does it “to showcase community sport”. “People’s Post is proud to have on board a photographer of such calibre, with a passion for sport, the communities we serve and photography. Rashied has done well in a tough category. Well done, Rashied!” says People’s Post deputy editor Mandy King.

whelming response from the community” and encouraged Bo-Kaap residents and the players’ families to support the team. Both Samie and Salie are residents of the area and played netball at high school. Salie says the sport was last played in Bo-Kaap more than 10 years ago. “I play action netball twice a week and I realised that there is nothing for the girls of Bo-Kaap,” she says. “I thought I should do something for the community and get the girls involved.” Samie adds, apart from providing the players with entertainment and exercise, they also teach the members to relate to people from different backgrounds and socioeconomic situations. But the project will not end there and the pair hope improve the lives of club members. “In the older groups there are unemployed mothers, who we want to empower with skills,” says Samie. “We want to teach them basic work skills to encourage them and build their confidence to go out and get jobs.” Shooting Stars is also searching for a sponsor. Anyone interested in assisting with the purchasing of uniforms and tracksuits, as well as transport costs can phone Samie on 078 482 3775 or Salie on 071 977 2589.

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POWER PLAY: UCT’s Lihleli Xoli bumps off Hamiltons’ Morgan Newman during a Super League A match in Green Point on Saturday. UCT won 19­15. PHOTOS: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

TWO TO TANGO: Hamiltons’ flank Niewoudt Greese powers his way into waiting UCT wing Richard Stewart during a Super League A match in Green Point on Saturday.

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Jones-Davies missed the conversion and De Wet put his side back in the lead with a penalty in the eighth minute. But Jones-Davies made up for the miss, holding his nerve to goal two penalties in the 29th and 34th minutes to hand his side the victory. Gagiano feels his side should not have had to fight-back to win the game. “The tries we conceded were soft, but credit to Hamiltons for creating the space and opportunities,” he says. “In the second half we managed to limit those opportunities and get ahead on the scoreboard. “The guys are starting make decisions for themselves and taking responsibility, and it seems to be working.” The victory has seen UCT cement second place on the table, three points behind leaders and defending champions Maties and 10 points ahead of last year’s runners up Durbanville-Bellville. Maties and UCT, along with Victorians,

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SECOND half revival saw UCT come from behind to beat Hamiltons in a bruising encounter in Green Point on Saturday. Hammies went into half-time leading 12-8, after two tries and a conversion, and a try and penalty from UCT. But after cutting down their errors, upping their intensity and lowering their penalty count, UCT outscored the hosts by 11 points to three in the second half to win the game 19-15. Ikeys assistant coach and former USA international JJ Gagiano says there were “some stern words” in his half-time team talk. “We felt our intensity wasn’t where we needed for this level and we weren’t playing smart. We weren’t attacking the space and trying to kick to space,” he says. “We were just making silly mistakes and I told the guys we should try to fix that and

start playing rugby. In the first half Hamiltons came at us and, in the second half, I wanted us to go at them. The guys did it fantastically.” Hammies opened the scoring in the 10th minute, when former Western Province centre Morgan Newman crossed over with a pick-and-go. Flyhalf Wilco de Wet missed the conversion and his UCT counterpart Ross Jones-Davies narrowed the deficit with a penalty just five minutes later. The home side stretched their lead in the 25th minute, when Nicholas Pearson stepped inside a tackle in the 22 to touchdown and De Wet added the extras. UCT again hit back when right wing Richard Stewart collected a pin-point cross-field kick from Jones-Davies – despite the contest of Hamiltons’ Dugald Robertson – and crossed over. UCT continued their fight-back in the second half and scored again, just five minutes in, when front-ranker Digby Webb forced his way over.

will now break until the final Saturday in July. V In other results from Super League A, SK Walmers beat Bellville RFC 23­18, while in Super League B False Bay RFC suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 23­31 to UWC. In Premier League B, Collegians beat Kraaifontein 51­13, while Surrey Estate Rangers won 46­22 against Pniel Vilagers. Temperance lost 15­17 at home against Strand Pioneers in Division Three.

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