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KENILWORTH: HOSPITAL GETS GOAHEAD, BUT ...
Illegal parking a concern ASTRID FEBRUARIE @FebAstrid
psychiatric care facility in Kenilworth has received permission to operate as a hospital, following a warning and cease works order by the City of Cape Town last month. The property, operated by Akeso Clinics and situated in Greenfields Road, is correctly zoned for a hospital, but objectors have concerns about the parking. Tim Spencer, town planner at Tim Spencer Town Planning, says the application for consent and departures to permit a hospital on Erf 64310 in Kenilworth was advertised in terms of the provision of the Land Use Planning Ordinance and the Cape Town Zoning Scheme. “In response to the public participation process only two objections were received,” he says. “Neither of the objections raised any opposition to the land use, but their comments were restricted to the traffic and parking in the road.” The objectors stated that the “facility had created a situation whereby casual visitors are parking on a yellow line”. But Spencer says it is uncertain if the cars in question could be linked to the facility. The applicant has indicated a willingness to erect signage to ensure visitors refrain from parking on the yellow lines outside the facility. “Visitors are advised to use the parking available at Kenilworth Clinic, which is situated in very close proximity to the hospital,” Spencer says. He explains the visiting hours at the psychiatric facility are Mondays to Fridays between 18:30 and 19:30, and between 13:00 and 17:00 on weekends. “The visiting hours are therefore minimal to ensure there is ample parking available for visitors.
LIMITED: Concerns of illegally parked vehicles in Greenfields Road, Kenilworth has been raised. At issue is the traffic flow into a property which has been given the green light to operate as a hospital. The property is on the bend of this road. PHOTO: ASTRID FEBRUARIE “It must be noted that a large number of the residents are not local and, therefore, do not have regular visitors. If the property was a block of flats or a guesthouse, it is likely that a greater impact on the traffic would have resulted,” Spencer says. He further adds the limited visiting hours, together with the location of the site and the proximity of public transport, would not impact on traffic flow or parking. “The applicant demonstrated that the proposal would not have any negative impact and (would)
have significant benefits to the appearance and sustainability of the site and the economic development of the area,” Spencer says. However, ward councillor Ian Iversen says the property has 14 parking bays instead of the legally required 19 bays. “The nearby Kenilworth station has ample parking and in Kenilworth Road – virtually opposite the centre – there is a parking embayment which, I imagine, could provide space for five or six vehicles,” he says. Iversen adds the facility has
strict visiting hours, so it will be easy to determine who is causing a problem and parking on yellow lines. Resident Neil Verster says he is concerned that, should there be heavier traffic in and out of the premises, cars will much more frequently be waiting outside for the gate to open. “This causes an issue for drivers turning into Kenilworth Road from Greenfields Road, particularly if there are cars queuing behind. It is a blind corner and any further obstruction will make it more diffi-
cult to navigate,” he says. Verster says another problem is the reversing of drivers out of the premises. He claims those drivers “cannot possibly see any cars coming around the corner”. “I cannot tell you how many accidents there have been, but I am aware that other residents in the area have complained of this as well,” he says. “ I would not take issue with this if a traffic mirror could be put up to ensure all drivers on that corner are aware of oncoming cars.”
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laremont residents are on the alert after a man claiming to be a gardener has gained access to properties. Police are now warning residents to be on high alert after it was reported that the man had stolen a number of items from residents. A man with the same modus operandi has conned residents in other neighbourhoods. Claremont police cluster spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman says the man is well-groomed and has been making his way onto residents’ properties under false pretences. “ He convinces people that he is working (at the property) next door, helping to cut down some vegetation and needs to trim some of the tree branches hanging over into the neighbour’s yard,” Latchman says. “We understand that once he gains en-
try onto the property he asks the resident to get an extension lead. Once they leave him (alone), he quickly scans the house and removes miscellaneous household items.” She adds the man was arrested by the Rondebosch police for similar crimes in September 2012. He has since been released from prison. “We are urging the community to not fall prey to this conman. Always be suspicious of any person entering your property and remember you have a right to request for identification,” Latchman says. Bergvliet, Kirstenhof and Meadowridge (BKM) Neighbourhood Watch chairperson Tony Schreiber says the man is of average height, fairly heavy set and very well-groomed. “He appears to target any home where he assumes only one person or the domestic worker may be alone at home,” he says. “He has reportedly been doing this over the last four years. As many as 30 residents
in various southern suburbs communities have reported him.” Schreiber says the man manages to convince homeowners or housekeepers that he is either from next door or a City of Cape Town department. He further warns this conman specifically targets areas such as Claremont, Constantia and Hout Bay. Schreiber says residents should be aware that while some criminals may be non-confrontational thieves, others can be aggressive who could not only clean out their homes, but cause harm to them and their families. “I urge residents not to let people into their homes unless they know them or have verified who they are and what they intend doing,” he says. “Always check with the so-called sender, unless a prior confirmed appointment has been made.” V If you see suspicious behaviour phone Claremont police on (021) 657 2243.
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councillors about the problem. The reports are brought to the attention of the stormwater maintenance crews during maintenance operations, so that they can clean up the specific areas that have been reported,” he says. The primary concern, Herron explains, is the flooding and damage to private property as a result of blocked stormwater drains overflowing. “There is a general problem across the city with homeless people storing clothing and bedding in some drains,” he says. However, resident Morne Carstens, says he has no problem with the homeless people. He says people are always complaining about what homeless people are doing, but they never have a solution to the problem. “We have to put ourselves in their position and understand they have nowhere to store their property, which is why they make use of the drains,” Carstens says. Ward councillor Matthew Kempthorne says this is an ongoing problem and urges residents to log their complaints with the City. “If a resident witnesses someone placing something into a drain, the City will investigate and have the items removed. If the items are not removed it may cause blockages in the City’s stormwater systems,” he says. Kempthorne adds residents can advise homeless people to store their items at the Haven Night Shelter in Claremont.
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new pathway is being prepared to bring more feet to the wetlands along the Liesbeek River and increase awareness of conservation efforts. The Friends of the Liesbeek are in the process of building a woodchip path, hoping that it will make the area more user-friendly, chairperson Nick Fordyce says. “We hope that the path will increase the human activity in the area. We have noticed that people become invested and committed to helping restore these green urban spaces when they start to use them. We also want people to be able to see the changes that are happening in the area for themselves,” he explains. The long-term vision for the pathway is to create a circular track around the wetland next to Valkenberg Hospital which will link up with the river bank on the other side of the N2 in Mowbray, Fordyce continues. “This project is still in its early days and presently we are creating the path in the most strategic areas – along the berms which separate the wetland from the river. There is a lot of invasive grass in the area.
We spend a lot of time removing the grass from areas where we have rehabilitated and replanted,” he says. “It is hoped that the pathway will create a ‘buffer’ between the replanted areas and the adjacent areas which are invested with kikuyu and other invasive species.” The project has no budget, and the Friends of the Liesbeek are using the cost-effective option of woodchips. “We believe a woodchip pathway, as opposed to just a dirt pathway, is far more inviting and will hopefully bring more people down to the wetland. The woodchips will help in preventing the invasion of invasive grass into rehabilitated areas,” he says. The woodchips also have historical relevance. “The majority of the woodchips come from Table Mountain National Park near Hospital Bend and are pine tree chips. Cecil John Rhodes planted the pines on the mountain slopes many decades ago and they really shouldn’t be here. SANParks have a management plan that involves removing all baby pine trees. The old established trees are being left until they die from natural events.” A fire near Rhodes Memorial a
few years ago resulted in the death of a number of pine trees. It is these trees which now make up the woodchip pathway. “So we are finding a good way to recycle wood which really shouldn’t be there,” he says. The pathway should be wide enough to accommodate cyclists and horse riders, and the chips will be laid 5cm deep to prevent plants from growing through the chips. “We are removing all the vegetation along the route planned for the path. This is predominantly kikuyu grass. The wood chips are then spread out over the clear surface. Along certain sections of the path we are propagating sour fig plants. This is an indigenous succulent vygie which is good for stabilising banks and which grows fairly rapidly and is quite drought tolerant. There is a risk of erosion in some places so we are planting to prevent this from happening,” he says. However, there are more plans for the wetlands. “We will be building at least one bridge in the area. We plan to rehabilitate and replant some of the remaining areas that have not had this done before. We may also be putting in some benches, constructed from pine wood and we al-
TIME TO GET ECO-WISE: The Friends of the Liesbeek have extenisve plans to upgrade the wetlands area next to the river. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN so want to create a 5km time trial for the area. This is a longer term project though,” he says. Resident Bridget Impey often walks her dogs along the river, and has mixed feelings about the construction. “It doesn’t really need a path, but I suppose it would be nice. Upgrades are always positive. The path must just be well demarcated for people to see, then they will make use of it,” she says.
The pathway will boost visitor numbers, says Abdul Hafeez Ebrahim. “Having a nice path will bring more people to the area. If the Friends of the Liesbeek build bridges to connect the two areas which are divided by the highway, it will become a through route. That should bring quite a few people here and create more awareness. More people will grow to appreciate the area,” he says.
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riminals are learning to cultivate a healthy respect for security cameras in Rondebosch. Since the installation of the security cameras, the Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) has seen a dramatic decline in vehicle-related crimes. RCID manager Shirley Aldum says while it is difficult to pinpoint if there has been an overall decrease in crime, many crimes have been prevented since the installation of the camera system. “The primary function of neighbourhood watches is to act as the eyes and ears of the community and cameras are an extension of the ‘eyes’ component. The cameras will not entirely solve our crime problem, but it has a proven track record,” she says. Aldum says cars are used in the vast majority of crimes which take place in the RCID area. With the License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras the RCID patrollers are proactive rather than reactive. “The cameras add another layer of security in the area. It has proven that crimes can be prevented or criminals apprehended and convicted,” Aldum says. The cameras cover all access roads into the community as there is a relatively small number of roads leading in and out of the RCID area. “They have proven to be extremely effective in identifying vehicles used for crimes arriving or leaving the area,” she says. “It is also far cheaper than employing additional staff. The benefits far outweigh any shortcomings and our RCID residents enjoy an (around-the-clock) proactive system.” The RCID had a 69% buy-in from the residents towards the five cameras. But, Aldum adds, expectations may be high as some residents want a camera next to their homes and expect the cameras to monitor activities in each road. “It is strategically placed to maximise the efficiency of the system and to adhere to a strategic plan,” she says.
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Top times expected at annual challenge LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT Cash, glory and a shot at the national title will be up for grabs at the Top Form Athletic Club 10km Challenge on Saturday 8 February. The 21st instalment of the annual race will double as the Western Province Athletics (WPA) 10km Championships this year and the fastest finishers will earn places at the national championships. Race director Alistair Kannemeyer says the course should allow racers to run personal bests with the WPA selectors in attendance. “It’s a flat, fast and safe route, with runners racing through a residential area,” he says. “Most people will probably be doing personal bests and the winner should finish around the 30-minute mark or possibly quicker.” The WPA Championships takes part at a different road race each year. This will be the first time it takes place at the Top Form 10km Challenge. The race will start at Turfhall Sports Complex and progress through different parts of Athlone, Lansdowne, Belthorn and Crawford before returning to Turfhall. To qualify for the national champion-
ships, racers will have to finish within a certain time. Both men and women runners from each age group will be selected. The top three finishers in all categories will take home cash, with prizes ranging between R100 and R500. The first 1 500 finishers will also receive a commemorative coffee mug. Kannemeyer says the race attracted 1 500 runners last year. He expects around 1 800 participants this year. “It’s definitely a draw card that the race is run in the area and we get a lot of participants coming from the greater Athlone area,” he says. “We would like the whole community to support this event.” He says plans are in place to make the race even bigger next year. “Our future endeavour is to make the race disabled-friendly, so that people with disabilities can participate,” Kannemeyer says. “We are excluding a large portion of our residents at the moment.” Entry costs between R20 and R55, and can be completed at Turfhall every day from 15:00 to 19:00 until Friday 7 February, and at 05:00 on race day. The race will start at 06:30. For more information call Kannemeyer on 083 403 3145.
MISSED: UWC Cricket Club’s Mujahied Behardien attempts a pull shot during an A1 League match against Montrose Cricket Club at the Vineyard on Saturday. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
CALLED UP: Ten players from Glenthorne A’s Softball Club were selected to the Western Province team for the National Provincial Championship. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
Glenthorne ballers on top LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT A glut of Glenthorne A’s players were named in the Western Province Softball (WPS) senior team for the annual National Provincial Championship (NPC). The squad was named last week, with 10 of the 17 spots filled by Glenthorn players. Nicole Fortune, club secretary and one of the WP representatives, says all her teammates earned their colours. “If you look at the past, when Glenthorne had just one or two players in the squad, we had teams like Westridge Yankees who dominated the WP team,” she says. “Glenthorne are the defending Super League and Knockout champions, so it can’t be said that we don’t have outstanding players. We earned our spots.” Five Westridge Yankees and two Falcons Normies players filled the remaining spots in the team. The tournament will be hosted at Turfhall Sports Complex, Glenthorne’s home turf, from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 March. Club chairperson Catherine Erasmus says all the players will bring quality and experience to the Province side. “They are all experienced provincial
players, as they have all represented WP at some level,” she says. “They all came through the ranks – from under-12 in the provincial sides. That will bring a lot of experience to the WP side. They will contribute quite a bit.” Fortune says Glenthorne achieved the success over the last two years through hard work and a close bond. “Besides the fact that we train really hard and are dedicated, the group has also been playing together for seven years,” she says. “We are all friends, hang out all the time and enjoy one another’s company. “We even spend a lot of time together in the off-season. We are more like a family than a team. And having great coaching staff also helps, because they are just as dedicated as we are.” Both Erasmus and Fortune believe the WP team have what it takes to keep the NPC trophy in Cape Town this year. The full WP squad is: Lauren Mulder, Terri Minnies, Candice Ross, Carly Mulder, Courtney Stevens, Nicole Fortune, Alex Fortune, Carla Swanepoel, Lisa Erasmus, Deidre Sasman (all Glenthorn A’s), Megan Cable, Jacky Adonis, Lynn Lekay, Candice Bull, Nuraan Williams (Westridge Yankees), Nicky Jones and Carla Jacob (Falcons).
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OFF TARGET: Nigeria’s Bright Eseme (right) misses a clearance during a African Nations Championship semi-final against Morocco at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. Looking on is Morocco’s Abdessamad Rafik. Nigeria came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 and qualify for the final. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
Club rugby tourney launched LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT
he Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) has announced a new club rugby tournament aimed at developing the region’s raw talent. Dubbed the Community Challenge, the tournament is a partnership between the WPRFU and the Boland Rugby Union. It will feature four clubs from each union. The WP clubs participating are Schotchekloof Walmers, Durbanville-Bellville, Tygerberg and Belhar, while Boland will be represented by Hawston, Ceres, Worcester Villagers and Saldanha. The WPRFU says it hopes the tournament will one day produce players for the Stormers. “The Community Challenge will ultimately contribute to the development of promising club players for possible inclusion in the respective Regent Boland Cavaliers and DHL Western Province Rugby Vodacom Cup and Absa Currie Cup squads,” a WPRFU statement says. “In the future these players could then also come into contention for the DHL Stormers squad.” The union also states the purpose of the competition is also “to strengthen the relationship between WP and Boland, since both unions form part of the DHL Stormers franchise”. The eight teams have been drawn into two groups, and the top two teams from each group will progress to semi-finals to decide the finalists. Durb-Bell, Hawston, Tygerberg and Ceres form Group A, while Group B is made
up of Worcester Villagers, SK Walmers, Saldanha and Belhar. Walmers vice-president Moneeb Levy says he expects the competition to be tight. “We play to win in any competition, but it’s also about preparing for the start of Super League A,” he says. “If you look at where the Western Province clubs finished in Super League A last year, then Durb-Bell have to be considered favourites. It’s going to be quite tough, but you never know – a knockout competition is a knockout competition.” WPRFU says the purpose of the Community Challenge is also to prepare the clubs for their league commitments and give them a better chance to qualify for the Cell C Community Cup next year. Levy agrees, saying the tourney players with another platform to develop, prove themselves and work towards joining the professional ranks. “This will be the platform where we will be able to identify weaknesses and work on it to improve the player,” he says. “It’s not in the hustle and bustle of the Super League A, where promotion and relegation (is a reality) and where a player may be dropped if he doesn’t perform.” The tournament will kick off on Saturday 1 March and the final will be played Saturday 29 March, with all four games played within Boland’s boundaries. SKW will open the tournament against Saldanha RFC in Saldanha Bay. The first games in Cape Town will take place on Saturday 8 March, with all four matches taking place at City Park in Athlone. Two games will kick off at 13:35, while the others will kick off at 14:45.
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GETTING STUCK IN: Mali’s Ibourahima Sidibe (left) and Zimbabwe’s Partson Jaure collide during the African Nations Championship semi-final at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. Zimbabwe won 2-1. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS