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Fuming over illegal crusher ASTRID FEBRUARIE @FebAstrid


n application for the valid licensing of a crushing operation has Maitland and Pinelands residents livid. The applicant, Ross Excavations (Pty) Ltd, has been operating without a valid waste licence since December 2012. The company is proposing to establish a permanent building rubble crushing plant, including three crushers, sorting screens, feedstock and crushed aggregate stockpiles, at their head office in Maitland. Colleen McCreadie, from Sillito Environmental Consulting representing Ross Excavations, confirmed that operation of a single mobile crusher – part of the crushing operations – commenced in December 2012 without a valid waste licence in place. The crusher ceased to operate in June last year. “The applicant has made an application for rectification to the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning,” she says. A notice for the public participation process was advertised (People’s Post Maitland/Woodstock, 7 November 2013), with the closing date for comments on 8 January.

But residents feel the notice did not leave adequate room for a fair amount of possible contention as most people were on leave and had possibly gone away on holiday. McCreadie confirmed there will be a second round for public participation, but could not give a definite date. Kensington resident Cindy Aimes complained of the dust emitted into the air and settling in residents’ homes, laundry, cars, gardens and pools. “Various health issues caused by the dust and noise will decrease the value of our properties. Not only will home owners suffer, but businesses as well,” she says. Aimes says the trucks used to transport the rubble to the site cause a nuisance at the foot of the bridge. “The sand in the road is a hazard to motorists and pedestrians. The dust also causes sinus and respiratory infections and asthma patients will suffer even worse.” Aimes says Ross Excavation is a tyrant and will never conform to the environmental and safety laws which will be imposed on them should this application go through. “We do not want this in our area. They must find another place far away from civilisation to proceed with that kind of business,” she fumes. Ward councillor Brian Watkyns says it

is claimed the crusher ceased operation in June 2013, but it has reportedly remained in operation. “A lack of proper public participation, high dust emissions and increased traffic are all the concerns raised by residents who live close to the crushing operation,” he says. Watkyns says the impact of the proposed activity could have a negative impact on the area. “The primary suburbs that could be impacted are Maitland, Ndabeni and Pinelands. These communities need to be fully consulted,” he says. Watkyns says he is only aware that the applicants are currently doing an environmental impact assessment which is a requirement of provincial government. “To the best of my knowledge the assessment was not done before the plant came into operation.” Watkyns says he only very recently become aware of this application and formally requested the closing date for comment be extended by at least one month and that a full public participation process be instituted. A Pinelands resident, speaking on condition of anonymity, says she does not understand how it was possible for the excavation company to operate without having to

inform the public. “They started something and did so illegally. Now they are making applications and we should just accept it?” she asks. Pinelands Ratepayers’ Association vicechairperson Riad Davids says residents started complaining after hearing loud noises and seeing dust on laundry hanging on their washing lines, but were unaware a crushing plant was in operation right under their noses. Cheryl Walters, council’s director of Planning and Building Development Management, says no application has been received by the City from Ross Excavations. “We have not received an application for a public participation process, but a company needs to follow normal procedure to have a crushing plant in operation which includes planning and land use procedures, including (if necessary) environmental impact assessments and a public participation process,” she says. The application was lodged with the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Department. Walters says before such an application can be approved the health and environmental risks will be investigated. V Share your thoughts! Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

CRUSHING PLANT: The rubble which has apparently been crushed by Ross Excavations without a valid Waste Licence. PHOTO: ASTRID FEBRUARIE


PEOPLE'S POST | CLAREMONT | RONDEBOSCH Thursday, 27 February 2014

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The Friends of Valkenberg will hold its fifth annual charity golf day Rondebosch Golf Course on Friday 25 April. Golf enthusiasts can buy a fourball at R475 per player. The package includes snacks, a gift pack, supper and wine. For player registration, hole sponsorship and donation of prizes visit or phone Marsha van den Berg on (021) 447 2029.


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axi drivers say safer minibuses are coming at too steep a price. The newly-launched Impendulo taxi is geared at creating the safest journey for public transport users as well as those behind the wheel. Translated to “the answer” in Zulu, the Impendulo costs R306 900. It boasts seat belts on every seat, a smart working cockpit, ABS brake assist and balanced layout which seats an equal amount of passengers on both sides. While the creators of this “newly improved public transport model” feel it is the answer to improving road safety, taxi drivers and owners feel the answer comes at a steep price. This initiative is a joint venture between the South African National Taxi IMPROVED: Group 1 Nissan managing director Marcel Swanepoel and SANTACO deputy chairperson Nazeem AbdurahCouncil and Group 1 Nis- man test the new Impendulo minibus. PHOTO: TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN san. “The roleplayers are leading an experiAccording to the agreement, the profits belief, the high and constantly rising costs from sales of the new Nissan NV350 taxi will of running a taxi means the owners are left ment that is hugely important to the taxi industry,” he says. be split equally. This will provide funds for with extremely small profit margins. “Transparency will be key in the success “Fuel, service and tyre costs are increastaxi owners to maintain their vehicles and ing all the time. As a result, and in order of this project. If this initiative fails it will also pay their drivers better wages. Taxi owner Justice Marobele says he is to keep the very small margin between in- be difficult to convince other companies to ecstatic about the features of the Impendulo come and costs, the taxi drivers are under come on board in similar collaborations.” Nissan Group 1 managing director Marand thinks all taxi owners would invest in enormous pressure to carry as many passengers as they possibly can every day,” he cel Swanepoel says the only way that the the minibus if the price were adjusted. taxi industry can be empowered is to have “I met with some taxi owners last week says. “As we know, and from some tragic the proper means to deal with their issues. and we all feel that it is a lot of money to spend on new taxis. We don’t know how events, this situation means that road safety “We’re very proud to have carved this deal. much was spent on manufacturing the min- is sometimes compromised. We believe that While it is a big step, it’s actually only the ibus, but if we could reach an agreement to this deal is a big step towards involving the first small move towards helping the taxi inlower the price it would be ideal,” he says. industry in helping to address the prov- dustry help more than a million people a day. It will help people rely upon a more supThere are many features of the Impendulo ince’s commuter safety crisis,” he says. “Group 1 Nissan is making a bold state- portive and safer taxi industry.” that will improve the journey for both drivment on behalf of the industry and we apers and passengers, Marobele agrees. “It is better designed than the Quantum. plaud the dealership for helping us meet I think mechanically and safety-wise they some of our biggest challenges in this way.” Provincial minister of transport Robin have produced a good product. We just need Carlisle reminded all involved that it is esa better price,” he maintains. Deputy chairperson of SANTACO sential that the taxi industry strengthens its Nazeem Abdurahman says despite popular bonds with other associations.

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meal voucher initiative for homeless people is under threat of being discontinued due to dismal support. The meal voucher initiative is the brainchild of staff at U-Turn Homeless Ministries. They are now making a renewed call on the public to support the initiative which helps to keep homeless people from begging on the streets. U-Turn spokesperson Megan Blough says only 50 members of public currently subscribe for monthly deliveries of the U-turn meal vouchers. The remainder are bought as one-off sales from re-sellers who stock their vouchers. “Subscription figures as low as this have a direct impact on the financial sustainability of the initiative and these should not be ignored. We are calling on the public to support this initiative before it is closed down,” she says. Blough explains as their services to street people grew, they became aware that there was a need for a change in how society bestows the organisation. They came up with the concept which has been in place for almost 10 years. The voucher system was implemented in 2009. Booklets of five vouchers can be bought for R30 at the various points of sale, including Rosmead Super Spar, Westerford Kwik Spar, Vineyard Convenience Centre, Claremont Main Road Engen, Meadowridge Engen and Wynberg Engen. “The goal of the vouchers is to help the general public put homeless people in contact with U-Turn for food, clothing and longterm assistance,” Blough says.

Too often, she says, when people are compassionate they are blinded to the realities that keep people on the street. “I am speaking not only of drugs and alcohol, but also the gifts of money that enables street people to ‘make a living’ at the robot. It’s not a happy fact, but studies show that 70% of people on the street for six months or longer struggle with alcohol and drug abuse,” she says. Blough says people should also consider whether their help is empowering change in the vulnerable of society or enslaving them into a system of which they cannot break free. “We needed a way for people to respond which actually made a real difference for the better,” she says. When individuals choose to subscribe to the vouchers, they not only get the vouchers delivered to their door, but also allow U-turn to budget against those numbers. The organisation can also rely on a steady flow of funds from the voucher scheme. She says it is important to realise that vouchers are not the golden ticket to ending poverty, but one step in a long process. “We at U-Turn hold out as much opportunity as we can. You, the public, can do the same, but the success is in the hands of those who choose to take the opportunity,” Blough says. “The more people use the vouchers as a way to help, the more the help is being channelled into organisations set up to deal with homelessness.” Two substantial services come out of the voucher programme, she says. It connects addicts with help and also integrates them into society. “The Life Change programme U-turn offers uses a real work environment and occu-

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POSING IN PINK: Westerford High School held its biennial Slog, an event aimed at uniting pupils through eight hours of spirit and sport, earlier this month. The event saw the different classes compete in a relay race, great entertainment and food stalls selling yummy goods. All pupils dressed up for the occasion, with each class donning specially designed t-shirts. The event was eventually won by the Grade 11A class. Photographed at the event, from left, are matrics Anna Goble, Lucy Gibbons, Rafael Bloch and Jarad Humphry. PHOTO: SHAWN BENJAMIN/ARK IMAGES

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Thursday 27 February V Rondebosch: Cape Town University of the Third Age will hold its first meeting of the year at the Baxter Theatre at 09:30 for 10:30. Sue Hollingsworth and Ashley Ramsden of the International School of Storytelling will be the guest speakers. All welcome. For more information phone Eve Dunnell on (021) 531 5604. V Pinelands: The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa will hold a Mended Hearts Support Group meeting at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital at 18:00. Patrick Kay, a biokineticist from the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, will be speaking on the importance of fitness and exercise, particularly for those who have previously suffered a cardiac event. The meeting is free. Refreshments will be served. Dressed in red to support of the Dress Red campaign. Stickers will be available at R5. For more information call (021) 447 6268 or email Saturday 1 March V UCT: Artist Stanley Hermans will conduct a walkabout of his exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum at 11:00. His show, titled A Selection of Drawings and Paintings from 2008-2013, is on until Saturday 15 March. The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00. For additional information phone (021) 685 5686. V Claremont: The Bethany Fellowship Church at 225 Lansdowne Road will hold its monthly

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axi drivers using Queen Victoria and Belvedere roads in Claremont are believed to be doing so illegally and have residents fuming. And a “no taxi” sign on the corners of Queen Victoria and Belvedere roads does not deter some taxi drivers from taking the shortcut. Residents are now calling on the City of Cape Town to take steps in apprehending the operators. Ian Ryklief, who does not live far from Belvedere Road, says he has seen taxis driving down Queen Victoria Road on many occasions. He adds the speed at which they drive is dangerous. “They do not only put the lives of other motorists at risk, but also pedestrians who live and work in the area. An accident can happen at any moment,” he says. Ryklief says the City needs to ensure taxi drivers are aware of the dangers when driving in residential areas, even if they are permitted to do so. “If they have the permit to drive in the area it is their right, but they also need to adhere to the speed limit,” he says. City Traffic Services spokesperson Richard Coleman says complaints have been received throughout the city of taxis operating in residential areas. However, not all taxis operate illegally. “There are many forms of taxis, such as chartered operators and scholar operators; many of them have authority to operate in these residential areas, as their operating licence sets out,” he says. Coleman says the complaints have been

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erected at both ends of Queen Victoria Road and on the roads leading from Imam Haron Road. The signs worked well for a while, but then the taxis and buses started to ignore it,” he says. Resident Sam Fick, who lives in Palmyra Road, often sees taxi drivers speeding down the road. She has also witnessed how motorists fail to stop at the stop streets. “People always point fingers at others, but yet they do the same. I am not saying that is right for taxi operators and bus drivers to drive in the residential area, but let us look at our own mistakes before we speak out,” Fick says. Speaking on condition of anonymity, another resident suggests CCTV cameras be installed in an attempt to deter taxi and bus drivers and motorists from speeding down the roads. “All motorists should know the law of the road, but some just ignore it. If CCTV cameras will help solve the problem, then that option should be looked at. “I would also like to see more traffic officers on the roads, patrolling the streets during peak traffic,” he says. Jackson says it is not only taxi drivers speeding on Queen Victoria Road, but also cars driven by residents of the neighbourhood. “Taxis and other motorists go through stop streets frequently,” he says. He adds only through consistent traffic policing will the problem be resolved. “We understand that the traffic department is very thinly spread, therefore we encourage residents to take photographs of taxis and buses in Queen Victoria Road and to send it to the traffic department for followup.” V Residents can report any specific complaints to the City on 0860 103 089.

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Shortly after the advent of democracy, South Africa’s borders were turned much more into turnstiles and the floodgates were opened for foreigners. This was facilitated in no small measure by the words, paraphrased, by the late Nelson Mandela who told the Western world in no uncertain terms he would choose his friends. Thousands of true refugees risked life and limb to cross crocodile-infested waters to seek safety in this land of milk and honey. Many more flock across our borders for jobs, while others flee from oppressive governments who hound them for political, religious or tribal reasons. People who once were friends and even intermarried suddenly find themselves at opposite ends of political and religious spectrum. These relationships are often cut short by a hand wielding a gun or a machete. In parts of Africa, as on other continents, sexual orientation is no longer a private matter. In some countries sexual relations between same-gender parties are outlawed and laws are being introduced to criminalise people who know, but don’t tell. South Africa has become a safe haven for many refugees, immigrants and people with nowhere to call home. Or is it? And how does this bode for born and bred South Africans? In the words of home affairs minister Naledi Pandor, the country’s progressive law and a failure to stem the tide of illegal migrants from working in SA is a “challenge”. In short, she says, our country’s asylum system is being abused. To break the neck of this abuse, Pandor aims to make recommendations which would seek to redress this anomaly. On the one hand is the question of jobs being taken away from locals. On the other the abuse by locals towards foreigners through low wages and other violations. Some foreigners have escaped one stick in the hand of the powerful for another. Not to mention the nastiness of xenophobia which fires the pyre of human indecency. SA must take a stand.

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Call for tolerance, calm Tolerance and calm [should be practised] during electioneering, reminding South Africans of the need to act with dignity and restraint. The Salvation Army calls on voters to use the period prior to the elections on Wednesday 7 May to prayerfully consider how their vote can help build a just and equitable society for all. Tensions are already rising in the country around the upcoming elections. We are disturbed at the rising number of service delivery protests that degenerate into violence, as it would be deeply distressing if electioneering ended up with people being killed or injured and property damaged. As electioneering in the country gets into gear with the announcement by the president of the election date, we remind all voters they have a responsibility to exercise their votes for the good of their fellow citizens. This means all citizens who are eligible to vote should register to do so and use their right to vote. South Africa has travelled a long and difficult road to get to the point where everyone now has the democratic right to

cast their vote. Failing to register as a voter, or withholding your vote, is to be uncaring about your future, that of your children, or that of your fellow citizens. In spite of the progress made over the last 20 years since the first democratic elections, many underprivileged South Africans still lack their basic human right to decent housing, water, education, health care, safety and security, as is evidenced by the many service delivery protests we are witnessing at this time. In getting ready to place our crosses on the ballot box, we need to prayerfully consider which of our political parties is most able to bring about the improvements in the lives of the underprivileged in our society. Many Christians would use the period in the run-up to Easter to reflect on their lives, and that some would fast during this period as a way of listening to God’s voice. As we approach the elections, we need to listen carefully to God’s voice as to how we should vote. MAJOR CARIN HOLMES THE SALVATION ARMY

Colour code for learner drivers I would (like to) suggest a practical guide for other road users. By law in South Africa, a red “L” must be fixed to the rear screen on a learner driver’s car until the person has successfully passed an official driver’s licence. Similarly, when a licence is passed in England, a red “L” is placed on the rear screen by the official traffic department. This is an excellent control (measure). But here is where common sense should kick in. A green “L” is stuck, with a new registration number, on the reverse of the sticker, making it official. It is also an indication from the traffic department that the driver may drive unsuper-

vised. The green “L” must remain on the vehicle for six months. The newly licensed driver must now prove they are competent drivers, excluding any stationary parking and including moving accidents. After the six months, the driver must return to the original traffic department where an official will then remove the green “L”. Only then is the driver considered to be competent road user. This is also a tremendous deterrent for people driving without any licence and just sticking a red “L” on their car. FRANK

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Poor turnout at watch meet ASTRID FEBRUARIE @FebAstrid


total of 15 residents represented about 1000 households at the annual Little Mowbray Neighbourhood Watch meeting. The watch has been inactive for over two years, but there are attempts to revive the watch. Connecting the community through various communication channels could be the way forward for the Little Mowbray Neighbourhood Watch, said former chairperson Dave Siversten. “We are currently working on getting more residents to sign up to the neighbourhood watch, but also to become active members,” he said. Observing the dismal turnout to the meeting at St George’s Grammar School on Thursday 20 February, one resident said residents need to rally together. “Either they want a neighbourhood watch or they don’t,” he said. “This is a big area, so it is ridiculous that there are only 15 people. Residents need to get serious if they want to see this work. People are willing to assist, but do not come to the table when they need to.” Siversten expressed similar disappointment at the low turnout. “Another resident and I have spent months working on getting our watch together. There are 39 blocks in Mowbray, which means there should be 39 block coordinators which, sadly, was not the case,” he said. If residents want a safer and cleaner neighbourhood they need to get actively involved, he said. “At past annual meetings of the community policing forums and the

civic association (there was also) a lack of attendance. Of the almost 1000 households, we are lucky if we get 50 residents attending,” he says. He says he does not think residents are disinterested, but while things are going well, people are happy to just sit back and relax. But when there is a crisis people become very interested and involved. “A prime example was the recent power surge we had in our area. I was not surprised to see so many people attend the feedback session with ward councillor (Matthew) Kempthorne,” Siversten says. The first step to revitalising the watch is to build a network for the sole purpose of communication and bridging the gap between police and the community. “We are fortunate to have a database in place. This enables us to gather information which can be channelled through the community easily and effectively. All we have to do is update the database and sign up new members,” Siversten says. The positive work done by Mowbray police outweighs the negative reports they receive, Siversten adds. “We are always looking for police reservists to assist the police. And anyone who is interested can contact the police station.” Residents Pam Sykes says residents who have not joined the watch need to be clear on the purpose of a neighbourhood watch is. “Our main goal is to get everyone connected through different communication channels, so that we all know what is happening in our area,” she says V For more information on the watch contact Dave Siversten on 082 721 8221, (021) 685 1213 or

COMMUNITY SAFETY: Only 15 residents attended the annual meeting of the Little Mowbray Neighbourhood Watch to discuss the way forward. PHOTO: ASTRID FEBRUARIE


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Recycler Rachel talks trash ASTRID FEBRUARIE @FebAstrid


elping the planet one bag at a time. This is the sentiment of a Harfield Village resident who is passionate about keeping the planet safe and clean. Avid recycler Rachel Robinson is making it easier for people who want to recycle but do not have the time to do so. “People always say they do not have the time to recycle, so I came up with the idea of supplying them with bags for their (dirt) and collecting (it) every two weeks. They do not even need to sort it out – it will be done for them,” she says. Robinson has about 12 clients and, despite only starting the project at the beginning of the month, it means at least 12 bags of refuse – previously headed for a landfill site – will now be recycled every month. “I hope more residents will get involved, as it really makes a difference,” she adds. A list of what can and cannot be recycled is also supplied and the bags are collected by Robinson, who drops it off at Oasis in Lansdowne Road where the items are sorted. Robinson says there are many similar services, so there’s nothing unique about her project. “Many areas in the city have a recycling service provided by Council, but as Harfield Village and Lynfrae do not have one, I decided to step in and do my bit,” she says.

TRAIL OF TRASH: The bags of trash that Rachel Robinson collects from some clients during this month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Robinson says amazing things are done with unwanted cans, bottles and plastic. “Instead of it ending up in landfills, the ocean and rivers – where it takes years to break

down and endangers wildlife – it is turned into useful objects to make more glassware or plastic products,” she says. Since starting recycling her own waste,

Robinson is amazed at how little dirt she now has, as most of it is recycled. “It is really not difficult to recycle; a change of mindset and starting a new habit is all it takes,” she says. Robinson adds landfills are filling up at a rapid rate and before long there will be limited space – something she says is “a disaster waiting to unfold”. “I think most people like the idea of taking care of the environment, but as life seems to be a lot more fast-paced, they simply do not have the time to be dealing with trash,” she says. And Robinson’s initiative has had a favourable, albeit unintended, spin-off: curbing crime. “I cringe every time I see a plastic bag flying through the air or a bottle rolling down the street. I know the homeless search through bins looking for things they can recycle, so perhaps if more people recycle there will be less vagrants around on bin day,” she says. While she would not be drawn on whether vagrancy is to blame for crime, Robinson says: “Recycling may not have an impact on people wanting to steal or burgle a house, it will have an impact on the planet.” For R100 a month her clients receive two plastic bags to store their recycling. They receive two more bags on collection day. V Anyone who would like to get involved can email Robinson at

A hair-raising experience Advertorial: Shave it, spray it, stencil it or gel it in support of the Cancer Association of South Africa’s 11th annual Shavathon. Be at Kenilworth Centre on Saturday 1 March from 09:00 to 15:00 to show your support. Cansa encourages everyone to take part by shaving, spraying, stencilling or, new for this year, gelling hair, for a donation of R50. Children under 12 pay R25. The first Shavathon was held in 2003 as a way to show solidarity and support for those touched by cancer, as losing hair is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Participants can show support by shaving or colour-spraying their hair.

FOR A CAUSE: Show your support for the 11th annual Cancer Association of South Africa’s Shavathon at Kenilworth Centre on Saturday 1 March. PHO-

Some use fun stencil shapes, such as a star, butterfly, flower, soccer ball, lightning bolt and the word “warrior”. The donation is used by Cansa to provide an invaluable service to the public and people affected by cancer. “We hope to encourage and positively influence those struggling with cancer, and, as always, Kenilworth Centre will be getting involved. We make an appeal to our loyal Kenilworth Centre customers to pledge their support,” says senior property manager Terry Pollock. V For further information on the event call (021) 671 5054.


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Time to start scribbling the perfect script The Imbewu Trust is calling for applications for their third SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition, with a number of prizes available this year. Entries open on 1 March and close on 31 July. The top five scripts will be selected for a week-long staged reading in October, with the opportunity for discussion and feedback from the public and members of the theatre industry. The winning script will be produced by a professional creative team for a run at a Cape Town theatre in 2015. A second winner will have the chance to further workshop his or her play, with a third award of the Scribblers Dream, a financial prize to enable a writer to work alongside a mentor to develop his or her script. The panel of SCrIBE judges comprises a group of seasoned theatre practitioners. For SCrIBE 2014, Imbewu is looking for new works of outstanding quality and original content which represent the range of the South African theatre landscape. The scripts should be in English, no longer than 40 pages or 80 minutes, with no more than five cast members. The Imbewu Trust’s other initiatives include the Imbewu Showcase in New York. Started in 2012, when Imbewu presented Neil Coppen’s Tin Bucket Drum to great acclaim, this project aims to create dialogue between US practitioners and Imbewu, and to develop South African arts through cultural exchange. V For further information or details on how to enter, visit

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orld acclaimed piano duo Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov are set to dazzle local audiences. In a much anticipated return to Cape Town, the pair will perform their virtuoso four hands/one piano playing on Sunday 2 March. The performance marks the first concert presented by the Hugo Concert Series this year. Described as “the piano duo of the younger generation”, Genova and Dimitrov have established a stellar reputation as two of the world’s most highly regarded musicians. The concert takes place at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Picton Street, Parow, and starts at 15:30. Before interval the duo will play Johannes Brahms’ charming 16 Waltzes (op. 39) and Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (op. 46). After interval, Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly Suite (op. 66), Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Piano (1918) and Maurice Ravel’s electrifying Rapsodie Espag-

TOP PIANO PAIR: Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov will perform at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium. PHOTO: SUPPLIED



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Ikeys’ title hopes dented by defeat LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT


TAKE A BOW: SACS beat Bishops 6-4 in the final of the Maitland Night Series Water Polo Tournament at the Newlands Swimming Pool on Tuesday. SACS remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, beating Paul Roos Gymnasium, Wynberg Boys’ High, Rondebosch Boys’ High and Reddam House during the league phase. Here the victors face their school mates and supporters. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Karateka to live their dreams LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT Stern instructions, shouted responses and the sound of fists and feet slamming into leather pads echo across the Crystal High School hall. The noise from the building can be heard metres away and its jarring once inside. The Hanover Park school may be more well-known as a target for theft and vandalism, but every evening it morphs into one of Cape Town’s toughest martial arts schools: the Shinkyokushinkai Dojo. Lead by sensei Deen Daniels, the dojo has grown into one of the peninsula’s top schools in the Kyokushin style of karate. In 2012, four of Daniels’ students participated in an international tournament on Reunion Island, bringing home two gold medals, one silver and a fourth place ahead of fighters from five other countries. Now nine of the dojo’s best could be travelling to Japan to trade blows with the best young full-contact fighters in the world, at the Karate Dream Cup in Tokyo. “The Dream Cup is an international tournament held every second year; what makes it special is that almost every other nation affiliated to the World Karate Federation will participate,” Daniels says. “I selected only kids who performed well at the Shinkyokushinkai National Championships in Rustenburg last August; they placed first or second.” An intense desire to succeed seems to permeate from the entire club, so it’s no surprise the dojo is packed with national and provincial champions. The secret behind the success is hard work and dedication. The students train four to five times a week, for between 90 minutes and two hours at a punishing intensity. Surrey Estate’s Mikhail Hicks joined the club just last year after taking a four year break from karate. He went on to win the under-55kg category in under-17 age group at the national championships, was selected

for the Dream Cup team and received his black belt just two weeks ago. “It was tough at first, because your body has to go through all the different changes again,” the 17-year-old says. “You have to do physical training and become conditioned. It was hard, but as you progress you see that you can withstand it and handle more. All my life I have been working to reach my black belt and to represent my country at a world tournament in Japan. I am proud that I have been selected to go.” The dojo’s achievements fly in the face of the adversity the students face in Hanover Park every day. Daniels and his students were recently trapped inside the hall for almost an hour, as they waited for gang shootings to abate. He has since been forced to end classes 30 minutes earlier, in hopes of ensuring his student’s safety. Daniels believes karate is an oasis for his students, away from the troubles in the area. The fighters are looking for donations towards the R20 000 it will cost each student to participate in the tournament. “This is an opportunity for a child that lives in a gang-infested community to represent their country in sport they chose to do,” he says. “They could choose to do drugs or run around with guns, but they choose this; why not give them the opportunity? They may just impress and do very well, but it’s more about giving someone from a community as volatile as Hanover Park the opportunity to live their dream, even if it’s only once. We get very few of these chances.” The students who have been selected for the Dream Cup are Mikhail Hicks, Lee Hicks, Myles Williams, Sergio Swarts, Kenrick Finch, Natheer Kamish, Naasik Kamish, Saa’iba Daniels and Iman Nacerodien. The dojo will host several fundraisers over the coming weeks. V For more information or to assist visit or call Daniels on 082 978 2508.

he Ikey Tigers’ chances of securing a Varsity Cup home semi-final were slashed after a loss to log leaders Tuks on Monday. UCT were defeated 26-16 at home, slipping out of the top four and possibly out of contention for the knockout rounds. Ikeys went into the crunch encounter high on confidence after two morale boosting wins against arch rivals Maties and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University over the last two weeks. THROUGH THE GAP: Ikey Tigers scrumhalf Liam Slatem races towards After five minutes of the try-line in Monday’s Varsity Cup match against Tuks at the Green play, it looked as if the Mile. The visitors were 26-16 victors. PHOTO: GAVIN WITHERS/ACTION PIX home side were set to UCT pack could retreat. Tian Schoeman make it three out of three. Once a short, initial period of Tuks domi- pulled Tuks level with the conversion. With no wind to help stem the Tuks attack nance ended, the strong wind at UCT’s backs in the second half, UCT were up against it. started to influence the game. Though the Tigers attacked the gain line Flyhalf Dean Grant sought the touchline from a penalty and his kick carried deep into with gusto and defended bravely, they failed to alter the score board and could not keep the defending champion’s half. UCT chose not to drive from the resulting Tuks out. The visitors scored their second try in the line-out, electing to move the ball away from the powerful Tuks forward pack and on to 55th minute when fullback Warrick Gelant muscular flank Vince Jobo lurking in mid- finished in the right corner after aggressive carries sucked in the UCT defence. field. Schoeman missed the subsequent converThough UCT scored from the move, many sion, but Tuks scored again just 10 minutes would argue they were fortunate. Jobo got the go-forward as planned, but later. Prop Neethling Fouche intercepted a waythe ball was ripped loose and scrumhalf Liam Slatem was on-hand to pick up and race ward pass on the right and the ball was clear. Grant goaled the conversion to hand spread left for Duncan Matthews to take advantage of the overlap and score. UCT 8-0 lead. Schoeman was struggling in the wind and Grant’s booming boot, the Ikey’s solid line-out and an effective maul looked set to again failed his conversion attempt, but the be a regular route to the try-line while the miss had little effect on the result. Tuks sealed a bonus point in the 78th wind was at their backs. But poor decision-making meant the home minute when, after several phases on attack, team failed to make use of the advantage. replacement hooker Arno van Wyk took a The Tigers were guilty of tapping and run- short pass at a ruck and surged through a ning from penalties in their own half, when defeated UCT defence to score. This time Schoeman goaled the converbooting Tuks back into the 22 and building from the set-piece would have served better. sion and took the score to 26-8. However, the scoring was not done. UCT Effective kicking from open play could also have allowed the Ikeys to play in Tuks’ replacement centre Huw Jones picked up a half and feed off the errors which were loose ball and sped away from the Tuks defence to score under the posts in the final bound to follow. UCT failed to score any further points in minute. Grant added a touch of respectability to the first-half and were eventually made to pay for their poor choices in the 42nd the scoreline, converting the try before the final whistle sounded. minute. UCT will hope to restore their title charge After winning a scrum penalty in the opposition 22, Tuks loosehead prop Juan Sch- when they face the University of Johannesoeman tapped and barged over before the burg (away) on Monday.




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Wynberg batters ’Bosch in T20 final LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT


ynberg Boys’ High School’s under-19A team produced a brilliant all-round performance to beat arch rivals Rondebosch Boys’ High in the WP Coca-Cola T20 Challenge final on Tuesday. The rivals met at the Vineyard Oval in Newlands in a repeat of last year’s final – one of the matches ’Bosch won on the road to claiming the national title. The defending champions won the toss and selected to bat, but were bowled out for just 81 with four balls remaining. Wynberg chased down the target in just 16.1 overs, posting 82/3. ’Bosch went into the match without the services of strike bowlers Dayyaan Galiem and Jay Stevens, meaning they needed a healthy total to defend. However, they had nothing to match the Wynberg bowling attack and went on to collapse in their innings. Openers Matthew Christensen and Murray Commins were removed for 4 from 14 balls and 15 off 18 respectively. Dayyaan Galiem, playing with the injury which prevented him from bowling and forced him to withdraw from the SA under-19 World Cup squad, topscored with 20 off 32. ’Bosch managed just three boundaries in the innings, with Galliem scoring a four and a six and Commins hitting one four. Wynberg’s top order did not suffer the same fate. Opener Kyle Verreyne hit an impressive 32 off 34 balls, building the platform for his side’s victory. Though Raythaan Addinall (7) and Tyla Sylvester (1) were removed cheaply, the fourth wicket pairing of Mitch Lotz and Matthew Goles saw Wynberg home. Lotz scored 29 from 39 balls, while Goles hit a useful 11 off 13. Wynberg will now face Boland champions Paul Roos Gymnasium at Stellenbosch University or Boland Park next week to decide which team will represent the Cape Cobras at the national finals. The national finals will take place at the University of Pretoria’s LC de Villiers Complex from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March. The current instalment of the T20 Challenge tournament started in October, with nearly 12 000 players from 650 schools participating.

CLEAN BOWLED: Rondebosch Boys’ High School batsman Ryan Klein is bowled by Wynberg Boys’ High School player Nicholas Scott in the Coca-Cola T20 Championship final at the Vineyard Oval in Newlands on Tuesday. Wynberg won by seven wickets. PHOTO: MATTHEW WITHERS/ACTION PIX


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Milano United will face a season defining moment in the Cape derby against Santos on Saturday. United currently trail log leaders Chippa United by just three points and, with just 10 games left in the season, anything besides a win could mean the end of their title challenge. Milano coach Theo Hempe is aware a loss or draw could ease Chippa’s road to claiming the title and hand them automatic promotion to the Absa Premiership. “(This match) is definitely important, because we want to close the gap on Chippa,” he says.

“We have to keep pace; any slip ups will give the upper hand to Chippa. We are not worried about they do in their games – for us it’s just about keeping the winning momentum.” Milano go into the game on the back of a narrow win against Safa Second Division side Bloemfontein Young Tigers in the Nedbank Cup. The Grassy Park side went into the match with nine changes to starting line-up, with this weekend’s action in mind, and the second stringers did just enough to make the last 16 of the tourney. Milano scored first through Broderick

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