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Favourite pastime With National Braai Day (Monday 24 Sep tember) drawing near er South Africa’s braai king, Jan Braai (cen tred), launched his new recipe book, Fire works, at the Media24 head office in Cape Town. Photographed with Braai, from left, is Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen, Daleen van der Merwe and Mas terchef SA judge Pete GoffeWood. Photo: Michael Hammond/Photo24
Counting cost of country life JUANITA WILLIAMS
LIVING in a green meadow may sound idyllic, but for owners of properties in Forest Glade, Tokai, it has expensive drawbacks. The townhouse development, built in the 1970s, backs onto an open green space with the Prinseskasteel River rambling through it. The 103 Homeowners Association (103 HOA) leases the 24 450m² of open space from the municipality and has fenced it in for security reasons. Part of the lease agreement is that they maintain the Prinseskasteel River. In 2002, the home owners engaged a freshwater ecologist, who made recommendations for management of the river. “Unfortunately, they were unaware the stabilisation, construction and maintenance activities they undertook within the river required a prior Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval in accordance with the amended 2010 National Environmental Management Act (Nema) EIA regulations,” says
Nick Steytler of Khula Environmental Consultants. The authorities have brought this to the association’s attention. The river is showing signs of environmental degradation like localised erosion and collapsing stream banks. To rectify the matter the association has commissioned a basic assessment process which is currently underway. Steytler says the environmental laws are very detailed and few people are aware of the complications. He says a more comprehensive, rehabilitation plan needs to be implemented to remedy the damage, prevent increasing erosion and reshape the river. “The main solution is to install six gabion weirs across the river to reduce the erosive capacity of the river. Long-term maintenance is also required to control alien plants and repair any further damage to the banks and gabion structures. “Although the cost will be steep it will be worth the expense as it enables the homeowners to retain the lease,” says Steytler. The association has already spent thou-
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sands of rands on the previous efforts to manage the erosion problem. He anticipates the work will be phased in over a number of years which will help with the expense. When the rehabilitation has been completed it will result in a river system which will prove of benefit to the community downstream. He expects work to begin in December or early next year. Steytler says the government has money for environmental rehabilitation and environmental NGOs like Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) and private businesses sometimes put money into these projects. “For instance, the management and maintenance of the Keyser River Restoration Project which local businesses helped to fund.” Sue Mol, chairperson of 103 HOA, says although this is an expensive exercise, the work has to be done. “A further complication is that the homeowners lease the land from the City, but the river actually falls under the provincial government,” Mol says. “The land used to be zoned public open
space, but since we fenced it in, it has become private open space. It is really a marshland and only suitable for walking dogs and at the weekend (11/12 August) it was like a lake,” says Mol, who has lived there for 15 years. “This could be an important breeding ground for the endangered Leopard Toad. We also get visited by the baboons who like to eat the natural vegetation, but since the new monitors have been employed the situation has improved,” she says. The 103 HOA has applied to City for assist with the cost of the upgrade. A Draft Basic Assessment Report is available for review on request from Khula as part of the public participation process. Anyone who wishes to comment needs to register and/or submit comment in writing to Khula Environmental Consultants, c/o Nick Steytler at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 21 September.
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BLESSED: Thousands of Muslims flocked to Three Anchor Bay on Saturday night to get a glimpse of the new moon which sig nalled the end of Ramadan and the celebration of EidulFitr. Photo: Denzil Maregele/Foto24
Keeping up with the Eid-dashians
Occasions such as Christmas and Eid are renowned for upholding traditions and customs. On Sunday, South Africans joined 1.5 billion Muslims around the world in celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival of charity signalling the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In addition to prayers, spending time with family and friends and enjoying traditional Eid dishes such as leg of lamb, breyani and trifle, it was a time to celebrate, unite and give thanks for our many blessings. Also, to forgive. Generosity prevails during this time, with “Labarang boxes” – equivalent of a Christmas box – given to parents and children in
the family and community. When my five siblings and I were laaities, we would traipse District 6, Drydocks and Walmer Estate on Eid, returning home at the end of the day with R2 – made up of half, one and two cents. We were chuffed with our takings – money had a lot more value then. You could get three sweets for half cent at Mr Goodman’s, our favourite sweet and comic book shop in Hanover Street. Today however, with inflation as it is and the depreciation of our currency, it is common for the children in my family to amass hundreds of rands on Eid. But not everything about tradition, as interpreted by some families, leaves warm fuzzy feelings.
NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Wednesday 29 August 2012 at 10:00 in the Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. Please note that limited seating is available in the public gallery of the Council Chamber, and therefore seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Should you wish to attend the meeting you are requested to contact Michelle Alberts, tel 021 400 3708 between 09:00-16:00. All requests for attendance must be received by no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to provide your surname, initials and contact telephone number. Visitors are kindly requested to be seated by 09:30. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER
In the 70s and 80s, children would spend Eid playing games on granny’s stoep, or gather in a room while the aunts and uncles sit in the lounge around a decadent tea table. My gran’s house in Ravenscraig Road, Walmer Estate, would hum with happiness, laughter, chatter – and the invariable family spat that signalled the end of another “traditional” Abrahams Eid, and time for everyone to say their perhaps not-so-fond goodbyes. Despite best intent and value extracted from events at gran’s house, my siblings and I have also had a few “too traditional” Eids that saw among others, a delicate cushion being flung, ire at a sibling notorious for visiting our parents’ house too late and inability to reach consensus as at whose house to end the day. Perhaps technology holds the answer to altering tradition as our family observes it. On Eid, during visits, most youngsters and adults spent sufficient quality time with their
Green fingers meet THE Cape Horticultural Society will host its annual Flower and Garden Show at the Alphen Centre in Constantia on Saturday 1 and
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cellphones, sending greetings to others and keeping contact. It’s more efficient and ecofriendly to send electronic greeting cards – and potentially less volatile. Another solution may be that we revert to making things; clothes for ourselves and our children, bake from scratch our pastries and biscuits as opposed to buying almost everything nowadays. Perhaps we aren’t tired enough on Eid, because we’ve bought the lekker tartlets and steak pies once traditionally lovingly made by our mothers and grandmothers. Nice thought in theory, but I prefer buying my favourite treats, in the same loving way my mom and gran made them. ’Til next time, go well! ConnectED is a weekly column by People’s Post editor Feroza Miller-Isaacs who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. People’s Post in online. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za.
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Weather plays havoc with Diep River police phones
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A HIGH-SPEED chase through Ottery ended in Prince George Drive – where the police collared a suspect.
Constable Yuri Ray and Warrant Officer Tobias van der Walt, of the Diep River police, say the chase started near the Royal Cape Golf Club, in Ottery. It continued on to the M5 and stopped in Prince George Drive. A man from Grassy Park was arrested. He cannot be named until he has pleaded. Two police vehicles and the suspect’s car were damaged during the pursuit. Van der Walt sustained a serious ankle injury when he ran after the suspect on foot. The man was arrested and charged with reckless and negligent driving. Diep River Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Lulama Lurwengu thanked the two police officers for their efforts. A suspect wrestled a gun from a constable
during an arrest in a separate incident. Wynberg police stopped the man in Bexhill Road on Saturday 18 August. They found he was carrying dagga. Wynberg police corporate communications officer Captain Andre Venter says while they tried to handcuff him, the man started a fight and grabbed the constable’s gun. He pointed the gun at the constable and tried to pull the trigger, but the safety catch was on. The suspect’s girlfriend tried to interfere. A student constable fired a shot into the air and the gun was retrieved. The man was arrested for possession of dagga, common robbery, pointing a firearm, possession of a firearm and assault. His girlfriend was arrested for obstructing/interfering with an officer while he was performing his duty. Both suspects are now in custody.
Senior Telkom Operator Beryl Siebritz says the problem is intermittent. She says the service provider who manages the computer system is trying to sort the problem out. “Sometimes you can hear people, sometimes you can’t”. Siebritz suggests people contact the station on (021) 710 7306/7, or (021) 710 7388 at weekends. Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Lulama Lurwengu is now putting pressure on the service providers to sort out the problem immediately. Meanwhile, Lurwengu suggests anyone with an emergency call 10111.
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BUDDING SCIENTISTS: Jordan George (Muizenberg), Azra Majiet (Grassy Park) and Brit ney Robyn (Retreat) at the fifth HIP2B2 iTHINK Challenge at Blue Route Mall. They took part in a quizzes, riddles and experiments. The event was held in celebration of National Science Week, which ran from Saturday 28 July until Saturday 4 August.
A HICCUP in the phone system at Diep River police station is causing grief. Captain Clive Muller, the station’s communications officer, says the charge office phone number (021) 710 7314 has proved very unreliable. “When the phone rings we can’t hear the person on the other end, but they can hear us,” says Muller. “Callers think we have been rude and put the phone down on them.” Muller says the trouble has been linked to the underground network and the foul weather has compounded the problem.
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Variety of talks at Stonehaven THE Union of Jewish Women will hold an adult education programme on Wednesday 22 and Wednesday 29 August at Stonehaven at 10:00 for 10:30. Andrew Marjoribanks of Wordsworth will discuss the latest books on 22 August, while Rhoda Kadalie, the executive director of the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre, will deliver a talk entitled Demonstrating Best Practice in South Africa.
Tickets, at R20, include refreshments. On Thursday 30 August a series of three lectures by Toni Shaked, entitled Understanding Your Teenager, takes place. The course costs R200. On Wednesday 5 September Pearl Firer hosts a cooking demonstration entitled Springtime in the Kitchen. For details call 0 (021) 434 9555 (mornings only).
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Medical costs headache
A HEALTH Department finding that hospitals and specialists are driving up medical costs has reportedly been welcomed by the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF). The Council for Medical Schemes’ 2010 annual report also reportedly found expendi-
ture on private hospitals by medical schemes rose by 109.3% in real terms between 2000 and 2009. People’s Post’s interns Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn and Luzuko Zini heard from readers how they feel about the cost of healthcare and took the photos.
MONEY TALKS: Rosanna Baron says those who can afford get better healthcare. “It Is sad because the private hospitals and spe cialists charge too much. The majority of peo ple can’t afford them so those who can get the best.”
EQUALITY: Ingrid Roberts says everyone should get the best healthcare. “Health is im portant and there should be standard prices.”
CAN’T AFFORD: Thandi Mbadamana believes quality healthcare is expensive. “If I could af ford I would pay. At the moment I will continue going to government institutons where I won’t have to pay.”
UNFAIR: Paul Kalala says all should get treat ment. “The hospitals are expensive and it is not right because not everyone can afford it.”
NOT SURE: Paul Cochrane says he is on the fence. “There could be a reason why hospitals are expensive. It could be they need to keep the hospital running and need to charge peo ple to do so. I also believe is unfair to those who can’t afford.”
QUALITY OVER COST : Kevin Brown says all medication should be of high standards. “Gov ernment institutions should improve on serv ice and no one will want to go private hospi tals. The hospitals are expensive because they provide better services.”
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Conwoman ‘lifts’ cash during ride Gray who describes the suspect as a “well-dressed woman in her 50s”. She gave the woman a lift. “She was wearing a beret and had a scar on her mouth. She seemed respectable. Before she got into the passenger seat, I put my handbag at the back of the car, out of the way. The woman was scratching around looking for the seat belt all the time and I had to stop the car to help her,” says Gray. “At no time did I become suspicious. In fact the woman even offered me R20 to pay for the ride.” “The woman said she lived in Retreat, but became concerned when I drove off the Main Road. Then she said she wanted to go to a shop and I dropped her off near Retreat station. “As she got out of the car she
OFFERING a stranger a lift in her car has ended up costing a Meadowridge woman R2 500 – and her faith in humanity.
BALLERINA GIRL: Caitlin Tanner, of Kirstenhof, won the Royal Acade my of Dance (RAD) Junior Bursary Competition which was held at Art scape. The 12yearold Springfield Convent pupil competed in the cate gory for girls aged 11 to 14. Photo: Supplied
The greening of Blue Route Mall INDIGENOUS plants and evergreen trees play a major part in the new designer landscape at Blue Route Mall. Centre manager Wendy Radford says the idea is to foster biodiversity and create plenty of shade and lush greenery for the parking area. The flowering plants have been specially chosen so that there is always a bright show of colour around the mall. The trees and landscaping will green the parking area and soften the expanse of hard surfacing. Landscaping varies between a natural type of landscaping around the parking area and changing to a more formal style nearer the mall. Evergreen trees have been chosen because they will not drop berries and clog up the
permeable paving. Careful selection ensured that the species could withstand the south-easterly winds. “Landscaping was part of the building plan agreement and the requirements took high priority in the design and choice of plants and trees,” says Radford.” A wide range of environmental issues were addressed through the landscape plan promoting the goals of increasing biodiversity, greening the city and waterwise gardening. A mini-borehole was sunk to irrigate the plants and trees and a rain sensor has been installed to ensure irrigation does not switch on during rainy days. There’s an extra control to ensure the watering system operates efficiently.
Joy Gray says the money went missing from her handbag after she dropped off a woman in Retreat. Gray, who works at a southern suburbs hospital, drove to the car park behind Pick n Pay in Wynberg to buy fabric. After her shopping jaunt, she got back into her car when a woman appeared “out of nowhere” and started to talk to her. “She said she knew me, because she also works at the hospital, in the department which sterilises the bandages and dressings,” says
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Barbarians take to the stage NOBEL laureate JM Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians is for the first time being performed as a stage play at the Baxter until Saturday 1 September. Shows are at 19:00. Waiting for the Barbarians, which has been adapted for the stage,
is directed by Alexandre Marine and produced by Maurice Podbrey of Mopo Productions.It features a stellar local line-up of eight actors led by Grant Swanby with Nicholas Pauling, Chuma Sopotela, Owen ManamelaMogane, Alistair Moulton Black, Ruben Engel and Anele Situlweni.
NIGHT OUT: Thumeka Hintsa and Thabang Mmutlone had a ball at the show.
SOCIAL: A night out with friends, from left, Nicolette Moses, Lauren Hess, Thurlo Cicero and Joseph Mann. Photo: Supplied
SMILES: Nancy Onyango and Gregg Mwendwa at the show.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Walter, Ruben and Trevor Engel enjoy a night out.
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When sayi saying ng ‘no’ is no llonger onger an option JUANITA WILLIAMS
ITH the highest number of heroin users in the country, this province’s reputation for drug and alcohol abuse has taken a firm foothold. And the numbers are increasing. Apart from the negative effect substance abuse has on families, it has been linked to violence, crime and high- risk sexual behaviour increasing the risk of HIV/Aids, Hepatitis B and C as well as TB. Shaun Shelly of Hope House’s new drug counselling centre in Military Road, Bergvliet, warns parents that alcohol abuse can be the gateway to hard drugs for underage drinkers. “The Steenberg area is responsible for a high percentage of all drug-related crime in the province,” says Shelly. “The most common problems are dagga and alcohol abuse, but those seeking help tend to be tik or heroin users. Heroin is becoming a major problem; it is one of the most difficult drugs to detox from and usually requires some form of medical intervention. Alcohol detoxification is also dangerous, and can be life-threatening.” Although there’s plenty of help for wellheeled addicts who can recover in luxurious rehab centres, people in lower-income brackets often don’t know where to seek help. “In fact, there is a distinct lack of mental health services and resources,” says Shelly. “This creates an increasing burden on the mental health system due to the marked increase in methamphetamine-induced (tik) psychosis, which requires psychiatric treatment.” The centre has about 70 cases on file and counsellors receive daily calls from anxious mothers who suspect their children are taking drugs or drinking too much. “If clients need medical detoxification from heroin or alcohol we refer them to Stikland,” says Shelly. The drug detox unit at Stikland has a multi-disciplinary team and takes referrals from registered substance rehab facilities.
Clients have to be referred by doctors or day hospitals for evaluation, but alcoholics can book directly by calling (021) 940 4496. Patients are interviewed to gauge their condition and determine how long their treatment will take. They usually stay at Stikland for three to 10 days, or longer if there are complications. “No one is cured of addiction – once addicted, the brain will be permanently sensitised to the drugs. In my opinion there is no one-size-fits-all solution and addiction is a chronic complex, multi-faceted, bio-psycho-social disease that requires holistic treatment from a multi-disciplinary team addressing each one of these aspects of the disease. “Most people with a drug problem have nowhere to go for advice because of the stigma attached to drug users and they are often turned away from the health services. Some people don’t even have the taxi fare to get to this centre. We don’t charge a fee,
but clients are asked to donate even the smallest amount towards the service.” Shelly and volunteer counsellors operate from a cottage on the corner of Kirstenhof Main and Military roads. The décor is modern and upbeat, with two comfortable treatment lounges and furniture. They counsel people from 13 to 50 years, from all walks of life and income groups. “We get referrals from the police, schools, social workers and employers. Under the new labour laws employers are obliged to assist an employee with a drug problem. People are also referred by Cafda, Victoria and False Bay hospitals, Medicross, doctors, trauma counsellors, churches and schools.” He gives talks at schools and says it is never too early to teach a child about the devastating effects drugs can have. “Prevention should start in primary school.” In his experience, most teenagers have the same problems, whether they live in Bergvliet or Grassy Park. “Although drugs are more easily available in lower socio-economic areas, users soon find drugs wherever they live.” Shelly’s background as a recovering addict gives him the insight and wisdom to understand what people are going through. “We treat people with respect; everyone deserves a chance. For instance, if a guy is caught with R30s worth of drugs and gets a criminal record, this can prevent him finding employment. If the community was more supportive, drugs would be less of a problem.” Hope House counsellors only use evidence-based practices, scientifically proven methods of treatment. “Everything we do is based on clear medical and scientific principles,” Shelly says. Counselling involves group therapy, individual therapy, life-skills training, mentorship, and the 12-step method used by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. “The results are difficult to measure, but we do have a good success rate. Recovery takes a long time and it is very important for clients to continue with the process. Volunteer counsellors have a non-judgmen-
tal, non-punitive approach to treatment and encourage people to build new social bonds and avoid bad company.” He says they have had some great successes and rescued marriages from the brink of disaster and assisted people who were about to lose their jobs. Many addicts are now leading meaningful lives. One of the main problems the counsellors encounter is that people don’t consider dagga a drug. “Yet if someone has a predisposition towards psychiatric illness, dagga can increase the risk of developing the condition. Someone with a tendency towards schizophrenia must never touch dagga. Tik can also induce psychosis and psychiatric problems. These conditions can develop in a matter of months or take years, but all drugs put people at risk.” Addiction is a complex field and requires specialists with multiple talents. “We have access to a doctor who is an addiction specialist, clinical psychologists, lay counsellors, social workers and full-time volunteers,” says Shelly, who plans to expand into an adjacent cottage when the funds and furniture become available. Call Hope House on (021) 701 9742 or (021) 715 0424.
The City’s four outpatient alcoho l and drug treatment sites are runnin g free 16-week substa nce abuse reha bilitation programm es based on the Matrix Model. Clients 18 or older are welco to attend and re me ferrals can be m ade by family, friends, colleagues, hosp itals, police, churches and drug helplin es. The sites are in Tafelsig: War Burnhams (021) ren 397 8195/8906/81 45; Table View: Abdu l Allie (021) 557 1065 or (021) 556 7103; De lft South: Nata Green (021) 955 sha 9229/11/50; and Khayelitsha: Monwabisi Mbandazayo (021) 360 4014/400 0. Those suffering of drug or alco abuse can call hol the City’s Subs tance Abuse 24/7 hotli ne at 0800 435 74 8.
Child safety at heart JUANITA WILLIAMS
INCREASING numbers of children are being removed from homes where they are suffering from sexual abuse and violence. The child protection team at Badisa Place of Safety in Wynberg deals with cases of neglect and abuse each day from Wynberg, to Mowbray and Westlake. Tania Nell, office manager at Badisa Wynberg, says children are referred to them by social services, relatives, friends, schools or people in their community. The cases are followed up by an intake worker within 24 hours. “She literally has to drop everything and intervene,” she says. “Then we have 90 days to investigate the case which involves a thorough investigation of the child’s circumstances. We conduct research through a network of schools, parents, as well as clinic and medical records to gain as much information as possible. In some cases of sexual or violent abuse, the new Children’s Act allows us to order the father (or suspect) to leave the family home immediately.” Currently this team is dealing with more than 40 children with pending court cases, including the three-month-old baby boy who was dumped in Maynardville Park, on Friday 27 July (“Baby boy still not claimed”, People’s Post). Statutory social worker Amanda Kruger says if no one claims the baby within three months, she will be looking for suitable foster parents. “Instead of abandoning the baby, the mother could have handed her child in at a place of safety, the po-
lice station or contacted us,” she says. Badisa is conveniently situated opposite the Wetton Road entrance to Maynard Mall parking, at 4 Salisbury Road. Although people or children can’t just walk in from the street, they can ask for help by phoning the helpline on (021) 761 2671. “It is advisable to make an appointment,” said Nell, “but on busy days we have to drop everything to help people. Unfortunately, our capacity does not provide us with the opportunity to help homeless mothers, so we have to refer them to other resources like U-Turn, Red Cross or the shelters.” Badisa is a faith-based organisation linked to the Dutch Reformed Church and the United Reformed Church in Southern Africa, to assist the children from poor and needy homes. There also have a satellite office in Westlake where Robin Bakker, the intake officer, deals with an enormous influx of cases of neglect and abuse linked to drugs and alcohol. Up to 90% of the cases are drug- and alcohol-related. “The damage to the children and the pre-birth damage is horrific,” says Kruger. An aftercare service for eight- to 12-year-olds has also been established at Westlake, and there are six girls currently attending. They are taught life skills, assisted with homework and are given a hot, cooked meal. This is just one of the community development projects run by Badisa Wynberg. Kruger says it is an ongoing struggle to find suitable foster parents. “There is a great need for fos-
HELPING CHILDREN: The child protection team at Badisa in Wynberg, from left, Tania Nell, Robyn Bakker, Anneke du Plessis, Anelle Heyns and Amanda Kruger. Photo: Supplied ter homes for the babies – especially those who have been exposed to drug abuse and HIV/Aids. These conditions have to be disclosed to the foster parents.” The good news is that the new Children’s Act is making it possible for grandparents and unmarried fathers to apply through the Children’s Court for contact and care. “Removing a child from its home is a lengthy process and can take up to two years to complete. Children remain in foster care for two years or until the order is revised. Al-
though the emphasis is on returning a child to its home, the truth is that out of 150 children only three have been returned home successfully,” says Anneke du Plessis, who is part of the child protection team. Screening a child’s background is expensive. Each case requires at least R2 000 to research. Sponsors are hard to find and the team has to raise 48% of the running costs – the other 52% is provided by the Department of Social Security Development. This dedicated team is battling to
keep going and urgently requires an injection of cash to survive. “We need to repair the cars which are necessary for home visits; we need petrol, tyres and the basics,” says Nell. “We also need volunteers and people with professional skills who can do pro-bono work.” Anyone who would like to help Badisa Wynberg care for needy children can become a friend and make a donation towards the work. Nell says: “Just a R200 donation can change a child’s life”.
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Feeding scheme forced to cut back JUANITA WILLIAMS
THE downturn in the economy has forced a Lavender Hill woman to reduce the number of children she feeds through her feeding scheme. Marlene Satarein has been running Abundant Life feeding scheme from her own home for three years. This year has been a real challenge as the poor economy has caused a cut back in donations of food. Satarein says they have been forced to reduce the number of children they feed to 100. “We’ve had to turn away so many of our children empty-handed. We used to cook for about 150 children a day. We are really saddened by the drop in food supplies. People who once supported the Abundant Life feeding scheme are now struggling to keep their heads above water.” She says other feeding schemes have had to close down, and some are charging a small fee so they can buy food in for the next meal. Satarein was working in Diep River when she first started Abundant Life with the help of her family and friends in April 2009. Donations from friends, neighbours and readers of a community newspaper helped her to buy provisions. In January, she started a daycare centre to raise money for the feeding scheme, but several children have left because their parents have suffered financial setbacks and cannot afford to pay. She has plans to do an early childhood development training course and improve her skills when time and finances allow. “Running the feeding scheme and the daycare centre is an exhausting, but enjoya-
ble task,” she says. “It’s our ministry and our way of caring for children and connecting with them. They feel comfortable talking to us when they are in trouble.” Satarein says many of the children lack confidence and are victims of substance abuse. “Some of our little ones have been diagnosed with TB and HIV/Aids. All of our children are victims of poverty and need a daily nutritional meal to build up their immune systems and help them to concentrate at school. We feel Abundant Life is the voice
for children who cannot speak for themselves. We feed them meals and the word of God.” Abundant Life feeds children from one month to 18 years old, provided they still attend school. For their 67 minutes on Mandela Day, Saturday 21 July, they invited senior citizens to the food kitchen and treated them to foot spa baths and massages. The oldies were served tea, ginger cake and koeksisters and presented with gift bags containing socks, foot lotion, soap and a copy of the gospel.
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Satarein says: “We are still doing house calls, massaging feet and handing out the rest of the gift bags.” Abundant Life – which is still supported by family and friends – needs donations to help them continue the good work. Satarein says: “Just one packet of lentils can feed up to 10 children, and R100 can fill many empty tummies.” Anyone who can assist Abundant Life or wanting more information on the organisation can contact Marlene Satarein at 082 799 3579.
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The gift of life THIS is National Organ Donor Awareness Month. In the face of a dire shortage of donors to match a growing need, this country is punted on the South African government website as “a world leader for transplants”. This accolade is not undeserved. On 3 December 1967, Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant after the family of Denise Darvall donated her heart to Louis Washkansky. Darvall suffered severe brain damage in a car accident and Washkansky was suffering of gross heart failure and in desperate need of a transplant. It took a dedicated team nine hours to perform the operation. Succumbing to pneumonia, Washkansky only lived for 18 days after the operation. The theatre where this transplant was performed has been turned into a museum in honour of these pioneers of medicine, and to Darvall and Washkansky. In a first for the African continent, Durban will next year host the World Transplant Games. Competitors from some 55 countries are expected to compete in what is the single biggest organ donor awareness event on the planet. This, in itself, is a celebration of the human spirit. Their tenacity and strength of character bear testimony to true grit. The Games should bring together up to 1 500 participants. Since its 1978 creation, the World Transplant Games Federation has sought to create increased awareness of the need to donate organs and to promote the success of organ transplant through sport across the world. Barnard’s skill is now history, but the shortage of adequate donors is a worrying factor. The first heart transplant was gift to the world of medicine. The selflessness of organ donors is a gift to any other human on the face of this earth. That is the first step to being commendable. There is no higher accolade or honour.
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Longer work hours could work I WANTED to comment on Tony Robinson’s comments (“No light bulb moment”, People’s Post) about Eskom’s problem and his total dissing of the idea of spreading the working hours. . Spreading of work hours: Your outright dismissal was probably prompted by deadline pressure. It has many positive aspects, besides the spread of the peak energy load. It would also reduce congestion on the roads, and ease up the pressure on the public transport system. We have to keep our grids in readiness for the couple of hours of peak demand each day, instead of finding ways to ease out the need for such high peaks. Not at all a bad idea to investigate.
Your SMSes . I think women should be encouraged to breastfeed their babies and don’t see the problem with doing it in public. Why do you have to plan your feeding to please someone else? Breastfeeding is the best start to your child’s development. Pearl . As a mother and a general practitioner, I see nothing wrong with breastfeeding anywhere, any time. There is nothing better than breastmilk for one’s baby. Those people who suggest scheduled feeding need to take into account that breastmilk is easily digested and they will need to feed every two to three hours. Breastfeeding is every mother and baby’s right – if they so choose – and they deserve to be able to do so wherever and whenever they have to. Ruve Gallow . There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding
So please give this concept more thought than you have granted it. . Gas: Your suggestion that gas would be the solution to Eskom’s woes, even suggesting that “gas is a permanent solution” is quite shortsighted. How can gas be a permanent solution when it is a non-renewable resource? It, too, will run out and may already be running low. It would make far more sense to begin collecting all the methane from both animals and humans and as well as decomposing vegetation to use instead of gas – that may be a permanent solution. JULIAN GORDON in public. I do, but I cover my breast before taking it out. As for having routine: do you stick to your eating times, even in an emergency? . When babies need to feed, they need to feed. They don’t ask when, where or how. If breastfeeding is done in a decent manner, why should people get offended? If mothers can’t breastfeed their babies in public, then people shouldn’t be allowed to eat in public. Eat at home! . There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public, as long as you cover up. I expressed and bottlefed my baby in public, but after a week he refused to drink from the bottle. The nurse at the clinic said he was confused with the nipples. So I opted to breastfeed in public if needed. I will only put him back on a bottle once I go back to work. Fatima . I hope anti-public breastfeeders don’t eat in public when hungry – to the point of fainting. Mothers sometimes get delayed before the next feed. As long as they cover up!
I COMPLETELY agree with Tony Robinson. However, like others who have commented before, he misses one quite important point: when all those people go home from work to push up domestic consumption they are no longer using power at their place of work so there has to be a considerable drop in business consumption. While manual labourers use little or no electricity during the day this must largely be offset by the power used by large companies operating large and multiple machines. To take a small but everyday example, just walk in to your local tyre fitment depot where there are car lifts, compressors and other machinery at work all day. When the team knocks off for the day all these are no longer in use, and no longer drawing from Eskom’s power supply. A while later these same workers are at home and need to be able to tap into the electrical supply for those things most of us do at the end of the day. With Eskom’s recent track record it would not surprise me if they see domestic and business use as separate issues and they don’t see the reduction of one being offset against a rise in the other. M A ROBINSON
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Al-Noor home cleared by MJC TAURIQ HASSEN
THE Al-Noor Child and Youth Care Centre had their collection letters re-instated after it was withdrawn due to an investigation by the Muslim Judicial Council. Collection letters are issued by the MJC to authorise fundraising. After allegations of a scam resurfaced, the MJC provisionally withdrew the letters last month. However, the allegations against the Woodstock facility were ruled to be “untrue”, following an intense investigation into the matter by the MJC’s department of mediation and arbitration. Sheikh Ismail Beg, a qualified attorney, headed the investigation and revealed that the allegations against the home was “baseless and could not be proven”. “We have in our possession evidence that discredits the allegations,” Beg says. Rumours around the home being used as a scam quickly spread through the community, with emails bouncing around highlighting the home’s alleged illegal activities (“Centre rallies after scandal”, People’s Post, 31 July). People’s Post was once again informed through an email from makengo@african-
union.za.org, that the home was continuing to fleece donors. Beg confirms that investigations proved that the defamatory emails were all created by one person. He says: “This person is on a mission to destroy the name of Al-Noor, but we can now clarify that the emails being sent around are not true.” Prior to the investigation, the MJC immediately withdrew the collection letter authorising fundraising for the home. “We immediately established a commission of inquiry to investigate the allegations,” Beg says. Al-Noor director, Amina Fonguh Madien, has seen the effects of the smear campaign. She says donations to the home has come to a grinding halt. “This bad news has really affected us this past month and I don’t see why the children have to suffer. If people have a problem, they can rather take it out on me, but leave the children out of it,” she says. Madien is overjoyed at the MJC’s verdict, explaining that the home can now focus on “restructuring” their image. “This was a traumatising experience for everybody here at the home. I really hope things can return to normal and these ugly rumours can stop,” she says.
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COOKING UP A STORM: People came out in their numbers to help cook food for the poor on Saturday night. As the holy month of Ramadan drew to a close, Na khlistan began their hard work to provide a hot meal for 65 000 people on Eidul Fitr on Sun day. According to Nakhlistan’s Fati ma Allie, they cooked 151 130 li tre pots of food which was distrib uted to needy com munities around the province. Photo: Laila Majiet
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To bloom or not to bloom IT’S a tough call. Lop off their little heads off or let them grow? Every year the City of Cape Town’s Parks Department must decide whether to mow parks and verges or allow a display of spring blossoms. This winter’s weather combined with intermittent warm days promotes the rapid growth of many species of wild flowers and grasses. The City’s Mayoral Committee member for Community Services, councillor Tandeka Gqada, says weeds thrive under these conditions and parks and sidewalks can start to look untidy almost overnight. Simultaneously, the annual spring flowers have started to bloom in various public open spaces. She adds: “This is where the conten-
tion lies. Should the areas be mowed to control growth and so that they are neat, or should the wild flowers and weeds be left undisturbed?” Residents and visitors to areas where the flowers bloom say that they should be left untouched until the seeds ripen. Gqada says in the past City Parks curtailed the mowing of certain areas during the flowering period to allow flowers to bloom and shed their seeds – but this proved problematic as there was also a proliferation of weeds and grasses. “This year, City Parks will keep mowed areas tidy as a priority. Some wildflower areas may be identified and mowed at a later date, but they will be signposted,” she says.
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Classic theatre at the Baxter THE Baxter Theatre will be home to Athol Fugard’s highly acclaimed production Boesman and Lena from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 29 September.
Directed by James Ncgobo and starring Quanita Adams (Lena), Elton Landrew (Boesman) and Charly Azade (Outa), the play is set in the Swartkops mudflats just outside Port Elizabeth. It tells the story of two lonely people trapped in a struggle for freedom and dignity, while exploring the complexity of human emotions, racial politics and universal questions of existence. Homeless couple – Lena and Boesman – roam around, carrying their possessions with them. Lena is Boesman’s psychological, emotional and physical punching bag,
while her mind is jumbled by alcohol and years of hardship and instability. But reality soon kicks in, bringing with it hope of something new. Boesman and Lena first premiered in Grahamstown in 1969 starring Fugard and Yvonne Bryceland in the lead roles. The play has been translated into numerous languages and has been on the planks of theatres around the world. It has also been adapted into two film adaptations. The play is also a prescribed literature book for high schools. It previews at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 September and opens the following night. It runs at 20:15. Ticket prices range from R100 to R150 and can be booked through Computicket 0 0861 915 8000 or on www.baxter.co.za.
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ITALIAN CONNECTION: Countertenor Christopher Ainslie (pictured) and mem bers of Camerata Tinta Ba rocca will perform Italian Cantatas by Vivaldi and Por pora at a concert at St Nor bert’s Priory in Rubbi Road, Kommetjie on Friday at 20:00. Tickets, at R70 and R90, available at the door. For further details 0 083 684 7318 or 0 (021) 782 2778. Also visit www.ctbmusic.co.za.
Nineties make a comeback THE ’90s returns to the Roxy Revue Bar with the Mike McCullagh musical Ninetiesmania. The show runs from Friday 31 August to Saturday 3 November, from 20:00. Central to this fast-paced musical is Manny Herman, car mechanic by day and singer by night, who introduces the audience to the innovations, events, fashions and sounds of the period via screen projected images. Relive the release of Nelson Mandela, the invention of audio CDs and DVDs, the demise of video cassettes, the advent of cellphones and SMS texting for the first time, the internet, email, zany fashions and South Africa winning its first Rugby World Cup. Expect to be entertained with hits by ’90s artists including the king of pop Michael Jackson, Queen with their outrageous front-
man Freddie Mercury, Madonna, Roxette, Nirvana, country star Shania Twain, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Bon Jovi, MC Hammer, Alanis Morrisette, Vanilla Ice, Boyz to Men and The Spice Girls. And be prepared to test your ’90s dance moves, including the hilarious Macarena. Heading the cast of vocalists is show host Jonathan Dreyer, also known as John E, with Riyaan Cornelius, Bethany Dickson and Angela Inglis. The band comprises keyboardist and vocalist Kyle Pietersen, lead guitarist Warren Lomberg, bassist Neil Payton and drummer Darren Pietersen. Five double tickets are up for grabs to People’s Post readers for the show on Wednesday 12 September. You could win by SMSing “90” to 34586 by Thursday 23 August at 13:00.
TELLING A TALE: Quanita Adams, Elton Landrew, Charly Azade in Boesman and Lena. Photo: Ruphin Coudyzer
THE intimacy of the Masque Theatre is the perfect space for Peña Flamenca, La Rosa’s exciting new pure Flamenco production.It features new chore ographies and a rotating cast of soloists, giving audiences a fresh take on the structure and spirit of the performance each night.Peña Flamenca runs from 23 August until 1 September with shows Wednesday to Friday at 20:00, Saturday at 14:30 and 18:00 and on Sunday at 15:00. Tick ets range from R55 to R65 with discounts for the Masque Theatre Club. Call on 0 (021) 788 1898 during office hours or 2 bookings@masquethea tre.co.za. Tickets are also available at webtick ets.co.za.
Dance evening in Cape Town YOUNGBLOOD Arts & Culture Development will host a dance evening on Saturday 25 August at the Beautiful Life building in Bree Street, Cape Town. The event will feature performances by John Hamman and Celeste Botha, and a different type of food will be served during
each dance. The performing couple will also be hosting dance classes from Wednesday 5 September onwards at the same venue. People can join a seven-week course and learn to cha cha, rumba and boogie. Call Marie Voghts 0 (021) 424 0074 for more details.
MEMORY LANE: Darren Pietersen, Angela Inglis, Warren Lomberg, John E, Riyaan Cornelius, Neil Payton, Bethany Dickson and Kyle Pietersen will take you down the musical road in Nineties mania. Photo: Supplied PEOPLE’S POST will notify the winners of prizes in competitions run by us, telephonically. Prizes not claimed within two weeks of telephonic notification will be forfeited.
Barrel of laughs The Bay Harbour Comedy Sup per Club hosts headliner Stu art Taylor (pictured), togeth er with MC Martin Davies and supporting acts Carl Weber and Anne Hirsh on Wednes day 5 September from 18:00 until 21:00. Tickets range from R80 to R100 and are available from www.bayhar bour.com or from Boom Bar at the market. All food traders will be open on the night. For more information 2 antho email@example.com Photo: Photo24
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Kagee savours contract TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
DIEP River resident Selim Kagee has proven that dreams can come true. Kagee (34), who sings a mix of classical and contemporary music, has a voice to match a face that is bound to sell multiple records. He has just signed a deal with international record label EMI to release his debut album Cry for Love this month. The album is a mix of classical and contemporary tunes paired with soulful instrumental arrangements sung in a classical style. Cry for Love will be available in music stores. The signing and bringing out his own CD is a turn of events for Kagee. Since boyhood, he has shown an interest in music and theatre. “In my late teens I joined a youth theatre group. One day we performed a skit for the parents and the performance bug bit me,” he says, jokingly. His performance career in the youth group was, however, short-lived. While acting in a play Kagee was asked not to sing as another boy was the preferred singer. Kagee says of his singing: “It was clear my singing ability had much to be desired.” Instead of packing up his singing career, Kagee took to heart the words he’d heard in a lecture when the speaker said: “If you have a mouth, a pair of lungs and can speak, then you can sing.” After graduating as a graphic designer, Kagee decided to take a gap year in the United Kingdom where he took part in plays with the Central Youth Theatre.
He explains: “I bought a few singing training CDs and sang for about four hours every day. I became obsessed.” Upon his return to South Africa, he decided to work with a voice trainer who could teach him a proper technique. He called the lecturer who referred him to opera singer Jean Stewart. When talking about her, a beaming Kagee says: “She was very patient with me and trained me from scratch.” Kagee says Stewart set him on the road to classical training – a genre he was dead set against in the beginning. Now, 12 years later, Kagee has only words of thanks for Stewart. He has realised his voice was not suited to pop or rock. “You need to stick to what your strengths are and what your voice can do,” he explains. For Kagee, being signed to an international label is a step in the right direction. “The EMI network is huge,” he says. “Last week I recorded a duet with international stars Celtic Woman to be featured on their next Christmas album.” He credits his success to many people, including his mentor, producer and songwriter Clive Ridgeway, and the late Stewart, who died in May. Kagee has dedicated his album to her. He adds his family has been of tremendous support. For Kagee the future is bright. He hopes to inspire, move and uplift people through his singing. “I’ve always been involved in different art forms, but there’s nothing like singing and the human voice that is able to move people in a very immediate way. “A voice can move one to tears in seconds.”
RISING STAR: Se lim Kagee has signed a contract with record label EMI. Photo: Supplied
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Scouts zoom in on Engen Knockout LIAM MOSES
AS the opening rounds of the Engen Knockout Challenge kicks tomorrow, the tournament has already captured the attention of talent scouts around the country. Since its inception in 2003 the popular tournament has served as a platform for hundreds of players under the age of 17 to prove they have what it takes to progress to the professional ranks of South African football. The current crop of talented Cape Town youngsters will have their opportunity to prove themselves when the tournament finals take place in September and, according to tournament director Gilbert Kruger, they will be watched by several representatives from professional teams.
FOR the second consecutive year, the Western Province Cricket Club (WPCC) men’s hockey team have been crowned Grand Challenge champions. This after reaching the unassailable points total of 42, with one game to spare, following a victory over Pinelands Hockey Club on Thursday. The Badgers romped to victory this season, losing only once and scoring a total of 78 goals and conceding just 24. Going into Thursday’s match, their opponents Pinelands and the University of Stellenbosch both stood a narrow chance sneaking in to claim the title. This lead to a nailbiting encounter, right up until the final whistle. WPCC needed only one victory from their
“I don’t want to put pressure on players by giving their names, but if I look at some of the players there seems to be a nice crop coming through who could be noticed by the professional clubs,” says Kruger. “I have already been inundated with requests from scouts and professional clubs who are asking for accreditation to come to the tournament, because they know this is the area where they could possibly find players.” The Challenge has already assisted some of Cape Town and South Africa’s most talented players on their way to upper echelons of football. Former Ajax Cape Town and current Supersport United midfielder George Maluleka, Ajax Amsterdam and Bafana Bafana attacker Thulani Serero and Santos players Tasleem Paulse and Zairon van Beulen all made a
name for themselves at the Challenge. Besides acting as proving ground for local talent, it also assists in developing young Cape Town footballers in other ways. Each one of the 16 teams that will compete in the finals in September will receive training equipment or a cash prize, regardless of where they finish, and all the teams play the same amount of games. The format of the competition means the teams play against the strongest competition available locally. “Once you play against the last sixteen teams you are playing against the best teams in Cape Town. You obviously have to be a bit better, and a bit more organised,” says Kruger. “It gives players the opportunity to play against teams such as Ajax and Vasco, who they don’t usually get to play.
Badgers win Grand Challenge last two games to win the league and Pinelands needed to win both their remaining matches and hope that Stellenbosch could pull one over on WPCC. Having been the only team to beat the Badgers this season, Pinelands would have been confident going into the game. Rain had caused the game to be postponed once already and with light drizzle coming down when the teams warmed up, there was fear the rain would again flood Hartleyvale Stadium. But the rain cleared in time for a fantastic battle between these arch rival clubs. WPCC scored first through a strike by SA
WRAPPED UP: Two Wynberg Boys’ High School players bring down the Rondebosch Boys’ High School scrumhalf during the under19A match between the two schools in Ronde bosch on Saturday. Wynberg won the game 2412. Photo: Gavin Withers
squad player Clive Terwin from the top of the circle, which goalkeeper Marc Pitterman was unable to save. Pinelands hit back a few minutes later with a scrappy goal by SA under-21 player Taylor Dart and they scored again four minutes before the half-time break through Chris James. Pinelands lead 2-1 at the break. However, the second-half saw WPCC pile on the pressure. A drag flick by WP men’s player Devin Stanton saw them level the scores and then a reverse stick strike by SA squad player Matt Botha closed out the game for a 3-2 victory.
“Here you are going to play against the best 16 teams in the region, so you are already playing at a higher level compared to playing your normal LFA game.” This week 96 teams will start their journey to the finals of the competition, when they face off in the opening rounds of the tournament. The first matches were set to take place over weekends, but waterlogged pitches meant that the games could not take place. Unlike similar youth tournaments all teams must qualify for the finals of the competition and the participating sides range from small, newly established teams to junior teams from professional clubs and academies. . People’s Post is the media sponsor of the Engen Knockout Challenge. Liam.Moses@peoplespost.co.za
CROWNED CHAMP: The WPCC men’s hock ey team claimed the WP Hockey Grand Challenge title for the second year running last week. The team at the back, from left, is Pierre le Roux (coach), John McInroy, Mat thew McConkey, Dale Isaac, Craig Hall, Craig Yeats, Devin Stanton, Lloyd NorrisJones, Grant Clarke. In front, from left, is Matt Botha, Ashlin Freddy, Alex Moody, Andrew Cronje, Gregg Drake and Scott Fraser. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the log, Constantiaberg Hockey Club is fighting for survival after losing ten and drawing two of their games thus far. They have an outside chance of catching Mutual CPUT, who have seven points. The men’s WP Grand Challenge league concludes ahead of the SA Hockey Senior Inter-provincial Tournament in Bloemfontein, which takes place from Sunday 26 August to Saturday 1 September. The WP men’s came in second last year and they will again be looking for a good performance. This time around, however, they will be without national players Austin Smith, Andrew Cronje and Lloyd Norris-Jones as they be resting after the London 2012 Olympics.
SEEING THE TRYLINE: Suwi Chibale of SACS makes a break during his school’s under19A match against Bishops in Rondebosch on Saturday. SACS were 343 victors. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
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TTable able tennis crisis talks fail LIAM MOSES
THE future of a suspended national table tennis coach has been left hanging in the balance after mediated crisis talks with Western Province Table Tennis failed to solve a long running dispute. Greg Naik, a former Western Province, Boland and national table tennis coach was suspended in July for “bringing the game into disrepute” after the provincial body filed charges against him. Naik, who is also chairperson and founder of Boundary Table Tennis Club in Bontehuewel, was subsequently banned from the game for two years, but insists that the ban is illegal and contravenes the WP Table Tennis constitution. He responded by hiring lawyers and approaching the Western Province Sport Council (WPSC) and Western Province Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) for help (“Keeping mum on table tennis coach”, People’s Post, 14 August). Last Tuesday, Naik met with Kelvin Smith, vice-chairperson and acting chairperson of WP Table Tennis; Bennett Bailey, the deputy director of client and scientific support at DCAS; Dave Roberts, chairperson of the Western Province Council of Sport, and several other officials. Bailey says no solution was found in the meeting because neither party was willing to budge on their stance. “It’s like a negotiation, there is give and take. But if no-one wants to give and everyone wants to take then we are not going to move,” says Bailey. “The club didn’t move, because they were of the opinion that Mr Naik did noth-
ing wrong and they need him at the club, because they rely heavily on him. The executive committee (of WP Table Tennis) felt that they need to carry out the decision of the general council.” Bailey says WPSC and DCAS have now disengaged themselves from the issue and will play no further role for the immediate future. Although no solution or decision was reached in the meeting, Smith says he is happy with the result. “They looked at our constitution and our disciplinary procedures. They looked very critically at the steps that we followed and they were happy that we followed all of the procedures as per the constitution,” says Smith. “WP are happy with the meeting and we are vindicated by the comments of DCAS. We followed procedure to the letter. DCAS has proven that we have followed everything correctly. So the ball is now in Mr Naik’s court.” Naik, however, says the meeting is just the first part of an ongoing process. “After the meeting, WP are spreading the rumour that they are upholding the suspension. What I understood was that the Sports Council wants call a meeting with me,” says Naik. “They said this is just the first part of the process. The next part will still happen. They didn’t uphold the suspension. They just said that we are closing the meeting until further notice.” The former SA coach will now approach the Western Cape Sport Arbitration Forum, as he was advised to do at the meeting. Unlike DCAS and WPSC, the Forum does have the authority to either overturn or uphold Naik’s ban.
BARGING THROUGH: Springbok lock forward Eben Etzebeth crashes into two Argentine defend ers during the Springboks’ 276 victory in the opening Rugby Championship match at Newlands on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
Riding to raise rands LIAM MOSES
IN HOPES that he can make a difference to the lives of underprivileged children, a Rondebosch mountain biker is set to take on 450km of the toughest terrain Lesotho has to offer. Dylan Smit, and his friend Craig Mack from Durban, will participate in the Lesotho Sky Mountain bike race in September. The race partners have founded a charity to which aims to help children in Lesotho. Because education in Lesotho is only free until primary school, Smit and Mack have decided to use the money they raise to send as many children as possible to high school. Smit says he chose to focus on education because of the role that it has played in his life. “I haven’t been involved in any sort of major charity work in my life and I’ve always had that sort of niggle that I needed to do something,” says Smit. “Education played a vital part in my life. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I didn’t go to high school. So from where I am at this point, education has basically made my life. I’d like to try and give that to as many youngsters who aren’t afforded the opportunity that my parents gave me.” Smit and Mack have named their charity Provide As We Ride. They will compete in the race as Team ProViders. The duo hopes to raise money by having companies, individuals or groups pledge money for every kilome-
tre of the race they finish. Smit adds he hopes to raise awareness around the plight of poor people in South Africa and Lesotho, as well as inspire others to raise funds. “My main thing is to try and motivate other people to do something. Mountain biking is a big sport and there are many opportunities for people to help others,” says Smit. “In Lesotho 40% percent of the population lives under the international poverty line of $1 a day, and I have just seen that South Africa is in the exact same situation. There are 13 million people that live on under R10 a day. That’s for education food, healthcare, everything. “We are two average people who are trying to make a difference and it’s actually really not difficult for other people as well.” For more information on Provide As We Ride Visit www.provideasweride.webs.com or the organisation’s Facebook page. Anyone interested in sponsoring Mack and Smit, or pledging any amount towards their charity can contact Smit 2 firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIDING TO PROVIDE: Dylan Smit shows off the mountain bike he will use to ride in a 450km mountain bike race in Lesotho. Smit and a friend started a charity that will see them taking part in races to raise money for different causes..