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Tuesday 22 February 2011

Agents beware GERDA VON BENECKE

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HOWING houses on Sundays is becoming a “risky business” for some estate agents. A property developer and BKM Neighbourhood Watch patroller who spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity says incidents involving robberies from show houses and attacks on estate agents have become “a problem” in the past four to five months, with an incident occurring approximately once every three to four weeks. Kirstenhof Community Policing Forum chairperson, Geoff Fox, said he was not aware of any incidents of this nature “in a couple of months” – except for an agent who claimed that money had been stolen out of her handbag – but admitted that showing houses was definitely a “risky business”. He believes that many cases are not reported to police because the agents are simply “too embarrassed”. Tony Schreiber, head of BKM Watch operations, said a current trend exists where thieves distract the agent by striking up a conversation while an accomplice heads to a room and steals valuables. Seeff Properties estate agent, Sharyn Dabbs, says this is exactly what happened to her. She says agents should always make sellers aware that valuables need to be put away before showing their homes. Dabbs, who usually makes a point of lecturing her sellers on the point, was caught in a trap by two young women at the end of last year. She says the incident happened on a Sunday afternoon, when two “responsible looking” young women came in, spending approximately 30 minutes with her in the house. Dabbs says the women were “great actors” with “good stories”. From the very start, however, she had a “suspicious sense” that something was not quite right. After the women left the house, Dabbs immediately went back inside and found that the Wii video game console was missing. Dabbs then got into her car, chased after the women, and after pulling their silver Hyundai over, took the Wii back from the women, before rushing back to the house. Arriving back, Dabbs was met by the own-

ers of the house who, after finding that jewellery had also been stolen, reported the case to Kirstenhof police. Dabbs, who has been in the property industry for 25 years, feels horrified by the women’s perception that they could “just go in and take someone else’s stuff”, but refuses to be a victim, choosing rather to protect herself the best way she possibly can. Security measures she put in place include now carrying a shock stick, pepper spray and the special ADT response service set up by Seeff Properties where, at the press of a button on her cellphone, a response vehicle is called out to the house she is showing. According to Dabbs, she has heard of a few other incidents where women of a similar description have been involved in similar incidents in the area, sometimes accompanied by two men. She says agencies are sharing information of this kind with each other to try “beat this thing”. Schreiber says estate agents are putting themselves and the property at risk by leaving driveway gates and front doors wide open. They are also ensuring easy access to homes because people walk right into the property and house without being seen or greeted. However, in some cases, such as that of an agent from Pears Property, who was attacked while showing a flat on Sunday 22 January in Plumstead, an open door and gate could have made the incident completely avoidable. According to the agent, who chooses to remain anonymous, at approximately 15:00 he buzzed a man in at both the security gate and a security door at the foyer of the flat complex. Due to a strong south-easterly wind, the agent pulled the security door closed, but did not lock it. According to the agent, the man, in his late 20s and about six feet tall, definitely gave him a “strange feeling” as he walked around nervously and talked fast about looking for a place for himself, his wife and child. When they reached the main bedroom the man suddenly lunged at him, reached behind his back and threatened to stab him if he did not give him R20. The agent eventually overpowered the man and pinned him face down on the ground, and although not noticing any sign of a knife, felt “very nervous” at the time.

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The Cape Malay Choir Board hosted the premier division of the its choral competition at the Good Hope Centre on Saturday. Eleven troupes gathered to battle it out for top honours, with the Angeliere Malay Choir from Athlone walking away with the spoils. The team will now compete in the Top Eight competition, which will see the best teams in all divisions competing against each other. That segment takes place on 19 March. The final showdown, regarded as the Grand Final, will take place on 16 April, which will see the winners of the Premier’s Cup and President’s Cup clashing. Here Faseeg Saal of the Angeliere performs his item on the night. Photo: Sharief Jaffer The agent tried to run away, but was again tackled by the man into the toilet, whereafter they struggled for another while. The agent eventually managed to push the man out of the front door, and the man ran off. The agent, who has been in the industry for 14 years, says this is the first time an incident of this kind has happened to him. The agent suggested that cheap mobile web cameras be installed where agents show houses, so visitors at least know, for their safety and the agent’s, that a record of what they looked like was being kept. According to Diep River police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Keith Chandler, the last incidents he was aware of took place about three to four months ago. In one instance, an estate agent was attacked while showing a house and the other involved a theft from a show house. In another incident, also in No-

vember last year, an estate agent called the police after feeling “uneasy” about two men who visited the property. Chandler says if people reported these incidents more often, police would be more aware of them, adding that people often did not report minor incidents. According to Chandler, a police reservist made it his duty last year November to visit every show house to make estate agents alert and aware of their own safety. Kirstenhof Crime Watch spokesperson, Karen Key, as well as Diep River CPF chairperson, Cecil Watts, said they were not aware of any incidents of the kind happening in their areas in recent months. Watts, however, said that while he understood it was sometimes difficult, estate agents needed to take precautionary methods by signing up for special armed response services, he said.

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Tuesday 22 February 2011

DRINKING IN THE VIEW: Constantia Glen, the magnificent boutique wine es­ tate perched on the upper reaches of the Constantiaberg, has opened a new wine tasting room with spectacular views. With an impressive record of consistent­ ly achieving 4½ stars for every wine ever featured in Platter’s South African Wine Guide over the past five years, tasting Constantia Glen wines while enjoying the sweeping views from the new tast­ ing room is a rare pleasure. The new Con­ stantia Glen Tasting Room, situated to­ wards the top of Constantia Main road, is open for tastings seven days a week from 10:00 to 16:00. For further infor­ mation call (021) 795 5639 or email wine@constantiaglen.co.za or visit www.constantiaglen.com for further in­ formation. Photo: Supplied MARKET FOR ALL: A craft market will be held from Monday 28 February to Friday 4 March at the South Peninsula Municipality office in Plumstead from 08:00 to 16:00. There will be a food court, arts and crafts, bedding and clothing and a variety of homemade items will be on sale. Stalls are free and can be booked by calling Zainu Gabriels on 084 500 6543. This picture was taken at a previous market.

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NEWS

Tuesday 22 February 2011

People’s Post Constantia­Wynberg Page 3

Elderly woman run over for handbag GERDA VON BENECKE

A 74-YEAR-OLD woman’s life has “changed dramatically” after two men drove into her to steal her handbag. The woman’s family are also “distraught”, claiming that the Diep River police only followed up on the case six weeks after the traumatic incident, which had put their mother in ICU. Shirley Tutt was walking along Morton Road in Plumstead on her way to the library with her friend at approximately 15:30 on Friday 7 January. Natasha Luck, a witness to the incident, says she and her mother Lynette, were returning from Checkers, and were walking towards Shirley and her friend at the time. Luck saw a “blond, attractive man” in a black Renault Clio driving behind Shirley and her friend, swerve the car from the left side of the road to the right. The front of the Clio then hit Shirley on the side of her body. Luck says Shirley collapsed as another man in the back seat of the Clio reached out of the window and grabbed her handbag. According to Lynette Luck, the Clio had a missing rear passenger seat window and no back bumper. Natasha Luck and her mother immediately phoned an ambulance, which took Shirley to hospital. Glenda Tutt, Shirley’s daughter, says her mother sustained multiple injuries, including a broken pelvis, broken fingers, a severely grazed left arm and severe bruising and swelling. She is awaiting surgery for the broken hip. Glenda says the incident, and the police’s unsatisfactory handling of the case, had left her feeling “distraught and furious”. The incident was reported to the Diep River police at about 17:00 that day. Shirley’s friend had called the police when she returned home from the hospital. But Glenda was advised by surgical ward nurses the next morning to call the police herself so they could take a statement from Shirley, who was then medically DID YOU KNOW that England and Australia played the first ever one day international at Melbourne in 1971? – www.cricket.com

fit to do so. Due to miscommunication, however, three officers arrived at the hospital on the Saturday, responding to what they thought was an “urgent call for assistance”. After finding it was not an emergency, one of the constables promised to return to the station to follow up on the case. According to Diep River police spokesperson Warrant Office Keith Chandler, the officers did not take a statement from Glenda’s mother on that day because she was already under medication and could not give a clear statement. Over the weekend Glenda contacted a shift commander at Diep River Police Station who, she says, after being informed by her about the incident and her concern whether police were aware of the incident, said: “How am I supposed to know, I wasn’t even working on Friday.” Glenda says she then put down the phone without responding. On the same weekend, Glenda coincidentally ran into a man looking suspiciously at a black Clio, similar to the car involved in the incident, who then revealed that it had been his wife and daughter who had witnessed the incident. The man said his wife was a “tough cookie”, but returned home that day in tears and was “seriously traumatised by the event”. Glenda contacted the two women, who were “extremely willing” to assist the police with the investigation. That Monday, Glenda visited the Diep River Police Station to get a case number and supply contact details of the witnesses, but says she was not properly assisted by the officer at the desk, who she feels was insensitive. Glenda says Chandler then took down the details of the incident, supplying her with a case number and the detective’s contact details the next day. On Thursday 13 January Shirley was resuscitated after failing to breathe and was placed in ICU until Wednesday last week, says Glenda. The orthopaedic surgeon informed the family that surgery

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on her mother’s broken pelvis could only be performed once she had healed in two months time. Glenda says she was unable to get hold of the detective on the case until last week, and did not receive information on progress, except for speaking to a woman at the station, who referred to the incident as the “stolen handbag case”. She was also contacted early last week by an officer who said he would like to take a statement from her mother. At the time, however, Shirley was still in ICU with a tracheotomy tube in her throat. According to Glenda, a detective from Diep River police contacted her on Thursday last week, informing her he was the new detective on the case. This was after People’s Post sent a query to the stations’s spokesperson relating to the incident, and a lack of communication by the investigating detective on Wednesday. The detective said police had started contacting witnesses and that they would like to take her mother’s statement. Glenda says although her mother was moved from ICU to a normal ward, she was at times confused and did not have a good memory of what had happened on the day of the incident. Chandler, who dealt with the case personally, confirmed that a case docket for a hit and run and a theft had been opened. In reaction to Glenda’s complaints, Chandler says there were no excuses for insufficient service delivery. He says the matter is being dealt with internally, and those found responsible would be disciplined. Chandler says Sergeant Chris Roman took over the case last Friday, as the previous detective was away on a course, which also caused a delay in the investigation. This is the first incident of its kind that has been reported at the station, says Chandler. According to Glenda, the orthopaedic doctors at the hospital say her mother will hopefully be able to walk again with intense therapy, but will also have to deal with emotional trauma. “I have suffered severe losses in my business as I have had to take time away from work to be with my mother and to assist my father, who no longer drives,” says Glenda.

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NEWS

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Zwaanswyk SRA a step closer to reality

DIFFERENT STROKES: Sweet Valley Primary re­ cently held its swimming gala at the school. Showing his mettle was open 25m butterfly win­ ner Michael Madison.Pho­

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A STEERING committee set up to create a Special Rating Area (SRA) in Zwaanswyk has come one step closer to realising its vision of an area with a “vibrant community spirit, safeguarding its equestrian character”.

GOING FOR GOLD: A deter­ mined swim by Emma Joubert saw her scoop­ ing first place in the girls’ di­ vision.

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No objections to the proposal have been received since the application was lodged with the City. However, Eddie Scott, manager of the Inter-Service Liaison (ISL) Department of the City of Cape Town’s Finance Directorate, which houses the “SRA team”, says any future objections lodged with the ISL office will be submitted to the steering committee for interaction with the objector. The City will then be given a written report on the outcome. An SRA, according to the ISL, is a clearly defined geographical area in which property owners contribute additional rates to fund “top up” services for that specific area in terms of an approved business plan. Scott says the Zwaanswyk steering committee was able to submit its application on 11 November last year after 64% of property owners in the area agreed to support the proposal to create an SRA in the area. “The steering committee was encouraged to continue gathering support even though only 50% plus one is the legal requirement for a majority support,” says Scott. As part of the procedure of establishing an SRA, the application was then advertised in the media and property owners were notified to allow them at least 30 days in which to submit any comments or objections. According to Scott, the next step will be for the full council to consider the application on 11 May this year. If the application is approved, says steering committee chairperson Rob Tiffin, the committee will have to appoint directors to a Section 21 company to run the SRA so it can “up and running” by 1 July. According to Tiffin, the company’s first step will be to construct a fence around the suburb, as set out in the five-year business plan handed in with the application. The proposed services to be provided by the SRA, as set out in the business plan, include capital improvements to the value of R1 million. In the first three years these will include only the construction of a baboon/security fence along the boundary between the Tokai Plantation and the Zwaanswyk residential area, and some CCTV surveillance cameras.

Other services to be provided include camera monitoring of the fence, building and maintaining a good working relationship with the baboon monitoring service providers and SANParks to minimise baboon incursions, a 24-hour mobile vehicle patrol, a guarding post and relationship-building with police in the area. The SRA will ensure that the security fence is maintained and cleared of vegetation, while also taking responsibility for supplementary cleaning and litter clearing of road verges and common areas, as well as improving general landscaping and maintenance of streetlights, poles, trees, litter bins, traffic signage and storm water gullies. Child-friendly secure pathways and traffic-separated routes for horses have also been proposed. In terms of marketing and communication, the SRA proposes to establish a website for community communication, notices and a forum for residents’ concerns and requests, while also holding a Section 21 company general meeting annually. According to Tiffin, residents in the SRA will pay approximately 9% more in rates than they are presently paying. An SRA, according to information supplied by the ISL department, is funded from these additional rates paid by its members and does not receive any subsidies from the city. The Zwaanswyk SRA’s budget estimates an expenditure of R1 171 237 in its first year, according to the business plan. The city will collect the additional rates on behalf of the SRA. The additional rates appear as a separate item on the monthly municipal account of each property owner within the SRA, according to the ISL department. According to the business plan, property owners who are indigent or disabled will be 100% exempt from SRA additional levies – in line with council’s criteria for rate relief – while participation from all other property owners within the area is mandatory. Property owners who want to participate in SRA affairs must sign up for the Section 21 company. According to Scott, the city will remain fully involved after the establishment of the SRA, looking at issues of legal compliance, good governance and financial controls/reporting. Additionally, the ward councillor in the area will also serve as an ex officio director of the SRA Board.


NEWS

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Vagrant killed in bushes GERDA VON BENECKE

A MAN and a woman were murdered in two separate incidents in Hout Bay over the weekend. According to Hout Bay police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, the first incident happened on Friday at about 20:30. Police received a complaint about two vagrants fighting at Checkers in Milkwood Crescent. Lesch says they found the victim, a man, who had been stabbed in his chest and right arm. Paramedics, who were also alerted, declared the victim dead on the scene, says Lesch. The suspect, after approaching police and telling them he was merely defending himself after the victim allegedly initially tried to stab him with the knife, was arrested at the scene. Lesch says the suspect, a 28-year-old man, appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of murder. In a separate incident yesterday, a man came to the Hout Bay police station at about 07:45 to report that he had had a fight with his girlfriend the previous day and thought she had “passed away”. Lesch says the suspect pointed police to the scene on Kronendal Farm in Victoria Road, where, he told police, he and his girlfriend slept in the bushes. According to Lesch, the suspect also informed police that he and his girlfriend fought about another man the previous day. After going out drinking together, he had become very angry and hit her with his bag before going to bed. The suspect, however, claimed his girlfriend was still alive when they went to sleep. According to Lesch, paramedics were

called out to the scene, where they declared the woman dead. The suspect was arrested for murder and will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 23 February, says Lesch. Anyone with inquiries or information are asked to contact Hout Bay police on (021) 791-8660 or 08600 10111. . Five suspects were arrested in connection with various cases relating to stolen property after an operation by Hout Bay police at 04:00 last Thursday. According to Lesch, the value of the property involved is estimated at more than R20 000. The first suspect, who is wanted in connection with two cases of common robbery, was arrested by police at an address in the Zone, an area in Hangberg. Lesch says police then visited a second address, where they arrested two suspects, a man and a woman. The man admitted to breaking into a vehicle and stealing a handbag, which was found in the posession of the woman, his girlfriend. He also admitted to being involved in a burglary at Dunes Restaurant two weeks ago, in which a safe containing R14 000 was stolen. According to Lesch the suspect is linked to seven different cases, including robbery, housebreaking and theft, theft out of a motor vehicle, as well as theft and possession of suspected stolen property. Lesch says another two male suspects from the Hangberg area who were implicated in the crimes stated above were also arrested on the same day. The five suspects, according to Lesch, appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Anyone with inquiries or information can call the Hout Bay police on (021) 7918660 or 08600 10111.

Mountain safety meetings ‘fruitful’ GERDA VON BENECKE

AFTER several weeks of mountain users and authorities raising concerns about safety around Table Mountain, a “most fruitful” meeting was held last week. According to Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz’s spokesperson, Melany Kühn, a decision was taken at the meeting on Thursday 17 February for a steering committee to be formed to monitor the situation and make recommendations where needed. Kühn says the steering committee will represent all the roleplayers, including SANParks, police, The Cape Town Partnership, Economic Development and Tourism MEC Alan Winde, the City of Cape Town, the Pedal Power Association and the Mountain Club of SA. According to SANParks regional spokesperson Merle Collins, the meeting was “extremely positive” and roleplayers present agreed to work together to combat crime on the mountain. Collins says TMNP welcomed the initiative and is extremely pleased at the possibility of obtaining funding to expand its dog unit, which has proven “most effective in combating crime”. According to Collins, this was only the first meeting and a follow-up operations meeting will be held to “thrash out operational logistics”. The MEC, says Kühn, also engaged yester-

day with other interested persons in a public platform meeting, where those with additional suggestions and concerns, who were not represented at last week’s meeting, were accommodated. “It is overwhelming and encouraging that Capetonians all over are demonstrating this eagerness to get involved and contribute to increasing safety for all. This makes the process so much easier,” says Kühn. According to Kühn this “whole of society” approach to targeting crime does not take the responsibility away from the TMNP or police, but is rather complementing what authorities are doing so as to maximise available resources. Kühn says several suggestions for enhancing safety around the mountain are currently being evaluated and considered for implementation. According to André van Schalkwyk, spokesperson for the Table Mountain Safety Action Group (TMSAG), they are “cautiously optimistic” about the meeting. Van Schalkwyk says they especially welcome the fact that a steering committee will be formed. However, says Van Schalkwyk, what they do not want is a “whole lot of talk”, insisting that implementation is key. “What we want is two things – information and that authorities take responsibility for implementing solutions,” says Van Schalkwyk.

Painters hurt as gust topples scaffolding GERDA VON BENECKE

THREE painters were hospitalised with injuries after they fell seven metres from scaffolding at a centre in Westlake last week. Emergency Medical Treatment (EMT) spokesperson, Robert de Wet, said the building manager of Westlake Square alerted EMT at 14:30 last Friday that the three men had fallen from the scaffolding on which they were working. According to Mark Jones, of Gregory and Jones Decorators, the company contracted to do the painting at the site, and which employed the trio, the “freak accident” was caused by a gust of wind. Jones says the accident happened while the painters were assembling the scaffolding and a strong wind

toppled the structure. De Wet says the three men were working at a height of approximately seven metres at the time. He says the men sustained moderate injuries, but were stabilised at the scene by EMT paramedics and later transported to a private hospital. According to Jones, one of the men was discharged on Friday, while the other two were kept in hospital over the weekend. One will be discharged early this week while the other will undergo surgery this week after sustaining two fractured ankles. De Wet says the site foreman and the building manager are to be congratulated for their quick thinking and their pro-active interventions while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive on scene.

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Fretting about Jack Man­ tis Band will per­ form at the Barleycorn Music Fes­ tival.Photo: Supplied

Barleycorn Music Festival – celebrating ‘local’ THE Barleycorn Music Club will be holding its annual music festival on Saturday 12 March from 14:00 to 22:00 at the Maynardville Amphitheatre, Church Street, Wynberg. This year’s festival will showcase some of the best talent Cape Town has to offer. Acts include The Louise Day Band, The Jack Mantis Band, The Stremes, Mother City Mojo, Black South Easter, Meri Kenaz, The Derek Leisegang Band, Jasper Dick, Matthew Roux, The Bone Collectors and The Vans. Bring a blanket and umbrella and enjoy another episode in the ongoing saga of what is excellent in local music. Food (including vegetarian) and drinks are available at the venue, but you can also bring a picnic. Activities for kids include a jumping castle, face

painting and more. Adults pay R60, members R50, students/scholars R30 and children under 12 get in free. Tickets are available on any Monday from 20:00 at the weekly Barleycorn at the Villager Football Club, 11 Lansdowne Road, Claremont. Tickets will also be available at the festival. Call Martin on 082 493 1564 or see www.barleycorn.org.za for more info. The Barleycorn Music Club started in 1975, when a bunch of musicians found it agreeable to meet regularly to jam together, learn from one another and consume beer. Over the past 35 years, the Barleycorn has met almost every week to create a Cape Town tradition and a valuable musical resource.

GUITARIST Derek Gripper plays music by Brazilian composer, Egberto Gismonti, and Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, alongside his own compositions and some of the guitar’s great masterpieces. Gripper is one of South Africa’s most innovative guitarists. His concerts have taken him to Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Britain, Denmark, South Africa, and Namibia. He will next perform at the Erin Hall on Friday 25 November starting at 20:00. Tickets are R50 and can be booked by email: info@newcape.co.za. For more information on Gripper’s music and performances visit www.derekgripper.com

Acclaimed violinist returns THE brilliant young violinist, Zoë Beyers, has returned to her roots – and will give one concert in Cape Town. Beyers is now the associate leader of the prestigious City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the United Kingdom. She will perform in an all-Mendelssohn programme, at the Baxter Concert Hall on Thursday 24 February starting at 20:15. She last played in Cape Town itself at least seven years ago. She will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and, with Luis Magalhães, the Concerto for violin and piano. The Stellenbosch Camerata string ensemble, led by Suzanne Martens, will accompany. Beyers is on a South African concert tour at the moment, which is showcasing the release of her debut CD of the works which will be played at the concert. Tickets are available from Computicket at R80.

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Scholarships up for grabs TERESA FISCHER

IF you are ready for a twoyear adventure in a foreign country, get ready to wave goodbye to your school friends and be prepared to make new buddies from all over the world. If you will be 16 or 17 years old and in Grade 11 or 12 in 2011, and are a South African citizen, you are eligible to apply for a United World Colleges Scholarship, which offers an internationally recognised matric. All your expenses, such as accommodation and food, will be included. Gareth Smit and Leah Nasson have both completed the course and shared their experiences with People’s Post. “The idea is to bring young people together through education, for peace and a sustainable future,” says Smit, adding that at each college there will be about 200 students, from about 80 countries. The language of instruction is English, but everyone copes somehow. “Remember that guy from Mongolia? For a year and a half not a word came out of his mouth,” they laugh. Nasson attended a college in a small Italian town called Duino, on the Adriatic sea. Some of the residences are in a converted castle, which she says was “not like a boarding school at all”. The college offers freedom and a strong focus on music. And, um, Italian guys? “I did find myself an Italian boyfriend …Lorenzo. I remember seeing him in the piazza,

Opera open day CAPE TOWN OPERA (CTO) welcomes the public to a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Carmen at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Saturday 26 February from 10:00 until 15:00. The public will get a chance to look at all aspects of the production, from costume manufacture, set design and musical rehearsal, to lighting sessions. At Unwrapping Opera Open Day, you can learn how

A century of Girl Guides GIRL Guides in Cape West are celebrating the second year of the three-year centenary celebrations with a Thanksgiving Service at Pinelands Methodist Church Hall on Sunday 27 Feb-

playing guitar,” she says. “He brought me lavender that he stole from the headmaster’s garden.” But there’s more to the course than romance and pizza. “It is a quite intensive, demanding course; time management is key,” says Smit, adding the non-academic activities are also important parts of the curriculum. He graduated from the college in Las Vegas, New Mexico, in 2009. (Not to be confused with the other Las Vegas in Nevada.) Smit says here he got to experience the “non-mainstream” America. A photographer, Smit developed his skills while at the college. He says the experience is something that is with you forever and you remain interconnected through a huge network of amazing people. “My friends call it the cult,” jokes Nasson. But they say it gives a face to global issues such as the uprising in Egypt. You must have at least a C grade average in your most recent exams, take mathematics as a subject, be involved in your community and be enthusiastic and excited about representing South Africa. Request an application form by emailing uwcapplicationswc@gmail.com or phone Smit on 072 755 7530 or fax 086 726 6979. Include your full name, age, grade, address, telephone number, ID number and most recent school report. Applications include two teachers’ references and one essay-type question. Applications close on Tuesday 1 March. to hold your own in a stage fight, or get some pointers on singing (even if you only sing in the shower). Learn about stage design and lighting from the experts. Watch the orchestra and cast rehearsing, meet Cape Town Opera’s young artists and see Artscape’s backstage facilities. Activities cater for all ages and entrance is free. There will also be a range of workshops and sessions. For bookings and inquiries email info@capetownopera.co.za ruary at 14:45. All former Brownies, Girl Guides and Rangers are invited to join this special celebration service. Please contact the Cape West Regional Office on (021) 531-1872 or Cathy Hannay on 083 441 0067.


NEWS

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Quarrel sparks community fight GERDA VON BENECKE

A PERSONAL quarrel between a shopkeeper and a client escalated into a battle involving fists and stones in Hangberg last week. Hout Bay police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, says the incident occurred at 16:30 on Monday 14 February when about 100 community members got involved in the fight. The shop owner, a Somalian, says the row was over personal issues between his brother and the client regarding the shop. Lesch says the police, who were alerted to the incident by community members, sent out two vehicles from the Hout Bay station, and took a “long time” to defuse the situation. Four Somalis, including the shop owner and his brothers, moved out of the Hangberg area immediately after the incident and took all their belongings with them, with the assistance of police, says Lesch. According to Lesch, no serious injuries were sustained and no criminal cases were opened. The shop owner, who says he feels very

“bad” about the incident, said that by last Wednesday they had not moved back to Hangberg yet, but that they would meet the police and community members on the issue later in the week. By yesterday, according to Lesch, the Somali residents still had not moved back to Hangberg and were still in negotiations with police and community members on the issue. Lesch said the incident was not a xenophobic attack and there were other Somalian shops in the area that were not threatened in any way. Isaac James, a Hangberg resident and community representative in the mediation process between Hangberg and the City of Cape Town regarding the housing issue, met the Somalian shop owner on Tuesday. He agreed with Lesch, saying the fight had been sparked by a personal issue regarding property between the different parties. There were no xenophobia-related problems after the incident, he said. According to Lesch, who said police were patrolling the area, no other incidents had been reported to date. Anyone with inquiries or information is requested to contact Hout Bay police on (021) 791-8660 or 086 001 0111.

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LEADER

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Tuesday 22 February 2011

Deadly tracks A COMMUNITY is in mourning after the death last Thursday of two toddlers knocked down by a train close to their home. Still just babies, the lifeless little bodies of brothers Salie (2) and Faiek (3) were found by their young mother Faieka Smith along the railway tracks between Nyanga and Heideveld stations. The devastated parent says she was cooking supper in the family’s Manenberg kitchen while her two boys were happily playing within earshot – until they found a way out of the property and wandered off towards the railway tracks. In their carefree, adventure-filled world, the innocent pair could not distinguish between danger and safety. The children were Faieka’s whole life. Now all that awaits her in her modest home, once filled with her children’s laughter, are silence and sadness. If the young mother could have turned back the clock, what would she have done differently? Would she have insisted that her precious sons play inside, ensured that the gate between her house and the street was fully secure, not chosen a house that close to the railway tracks? No parent would deliberately endanger their children’s lives, yet the foremost question asked when news of the toddlers’ death broke, was: “Where was the mother?” This raises the issue of responsibility, which in this instance should be ashamedly shared by the toddlers’ guardians, an apathetic community, vandals from the same community who make holes in fences for easy access to their homes and destructive thieves who steal life-saving fencing. Should the onus not rest on Metrorail’s shoulders as well? Despite vandalism and theft costing the rail operator millions of rands each year, they cannot neglect to repair and maintain fencing that is crucial in safeguarding the lives of the people living in the areas their trains plough through. No amount of remorse or hindsight can bring back the two little boys, but a lot can be done to prevent further loss of life on dangerous railway tracks.

THE government is proposing amendments to the Employment Equity Act to legislate that affirmative action should focus on national and not provincial demographics. The proposal is being criti-

cised for not taking the realities of population dispersions into account and almost calling for a re-engineering of people’s settlement patterns. The cartoon shows the proportionate

breakdown of the Western Cape’s economically active population (EAP) scratched out and replaced with the population percentages of the national economically active population.

‘Setting the record completely straight’

How to reduce traffic accidents CERTAIN organisations are promoting the driving of motor vehicles with headlights turned on during daylight. As dubious as it may sound, they claim that research has shown that this peculiar conduct reduces accidents. I wonder whether any person who cannot see traffic in broad daylight without headlights is fit to drive. Be that as it may, I have discovered other studies which aim to reduce traffic accidents. The first such study has found that very few accidents occur when vehicles are driven slower than 30 km/h. It therefore proposed a new national speed limit of 25 km/h on all roads (the extra reduction of 5 km/h is just to be extra safe). The next study found that exceedingly few accidents occur while all the vehicles involved are blowing their hooters. It should therefore be quite obvious that new law be promulgated to compel motorists to blow their hooters at all times on a

public road. The final study I found is a true work of genius. It aimed at finding a solution to all road accidents – in fact, an unbelievable solution for zero road accidents! In this paradigm it was found that no accidents ever occurred between motor vehicles that had only three wheels. Strange, but nevertheless true. Therefore the study proposed that all motor vehicles have compulsory removal of one of their wheels (which wheel exactly can be optional) and we will enter a new era of road safety. QED. PS. The above studies were conducted by Prof UR Crazynski of the University of Upper Slovakia, as part of his doctoral thesis. PPS. I, for one, believe road accidents are caused by reckless driving and inconsiderate road use. If we all valued the safety of others as much as we value our own, THAT might make a difference. CONCERNED MOTORIST Tokai

Calling all loyal Club Lenin patrons CLUB Lenin is inviting loyal patrons to a pre-launch reunion at Down Town in Kuils River on Sunday 27 February.

Tickets cost R30. The proceedings get under way at 20:00.

I REFER to the letter “Setting the Record straight” in Peoples Post of Tuesday 15 FEB 2011. Ms De Lange seems to be confused about certain processes and facts. Firstly as the ward councillor I am available to each and every constituent in my ward – a commitment I made in my Manifesto June 2009 – “I will be available to and serve you, the residents of Ward 73”. Each and every resident is entitled to be heard and treated equitably and fairly as a citizen of SA and resident in the City of Cape Town. The City has a duty to respond to each and every complaint and so even if one person laid a complaint it is the duty of the councillor and officials to take seriously that complaint and investigate it. In this case a number of complaints were received from Musgrave Park, Melrose Place and as far afield as the top of Old Kendal Road. The tenants, whether they are “original” or not are living in the area and are being disturbed by a noise nuisance. This is the matter on the table. Let us not be distracted from the matter under investigation. It is a great pity that the wonderful community spirit that I have had the pleasure of getting to know is blighted by a few racially challenged individuals who seem set on reminding people what colour they are and from whence they came. We cannot build a future together if we are trapped in the conflicts of the past. A shared future is far better than a divided past –“Love thy neighbour as thyself”. Miss De Lange openly admits that there are residents who have “issues” with Mr Isaacs because he sets certain standard of behaviour. Well I have had very different reports from residents who do not

wish to be identified for fear of hearing their names broadcast from the intrusive address system (as mine was a while back, I believe). I myself have been subjected to this “high standard of behaviour” and had the telephone slammed down in my ear when I refused to be drawn into a racial discussion, when the matter under discussion was the intrusive address system and noise nuisance. South Peninsula High is part and parcel of all who were born there since the 1950s, as well as all who live there now, whether they are made to feel this is their home or not! Councillors do not need permission from civic associations to do their jobs. They are employed by and are accountable to the City of Cape Town and each and every ratepayer. The school is indeed in my constituency, and it is for this reason that the events at the school affecting my residents are of my concern. If there are known drug lords and shebeens in the community, it is the responsibility of the residents to make known to me, the councillor, the police and the City the names and addresses of such criminals and their activities so that action can be taken. Making unfounded accusations does not solve the problem. I invite each and every resident in my ward, Ward 73, who wishes to make contact with me and seek my help, to feel free to do so. You can contact me by sending a letter to PO Box 751, Plumstead, 7801, or by sending an email to carol.Bew@capetown.gov.za, or by calling me on (021) 7942493 or 082 477 9444. I look forward to hearing from you. CAROL BEW Ward 73 Councillor


LETTERS

Tuesday 22 February 2011

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Tarred with the same brush Your SMSes In response . To the genetic reject who attacked that 92-year-old man in Bergvliet, you better hope you never cross paths with me, because I’ll kick you so hard up the backside it will look like you’re wearing a hat. . Regarding the SMS about the Plumstead day hospital, why should that lady go to Retreat if she stays in Wynberg? Half of those people who go there don’t stay in this area, or do they give their work address and get better treatment? General . How do we know it is election time again in the Western Cape? When the ANC starts handing keys to non-existent houses in District Six. Are people not tired of being used all the time? Teresa . Come on Metrorail! Trains are still being cancelled or running late. People are putting their lives at risk by standing or sitting on the links between coaches. Truck drivers and a shortage of petrol is going to make it worse. . Regarding mountain crime. The

You lit up our lives ANDRE AND ERIK of The Sanctuary, Kirstenhof, would like to say a big thank you to all those who so generously donated to the charity, Christmas 2010 – Nazareth House, Cape Town. Many came to see and enjoy the Christ-

Have you seen Brian? THE Salvation Army Family Tracing Service is looking for David Brian McRae, also known as Brian McRae. He was born on 9 January 1941 and is being sought by

TMSAG threatens to hire lawyers to demand something that is not there due to lack of resources. Surely it would be more civil and helpful to rather contribute towards the extra resources needed? . Does anyone know of a doll hospital? I have three 1930 dolls I wish to donate to a museum. Please phone Linda on(021) 439-1761. Zuma’s Heaven . Regarding Zuma’s ANC Heaven – We “heaven” got electricity, we “heaven” got houses, promises “heaven” been fulfilled, etc. . As for President Zuma’s statement that if you do not vote ANC you are going to hell. Please, Mr President, kindly base the country’s principles on Godly principles. Do not instil fear into the nation. That sounds more like dictatorship. Where is democracy? Glorya Alfreds . Why are there no new shows on TV? We don’t pay licence for ancient shows or local junk! You show enough adverts to afford the newest films so where are they? Disgusted views

ON Saturday 12 February, we, a racially mixed group ranging from 15 to 45 years, tackled Lion’s Head for the first time. Being aware of mountain crime, including the robbery of a tourist in the area a week before, we left our valuables in the car. What was a most enjoyable hiking trip on the way up turned sour when the teenage boys in the group, all from Khayelitsha, separated in order to descend at a faster pace than the rest. Walking down the winding path far ahead of the others, they were met with suspicion and fear – some of the hikers they encountered moved to the very outer

edge of the path, others froze their conversations mid-sentence when they had to pass the boys. What should have been a pleasurable experience of Cape Town as a city for all was suddenly marred by those obvious gestures of mistrust. We all know that mountain muggers come from impoverished communities, but not every aspiring hiker not wearing up-market hiking shoes is a criminal-intraining. The culprits have done greater damage than we imagined. MARCO SCHMITT Cape Town

mas lights which we display annually on our decorated homes. Nazareth House was most appreciative and overwhelmed by the large donation they received. Wishing you all a wonderful and prosperous 2011. ANDRE AND ERIK THE SANCTUARY, KIRSTENHOF

his sister, Beryl Embleton, who lives in England. Anyone able to help find him can contact Lieutenant Colonel Veronica Trollip on (022) 492-3410, 082 414 2029 or email familytracing@boothhosp.org.

HAVE YOUR SAY!

NEW DRAFT BY-LAW RELATING TO THE USE AND CONTROL OF RECREATIONAL WATER AREAS AND BOATING, 2010 The City of Cape Town has released a new draft By-law Relating to the Use and Control of Recreational Water Areas and Boating, 2010 for public comment. The City provides for the public as well as organised sport clubs to access certain recreational water areas and to practice various boating and water sports activities thereon. An amalgamation of the old by-laws which make provision for these activities, as well as several changes and additions in a new draft by-law, were required in order for the City to uniformly and consistently manage its recreational water areas. One example of an addition is a provision that written permission may be given to certified water sport clubs to allow persons under the age of 16 years to pilot power boats up to 15 horsepower during approved events such a youth training academies. The draft by-law also aims to align with the Merchant Shipping Act (57/1951): Merchant-Shipping Regulations of 2007. The public participation comment period lasts from 1 to 31 March 2011. Copies of the draft By-law Relating to the Use and Control of Recreational Water Areas and Boating, 2010 are available at subcouncil offices and City libraries for viewing purposes only. You may also access the document and post comment at www.capetown.gov.za/ recreationalwaterareasbylaw For further enquiries and for written or faxed submissions, please contact: Koos Retief Area Manager: Biodiversity Management Tel: 021 550 1086 Fax: 021 550 1003 Email: recreationalwaterareas.bylaw@capetown.gov.za

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Shutter speed: where the action lies JOHN RAYNER

SHUTTER speed is the term given to the amount of time the aperture stays open. This determines how much light is allowed into the camera. Well, actually it takes two to tango, as each is related. Typically, the shutter speed settings are 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, etc. Each speed allows half the amount of light as the one preceding it and twice that of the one following it. If you set your camera on shutter priority, you will notice that, as you make adjustments up or down, the aperture changes too. As you increase the shutter speed, the aperture increases in size, and reduces in size as the speed is slowed down. This is called a reciprocal relationship. If this did not occur, your images would not be exposed properly. In fact, were the shutter speed reduced too much, you will not be able to hold the camera steady enough for a blur-

free photo. Here’s an example: the camera says an image will be properly exposed with f8 and a shutter speed of 1/500 seconds. If you change the shutter speed to 1/1000 seconds (twice the speed), the aperture will increase to f5.6 (twice the light). Going down to 1/250 seconds (half the speed of the original), the aperture will have to allow half the amount of light into the camera by closing down to f11. The old rule of thumb for avoiding camera shake was that the shutter speed should never fall below the focal length of the lens being used. Let me explain: if you were shooting with a 100 mm lens, ideally the shutter speed should not fall below 1/125 seconds to avoid blurred images.

Many cameras these days have image stabilisation, enabling you to hand-hold the camera at speeds far slower than were previously possible. Depending on lighting conditions, use shutter speeds that are appropriate for the situation. It would not be necessary to take a photo of a kitty having a snooze on the sofa at 1/1000 seconds. Nor would it be wise to expect to capture the action at little Mary’s hockey match at only 1/60 seconds! . John Rayner is a self-taught photographer and has been at it for well over 40 years. He writes a monthly photographic column for People’s Post. He is available to give hands-on general photographic tuition and take you on practical walkabouts. Phone him on 073 360 1710 or email cajon@telkomsa.net with any questions.

Tuesday 22 February 2011 FUN AT SCHOOL: Kro­ nendal Primary School’s Grade 1 fun day was held on Friday 28 January. The school’s ‘new­ est additions’ spent the after­ noon having fun in the sun (and water). Photo: Supplied

TIME OFF: The fun day at Kronendal Primary School was a wonderful rite of passage for the Grade 1s, who en­ joyed some much­needed down time af­ ter their first week of ‘big school’ work. Photo: Supplied

FROM CON­ STANTIA WITH LOVE: Kelly Croxford from Southfield won first prize in the Constantia Vil­ lage “Share the Love” Valen­ tine’s Day Com­ petition – a weekend away at any Protea Hotel in South Africa, sponsored by Wynberg Travel and Tours. From left: Deidre Paul­Diemont (centre manager), Kel­ ly Croxford (winner) and Karen Merckel (manager of Wynberg Travel and Tours). Photo: Supplied

Castles made of sand ALL master sandcastle builders, professional or amateur, are invited to the 15th Annual Hout Bay Sandcastle Competition, organised by Valley PrePrimary School, on Saturday 5 March. Building sandcastles will be the order of the day, but families can also enjoy activities such as face painting, pony rides, balloon artists, jumping castles, magicians, food stalls and other entertainment. Registration is at 08:30 and the competition will be held from 09:30 to 13:00 at Hout Bay beach. Prizes will be awarded by celebrity judges, according to categories. Entry fees are R30 an adult and R15 a child. Companies are also invited to enter corporate

teams and brand their sandcastle sites for R700, or pay the same amount to sponsor Sonwabile Bursary Fund teams of children from local development projects in Hout Bay. School teams competing in the interschool category pay R150 for a team of up to six people. A professional category has also been added. Entry fees for this category are R100 per adult or R300 for a team of up to four people. Funds raised at this annual competition go toward improving facilities and sponsoring underprivileged children at Valley Pre-Primary School and Hout Bay Educare Centre in the Hangberg area. For more information visit www.houtbaysandcastle.co.za or call Splash PR on 021 790-9911 or email info@splashpr.co.za.

Movie under the stars THE South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town invites you to a screening of the “Ancient Astronomers of Timbuktu” DVD on Saturday 26 February at 20:00. Bring along blankets as this will be an outdoor screening of the movie, depending on the weather. Af-

ter the movie, there will be stargazing, tours of the library and of the McClean museum. You can view a preview of the movie on http:// www.scribesoftimbuktu.com/promo-video.php For more information contact (021) 460-9319.

Introduction to tendering HAEDON’S Training Academy, in association with the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF), will host a oneand-a-half-hour workshop on Introduction to Tendering on Friday 25 January at the Grassy Park Library from 09:00 to 10:30. Subjects include: what is tendering, positive changes in gov-

ernment procurement, what preferential procurement means, BBBEE, as well as business opportunities with provincial government, local government and the private sector. Entrance fee is R50. For more details contact John Prinsloo on 082 958 7865 or email tenderspecialist@gmail.com.


Tuesday 22 February 2011

RARE WORKS: The Iziko South African Nation­ al Gallery hosts an exhibition of works, “Pho­ tographer” by Ernest Cole, from Friday 25 Feb­ ruary until Saturday 30 April. Cole passionate­ ly believed in his mission to tell the world in photographs what it meant to be black under apartheid rule. He left South Africa to publish his book, House of Bondage, which was banned in South Africa upon production in 1967. He spent 23 years in exile, never return­ ing to South Africa and leaving no known neg­ atives and few prints of his monumental work. Cole died in New York in 1990. Never before exhibited internationally, these extremely rare prints, most of them made by Cole him­ self, are now to be seen publicly for the first time in a major exhibition. Pictured is one of his works of an earnest boy squatting on his haunches and straining to follow a lesson in the heat of a packed classroom. For more in­ formation on the exhibition call Pam Warne on (021) 481­3956 or email pwarne@iziko.org.za

Have your say about improving journalism THE Press Council of South Africa starts a series of public hearings this month in its review of its system. The review is intended to help improve the quality of journalism in the country. All people and organisations that would like to give oral evidence on ways in which the SA Press Code, the Press Ombudsman’s Complaints Procedures and the Constitution of the Press Council could be strengthened, are invited to the hearings. These will be conducted in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Bloemfontein. Cape Town hearings will take place on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 February on the 26th floor of the Naspers Building, 40 Heerengracht Street. At least three members of the task team reviewing the system, will be at each venue. Those who would like to give evidence should phone or write ahead to be scheduled. The invitation is also extended to those who have already made written submissions since the process started late last year, and who want to add oral evidence to their submissions. Those who merely wish to observe the process are welcome to attend, but please note that seating at each venue is limited. The task team will continue to accept written submissions until Tuesday March 15. For more information please contact Taryn Mackay on (011) 484-3612/8, (fax) (011) 484-3619 or email Tarynm@ombudsman.org.za or PO Box 47221, Parklands 2121.

Choral competitions THE Suid Afrikaanse Koorraad will be hosting its annual choral competitions on Saturday 26 February at the Cape Town City Hall. Tickets cost R30 and doors open at 15:00. On Sunday 13 March the competition will take place at the Athlone Civic Centre. Tickets cost R25 and doors open at 15:00. Choirs participating in both events are the Athlone Royals, Golden Classics, Hanover Stars, Hornets Sing Koor, Manor Homes, Ravensmead Sing Koor, Searidge Sporting Clubs and Woodstock Royals. For more information call Norman Duncan on 083 525 6796.

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Gallant Grant back for opener TASMIN CUPIDO

IT’S game time at DHL Newlands on Saturday, when the DHL Stormers take on the Lions in their opening match of the 21-week Vodacom Super Rugby competition. And with the addition of experienced flyhalf, Peter Grant, to the 35-man Stormers squad, head coach Allister Coetzee and the rest of the coaching team must be breathing a sigh of relief. In the Stormers’ warm-up matches leading up to the kick-off of their Super Rugby campaign, they experimented with youngsters Gary van Aswegen, Lionel Cronjé and Elgar Watts. While Van Aswegen impressed in the first two matches against the Maties and Ikeys, he displayed less than average performances in the Neo Africa Tri-series. Cronjé mostly strut his stuff in the number 15 jersey, while Watts was good on defence and attack, but lacked the ability to secure points with the boot. Grant has been contracted with Japanese club Kobe Kobelco Steelers since October 2009, missing out on the last Super 14 tournament last year as well as the 2010 Currie Cup.

He was due to return to the Stormers squad in three weeks only, but the Steelers were knocked out of the semi-finals of the Japanese club competition the past weekend. It is still not clear when he will return to training at the Western Province Rugby Union’s High Performance Centre in Bellville. And Coetzee has made it clear that Grant is part of his plans for the match against the Lions, who staged a gutsy second half fightback, but lost 20-24, in their opener at the home against the Vodacom Bulls the past weekend. “Bash may be part of the 22-man squad even if he only returns from Japan on Tuesday (today),” Coetzee says. “I have no doubt that his fitness levels are good and that he is match ready. He is such a dedicated player and will, without a doubt give his all should he be selected.” The men in blue will also be weary of the Lions’ fighting spirit for the entire 80 minutes. Their desire to win was apparent against the Bulls, and this could’ve been achieved had flyhalf Elton Jantjies slotted vital penalties and conversions. The likes of winger Michael Killian and centre Waylon Murray were impressive, and the Stormers would be doing

themselves a favour if they kept their eyes on the two speedsters. The Super Rugby tournament has an entirely new format, with the five teams from each country, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, forming a conference league, with each team playing a home and away match against the four other teams. Each team will play four matches overseas and four on home soil. This will bring the tally of round-robin matches to 16 for each team – four abroad and 12 in their home country. Six teams will play for a semi-final spot – the three teams ending at the top of the conference logs and the three teams – regardless of the conference – with the most log points. The two teams with the most log points will automatically qualify for a home semi-final and be on a bye the first week of the three-week long play-offs , while the other four teams will then battle it out. The semi-finals and the finals will follow the same format, with the home final being awarded to the team with the highest number of points at the end of the conference leagues.

Twist in astro turf tiff BRIAN GAFFNEY

WHEN it comes to the allocation of astroturfs, the grass will not be any greener at Grassy Park in the foreseeable future. But the Greater Wynberg LFA – which has its headquarters at the Rooikrans Avenue Sports Complex in Grassy Park – has vowed to “fight on relentlessly for the astroturf it was denied in 2009. The Lotto funding for astroturfs in rural and township areas formed part of the 2010 World Cup Legacy Project programme. “An injustice has been committed and we depend on the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) to correct the wrong. We intend to fight for fair play for our

children and our community until justice is done,” said Faiek Cassiem, the president of Greater Wynberg. The not-so-good news regarding the astroturf for Greater Wynberg is a sequel to an ongoing war of words between the association and SA Football Association (Safa) Cape Town. The latest twist to the row is that Safa president, Kirsten Nematandani, and Minister of Sport, Simphiwe Mncube, have been drawn into the fray following correspondence on the matter from Greater Wynberg to Mncube’s office. Nematandani subsequently disclosed that Safa endorses Safa Cape Town’s stand. He also advised Mncube that Safa Cape Town is the

“highest decision making body” in the Cape Metropole. According to Safa correspondence sent via Safa Cape Town to all the local Safa Cape Town-affiliated associations, there were “no records showing any process was followed that resulted in the first turf allocation to Grassy Park (Greater Wynberg)” in April 2009. Safa also had no objection to Safa Cape Town – with president Norman Arendse at the helm – setting aside a decision on the Grassy Park astroturf project. A fresh process that followed resulted in Grassy Park (Greater Wynberg) not qualifying for the project. A task team appointed by Safa Cape Town then allocated the astroturf to the Helderberg FA at Lwandle.

NEWLANDS’ SON RETURNS: Peter Grant could be back in a Stormers jersey as soon as Saturday. Photo: Die Burger

The Greater Wynberg LFA was one of the first successful applicants for the international standard astroturf – courtesy of R3 million in funding from the Lotto Board. The board disclosed at the time that 27 astroturfs would be laid across South Africa within three years at a cost of R81 million – and that Greater Wynberg was to be one of the first nine associations to benefit from the funding. But the association’s enthusiasm to become the first affiliate of the Safa Cape Town to receive an astroturf was dampened when Safa Cape Town questioned the procedures that Greater Wynberg had followed. This resulted in the relocation of the astroturf to Lwandle, which Safa Cape Town task team regarded as being more in need of such a project. Cassiem is, however, adamant that the Greater Wynberg LFA – which draws its membership from

Grassy Park, Phumlani, Retreat, Lavender Hill, Steenberg and Vrygrond – is being unfairly treated. “Where is the Fifa Fair Play policy now?” asked Cassiem. Cassiem believes his association deserves an astroturf on the grounds that it too is a home for footballers from several needy areas. He also rejected the claim by Norman Arendse (Safa Cape Town president) that his association had not “followed the correct procedure” in applying for an astroturf in 2009. “Mr Arendse has never been to our LFA to watch our players at matches in Grassy Park, Retreat and Vrygrond,” claimed Cassiem. Cassiem, in correspondence from Greater Wynberg, declined to comment further on the matter, saying it was “sub judice” as the association had filed an objection in terms of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

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