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HILE most people were lazing around or out celebrating Human Rights Day, Hangberg residents were at war with police again on Wednesday. Police, a technical response team and Marine Coastal Management officials searched homes in the small town just after 8:00 in search of an abalone syndicate. Now community members and leaders are requesting a meeting with Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer, accusing police of mistreatment and unruly policing. The request was sent just under a week ago by community leaders but by the time of going to print, a date had not been set yet. Residents claim police kicked down doors and shot at them and therefore they had to counter attack. According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the Special Investigations Unit had been tipped off that boats with approximately 50 men were illegally diving for abalone near Robben Island. Police followed the group of men to two premises in Rhode Vos Road. When the teams then started searching homes, violence broke out. Roads were barricaded and stones were hurled at cars as well as the police. There were even reports of flares being fired as community members retaliated. Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said when the team started the raid shots rang out and residents started throwing stones and blocking roads. He also
said investigations are now underway to see whether police or residents fired the first shots after a police officers bullet-proof vest was punctured by a bullet. One person was arrested for public violence. Lionel Adendorf, spokesperson the DAFF, said abalone was depleted in certain areas but that the need for legal permit holders was understood but he was disappointed by the coldhearted and violent attack on members of law enforcement agencies. Residents are adamant that they were attacked by police. Hangberg Civic Association spokesperson Greg Louw says police were unprofessional and could have dealt better with the situation. “We are unhappy with the way they had conducted their operation. They were extremely intimidating and came in here like they were playing cowboys and crooks. We know the impact of illegal poaching has on this community specifically but we really don't agree with their old apartheid-style raids.” David Weeber, a 58-year-old resident, says he was shocked by what he saw. “I was driving when I saw all these police vehicles coming toward us. I immediately got out of the car and got to a safe spot. Then they were all over the show, breaking down doors and on people’s roofs. “If they were targeting one or two houses in Hangberg, why did they have to search all houses, and without a search warrant?” Weeber says the children in the community were traumatised. “My five-year-old grandson saw everything happening and he was crying his eyes out because he didn’t want to see people get hurt. Personally, I am extremely upset because of the way they came here and mistreated us on Human Rights Day. They totally violated our rights. They should get their act together and not fight with people who are innocent.”
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Your hotline to our Editor FROM today, we will be running a weekly column entitled “ConnectED” by People’s Post Editor Feroza Miller-Isaacs.
MASTERMIND: Daniel Barrish, an 11yearold from Constantia, showed what he’s made of at the WP chess open last week. He made Garry Kasparov, former World Champion and one of the best chess players ever, break into a sweat when they drew a game last week. Photo: Lulama Zenzile
Dear reader, I have been in the Editor’s seat for eight months – two months as Acting Ed (couldn’t have been more real!) and six months as Editor. It has been a humbling and enriching experience, one my journalistic career of nearly two decades has certainly helped prepare me for. Though experienced in newsroom management, being Editor has given me a 360 degree look at the business of news in an organisation as vast and visionary as Media24. I have had the privilege and honour of engaging with people from all walks of life – from Athlone to Camps Bay, from Retreat to Fish Hoek. Just this weekend I rubbed shoulders with Cape Town’s celebrities, shaking hands with our gracious Mayor, Patricia de Lille, sharing a balcony with Top Billing presenter Michael Mol and his family, being assured by Mayco member of Safety and Security JP Smith that the hot firemen who led the Cape Town Carnival parade on Saturday were real firemen. The carnival was truly spectacular, reflecting the diversity and cultural wealth of the people under the African sun. Among my memorable experiences over the past eight months were watching entertainer Jayson King doing Elvis at the Joseph Stone auditorium, as if he weren’t a day over 20, and laughing raucously at Fish Hoek
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Illegal poisons a Taxi permit system danger to children is skewed – claim MELISSA LE ROUX
THE City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement, along with the Department of health and the Department of Agriculture took to the streets of Wynberg last week. This comes after they received complaints from the Red Cross Children’s hospital about children getting sick due to a range of illegal pesticides used incorrectly. Officials went around to shop owners looking for the deadly products. Mayoral Committee Member for Health Councillor Lungiswa James was present at the raids and says she wants all these illegal poisons off the streets. “I see plenty of these chemicals being sold where I live as well and the problem is that people don’t know how dangerous they can be. People put this poison on a piece of bread and put it on the floor for the mice or rats to eat. Then along comes a child, picks it up and eats it.” Councillor James added that people are not educated on how to use the pesticides properly and that could lead to fatalities. “It is extremely concerning. Shop owners are not taught how to use pesticides. These poisons are also so accessible and they actually work, but they are unregistered with the Department of Agriculture.” When shopkeepers were confronted, most didn’t know that the pesticide they were selling was illegal. Xolisa Magoqoza, who is an assistant at one of the stores, says if he had known, they wouldn’t have sold the products. “We had no idea that the things were illegal; how were we to know? We know now and we won’t sell them anymore.” People’s Post also spoke to Meryl Snyman, who uses the pesticide in her home. “I use it because it really works. I had cockroaches in my house but when I used the powder, they were gone.
DANGEROUS: Some of the illegal pesticides sold in Wynberg. Photos: Lillian Amos But now that I hear it is dangerous, I won’t be using it any more because I have children at home and I wouldn’t want them to get sick because of it.” Councillor James ended off by saying that the Department of Health and Department of Agriculture will continue their quest to eliminate these poisons. “At the moment they is easily accessible, that’s why people buy them, but we are definitely looking at ways to try and stop them from being sold so we can keep our children safe”.
POTENTIAL taxi drivers are not being given the opportunity to work in the community as permits are granted to the same drivers every year. This is according to the chairperson of the Western Cape Community Police Board, Hanif Loonat, who accuses taxi associations of favouritism. “Taxi permits are given to the same existing members every year. It’s unfair to those who wish to run a taxi in the area. I believe that there’s no transparency in the distribution of these permits,” he says. Taxi permits are issued to various drivers each year. To gain a permit, potential drivers need to gain a letter from the taxi association to which they belong and operate from. The letter then needs to be forwarded to the Western Cape Taxi Board, whereby it will be processed. The board looks at the application in terms of route saturation and driving capacity. People’s Post spoke to a taxi driver, who wishes to remain anonymous. He has been operating a taxi for three years now and says that every year “it’s a hassle”. “You’d think that it would be easy to get a taxi permit, but it’s not. They’ll tell us things like ‘you all want to drive the same route’ and that’s why we can’t get one, which is wrong
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New hope for small businesses S
MALL businesses in the Western Cape had reason to celebrate due to the ongoing partnership between the Provincial Government of the Western Cape (PGWC) and Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU). Last week they celebrated their first year’s collaboration As well as funding the successful SBU programme to the tune of R500 000 during the past year, the partnership has also sought to actively grow sustainable businesses that are able to provide quality products and services to both the public and private sector. Shanduka Black Umbrellas - a non-profit incubation enterprise development service provider which began operating in 2005 - provides partnership opportunities between 100% black-owned businesses, government, the private sector and civil society. It has a proven track record. Nondumiso Ncisana – a recent graduate of the SBU programme and the owner of Impumelelo Staffing Solutions – has just established her own premises in the CBD, is employing three people and secured meaningful contracts which assist in ensuring the sustainability of her business. Alan Winde, the Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, reiterated the importance of the supplier development partnership and the role of the provincial government in supporting small businesses. “Growth and jobs is a priority of this provincial government. In the Western Cape the core backbone of our economy is small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), and we have to help their businesses grow. However, we have to ensure that black owned companies use the procurement advantages they
FIGUREHEADS: Alan Winde, the Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, and Mark Frankel, CEO of Shanduka Black Umbrellas. Photo: Supplied have but do not come to rely on them. They must use them to get their businesses up and running but then they must move into the main economy. It is critical that small businesses get the help and support they need, but in turn they have to be competitive.” CEO of SBU, Mark Frankelm, thanked the PGWC for its involvement in the programme and urged South African companies to get involved. “The overall theme of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s recent budget speech was
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FOR THE LOVE OF ART: The “Art and Life 2012 Charity Event”, taking place at the Val de Vie Wine and Polo estate in Paarl on Sunday 15 April, is the first of an annual se ries of events focusing on the arts. Some of the charities that will benefit from this initiative are The Nelson Mandela Chil dren’s Hospital and the Bobs for Good Founda tion. Absa is the headline sponsor for the event. Tickets are available from Webtickets at R150 each. For more informa tion, visit http:// www.artandlife.co.za
Fishermen swim to safety FOUR men had to swim for their lives on Wednesday 21 March after their boat capsized at Duiker Island near Hout Bay. The National Sea Rescue Institute were alerted of the incident by the men’s relatives. “Our NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated at 18:30 and launched our sea rescue craft MTU Nadine Gordimer and Albie Matthews and responded to the scene where we found all four men, aged in
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A GREEN THING: Irish Ambassa dor Brendan McMahon and May or Patricia De Lille shoot a twist er of green tinsel after a count down to the 8 o’clock switch on of the lights that turned Table Mountain green for St Patrick’s Day in salute to the work of Irish charities in South Africa. De Lille said that the City has a strong relationship with Ireland and is happy to share the moun tain with them. McMahon said that there’s never a better time to visit Ireland because 2013 marks the year they will cele brate it’s culture, people, place and heritage. For 365 days, they will welcome back Irish of the di aspora, their connections and anyone who has ever felt, or wanted to feel, a connection to Ireland. Photo: Supplied
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THE heatwave has been almost enough to make one believe in global warming. Then, just when you think the “greenies” are right, you turn on the TV and see the biggest freeze in Europe for decades. From this you will gather that I have my doubts about climate scientists. I also have problems with weather predictions, served up on all the electronic media. This business of a 30% or 60% chance of rain is weird. Why do we never have a 50% or an 80% chance of rain? Weather forecasters have an abundance of information from satellites but they still get it wrong. One suspects that the whole job is turned over to computers which tell us that the temperature in Paarl will peak at precisely 37 degrees C. Wonderful, but how can they know the precise temperature at any given location and still be so vague about the really important things like rain? The heatwave also tells us important things about the way we live. In these informal times most of us have shed a layer of undergarments and things like jackets with collars and ties are on the way out. Now we wear baseball caps and walk around in a state of semi-undress at weekends. Any Arab from one of the desert tribes would tell us that we are mad and the only way to cope with real heat is to cover up and keep it out. Our complete failure to understand that can be seen in the way we build houses. All those big windows and, worst of all,
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Tuesday 27 March 2012
Foodies taste success at awards ceremony STEFNI HERBERT
THE winners of the Eat In DStv Food Network Produce Awards were announced at a ceremony held in Stellenbosch recently. The awards recognised remarkable and exclusive producers, food markets and outlets. The Slowmarket in Stellenbosch set the backdrop for the ceremony held on Saturday and it was hosted by popular chef Jenny Morris. There were 15 categories, which included Best New Product and Best Market. So many categories meant judges Anelde Greeff, Anna Trapido, Abigail Donnelly, Pete Goffe-Wood, Jackie
Cameron and Deon van Wyk had a tough time making their decisions about the winners. Eat In magazine editor Greeff said: “This year we were amazed once again at the talent that South Africa’s small producers have to offer. “The judges were inundated with excellent produce and beautiful behind-the-scenes stories from across the country, but it was the passion, innovation and exceptional taste of the 18 winners that really stood out.” The Best Local Food Blog was a new award, but the twist was that the public were the judges. This award was deemed important in that it acknowledges the role local bloggers play in the country’s food industry.
FOODIES: The winners of the different categories for the Eat In DStv Food Network Produce Awards show off their prized certificates. Photo: Supplied
And the award goes to... THE 47th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre awards took place at the Baxter Theatre on Sunday 18 March. The
event was attended by local celebrities, VIP’s and the “who’s who” of the theatre industry.
DIVA: Ac tress and singer, Them bi Mtshali Jones.
TALENT AND BEAUTY: From left, actor Jeremy Crutchley, with Christi na, Marina and Chantal D’Orthez .
GLAMOR OUS: Singer, Nadine, was nomi nated for a Fleur de Cap award for her role in Jesus Christ Su perstar. ADDING TO THE GLAMOUR: Gillian Anstey from Johannesburg (left) and Allison Foat from Diva PR.
FUNNY AND TALENTED: Actor and comedian, Siv Ngesi (left) and Africa Melane, CapeTalk presenter and a Fleur du Cap judge.
PROUD FATHER: David Kramer and his daughter, Jesse.
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Tuesday 27 March 2012
Inspirational women rewarded New play tackles religious issues Since the launch of the 2012 Shoprite Women of the Year Award at the beginning of the month, hundreds of nominations for outstanding women in South Africa have reached the award’s organisers. Encouraging further entry this week, Ferial Haffajee, a previous winner and Editor-in-chief of City Press, spoke about the need to understand why working with the youth of South Africa is so important. “If people of privilege are to know the three million unemployed youth beyond the empty slogan and the fearful headline, and to reach out a hand, give a skill, provide a shelter, fund a bursary, then surely it would make ours a better country. “And if I were lucky enough to be president for a day, I would fix the National Youth Development Agency, cut its red tape and its entertainment budget and use all that money to fund all those dreams”, says Haffajee. WOMEN POWER: Ferial Haffajee, previous winner of the A considerable number of nomi- Shoprite Checkers Woman of the year Award and Editor nations have already been received inchief of City Press is encouraging women to enter. in the Youth Movers Category of the Photo: Supplied Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award. for a better future. The main aim of the award is to identify exThe public can nominate the Lifetime ceptional and visionary women who have Achiever. achieved in their own fields, with the deterThe closing date for nominations is on mination and foresight to make an impact on Thursday 26 April and South Africans who the future of many fellow South Africans. would like to nominate candidates can visit There are five categories in the competition their nearest Shoprite or Checkers store to namely -Health Care-Givers; Educators; So- collect entry forms. cio-Economic Business Developers; Good Those with access to the internet can nomiNeighbours Against Crime and Youth Mov- nate online on the Award’s official website ers. www.womenoftheyear.co.za. They can also The winners will be awarded with individ- make contact with the Award organisers by ual prize money and the Shoprite Group will e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or also give R100 000 towards the work they do 021 980 4285 or 021 980 1570.
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Entrepreneurial opportunities for people with disabilities ENTREPRENEURIAL opportunities for people with disabilities will be unpacked at a gathering of relevant stakeholders in Observatory on Tuesday 27 March. The daylong seminar will be spearheaded by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and organised by Disability Workshop Development Enterprise (DWDE) at the River Club in Observatory. SEDA wants to create awareness of their offerings to specifically the disability sector and reinforce inclusivity in the economy. The seminar is geared towards creating stable partnerships between DWDE and other organisations in the disability sector. People with disabilities will be able to engage with SEDA and other business developers and investigate how they can start their own businesses. A database of persons with disabilities – especially entrepreneurs – will be established to create a network of opportunities. Stakeholders will exhibit services to assist entrepreneurs with their businesses. Business advisors will meanwhile
host free consultation sessions on the day. And there will be lucky draws too as goodie bags filled with tools to kick-start a business will be on offer. There will be 10 free mentorships on offer – the business owners need to see the Seda business advisors at the seminar and sign up with them. The business advisors will identify entrepreneurs who are committed with good viable businesses. DWDE’s project partners to ensure workplace success for disabled persons include the Western Cape Network on Disability, Disabled People South Africa, and Institute for the Promotion of Disabled Manpower, Cape Mental Health Society, DEAFSA and Cape Town Society for the Blind. This event is free but seminar seats are limited to 100 people with disabilities. RSVP email@example.com or contact (021) 674 6139. Transport will be provided from Observatory train station between 08:00 and 09:00. For more information, visit www.dwde.co.za or contact publicist Candice Jansen to set up interviews with organisers.
ALFRED HINKEL’S latest work, Dansmettieduiwels, comes to the Baxter Theatre for only four performances this March. This season follows its world premiere at the Dance Umbrella recently, where it was received with critical acclaim and hailed as a resounding success. Presented by Hinkel and John Linden, this latest collaboration introduces a new ensemble under the working title Garage, featuring stalwarts Grant van Ster, Christopher Samuels and Illse Samuels together with Byron Klaasen and Farroll Coetzee. Costumes and projection design are by fashion designer Marsten Carsten and lighting design is by Bennie Arendse. With Dansmettieduiwels, commissioned by the Dance Umbrella, Hinkel bravely and creatively tackles the subject of sexual abuse amongst the priesthood in the Catholic Church in a work which he describes as an “ancient biblical myth with a Greek tragedy feel to it”. The story is based on Emmanuel Bugen, who was born in Matjieskloof, a Roman Catholic mission station, a few kilometres from Spring- THOUGHT PROVOKING: There will be four performances bok in the Northern Cape. As a of Dansmettieduiwels at the Baxter Theatre from Thurs young adult he believed he had a day 29 till Saturday 31 March. Pictures is a scene from calling to serve his creator and so the production. Photo: John Hogg joined the monastery in his home town, in the hopes of eventually being or- moving here I am even more interested in dained as a priest. telling stories that affect the locals. PadonA while into his training Emmanuel re- bekend, which debuted here in O’okiep and quested that he be given permission to work then went on to be performed at the KKNK with children. This request was refused as last year, is another such example,” explains the abbot believed he displayed an inappro- Hinkel. priate interest in the children. Using EmDansmettieduiwels opens on Thursday 29 manuel’s story as a springboard, the March until Saturday 31 March at 20:00, with church’s doctrines and belief systems re- a matinee at 14:00 on the Saturday. Ticket garding sex, sexuality and its relationship prices are R85 with discounts offered for with women and children are interrogated. block bookings. Bookings can be made Parental Guidance is advised. through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, on“Most of the cast are Namaqualanders, so line at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shothis really is a Northern Cape product. Since prite Checkers outlet.
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BLUE Route Mall is opening its brandnew doors to the public on 29 March, in a grand celebration full of special offers and non-stop excitement. The new mall now offers two full floors of retail stores, with easy access to your Woolworths, Edgars, Mr Price and Truworths stores, as well as a brand-new DisChem, Dion Wired, Forever New, Frasers, La Senza, Aldo’s and Checkers Hyper stores to name just a few. There is also a brand-new food court, home to a variety of casual eateries and panoramic views of the Constantiaberg
mountains, and all-new eight-screen 3D Ster Kinekor cinema complex. In addition to a new design, Blue Route Mall incorporates new conveniences as well: from free undercover parking to extended shopping hours, wheelchair access to lifts and escalators. Blue Route Mall is open from 9am to 7pm Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm on Saturdays, and 9am to 3pm on Sundays and public holidays. Call Centre Management on 021 713 2360, or visit www.blueroutemall.co.za for more information.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
People’s Post ConstantiaWynberg Page 13 NIGHT AND DAY: Heavy handed ad justment far too dark
SKIES ARE BLUE: Sub tle adjust ment just right.
SHEEN TOO MUCH: Without a polarizer a dull photo with quite a sheen on the leaf. Photos: John Rayner
RICHER: With a polarizer the leaf colour is now rich and there is almost no reflected sunlight.
All you need to know about filters JOHN RAYNER
THERE are two filters that photographers should not be without. A UV (UltraViolet) filter which helps to cut out haze, but has little or no effect on today’s digital sensors. This filter’s purpose nowadays is a cheap insurance policy – a means of protecting the front element of your lens against an acci-
dental bump that could damage that big piece of expensive optical glass. The other filter is a polarizing filter. It is by far the one filter that puts zing into your photos. The only source of light that has predictable direction is the sun; the rest is reflected from all manner of surfaces around us: windows, mirrors, metal surfaces, white walls, water, beach sand, snow, mist, haze and even foliage – everywhere, in fact. This filter filters out sunlight
that has been directly reflected towards the camera at specific angles. The polarizer comprises of two sections, the front portion of which rotates. While looking through the viewfinder of the camera one will rotate that front element until the reflection/sheen is removed from the scene. The surface of water – a shallow mountain stream – will show its pebbles and fallen branches beneath the surface; a rock pool at the beach will give up its secrets
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– anemones, shells, little fish, seaweed etc. Colours are enriched when using a polarizing filter as the sheen on objects’ surfaces is reduced, allowing the colours to come through in all their glory, as the example of the leaf shows.
Blue skies too benefit from the use of a polarizing filter, making them beautifully rich. To achieve this effect the camera should be at about 90° to the sun, to benefit fully. A word of warning though, at certain angles the sky can turn almost black – most unsightly, as is seen in the photo of the building.
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Budding artists at Wynberg school fete ON Saturday 10 March, Harcourts Maynard Burgoyne held a colouring-in competition at the Wynberg Boys’ Junior school fete. There was a lot of interest as budding artists set about colouring in the “Harcourts house”.
Pencil crayons and coloured pencils were working at top speed as the house and garden came to life at the hands of the “little artists”. There were three age categories with a first and second place in each category. The handover of prizes took place at the Wynberg school on
Tuesday afternoon and the huge smiles on the prize winners’ faces was worth all the hard work that went into putting the competition together. Those placed first received a R150 Toys R Us voucher and those in second place won a R50 Spur voucher.
FAREWELL: Bergvliet High School’s matriculants dazzled at their matric fare well at Kelvin Grove on Saturday 17 March. Pictured are a few girls who showed their glamorous side. Photo: Supplied
NEW LEADER: The Lions’ Club, Newlands, welcomed a new mentor, Siva Moodley, to their team last week. Pictured from left to right: Dis trict Governor of the Western Cape, Maise Fisher, Sakina Blake, Mood ley and Viv Grater. Photo: Supplied
TALENTED FAMILY: Brother and Sister Mogamat and Muminah Salie show off their winning pictures after taking 1st place in their respective categories.
JOY OF WINNING: A huge smile from Hamzat Loonat while receiving his Toys R Us voucher for his first place in category 4 – 6. Photo: Supplied
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Eat your heart out, Rio STEFNI HERBERT
EVERY year, Cape Town Carnival just keeps getting better and participants didn’t hold back on their “Cape to Cairo” themed parade this year. Over 60 000 bystanders watched, taking in a piping hot serving of diverse flavour that only the Mother
City can serve. The theme covered a variety of bases, but it most importantly celebrated South Africa’s culture, and the biodiversity of the plants and animals. This year, the Cape Town Carnival brought a dash of Rio Carnival in the form of Marcella Alves and Raphael Rodrigues, winners of the 2011 Flag Bearing Couple Competi-
tion in the world famous Rio Carnival. Dancers and performers highlighted the important relationship plants have with animals within the ecosystem.Participating in the event were performers from 11 different academies. Three of the best lead dancers won the opportunity to travel to Brazil to perform in the 2013 Rio Carnival.
BRAZILIAN STYLE: Marcella Alves and Raphael Rodrigues added some Rio Carnival spice to the pro ceedings. Photo: Supplied
LOUD AND PROUD: Bringing the biggest variety of colour to the parade were the gay community, who showed their colours with pride. Photo: John Rayner
Blue Route Mall gets a Cinema makeover OVER the past two years the Blue Route Mall in Tokai has undergone a major refurbishment, and in line with this, the existing SterKinekor complex will be closing its doors and reopening a brand new complex on Thursday 29 March, which will be conveniently situated in the central Food Court area. With easy access for patrons,
this new state-of-the-art cinema complex will boast a whopping eight screens, including a 3D screen, a spacious foyer area, six catering till points, four Box Office till points, four Self Service Terminals and sleek plasma screens showing the latest trailers - all you need, to make your movie going experience truly unforgettable! “We are all looking forward to
the launch of our new Ster-Kinekor complex in the Blue Route Mall and have no doubt that our audiences are going to thoroughly enjoy this new cinema and its great facilities. “We take the business of providing the very best in entertainment seriously, and as such, want to ensure that our cinemas appeal to everyone, from teens and parents
to the seasoned movie connoisseur. The new Ster-Kinekor at Blue Route Mall will do just that,” says Fiaz Mahomed, CEO of SterKinekor Theatres. Don’t miss out on all the fun. Be the first to head down with your family and friends to the brand new and out of this world SterKinekor Theatres at Blue Route Mall and experience movies the
way they were meant to be seen, on Ster-Kinekor’s superior big screens! Don’t forget: Special ticket rates apply for Ster-Kinekor Movie Club, Discovery Vitality, Edgars and Jet Club card members. Follow us on facebook at SterKinekor Theatres or on Twitter: @SKTheatres. Or visit Mobi-site at www.sterkinekor.mobi. The Ster-Kinekor Ticketline number is 082 16 789.
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Down Syndrome Day, a picnic in the park ON Wednesday 21 March, family and friends celebrated “World Down Syndrome Day” with a charity concert and family picnic. The event took place at Little Stream Gardens in Constantia where children enjoyed themselves thoroughly with entertainment from jumping castles, a balloon wizard, painted faces and more. Adults were also spoilt with live music and tantalised their taste buds with some exquisite wine tasting.
FUN: Fun was had by both the children and their parents.Photo:
BREATH OF FRESH AIR: The kids get a chance to breath in some of Little Stream Garden’s fresh air in Constantia on Wednesday. Photo: Ashley Cooper
LITTLE BEAUTY: “World Down Syn drome Day” is held in honour of chil dren such as this gorgeous girl, to show that they have a place in socie ty, like everyone else. Photo: Ashley Cooper
ENJOYING HER GIFT: One of the en tertainers was a balloon wizard who was successful at putting a smile on each child’s face with wacky shaped balloons. Photo: Ashley Cooper
RELAXED: This tiny tot looks as if he enjoyed the laidback mood on the picnic blankets Photo: Ashley Cooper
ACTIVE: Besides the entertainment, the kids had no problem at all with creat ing their own fun jumping on Dad’s back. Photo: Ashley Cooper
Support for sufferers THE Western Cape Branch of the Arthritis Foundation of South Africa invites you to a stimulating and informative Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Morning on Thursday 29 March at Groote Schuur Hospital. The programme starts at 10:00 in the Kleinschuur Room. The entrance fee is R10 for non-members and free for members. Book your seat by phoning Julie on (021) 425 4759 or con-
tact the helpline on 0861 30 30 30. The foundation will also be having their annual fundraiser: a trip to Goudini Spa from Monday 28 May till Friday 1 June. Tickets cost R950. Book early to avoid disappointment. For more information contact Julie Martin on (021) 425 4759, (021) 701 8150 or 079 238 5927; Nimo Prag on (021) 696 8879; or Sister Margie Phillips on 083 305 9427.
Support golf day for a good cause THE Sunflower Fund is hosting their eighth annual Golf Day on Thursday 10 May, at The Clovelly Country Club. The cost of a 4-ball is R3000. People or companies are asked to support this event by participating, contributing a 4-ball prize or sponsoring a hole. The event aims to raise money for The Sunflower Fund to pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors, for inclusion on the South African Bone Marrow Registry. The more donors on the registry, the more hope leukaemia patients have of finding their
life-saving donor match. If you would like to find out more about becoming a bone marrow stem cell donor, or to make a donation, please contact The Sunflower Fund on 0800 12 10 82 or visit the website www.sunflowerfund.org.za. Organisers say there are some exceptional prizes on offer, such as golf vouchers, meal vouchers, weekends away and much more. Besides the lucky draw, all players will receive prizes. For entries and sponsorship contact Adi Phillips on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (021) 701 0661.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
Detect cancer early FORMER president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, FW de Klerk, had a close scare with cancer in 2006 and is lending his support to “Be Cancer Aware” as it launches a campaign to increase public awareness and get people talking about the sensitive issue of cancer, more specifically, colorectal cancer.
A global initiative, this awareness campaign for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM), takes place annually in March. Locally, the theme for CCAM is “Ignoring a Gut Feeling?”. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cause of death from cancer across all cancer types in men and women worldwide,
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killing around 700 000 people each year. While the disease is typically found in persons over the age of 50, colorectal cancer can affect anyone, regardless of gender or social status. Risk factors involves poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, family history of colorectal cancer, and age. “The lesson for all, from my experience, is to start taking precautionary measures and to have precautionary examinations at a relatively young age,” says de Klerk. Cape Town-based oncologist, Dr Garth Davids, says that colorectal cancer can occur anywhere in the colon or rectum. “The cancer develops when the normal process of renewal among the cells lining the bowel is interrupted. A tumour may form, which, if detected at an early stage, can be removed and patients have a chance of a full recovery and quality of life. If the cancer has reached a more advanced
stage, other treatment options such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be considered. Chemotherapy with targeted therapy may be an option for some patients”, he says. “Be Cancer Aware” called on the Waterfront Theatre School to help with the awareness campaign, which resulted in fifty dancers from the group LMFAO participating in a flash mob dance, to the beat of the popular track I’m sexy and I know it. The dancers randomly appeared at the Market Plaza at the Waterfront at lunch time and started dancing. As the dance drew to a close, a voice-over informed the audience that March is CCAM, and directed them to the “Be Cancer Aware” Facebook page for additional information. While the voice-over relayed this message, the dancers immediately vanished back into the crowd and passers-by; leaving only a handful of the campaign members behind to disperse stickers with the campaign details.
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New show for Marc Lottering MARC LOTTERING’S fans will be thrilled to know that he’s ready to take to the stage again in his new solo standup show, I Don’t Work on Sundays.
NEW MA TERIAL: Funny Man Marc Lot tering’s brand new show, I don’t work on Sun days, is a must for die hard fans. The show runs from Tues day 3 April till Satur day 21 April.
The show features brand new material in which Lottering expresses his unique views on topics that tickle his fancy – ranging from Beyonce’s baby to his fascination with reality TV in South Africa. Lottering will of course, also explain exactly why he refuses to work on Sundays. Marc Lottering, who hails from Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s top comedians. He has been in the funny business for 13 years and continues to keep audiences in stitches. When Marc is not performing locally, he entertains home-sick South Africans abroad. To date he has performed
to rave reviews in London, Sydney, Perth, Toronto, Melbourne, Auckland and Dubai. Lottering is a multiple Fleur du Cap Theatre Award winner and a Naledi nominee. His self-scripted one-man shows, which often feature his unique and popular characters, continue to play to packed houses. Lottering fans can follow Marc on twitter @marclottering, or visit www.marclottering.com to see his detailed show schedule. I Don’t Work on Sundays runs from Tuesday 3 April till Saturday 21 April, at 20:15, at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, and is not suitable for children. Tickets cost from R80 to R100 via Computicket or phone 0861 915 8000.
A charitable breakfast THE Islamic Relief South Africa’s Cape Town office will be hosting a business breakfast with newly appointed Country Director, Ismat Mohamed, on Tuesday 10 April at Tashreeqa’s Coffee and Cake Emporium in Crawford at 08:00. Mohamed will give a brief talk on how charity can make a world of difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. Cape Business Connect has come on board and will facilitate a business networking session. Entrepreneurs, organisations and corporate executives are welcome to attend, as there will be opportunities to network and market businesses and/or products. The cost per person is R120, which includes a breakfast, the networking session and a complimentary goodie bag. All proceeds will go towards Islamic Relief projects. Bookings are essential as seats are limited. To book contact Roshana Gordon at the Islamic Relief Cape Town office on (021) 696 0145 or email email email@example.com.
Eat and treat at fundraiser
If you were one of the switched-on energy savers in the community who
THE Imaam Gasan Moos Benefit Trust will be hosting an Eat ’n Treat on Friday 30 March at the Darul Islam Hall in Greenhaven at 19:30. Tickets cost R150. Funds raised will go towards Imaam Moos, who was diagnosed with kidney failure last year, and is in need of dialysis three times a week. Funds are needed to cover the cost of dialysis until September. For tickets contact Riedwaan Kenny on 084 604 8882 or (021) 703 7380.
chose to stop using old lightbulbs and are using energy efficient CFLs, thank you! By making the switch, you are not only cutting your electricity bills, you’re also helping to ensure there’s enough electricity for everyone to share.
Thanks for switching to a brighter future Remember, always dispose of spent CFLs safely – for more information visit www.eskom.co.za/idm
Animal clinic needs support THE Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsa is in need of donations as their stocks are running low. They are urging people to initiate clothing drives by asking friends, family, colleagues and as many people as possible to donate clothes they are no longer wearing. Once a substantial amount of goods have been collected, the clinic will refer you to the nearest collection point. The clinic currently has three vets working for them and one full-time hospital manager. The clinic urges anyone who can help to please do so as the generated income makes a huge difference to the operational costs of projects. For more information or to donate please contact Jane on 083 548 8277 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Tend your garden THE next Cape Horticultural Society meeting will take place on Monday, 2 April. The meeting starts at 20:00 at the Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces (next to WPCC), Campground Road, Newlands. The Guest Speaker will be well-known Landscape Architect, Clare Burgess. Visitors are very welcome and entrance fee is R8 for members and R15 for visitors, which includes tea. There is no need to book, for enquiries contact Glenda on (021) 531 5713.
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Thursday 29 March Hout Bay: The Department of Labour Outreach programme is inviting all community members – employed and unemployed – business owners and contractors to obtain government services at the Imizamo Yethu Community Hall. You can seek help for: Advocacy, UIF applications and much more. Access free government services from 9:00 to 16:00. For more information contact Xolani Swelindawo on (021) 468 5568/083 412 1065 or Sikelela Zokufa on 073 772 6574.
Saturday 31 March Meadowridge: The Lions Club of Bergvliet will be holding its monthly book sale at Park ’n Shop, from 8:00 till 12:15. Donations of books are always welcome and can be dropped off at the sale. They will also collect where necessary. Contact Sandy on (021) 762 1048. Diep River: Headstart Creche and Aftercare will be having a Family Fun Day on the sportsfield of Westcott Primary School in Greenfield Road. The day will start at 9:00 and everyone is welcome. Stallholders are also welcome to set up their stalls and sell their own products, but space is limited. For more information contact Soraya on (021) 712 9482
or 083 467 1047. Plumstead: The Three Arts Theatre is holding a Boom-Tek teenage party. The party, which lasts from 16:00 till 22:00 is a nodrug or alcohol zone and no over18s are allowed. Tickets are R50 pre-sold and R60 at the door. There will be 10 DJs, foodstalls and a beverage bar and it will be broadcasted live on www.livebroadcast.com. For more information phone 076 479 6758.
Sunday 1 April Hout Bay: The Friends of the Hout Bay Museum will hold a guided walk around the new Oudekraal. They will meet at the Oudekraal car park on the coastal road beyond Llandudno at 10:00. Wear long pants to protect legs. For more information, contact the guide, Gerfried Nebe, on (021) 790 1771. Hout Bay: The Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG) is holding an Easter Fair at the DARG premises in Hout Bay Main Road from 10:00 till 15:00. There will be fun and games for the whole family, from stone painting to pony rides, a treasure hunt and lots more. For more information contact DARG on (021) 790 0383.
Sunday 8 April Hout Bay: The Friends of the Hout Bay Museum will hold an afternoon walk to Cecilia Waterfall. Meet at the Cecilia Forest car park at 14:30. The guide will be Eddie Amies and his number is (021) 790 3336.
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Artists share their talents CAPE YOUTH DRAMA (CAYDO) has once again hosted the annual talent search in Cape Town. Now in its sixth year, this event is aimed at up-and-coming artists to share their talents with wider audiences. CAYDO creates this platform to nurture and develop talents. The search kicked off on Friday 16 March, when dancers competed as solos or crews in freestyle, popping, house, vogue, krumping and shuffling. On Saturday 17 March the stage was handed over to singers, rappers, bands and choirs. The finals will take place on Thursday 5 April at Steenberg High School Hall, Symphony Avenue, Steenberg, at 19:30. Entry fee is R20. Winners placed first to third will receive R1 000, R700 and R500 respectively as well as trophies and medals. Toyer Damons is also offering
FRESH TALENT: The Hypnosis Dance Crew, from Lavender Hill, who have only been together for a month, were one of the finalists in the dance crew section on Friday 17 March. Photo: supplied a recording deal to the best solo singer. For more information, entry
forms, rules and criteria, contact event co-ordinator Greg Philander at 082 582 6289 or fax (021) 701 9592.
Rubert: here kitty-kitty! DANIELLE Wrankmore from Bergvliet is desperately looking for her missing cat, Rubert. The Ginger tom went missing last week Monday evening in the Heathfield/Bergvliet area. He is an indoor cat and managed to squeeze out of a partially open window. Rubert is about six years old, sterilized and in good condition. If you have seen Rubert or know where he is, contact Danielle on 082 746 8433.
MISSING CAT: If you have seen Rubert or know where he is, please con tact his owner Danielle. Photo: Supplied
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Deadly diverse WHILE tens of thousands of Capetonians turned the Fanwalk into a scene redolent of New Year, devouring the festive sights and sounds of the Cape Town Carnival, elsewhere a man died a lonely death, at the hands of an incensed mob. Joy, energy, unity and a celebration of life marked the carnival, while despair and detachment heralded the end of life for a man who had been “necklaced” in Khayelitsha over the weekend. His burnt corpse, feet tied with rope, greeted police at 07:00 on Sunday. It appeared that the man was a victim of mob justice. Carnival of life and death on a dusty street - two vastly different worlds in one city. This is the stark contrast, the oxymoron, that characterises existence in a city as multi-cultural and diverse as ours. Most wouldn’t trade Cape Town, with its bounty of natural beauty, for any other place in the world, even when faced with the grim statistics and reality of crime. Some of us console ourselves with notions that “crime exists everywhere”. But hardly anyone could condone and justify something as barbaric as mob justice. Is it desperation or sheer criminality that fuel vigilantism? Would understanderstanding be harnessed by tapping into the psyche of communities permanently plagued by crime and violence? Does the rage that incites a mob to murder stem from abject conditions, a loss of faith and trust, in government, the criminal justice system? Justice must be seen to be done. The pendulum swings both ways; if those guilty of vigilantism justify their heinous actions as “an attempt to protect themselves”, let them not forget that they too have turned into criminals and murderers. There can be no justification for taking a life. We live in civilised society governed by rules and regulations, with access to resources and more importantly, the power of reasonable thinking.
Your SMSes Battling the unemployment cancer A TRADE and Industry minister once remarked that there will always be unemployed people and there is nothing anyone can do about it. I thought this was such a pessimistic way of looking at life. Currently our unemployment figures stand around 40%, and this percentage seems to be rising. This unstoppable rise will lead to only one thing and that is: people will be forced to turn to crime and gangsterism as a way of live. At the current rate this “industry” will be the biggest employer, making the country totally ungovernable. Ordinary citizens would be at the mercy of the gangsters, like in Manenberg. I would like to venture a few reasons why we have such a high unemployment rate, in the hope that the powers that be would do something about it. 1) We have too much legislation when it comes to employment, which often borders on levels of Mafiosi-type protection of useless under-performing workers, even amongst professionals like perpetually drunk teachers and rude nurses etc. Many a potential domestic worker is unemployed because many employers are wary of going through the various laws governing domestic workers. People are resorting to doing their own work rather than run foul of the law. Let people decide their own contracts This fear of employing staff is prevalent in a number of SMEs. Some of them have closed down because they could not meet stringent minimum wage requirements by union bosses, who receive a good salary from the few workers that belong to their union. The over legislation and over unionization of employment has compelled many SMEs to employ foreign nationals, who are prepared to work for a negotiated salary and deliver what
is expected of them. I was so saddened to hear from the owner of a small bakery that five of his six staff did not turn up for work one day and there is nothing he could do because of all the rights that they wield. He felt it is time for him to pack up. 2) The next problem is a poor work ethos amongst South African workers. One merely has to go to a restaurant and you can tell whether the waiter is a local or a foreign national by their attitude. Restaurants want the best staff for their clients or else they will be out of business. The foreign nationals beat our locals in leaps and bounds by their wonderful work ethic and grateful smiles. 3) Too much red tape for SMEs is another huge problem. SMEs are responsible for 65% of private employment but they are subjected to a myriad of mind- boggling rules. Take for example someone wanting to sell food from home. There is so much red tape that it is simply not viable for them to conduct their business from home. In countries like India and Thailand small eateries, run by small families, are a booming business. In our third world country, franchises, which sell food at exorbitant rates, have the monopoly in the food catering business. This must stop. 4) Too much emphasis has been placed on corporate businesses in shopping malls, run by greedy giants. Where is the market space for small entrepreneurs to ply their wares? Governments around the world are not serious about the small players. If the governments of the world don’t sit up and take note of the unemployment situation, the world will be run by gangsters and civil society will become a thing of the past. ELLAPEN RAPITI
Evolution: Fact or fiction? . Do visiting museums really prove evolution, or does it prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a Creator? The fossils did not appear out of thin air. The fossils you see today were created and died over time! I would like to offer a booklet or DVD entitled “Evolution vs Creation” to anyone who may be interested. It’s free on request. Call me on 083 237 4329 for a copy. . Evolution is a theory, not a fact. The “missing link” is still missing! From a believer (William du Toit) In response . I tried to swop my old globes for energy-saving globes at the designated exchange points at Kenilworth Centre, Rosmead Avenue and Wynberg Mall. But there were no Eskom staff to be found! (An Eskom spokesperson has confirmed that the matter is being investigated. People’s Post will publish why the contractors were not present once the reasons have been supplied. -Ed) . To the person who
sent the SMS asking what Helen Zille did to end apartheid, I suggest that you Google it to find out. Educate yourself on the heroes of the revolution. She did more than you did. Pearson . The community is trying to eradicate gangsterism. The thought of a gang museum stinks. . My opinion on the WP Rugby debacle: either move to Cape Town Stadium or urgently upgrade the ladies toilets at Newlands. There really is no excuse for the appalling condition of the services you provide for women! I just can’t believe Cape Town women haven’t demanded better! A load of bull . In response to the furore about the Red Bull ad, the Bible does not make a mockery of God. There are jokes which can be made, and those which just can’t. Anon . Well done Red Bull! That’s the best ad you’ve ever made! From Marge . Red Bull’s ad about Jesus is in very bad taste and an insult to Christians. Keep religion out of ads. We should boycott
Red Bull. Jessie, Athlone . Don’t worry about the Red Bull advert. The God we Christians believe in can defend himself. Just a thought . Is there any way that jobs can be created for experienced people between the ages of 48 and 59? Many of these people were the breadwinners in their households and have no source of income. Is there any way that our government can assist or create work for these citizens of Western Cape? After all, they are the people who put food on the table and have to foot the bills. Desperate . Vodacom should spend less on their advertising campaigns and more on improving their 3G service! . Why does SAFA insist that a person who would like to coach soccer obtain a coaching certificate? I am 68 years old and I have played soccer since I was seven. I admit that I do not watch much SA soccer as there is nothing exciting to see. Why do I need a certificate to coach? Melly W
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Teachers should take better care I AM currently having some teenage issues with my son, who is in Matric. The usual problems of being almost 18; overstepping the boundaries and trying out new things. Recently he managed to bunk school after I had told him to attend. Fortunately I was home the day I caught him and was told by him that school had closed early – this was a Friday. I phoned the school on the Monday and it was confirmed that it was a normal school day, closing at 14:30. I was cleaning out his room on the weekend and found a hand-written doctors note on a torn page of an exam pad. The letter stated that he had a doctor’s appointment and that it was the only time the doctor could see him, on the Friday. The note was signed by a “Dr A Van Der Walt” and both a practice and cell number was provided. I phoned the cell and it does not exist. My concern is that this was signed off by the teacher as acceptable and my child was left to leave the school. My question is,
do teachers not know what a Doctor’s certificate looks like. It is not a half torn page from an exam pad, that’s for sure. We continuously get reminded by the high school that should kids be absent from school on a test or exam day, or wanting to leave early, a doctor’s certificate must be produced. The teachers should know better. My child is left in your care from the time I drop him off to the time I collect him. How can this be overlooked? I had a good mind to show this note to the parent of the child who wrote it and to the school principal and teacher, but it would only put my child in the eye. Yes, he was wrong and has been reprimanded and punished. But where is the teacher’s responsibility. We get reminded of the procedure and when it comes to hair we are continuously SMSed, phoned and called, to rectify the problem. So teachers should learn what a doctor’s certificate looks like. CHANTELLE
No respect for females I AM a primary school teacher who helped at our aftercare facility for a short while - a recent incident made me fear for South Africa’s children’s safety. A boy on our field kicked the ball he was playing with out over our fence and a passing female high school student was nice enough to chuck it back over to us. A pedestrian walking in the opposite direction literally stopped dead in his tracks, ogled her lasciviously and carried on eyeing her up and down even af-
ter she had walked on. I could not stop myself from asking him firmly to stop looking at her in such a disgusting manner, to which he replied “Why? It’s just human nature”. This was clearly an underage girl and I knew exactly what was going through his mind - is it any wonder then why there are so many rapes in our country when men clearly have so little regard for the sanctity of the human form? ANONYMOUS
Car Guards WHO is guarding the cars while the car guard is helping me load goods from the trolley into the boot of my car, thus hopefully giving him or her a bigger “tip”. Car guards also imply by there actions that one should “tip” them, even when one has made a quick stop, your wife running into the shop while you stay in your car and by that guarding it yourself, and if I have to “tip” anyone to show me how to reverse my car I should not be driving! There are to many stories about stolen vehicles where there are car guards, thus questioning the worth of them being there, other than giving money to a beggar with a job. Car guards should be employed, effectively trained and paid by the owners of the shopping centre and shops therein, their survival surely depending on the patronage and safety of their customers. Sadly the greed of the centres and shop owners will play on the sympathy of their customers to support the car guards. ANDRE PIETERSE Bergvliet
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Life’s load THIS letter I am writing comes from listening, watching and observing people and the load they are carrying in order to survive day by day. The latest load planned for us is the increase in Metrorail’s transport fees. As with the price of electricity a huge load is given in percentage and we gasp in despair, but then comes a crusader on a grey horse flying a discount banner or advertises a two month extension before the increase is implemented and we rejoice, but at the end of the day we are still loaded with the suggested increase. We can ill afford the increases that we are being loaded with as our income stays the same. We cannot say our country is facing financial woes if we see the proceeds of corruption and the extremely healthy state of our elected officials. Drive around the neighbourhood and see the state of the majority of our people and listen to what life is like for them. We do not see the depressing cloud that is slowly but surely sailing over our communities. A person would think that those in leadership would implement measures and policies to lift the load burdening us. Look around the globe and do not forget what happens when the load becomes too heavy and the stomachs empty. I am reminded of the story of the three piglets and how each one built their home to keep out the big bad wolf, and in the end one survived because he built his home with stone and not with sticks and straws. Those in power, do your utmost with our country’s riches to make our life’s load lighter and so keep the big bad wolf within the walls of the house of stone. KEITH ALFRED ADOLPH BLAKE Ottery
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City bids to host Afcon Cup matches CAPE TOWN, together with other 2010 Fifa World Cup host cities, presented its bid to host some of the group and knockout matches for the 2013 African Cup of Nations yesterday. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has awarded South Africa the responsibility of hosting the 29th African Cup of Nations (Afcon) next year. This competition is held every two years and attracts a large number of competitors, supporters and members of the media from
across the world. Since the inaugural event held in 1957 – which featured three competing nations – the Afcon has grown into Africa’s premier international football tournament. The final tournament, to be hosted in January to February, is divided into a group phase and a knock-out phase, with a total of 16 teams from the continent vying for the coveted title of Africa’s Champions. A total of four host cities are being sought throughout the country. The City has submitted a bid to host group
phase matches as well as selected knock-out stage matches. The City believes that this tournament will reignite the spirit of “cohesion and nation-building” amongst all South Africans, much like the 2010 Fifa World Cup did, and draw South Africans closer to the African continent. “To this end, the City of Cape Town has sent a senior delegation to present its bid document to the Bid Adjudication Committee – which should serve as testimony of our commitment to doing all in our power to se-
cure major events for our facilities, including Cape Town Stadium. The delegation is hopeful that the deliberations will result in a successful bid by Cape Town,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee member for Tourism for Events and Marketing, councillor Grant Pascoe. This initiative complements the City’s intent to use events, tourism and its strategic assets as key levers to profile and position Cape Town on a global scale – turning eventbased job opportunities into long-term careers.
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Alternative treatment not wellknown in SA MARITA MEYER
WHEN I told my friends I was seeing an osteopath for a muscle injury, hardly any of them knew what I was talking about. They’re not alone – most South Africans fall in this category. Fact is, osteopathy, a “handson” manual therapy, has been around since the 1870s (before chiropractic and physiotherapy), but in South Africa it’s still relatively unknown. According to Dr Guy Ashburner, there are only fifty registered osteopaths in South Africa, compared to a figure of more than 5 000 in the United Kingdom. Guy runs an osteopathic clinic in Constantia and patients come from all over the Peninsula to get treatment for a wide range of problems which include back pain, disc injuries, pain in the neck, sciatica, trapped nerves, headaches, joint and muscle pain, symptoms of arthritis, sport related injuries, fibromyalgia, pain during pregnancy, infantile colic, irritable babies as well as latching and suckling difficulties. According to Guy, osteopathy is not the same as chiropractice or physiotherapy. “Osteopaths take into account not only physical symptoms, but also the patient’s lifestyle and attitudes, as well as his or her overall health, effectively treating the patient as a whole. The osteopath considers physical, environmental and stress factors simultaneously, whereas the general medi-
HOLISTIC APPROACH: An osteopath makes use of a wide range of techniques to treat problems such as back pain, headaches, muscle injuries and trapped nerves. cal practitioner would usually treat these factors individually and in isolation from each other.” Osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists treat the same conditions with different approaches. “If you’re thinking you may need to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist, then seeing an osteopath is suitable. Many of our patients have seen a vast array of therapists and prefer our holistic osteopathic approach.” While chiropractors tend to be very focused on a range of techniques for manipulation of the spine, osteopaths do not manipulate (click) a joint the way chiropractors do. “We make use of a wider range of techniques for the whole body.
Apart from manipulation, osteopaths use other techniques such as stretches, massage and gentle release techniques (cranial osteopathy) without any ‘clicking’ of the joints.” Guy believes this “hands-on” therapy can help restore the normal mobility of the musculoskeletal system which in turn improves the function of the nervous, circulatory and immune systems and allows faster healing, reducing pain, congestion and restriction within the body. “By paying attention to the significance of any alteration in structure or function (the joints, muscles, ligaments, bones and connective tissue), an osteopath is able to interpret whole patterns of aches, pains and general health
problems. “If you suffer from headaches, for example, it could be the final symptom of lower-back or foot-related problems. “If you have a knee injury, an osteopath will assess whether there may be any involvement of other areas with a mechanical relationship to the knee, such as the foot, hip, lower back and pelvis, and the associated soft tissues,” explains Guy. It’s all about treating the underlying causes. Guy studied at the British School of Osteopathy in the United Kingdom and also has a post-graduate diploma in paediatric osteopathy. He emigrated to South Africa in 2006, after which he opened his cli-
nic, Osteopathy Cape Town. He is passionate about correct posture and appropriate exercise and goes as far as saying that if no one had bad posture, most medical practitioners would be without a job. “Good posture is the cornerstone of good health,” says Guy. “It’s so basic – if it’s moving, it’s working. A lack of mobility to a greater of lesser degree will contribute to many medical conditions. The more movement, the better your body works, that’s nature. It’s all about keeping it simple.” The first consultation with an osteopath will include a detailed case history leading to a patient’s present symptoms. A physical examination is then conducted to evaluate the body’s biomechanics (structure, posture and physical movements). “Subsequent manual therapy will range from very subtle techniques used for babies, to more robust methods applied to athletes. Some of these include gentle releasing, joint articulation and manipulation, muscle stretching, rhythmic joint movements, soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy and lymphatic drainage,” explains Guy. The number of visits will depend on the severity and duration of the illness or injury and can range from between two to six consultations. Consultation time ranges from 45 to 60 minutes. For more infomation on osteopathy or to contact Guy, visit the website www.osteogoodhealth.com or call 021 715 9999
Tuesday 27 March 2012
BOUND FOR THE BOUNDRY: Shaun Potgieter of Claremont Cricket Club hits a six during a WPCA 1A League against the University of the Western Cape on Saturday at the UWC cricket grounds. Photo: Peter Heeger
YOUNG HOPE: Pupils from Wynberg Girls High School joined in on the festivities of the event in support of CANSA. Photo: Stefni Herbert
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COMING YOUR WAY: Alistair Gray of Rondebosch Cricket Club bowls during a WPCA 1A League match against Pinelands in Pinelands on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger
DIFFERENT BEAT: Limited Edition Drum Corps formed part of the entertainment lineup for the night. A variety of other entertainers were also present. Photo: Stefni Herbert
Meridian hikes for the next two weeks .On Saturday 31 March: Steenberg Buttress hike. Steenberg Buttress via an interesting, little-used variation. Wear long pants. Descent via Steenberg Plateau. Email Jenni on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 083 324 8866. .On Sunday 1 April: Table Mountain Cable Car hike. Experienced
adult hikers only. Take cable car up, through Echo Valley, along the boardwalks and down to the dams. Hike and route subject to weather. Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, and all weather gear. Email Dolores Donovan at email@example.com or call on 072 473 4030. .On Sunday 1 April: Cecilia Wa-
terfall hike. An amble to the Waterfall where a light snack and tea will be enjoyed, thereafter possible drink at Constantia Neck. Contact Joanne Dunn on 083 460 3634. .On Friday 6 April: Constantia Green Belt hike. Walk the beautiful Constantia Green Belt from Peddlers to Cecilia and return. Contact John James on 084 249 9979.
.On Sunday 8 April: Cape Point Kanonkop hike. Joint Hike with The Cape Point Volunteers. We proceed to the Buffelsfontein visitors centre where we hike the Kanonkop trail. Contact John James on 084 249 9979. .On Sunday 8 April: Silvermine to Constantia Nek hike. A full day hike for experienced hikers only.
Up Steenberg Ridge, over the Lookout Platform and eventually down to Constantia Nek. Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, and all weather gear. Contact Dolores Donovan Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 072 473 4030. Visitors pay R15. For more informatiom visit www.meridian.org
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CLEARED: Western Province flyhalf Demtri Catrikilis makes a clearance kick during the game. Catrikilis’ kicking played a prominent role in his side’s victory over the Kings.
Photo: Rashied Isaacs
WP performance doesn’t live up to occasion LIAM MOSES
WESTERN PROVINCE made heavy work of defeating an unfancied Eastern Province Kings side during a Vodacom Cup match at City Park in Crawford at the weekend. The match was held at the ground, instead of regular venue Newlands, to celebrate its 50th birthday but the rugby on display was hardly worthy of the occasion. Province named a strong, experienced team to face their neighbours, and the EP Kings seemed like a team of complete unknowns by comparison. The home side boast-
ed several players with Super Rugby experience in key positions, including fullback Curt Coleman, wing Danie Poolman, flyhalf Demetri Catrikilis, scrumhalf Nic Groom, lock Rynhard Elstadt and prop Wicus Blaauw. The most well-known name on the visitor’s team-sheet was former Bulls backline player Tiger Mangweni. But despite their supposed superiority, WP only just managed to pull off a victory in the dying seconds of the encounter. The Kings went into the match brimming with confidence, on the back of a 40-23 mauling of the Border Bulldogs in their previous game, and in the first half they played with
both the proverbial and literal wind at their backs. The visitors opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a try from wing Andile Witbooi, and went on to dominate the possession and territory in the first half thanks to indiscipline and unforced errors from the hosts and the advantage of their opponents having to play into a strong wind. EP’s first half dominance was interrupted only by a try from WP wing Edries Arendse and penalties from flyhalf Demetri Catrikilis, and their superiority showed on the scoreboard as they went into half-time leading 1911. WP were a much improved side when they returned from the half-time break and, aided by now playing with the wind, they managed
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