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The SA Surf Life Saving Nipper Championships were held in per­ fect weather conditions at Strand beach on Saturday. The Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club walked off with the championship title, while Durban Surf and Kings Beach (PE) placed second and third respec­ tively. Photo: Denzil Maregele

Not all rangers will be armed TERESA FISCHER

CONTRARY to earlier media reports, not all of the 50 additional rangers who will be deployed in the Table Mountain National Park will be armed. Instead, there will be a specifically-trained unit of armed rangers, with one armed ranger per patrol group. These officials will carry 9 mm handguns. It is envisaged that the first recruits will be in action within the next three months. On Wednesday 6 April, the chief executive officer of South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda, announced that rangers are to be armed. The park currently employs 43 rangers and 12 visitor safety officers, who cover the mountain range from Cape Point to Table Mountain. According to Mabunda, efforts will be made to increase the number of additional rangers by 50 over the next three years. There will also be more dogs used on the

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mountain. SANParks spokesperson, Wanaka Rusthoi, adds that at this stage numbers of armed rangers cannot be given for safety reasons. The specifics of where these rangers will be deployed and in what circumstances they could use their weapons has not been finalised. Rusthoi says this is partly to maintain the element of surprise, but added that hot spots would certainly be targeted. A spate of mugging incidents, often at knifepoint, flared up in May last year. However, the latest announcement seems to have taken civilian stakeholders by surprise. In February Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz, initiated the formation of a steering committee to tackle crime on the mountain. This aimed to coordinate park officials, police and groups such as the Table Mountain Safety Action Group and to facilitate consultation. The announcement that rangers would soon be armed followed, but it is understood that no mention of the plan was made at the last Safety Fo-

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rum meeting. Asked to comment on this, Rusthoi says only: “The steering committee is working well together on all matters regarding visitor safety on the mountain, including search and rescue efforts. We look forward to working together to make the mountain safer for all visitors.” Asked if the decision was a result of the efforts of the steering committee, Melany Kühn, spokesperson for Fritz, said that the SANParks announcement was driven nationally and that it was the culmination of a process that started “way before” the steering committee was formed. Kühn adds safety on Table Mountain is about involving the community as a whole to bolster existing law enforcement initiatives. According to Kühn, a prime example is that UCT, which borders the mountain on the Rhodes Memorial side, is currently looking at additional state-of-the-art cameras to include the mountain in its surveillance. Mabunda said the impact of

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crime over the years in parts of the TMNP had resulted in the decision. He adds that SANParks and its partners had to “act decisively”. But it is understood that promises of an armed response team were made two years ago but never materialised. Andre van Schalkwyk, of the Table Mountain Safety Action Group Watch, a group of hikers, mountain bikers and walkers, welcomes the development and says he is very happy with these new steps. “We believe the constant pressure all concerned mountain users and the media have applied over the past four years has contributed to these developments, especially the data and the statistics we made available recently.” Van Schalkwyk adds that the TMNP has a clear obligation to ensure people are secure within their parks and that not delivering on this mandate would not be in their interests. Noordhoek resident, Louis Liebenberg of CyberTracker, has previously submitted a proposal to the

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TMNP to train rangers to become trackers. He tracks and maps the paths and hiding places that criminals use on the CyberTracker software he developed, along with an American programmer. Liebenberg says: “The announcement is to be welcomed as the park currently has far too few rangers to make it safe. “The aggressive nature of the incidents makes it necessary for rangers to be armed.” He adds: “However, simply employing more rangers to do visible patrols will not be sufficient. Criminals often simply hide when they see patrols, and then attack visitors when the patrols have moved on.” Rangers need to be trained in tracking skills and stealth in order to catch criminals.”


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Choirs to battle for Silver Fez TAURIQ HASSEN

COME this weekend, eight top Malay choir groups will be battling it out for the 2011 Silver Fez competition. The 72nd Silver Fez Grand Finale kicks off at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday 16 April. The 29 teams belonging to the Cape Malay Choir Board will compete for the overall trophy, the best dressed choir, the grand march-past, exhibition march, mini float and highest points award. Some of the teams participating include the Young Men and Shoprite Jonge Studente from Mitchell’s Plain, Ottomans from Sherwood Park, Young Zinnias from Bridgetown, Sterlitzia from Kensington and Modern Boys from Ottery. Board president, Shafiek April, was both proud and excited, saying: “This is really going to be something spectacular for the public to see.”

The Silver Fez trophy was donated by Die Burger in 1940, which saw the Young Lions from Manenberg being honoured with the first win. Thereafter, the Boarding Boys dominated proceedings, walking away as 11-time winners of the Silver Fez. “This is the most sought-after trophy in the Malay choirs and the teams will be going full steam ahead in their mission to be crowned champions,” says April. The event kicks off at 15:00, with the gates opening at 13:30. Adults pay R30, children R15 and tickets for the reserved area costs R40. There will also be CDs, DVDs, top eight Nederlandsliedere collections and Nederlands books on sale. “The public should know there will be strict security not allowing liquor or firearms inside the stadium,” he says. For more information phone (021) 6921450 or 072 369 3387 or fax (021) 691-7860.

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THE Cape Horticultural Society’s annual plant sale is being held on Saturday 16 April. The plants have been grown by members, and reflect the wide range of indigenous and exotic plants in the Western Cape. The sale will be held at 6 Thomas Road, corner Summerley, in Kenilworth, from 10:00 to 13:00. For further information call Melanie on (021) 797-1319.

THE Cape Natural History Club will host an illustrated talk by Dave Cowley on Wednesday April 20 at 20:00 at SACS School in Newlands. Cowley will discuss early road and pass developer, Thomas Bain, in a lecture titled “A Colossus of Roads”. Bain was responsible for 23 passes, most of which are still in use today. Entry is R20. Call Eleanor (021) 762-1779, or visiting

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THE Muizenberg Dramatic Society is holding auditions for either “The Haunted Through Lounge And Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle” or “We Found Love And An Exquisite Set Of Porcelain Figurines Aboard

Show the animals you care WINTER is nearly here, with cold, rainy days forecast for the months ahead, and The Emma Animal Rescue Society (Tears) is appealing to communities to consider the animals in disadvantaged areas who have no bedding, no shelter and not much food. Many of them are tied up on short chains and cannot escape the freezing conditions and rain to seek warmth and food. If you have any unwanted kennels, blankets, cushions or dog beds lying around unused, or are able to donate food, please call the kennels on (021) 785-4482 to arrange delivery or collection.

Tuesday 12 April 2011 PEOPLE WHO CARE: The St John primary health care organisa­ tion in Fish Hoek re­ cently re­ ceived R321 775 from the Na­ tional Lot­ tery Distri­ bution Trust Fund to train 75 stu­ dents from the South Peninsula in home­ based care with first aid. This three­week, accredited course was available to South African citizens living in informal settlements and previously disadvantaged communities in Masiphume­ le, Red Hill, Lavender Hill, Retreat, Capricorn Park, Ocean View, Muizenberg and Fish Hoek. Training started in October 2010 and is to be completed by the middle of May. Heather Baker, centre manager of St John Fish Hoek, says that this is the third time in eight years that the centre has received funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. She says the sponsorship has enabled St John to empower many people over the years.

Job opportunities available during the elections MELISSA LE ROUX

WITH the municipal elections around the corner, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has created 15 630 temporary voluntary employment opportunities for community members. This is in addition to other IEC positions, such as assistant project coordinators and area managers. The 15 630 temporary staff will man voting stations. The IEC is a publicly-funded, permanent body that was established in terms of the Electoral Commission Act of 1996. Its purpose is to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. Provincial Electoral Officer, Reverend Courtney Sampson, says the IEC’s task is to put all structures and systems in place for a “free and fair election without showing prejudice or favour to any of the participating political parties”. The IEC’s job structure consists of permanent jobs as well as “expansion job structures” – temporary employment for people in the community during the election period. As each electoral project coordinator has an assistant, there are 40 posts for the assistant project coordinator position. There are also 387 posts for the area manager position. These positions are advertised in various publications as applicants would need to have a tertiary qualification. The posts are terminated one month after the election is over. Sampson said: “There are 1 570 voting stations, and during the registration

process, three staff members are at each voting station and 10 are present on election day.” However, there are currently no more positions available at the IEC, as they have all been filled. According to Sampson, the IEC does not offer jobs. “The 15 630 positions that are available at the time of elections are voluntary positions, and they get compensated for the time spent working in aid of the elections,” he said. The IEC advertised the available positions and anyone interested could apply at the local offices in Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Strand, Constantia and Bellville. Training is provided by the IEC and began on Friday 1 April. It covered the operations involved during elections. Staff are taught to handle difficult situations, what their duties are and the legal aspects of the legislation. According to Sampson, political party officials or campaigners may not apply for a job at the IEC during election time. “Having someone who campaigns for a particular political party volunteering at a voting station on election day will put the IEC in a bad light, as they could try to persuade people to vote for that party. “There is a declaration that the volunteers at the voting station have to sign, saying that they are being truthful,” he says. Any of the volunteers found guilty of campaigning for a political party at any time during the election period, will be removed from their post and replaced immediately.

Gandhi’s grandson to visit Athlone MAHATMA GANDHI’S grandson will present a public lecture at the Samaj Centre, Temple Road, Rylands on Saturday 16 April, at 18:30 for 19:00. Arun Gandhi will speak about “Gandhi’s legacy: from Phoenix Settlement to the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute”. The event has been organised by the 1860

Legacy Foundation, in conjunction with the Indian High Commission and the Cape Town Hindu Seva Samaj. A variety of Mahatma Gandhi-related collectables will be on display. If you have any items of interest which could be added to the exhibition, or for any inquiries, contact Ela Valji on 072 341 7543 or email


Man shoots two burglars LIAM MOSES


HOUT BAY man allegedly shot two burglars last week after discovering the men in his home when he was awoken by a noise. Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, spokesperson for the Hout Bay Police, says the homeowner discovered the men at 03:00 on Thursday 7 April when he went downstairs to investigate. Lesch says the complainant shot the men as they were leaving his property. “The complainant was woken up by a noise and saw that his house alarm was not activated,” said Lesch. “He then went down to the second storey of his house, noticed that two of his windows were wide open and then went to the balcony. He saw four unknown males leaving with bags and fired a warning shot and then shot one of them. “He then saw another suspect who was away from the other group and fired another shot.” One of the men was shot in the arm and taken to Victoria Hospital and the other was shot in the buttocks and taken to Groote Schuur Hospital. Both suspects have been charged with housebreaking and will appear in court once they have recovered. The owner of the house has been charged with attempted murder. In a separate incident, two men were arrested for possession of illegal guns and an attempted murder which took place on Sunday 12 March in Imizamo Yethu. The two men, aged 19 and 20-years-old respectively, are accused of threatening a man using a gun and firing a shot into the door of his home. Both suspects are from site B in Khayelitsha and are set to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court today.

Eighteen other arrests were also made by the Hout Bay police this past week. Lesch said the crimes for which the suspects were arrested included murder, drug possession, theft, theft out of a motor vehicle, drunken driving and assault. . In Constantia, three armed men stole jewellery, computer equipment and cellphones worth between R20 000 and R30 000 in a home-invasion style robbery last week. According to Warrant Officer Andre Fransman, spokesperson for the Wynberg police, the complainant discovered the men, who were armed with screwdrivers, in his home at around 01:30 on Thursday 7 April. “The complainant was woken up by lights being switched on in his house in Bel Ombre Avenue, Constantia,” said Fransman. “When he went to investigate he was confronted by three unknown males wearing balaclavas. “The complainant, his son and girlfriend were then robbed by the men.” Fransman added that no-one was hurt in the robbery and that no arrests have been made in the case. . In Tokai, a man was arrested for being in possession of 20 Mandrax tablets on Thursday 7 April at 08:30 after he was searched by officers from the Kirstenhof Police Station. The man was also found with two bottles of aftershave. The man was charged with possession of stolen goods and for the possession of drugs, and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday 8 April. On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April, police from the Kirstenhof station also arrested six people for drunken driving. They also issued fines to the value of R4 300 for minor crimes such as public urination.

Plumstead watch joins vigil THE Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch will be joining other neighbourhood watches in a candle-light vigil at 18:30 on 13 April to voice its abhorrence of crime. Those taking part in the vigil will meet behind the Richmond Centre at 18:00 and then proceed to the intersection of Main and Victoria roads in Plumstead, where the vigil will be taking place from 18:30 to 19:00. The watch has encouraged residents to

join the vigil and bring lanterns, candles or torches.

People’s Post Constantia­Wynberg Page 3 A TALE OF TWO DOGS: The Grade 4G class of Kirstenhof Primary School was spotted outside Spotty Dog in Main Road, Kirsten­ hof, on Friday 18 March. The learners have been learning about the histo­ ry of their area. Originally built in World War II, Spotty Dog be­ came a popular roadhouse and landmark. In 1988 a smaller version was built, but was moved because of building work on the site. A new two­metre high Spotty Dog was back with a Baby Spotty at its side. Baby Spotty was removed due to vandalism and now guards the front of the land owners’ offices a few kilometres away.

Apology PEOPLE’S POST published incorrect information about an accident victim in a photo caption included in last week’s edition (Tuesday 5 April). Headed “Narrow escape”, the caption stated that a motorcycle rider walked away uninjured from an accident that occurred on Sunday 3 April at 21:00 in Main Road, Diep River. The rider concerned did not walk away uninjured, but rather was admitted to hospital with serious injuries and had to have his arm amputated. The caption was based entirely on information provided by a police spokesperson providing information in his official capacity. The police spokesperson told Peo­ ple’s Post this week that he had been relaying information given to police officers on the scene by paramedics. The severity of injuries emerged only after this information was relayed. People’s Post apologises for the incorrect information.


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New lease on life for Disa River According to Len Swimmer, chairperson of the Hout Bay Residents’ Association, the levels of pollutants in the river got out of hand last year, claiming the lives of two dogs that drank the water. A horse also contracted an infection in its hooves. “The veterinary surgeon who attended to the horse said that he had never before seen such a high E.coli count in any horse’s hooves,” says Swimmer. He notes that the situation has affected both residents and visitors alike. A woman with lacerations to her foot contracted a severe infection, while a visiting Zimbabwean family had their three-year-old child hospitalised on an intravenous drip for five days after exposure to the river water. But the City took swift action to reduce the volume of E.coli-infested stormwater entering the Disa River, which in turn flows onto the Hout Bay beach, following further requests from residents last year. O’Riain says the first tests of E.coli contamination were conducted in 2006 and revealed staggeringly high levels (9 billion/100ml) of E.coli bacteria entering the river water – enough for the stormwater drains and later, the river, to be declared toxic. “There are two inter-related reasons for this: the lack of sewerage infrastructure in large parts of Imizamo Yethu, and consequently the emptying of bucket toilets directly into the stormwater drains in the disposal of this waste,” says O’Riain. As a result of civic pressure, the City constructed a low-flow stormwater diversion in 2007 and 2008, which diverts the polluted stormwater into the sewer system, which then goes out to sea far from the beach and harbour area. However, because Imizamo Yethu is built on a steep slope and there is hardened terrain caused by shacks and building, gravity takes its toll in the rainy season, bringing with it a landslide of complications. O’Riain says: “Consequently rainfall runs off and fast erodes the pitted roads and walkways, carrying an avalanche of silt, stones and solid waste into the storm water, and this clogs silt traps and stops the pump from di-



HE Disa River in Hout Bay has been declared temporarily safe enough to swim in by the City of Cape Town after E.coli numbers spiralled dangerously out of control since it was first tested in 2006. The City’s scientific services department reports that the pollutants level in the lagoon has dropped from a very toxic 50 000 E.coli per 100 ml last year to a mere 40 per 100 ml this year. Dr Justin O’Riain, sector environmental representative on Hout Bay’s Ward 74 and Ph D supervisor at the University of Cape Town, says this is good enough for people to swim in. “It’s the first time in years that I have felt safe to walk through the river and allow my kids to play in it,” he says.

GARBAGE: Although pollutant levels are down, there is still other rubbish floating in the Disa River. Photo: Marise Collins

verting the polluted water.” Contamination of the river thus “skyrockets” when it rains. According to Swimmer, a local farmer located near Imizamo Yethu has severe problems due to the sloping land and pollution. “(A local farmer) is located very close to Imizamo Yethu, and when it rains the sewerage overflows onto his property. It is has killed some of his cattle,” says Swimmer. Last year, following an exposé on Carte Blanche documenting the toxic mess, the City upgraded the facility by installing mesh barriers and a diversion chamber to reduce blockages and pollution. On top of that, a weekly cleanout of the silt trap is also important for the functioning of the system, a system the City also implemented last year. Hout Bay ward councillor, Marga Haywood, agrees that there has been a remarkable improvement. “Where the water runs into the sea it used to be murky brown, and now it is much clearer and devoid of any foul odours,” she says. Haywood has written a motivation for a second silt-trap. “The council has approved it. It falls under municipal infrastructure grant funding,” she says, adding that this should greatly improve the functioning of the stormwater diversion. Despite the massive improvement, O’Riain warns the low-flow system struggles to handle winter rains, and until more silt traps are installed and cleaned weekly, E.coli levels are expected to rise again during the winter rainy periods. He urges people to avoid contact with the river at this time of year. “Only one of the two major stormwater pipes from Imizamo Yethu is currently treated, although the City assures us that the second will also have a diversion system installed.” “We have to upgrade our community infrastructure in Imizamo Yethu and other informal settlements,” says O’Riain. Swimmer concurs that the current improvement is only a treatment of symptoms. “There are too many people in Imizamo

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A DESPERATE Plumstead woman, who is on the verge of homelessness, is appealing to the public to help her find a home for herself and her bedridden partner. Beverly Strong (50) and her sickly partner Peter (48) are currently living in a wendy house in the yard of her friend’s home in Naruna Estate, a cluster of governmentowned properties in Plumstead. But, according to Strong, the rules of the housing estate stipulate that occupants may not have boarders living with them on the property they are renting. “She isn’t allowed to have people living with her. The inspector was there and he said it’s not allowed. We were supposed to be out by the end of March.” Strong was not issued with a formal eviction notice but said a man known only to her as Mr Hendricks, who is an inspector at the Western Cape Department of Human settle-

ments, had told her she could not stay on the property and had also called the police. According to to the department, Naruna Estate is meant to cater for “low income earners”. Strong says that there are currently five empty houses in the estate which she has inquired about. The Department of Human Settlements says that the unoccupied houses already have tenants who will move in once repairs on the houses have been completed. Strong previously lived in another part of Plumstead, but lost everything in 2009 during her daughter’s battle with drug addiction. Her daughter, now 22, has turned her life around, but cannot afford to help Strong at all. Strong said that after losing her flat she was forced to move into The Haven night shelter.

“I have a 22-year-old daughter who had trouble with drugs, and I lost everything. I went to stay in The Haven night shelter,” said Strong. “My daughter is living with her boyfriend and they are going to getting married quite soon. She’s unemployed and pregnant so she can’t help me.” Strong’s partner Peter – who did not want his surname mentioned – is recovering from tuberculosis (TB) and is currently suffering from other illnesses as well. Strong says she fears for his life should they have to live on the streets. “He has an abscess on his spleen and a peptic ulcer and he is recovering from TB,” said Strong. “He’s almost 1,9 metres tall, but he only weighs 62 kg. He has to live on a supplement powder that he gets from the day hospital to

GOOD RESULT: The Disa River after the City of Cape Town implemented a plan to lower the lev­ el of pollutants. Photo: Marise Collins Yethu. “We need to attempt to relocate some or improve the infrastructure. We are currently just putting a band-aid on the situation,” says Swimmer. “All I want is for kids, especially those who do not have access to swimming pools, to be able to play in that river again without the threat of a serious infection.” Jenny Nelson, of the Hout Bay Tourist Information Office, says the issue has not been detrimental to tourism. “Tourists are certainly taken aback, but it hasn’t stopped them from coming.” She added that the cleaner river would, however, be “very positive indeed”. try build himself up. He’s just not going to survive a single night outside.” Strong currently works part time at the Lighthouse Project, the official fundraising organisation for the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital, and earns around R1 000 a month. Peter receives around R1 000 in the form of a government disability grant. Strong has asked that anyone who can offer her and Peter affordable accommodation contact her on 074 341 8252. People’s Post approached the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements for comment but had still not received a reply by yesterday. The questions posed to the department include: . What is the rental at Naruna Estate? . How much must a prospective tenant earn in order to qualify? . Why is Strong being evicted from the property, and . Where should prospective tenants apply for housing in the estate?



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Motorbike muggers caught on camera LIAM MOSES

THE Diep River police are searching for two men who committed a spree of muggings from the back of a motorcycle last week. Three separate robberies took place last week – in Plumstead, Meadowridge and Constantia – and the method used by the criminals was the same in all three cases. Warrant Officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson for the Diep River Police Station, says two of the robberies were also caught on video. “They are definitely linked, because we got the same description from the complainants and the registration of the motorbike is the same,” said Chandler. “The incidents were also caught on CCTV at Constantia Village and at Meadowridge Checkers.” The first mugging took place in the parking lot of Pick n Pay in Plumstead on Sunday 3 April at around 15:00. A woman was walking to her car after leaving the centre when her bag was grabbed by a man on the back of the motorbike. In the second incident, a woman was walking from her car to the Checkers in Meadowridge on Tuesday 5 April at 11:00 when her bag was grabbed by the bikers. In the most recent incident, which took place on Wednesday 6 April at 10:30, a woman was mugged in the parking lot of the Constantia Village shopping centre. The woman’s bag was grabbed by the passenger on the bike as they rode past her. According to Chandler, the woman was then dragged by the motorcycle for 10 metres before the bag was ripped from her

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arm. “The bag and everything inside was recovered in the parking lot after one of the security guards tried to stop the bikers, forcing the passenger on the bike to drop the bag,” says Chandler Chandler says the woman was treated for bruising, cuts and scratches on the right side of her body at Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic. In all three cases the men were riding a red Suzuki 250 cc motorcycle with the registration CF 121 558. The rider of the motorbike wore a white helmet with a red stripe and the passenger wore a silver helmet. The Diep River police have discovered that the motorbike used in the muggings was stolen in the city centre on Saturday 2 April. People’s Post previously reported (“Woman chases laptop thieves”, Tuesday 15 April) that a similar incident took place in Larne Road, Bervliet on Wednesday 9 February. In the incident, a Larne Road resident’s laptop was taken from her car while she was closing her house gates. The thieves, who were both dressed in suits, then sped off on the back of a rustcoloured motorcycle. According to Chandler, the latest incidents are not linked to the Larne Road incident because a suspect was subsequently arrested in that case. Chandler could not confirm whether the man had appeared in court. Cases of robbery have been opened for the three latest incidents, but no arrests have been made. Anyone with more information can contact Detective Warrant Officer Steven Lewis on (021) 710-7363. viding anecdotes on the subject “Around the World in 80 Minutes”. All are welcome and no tickets are needed. A donation towards refreshments is required. For more information, contact Herbert Syre on (021) 713-1272 or 072 336 3027.

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LOCAL FLAVOUR: Renowned cartoon­ ist Zapiro’s illustra­ tions grace the Big Five Development Programme, an in­ teractive six­week literacy develop­ ment programme devised by Helaine Robinson and re­ formatted by Mary Walsh. Robinson, of the Centre for Sport and Develop­ ment on Grove Ave­ nue in Claremont, says children start to learn to read and write within six weeks on the programme, which caters for all ages, as well as children who have special needs or learning problems. The unique, user­friendly Big Five Development Programme consists of nutri­ tion, occupational therapy, memory development, art therapy and scholastic development cover­ ing literacy and numeracy. Walsh reformatted The Big Five Development Programme into a mod­ ern, Western programme children, students and teachers from around the world can access. A British funder is subsidising 30 children and 30 students, teachers and NGOs who would like to do the programme. Contact Robinson on 073 280 3585 or email centresportdevelopment@ya­ Photo: Supplied

Special school for special youth launched in Lakeside A DEVELOPMENT project for young adults with autism and special needs was opened in Lakeside recently by The Academy for Adults with Autism. However, they need help to keep their doors open and run optimally. The Enrichment Centre Project provides a safe and caring environment for young adults and school leavers with autism, special needs and development delay who would otherwise have no place to go during the day. The structured daily programme incorporates craft activities, encouragement of independent life skills, constant supervision by qualified and experienced staff, behavioural management, exercise with supervision and advice of therapists and a trained facilitator, as well as supervised leisure time and opportunities to socialise

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Tuesday 12 April 2011

Thumbs up for zone relaxation VERNA VAN DIEMEN


T LEAST two residents’ associations around the Cape Town Stadium say they will support a review of some of the restrictions preventing commercial activity in the area when there are no events at the venue. The stadium is built on grounds declared a public open space, which restricts any commercialisation. The conditions are stipulated in the Record of Decision (ROD) issued in 2006 by then MEC for Environmental Affairs, Tasneem Essop. It is projected that ratepayers will have to cough up R44,6 million of the R56 million operating costs needed to run the stadium this year. But members of the Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (SFBRRA) and the Green Point Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (GPRRA) say they would support any efforts by the City to unlock the stadium’s economic possibilities, including lifting some of the restrictions. Brett Herron, the Mayoral Committee member for Community Services, says he welcomes the positive feedback from the two associations. “The site has always been controversial, but we were hoping for the support of the community,” he says. David Lazarus, of SFBRRA says: “Making the stadium financially viable must come first. The ratepayers are paying for it at the moment. We are not saying do a blanket lift of restrictions but look at each re-

striction on its merit.” Jocelin Kagan from GPRRA says: “The short-sightedness of those who were responsible for drafting this document (ROD) costs the City and ratepayers an extraordinary amount of money every month to keep the stadium going. “The City has the power to reformulate the ROD and as such, could speed its income-generating capabilities if they would move to focus on this document and process.” The Mouille Point Ratepayers’ Association (MPRPA), however, did not want to voice its support or disapproval for the zoning restrictions, opting instead to raise its concerns about the impact stadium events have on residents. Marco van Embden, the MPRPA chairperson, says: “The workings of the City and its endeavours to run the stadium at a break-even are not part of our discussions with them at this stage. “Our concerns are limited to the impact the various events would have on our owners and residents who live in Mouille Point, between Three Anchor Bay and The Water Club. “The shortage of parking in and around Mouille Point is an issue, especially now that the magnificent Urban Park is fully operational. We are in contact with the City in this regard as the lack of parking and excessive traffic in the area at peak visitor times does cause inconvenience to residents.” The City put out a tender last week for a service provider to look at all potential business models for managing the stadium. This proc-

ess could look beyond the ROD as well. The business analyst would best be able to advise the City on which zoning restrictions could be lifted, adds Herron. “The idea is not to build a mall or a casino, but we would like to see a tea room, a restaurant and to sell souvenirs from the visitors’ centre, which already attracts people.” Lesley de Reuck, director of the Cape Town Stadium and Green Point Park, says the concerts held so far and those lined up for the stadium are not sufficient to cover the costs of running the stadium. “It is well-known throughout world that events and concerts alone do not nearly cover operational costs of stadia. “The most important thing is an anchor tenant and other potential tenants, for example coffee shops and a sports shop so that all the revenue-generating opportunities can be optimised to create income,” says De Reuck. Residents’ associations are eager to have the taxpayers’ burden lifted. Lazarus says they encourage any efforts by the City to make the “lossmaking venture run by the council with ratepayers’ money” sustainable, “provided that the conditions of use continue to meet the terms laid down by the Stadium Compliance Management System so that neighbouring residents are not adversely affected”. “If anchor tenants or even branding the stadium provide a means of achieving that goal, then we would encourage such moves ...”

Kagan says it was “extraordinary to think that they did not initiate this process immediately the 2010 World Cup finished. Almost a year down the line they are still wriggling around trying to find ways to make the stadium pay when it can, but they have not moved to remove the greatest stumbling block.” De Reuck says: “We need to consider the best option. It might mean that we will have one or many anchor tenants.” Despite having more than seven concerts and big events scheduled for this year, the revenue will not be enough to break even, says De Reuck. The city made R2,5m from hosting the U2 concert, with R868 000 profit after expenses. Yesterday’s Neil Diamond concert brought in around R100 000. “It is impossible to run the stadium on just the revenue from concerts and events.” De Reuck says the City has already made a saving of R2 million by renegotiating two tenders – for cleaning and safety and security. Thirteen new tenders to deliver services at the stadium have just been advertised. It is envisaged that further savings could possibly be realised from the process, says De Reuck. The City has been managing the stadium since January after Sail Stadefrance backed out just weeks before their lease agreement was to have come into effect in November. At the time Sail Stadefrance said that the strict zoning conditions stipulated in the ROD made it almost impossible to generate income.

Motivation through a lens THE I Was Shot Foundation, a non-profit organisation providing photographic skills to former street children, has launched in Cape Town after two successful programmes in Johannesburg. The foundation aims to help motivate participants to channel their hardships through photography and use it as a creative outlet. According to Bernard Viljoen, the organisation’s executive director, the children involved will learn business and social skills from the programme. “We are excited to bring this inspiring project to Cape Town, as the children learn not only valuable photographic skills that create an income platform, but also interpersonal and social skills, independence and, most importantly, gives them hope for an improved future,” said Viljoen. “We also harness photography as a tool for expression and an opportunity to nurture hidden talent among the youth. “Life’s moments, significant to a street child but perhaps forgotten to us, can remind us to appreciate the simple things by looking at our beautiful city through their eyes.” Equipped with a disposable camera and a brief to capture Cape Town’s culture, the participants will photograph key landmarks throughout the city for the next year. Delphine de Blic, an awardwinning French director, will be documenting the process.

Reaching for the stars

Essential education for Heaven’s Nest


HEAVEN’S NEST – an emergency foster care home in Ottery – was opened in 2004 and is run by the task team of St Francis of Assisi church in Strandfontein. It has been six months since Heaven’s Nest launched its classroom, and the response from the children and teachers alike has been positive. Heaven’s Nest cares for abandoned, neglected and abused children, as well as those affected or infected by HIV/ AIDS. It cares for 14 children between the ages of six months and eight years. Until last year, funding did not allow for formal on-premises education. Eleanor Bester, founder of the home, recognised the need for a classroom after witnessing the children struggling to cope with mainstream school, largely due to the absence of formal education in their family homes. In late last year, the classroom was built with support and funding from the local community, Lottery funding, the Community Chest, corporate social initiatives and international aid. There are two teachers who dedicate time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. “Our children are really excited about having their ‘own’ teachers and a comfortable room to learn in. “Our funders are delighted to see this project come to fruition and we are proud to be able to give these children the very best start in life. “The children are now being given basic education which will give them the confidence they need to attend mainstream schools in future,” says Bester. More teachers are needed to donate their time on Wednesdays and Thursdays so that the children can have classes every day. If you would like to contribute in any way to this child care facility, please contact Eleanor Bester on (021) 7039781 or email for more information.

FOR the past six years the Vrygrond Young Stars soccer club has been an outlet for extramural activities for youths from the informal settlement and surrounding areas. And administrators and coaching staff of the club, based at the Italy Sports Ground, have dreams of the club growing to greater heights, hopefully producing players who will play in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) some day. Three Vrygrond and Capricorn locals, Calvin Kamanga, Thulani Ndozotho and Zukile Nelani established the club in 2005, because the informal settlements had no recreational facilities or activities for youths. “We saw that most of the youths were hanging around on street corners or kicking a ball in the streets,” Nelani says. “We knew that the area had established clubs, but most of the clubs focused on senior soccer. “So we got a group of 15 youngsters together and started training at the Italy Sports Grounds in Vrygrond.” After three months, the club’s numbers swelled to more than 70 players thanks to information being passed on by word of mouth. “We were soon invited to participate in a tournament in Wynberg, where we narrowly GOING FOR GOAL: The Vrygrond Young Stars football club have big dreams. Photographed before lost in the finals,” Nelani says. a training session are under­17 players, from left, Ezile Muku, Patrick Nceba Makhanda, Zukile “At the tournament, someone saw that we Nelani (coach), Siyasanga Ngwevu and Nasiphi Bendlela. Photo: Tasmin Cupido were struggling financially as most of our players played without proper boots and kit. “But the rest of the sponsorship, and any ball, while we also want them to excel in the We were generously sponsored with a playing other sponsorship we receive, is used to trans- sport,” Nelani says. kit and a couple of balls.” port our teams to and from the Rooikrans “We have big dreams – it would be great if Over the years the club, which caters for Sports Complex in Grassy Park every Satur- one or two of our players could play for the youths from the informal settlement as well as day.” likes of Engen Santos or Ajax Cape Town in Overcome Heights and Seawinds, has grown And transport has been an issue for the club, the PSL, because they certainly have the talfrom strength to strength, with the assistance which has teams in the under-11 to under-17 ent. of Mymoena Scholtz from the community- division. Hiring a taxi costs R300 per trip. “Imagine seeing them playing on TV ... that based organisation, Where Rainbows Meet, “We have to have about four trips a Satur- would be awesome. And we would like for the and sponsorship from a retired Constantia res- day. It’s expensive, but we try our best, be- club to also move in stature to better leagues.” ident, Tony van Rhyneveldt. cause the children really look forward to playBut for now, the guys of Vrygrond Young The team has also won a number of tourna- ing,” he says. Stars are still dreaming small, with obtaining ments and, in 2008, joined the Greater WynThe coaching styles of the two coaches, Nela- a sponsorship to continue offering youths of berg Local Football Association (LFA). ni and the other founder member Kamanga, the community an alternative and healthy life“We received a sponsorship of R25 000 from focus on physical training, ball control and style. For more information on the club conthe Dangwan Trust in Maitland, which ena- teamwork. tact Nelani on 073 279 7065 or (021) 701-1614 or bled us to pay the affiliation fees,” Nelani says. “We just want the players to play good foot- Kamanga on 078 193 9521.


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A sporting family affair

Heathfield man dies in Congo plane crash er’s passion for his career. “What I can say is that Randall died for what he A HEATHFIELD family has been left devastated loved,” said Snyders. by the sudden and unexpected death of their “His work was his passion; he lived for his work. “pillar of strength” days before he was set to ar- So he died being happy, I suppose.” rive home after six months abroad. Quickfall was returning to his home base in Kinshasa from an assignment in Goma, and was set to Randall Quickfall (47) was killed on Monday 4 return home to South Africa on Friday 15 April. April when the plane transporting him to the N’Jili He had planned to spend over a month in Cape airport in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democrat- Town on leave before returning to the DRC. ic Republic of Congo (DRC), Snyders added that her brothcrashed, killing 32 of the 33 peoer’s dedication to his work was ple on board. so strong that he was prepared to Quickfall had been working in die. the DRC as a deputy project man“I visualisethe torrential rains ager for a company called Pacific and that plane going down, and Architects and Engineers (PAE), him actually seeing that death is and was an experienced and coming,” said Snyders. highly-respected firefighter. “But I don’t think he even comCheryl Snyders, Quickfall’s plained because he was executolder sister, says the sudden naing his duty. And that is who ture of her brother’s death Randall Malcolm Quickfall makes it harder for the family to was.” deal with. The family have been living in “Any family that loses a memHeathfield for close to 50 years. ber is traumatised, but in our Quickfall is survived by his two case, because it was so tragic, we children, Carri (17) and Bryan are definitely devastated,” said (21) Quickfall. Snyders. DEVASTATED: The sister of Randall Snyders said she would re“My mother and father aren’t Quickfall, Cheryl Snyders, holds up a member her brother as a fun-lovdealing with it well, his children picture of her brother. Next to her are ing, people’s person. aren’t dealing with it well and I his sister Beverley Lategan and Mer­ “He lived life, he enjoyed life, don’t think any of us are.” cia Quickfall, their mother. Their fa­ he loved people, he was bubbly,” Snyders was still visibly ther, William Quickfall, is seated in said Snyders. shocked by her brother’s death front of them. Photo: Liam Moses Quickfall’s body is expected to when People’s Post visited the arrive in the country this week, family’s home on Wednesday 7 April, and came close and his family is in the process of making funeral to tears during the interview. arrangements. Mercia and William Quickfall, Randall’s parents, Snyders added that the family’s faith in God was looked on solemnly as Snyders described her broth- helping them through “this difficult time”. LIAM MOSES

THE next meeting of the Cape Town Family History Society will be held on Saturday 16 April at St John’s Church, Wynberg at 14:30. The guest speaker will be Dr Francois Cleophas, and the topic of his talk is “Sporting Family Histo-

ry”. Entrance is free for members and R10 for visitors, which includes tea and biscuits. Call David Slings on (021) 715-5104, or email For a map and more information visit

Using herbs in floral art THE next meeting of the Cape Herb Group will take place on Saturday 16 April at 14:30 at Super Plants Tokai Nursery, Tokai-on-Main Centre, Main Road, Tokai/Retreat. Emmy Pabst, president of the South Af-

rican Flower Union (SAFU), will talk on “Using Herbs In Floral Art Demonstration”. Entrance is R10 for visitors and R5 for members. For inquiries call (021) 712-1898 or (021) 689-2807 during office hours.

Fundamental learning at a young age THINK TWICE – a non-profit organisation based in Wynberg – believes that it is important to lay strong foundations with young people from the earliest of ages. Think Twice’s early childhood development programmes target young people from the age of five, and focus on instilling a sense of their own self worth and ability to make good decisions, while empowering them to deal with issues such as HIV/AIDS and child sexual abuse. Think Twice will be hosting a two-day training workshop, where the fundamentals of the programmes – techniques and tools for

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Tuesday 12 April 2011 LEGACY: Dudley Cloete­Hopkins, who owns the Al­ phen Hotel with his wife Nicky, is seen here with his son Alex Cloete­Hopkins. They decided to close the 50­ year­old hotel and find a more viable use for the property.

CERTIFIED: Thirty­seven people recently graduated from the Sentinel Intermediate School’s inter­ vention programme for the parents and carers of Grade R and 1 learners. The programme is aimed at promoting informal learning of numeracy and literacy at home. All the participants are from the Hout Bay area, and either have children in Grade R or 1, or work at crèches in the area.

Alphen Hotel closes after 50 years LIAM MOSES

NOTICE OF MEETINGS OF THE SUBCOUNCILS APRIL 2011 Notice is hereby given that the meeting of the 23 (twenty three) subcouncils for the City of Cape Town will take place at the time and at the different venues as indicated in the schedule below: Subcouncil 1 Blaauwberg 2 Bergdal

Venue Council Chambers, Royal Ascot, Milnerton Kraaifontein Council Chambers

Council Chambers, Voortrekker Road, Goodwood Parow Council Chambers, 4 Tygerberg Tallent Road, Parow Council Chambers, cnr Jakkalsvlei 5 Central Avenue and Kiaat Road Bonteheuwel Bellville Council Chambers 6 Bellville Bellville Civic Centre Fisantekraal Multipurpose Centre, 7 Koeberg Fisantrekraaal Strand Council Chambers 8 Helderberg Strand Lingelethu Training Centre, 9 Nxele Makana Khayelitsha 10 Charlotte Lingelethu Training Centre Maxeke Khayelitsha 11 Looksmart Gugulethu Council Chambers Ngudle Fezeka Building, Gugulethu Portlands Community Centre 12 Mitchells Plain Mitchells Plain 13 David Mthetho Phillipi East Communuty Hall, Ntlanganiso Lower Crossroads 14 Miranda Old Crossroads Sports Complex, Ngculu Nyanga Plover Room, Pinelands Training 15 Pinelands Centre, Pinelands Council Chambers, 44 Wale Street, 16 Good Hope Cape Town 17 Athlone and Athlone Minor Hall District Rondevlei Subcouncil Chambers, 18 Rondevlei Lotus River 19 South Council Chambers Fish Hoek Peninsula Council Chambers, Alphen Centre 20 Protea Constantia Oostenberg Council Chambers 21 Oostenberg Kuils River Oostenberg Council Chambers 22 Lizo Nkonki Kuils River 23 Adelaide The Hague Community Hall, Delft Tambo 3 De Grendel

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Manager Peter Deacon 021 550 1001 Fred Monk 021 980 6053 Johannes Brand 021 590 1676 Ardela van Niekerk 021 938 8050 Martin Julie 021 695 8171 Pat Jansen 021 918 2024 Elmaleen du Plessis 021 970 3002 Izak du Toit 021 850 4149 Fezekile Cotani 021 360 1267 Thando Siwisa 021 360 1351 Kayise Nombakuse 021 630 1600 David Cedras 021 371 4550 Lunga Bobo 021 630 1600 Christopher Jako 021 6301600 Mariette Griessel 021 531 3437 Marius Coetsee 021 487 2055 Edgar Carolissen 021 637 9757 Okkie Manuels 021 710 8394 Desiree Mentor 021 784 2011 Brian Ford 021 794 2493 Pieter Grobler 021 900 1502 Richard Moi 021 900 1508 Anthony Mathe 021 956 8000

In addition to items of relevance to specific sub-councils, the following items will appear on the agendas for all Sub-councils in October: • •

Draft revised Early Childhood Development Policy Draft City of Cape Town By-law relating to the use and control of recreational water areas and boating

Copies are available for scrutiny at subcouncils, municipal libraries and Organisations are requested to submit comment to their subcouncil. The Rules of Order for subcouncils permit any member of the public to address the subcouncil on these or any other matters by prior arrangement with the relevant subcouncil manager. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

THE Alphen Country House Hotel in Constantia has closed after 50 years.

ry, a British army doctor who was discovered to be a woman on her death, author Mark Twain, author George Bernard Shaw, former Cape Colony Prime Minister Cecil John Rhodes, British monarch Princess Alice of Athlone and Jan Christian Smuts, former prime minister of South Africa. Basson added that a slow-down in business was not the reason for closing the hotel. “I wouldn’t say that it was because guests weren’t coming to the hotel any more,” says Basson. “I would say it was just time for the owners to look at other uses for the property.” However, Cloete-Hopkins, says although there was a demand from the public, Three Cities did not put in the investment necessary to make the hotel more profitable. “Alphen had been going down-hill for five to eight years because of quality of service and quality of product,” said Cloete-Hopkins. “It needed investment in order to be successful. “There were people who were interested in staying at the hotel, but without any investment people aren’t going to want to go there.” All 52 of the staff at the hotel were employed by a subsidiary of the Three Cities group, named Flaming Silver Trading 352, and all their posts have been made redundant. Basson said the company could not find positions for them at other hotels in the group.

The hotel was founded in the 1960s by Sandy Bairnsfather Cloete, and stopped operating on Thursday 31 March, despite having been a popular choice of accommodation for celebrities and important figures over its 50-year lifespan. The hotel was run by hospitality group, Three Cities, at the time of closing and had been since April 2010. According to Garnet Basson, Western Cape operations manager for the company, closing down was a joint decision between Three Cities and the owners of the hotel. “It wasn’t a viable business any more. I think it was an overall thing and that a series of factors led to this.” Alphen was originally established as a farm in 1714 on 11 acres of land, and grew in size as subsequent owners purchased additional land until it stretched over most of the northern section of the Constantia Valley. The property has been in the Cloete family since 1850 and is currently owned by husband and wife Dudley and Nicky Cloete-Hopkins. Alex Cloete-Hopkins, son of the owners, said that his family had not yet decided how to use Alphen.We are now looking at what to do with the buildings but we don’t have a clue yet,” says Cloete-Hopkins. “We’ve had several suggestions and several presentations about what we can use it for. And they range from an embassy to a school and even a hotel again.” Cloete-Hopkins adds that a proper assessment would be done before any decision was made. The property has had several illustrious visitors in its 297-year history, including Lord Charles Somerset, the former gover- HISTORY: Alex Cloete­Hopkins, son of Alphen hotel co­owner nor of the Cape Col- Dudley Cloete­Hopkins, showing a map of the grounds. ony, Dr James BarPhotos: Nasief Manie

A brave little Easter puppet show THE Rainbow Puppet Theatre will present “The Brave Little Easter Rabbit” until Saturday 30 April. Admission is R20 at the door for adults and children. Shows are every Saturday at 10:00 and 11:15 and refreshments are available.

Contact Alison on (021) 783-2063 or email for more information. The Rainbow Puppet Theatre is situated at the Constantia Waldorf School, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia. Parking at the theatre is free.

Extended reading time

The trading hours for the library are: . Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – from 10:00 to 18:00. . Fridays – from 10:00 to 17:00; and . Saturdays – from 09:00 to 13:00. For more information, contact the library on (021) 790 2150.

HOUT BAY LIBRARY has extended its trading hours as of Friday 1 April. The library will now be open from 10:00 to 13:00 on Wednesdays.

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Tuesday 12 April 2011

Cry, beloved country WHILE most South Africans live in abject poverty, public officials such as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka seem to have been living like a millionaire – if the findings of a Sunday Times report are true. No expense was allegedly spared by Shiceka who – according to documents in the newspaper’s possession – has spent more than R2.5 million on first-class flights and accommodation since 2008. The article states that Shiceka spent R640 000 in one year for him and staff to stay at the One & Only, of which R280 000 was spent on Shiceka alone – by his own admission. Furthermore, it is reported that Shiceka embarked on a first-class flight for him and his personal assistant, rounded off with a stay in a five-star hotel to visit his girlfriend in prison in Switzerland, at a cost of R335 000. The visit to the prison, in a chauffeur-driven limo, cost R32 000. If true, Shiceka’s lifestyle smacks of “blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money”. His alleged wasteful expenditure has attracted widespread condemnation. Shiceka is not the only South African public official whose lavish lifestyle is under scrutiny. In a country that can ill afford to blow millions of rands, ANC youth league leader Julius Malema cost taxpayers more than R886 000 for police bodyguards from October 2009 to October 2010. Malema did not hold any public office to justify having two bodyguards. He was just an ordinary citizen, like the millions of other ordinary South Africans who fork out millions to keep themselves safe. But the buck doesn’t stop there. Flying in the face of a country lacking housing, health and basic services, is Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s decision to lease two new aircraft for transporting VIPs, at a staggering R800 million. When South Africans voted a democratic government into power 17 years ago, they voted for democracy, and a better life for all. A better life is being had, but only by a privileged minority.

MINISTER of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka has come under fire for leading a lavish lifestyle at taxpayers’ expense, following

a Sunday Times report into the R2,5 million in state money he has allegedly spent on luxury hotels, limousines and overseas trips since 2008. In a country whose

public representatives are often caught out enjoying too much of the good life, his particular blend of lavishness has a bit of a Hollywood ring to it.

Young man’s quick thinking saves a life Drug demands will be met WHILE the statistics are shocking to academics and others who live in ivory towers, it has been obvious to ordinary people. By targeting so called “drug pushers” the do-gooders have failed to realise that where there is a demand it will be met. In an urban setting there just is not enough for young children to do. Compulsory sports no longer exist, so young children come home early from school to no adult supervision. The real problem lies with those who use the drugs. Huge numbers of young people don’t have a man in the family, and those that do are too busy trying to keep ahead of the huge increases in living expenses. South Africans pay a disproportionate amount for housing, fuel and food since these items are now costed out in world currency. Fuel in America is much cheaper in earnings power, as are housing and food. We live in a society where people do not know each other and of course it is now illegal to discipline one’s children so that, thanks to the media, it is impossible to control wayward children.

I blame the media because they were all for abolishing corporal punishment, so now we see the results in unintended consequences. And just in case anyone thinks the South African Police Service (SAPS) are doing anything, I wish to bring to your readers attention that currently the SAPS in Belville and Durbanville are targeting gun collectors by doing surprise inspections on their storage, just looking for some reason to arrest them. Traffic police are also involved and overtime is not a question. So tell me again how the SAPS is attacking drugs! If the real problems are not addressed because of bias in the media, how will society be able to solve its ills? On top of everything else, South Africans also have to pay for private security to protect them from the criminals that the SAPS seems unable to protect them from. Private security is the second biggest industry in South Africa, and that means big bucks, so we now have an industry that wants to protect its piece of territory, and the high crime rate is their raison d’être. BRIAN HOARE Plumstead

VERY late on Tuesday 15 March, my wife and I were returning home. I was driving. We were on the Main Road just by Builders Warehouse when my wife noticed I was struggling to breathe. I pulled the car over and in my panic to breathe, opened the car door and collapsed on my knees. My wife, who cannot drive, thought I was having a heart attack and started to shout. A young motorist passing by on the other side of the road stopped. My wife screamed that she needed help. By now I was blue around the mouth and my face was going blue. The young man felt for a pulse and said: “You must get him to a hospital quickly.” My wife screamed that she does not drive and the young man locked his car, opened the back door of our car and put me in, and then called Constantiaberg Medical Centre, saying he was bringing in an emergency patient. With that he got behind the steering wheel and drove my car at a high speed to the hospital. I was rushed into emergency, where they were waiting for me. My wife was able to obtain the young man’s name as Brent, who also lives in Kirstenhof. I had suffered an extreme asthma attack and my wife was advised by the doctors that, had it not been for the young man’s quick and thoughtful actions, I would be dead. My wife and I are so very thankful to this young man and are both amazed at his thoughtful and caring attitude in this day and age, where most people do not want to be concerned. We do not know how to express how grateful we are to Brent. Thank you, Brent. May God shower you with blessings for the rest of your life. We can be contacted on (021) 788-2005. RUDOLF AND MYRA WICHTMANN Kirstenhof


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Your SMSes . Ban the use of all animals in circuses worldwide. Do not support any circus with animals. Wild animals belong in the wild, not in circuses. See real-life footage of what really happens behind the scenes with the money-hungry people exploiting animals. Only by banning the use of animals in circuses and closing zoos will this awful situation end. Eleanor . Before there was a democracy in SA, service delivery with no councillors appointed, things were excellent, but now it is not. Surely there is a better way to spend the money used for their annual salary of R108 million? For your information – I know how! Niefie van die Kaap . We need security officers on the trains – not on the platforms at the stations. The criminals walk from carriage to carriage while the train is moving, looking for an easy target to rob or attack. Please place a security officer or two on each train to minimise these attacks.

. I ran my own business and have since 1985 been servicing lawn mowers, generators, engines. I also employed people. My workshop rental shot up to R20 000 per month and parts costs rose 2 000 %. A greedy landlord and parts suppliers ensured the closure of the business, which led to the dismissal of employees. Small wonder SA leads the world in unemployment. Eddie Shopping matters . How come retail stores and major supermarkets are still not giving customers the five cents at the check-outs after the rounding on the till print out shows this is owed to them? This is theft and must be dealt with urgently. A. Albertyn . In reply to the issue around the Pick n Pay Smart Card: for every R100 you spend you will get R1, which means you get R10 for every R1 000. Either you donate your money to an organisation, or it can be accumulated until you decide to spend it. Regular Pick n Pay shopper

We all need to stop the rot We must teach students and teachers (who do not ) to intervene when things go wrong in the playground and the classroom. It is also a pity that the principal of the school was not prepared to make a statement about the incident. This is also part of the bigger picture in SA. That person (old or young ) who filmed the incident should have had the courage and at the very least informed the principal and prevented a student from being hurt. Shame on this person. Let us stop this rot in schools. BRIAN ISAACS Teacher, Lansdowne

Burning for survival PRESCRIBED ecological burning operations have continued in Tokai, with the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) burning sections of cleared pine plantation to stimulate fynbos seeds to germinate. These seeds have been lying dormant here for many years. Many fynbos plants have adapted to fire and cannot survive without it. Fire serves to remove old vegetation and signal to seeds to germinate. Other fynbos species re-sprout from their rootstock, while in some cases fire helps to open cones (some Proteaceae species) and disperse the seeds. Natural fires can no longer be allowed to occur in these areas due to development surrounding them and the threat that runaway fires pose to lives and property. For this reason, and to ensure the survival of rare and endangered fynbos species, active fire management needs to be undertaken by organisations such as the TMNP. It is unfortunate that so much smoke results from such fires, but this is mainly from the resins in the pine tree logs and roots. Enviro Wildfire Services thanks the Market Toyota group for sponsoring a vehicle this past fire season to help with the transporting of fire fighters and equipment between the Newlands Fire Base and the fire scenes.

CONTROLLED BLAZE: TMNP staff oversee a pre­ scribed fire to clear dangerous fuel loads and stimulate fynbos seed growth at Tokai. Photo: Rob Erasmus

To help prevent veldfires and learn more about them, visit articles. ROB ERASMUS AND OLIVIA ROSEINNES, ENVIRO WILDFIRE SERVICES

Act should have come sooner DUE to the recession I was retrenched in 2009. My only solution was to cancel a policy with a well-known insurance company. After a period of 12 years I had paid an amount of R51 000 – no interest. The amount paid out to me was only R23 000. The insurance company claimed R28 000 for themselves. Three months afterwards deductions

were still made. The reason given was that it takes three months to cancel a stop order. I was requested to draft a letter to claim back three months’ payments after the cancellation of the policy. If the Consumer Protection Act was in force way back it would have been a different scenario. ROBIN PERRY Plumstead


THE article in People’s Post with the headline “School attack under investigation” (Tuesday 5 April) was very disturbing to me. I want to ask the person who recorded the fight why did he/she not intervene. The person followed the fight from one point to another. Surely the right thing to do was to intervene and report the matter to a teacher or the office? This situation where evil flourishes because people do nothing is part of a bigger problem in South Africa. We find it easier to stand on the sidelines and let things happen instead of intervening directly. In schools we must begin to stop this rut.

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Classic jam with top artists TWO of South Africa’s foremost classical guitarists, James Grace and Jonathan Crossley, are giving music lovers the duel of the decade: an innovative feast of modern and classic works by Bach, Tarrega, Albeniz, Myers, Abdullah Ibrahim and more. The concert will take place at the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday, 16 April at 20:00. James Grace is one of one South Africa’s leading concert artists, appearing with symphony orchestras and in recital. He studied at the Royal College of Music, taught guitar in Qatar, and then returned to South Africa, where he was appointed head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town. Grace recently released his fifth solo album, “World Café”, and is in the final stages of setting up the Stringwise Young Artist’s Trust, which will assist young artists from across the country to produce their own albums, as well as offer bursaries for overseas

study. Jonathan Crossley, who began his career on the classical guitar, has shifted his focus more towards jazz performance, and appeared on stage with international and local stars. As a composer, he has found his outlet through The Jonathan Crossley Electric Band, with which he has appeared more than 45 times across Europe over the past three years, most notably at festivals in Spain, Slovakia, Turkey and ongoing tours in the Czech Republic. Crossley will be giving master classes for the public on Friday 15 April at 14:00 at UCT. For more information, email or The Concert Series recital starts at 20:00 and tickets can be booked in advance from Computicket at R125. Student and senior citizen discounts can be purchased at the door on the night of the concert.

The Alexander Sinton High School Jazz band.

Drama, jealousy at the theatre “LOVBORG’S WOMEN” is the final production in the summer season at The Intimate Theatre, and will run from Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 May. Presented by The Mechanicals, the cast includes Adrian Collins, Mikkie-Dene le Roux, Andrew Laubscher and Kate Liquorish. Directed by Christopher Weare, “Lovborg’s Women” is a comedy spoofing the naturalistic and realistic dramas of Jorgen Lovborg (after Anton Chekhov and Ibsen). Hens, geese, earmuffs and geraniums are all part of this tapestry of lust, drama and jealousy as an embittered Lovborg considers three influential women. A number of established physical forms are explored; for example the work of Steven Berkoff, DV8 Physical Theatre and the late Marlene Blom. For bookings phone (021) 480-7128 or email Advanced booking is advised as seats are limited.

This arts focus school will be sending its music pupils to an international gathering for the first time. The youngsters will perform only South African music. Their journey to Beijing in July is historical, says music director Ronel Nagfaal. “We are proud and eager to represent Athlone and South Africa at this global assembly, where youth musicians will present musical traditions from their countries. “This contact and exchange is a unique cultural experience, a tremendous opportunity for the musical and personal growth of our youth, and their grooming as leaders in music and in their communi-

ties.” The other Cape Town schools sending bands to the eight-day festival are Heathfield, Bergvliet and Wynberg Girls’ High. Appearing at the Artscape Theatre Centre will be vocal star Gloria Bosman, pianist George Werner, bassist Norman Sauls, drummer Frank Paco, guitarist Jimmy Dludlu, troubadour Errol Dyers and promising jazz vocalist Lee-Ann Fortuin. Now in their 11th year, The Little Giants, directed by Werner, and the Alexander Sinton Jazz Band will be the youth jazz groups in attendance. Both groups will participate in this year’s Grahamstown National Youth Jazz Festival. The concert starts at 20:00 in Artscape’s Opera House. Tickets are available at Computicket and cost R100 for adults and R50 for pensioners and children under 18. For more information call 083 390 4529.

Musical set for Baxter stage

Jazz to break the silence brary will host the John Pama Primary School Brass Band, which is part of the Amy Biehl Foundation’s after-school initiative. Also on the bill is Momentum, which features Ted Faulkner, and Allen van der Merwe. As part of the library’s community involvement plan, they will be running a drive to collect old musical instruments on behalf of the Amy Biehl Foundation as the organisation can currently accommodate only 15 learners per teaching session. Central Library is situated in the Drill Hall at the corner of Darling and Parade streets in Cape Town. Contact the library on (021) 467-1560.

Come out to quality concert THE Songmakers’ Guild will have their next concert on Sunday 17 April at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School in Palmyra Road, Newlands. Borrowed Plumes with Magdalene Minnaar (soprano), Christopher Vale (baritone), Albie van Schalkwyk (piano) and songs by Maurice Ravel, Richard

Playing among the stars SOUTH AFRICAN jazz stars will gather at the Artscape Theatre Centre on Friday 15 April in support of the Alexander Sinton High School jazz band’s pending trip to the Tutti World Youth Music Festival in China.

HAT TRICK: Andrew Laubscher is one of the cast members of “Lovborg’s Women” in May. Photo: Supplied

THE Central Library will change its tune from 19 until 21 April when free live jazz performances by fresh young talent will replace the usual silence. On Tuesday 19 April, from 13:00 to 14:00, join The Tribe of Benjamin Jazz Quartet, which features Benjamin Jephta, Marlon Witbooi, Keenan Ahrends, Zeke le Grange and special guest vocalist, Sandile Gotsana. On Wednesday 20 April, from 16:30 till 17:30, visitors will be treated to the smooth sounds of Afternoon Standards, with Ryan Andrew Peters on vocals and Keenan Adamson on guitar. On 21 April from 15:15 till 17:00, the li-

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Strauss, Gustav Holst, Mátyás Seiber and others can all be expected. The concert starts at 16:00 sharp. Tickets are being sold at R40 at the door. Bookings can be made with Hanna on 082 824 1007 or

THE Cape Town Festival (CTF) will be presenting the acclaimed musical “Silence of the Music” at the Baxter Theatre from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 30 April. Opening night is Saturday 16 April at 20:00. Shows will take place on Mondays to Saturdays from 20:00 till 22:00, except Friday 22 April (Good Friday). Produced by Desert Rose Music, “Silence of the Music” combines leading world music composer and director, Lynne Holmes-Ganief and renowned theatre director, Basil Appollis. It tells the story of an intercultural couple whose love for each other was spurned in 2010 by their families, friends and broader society. The original musical score, composed by Holmes-Ganief, reflects the rich diversity of South Africa’s melting pot of cultural influences, combining classical, Middle Eastern, Asian and African musical elements into contemporary, melodic, world music arrangements.

Join the concert THE Musicanti Chamber Orchestra, directed by Erika Naumann, will perform a concert at the St Martini Church at the top of Long Street on Sunday 17 April starting at 18:00. The programme includes Stabat Mater,

In January this year the CTF adopted “Silence of the Music” as one of its major cultural arts projects for 2011. Tickets are R120 each and can be bought through Computicket, online at or its call centre on 083 915 8000. Tickets can also be bought from any Shoprite or Checkers branch. For corporate bookings, charities and special block bookings at discounted prices contact Sharon Alexander on (021) 680-3962 or email or Shelagh Blomkamp on 083 205 0935 or email . “Silence of the Music” forms part of the CTF’s year-long programme of events, which also includes a 1CMC discussion; community youth workshop programmes; a senior citizens’ day; a leadership forum; a multimedia exhibition and community festivals. For more information, visit or email by Pergolesi, with soloists Jessica Wells, soprano, and Caren Van Heerden, alto, and Horn Concerto no. 4 by Mozart, soloist Peter Amon, horn. Tickets are sold at the door at R50 for adults. Students pay R20 and scholars can attend for free. For further information, phone (021) 790-5310.

College students take centre stage THE Students Quarterly Concert takes place at the Baxter Concert Hall on Tuesday 19 April, starting at 20:15. The concert is arranged by Franklin Larey and Dizu Plaatjies, and features a selection of the performance students at the South Afri-

can College of Music. Tickets are available at Computicket or at the door. Prices are R50 for UCT staff, R45 for senior citizens, R35 for tertiary students and R25 for pupils.


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Win with Decorex! DECOREX comes to Cape Town from Friday 29 April until Monday 2 May. Themed “Beauty and the Basics”, Decorex Cape Town expresses the city’s creative energy with its back-to-basics approach, topped with good-humoured décor and a touch of fantasy. Workshops, special trend reporting and trend-forward concept stands will add diversity and interactivity to the interior design show. “High tea with the Royals” is an initiative echoing the new romantic trend, and with the expo opening on the day of the royal wedding, show visitors can watch the wedding coverage in style, nibbling on sweet treats. Decorex Cape Town takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and doors open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. Entrance is R60, with pensioners and scholars paying R50 per ticket and children under five, only R5. For more information visit, or find us


MOST of the people who are raging against the idea of exploring for shale gas in the Karoo know very little about the technology and what Sasol has called its “game changing” potential.

DECOR DREAM: A tantalising taste of the 2011 Decorex exhi­ bition. Photo: Supplied on Facebook, Decorex SA, or follow @decorexSA on twitter. . Ten lucky readers can win double tickets. To enter the lucky draw, SMS “Decorex” to 34586 by noon on Wedenesday 13 April. SMSes cost R2 each; winners will be phoned.

preferential procurement means and BBBEE. The topic “Business opportunities with provincial government, local government and the private sector” will also be covered. The cost is R50. For more details, call John Prinsloo on 082 958 7865 or email

Show your support THE Prostate Cancer Support Action group will meet at 17:45 for 18:00 on Tuesday 19 April in the auditorium of the Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic, Burnham Road, Plumstead. Newly-diagnosed patients and their partners or care-givers

from all over the Cape Metro are welcome to attend, meet prostate cancer survivors and share details of their experience. The speaker’s subject is treatment with proton beams. Call 073 560 3067 for more information.

Cool cats on show THE Big Cat Club Cat Show will be held at Cape Town High School on Saturday 16 April from 10:00 to 15:00pm. Over 100 felines, including many pedigreed cats and kittens, as well as domestic cats, have been entered and will compete for various awards. The Emma Animal Rescue Society (Tears) will have beautiful rescued cats on exhibition avail-

able for adoption. There is an adoption fee of R450, which includes vaccination, deworming, flea and tick control, sterilisation and microchipping. All cats have been tested for Aids and leukaemia. Entrance is R10 for adults and R5 for children. For further information call Marilyn Hoole on 083 651 6343.

Keeping our water clean PROFESSOR Eugene Cloete, the dean of science at the University of Stellenbosch, will give a free talk entitled “Innovation, the key to sustainable water supply and sanitation” on Wednesday 20 April at 17:00 at the SA

Things can be much worse than fracking The good, the bad and the ugly surrounding the Karoo

Learn how to tender HAEDON’S Training Academy, in association with the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF), will host a workshop titled “Introduction to Tendering” on Thursday 21 April at the Grassy Park Library from 09:00 to 10:30. Subjects include: what tendering means, positive changes in government procurement, what

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Astronomical Observatory Auditorium in Observatory Road. There are no bookings. For more information and directions go to

Fine and decorative art lecture THE Fine and Decorative Art Society of Cape Town will host a lecture by David Booth, an art collector and international specialist in Wedgwood china, at the Iziko Museum of South Afri-

ca in the Company’s Garden on Wednesday 20 April at 19:30. Tickets cost R30 for members and R40 for students. For details call Jill on (021) 434-4579 or email

DID YOU KNOW that, for the 2011 local government elections, polls will take place in 278 municipalities nationwide?

This is down from 283 in 2006. There are now eight metropolitan councils, 226 local councils and 44 district councils. – (

In fact, most of the knowledge in circulation has come from those strongly opposed to “fracking”. Public relations companies have even been retained to blacken the picture and whip up emotions to a point approaching hysteria. They have plenty of material to work with. In the early days of fracking there were disasters, most of them the result of wild cat operations. But the technology has improved and in responsible hands it might even be acceptable in some circumstances. So it is easy to understand the fears in circulation. I grew up in the Karoo and I know that water gives land its value. Take away the water or contaminate it and one is left with worthless desert. In a drought, a good borehole is the only thing that stands between a farmer and financial ruin. It is an emotional relationship. You can mess with his wife but don’t touch his borehole. The water of agricultural importance lies at depths

of no more than a few hundred metres. Fracking, however, takes place something like 10 kilometres below the surface! That is five time deeper than our deepest gold mine. The temperature down there will be about 300°C and any water would become instant steam. If the hole is lined with steel there should be no contamination of agricultural water. But one can understand the fear. The biggest problems will be logistical ones. The equipment is massive and new roads will be required. What does one do with 10 kilometres of earth from borehole

cores? The impact on the Karoo will be considerable. And where will the water needed for fracking come from? On the other hand, holes 10 kilometres deep will give us access to an inexhaustible supply of geothermal heat. And that can be turned into electricity. The US Department of Energy says geothermal electricity is cheaper than coal or nuclear power and the price does not go up every year along with the cost of fuel and labour. Even if there is no gas we could win. So here’s the question: would you rather have Shell fracking in the Karoo or Eskom trying to run half a dozen atomic power stations? Nuclear power requires consistent good management for at least 50 years. There is no place for CEOs who trim the maintenance budgets to improve the bottom line and their bonuses. And there is no place for cadre deployment. Imagine a future Minister of Minerals, Energy and Nationalisation – someone like Julius Malema – having a hand in the appointment of nuclear mangers. His matric woodwork studies would be of little help. We may be able to survive an implosion in the Land Bank or a foulup in the Karoo, but mismanagement of a Koeberg could be goodbye Cape Town.


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Be wary of wounded Lions TASMIN CUPIDO


HE reaction of the DHL Stormers team, who suffered their first defeat of the season at the weekend, will dictate the team’s run for the rest of the Super Rugby competition. And head coach Allister Coetzee hopes his troops will take the loss in their stride, get up and learn from the mistakes made against the Australian outfit at Newlands on Saturday. “This is a long and tough competition, and it is crucial that the guys pitch with their A-game at each match,” Coetzee said. “We need to take this loss on the chin and stand up to produce better performances.” Unforced errors and ill-discipline marred the Stormers’ game plan in the 19-6 defeat to the men from Brisbane saw. The Reds, who dominated the lacklustre Cape side in all aspects of the game, were simply the better side on the day – Coetzee is the first to admit this. “We were not at our best; tactically the Reds were much better and their physical intensity was much higher – all credit to the Reds,” he said. A territorial game, keeping the Stormers in their own half for most of the match, saw the likes of Quade Cooper and Will Genia

TELLING TALE: Unforced errors marred the game of the DHL Stormers in their 19­6 defeat to the Queensland Reds at Newlands on Saturday. Here eighthman Duane Vermeulen loses the ball in a tackle by Reds front rower, James Slipper. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images using tactical kicks to put pressure on the men in navy blue. Stints in the sin bin for Stormers eighthman, Duane Vermeulen,

and hooker, Tiaan Liebenberg, also did not help them. “We couldn’t gain or keep any momentum

and playing with 14 men for 20 minutes of the match did not aid us, either,” Coetzee says. Despite the loss, they remain in the top position on the South African conference log and third on the combined log. Now the Stormers will divert their attention to the MTN Lions, who they take on at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. The last time the two sides met the Stormers came out 19-16 victors in their first match of the competition. John Mitchell’s side has had a spate of unfortunate, tightly-contested losses throughout the competition and will be looking to raise themselves from the bottom of the combined log. With nothing to lose, playing for pride in front of their home crowd, the men in red will put up a brave fight in the hope of turning the tables on the high-flying Stormers. Never afraid to run a risk, the men from Egoli will test the ever on-song Stormers defence. A battle in the engine room can also be expected. Coetzee expects inside centre Jean de Villiers, who was a last-minute withdrawal from the Reds’ clash, to make his return against the Lions this Saturday. .

GET AWAY: Wynberg Boys’ High (WBHS) wing Rushdie Salie (right) beats a St Stithian’s oppo­ nent, during Wynberg’s 14­6 win in an under­19A match at the annual WBHS rugby festival at Wynberg on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

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THE Safa Cape Town is forging ahead with plans to stage an eight-nation international showpiece for under-20s – believing it will generate a huge financial spin-off for amateur soccer in 2012. So much so that the Safa CT application to run the event – in partnership with the City of Cape Town – has already been approved by the SA Football Association. Safa CT president, Norman Arendse, disclosed that the eight-nation championship will comprise the respective winners of the six Fifa Confederations Cup championships, the SA under20s and an additional African team. “It is vital that we recognise under-20 soccer as a milestone for the development of our players. It is our responsibility as an amateur association to showcase this talent,” said Arendse. The blueprint for the 2012 championship comes on the back of the successful inaugural Cape Town International Challenge for under-20s that was hosted by the Safa CT and the city in 2010. Ghana, Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria vied for honours on the eve of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Ghana defeated Brazil 3-2 in the challenge final, watched by a 50 000-strong crowd at Cape Town Stadium – with the overall gate-takings from all matches allowing the city to contribute R600 000 to the coffers of the Safa CT. Arendse also disclosed that the Safa CT has secured increased financial support from other stakeholders to stage its senior and junior competitions this year. . Coca-Cola has agreed to increase its sponsorship for the Coke knockout Cup championships from R500 000 to R600 000. . Freeworld Coatings has upped its sponsorship for the club championships for under-11s and under-13s from R50 000 to R75 000. . Peace activist Mary Burton will patron the new Unity Cup for under-16 high school teams from various communities to the tune of R150 000 this year; and . Build It will sponsor junior tournaments in areas close to its branches across the Peninsula.

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T age 30, Brent Carelse resists thoughts about hanging up his boots in the forseeable future – but rather focuses on what more he can aspire to achieve with Ajax Cape Town FC on the road ahead. What is uppermost in Carelse’s mind of course at the moment, is to help Ajax win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions title for the first time in its 11-year history. “I believe we can finish top if we stay focused and avoid complacency,” says Carelse, who has become no stranger on the champions’ rostrum. Carelse – eyeing a fourth winners’ medal – represented champions Mamelodi Sundowns (2006/2007), whereafter he shared in two of SuperSport United’s three consecutive league triumphs (2008/2009 and 2009/2010). Now Ajax could enhance their championship chances if they notch full points against Golden Arrows at Newlands Stadium on Friday (start 20:00). Carelse, buoyed by Ajax CEO George Comitis’ disclosure that he will sign the midfield maestro next season – after he came on loan from SuperSport in January – is expected to continue his rich vein of form for the Urban Warriors. “I was not only looking for a new challenge when I returned to Ajax from SuperSport, where I felt my game was stagnating because of my irregular appearances in matches. I also felt a need to settle in Cape Town with my family,” said Carelse. The presence of a versatile leftsided midfielder – who has thus far netted four goals for Ajax – has also brought out the best in the free-scoring Thulani Serero and Khama Billiat. So often Carelse’s penchant for



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engaging his pacey fellow players in quick one-two plays has allowed Ajax to prosper during their recent run of successes. The other motivation for Carelse is to be mentored by Dutch coach Foppe de Haan. “He is professional in his approach and a very honest coach. He constantly tells us that we are better players than what we think we are.” “De Haan’s one-on-one chats with each player really makes us believe in our abilities,” enthused Carelse. The Johannesburg-born Carelse is also thankful to his father Dougie Carelse – a former pro with Cape Town Spurs and Vereeniging Old Boys in the old Federation Professional League – for inspiring him to pursue a soccer career. “My dad insisted that I enrol at the School of Excellence in Johannesburg during my teens. “It was a tough experience but he encouraged me to persevere to ensure my future in the game. “He has always allowed me the freedom to do things my way on the field. But he will occasionally tell me what aspect of my game I need to improve on,” said Carelse junior, who first turned professional with Hellenic FC (then coached by Gavin Hunt) at age 17. But back to the showdown with Golden Arrows. Remember that it was Arrows that drew 2-2 with Ajax in 2007/2008 to deny Ajax the title on goal difference when the clubs tied on points. First choice custodian, Hans Vonk, is also ruled out by suspension and will be replaced by Andre Petim on Friday night. Good news for Ajax though, is that Clayton Daniels returns from suspension and that Saamehg Doutie is fit to play. . Tickets are on sale at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers branches. No tickets will be on sale at the stadium.



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CHARGED UP: Brent Carelse, influential mifielder for Ajax Cape Town FC. Photo: Gallo Images




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Peoples Post Constantia-Wynberg Edition 12-04-2011  

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