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AFTER more than three years, a Bergvliet man has taken the first steps to fulfilling a promise he made to his wife on her death bed.

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Smiley van Zyl, whose wife was murdered in a robbery in 2008, has instituted a damages claim against the ministers of Justice and Safety and Security for failing to protect his wife. Smiley says he hopes to win the caseand set a precedent to keep the promise he made to his wife before her life support machines were switched off. “There are two sides to why I chose to do this. The one side is I made a vow to my wife, on her death bed, that she would not become just another South African murder statistic,” says Smiley. “And the second is that I promised her that I would turn her death into something meaningful for society so she did not die in vain.” Jane van Zyl was shot and killed by Gershwin Hartzenberg, who was 25 years old at the time, in the driveway of her Bergvliet home on 13 April 2008. She had just returned from dropping off her husband at the Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic, and was waiting for the electric gates at her home to open when Hartzenberg struck. Hartzenberg had been released on bail less than two weeks earlier, on 1 April 2008. According to the damages claim documents, Hartzenberg was arrested by Kirstenhof police on 30 March 2008 and taken to Wynberg Magistrate’s Court the following day to appear on a charge of armed robbery, but was returned to Kirstenhof police station because his docket had been misplaced. He was then taken back to court the following day (1 April) and released on bail because he had been in custody for over 48 hours. Within two weeks he had killed Jane van Zyl.

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Hartzenberg shot Van Zyl once in the head but she did not die immediately and spent 12 hours on a life support machine before it was turned off. The documents also state that the court was not informed that Hartzenberg had several other cases pending at the time – including armed robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping and several charges of theft. Smiley believes that the government failed to protect his wife when it allowed Hartzenberg back on the streets. “The person who murdered my wife had a history of serious crimes pending against him. Looking at the charges and the circumstances, he definitely did not qualify for bail,” says Van Zyl. “Yet the authorities allowed him back on the streets and they failed in their duties when they did this.” Hartzenberg was later found guilty of Jane’s murder and sentenced to life in prison,as well as an additional 10 years for a different armed robbery and five years for illegal possession of a firearm. Hartzenberg is currently serving his term in Pollsmoor Prison. Smiley added that many other South Africans had found themselves in similar situations before. “If you look at the statistics, she is probably one of thousands who died in the same way, which shows

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you that there is something wrong with the system – and it’s the system that I’m trying to address.” Smiley filed the papers at the Cape High Court on Wednesday 6 April. Gerhard Kotze, Smiley’s attorney, says he is confident of victory even though only one precedent exists. Alix Jean Carmichele is the only person to have successfully sued the South African Ministers of Safety and Security and Justice. Carmichele was attacked by Francois Coetzee in a small village named Noetzie, around 12 kilometres from Knysna, on 6 August 1995. Coetzee had previously been convicted of indecent assault and housebreaking, and was out on bail after being charged with rape when he attacked Carmichele. “I’m very confident that we’ll win because I think we’ll be able to establish that the criminal who murdered Smiley van Zyl’s wife would not have been out on the streets if the law had been applied properly,” says Kotze. “He was arrested shortly before her murder and my instruction is that if the prosecutors and/or the police had done their job, he wouldn’t have been released. And if he hadn’t been released then Mrs

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van Zyl wouldn’t have been murdered.” However, Kotze is under no illusions that the case will be easy. He feels it is the responsibility of attorneys to do their part in the fight against crime by taking up tough cases such as this. “I feel very strongly that we have a duty as attorneys to take on cases like this,” said Kotze. “The state has got to be held accountable for this. We have a huge crime problem in this country and have to fight it on all fronts.” At the time of her murder, Jane was 52 and had been married to her husband for over 33 years. Smiley no longer lives in the same house and says that although he has moved on with his life, he will only have complete closure once he has fulfilled his promise to his wife. “If my wife had died of natural causes then I would have received closure at the funeral and moved on,” says Smiley. “But she did not die of natural causes. “She died because the system failed us as law-abiding citizens. And if we all walk away and move on then nothing will ever change.” Kotze says the case could take up to three years to get to court if the Ministers of Justice and Safety and Security refuse to settle out of court, due to the lengthy waiting list at the Cape High Court.

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A brave little 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 therainbow.puppettheatre@gmail.com for more information. The Rainbow Puppet Theatre is situated at the Constantia Waldorf School, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia. Parking at the theatre is free.

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

Bel Porto charity drive LANSDOWNE’S Bel Porto School, which specialises in education for physically and mentally challenged youth, will be hosting a golf day at the Kuils River Golf Club on Thursday 19 May. A four-ball costs R1 200, and corporate sponsorship is R2 500. For more information phone Judy Sobotker on (021) 697-2986 or 083 951 0294. Alternatively, email belporto@netbridge.co.za.

Tuesday 19 April 2011

English skills on show at contest TERESA FISCHER

IN 2008, the English pass rate at Ikamvalethu Secondary School in Langa was just 36%. Within a year this percentage was up to the mid 80s, largely due to a partnership with The Knowledge Workshop, a language skills training centre in Rosebank that offers TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses. Knowledge Workshop founders, Marian James and Paul Salmon, say part of the TEFL course includes practical experience at struggling local schools. This “win-win” situation gives their students invaluable practical teaching experience, while simultaneously helping the host school by bringing mother-tongue English teachers into the classroom with new ideas for stimulating learning. At Ikamvalethu, the use of the pupil’s mother tongue, Xhosa, is banned during English lessons. James explains that this goes a long way towards improving results. In the three years of the partnership, the English pass rate has consistently been in the 80% range. She says one of the best aspects of the programme is that it demystifies a lot about township life for their students, who are relatively affluent and from the suburbs. In many ways they find it better than they expected, particularly in terms of safety, but the infrastructure is “so much worse”. “They realise how much better off they are,” says James. The moment when they drive down Washington Drive into Langa is like stepping out of a cocoon,” says James. “Teaching is also about learning; you can’t teach if you are not willing to learn yourself,” notes Salmon.He

says that often their response is to question why they haven’t done it before. They realise anyone can go into the township and make a difference. The students devise unique lesson plans during their time at the school. This means they leave a tangible legacy, as these plans are permanent resources that can be used repeatedly. Others are inspired to help in different ways, such as the student who donated his unused golf equipment to a pupil who loved golf, but only had a broken putter. Some have painted the school, and last year a student who was working for FIFA managed to organise a trip to the Cape Town Stadium for the Ikamvalethu soccer team.“Things like this happen all the time,” says James. She says the children are well behaved at Ikamvalethu; they want to learn and “just need the tools”. The Knowledge Workshop also runs free holiday programmes at the township school, which last year attracted 104 pupils. James is a passionate teacher and her energy is often rewarded, for instance when one of the pupils, who used to struggle to string a sentence together, wrote her a poem and reduced her to tears. The Knowledge Workshop held a speech contest on Saturday 26 March. Ncebakazi Buka, with her topic “If I were president, I would…”, just pipped Siwakhile Msuthu into first place. Msuthu’s topic was “What makes a good leader”. Both speakers almost moved the audience to tears, and the outcome was ultimately decided by a second round of impromptu speeches. Msuthu picked “Convince us to vote for you as the next president of South Africa” and Buka wove a beautiful metaphor on the topic “Explain three uses of a pencil, other than for writing”.

SPEAK WITH CONFIDENCE: The International President of the Good Hope Toastmas­ ters Club, Pat Johnson (right), came all the way from Canada to speak at the Business Women’s Associ­ ation breakfast, held on Tuesday 13 April at the At­ lantic Imbizo at the V & A Waterfront. Johnson is an international speaker and communications trainer who is skilled in strategic and financial planning, career development and conflict resolution. Cur­ rently, she is assistant director for business education at the British Columbia Pension Corporation in Victoria, Canada. Toastmasters teach­ es its members how to improve their speaking skills and meeting proto­ col and procedures.

TEARS OF JOY: Ncebakazi Buka (left), of Ikamvalethu Sec­ ondary School, won the Knowledge Workshop’s speech competition, which consisted of both a prepared and im­ promptu speech. Also pictured are Christina Goniwe (mid­ dle) and runner­up Sikwakhile Msuthu (right). Photo: Supplied

TOP SPEAKER: The winner of the speech competition held on Saturday 26 March, Ncebakazi Buka, (second from right) with her prize – a bicycle – at home with her family in Khayelitsha. Marian James is on the far right. Photo: Supplied

BUYER BE­ WARE: Riana Nel selling cacti at her stall at the City Bowl Mar­ ket on Hope, which was launched on Saturday at 14 Hope Street, Gar­ dens. A vari­ ety of fresh food and other produce, including fruit and vegeta­ bles, were on sale. The market will be open every Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00. Photo: Lulama Zenzile

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THE Bergvliet High School Continuing Education programme will be running this winter. There are hundreds of short courses to choose from. Registration is from Mondays to Fridays, from now until Wednesday 8 June from 8:30 to 15:30 (excluding public holidays). Information can be found at www.bhs.org.za under Continuing Education, from local libraries or in the school foyer. For registration inquiries, contact Katharine Miles on (021) 712-0979, 082 409 2195 or kathy.miles@ananzi.co.za.

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Residents finally win housing battle LIAM MOSES

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HURLOUGH WARREN has waged a five-year battle for the right to buy the council house he has been renting since 1990. And last week he was finally notified that he could purchase the house from the City of Cape Town. Warren lives in Steurhof Estate, a government-owned cluster of cottages in Diep River which residents have been leasing from government. Warren says the prospect of owning a home for the first time in his life has made him ecstatic. “There’s nothing better, no better feeling than knowing that you’re going to become a homeowner,” says Warren. “The mere fact that my daughter was born here makes this mean so much to me. And where else am I

going to find a house? Property is expensive these days.” Warren is a founding member and the former chairperson of the Steurhof Civic Association, an organisation which has been lobbying for the right to purchase the houses since it was formed in 1996. There 138 cottages in Steurhof and all legal tenants whose rental bills are up to date and who do not own other property will be allowed to purchase the houses they are staying in. Warren was notified via a letter which he picked up at the council offices on Wednesday 13 April. Eighty other residents have also received the same letter. Carol Bew, the ward councillor for the area says the prices of the homes will differ according to the size of the cottage and the financial situation of the tenant. “The prices will vary because there are one, two and three-bed-

room houses,” said Bew. “The prices will probably vary between R7 000 and R11 000 and then the tenant will qualify for a subsidy. And people will all get different subsidies.” Warren’s three-bedroom house has been priced at R12 000, but he will only pay around R4 500 because he receives a R7 500 subsidy. The conditions for purchasing the houses are as follows: . Tenants must personally occupy the house when applying to purchase. . Only the registered tenant has the option to purchase. . The tenant or his/her spouse must not be the owner of any property or vacant land. . The property will be sold in its present condition. . The purchaser will be responsible for the maintenance of the property. . The purchaser will be liable for

Girl hurt falling into street drain LIAM MOSES

A GROUP of Westlake residents are upset after a teenage girl fell into and had her foot lodged in a street drain last week. Ashlin Simons (14) was walking home from school when her right leg up to her knee became trapped in a stormwater drain on Lings Way on Monday 11 April. The girl suffered cuts and bruises to her leg. According to Lawrence Gamedale, a Westlake resident, Simons’ leg was so tightly lodged in the drain that he and a another man had to use a hammer and chisel to free her. “She was walking home from school and she fell into the hole and got stuck,” says Gamedale. I called another man to bring a hammer and chisel and we broke the tar and concrete around the edge of the drain grid to get her out. It took about an hour.” According to Gamedale and other Westlake residents, it was the second time that someone had fallen into the same drain. Rose Simons, Ashlin Simon’s mother, says she remains very concerned by the incident even though her daughter only suffered minor injuries. “I was very disappointed because there are a lot of children who play in the road around the drain and they can get hurt,” said Simons. I want them to close the drain so more people don't get hurt.” While in Westlake People’s Post also observed another badly-covered drain in the area. The underground storage area covered by a cement block apparently belongs to Telkom and contains several wires. According to Gamedale and Mzukisi Ngonyama, another concerned Westlake resi-

THE Hout Bay police made 30 arrests and issued 16 fines last week. According to Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, spokesperson at the station, the arrests involved five charges of drug possession, four charges of assault to cause grievous bodily harm, three charges of assault, two housebreaking charges and nine for drunken driving. The 16 fines issued all relate to motor vehicle and traffic offences. At the Diep River Police Station, a total of 27 crimes were reported this past weekend. The crimes reported at the station include theft out of a motor vehicle, malicious damage to property and housebreaking.

TRAPPED: One of a group of concerned West­ lake residents demonstrates how Simons’ leg became trapped in the drain. Photo: Liam Moses dent, both drains have been reported to Denis Joseph, the ward councillor for the area, but nothing has been done. Joseph says he knows nothing about the stormwater drain but that the underground structure belonging to Telkom has been reported and will be fixed soon. “I’m not aware that any drain is open, I only know of drains that are blocked full of sand and I have reported those to the council,” says Joseph. “I also know about another drain that is poorly covered and I reported that to Telkom. I’m sad that this happened and somebody got hurt. If it was brought to my attention, I would have acted upon it. I will go out and respond to it immediately.” Rose Simons says her daughter has fully recovered from her injuries.

According to Warrant Officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson at the station, most of the crimes reported involved stolen or damaged property. “All of the crimes were property related, and the majority of those were theft.” Chandler added that five of the theft cases reported involved stolen refuse bins. On Friday 15 April, the Diep River police reservists and the area’s Community Policing Forum joined forces in a crime prevention operation which saw 34 vehicles patrolling the Diep River policing area for 12 hours. During that time only one incident occurred – a theft out of a motor vehicle, and a man was also arrested for possession of dagga.

You’d better go in disguise THE annual Teddy Bear Fair will be held on Monday 2 May at the Buitenverwachting Wine Farm in Constantia from 10:00 to 16:00. There will be many teddy bear tables and teddy bear lovers can enjoy food, drinks and have a lovely picnic under the trees. There will be lots of fun entertainment for the chil-

LONG WAIT: Steurhof Estate resi­ dent Thurlough Warren holds the let­ ter he received from the city of Cape Town which confirms that he may purchase the house he has been renting since 1990. Photo: Liam Moses

ADDING UP: The annual UCT Mathematics Com­ petition for Western Cape high schools took place on Thursday 14 April. Seven thousand pupils from 130 schools enjoyed an evening tackling mathe­ matical problems. Budding mathematicians milled around, finding their way to 60 different lec­ ture theatres and tutorial rooms in every building across the campus. Gold awards and calculators are presented for top results in each grade at the June prizegiving. Top achievers will be invited to a follow up event, the UCT Invitational Mathemat­ ics Challenge. The results will be used to select the Western Province teams for the South African Inter­Provincial Mathematics Olympiad in Sep­ tember. The UCT Mathematics Competition is the university’s biggest outreach project for schools. Photo: Danielle Karallis

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the payment of rates as from the date of purchase. . The purchaser will be liable for insurance on the building from the date of registration of transfer. . Purchasers may qualify for a write-off (subsidy) on the purchase price in terms of the Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme, provided they are eligible. . If purchasers make use of this subsidy, the property will be subject to an eight year pre-emptive right. . Should purchasers not make use of this subsidy, they will have to pay the purchase price in full and the eight-year pre-emptive right will not apply. . All rent arrears must be paid in full. . Purchasers must produce proof of their financial ability to pay all monies and the City will not accept another application for housing from the purchaser.

dren, such as jumping castles, face painting and colouring competitions, as well as lots of prizes. To order a picnic, contact Adrienne on (021) 794-1012 or 083 257 6083. For more information on the teddy bear tables, contact Brian on (021) 887-9001 and for everything else, contact Anna on 074 186 2578.

Talk on upcoming elections THE Democracy Development Programme will be hosting a community dialogue on the upcoming local government elections on Wednesday 20 April at Square Hill Community Centre on the corner of Allenby Drive and Concert Boulevard in Retreat from 19:00 to 21:00. Topics include: . Does the councillor serve your needs? . Does your vote work for you? . What is the role of the Ward Forum? The speakers will be Pat Arendse, of the

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Collin Moses of the African National Congress (ANC), Demetri Qually of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Bernard Jackson, of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). All are welcome and entry is free. Refreshments will be served. Transport can be arranged, where required, if sufficient notice is given. RSVP for seating and catering purposes by contacting Colleen or Jamie on (021) 422-1796. Alternatively, email colleen@ddpcapetown.org.za or visit www.ddp.org.za.

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ing a soup kitchen in May. They will be having their second fundraiser – a bingo evening – to raise funds for the project, on Friday 27 May at Rondebosch East Primary School at 20:00. The community is asked to assist with any donations for the fundraiser, such as gifts that can be used as prizes, or donations towards the work done on a Saturday. Bread, jam, peanut butter, margarine, soup and greens would be greatly appreciated. For more information contact Glenda Maree on 082 945 4954, Murvin Maree on 083 351 8865 or Penny Sackim on 083 453 2799.

A GROUP of Christian bikers called On Eagle’s Wings Christian Motorcycle Social Club, Children and Youth Ministry, needs donations for its feeding scheme. The club spends each Saturday singing and playing with about 500 children at the Egoli informal settlement in the Ottery Farmlands. They provide the children with a hot plate of food, which is often their only meal for the day. The group will also be start-

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Fête brings happiness to home THE Beit-ul-Aman Old Age Home in Wynberg held its annual fête on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 April. The fête was held to raise funds for the maintenance of the home. Hundreds of people flocked into the home’s grounds, where they were able to shop around for clothing, toys and food. They were also entertained by top singers and Malay choirs. People’s Post was there to capture the moment.

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Residents gather to protest crime LIAM MOSES

A CROWD of about 200 people gathered at the second annual candlelight vigil at Ladies Mile Circle in Bergvliet last week. The vigil took place on Wednesday 13 April and was arranged by the Bergvliet, Kreupelbosch, Meadowridge (BKM) Crime Watch. Wayne Weimann, BKM chairperson, says the aim of the vigil was to draw attention to violent crime committed across the Western Cape. “The purpose of the vigil was for us to make a stand and say that we are sick and tired of crime and people dying senselessly in criminal acts,” says Weimann. “We want the government to take notice of what we’re saying.” The vigil was originally started as memorial event for Bergvliet resident Jane van Zyl, who was murdered in her driveway on 13 April 2008 in a botched robbery. Gershwin Hartzenberg was later sentenced to life in prison for the murder on 22 September 2010. Van Zyl’s husband, Smiley van Zyl, recently instituted legal proceedings against the state for failing to prevent his wife’s murder. He is suing for an undisclosed amount (See page 1). Weimann says increased involvement by the police in this year’s vigil is a sign of its success. “Last night (Wednesday 13 March) we had full involvement by the police. Last year they were hardly involved.” The concept of the vigil has since grown into a city-wide, annual pro-

TAKEN DOWN: A man playing a hijacker is subdued by a police officer during a hijack intervention display at Ladies Mile Circle in Bergvliet on Wednesday 13 April. The display formed part of the candlelight vigil which took place at the circle. Photo: John Rayner

CANDLELIT: Liz Powell and her grand­ daughter, Crystalle Dav­ el, watch the presentation at the candle light vigil on Wednesday 13 April at Ladies Mile Circle in Bergvliet.lPhoto:

DROP ZONE: Members of the SAPS National Intervention Unit rappel out of the SAPS Airwing helicopter onto Ladies Mile Circle in Bergvliet on Wednesday 13 April. The units were taking part in a hijacking intervention simulation, which also involved the Kirstenhof Crime Intervention Unit, at a candlelight vigil hosted at the circle. Photo: Liam Moses test against crime, and involves neighbourhood watches and community policing forums from several areas. Neighbourhood watches in Heathfield, Plumstead, Observatory and Somerset West also held vigils in their communities. Over 1 000 people were expected to attend the event, but the crowd at this year’s vigil was significantly smaller than in 2010. Weimann attributed the smaller crowd to the cold weather, and says he believes the vigil was still a suc-

cess, despite the lower-than-expected turnout. The vigil started at around 18:00 with a speech by Weimann and a performance by Larry Joe, a reformed criminal, musician and motivational speaker. This was followed by two minutes of silence in memory of Van Zyl and other victims of crime. The crowd was then entertained by a police display involving the SAPS National Intervention Unit and Airwing helicopter, and the Kirstenhof police station’s Crime

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JEAN SMITH, The Egyptian Society of South Africa’s vice chairperson, will give an illustrated lecture entitled “The State of Egypt’s Antiquities Following the Recent Turmoil” on Tuesday 26 April at 19:30 at St George’s Grammar School, Mowbray. John Lombard will also speak on “Capitals and Pharaohs”. Members are free and non-members R20. Booking is not necessary and there is secure parking in the school grounds. Call (021) 557-5082.

THE Kirstenbosch Craft Market will take place on Sunday 24 April from 09:00 to 15:00 at the Stone Cottage grounds, corner Kirstenbosch and Rhodes Drives, Newlands. Proceeds from stall rentals go to improvements and development at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. For more information contact the convener, Tessa van Rooyen, on (021) 6972853.

Prevention Unit. All three units combined to simulate a hijacking intervention. The event ended with a cavalcade through several areas in Retreat, Bergvliet, Tokai and Constantia. Weimann says this was probably the highlight of the evening. “We had in excess of 200 cars and police armoured vehicles being led by a helicopter doing a cavalcade through various areas of the southern suburbs, and that really made

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Amobokoboko brand launched THE launch of the Amabokoboko Sports Brand was held on Wednesday 13 April at the False Bay Rugby Football Club in Bergvliet. A catwalk show was hosted to show attendees the type of clothing that will be on sale. The sports brand launched caps, sunglasses, T-shirts, shorts and much more.

From left, Nolan Koopman and Lungelo Payi, both from Fish Hoek, and Teddy Nyali from Masiphumelele.

From the left are Mike Duncan from Claremont, Lynn Hotz from Green Point and Darryl Latimer from Durbanville.

Darren Klarke from Noordhoek and Seugnet Smal from Kommetjie.

From left, Kerrie O’Neill from Fish Hoek, Siyasanga Mkiva from Noord­ hoek and William Frost from Simon’s Town.

Gavin Field (left) from Hout Bay and Trevor Baath from Fish Hoek.

Grant Morta from Goodwood and Lecrecia October from Mitchell’s Plain.

Green fingers crossed for gold

No secrets for civil society

SOUTH African World Heritage Sites inspired this year’s Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show exhibit, themed “Botanical Landscapes”.

THE Right2Know campaign, an organisation committed to the free flow of information, is calling on individuals and community organisations to help them draft the SA Secrets List. The body was launched in August last year to stop the Protection of Information Bill, also known as the secrecy bill, which is currently before Parliament. The Secrecy List will be a compilation of verbal and written submissions from the public about what information they feel should be made available to them to improve everyday life. It will be discussed and documented at a public meeting at the Mowbray Town Hall on Wednesday 20 April, from 09:00 to 16:00. Representatives from community organisations can make a verbal testimony at the public meeting or a written submission by email to admin@r2k.org.za.Individuals can also make submissions. Call Nkwame on (021) 4617211 or 078 227 6008 or email nkwame.cedile@gmail.com.

This year – the 36th year the country is exhibiting – it seemed doubtful South Africa would exhibit due to a lack of funding. But the Provincial Government of the Western Cape (PGWC) and the SA Gold Coin Exchange came to the rescue and have ensured that South Africa’s long run remains unbroken. Designers, David Davidson and Raymond Hudson, were inspired by two of South Africa’s most iconic and diverse botanical landscapes. Exceedingly rich in species diversity, and sharply contrasting in habitat – the Cape Floral Kingdom of the Western Cape and the arid, mountainous desert of the Northern Cape’s Richtersveld region each provide a dramatic setting and some of the richest reservoirs of plant life on earth. Both these World Heritage Sites are also biodiversity hotspots – of which there are only 25 worldwide – featuring an incredibly high diversity of species. Table Mountain, which may soon become one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, and the dramatic “moonscapes” of the remote and rugged Richtersveld provide the panoramic perspectives for these locations, and contoured staging of the exhibit creates platforms featuring the southern-most signature plants of the Cape Floral Kingdom’s fynbos flora, ranging from coastal to mountain vegetation as well as hotspot species from the arid north. Plant material for the exhibit is sourced from various parts of the country, and part of the mandate in sourcing this material is also to utilise them in empowerment projects where possible. Over the past 35 years the Kirstenbosch SA exhibit has achieved 30 gold medals, two silver-gilt medals

SCALING NEW HEIGHTS: Dr Laurine Platzky (from the Premier’s office), Ray Hudson (designer), Felici­ ty Purchase, Alan Demby (chairperson of the SA Gold Coin Exchange), David Davidson (design­ er) and Joyene Isaacs (Western Cape head of department of agricul­ ture and rural develop­ ment at Kirstenbosch, with a model of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show en­ try. Photo: Supplied

Biodiversity expo will answer many questions

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS: The arid, mountainous desert of the Northern Cape’s Richtersveld region is one of the two World Heritage Sites featured in this year’s Kirstenbosch Chelsea Flower Show exhibit. Photo: Supplied

and three silver medals, as well as numerous other special awards for outstanding contributions, including the Lawrence Medal in 2006 for

BOTANICAL LANDSCAPES: The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms but is one of the richest areas for plants in the world. It represents less than 0,5% of the area of Africa, but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora. Photo: Supplied

the “Best Exhibit shown to the Society” in that year and the first recipient of the new “President’s Most Creative Award” in 2008.

The prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show takes place from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 May in London.

THE South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Biodiversity Expo from Thursday 5 May to Sunday 8 May will feature a wide variety of exhibitors and conservation issues and projects. This annual event takes place at the Old Mutual Conference Centre at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town. The Expo is a gathering of the conservation community to engage with the public on conservation issues and opportunities such as jobs, business opportunities and corporate social investment projects. Visit www.biodiversityexpo.blogspot.com


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Summer season in review WITH the busy summer season drawing to a close, the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) Cape hosted its members for drinks and snacks at the 12 Apostles Hotel on Thursday 7 April. Alan Winde, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape, was the guest of honour. Referring to the global economic crisis, Winde said: “We are not out of the woods yet, we are not feeling the upswing yet, but the recent announcement of more direct flights to South Africa means the belief in our growth potential is there. “There is confidence in this market. But we need to make sure that we offer great service and great value. The value comes in the offering that we put on the table.” FEDHASA Cape’s chairperson, Dirk Elzinga, referred to hotels overcharging ahead of the World Cup, with the result that they had few bookings. “There will always be exceptions, there will always be hotels overcharging. FEDHASA Cape is going to take a close look at our hotels’ prices. “We will monitor those prices, and we will come back to you in six to 12 months with a response. And I do not think we will find that Cape Town is overpriced.”

Rest and unwind THE Arthritis Foundation is hosting a breakaway trip to Goudini Spa from Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. The tickets cost R850, which includes accommodation and transport. There will be hydrotherapy sessions and education on arthritis during the week. To secure your seat pay a R200 deposit into Standard Bank account 270922210 WC Branch, then fax deposit slip to (021) 421-7330 and pay off the balance by the end of May. For more information contact Julie on 079 238 5927 or Nimo on (021) 696-8879.

NETWORKING: From left, Rema van Niekerk, Marlie de Waal, Adele Kruger and Wendy Masters. Photo: Supplied

GETTING TOGETHER: From left, Anita Conway, Rey Franco and Thila Miller. Photo:Supplied

Calling the class of 1992 ALL 1992 Heideveld Secondary School matriculants are requested to call Gamieda Larney, who is in the process of arranging a reunion. For more information, call Larney on 071 771 8117 or Nicolette de Bruyn on 083 740 6562.

DURING the first democratic election in South Africa in 1994, 19 726 610 people voted. – (www.electionresources.org.za)

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Tuesday 19 April 2011

Your ward candidates VARIOUS people have put themselves forward as ward councillor candidates, and Wednesday on 18 May you

Ward 62

have the chance to vote for one of them. People’s Post invited all the ward councillor candidates in your area to submit

photos and profiles on themselves. We publish the profiles and photos received. The candidates for ward councillor

Ward 63 . Cape Town: Kulsom De Koker . Amina Fredericks (African National Congress) is a former political activist and ANC branch executive member. She is currently the treasurer of the Wynberg Civic Association and she has been a ANC member for over 20 years

Khaleeqa Adams (Cape Muslim Con­ gress) is a community activist who is concerned about the futures of young people living in disadvantaged areas. According to the party she be­ lieves that the current drug and alco­ hol addictions problems experienced in Cape Town can be solved by giving greater attention to the needs of the youth. The Cape Muslim Congress says she is also actively involved in organising activities which help the youth of her ward further develop their personal character.

Ruqayah Abderoef (Aljama) is a com­ munity worker involved in a feeding scheme for children aged between five and ten­years­old.

. Cape Party: Robert Moore

. Cape Muslim Congress: Khaleeqa Adams David Sas­ man is a candidate for the Uni­ versal Civ­ ics of South Africa. He is well­known and has had previous ex­ perience as councillor – he promises to make a difference in the community. Stephen Goodson, leader of the Abo­ lition of Income Tax and Usury Party, is standing for councillor of Ward 62. He says the party’s main proposal is the establishment of “a municipal bank, which will create money out of nothing using fractional reserves, as commercial banks currently do. It will enable a 15% reduction in prop­ erty rates and provision of 2% home loans to ratepayers, who have at least 10% of the purchase price of a house on fixed deposit with the bank.”

Liz Bru­ nette will represent the Demo­ cratic Alli­ ance in the election. Ngcakaza Xolile rep­ resents the Universal Civics of South Afri­ ca and says he will help people and tackle im­ portant is­ sues if he is elected. He will look at a plan for the location of sites that has been changed and the double occupation of one water meters and the Recon­ struction and Development Pro­ gramme Housing crisis.

. Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party: Stephen Goodson

Monty Oliv­ er will repre­ sent the Democratic Alliance in the elec­ tion.

Ward 71 Louise Botha, who repre­ sents the Uni­ versal Civics of South Afri­ ca says she has been in­ volved in poli­ tics for 10 years and to her service delivery is most important. Botha says if she is elected she will look at ways of getting rid of crime and drug dealers, the conditions of hos­ pitals as well as corruption, which will not be tolerated in municipali­ ties or by any councillor. Nazley Bester, representative for the Africa Muslim Party is a very pas­ sionate individual and is always will­ ing to help people who needs assist­ ance. Her door is open to anyone and she always has an ear to listen. She also promises to provide the commu­ nity with feedback of all issues. . Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party: Stephen Goodson

published here have all met the Independent Electoral Commission’s requirements to stand for election.

Saliem Adams (Cape Muslim Congress) is a community worker who, ac­ cording to his party, is well known in sever­ al wards for his poverty allevia­ tion efforts and community pro­ grams aimed at keeping youth off the streets. Adams arranges sporting events and camps for the youth in his area. The Cape Muslim Congress says that Adams’ wife Zarena is in­ volved with women's empowerment projects such as teaching young girls about commercial baking and cooking in order to create financial independence. She believes that women should develop themselves through continuous education and life skills development, and passes this philosophy on to the youth she interacts with. Ganief Isaacs is the representa­ tive for the Al Ja­ ma­ ah Party. He has been a com­ munity worker for more then 20 years in Mitch­ ell’s Plain and surrounding are­ as. He s also the coordinator of the Algoenafaa Guidance Centre in Mitchell’s Plain and serves as a com­ missioner of oaths and justice of the peace, death registrations officer, minister of religion and drug and mar­ riage counselling officer The South African Progressive Civic Organisation’s Marchel Klaassen from Westlake says the housing need and unemployment is affecting the wellbeing of societies. Pro­ grammes to uplift and boost confi­ dence for the youth are a need that must be addressed by government, he says. He would like to implement more sport and recreation activities in disadvantaged areas and motivate the youth of these areas to become involved and to be peer councillors where needed. Zwelimangele Stokwe is the representative for the African National Con­ gress and strong­ ly believes in the development of Westlake as a community. He has worked on many projects, coached young football players and helped to keep the community safe through his participation in the Westlake Neigh­ bourhood Watch. He has a wide ex­ perience in dealing with different people and being aware of the differ­ ent challenges people face and be­ lieves he will make a difference if he is elected as councillor.

Sheikh Sa­ laamadat (Cape Muslim Congress) is an imam and social welfare ad­ visor at Masjied Thaaalieth in Beacon Valley and an has been an islamic studies lecturer at Madras­ atul Najaat for the past six years. He is also an anti­drug and gangsterism campaigner and activist. According to the party Salaamadat is well known across Mitchell’s Plain and is well respected by other religious leaders in the area because of his firm belief in peaceful conflict resolu­ tion. .Universal Civics of South Africa: David Sasman Mawethu Ndude (Afri­ can People’s Convention) is the chairper­ son of African People’s Con­ vention in the Western Cape. He is al­ so a youth sport coordinator in Khay­ elitsha and formed an athletics club called New Balance Khayelitsha. Ndude was formerly the chairperson of the Khayelitsha Sport Council from 1997 to 1999. Henry Moses is the repre­ sentative for the African National Con­ gress. He is a staunch be­ liever in im­ proving the community. He is involved in helping people with their personal problems, developing young sport talents and also contributes towards keeping the community safe as a member of the neighbourhood watch. Moses is a sportsman and represented the Western Province Industrial Rugby League in 1980 and was the vice­ president of the Retreat Rugby Foot­ ball Club. He is passionate about all sport and instills this in the youth of Retreat. Henry believes that by keep­ ing the youth constructively busy the crime in the area will diminish.

Jan Burger will repre­ sent the Democrat­ ic Alliance in the elec­ tion.

Ward 73

Dennis Joseph will represent the Democratic Alliance in the election.

. Cape Muslim Congress: Sheikh Salaamadat

Ward 72

. African People’s Convention: Mawethu Ndude

. Cape Party: Olaf Marsten

. Cape Party: Grant Penny

. Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party: Stephen Goodson

. Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party: Stephen Goodson

. Universal Civics of South Africa: Louise Botha

. Africa Muslim Party: Nazley Be­ ster

. Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party: Stephen Goodson

Sharfudien Martin is the representa­ tive for the Al Jama­ ah Party. He is the founder of the Ath­ lone multi youth and co­founder of the Hazendal Peo­ ple’s Organisation and neighbour­ hood watch. He was also an active member of the Athlone police forum. He was the chairperson of Cape Town Schools SRC and the facilitator and instructor of the joint venture for street children, homeless and the aged. He is the chairperson of the Community Upliftment Project and a member of the Veritas Project for homeless children.

Carol Bew will represent the Democratic Alliance in the election. . Africa Muslim Party: Nazley Be­ ster THE ANC’s Douglas Brown worked for the ANC in all its election campaigns and stood as candidate for Ward 73 in 2006. He also held positions in the South African Communist Party. Brown has devoted his life to the upliftment of the poor and oppressed. He believes that in uniting people, the divisions of the past can be reversed and in so doing, a better life for all will be ensured.

Ward 74 . Cape Party: Andre Jacobs

Norman Moyo, is the candidate for the Universal Civic of South Af­ rica. He has been involved with a civic movement to help the community and project for the youth to get them off the streets. “If I have your vote I will make a difference.” .Africa Muslim Party: Nazley Bester Zaibunissa John­ son is the repre­ sentative for the Al Jama­ah Party and is an experi­ enced communi­ ty worker.

Marga Haywood will represent the Democratic Alli­ ance in the elec­ tion. The African Bond of Uni­ ty’s Micheal Jacobs is the chairperson of the Mitch­ ell’s Plain and Strandfon­ tein commu­ nity police fo­ rums. Jacobs hopes to increase re­ sources to neighbourhood watches and ensure that dark fields have proper lighting. He further plans to lobby for road calming measures as he believes far too many people die on local roads. Jacobs will also con­ tinue to fight crime and work to­ wards lobbying for a better justice system.


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Dance group prepares to take their act from a hall in Chukker Road, Kenwyn to the world stage

Street Stylers ready to go for gold MELISSA LE ROUX

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UST one point kept dancing group Street Stylers from being crowned Hip Hop champions in the Battle of the Giants Hip Hop Championship World Trial Circuit at Sun City recently. In the group’s hearts though, they were the champions: “We did ourselves proud. We didn’t have that much time to rehearse when we were at Sun City, but we put all our time into it. We were the only Cape Town crew in the competition, and the feedback we received, was very uplifting,” says Shannon Foure, a member of the group. Street Stylers, which consists of nine teenage boys from areas such as Ottery, Fairways, Southfield, Muizenberg, Plumstead and Athlone, finished second, behind Artistic Intelligence from Johannesburg. The annual Hip Hop competition, which was held from Wednesday 30 March to Monday 4 April, is an “intense battle” of the best dance crews from around the country. It attracts over 500 entries, with dancers from as young as eight battling it out to see who has the best moves on the dance floor. Street Stylers have been dancing together since 2007, and each of the boys danced for many years before forming a group. Some took part in solo competitions and others danced “just for the love of it”. The Street Stylers are members of the

TALENTED BUNCH: Some of the Street Stylers dancers, from left: Cole Nelson, Kody Wood­ man, Blake Williams, Jade Wasserfall and Spencer Diedricks. Crouching are Aqeel Arief (left) and Keenan Fourie. South African Dance Teachers’ Association, and qualified to compete at the World Championship competition by coming second in the national competition.

Visit the greatest gardens in England IN ADDITION to private visits to some of the greatest gardens in England, this year’s annual Kirstenbosch Chelsea Tour group will also see the haunts of some of the leading writers of the past century. There will be an early morning introduction to the world’s greatest horticultural show by David Davidson, designer of the South African stand at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The visit will also include a champagne breakfast. The list of famous and controversial personalities associated with Garsington, country home of the flamboyant Lady Ottoline Morrell, is “awesome”, say the organisers. Everybody who was anybody in the literary world of the past century ambled through the formal gardens, where Lady Ottoline held court for the likes of DH Lawrence, the Sitwells, and Vita Sackville-West. Sackville-West’s own celebrated garden at Sissinghurst (the White Garden there is of particular romantic and historic interest) is also on this year’s list. This is where the reclusive author was based with her famous diarist/politician husband.

Provisional arrangements are being made to visit the wonderfully imaginative garden of Lord Carrington, who was Margaret Thatcher’s foreign secretary. Internationally renowned David Hicks’s own beautifully calm garden at The Grove is another tour highlight. This year’s tour, like its many happy predecessors, offers some proven pleasures and comforts, including a West End show, gourmet dinner and cocktails with the South African High Commissioner and the hardworking Kirstenbosch team. Queen Elizabeth seems to make a point of visiting the South African stand every year – which is not surprising, given the shower of gold medals that David Davidson and his cohorts have won annually The group is accommodated, with full English breakfast, at the comfortable Regency Hotel in South Kensington. Departure date is 21 May, aboard South African Airways. The group is limited to only 14 participants, subject to at least 10 participants, so early booking is advisable. For further information, contact Gillian Durrant, Bluesky-Aviation & Tours, on (021) 683-2838 or 083 261 3961.

Technically speaking THE African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the Cape Town Science Centre will host a public lecture titled “Science, Technology and Humanity” tomorrow, Wednesday 20 April, at 18:30 for 19:00 at the Muizenberg Pavilion.

The speaker is Professor George Ellis of the University of Cape Town. School groups and students enter free of charge and adults pay R20 for entrance. For more information, visit http://www.aims.ac.za/en/programmes/public-lectures.

Last fair of the month THE last Alphen antiques and collectables fair of the month will take place at the Alphen Centre (opposite Constantia Village) on Sunday 24 April between 10:00 and 16:00. A variety of items, including jewellery,

glass, ceramics, silver, toys, books, and paintings will be on sale. Entry to the fair is free and refreshments will be on sale. For further details call Des on 084 626 7499.

“The competition is tough, but we practised hard – about four hours a day – in one of the halls in Chukker Road, Kenwyn,” says 19-year-old Blake Williams –

who danced and co-choreographed in Afrika Ablaze’s dance production, “Dancers Don’t Cry,” performed on 30 and 31 March at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), and who has also competed in solo competitions for three years. The group competes in various genres of dance, such as Breakdancing, Popping and Locking, a hard-hitting movement that is a clean dance style, Krumping, consisting of bigger dance movements expressing anger, Whacking, Vogue, House, Lyrical Hip Hop. They even made up their own dance style, which they call Thuggin’ – made up of new-school dance moves and “lots of gimmicks”. The talented crew shared their joy and excitement at their achievement with People’s Post. “Even though the competition was tough and intense, we came second in the country and we are very proud of our achievement. “It was one of the best experiences of my life,” says Williams. Street Stylers will compete in three national competitions before showcasing their moves at the World Trial Circuit Championships in October in Austria – where they have their sights firmly set on first place.

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Tuesday 19 April 2011

Stay safe AS MANY Capetonians eagerly await the arrival of the Easter weekend, the reality is that some of us may unknowingly be marching to our demise. South Africans travel both long and short distances over the Easter weekend, which means greater traffic volumes on our roads. With this comes a higher probability of fatal and non-fatal accidents, which traditionally makes this period so tragic. And while the City of Cape Town promises increased patrols on our roads at the weekend, the good news is that every one of us can do something about this problem. In 2010, the national death toll on South African roads reached 105 – far fewer than the 197 fatalities reported in 2009. This year the City has taken a proactive approach to curbing rising death tolls by offering free roadworthy safety checks to motorists ahead of the Easter weekend. But inevitably, with most holidays excess kicks in. Alcohol and drug use will, no doubt, again have a huge impact on how well motorists obey the rules of the road. And as schools and institutions of higher learning also close for the break, the number of inexperienced drivers and young passengers on our roads will also increase. A road safety initiative in Australia calls on families to check-off a range of safe driving methods, such as putting a curfew on night driving for young people. Shouldn’t local motorists draw up the same contract with themselves, pledging not to drive when intoxicated, and choosing instead to put their keys down and sober up first? Similarly if you’re a passenger, wear a seatbelt at all times and, when confronted by a difficult situation, choose not to get into a car with an intoxicated driver. An accident can happen in a second as a result of the smallest oversight. Personal responsibility is your safest bet to stay alive on our roads, so be responsible for yourself and those around you. Have a safe Easter weekend.

Wife also attacked by bike muggers

A new day ON Easter we celebrate the rising of Jesus. We also think back to the time God sacrificed his only son. Jesus stood his life off for me, and each and everyone. They took him to Golgotha, and there he

was crucified, The King of the Jews had now died. After the third day the tomb had been rolled away. Jesus had risen, he’s alive; daily I pray. Isn’t it a miracle what God has done? He is the creator of the moon, stars and sun, He who made the light, a new day has just begun. MEGAN SAMPSON

Free your home of toxic chemicals HAVE you ever thought about what the chemical flying-insect repellent you spray around your house is doing to your health? If they kill flies and mosquitoes they are harming your home environment as well, because you are inhaling these toxins. Make your own pure repellent which is safe for you, but will still get rid of those pesky insects and leave your home with a pleasant smell. You will need a quarter cup cider vinegar, a quarter cup rubbing alcohol (or unflavoured vodka), quarter cup distilled water, one teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil, one teaspoon pure citronella essential oil and two teaspoons peppermint essential oil. Place all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before each use.

Most health shops will stock the essential oils. You can increase the quantities and keep a bottle in each room. Then consider all the other chemicals you use to keep your house clean that are all full of toxic substances. Our parents used only Sunlight and blue soap for everything. Clean your floors with spirit vinegar, water and a few drops of essential oils. Make your own washing powder with Borax, washing soda and Sunlight soap, which contains no added bulk and your whites will remain perfectly white, even when using cold water. Use spirit vinegar as a softening agent with your wash, and no, your wash does not smell of vinegar. JO MAXWELL Rosebank

YOUR article in the Tuesday 12 April edition of People’s Post relating to motorcycle muggers (“Motorbike muggers caught on camera”) is of great interest. In March 2000 my wife was walking home from work to our house in Plumstead when she was attacked in identical fashion to the way described in the three cases in your article. By refusing to let go of her handbag, she was dragged across the road, suffered extensive abrasions and bruises and was kicked in the head. About a week later there was another attack on a young girl at the Steurhof railway station. It was also understood that there had been other similar cases in the southern suburbs, with the culprits also on a motorcycle and using the same method. The subsequent investigation, if there was one, was hampered by the Diep River police having no record of a case being reported, even thought a report was made immediately. It therefore appears that, some 11 years later, the same duo are still at large and have now resumed their activities (if they ever stopped). One can but hope that a serious and determined investigation now takes place before any further attacks occur. DOUG GRIERSON Plumstead


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Tuesday 19 April 2011

People’s Post Constantia­Wynberg Page 11

Tuck in with theatrical flourish T

HE Baxter Theatre Centre’s new restaurant, bars and catering facilities are now operational. Renovations began in earnest in February this year to overhaul the main restaurant on the second level, the bar, the snacks and coffee station in the main downstairs foyer and the bar on the upper level. Patrons can now look forward to a fresh, funky new look, in a space pulsating with activity. The long bar will function as a bar and coffee station. The upstairs bar will be named Play Bar, and will double up as a grab-and-go, all-day restaurant with light meals and fresh takeaway options. The main restaurant, which is the last to be completed, is called Act and is open for pre-show dining. All the areas have wi-fi. To book for the restaurant, call (021) 6853888.

INDUSTRY FACES: Janice Honeyman and Pro­ fessor Paul Sulcas. Photo: Supplied

DRUM ROLL: Members of Limited Edition Drum Corp. entertaining guests. The young drummers reached third place in this year’s “SA’s Got Talent” competition. Photo: Supplied

GOOD TIMES: Serene Cilliers, Eddy Cassar and Vanessa Campbell. Photo: Supplied

Your SMSes General .Why do they have to burn the big trees in Tokai causing thick smoke? It affects one’s breathing. . Regarding the Alphen Hotel, if I’m not mistaken the land grant on the wall there is dated 1672 and the name Cloete appears there. Is this worth checking on? Bruce . Tony Robinson, what are you smoking? . Tony Robinson asks where Shell will get the water from for fracking operations in the Karoo? From the Karoo ground water of course, Tony, where else? Your illogical ramblings are no different to those of Malema. Granville . Regarding scaremongering fracking story: why either fracking or nuclear? Both involve corporate greed. It is past time that we looked at alternatives. . The poor still have not benefited from the City’s service and what about arrears and water cuts and conditions in Blikkiesdorp? .There are so many males looking for jobs. Why don’t you train as nurses? Why must young females see to male patients in hospitals or old-age homes? Concerned wife . High schools should contact learners to collect matric certificates. And why is the department taking so long to send them? Matric 2010 . Switch off your lights for 10 minutes per day and save about 61 hours of energy per year. JEH The fat of the land grows thin . In 1994 South Africa had 140 000 commer-

cial farmers. Today there are only 37 000 still farming. Soon we will have to import food we used to produce ourselves. . The trouble with capitalism is that the majority of citizens only get to smell the sizzle and do not get to eat the steak. Just look at the massive profits the supermarkets make. No wonder Whitey Basson of Shoprite was paid over R200 million last year. It is the money from the poor that has made him stinking rich. Consumer matters . Why do landlords charge damage deposits but lease properties as is? Surely this can’t be legal? . Is it better to go with a debt counsellor or to make arrangements yourself with the shops you owe? Mrs Jacobs . Well done to Pick n Pay with the Smart Card idea. With every R10 spent you get a whole cent credit on your card! Pick n Pay is enticing you to spend madly with the promise of an incentive. On the Smart Card application form there is absolutely no amount mentioned relating to the cash back reward of 1c per R100. Personally, I think this is false advertising on behalf of Pick n Pay to entice people. Is this not illegal according to the new Consumer Act? You get more cash back from Clicks purchases. . The hand baskets at Pick n Pay and Shoprite are filthy, sometimes even with blood in them from the meat. Please clean your baskets.

Invisible cyclists must see the light ANDREW WHEELDON [director of the Bicycle Empowerment Network (Ben)], please explain why cyclists do not have a headlight when on the road in the dark. You can obviously see cars and pedestrians in the dark, but a cyclist is almost invisible. What happened to the law where a cop gave a warning or a fine for being on the road with no light? VIA SMS Andrew Wheeldon responds: Cyclists are required by law to use a light on their bike when cycling at night, as bicycles are categorised as vehicles in the Road Traffic Act of

South Africa. Law enforcement officials should stop and fine a cyclist without a light at night, in the same way they would fine a motorist with an unroadworthy vehicle. The difficulty comes in obtaining confirmation of the identity of the cyclist, which is easier with a motorised vehicle, with the licence plate, drivers licence, and so on. Policing of this is problematic and difficult – the other factor is that of cost; many cyclists simply cannot afford lights for their bikes and are commuting by bike as they are on very low budgets. However, I agree that from a perspective of safety this needs to be enforced.

EXTREME MAKEOVER: One of the two new restaurants, which officially opened at the Baxter on Thursday 14 April. Photo: Supplied

DRIVING FORCE: Baxter CEO Lara Foot with international businessman Roger Jungblut. Photo: Supplied

Appeal for school shoes MY NAME is Roekshanah Adams. I am an ex-learner of Buck Road Primary School. Currently, I am assisting as a volunteer teacher at the school. I started volunteering from January, and I have seen that most of the families are poverty-stricken and parents are unable to buy their children the required uniform. What bothered me was that it was the beginning of the year, and majority of the children came to school with burst-open school shoes. What inspired me is that these children are eager to come to school despite the fact that their toes are outside of their shoes. My concern is that winter is approaching, and I can’t imagine what it would feel like for these kids to come to school with broken shoes, which will result in many sick learners.

At Buck Road Primary, we strive for excellence and try our best to help as many learners, but in the end there is only so much we can do. I am sending out a plea for assistance; help provide school shoes for the most needy learners. Please look deep into your kind hearts and grant us a little favour. School is a place of learning, where educators provide hope for the future; I have seen it. Feel free to contact me on 078 396 7083. ROEKSHANAH ADAMS Grassy Park

Anti-gun hikers deserve to be mugged THERE are far too many stakeholders to deal with security on Table Mountain (“Not all rangers will be armed”, People’s Post, 12 April). Why don’t the various hiking associations allow the people most competent to deal with the problem? Organisations from the Cape Town Mountain Club to the Trails Club of South Africa are all anti-gun, so they deserve to be mugged as they are a part of the problem. Has Mr Greyvenstein seen any results of South Africa being a “gun free” country? It is people like these that are the root cause of the problem! Will knives be next on their list to ban, as many of the criminals use them to intimidate hikers? Do they think that if the rangers aren’t armed that the criminals on the mountain will disarm themselves? You can’t expect rangers to put themselves in harm’s way without any resources to do the job. Belinda Oosterhuizen and Mr Scott shouldn’t go places where they can’t look after

themselves; it’s no good expecting someone else to look after you. Even having 50 or more rangers on the mountain won’t solve the problem, any more than having police in the rest of the City stops crime. Criminals work around the problem and attack where they are least expected. I used to think that South Africans were a tough and self-reliant people, but they seem to be just a lot a useless whiners and complainers who need their hands held all the time. This problem of security on Table Mountain has been a problem for many years now, and yet those responsible can’t seem to get their act together. And again I must castigate the media for giving these useless, unproductive people a voice. Your readers may not remember, but in the recent past, before democracy, this problem and many like them didn’t exist. Now that we are surrounded by squatter camps no-one is safe! BRIAN HOARE Plumstead


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Entries open for guitar competition THE final rounds of the second Avril Kinsey Classical Guitar Competition will take place at Simon’s Conference Hall at Groot Constantia as part of the inaugural Cape Town International Guitar Festival from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July. Gregory Newton and David Grimes, both from America join Tessa Ziegler, composer Hendrik Hofmeyr, Abri Jordaan, lecturer at the University of Pretoria and Rudi Bower, teacher, performer and musicologist from Port Elizabeth, to make up a highly qualified team of evaluation panelists. Guitarists can enter in three categories: up to age 12, ages 13 to 19 and 20 years and older. The competition is open to all (a lack of formal training is not a drawback as the organisers are looking for talent). Performers will play a free choice composition in the first round; the semi-finals require two pieces from different periods and finalists can play a composition by a South African composer, which is recommended, or opt for a favourite piece. The prizes include scholarships to the Cape Town Academy of Music, Trinity College Guildhall examination entry fees, Hannabach strings, CD recordings by Music@Work and Art Music as well as cash and much more.

Bothners have contributed two guitars: one will go to a young guitarist from a previously disadvantaged community who is part of a recognised arts project and a Cort guitar to the winner of the 12 and younger category. The adult category winner will perform at the prestigious Nederburg concert series in Paarl on 3 July. The festival will feature four international performers as well as informal concerts from young musicians. For more information call Ann Coltham on 082 414 4771. Preferential VIP weekend bookings for all the festival and competition events may be booked by sending an email to friendsctam@mweb.co.za. The cost is R350 and includes all 14 events of the festival and competition, including the VIP Gala Concert. Auditions take place on 11 June at the Hugo Lamprecht Music Centre in Parow. Those unable to make the live audition may send a YouTube link. Entries are already open and close on Sunday 1 May. More information and entry forms can be completed online or downloaded from www.capetownguitarfestival.com or emailed, posted or faxed.

New singers sought THE Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town, a prestigious oratorio choir, is seeking new singers in all voice parts, especially tenor. The choir’s programme for the second half of 2011 comprises performances of Sir Edward Elgar’s great oratorio, “The Dream of Gerontius”, on Thursday 4 August, and of Johannes Brahms’ “German Requiem”, on Thursday 24 Novem-

ber. In both cases the performances will form part of the official concert series of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Auditions for prospective new members will be held on Saturday 30 April and Saturday 7 May. Applicants should contact Di van der Westhuizen by emailing jvdwesth@xsinet.co.za or call (021) 7885159 to make an appointment.

FEATHERLIGHT: South Korean star ballerina, Hyo Jung Jun, who won the gold medal at the inaugural Cape Town International Ballet Competition in 2008, returns to perform at the In­ ternational Ballet Gala at the Grand Arena at Grand­ West on Wednes­ day 29 June. Photo: Supplied

Ballet stars to perform in SA A GALAXY of ballet stars will descend on South Africa for the International Ballet Gala at the GrandWest Arena in Cape Town for one night only, on Wednesday 29 June. This will be the first time ballet will be seen at GrandWest. Some of the stars featured in the line-up will be winners from previous Cape Town International Ballet competitions in 2008 and 2010, such as Alys Shee (Canada), Elza Leimane (Latvia), Hyo Jung Jun (South Korea), Nathan Chaney (USA), Oscar Carmenates (Cuba), Raimond Martinov (Latvia), Sung Woo Han (South Korea) and Aaron Smythe (Australia). South African-based dancers include Michael Revie (Ireland), Kitty Phetla and Angela Malan.

Andile Ndlovu, the joint winner of the gold medal in the senior contemporary section in the 2008 CTIBC, returns to the South African stage from Washington DC where he is a member of the Washington Ballet. The show is presented jointly by the Cape Town International Ballet Competition (funded in part by the City of Cape Town) and Mzansi Productions (funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund), both directed by Dirk Badenhorst. Audiences can look forward to stunning pas de deux and showpieces from such legendary ballets as “Swan Lake”, “Le Corsaire”, “Don Quixote” and “The Nutcracker”.The show starts at 20:00. Tickets cost from R80 to R350 and booking is via Computicket.

IN YOUR FACE: Paraphernalia, a quirky theatrical experience that questions the notion of “bigger is better” consumerism, will be on stage at the New Africa Theatre Association at 43 Golf Course Road, Sybrand Park, till 21 April. Today the show starts at 19:30, and on Wednesday and Thursday at 20:15. Tickets are R50 for adults and R30 for scholars, block bookings of 10 or more and senior citizens. To book, phone Tahirih on (021) 685­5263 or 084 873 4711. Alternatively, email her at tahirih.cook@gmail.com.

Barry Hilton does Fish Hoek BARRY HILTON will be appearing live and large in Fish Hoek on Saturday 7 May in a fundraiser for the Shark Spotters.

Barry Hilton His show is the first in a planned “Legends in the Valley” comedy series being organised by comedian Mark Sampson, a Noordhoek local who’s always conceptualising exciting new projects. An avid surfer, Mark brazenly supports the Shark Spotters in an attempt to gain some “shark karma” for when he goes out to sea. “We live in the most beautiful part of the most picturesque city in one of the most stunning countries in the world. “The south peninsula is truly breathtakingly spectacular and it’s about time we brought some comedy legends to show them that the people here more than match up to the nature – that they are also wild and full of fun,” says Sampson. Barry Hilton’s Fish Hoek show will be his first show in Cape Town in far too long. The show will be presented in the Fish Hoek High School hall at 19:00. Tickets are R100 pre-booked and R120 at the door. There will be a full bar on the evening and a selection of snacks for sale. Barry’s show will be preceded by a support act. To reserve your tickets, phone 078 174 4244 or email sharkspotters@gmail.com. . The show is proudly supported by People’s Post, the print media partner of the “Legends in the Mark Sampson. Valley” comedy series.

‘Messiah’ custom lives on IN KEEPING with a tradition of 43 years, the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town will be performing Handel’s great oratorio, “Messiah”, on Good Friday 22 April and Easter Sunday 24 April. This year the choir will be conducted by Brandon Phillips, winner of the inaugural Len van Zyl Conducting Competition in 2010, a rapidly rising new star in the musical world who is equally at home on the podium and as principal bassoonist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The highly talented young singers who will ap-

pear as soloists include Friedel Mitas (soprano), Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo-soprano), Sunnyboy Dladla (tenor) and Mandisinde Mbuyazwe (bass). The choir has been trained by Antoinette Blyth. A chamber orchestra will be led by Lucia Scott, with Richard Haigh at the organ. Both performances will take place in the Cape Town City Hall, commencing at 19:30. Secure parking will be available. Booking for these concerts is through Computicket or the choir. Call (021) 762–3140, 083 286 3591 or email RonelW@boe.co.za.


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Aaron Thomspon (13) of the Western Cape Junior Offroad Club, the 2010 National Junior 85cc champion, in action. Photo: Supplied

Offroading a good option JANA BEKKER

YOUR child is crazy about his four-wheel motorbike, but driving around in the neighbourhood is not an option, because, apart from neighbours’ complaints about the noise, this option is definitely not the safest one. The Western Cape Junior Offroad Club offers a solution to this problem, one that will not only keep children happy, but parents too. This club caters for children from as young as four and offers a safe environment in different settings. The club’s Lourens Vervaart says at the club children develop self-esteem by learning motor skills and how to estimate speed and distances. “Respect for speed and machines is created through the club and this helps children a lot by the time they are old enough to start driving,” he says. The club hosts every meeting at a different place. Many of the trails are on farms across the Peninsula. Club members are from as far as Stanford, Gansbaai and Malmesbury. The club involves the entire family on race days and at every race location there are camping spots or bungalows for families to make a weekend of it. Members experience different types of routes. For example in Ceres, Montague and Villiersdorp the routes are mountainous, while the routes in places such as Swartbergvlei on the West Coast are sandy. Lourens says club members don’t

Guitarist Julius May in action at a concert last year.

Bands strike up for freedom GARY VAN DYK

Tristan Vervaart (7), the 2010 50cc quad bike champion. allow their children to drive their two- or four-wheel bikes in the street or parks close to home, as this can be a nuisance and also dangerous. The club has a Motorsport SA licence and safety is a high priority. Speed restrictions apply on every route and to make sure nothing goes wrong, paramedics are stationed on the track. With every outing, children are taken around the track to show them what to expect before the official lap starts. Different distances are driven with different bikes and quads. For instance 50cc bikes and quads rides a five kilometre route over 45

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FREEDOM DAY on 27 April will be celebrated with a creative spirit when the Generations Cafe in Epping hosts a Band Aid fundraiser in conjunction with the Western Cape Musicians Association. Calvin Peters, of the venue better known as The G Spot, says this event is to celebrate music that played a part in the freedom of this country, and to raise money for musicians who are in despair. “The particular beneficiary at this event will be guitarist Julius May, a young man who became susceptible to substance abuse and other temptations as well as the pitfalls of the industry like alcohol. “After a suicide attempt three months ago, Julius decided to turn his life around and go to a rehab for cleansing and to restart his life. “Ironically 27 April, which is Freedom Day, will mark Julius’s discharge from rehab and the talented young guitarist has pledged to assist other aspiring musos

who experience the same struggle in the industry. “He will also perform with his band on the day,” said Peters. Peters added that Julius was one of the most talented guitarists to come up during recent times, sharing the stage with many of the legends around town over the years. Many of the musicians are supporting him through this time and will be offering their time and talents to take to the stage. These include musicians such as Jonathan Rubain, Allou April, Blackkurrant, Sammy Webber, The Next Step, Brown Suga, and many more, but any artists who would still like to perform can just rock up on the day. Fires will be provided for a “bring ’n braai” and the doors will open at 14:00. The live action will kick off at 16:00, with a minimum donation of R40. Any bands or artists who want to contribute are welcome to come along or call William Rezandt on 073 399 0244 for more info. The venue is in Gerry Ferry Crescent, off Gunners Circle in Epping.

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Tuesday 19 April 2011

TELLING TACKLE: John Kotze of Bishops finds himself in a spin during a determined tackle by Clyde Davids of Paarl Gymnasium, during Bishops’ 11­6 win in a Western Province under­ 19A schools rugby match at Rondebosch on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

GET AWAY: Danwill Erasmus of SK­Walmers eludes Dwain Brown of Maties during a Western Province Super League A rugby match at Green Point Track on Saturday. The Maties won 30­16. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images CHARGED UP: Rich­ ard Web­ ber of Beau City FC leaves Asavela Mbekile of Milano United FC in his wake dur­ ing Mi­ lano’s 3­0 win in a Vodacom Second Division match at Grassy Park on Saturday. Alcardo van Graan scored a brace and Rusaigh Gamiedi­ en scored the other goal.Photo: Rashied Isaacs

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CHARGED UP: Tim Swiel of Bishops attempts to break free from a grounded Johannes Human of Paarl Gymnasium, during Bishops’ 11­6 win in a WP under­19A schools match at Rondebosch on Saturday. It was Bishops’ first home win over Paarl Gymnasium since 1999. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

OFF BALANCE: Isma­eel Dollie of SK­Walmers is knocked out of stride by Jarred Buys of Maties, during a Western Province Super League A rugby match at Green Point Track on Saturday. Maties won 30­16. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

IN CON­ TROL: Ter­ ror Fanteni keeps Ajax Cape Town FC on the offensive as Siya­ bonga Nkosi of Golden Ar­ rows FC gives chase dur­ ing Ajax’s 3­1 win in an Absa Premier League match at Newlands on Friday evening. Photo: Rashied Isaacs


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Tuesday 19 April 2011

Dallas tour debacle ARCHBISHOP TUTU’S OFFICE DISTANCES ITSELF FROM TOUR ORGANISED IN ITS NAME BRIAN GAFFNEY

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EVENTEEN anguished youth footballers currently in the United States may have been disqualified – through no fault of their own – from the annual Dallas Cup for under-15s. This harrowing experience for the youth footballers as well as some of their parents – who were part of the tour group – broke out into the open on Sunday. On Sunday, seven players arrived in Dallas – while the others were on later flights, due to visa problems that bedevilled the tour even before it got off the ground. Parents called this newspaper to say that the players of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Ikapa United team – headed by tour coordinator Basil Palanyandi – were devastated and yearning to return home as soon as possible The children had called their parents to say the team had been disqualified on the grounds that it had not met the registration deadline, as all the members had not arrived in time for the opening day, Sunday 17 April. The tour debacle took another controversial turn yesterday (Monday) when People’s Post informed Dan Vaughan – the aide for Archbishop Desmond Tutu – at his office in Milnerton about the unfortunate experience of the tour group in Dallas. In a subsequent statement,

Vaughan explained that the Archbishop’s office was no longer responsible for the Dallas tour. “About two years ago the Archbishop’s office, following inquiries to the office, became concerned that the Archbishop’s support of the Dallas tours was being misrepresented and that it was not receiving financial reports regarding the fundraising. In March 2009, Basil Palanyandi was advised that the Archbishop would continue to lend his name to the project only if audited financial statements were provided and other conditions regarding misrepresentation were adhered to.” Vaughan said that no further support by the Archbishop could be assured until Palanyandi had provided information. “Palanyandi provided a file of documents but did not comply with our request for audited financial statements. Archbishop Tutu’s support for the tours was accordingly withdrawn and he has not endorsed the project since then [2009],” said Vaughn. Palanyandi has coordinated the tours on his own since 2006, after it was run by the old Safa-Western Province from 2000. The tour debacle – which must rank among the worst embarrassments for South African sport – unfolded when the delay in the issuing of visas saw the group’s scheduled flights to Dallas on Sunday 10 April being cancelled. The visas were only issued by

... Concerned that the Archbishop’s support of the Dallas tours was being misrepresented

Basil Palanyandi, Dallas tour co­or­ dinator. Photo: Own archive the US Consulate in Cape Town on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 April, áfter which the entire tour group of 25 people (including the 17 youth footballers) were stranded in Cape Town awaiting flights. They were only able to get seats to Dallas this past Friday and Saturday. But Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, the spokesperson for the United States Diplomatic Mission to South Africa, said that the US Embassy is not to blame for the delay in visas for the tour group. “The US Embassy cannot discuss the details of any individual visa case. Every applicant goes through the same visa application process to determine their eligibility for a US visa. The United States government is in no way involved in the organisation of this tournament (Dallas Cup), so we cannot address the concerns with the organisation or management,” said Trudeau.

Some parents, however, claim that Palanyandi blamed the embassy for the visa delays, whereas they are pointing fingers at him for not “fulfilling his duties correctly and timeously”. When this newspaper asked Palanyandi on Wednesday 13 April to give his side of the story, he declined to comment because he was “too busy dealing with visas”. On Friday 15 April, Palanyandi said in an email message: “Your call regarding the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Ikapa United team – no comment. You are however invited to attend the report back meeting once the team returns. Will give you date, time and venue for that meeting”. The Safa Cape Town (Safa CT), of which Palanyandi is an executive member (head of fixtures), has distanced itself from the Dallas Cup controversy. Norman Arendse, the president of the Safa CT, said the Safa CT was not at all involved in the tour arrangements. “It is the responsibility of the SA Football Association (Safa) to approve all tours to foreign countries – and not for a regional affiliate to do so”. Arendse, however, expressed concern that the Safa had not liaised with his association prior to approving the tour. “We (Safa CT) will summon Palanyandi to a meeting after he returns from America, said Arendse, expressing his disappointment that youth players were subjected to such an experience. The LFA Cape District, of which Ikapa United is an associate, said: “As Cape District LFA, we have not received any complaint from any parents over the last ten years regarding the Dal-

las Cup Tournament. “Like any club (Ikapa), requested permission from Cape District, Safa and Safa CT to partake in the Dallas Cup tournament. We concede that we are aware that the team did not leave as originally scheduled due to visa problems. “We are, however, unaware of the financial implications as no funds were directed via Cape District for this tour. Cape District is not in a position to comment on the operational issues for this tournament or any other tournament hosted by any other club. “Therefore it is recommended that you contact Mr Palanyandi directly with regard to the Dallas tournament,’’ said Grant Adams, the general secretary of the LFA Cape District. However, several angry parents – such as former Springbok rugby player Dale Santon – are furious about the trauma their children have experienced over the past fortnight. It cost Santon over R20 000 for airfare and other expenses to send his son, a member of Wynberg-St John’s AFC, on his maiden overseas tour. Winston Faulmann, whose son is a member of the Western Cape Sports School, spent over R60 000 for him and his wife to join the tour group. He is calling for an urgent meeting “to put the records straight once and for all”. What irks the parents even further is that their children were absent from school for five days, while on stand-by for flights.

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