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‘Inappropriate sentence’ for killing cyclist ANDRE BAKKES
HORTLY after Andries Zuidema (29) was handed down a suspended jail sentence of five years at the Wynberg Regional Court for culpable homicide on Thursday, MEC for Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape, Robin Carlisle, condemned Magistrate Karel Meyer’s judgement. Carlisle intends to approach the Director of Public Prosecutions and ask that the “grossly inappropriate sentence” be appealed. In 2006 Zuidema, a Bergvliet resident drove into a group of cyclists and killed Bloemfontein resident, Jan-Hendrik “Jannie” Olivier (39). Olivier was riding with his son, Cedric, and his best friend, Gerhard du Preez, in preparation for the Argus, when tragedy struck at 06:00.
SENTENCED: Andries Zuidema (29) was given a suspended jail sentence of five years by the Wynberg Region al Court on Thursday.Photo: Lulama Zenzile
One moment the three were pedalling peacefully down Main Road in Kirstenhof and the next a bakkie ploughed through them. Du Preez remembers how he knelt down beside Olivier and prayed for him in his final minutes of consciousness. Olivier succumbed to his head injuries in the Constantiaberg Mediclinic shortly after he was admitted. The family waited five years for the the courts to finally bring Zuidema to justice, but Meyer’s decision has left them disillusioned. Carlisle reacted with “shock and outrage” to the news that Zuidema was given a five years sentence suspended to three years house arrest on the charge of culpable homicide. He was also issued a R5 000 fine, or nine months in jail, for failing to stop after the crash. His driving licence was also suspended for nine months. “While I respect the independence of the judiciary, I am deeply concerned that the sentence handed down yesterday (last week Thursday) slaps Olivier’s family through the face much harder than it slaps Zuidema on the wrist,” says Carlisle in a press release. Olivier’s wife, Hildi, spoke to People’s Post about her family’s continued strife after Jannie was taken away from them forever, and admits that the judgement was “very unsatisfactory”. “In the end it doesn’t really matter what the judge ruled, it will never bring our Jannie back,” she said. “It never gets easier. We have fallen into financial and emotional turmoil since the accident. My three children - Cedric, Elzani and Timothy - try to put on a brave face for my sake, but I know that there is a big emptiness in their lives. I cannot be a father to them.”
AJAX ACES IT AGAIN: Ajax Cape Town were, for the third time, crowned the u/17 Engen Knockout Challenge winners, after a nailbiting 21 final against Africa Soccer Development (ASD) at the Stephen Reagon Sports Complex in Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain on Sunday (31 July). In its eighth year, the annual tournament – of which People’s Post is the print media sponsor – saw Cape Town’s 16 top u/17 teams compete for the coveted title from Friday to Sunday. See more on pages 15 and 16. Photo: Rashied Isaacs The knock-on effects of that morning in March is far-reaching and shattering. Olivier’s mother, Hester, has been to the doctor on countless occasions for stress related illnesses she says. According to her husband, Jan, their medical bills have hit the roof. “She has developed insomnia, asthma and Parkinson’s Disease – all of which points to our loss. A mother will always be a mother,” said Jan before adding, “we can only pray.” It is clear that the family are struggling to cope, but they are adamant that their belief and their unity will see them through. Carlisle elaborates on what he terms a “slap on the wrist” sentence by saying: “This is, in its practical effects, a R5 000 fine, payable in R1 000 instalments, for killing an innocent human being. No matter what we as road safety authorities do to save lives, no matter how many millions are spent from public coffers, so long as there are no real conse-
quences for those who kill and maim innocent cyclists, motorists and pedestrians on our roads, 15 000 South Africans will be senselessly killed each year.” Chairperson for the Bicycle Empowerment Network South Africa, Louis de Waal, said the fine is “absolutely ridiculous”. “The fact that Zuidema fled the scene of the accident is disgusting, to say the least. That alone ought to be enough to send him to jail,” he insisted. There were reports at the time of the accident that Zuidema might have been driving under the influence of alcohol, but the judge ruled that Zuidema was sober. “The judge said the sentence would be much harsher if Zuidema was drunk, but I ask why? He drove away after the accident,” exclaimed De Waal. When asked if a stiffer sentence would get motor-
ists to be more vigilant on the road and respect cyclists, De Waal said it would undoubtedly “wake up a lot of people”. He concluded by saying that there is currently a distinct lack of proper facilities on the roads to accommodate cyclists, but he has faith in the City of Cape Town to implement the necessary changes in “good time”. People’s Post could not reach Zuidema for comment by the time of going to print.
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MORE AND MORE ACCOLADES: In 2008, Brian won the print media category in the provincial Department of Sports and Culture’s Western Province Sports Awards.
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HONOURED: Brian was one of a select crowd of 40 who were invited to meet Nelson Mandela in 2002.
Saluting a legend in his time ANDRE BAKKES
ESPECTED and renowned sports journalist, Brian Gaffney (59), has joined the big newsroom in the sky on Tuesday, 25 July, after a month long illness. The affectionately named “Uncle Brian” will be sorely missed by family and friends and his passing has left a big Brian Gaffney shaped hole in community sport as a whole. This determined, multi-award winning “walking encyclopaedia” has, after all, graced countless of touchlines and thousands of back pages since 1970. Dr Ivan Meyer, MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport, acknowledged that Brian played a “critical role” in promoting sport amongst the people, particularly those living in the Cape Flats. “He was a tireless fighter and often fearless in his quest to expose the wrongs in sport,” added Meyer. Brian was born to accumulate a vast sum of knowledge and share it with people he cared about, so it comes as no surprise that long time friend Herman Gibbs said: “He found his niche in community newspapers.” He was, first and foremost, a loving husband, father and grandfather. His wife, Vanessa, has a hatful of fond memories of their 24 years together. What will stay with her forever is how her “teddy bear” used to spontaneously burst into his favourite song, “I’m leaving, on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again ...” Before too long, a duet of perfect unity and understanding would permeate their world. “Those were special moments,” she smiled. “We met on a sports field while I was playing softball. He was a very good photographer, because he ‘zoomed’ me in! It wasn’t long before we were married.”
The two became four when Sasha (23) and Callan (19) were born and in 2009 the birth of Zarah made a grandfather of “Uncle Brian”. Vanessa concedes that she also likes sport, but unlike her husband, she wasn’t “110% obsessed” with it. “He never stopped talking about it. At 01:00 in bed he would tell me that I’m good company and then continued talking about sport.” This insatiable appetite for sport and a diligent pursuit of perfection in his chosen profession meant he was destined for greatness. The first editor of People’s Post, Annelien Dean, recognised these rare qualities immediately. “I remember when I interviewed him in 2006 for the position of sports journalist. He had an immense knowledge of the subject and I felt a deep urge to bring him in,” she said. It was a decision she never regretted. In 2009 Brian was awarded the runner-up prize in the Sanlam National Community Press Awards in the sports writing category and in 2010 he was awarded the Vodacom Regional Journalist Award for his exposé titled, “No Saints at all”. Dean continued: “Having been able to work with him was a privilege. He was a consummate gentleman with compelling authority.” Brian’s good friend and People’s Post photographer, Rashied Isaacs, said that this authority translated into respect. “All the photographers at the World Cup knew him. Uncle Brian was like a daddy to us.” Isaacs reckons the World Cup was a highlight for Brian. “I might think after a game that it was a boring draw, but he would analyse it from a different perspective. He was one of a kind. I lost a dear friend and mentor.” Gilbert Kruger knew Brian for 30 years and said he will always remember him for his “thoroughness and fairness”, his willingness
READY WITH A SMILE: Brian Gaffney (59) was always on hand with a witty joke or a mountain of knowledge. Here he celebrates his wife’s 50th birthday. Photos: Supplied
FAMILY MAN: Those who knew Brian agree that his family always came first. Here is Brian with wife Vanessa, and the children, Sasha and Callan.
to assist someone in need and his constant presence next to the sports fields. Even though Brian and sport were synonymous, acting editor of People’s Post, Feroza Miller-Isaacs, emphasises that one shouldn’t forget about all the other legacies he left behind when she concluded: “It was reassuring to pass Brian’s desk and engage in some chatter about his love of gardening and cooking, his pride in his wife’s catering business and his adoration of his grandchild.” For a brief moment Vanessa’s eyes sparkled with tears. “We will all miss him.”
She looks at her husband’s temporarily unkempt garden and is comforted by the thought that the Strelitzia would soon be blossoming with orange flowers once again. The family invite representatives of sports organisations to pay tribute to Brian during a memorial service on Wednesday 3 August at 19:30 at St Cyprian’s Anglican Church on the corner of Consort Road and 5th Avenue in Retreat. The funeral will be held at the same church on Saturday, 6 August, at 10:00. For any enquiries or directions phone Vanessa on 072 370 3078.
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HALF A CENTURY OF SERVICE: The Lions Club of Kirstenbosch celebrated 50 years of service to the community during the induction of the club’s new President recently. Here is President Gunwant Jaga, past Council Chairman Jack Segall and outgoing Council Chairperson, Rashmi Kooverjee. Photo: Supplied
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Hout Bay hijack victim gets lucky GOOD fortune and the collaboration of law enforcers were enough to help a hijack victim get his vehicle back within an hour of the incident. Last week, moments after three suspects forced the victim out of his red Toyota Corolla on late Thursday afternoon, Renier van den Bergh, owner of Deep Blue Security, happened to drive by while patrolling the neighbourhood. Van den Bergh saw the victim next to the road, trying to grab other drivers’ attention. The two of them then drove through the suburb and soon saw the red vehicle from a distance. “We couldn’t chase after them because of the traffic, but I suspected that it might be heading to Cape Town through Camp’s Bay.” Van den Bergh notified the operations centre, which in turn contacted the police. “We made a cursory search at other possible destinations, such as Llandudno, but soon realised that the only chance we had of getting the vehicle back, was if it is stopped at a road block,” he continued. They then proceeded to report the case at Hout Bay police, but while they were there, the victim was informed that his vehicle was recovered in Sea Point. “He looked quite happy,” concluded Van den Bergh. Meanwhile, Hout Bay police ar-
rested 21 suspects for various crimes during two “tracing operations”, according to spokesperson Warrant-officer Tanya Lesch. “We had eight detectives working on this.” They took the dockets, with no arrests having been made and followed it up. When asked why the dockets have been building up, she responded: “Sometimes we cannot get hold of the suspects during the day, so these arrests were made in the middle of the night.” The crimes ranged from assault and burglary to domestic violence. .Diepriver police issued fines of R12 000 during crime prevention operations on Friday and Saturday evening. According to Warrant-officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson for the Diepriver police, road blocks were set up on both nights. “Many people were stopped and searched. The members also arrested three drunk drivers,” he elaborated. Chandler also revealed that there has been a “marked improvement” in drivers leaving valuables in their parked vehicles after People’s Post published an in depth article on 26 July. “We encourage all residents to be on the lookout for negligence and to advise their neighbours to be ‘crime conscious’,” he concluded.
HONOURING EXCELLENCE: Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer (left back) hosted a Medal Parade on Friday 29 July at Pinelands Sports Grounds. In the front is Colonel Christopher John Oost huizen. Photo: Lulama Zenzile
FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY: Captain Riaan Bester and Constable Bongani Mlala let newspaper photographers capture their search on camera.
Drive to rid Cape schools of drugs ANDRE BAKKES
THE Hout Bay police “raided” two classrooms at the Hout Bay Secondary School on Thursday as the first small step towards eradicating drug abuse in schools. The Grade 10 and 11 learners were found to be drug-free during the search, which pleased the Department of Education as well as the school principal. However, the message was emphatic: “Random surprise searches will be done in future.” This warning, by Donald Grant, Western Cape MEC for Education, underlines the tough stance against drug use amongst teenagers. According to Bronagh Casey, spokesperson for the Department, Hout Bay Secondary was seen as the ideal starting point because the new Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre was opened in the suburb on Tuesday. “This operation was all about creating awareness,” she explained, before warning that they will be searching schools at random on a continuous basis. The operation at Hout Bay Secondary was to send a warning to pupils in the Western Cape in general. The fact that no drugs were found was reassuring, especially since the adjacent Hangberg community is plagued by drug and alcohol abuse.
NO NONSENSE APPROACH: Donald Grant, MEC of Education, addresses pupils at Hout Bay Secondary. Pupils were surprised on Thursday when they were told to put their hands on their desks and sit absolutely still. Police officers came into the classrooms and searched about a hundred bags for illegal substances. There were no sniffer dogs, but Grant indicated that these could be used in future. “The department wants to prevent drugs from entering our schools. We want to spread the message that drugs can destroy lives. We want to remind learners that our schools are drug, weapon and
Lion’s Head guided walk THE Friends of the Hout Bay Museum will have a guided walk around Lion’s Head on Saturday 6 August at 09:00. Join a guide for a two to three hour Grade 2A walk and marvel at the sight of wild flowers. Those who participate must meet in Kloof Nek car park at 09:00. Phone (021) 762 9078 or 073 208 7134 for more information.
alcohol free zones. Any learner found in possession of illegal substances will be dealt with by the law.” Learners were also reminded that if they did have an addiction, help was available. Schools will also be empowered to do their own searches in the near future. According to Grant, other search mechanisms, such as hand-held metal detectors, will be made available to certain schools. Principals will be given guidelines and procedures for conducting their own search-and-seize operations. “These guidelines come in the wake of the Western Cape Provincial School Education Act that was passed late last year, which provides more clearly defined powers to conduct search-and-seize operations at schools. For instance, our legislation bases the right to search and seize on ‘reasonable suspicion’ and not on evidence alone. It therefore lies in the discretion of the principal and increases the opportunity for principals to assert their authority.” Grant concluded by saying that the guidelines will assist principals in ensuring that they are in full compliance with the relevant law when conducting these searches and that the rights of learners are respected.
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The third option is the one Julius likes. Nationalise the mines and collect 100 percent of the profit. Sounds good, but it means that you also have to find 100 percent of the capital, do all the work and make all the decisions. The problem here is that you have to manage the mines with a lot more skill than that exhibited in the management of, say, SAA or there won’t be any profits. When there are losses they are all yours. When the diamond market turns sour, as it recently did, you still have to pay the workers and keep up their UIF, medical aid and pension fund contributions. Nope. The best way to milk the capitalists is to nationalise the minerals while they are still in the ground. Then you get the mining companies to pay you for the right to dig. They then have to pay royalties on anything they find. You top it off with company tax and VAT. Then you bully them with demands that they meet quotas on the racial composition of their work force and shareholders. That should make them come up with a few tasty BEE deals. That’s the wickedly exploitative system we now have and, from the government’s point of view, it would be crazy to change it. In fact, the only mystery is the silence of the mines. Why are they not crying out to be nationalised? Even a mining magnate could live happily ever after on the amount of compensation that would have to be paid for the expropriation.
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IF Julius Malema was really smart he would get the mining companies to do the dirty work of digging up the coal, gold and platinum and then mug them on the way to the bank. He could take nearly 50 percent of their profit and call it royalties and company tax. Without getting his hands dirty. The only thing to remember is not to take too much. One must always leave some milk in the cow for the calves. But not to worry. There are the banks that can be plundered for close to 30 per cent of their profit and 14 per cent of all those yummy bank charges in the name of VAT. Of course there are other ways to exploit the wicked capitalists. In Botswana the government went into partnership with De Beers and now gets half the profits from the diamond mining industry.This is by far the fairest system, with the one drawback that the government has to share in both the profits and the losses. When a new mine is developed both partners have to cough up a capital investment of a billion or so to start the project and then wait and hope for the profits to materialize. No doubt De Beers like the arrangement. There are no mining taxes or royalties so their 50 percent of the profits in Botswana is worth more than the after-tax 50 percent they would get in South Africa. And isn’t it useful to have a partner who actually pays his way and shares the risk?
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CURIOSITY TO BLAME: “It irks me when drivers slow down just to look at the accident,” says Antonio Davids before blaming curiosoty. “I don’t look, because I’ve seen worse things than an accident in my time growing up in the Cape Flats.” Photos: Andre Bakkes
IT’S NORMAL: Junette du Plessis says she has no idea why she inevitably looks at a scene when she drives past. “I want to tell my friends about it,” she laughs. “I wouldn’t go as far as taking pictures, but it’s normal for people to look.”
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A SICK URGE: “Why would people want to see blood or dead bodies,” asks Vincent Seini. When told that some even take photos with their cell phones he responds, “They must be pretty sick to do that. You put the paramedics’ lives in danger!”
MOVE ALONG: “I will look to see if it’s someone I know, but will quickly drive on if not,” insists Ryan Appollis. He also had plenty to say about the crowd of onlookers gathering around an ac cident scene. “They have no business to be there. If they don’t help then they just take up space!”
Curiosity can lead to chaos ANDRE BAKKES
THERE is a word for motorists who gape at an accident as they drive by - rubbernecking. Some even go as far as using their cell phones to take a picture of the destruction. The latter are known as digi-neckers. These phrases were coined by paramedics, who must deal with the insatiable curiosity of drivers on a daily basis. ER24’s spokesperson, Andre Visser, revealed some interesting and unexpected consequences of rubber-necking. “We all know the scenario: as you are driving along the highway you suddenly find yourself stuck in
bumper to bumper traffic; all three lanes are blocked. “You know it’s not rush hour so you presume there must be some sort of obstruction up ahead; the most likely one being a motor vehicle collision. After crawling along for kilometres, you finally see the obstruction. “To your surprise you look to your right to see that the delay was caused by a collision on the opposite side of the highway and that there was no physical barrier obstructing the road on your side of the highway. “Slightly irritated at missing an appointment or two, you drive off with an open, three lane highway in front of you. “One resounding question comes to mind in this situation: Why was the traffic backed
up on this side?” Rob Byrne from Traffic Net explains the phenomenon: “Rubber necking is fascinating because drivers who slow down as they drive past the scene don’t really feel like they are contributing to a delay. After all, they typically rubber-neck for only five to 10 seconds as they drive past the scene. However, because everyone is doing it, each 5 to 10 second slowdown at the scene adds up. This often results in 10-minute queue without apparent obstruction in the other lane. “The time then doubles or triples, depending on the length of time it takes to clear up the scene of the accident on the opposite side.” A recent study in the United States found that the second leading cause of dis-
traction-related accidents (the leading cause being fatigue) was looking at accidents, other roadside incidents or other vehicles. Thus the initial accident often leads to another. With this startling statistic it is therefore common for rescue workers and paramedics to attend to secondary collisions at accident scenes to which they were initially called. The majority of these secondary incidents involve a frontal impact collision as the driver of the vehicle did not observe the typical “stop and go” motion of traffic in front of him, most likely due to the fact that he or she was rubber-necking. People’s Post asked some readers what they thought about the phenomenon. Here’s what some of them had to say:
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Chappies closed after rock fall DALEEN FOUCHÉ
THE Chapman’s Peak scenic route was closed for more than a day after a one ton boulder fell onto the road on Thursday 28 July at 06:30. The road was only reopened on Friday 29 July at 13:00. Robin Carlisle, Minister for Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape, said that a single rock landed on the road, close to the half tunnel, on the Noordhoek side. “This constituted a level 4 fall, seen as a high-risk rock fall that requires an immediate road closure, followed by a detailed assessment to determine the origin point of the rock.” He said that heavy rainfall prevented the abseiling team from making an ascent on Thursday, but adds that they started their assessment on Friday on the slopes of Chapman’s Peak in search of the origin point of the rock. Carlisle said a temporary safety precaution measure was put in place on Friday. A 20-metre long barrier was erected along the section of the road where the rock fell on Thursday morning. “We have placed a number of the, around 2-ton
concrete blocks, on the curb on the ocean side of the road, below the half tunnel. “Our intention with this temporary measure was to open the road as soon as possible. The barrier is there to prevent rocks from ricocheting from the drop zone onto the road, which is what happened Thursday,” says Carlisle. The abseiling team will hand over information gathered on the slopes, including photographs, to the geotechnical engineers. They will do a full assessment to determine if there are any potential risks. “The outcome of the results will then be given to us and the operator, Entilini.” Carlisle said there were multiple rock falls in the vicinity of the half tunnel two weeks ago, but added that all the rocks landed in the “drop zone”, which would not justify a road closure. He explains that the drop zone is the designated area, next to the roadside, where rocks can fall without it threatening the safety of road users. “Our assessment at the time found that there was no reason to close the road.” This is the second time Chapman’s Peak Drive has been closed this year. The first closure was in early July, after heavy storms destabilised rocks on the mountain..
SMASHING ROCKS: Cheswin Yon (30) from Hout Bay breaking up the rock that fell from the cliffs onto Chapman’s Peak Drive on Thursday 28 July. The road was reopened on Friday 29 July. Photo: Nasief Manie
Growsmart boosts literacy with financial incentives
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Bergvliet High School pupils spent 67 minutes of Mandela Day (18 July) making sleeping bags for the homeless. These were made from two thick plastic bags and layers of newspaper. According to the school, the waterproof bags are a “Godsend to the needy, and they enjoy reading the news on their bags”. Teacher and coordinator Lesley Watson with some of the pupils. Photo: Supplied.
BEHIND THE STORY: Sevenyearold Ruth Muller from Muizenberg is already well on her way to become an artist and writer of note. Her father, David, sent one of her short stories to People’s Post and suggested that it could serve as inspiration to get other children to write as well. “Children should read as often as they can – even aloud to themselves. They can also ask their parents to read to them. It is not only enter taining, but infinitely enriching,” he says. Ruth also draws whenever she can, and has already held her own art exhibition at Slangkop Lighthouse to raise funds for Tears, the animal welfare organisation.Photo: Supplied
THE CONCLUSION: Ruth’s story is a delightful play on the word “catupila” half “cat” and half “upila”. It gets pretty hairy for the inquisitive hybrid when a spider notices it, and ... “Oh no! He’s gonna eat me!” The cliffhanger is a real pageturner. What will happen to the poor “catupila”? “SNAP!! He caught me...” According to David, his daughter is already working on a sequel.
ONE of 24 schools stands to win improvements to their premises to the value of R160 000, while the school’s three-learner team will each receive assistance towards their future education worth R20 000 each. The first level of Growsmart literary competition was fiercely contested by 120 schools, of which 24 go through to level 2, which takes palce in August. “Schools from the four different education districts – North, South, East and Central – will be competing in Level 2 at Parow High School on 13 August for a sought-after place in the final,” explains Jewel Harris, Assistant Regional Manager at Growthpoint Properties. Growsmart is their corporate social investment project. “What we realised last year was that this competition is about more than literacy. “It’s a confidence booster for participants, and it shows them what a hard-working and committed team can achieve together. The good that
came out Growsmart has exceeded our wildest expectations.” The competition is aimed at learners in Grades 4, 5 and 6 and enjoys the support of the Western Cape Education Department. Learners are required to spell, define and construct sentences using words selected from the Growsmart newspapers they read prior to each competition level. The content of these newspapers is based on the National Curriculum Statement. Meanwhile, shopping centres owned by Growthpoint Properties are actively involved in Growsmart by collecting reading material which is then distributed to needy schools. Book collection boxes are in place at The Constantia Village, Golden Acre, Longbeach Mall, Picbel Parkade and Montclare Place. Old or unwanted books can give underprivileged schools access to the gift that is reading. For more information visit www.growsmart.org.za
THE GIFT OF READING: Donate old books to the underprivileged by dropping it off at collections points. Here Constantia Village centre manager, Deidre Paul Diemont, stands next to a Growsmart dropoff box. Photo: Supplied
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Go green and get access to save DALEEN FOUCHÉ
THE new access card to the Table Mountain National Park (‘the Park’) offers discounted rates to Cape Town residents. It was introduced on Wednesday 27 July at the Boulders Beach Lodge in Simon’s Town. The new access card, dubbed the “My Green Card” and available exclusively to Cape Town residents, provides twelve free entries into any of the Park’s pay-points, namely the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point), Boulders Penguin Colony, Oudekraal, Silvermine and the braai and picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof. The card costs R80, equivalent to one
adult entry into Cape Point, but will increase to R85 on 1 November 2011, in line with South African National Parks annual tariff increases. Park Manager Paddy Gordon said at the launch that the new access card aims to make the Park more accessible to all Capetonians, while keeping the park financially viable, and at the same time managing the “human footprint” on the park. He says the income from the card will help to curb the negative effects that too many visitors have on the park. “Many people wake up to the mountain every morning, but do not have the resources to go there,” he said. Gordon said that the R80 entry fee into Cape Point, is on par with international standards, but not affordable for Cape Town residents. Gordon said the “My Green Card”, which was produced in association with Hi-Tec, is made at “a significantly reduced” production cost. “The bulk of the purchase price goes directly into conservation efforts.” “From its early years, the park recognised the importance of affordable access for local residents
and introduced the Go Green Card in 1999. This card was replaced by the Cape Town Wild Card, which has now been revised as the My Green Card,” said Gordon. He explained that one would still need the relevant Wild Card permit for activities like dog walking, horse riding, hang gliding and rock climbing. However, a new permit system, under the My Green Card, will be released in September. “We still need to finish up on logistics,” he said. According to Gordon the My Green Card will be easier to obtain than the Wild Card. It is available immediately at any Park office and from September this year at Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centres, whereas the Wild Card is only available from SANPark offices. My Green Card holders are also eligible for a 20% discount on Table Mountain Cableway tickets and 20% discount on their new Cable Card, which allows the holder free cable car trips for a year. When purchasing the Park’s My Green Card, a South African ID, two ID photographs and proof of residence is required. For further information on the My Green Card, phone 021 701 8692 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sanparks.org..
THE SPEECH: Paddy Gordan, TMNP manager, addresses the crowd at the My Green Card launch at Boulders Beach Lodge on Thursday 27 July. Photo: Daleen Fouché
We refer to the Capetonian Advert that appeared in the People’s Post 26 July 2011. The mistake was due to a production error and we sincerely apologize to SANHA Halaal for any inconvenience caused. We confirm “On the Square” restaurant is certified halaal by ICSA and not SANHA as originally printed.
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Guest houses in dire straits after World Cup high Looming new bill threatens business owners HANRIE BOSCH
Kids enjoy the science accessories during National Science Week.
National science week THE much-anticipated 2011 National Science Week is underway in each of South Africa’s nine provinces; having kicked off yesterday (Monday). The event will end on Saturday 6 August and is aimed at promoting an awareness and appreciation of science in South African society. This year’s theme is The Role of Science in Economic Development. The event was launched by Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor and the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize, at the University of KwaZulu Natal on 30 July. Driven by the Department of Science and Technology, National Science Week is aimed at demonstrating the role of science and technology in the economy. National Science
Week hopes to make young South Africans aware of the role of science and technology in the growth of employment opportunities. Activities of the week include lectures, workshops, seminars, and showcases. The Chief Director of Human Capital and Science Platforms, Dr Phethiwe Matutu, commented that “scientific discoveries, and the associated development of new technologies and their infusion into new markets, are key longterm drivers of socio-economic development. The Department of Science and Technology is creating programmes that will generate interest in science, technology, and engineering careers among the youth. For further information visit www.dst.gov.za or www.saasta.ac.za
Goodie bags need filling THE Women’s Network and Men for Change of the Kirstenhof Police have formed a partnership with a non-governmental organisation in Westlake named Faces and Voices of Recovery South Africa (Favor SA). Various community outreach programmes have stemmed from the partnership, such as support for abused women and children, as well as a holiday club for children or
Kids Club in Westlake. Now they aim to have an educational programme on Wednesday 10 August at The Range in Constantia, which would include serving the participants with a light lunch and giving out goodie bags. They are imploring the public to help them fill up these goodie bags. Phone Constable Deidre Solomon, Communication Official, on (021) 701 2426 (ext. 106).
OCAL guest house owners had high hopes for profits during the 2010 World Cup, but many are now forced to close their doors due to an imbalance of supply and demand, and the looming implication of the new property rates amendment bill. “I knew there were going to be guest-houses closing after 2010; it would have been a normal thing. But there are a lot more closing down and suffering than expected,” says Lyndsay Jackson, general manager for the Guest-house Association of South Africa (Ghasa). “A lot of guest-houses are closing down, with a lot of them going on the market secretly, (as not to alert staff or guests) and being sold off as private homes.” According to Craig Seaman, chairman of the International Trade and Tourism Portfolio Committee at the Cape Chamber of Commerce, “83% of Boutique hotels (hotels with less than 30 rooms) reported a decline in revenue over the last six months of between 5 to 15 percent.” Dirk Elzinga, Cape chairperson for the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa), contributes the decline in revenue, especially for smaller accommodations, to an oversupply of rooms that has been left over from the World Cup. “Growth in the number of tourism establishments in the Western Cape means the hospitality industry is not in its best shape.” He also adds that: “Room rates are currently under pressure, and this places B&B’s and guest-houses under pressure. As they are already at the cheaper end of the accommodation spectrum, they aren’t in a position to lower their prices much more. So now you have a situation where there is not a great differentiation between the price for a guest-house and a hotel.” Viola Manuel, Executive Director of the Cape Chamber of Commerce, said: “Before the World Cup the assessment was that Cape Town did have enough accommodation for the expected flood of visitors. It was the only centre in South Africa that was in this position and there was no flurry of building new accommodation.” But she also adds that the current situation in the accommodation industry could not have been foreseen, as not all new guesthouses and small accommodations could be regulated. “We couldn’t regulate this market as that wouldn’t make sense and would have been jolly difficult to implement and enforce. Sometimes the free market has to be left to regulate itself and correct post the fact.”
Elzinga added that “a few of months before the event we knew very well that there was a global recession, but four years ahead of the World Cup nobody was aware of it”. An internet search for guesthouses for sale in Cape Town shows the extent of the issue. Monika Ehrentraut runs a real estate company which specializes in hospitality industry sales, and her website is littered with no less than 28 prestigious guest-houses up for sale. Ehrentraut adds that there are varying factors that must be taken into account, when looking at why guest-houses are closing down. “In some cases people fall ill, business partnerships turn sour, or people think that running a guest house is easy, only to later find out that it was more difficult than they thought. There are also those people who wanted to capitalise on the FIFA event that are now closing down their businesses.” Ehrentraut also added that there are numerous more guest houses for sale that were not even listed on her website. “My line of work is almost like being a funeral director as I get so involved in these people’s lives,” she said. Michael Bagraim, President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce says the Property Rates Amendment Bill, which is an amendment of the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 (Act No.6 of 2004), “unfairly targets Bed and Breakfast establishments and that this will damage the development of the tourism industry”. The proposed rates amendment bill, current over supply of rooms, coupled with increasing electricity and living costs have already left the guest house industry crippled, but the proposed rates amendment bill might just push those that are still hanging on over the edge, according to numerous guest-house owners in the area. Maureen Marshall is a pensioner who has been running her guest-house in Tamboerskloof for over nine years, and says that she has not had a booking in over two months. “Normally things are not this quiet. This business is not for sissies, and at the moment we are really struggling financially and I have to live off of my bond.” Hans-Christoph Neumann started his guest-house in Oranjezicht 14 years ago, and says that times are getting tougher. “We are stuck between a rock and a hard place. We already pay R8000 for electricity and we can not put up our room rates anymore.” He also adds that, “This is the worst winter for our business since 2003. “ It is getting harder to make a living doing this.”
Similarly Valerie Barnabe is originally from France, but fell in love with South Africa and opened a guest-house in Hout Bay eight years ago. “There are about 50 guest-houses in this area, and we have been very quiet this winter.” She also adds that, “there are a lot of guesthouses on the market, but South Africa is still a good value for money holiday destination for Europeans.” Tammy Evans, Spokesperson for Western Cape Tourism Minister, adds that a slump in tourism after a big event, like the World Cup, is a standard procedure for any host nation. “The current slump is neither unusual nor peculiar for South Africa. “Firstly we are in winter; secondly, experience shows that the host cities of mega-events typically go through similar slumps. “Aggravating the current figures is the fact that our main source markets - Europe and America - are still wriggling themselves out of the worst economic recession in 60 years.” But it appears that the drop in tourism figures coupled with increasing costs of living is crippling the very same industry that helped bring the FIFA event to South Africa. Bagraim said the availability of B&B accommodation helped persuade FIFA to stage the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. “B&B’s were important assets and should be encouraged rather than punished with commercial property rates.” He also added that “B&B’s play a vital role in helping the tourist industry to deal with the peak demands created by event tourism such as the Argus Cycle Tour or the Two Oceans Marathon”. On the other side of the mountain, a guest-house owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been running his business for nine years in Muizenburg, and says that he has had the worst May in his business’s lifetime, and that he is also aware of numerous guesthouses closing down in the area. He also adds that the proposed property rates amendment bill will have dire consequences. “This will be the last straw and mean that there will be no more guest-houses. There are already a lot of guesthouses sitting on the market and plenty that have closed down.” According to Jackson, from GHASA, the property rates ammendment bill is as “clear as mud”, and that everyone has been left in the dark since the deadline for comments on the proposed bill closed on 22 July. “I would have put in an objection to the bill before the deadline if I could have understood the bill. The legalise in the bill is clearly not ment for general consumption, and none of us know what is happening Enjoy orlive what music willbyhappen, the Garyas Henwe drickse have not Trio heard with aZelda wordBenjamin since the on closure vocals. for Tickets objections.” cost R150. It will commence at 17:30 (for 18:00) For more information, contact at Wittebome Civic Centre, Rosmead Jean Arendse on (021) 715-2722 or Avenue in Wittebome. 073 153 1404.
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Lion’s Head guided walk THE Friends of the Hout Bay Museum will have a guided walk around Lion’s Head on Saturday 6 August at
09:00. Join guide Clem Barker for a two to three hour Grade 2A walk and
marvel at the sight of wild flowers. Those who participate must meet in Kloof Nek car park at 09:00. For further information on the walk, phone Barker on (021) 762 9078 or 073 208 7134.
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100 000 lives changed in the Western Cape HANRIE BOSCH
HE SOMERSET HOSPITAL in Mouille Point celebrated its milestone of providing 100 000 people with anti-retroviral (ARV) medication on Tuesday 26 July. In 2001 the Somerset Hospital was the first hospital in the country to provide HIV positive patients with ARV medication free of charge, during the time when stigmas and misconceptions about HIV were still rife. Theuns Botha, Western Cape Minister of Health, addressed the crowed by highlighting the special day in history, which he said would be remembered as a milestone for anti-retroviral treatment. Darren Francis, Assistant Director of Communications at the Somerset Hospital, said that the entire team at the hospital is overjoyed at what they have achieved in the past 10 years. “During that time we went against all odds and gave ARV treatments to people for free, we were fighting to release ARV treatments to everyone who needed it. We have come so far in the past 10 years, but our main aim is still to provide everyone with treatment.” Botha added that this remarkable achievement was made possible through the hard work of the Western Cape Health Department. “Historically the Western Cape has been the trendsetter in the fight to institute the use of ARV’s at the time when national government was resisting its adherence. The Department was the first in the country to start providing ARV’s to our
MAKING A CHANGE: Theuns Botha, Western Cape Minister of Health, makes his mark on the special poster to celebrate changing 100 000 lives through antiretroviral treatment. patients. Today we are reaping the fruits of taking the lead in the face of resistance.” Thobani Ncatai is just one of the hundred thousand people who has been lucky enough to receive lifechanging ARV medication and has been using the medication since the programme’s inception in 2001. “I was living in the Eastern Cape when I was diagnosed with HIV. Doctors told me to go home and lie in bed and die; nobody there could help me. I started getting very sick and could not move, eat or work. I only weighed 19 kg and my family thought I was going to die.” Luckily for Ncatai, a friend told him that he would be able to receive medication in Cape Town and in 1998 he and his family moved to Khayelitsha in hope of giving him a better quality of life.
In 2001 Ncatai started on a lifelong course of ARV medication that has brought up his cluster of differentiation count (CD4 count), more commonly know as T cells (the cells that protect your body from infections) from 174 to 624 and he now weighs around 48 kg and is able to help provide for his family. “I have had no side-effects from using the medication and have been able to see my son grow up. I was only 26 when I was diagnosed and my son was 21 months old. I never thought that I would be able to see him as a man.” Ncatai has been open about his HIV status since receiving the medication and getting better, to show people that you can be healthy and have a good life even though you are diagnosed with HIV. “ A lot of people come up to me in the township
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MESSAGES OF HOPE: Mem bers from the Western Cape Department of Health signed posters to cele brate the 100 000 pa tients on anti retroviral’s and to honour those who did not re ceive treat ment in time. Photos: Hanrie Bosch
to ask where they can get medication or what to do because their children or family members are very sick, and I tell them to take them to get tested so that they can receive medication.” After receiving a death sentence from doctors when he was diagnosed in 1996, Ncatai has been able to live a healthy and dignified life. Today the Somerset Hospital has over 133 sites in and around Cape Town, including the one in Khayelitsha were Ncatai receives his medication, that offer patients not
only ARV medication, but the chance to have better quality of life. In closing Botha said that to show that 100 000 people on ARV’s is indeed a victory, it is important to look at the statistics. In the Western Cape numbers show that 330 000 people are HIV positive of which 100 000 are on ART. “But today we can celebrate that in two years we have been able to reduce the care gap from 26% coverage of those in need in 2009 to 80 % in 2011. That is indeed a victory to be proud of.”
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Helpers need a helping hand TAURIQ HASSEN
N 2007 a young Zimbabwean had to be assisted as he was dying from hunger in Adderley Street while waiting for his documentation from the Department of Home Affairs. As a result the Adonis Musati Project, now based in Observatory, was formed to provide humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and refugees around Cape Town. Emily Westerlund, administration officer for the project, explained that refugees and asylum seekers need basic necessities
such as food, shelter and clothing, as well as assistance with access to health care and employment. Ernest Manyikane, a refugee from Uganda, said that he would have been dead if it weren’t for the project. “I was living on the streets, feeding off leftovers from rubbish bins and I wanted to rob people for money just to survive. So, what I’m trying to say is that my life could have been different if this project did not exist,” says Manyikane. Today, Manyikane works at a construction site throughout the week and started a family after getting married two years ago.
Learn to dance from the best THE Western Province Dance Teachers’ Association (WPDTA) is to host a seminar with top French, Cuban and SA teachers – Clare Baulieu and Roxanna Barbacaru from the Paris Opera Ballet School, Elena Cangas from The National Ballet School of Cuba, and a stellar South African faculty. The four-day seminar will be held at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in Tokai from Saturday 6 August to Tuesday 9 August. The focus will be on classical ballet, hip hop, pop/jazz and musical theatre, and will also offer introductions to the Horton and Graham Techniques. Baulieu will be giving lectures to the teachers and an introduction to the Graham Technique and will give Horton classes to the students. Barbacaru will be giving classical ballet classes and Cangas will be taking repertoire classes. Joining these international guests will be an outstanding faculty of dance professionals
based in South Africa – Matt Sanford, a freelance dancer and choreographer originally from the United States, Canadianborn teacher and choreographer Amanda Klotz and Mandy Butler from the United Kingdom. They will be giving classes in Pop/Jazz and Hip Hop. Jonathan Roxmouth will be giving the classes in Musical Theatre. This seminar is aimed at the vocational student as well as the recreational student. Teachers booking for the seminar will watch all the classes and attend daily lectures over the four-day period. The Winter Dance Seminar costs R1 200 per teacher, R1 200 per vocational student and R750 per recreational student. For more information, contact Toni on (021) 674-3348, 082 951 4771 or email email@example.com.
“They might not remember me, but I was in a bad state and thanks to the project and the work they do, I can live my life and move on,” says Manyikane. Another refugee is Samantha Odemwingie from Nigeria. She arrived in Cape Town three years ago, wanting to study, but lost her identity documents and refugee papers, placing her in a tough situation, as she was unemployed at the time. “I slept on the streets for a few nights, but somebody from the project picked me up and placed me at a shelter for the evening. The next day we immediately went to sort out my paperwork
“We are hoping to spread the word about our project in the local community to bring in food and clothing donations and also gain local interest,” Westerlund concluded. If you are interested in donating items to the Adonis Musati Project, you can either contact (021) 447-3656 or visit their offices at 83 Lower Main Road in Observatory. Alternatively, visit the website on www.adonismusatiproject.org to find out more.
Sterilisation to ease the suffering
TATISTICS indicate that if the total number of unwanted animals in South Africa were divide among the total number of suitable households, each household would have to adopt more than 15 dogs and 15 cats. The National Sterilisation Project (NSP) is a brand new initiative specifically aimed at reducing the growing number of unwanted and neglected pets living in South Africa through an ongoing nationwide mass sterilisation programme. An average female dog will produce at least three litters within a two-year period, which by the end of eight years could give rise to 10 368 unwanted puppies. The situation is worse for cats. From just three unsterilised females, more than 16 785 unwanted kittens can be born over a threeyear period. To combat this growing epidemic and to put a stop to the pain and suffering of thousands of neglected animals living in South Africa, NSP has committed to sterilising as many cats and dogs as possible. “We believe that this is the primary solution and with your help, we can make a difference,” the organisation says. Added to this is the cost of sterilisation, which many people cannot easily afford.
HAVE YOUR SAY! CREDIT CONTROL AND DEBT COLLECTION BY-LAW The City of Cape Town has to amend the existing Credit Control and Debt Collection By-law. The public is invited to comment on the amendments to the existing Credit Control and Debt Collection By-law so that the comments can be considered before Council makes a final determination on these amendments. These amendments will enhance the ability of the City to deal with debt holistically. Comments can be made between 1 and 31 August 2011. Copies of the amendments to the existing Credit Control and Debt Collection By-law are available at all subcouncil offices and City libraries for viewing purposes only. You may also access the amendments to the existing By-law and post comments at www.capetown.gov.za/cdbylaw. For further enquiries and for written or faxed submissions, please contact: Denzil Albertus Head: Legal Process Tel: 021 400 1852 Fax: 086 588 5554 E-mail: DebtCollection.ByLaw@capetown.gov.za
ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER
and I was back on track,” says Odemwingie. Today, Odemwingie is studying Sports Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. “I did not get to know anybody for very long at the project, but I can say that my case is one of many that are signed off at the end of the day.” Others may not be so lucky, since the project is in jeopardy. Westerlund said that a generous group of volunteers, who donated food packs every month, are no longer able to help. The project currently has a list of items, costing around R100, that they are able to put into their food packs.
MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Uzzi is just one of thou sands of dogs and cats that have been sterilised since the inception of the Na tional Steri lisation Project. Pho to: Supplied
“The NSP plays an important role in this regard, because we will financially subsidise the cost of each animal sterilised through our programme. We bring together animal welfare organisations, corporate sponsors, and members of the public united in a drive that will ultimately protect
domestic animals. For more information visit the NSP website www.nsp.org.za.
ART AND POETRY COMPETITION The City of Cape Town is celebrating Heritage Month. Our theme is ‘My City, My Heritage – Celebrating our Diverse Culture.’ Young, aspirant artists and poets are invited to enter the competition and tell us what our theme means to you. Categories: Poetry Junior Section – Grade R to Grade 3 Middle Section – Grade 4 to Grade 7 Senior Section – Grade 8 to Grade 12 Art Junior Section – Grade R to Grade 3 Middle Section – Grade 4 to Grade 7 Senior Section – Grade 8 to Grade 12 Applicants must use the prescribed application form, which can be downloaded from www.capetown.gov.za or collected from all libraries, subcouncil offices and the Art.b Gallery and Art Centre in Bellville. The closing date for applications is Monday 12 September 2011. For further information on the competition please call Natalie Harper on 021 417 4101 or Nikita Campbell on 021 918 2083.
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Jive with the jukebox Baxter Theatre goes Jazzart A MUSICAL production, Jive with the Jukebox, will run from Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone. It is produced and directed by Jayson King for Main Events South Africa and will explore the jukebox era of the 50s, 60s and early 70s. The music is a tribute to iconic artists such as The Platters, Four Tops, Connie Francis, Bobby Vinton, Little Richard, Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, James Brown and many more. Jive with the Jukebox is for everyone, with emphasis on attracting the youth Jason King, producer and director of Jive with from various com- the Jukebox at the Joseph Stone Auditorium munities. next month. Photo: Supplied Main Events SA propose to stage two perform- their songs all over the world.” ances daily over a nine-day periMain Events will liaise with od. schools to source new talent and King says Jive with the Juke- create an opportunity to perbox will deliver history. “Hun- form on the same stage with prodreds of tunes composed and re- fessional cast. corded more than three decades The show is for the whole famago have been revived by mod- ily, block-bookings for fundraisern artists with slight twists to ing or for more information conthe original tempo or melody. tact Naju on (021) 633-4299 or Some of the original artists of send an e-mail to mainethat era are still performing firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH Africa’s oldest contemporary dance company, Jazzart Dance Theatre, will be celebrating their new identity, vision and strategy with a brand new production of Cantico at the Baxter Theatre from 3 to 6 August. Cantico is derived from the native American principle of dance as an act of worship. it showcases the eight-member Jazzart company of dancers. It brings together three diversely dynamic women headed by Jazzart Artistic Director Jackie Manyaapelo. The other two are Faniswa Yisa and Ina WichterichMogane. The award-winning actress, Yisa, makes her mainstream directorial debut with this production. Choreography is by Manyaapelo and Wichterich-Mogane, with contributions by another Jazzart stalwart, Ananda Fuchs. The company comprises Thabisa Dinga, Douglas Griffiths, Adam Malebo, Refiloe Mogoje, Rozendra Newman, Vathiswa Nodlayiya, Shaun Oelf and Nkosinathi Sangweni. With this production, the Jazzart Dance Theatre team pays tribute to its rich and vibrant legacy while staking a claim in the world of contemporary dance. “This is an exciting time for us at Jazzart,” said Manyaapelo, who took over as Artistic Director in March last year. “Cantico signifies a turning point in the company’s work and its history, while we continue to uphold and build on that legacy.
Music events of note THE South African College of Music are hosting the following events: . On Wednesday 10 August at 14:00, a Performers Class, called the World Music Kalahari Connection, which is a global collective of musicians from numerous cultures and nationalities, will be held at Chisholm Recital Room. . On Thursday 11 August at 13:00, a free lunchtime concert with The Singing Students Of
Hanna Van Niekerk will be held at Chisholm Recital Room. . On Saturday 13 August at 20:15, Mike Campbell and the UCT Big Band will present “Sambro UCT Big Band” at the Baxter Concert Hall. It is an evening of jazz standards and contemporary popular music with a South African flavour. The prices are R50 for UCT Staff, R45 for senior citizens, students R35 and learners R25.
CANTICO AT BAXTER: Thabisa Dinga, Rozendra Newman and Vathiswa Nod layiya make up a talented group of dancers in the show, Cantico. Photo: Jeremy Daniel
“In so doing we would like to give thanks to the people who have helped to create and sustain its success - the leaders, partners, sponsors, collaborators, artists and staff, and not forgetting the wonderful audiences who have supported us over the years. “We hope to showcase the new direction the company is taking as we position it in the 21st century and as we explore a new dance vocabulary and language which define our brand and identity.” Jazzart, with its proud history dating back over 35 years, is the oldest contemporary dance company in South Africa and believed to be the first on the African continent. Director Faniswa Yisa is excited about working with the company
on Cantico as they present a new work just a month after launching its new logo. “Cantico explores themes of identity and essentially is about honouring where we come from and being comfortable with who we are and where we are heading, while being part of a collective identity. “It is filled with exciting stories told through movement and dance by these talented dancers. There will be five performances at the Baxter Theatre starting at 20:00, with a matinee at 15:00 on the sixth. Book through Computicket on 083 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Tickets are R100 with discounts for students, pensioners and block bookings.
Explore what’s hot On Broadway NIK RABINOWITZ returns to On Broadway after an absence of what seems like decades since he first performed his oneman shows In the Nik and uNik. Nik Rabinowitz Live explores a flock of new comedic insights, but also recalls some old favourite routines that catapulted him to international stardom as the World’s leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian. Shows begin at 20:30. Two shows only, Monday and Tuesday, 1 and 2 August. The tickets are R100 per person, R75 for students, R85 per person for groups of 10 or more. For all bookings call (021) 424-1194, visit www.onbroadway.co.za or book at any branch of Computicket.
TALENT: Nik Rabinowitz in his shows In the Nik and uNik at On Broadway on 1 and 2 August at 20:30. Photo: Supplied
Celebrating women with Artscape IN HONOUR of women during the month of Women’s Day, Artscape hosts an array of exciting stage productions, panel discussions and workshops in August. • Presented in association with PM Production, Funny Kaap is a flamboyant show which depicts, in a light hearted fashion, what it is to be a woman by way of excruciatingly funny comical song and dialogue to celebrate with women. A group of top SA artists like Emo Adams, Take Note, Shimmy Isaacs, Sarah Theron, Soli Philander and others, with Dowwe Dolla as mistress of ceremonies, Funny Kaap, promises to take us on a wild rollercoaster ride. The show will run from Wednesday 4 to 6 August at 20:00. The price per ticket is R120. • For Generations is an intimate one-man show that tells the univer-
sal story of a family’s evlolution across generations, brought to life by Kurt Egelhof’s exquisite dramatic story telling. On from 4-6 August, this intimate one-man show written and performed by Egelhof, is an hilarious, touching, joyous celebration of defeat and victory, pain and joy. Kurt performs the defining moments from the lives of his war-veteran grandfather, his dock-worker dad, his own life as an actor, and the life of his teenage cricketer son – against the backdrop of South Africa’s expansion over the passed sixty years to the present. Performances at the Artscape Arena will be staged on 4 August at 19:00 and 5 August at 20:15 and Saturday 6 August. The cost of a ticket is R60. • Specially compiled for the Women’s Festival, Banyana Republic, will
feature a selection of woman characters from the award-winning Bafana Republic franchise created by Mike van Graan. Banyana Republic will comprise a range of characters from all three editions that celebrate women, and yet provoke and entertain the audience. Performances at the Artscape arena will take place on 5 August at 18:00, 6 August at 15:00 and 20:15. Tickets cost R60. .People’s Post will be giving away three double tickets to The Generations. To win SMS “Generations” to 34586 by noon on Wednesday 3 August. SMSs cost R2 each; winners will be phoned. For ticket bookings contact Computicket on 083 915 8000 or Dial-ASeat on 021 421 7695.
SOLO ON STAGE: Kurt Egelhof will perform at Artscape in August. Photo: Supplied
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Knockout success THE successful culmination of the under-17 Engen Knockout Challenge over the weekend, is testimony to the power of creative and positive community initiatives, The tournament saw a display of the best young football talent our City has to offer. In the end, Ajax Cape Town booted their way to glory against defending champs Africa Soccer Development (ASD). While one team took home the ultimate prize, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that every single young player was a champ in his own right. As the official print media sponsor of the tournament for five years running, People’s Post is proud to be associated with an event of this calibre. Kudos to Tournament Director Gilbert Kruger and his team for staging a brilliant professional show; and to all the sponsors – Engen, Santos, Umbro and Coca-Cola – for their commitment to nurturing young talent. It was like the World Cup all over again, on a Mitchell’s Plain stage. Hosted by the Engen Santos FC, the tournament looks set for a long run. The 16 teams who competed at the Stephen Reagan sports complex in Mitchell’s Plain, attracted more than 4 000 spectators, demonstrating the vital role and need for team sport. Corporates would benefit from thowing their weight behind initiatives such as this, which gives our youth choices, and chances to celebrate achievements; scope to become the next great soccer legends. The beautiful game transcends just scoring goals and winning; its beauty lies in the unity created both on the field and off; in the months of training and preparation, being a true team player; and finally, stepping up to the podium to claim well-earned prizes and silverware with pride and joy. For eight years, the prestigious Engen knockout challenge has succeeded in elevating local young players to higher playing fields on the football landscape, taking them one step closer to a goal-directed life.
Metrorail ticket fine too low THE people on page 5 of People’s Post Retreat, 26 July - complaining of being humiliated by the ticket fining system of Metrorail - knew when they got on the train that they had no tickets, and was committing a crime by stealing from Metrorail and from all the other ticket paying commuters. That makes them thieves and nothing more. To allow this petty crime is the reason there are so many big crimes in South Africa.
The fine should have been R250. If you want to be treated with dignity in this country you have to be a criminal. I would hide my face in shame and not stand there as a person being offended. It serves them right, being nothing more than thieves. They have no excuses and I have no sympathy. The fine was too low. JAN MARÉ
Regulating the chicken market THE Cape of Good Hope SPCA proactively monitors the illegal chicken market at the corner of Weltevreden and Lansdowne Roads in Philippi and in the last year SPCA inspectors confiscated 473 chickens (in 2007 they confiscated 900) due to lack of adequate food, water and shelter. The chickens are apparently purchased from businesses when they stop laying eggs. These are then re-sold by the vendors in Philippi. We have proactively educated buyers and vendors on proper care, handling and transportation of these animals and many make and effort to comply. Those who fail to do so receive a warning to improve living conditions within a set period of time. Failing this and their chickens will be confiscated under the Animals Protection Act. Our ethos is to educate before we confiscate. It’s important to note that the sale of chickens
represent a livelihood for many and therefore we feel that it’s best to work with the vendors to change their behaviour and achieve long-lasting improvements. Our SPCA has had success with many vendors, who followed our advice and have opted to sell their chickens from the back of a spacious, sheltered trailer as opposed to keeping them in tiny cages exposed to the elements. Whilst we are doing all we can to address this situation, it’s difficult to police this illegal market as we can only enforce the Animals Protection Act. This issue falls under the City’s Law Enforcement Services, who would regulate it under the municipal by-laws. We are working closely with Law Enforcement to find a sustainable solution in the interest of animal welfare. LAMEES MARTIN Cape of Good Hope SPCA
In memory of a legend . To the Gaffney family: We would like to acknowledge the contribution Brian Gaffney made to sports journalism and other projects of interest. Brian was never scared to state his opinion. The Western Cape is privileged to have some of the top sports journalists and Brian was no exception. There were times when he had to “say it like it is” without fear. On behalf of our president, Mr Rieduwaan Anthony, the management and players of the Hanover Park Football Club herewith express our sincere condolences to his wife Vanessa and their children. Adam Dirks In response . I had an embarrassing encounter when I was shoved and dragged out of First Class, carrying luggage, by Metrorail security guards. I boarded the train in Acacia Park without a ticket as they don’t have ticket sales there, the idea being that I’ll buy it when I get off at Cape Town station. The rudeness and threats that I endured by those guards haunt me to this day. One day they will get hurt as rudeness is their modus operandi. . Absolutely amazing! Letter and text writers moan about everything and have all the answers! But involvement? No way! . Akeela, children should never be left unsupervised as they are the parents’ responsibility! Think about how the poor animals are treated in townships and similar places? When you have animals they are the owner’s responsibility, but these owners don’t take care of their animals. Ever wonder
how those unsupervised children torment those poor animals? You don’t have to be rich to have compassion and love. Animal lover . Akeela, you are one very unhappy person with not a chip on your shoulder but the whole block. So what if they have more than one toilet? Whatever they have, they have worked hard for. These dogs attacked for some reason and I feel for you but no need for such harsh words. Appalled . Thank you all for your overwhelming response, it is highly appreciated .Unfortunately (with only six fruit) I have none to sell. Thanks again! Road rage . We hope her drunken driver husband runs her over before he kills another innocent road user. She seems to be proud of him dodging the police. It’s a pity she’s not brave enough to use her name. Cowards hide behind non de plumes. Magda Animal matters . In reply to the question as to why nothing has been done about the inhumane selling of live chickens “for years” is because people, NOT the SPCA or Council, allowed it to continue. Barbara . Maureen, what I would like to do about the poor suffering animals in the townships is unfortunately very illegal. The next best thing to do is to prevent the primitive masses from keeping animals. Pat H By the way . Unemployed people with disabilities need skills in order to find work. How can I help? Inbox me at email@example.com.
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Police should lead by example THE recent spate of cop killings all over the country is clearly an indication that these cold blooded killers will go to any lengths to avoid apprehension. Cop killings should be no different to the killing of ordinary citizens. However, considering that men and women on the frontlines have a sworn duty to serve and protect our lives and property, we, as patriotic citizens, have a moral responsibility to ensure that these officers are protected by the community. We should regard an attack on the police as an attack on our entire community. In fact, cop killings
should be regarded as an attack on the state. For this reason I have over some time now, been calling on government to consider harsher sentences in cases involving cop killings, attacks on senior citizens and children. We should ensure that there is no place to hide for these killers. Government should consider minimum sentences for these crimes. If we, as a nation, do not tackle this issue with urgency, violent crimes will spiral out of control with adverse effects on our economy and tourism industry. Communities should not shield known rapists and killers. We should point
them out to the law enforcement agencies and help bring crime levels down. Becoming a police officer should be one of the first career choices for our young people, not a last resort! Dealing with corrupt officers in the police force and effectively dealing with cop killers, would certainly make becoming a police officer a career path of choice. However, the time has come for police officers, regardless of his or her rank in the force, to lead by example. They must do everything in their power to restore the community’s faith in the force. ROZARIO BROWN
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NEO was the type of dog that demanded attention and affection. He was a bombastic, gangly, loveable and clumsy brindle boxer; complete with a wet slobbery mouth that he would enjoy wiping against my new designer jeans. As a puppy, he was mischievous. Digging holes the size of trenches, pulling washing off the line and ripping up the new lounge suite were just a few of many incidences that, at the time, were not funny, but in hindsight, make my heart smile. I could never be angry with him. All he had to do was gaze at me with his large brown “please feel sorry for me eyes,” wag his little stompie tail and all would be forgiven and forgotten. Before I started doing “grown up things”, there was a time when, if somebody asked me if I had a dog, I would whip out my phone and flash dozens of photos of him and tell endless stories about his silly antics. Sadly, in the past one and a half years, when asked the same question, I would simply answer “yes” and waffle on about something else, diverting the conversation to more current matters. My life started to change and so had my priorities. Neo had gone from being “my dog” to “a dog.” Neo and I started to live past each other. Because my affection had now become very infrequent, he started forming bonds with other family members. But, even with that said, he
would always be eagerly waiting to greet me when I got home from work and every morning, like clockwork, would force his head into my lap and transfer his morning slobber onto my clothing. What I would give to have his head in my lap just one more time. Very suddenly, Neo became gravely ill. He was diagnosed with a severe heart condition that would require him to be on medication for the rest of his life. The vet was confident that he would still be able to live a long and prosperous life thanks to his young age. For a brief period, things were like the good old days when it was just the two of us. The evening he came home from his check up, I remember holding his face in my hands, looking him square in the eyes and thanking him for being so good to me. I apologised for my infrequent affection and swore that I would never take him for granted ever again. He gazed at me with his big brown eyes and I could tell that he was happy to have me “back”. The following morning I awoke to a very bleak and depressing sight that remains forever etched in my memory. My once proud, lively and healthy dog was distressed, weak, tired and desperately gasping for air. He was in the final stages of heart failure and was deteriorating by the minute. Hands shaking and with tears in my eyes, I tried des-
perately to get him to swallow his medication but he refused… We arrived at the vet and were escorted into an eerily quiet room. Neo was placed on the examination table and the dreaded decision was put into action. There was nothing more that could be done to save him and we had run out of options as well as time. I asked my dad who had been with me to leave. Despite our past, Neo was my dog, my responsibility and I was not about to forsake him. My heart was racing and I could no longer hold back my tears. Instinct wanted me to run out but logic and reality overcame my fleeting emotions. As the large bright blue injection was administered, I gently nuzzled Neo’s head in my neck, wrapped my arms around him tightly and sobbed. I wanted him to feel all the love I had for him, how thankful and proud I was to be his owner and how deeply sorry I was that things had turned out this way. I did not have the guts to look him in the eyes. I was too much of a coward and was too afraid of what I would see staring back at me. Within a matter of seconds Neo’s large body slowly went lame and he drifted away peacefully. I can only hope that he had felt my love during his darkest moment and that by being by his side, I had redeemed myself. Neo’s memory and soulful brown eyes will forever haunt me. LYNDOL LYONS Westlake
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ROCK SOLID: Feroza MillerIsaacs, People’s Post Acting Editor, hands over the Defender of the Tournament award to Tristan Wood of Ajax Cape Town.
IN THE AIR: Engen Santos defender, Courtney Keyster, dives over his team mate and goalkeeper, Keenon Blignaught, in the penalty box as Baltic Rang ers FC player, Nuzhad Pail, follows up. Santos won the match 10. MADE IT HAPPEN: Spon sors and organisers of the Engen Knockout Chal lenge, from left, Goolam Allie (Engen Santos Chair person), Gilbert Kruger (Tournament Director), Fer oza MillerIsaacs (People’s Post acting editor) and Brad Bergh (Engen Group Sponsorship Manager).
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AFTER months of preparation and an exhilarating three-day tournament, the 2011 u/17 Engen Knockout Challenge will be remembered as one of the beststaged tournaments to date. Hosted by the Engen Santos FC, the tournament, now in its eighth year, saw 16 teams from across the Cape Peninsula participate in a gruelling competition at the Stephen Reagan sports complex in Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain from Friday to Sunday; with more than 4 000 spectators entering the gates. People’s Post has been the print media partner of the tournament for five consecutive years. After a nailbiting final between Ajax Cape Town and Africa Soccer Development (ASD), it was the youngsters of Ajax CT who will have the bragging rights for the rest of the year, as they edged out the defending champions 2-1 to be crowned the 2011 Engen Knockout Challenge champions. At the halftime whistle it was Ajax who led 2-0 with a Justin Jacobus volley in the 15th minute and another goal by midfielder, Riyaad Norodien, just 15 minutes later. The fast-paced game continued throughout, with ASD looking to claw their war back into the match. A penalty to ASD after an infringement in the box led to the defending champions, the scoreline read 2-1, with only a couple of minutes to play. A last-minute penalty was also awarded to Ajax, but was saved by ASD goalkeeper, Tristan Woudberg. This victory sees Ajax CT completing a hat-trick of Engen Knockout Challenge championships – they previously won the tournament in 2008 and 2009. Noel Cousins, youth coach at the Ajax CT Academy, said they are pleased with the win, because their club has always been about the development of young, talented play-
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