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Cash injection for ward TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN


TAFF at the paediatric ward of Victoria Hospital are ecstatic at news of a multimillion rand upgrade. A conference held at the hospital on Tuesday revealed the 83-year-old paediatric ward will receive a R10m upgrade and extension. The Ackerman Family Foundation will contribute R5-million and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust will raise the remainder. Built in 1888, the 125-year-old hospital in Wynberg has grown from a 38-bed unit to a 158-bed district hospital. It provides specialist care for the southern sub-district, the largest sub-district in the Cape metropole. In its 19 years of existence, this is Trust’s first building project beyond the doors of the Red Cross Hospital. Louise Driver, CEO of the Trust, says they decided to expand their funding focus two years ago. She explains it took a year to identify gaps in paediatric care. Driver says specialist paediatricians from both hospitals consult extensively to provide the best medical care possible for their “shared-care” patients. Paediatric patients at Victoria Hospital who require High Care or ICU admission are stabilised and transferred to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. The patients then return to Victoria Hospital once they are ready for ward care and long-term follow up. “Victoria Hospital’s paediatric ward, in particular, is in desperate need of an upgrade. Especially, to create a more spacious ward that allows parents to stay at their sick child’s bedside while in their most vulnerable state,” Driver says . “At the moment, the patients are experiencing tremendous separation anxiety from their parents. Plus, there is an additional workload for nursing staff, who have to manage nappy changes and bottle feeds, which are duties that mothers could assist with.” Beven Mashedi, CEO of Victoria Hospital, says the excitement among staff is mounting as the start of the project – which is later this year – looms. He says: “Now that the time has come the excitement from the staff is really there and it is nice to be able to do this.” Dr Gill Schermbrucker, the hospital’s head of the paediatrics, says they are over-

EPIC CHANGES: Staff at the paediatric ward of Victoria Hospital, in Wynberg, are excited about the upgrade to the ward and are most looking forward to having more space in the ward. PHOTOS: TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN joyed about the upgrade. “The upgrade will really help provide the space we need and, most importantly, provide the parents with comfortable facilities to stay overnight with their children,” she says. Currently, when parents do stay over there are only hard chairs available for them to sit and sleep on. “We want parents to leave feeling happy and not drained. Not being able to accommodate the parents overnight is distressing to the staff and patients,” she adds. The upgrade will also provide proper stor-

age, separate counselling facilities and proper isolation wards. “I most look forward to not bumping my bottom against a drip stand. It will be nice for the team to be able to do their job well, see staff morale improve and provide patient satisfaction,” says Schermbrucker. Mandy Ackerman, spokesperson of the VicKids Project for the Ackerman Family Foundation, says everything done for a child is never wasted. “Knowing that Victoria Hospital services approximately 600 000 people, and learning about the lack of facilities for the mothers

of young patients, we realised the situation was untenable,” she says. She says this project is a dream realised for the Ackerman Family Foundation and she has championed this initiative since inception. Ackerman thanked all involved for their support and commitment. “We first met with representatives of Victoria Hospital in late 2011,”she says. “We immediately understood that something had to be done, to improve the inadequacies of the paediatric ward, for the provision of quality paediatric services.”


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OCIAL NETWORKS and the internet have become a place where people are re-united with old friends or make new ones. With the recent murder of a 65-year-old Sea Point man, reportedly after he had met with someone he had met online, People’s Post interns Luzuko Zini and Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn took to the streets to poll readers if they ever meet with people they chat with, and what precautionary measures they take before meeting the people.

MICHAEL JURD says he is against social networking. He feels it is a hub for problems and not belonging to any it keeps him safe. “Belonging to a social network is like opening a can of worms. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you are in trouble. If I need to get hold of someone I call or SMS.”

NAZEEM AJAM: “Youths are easily fooled by someone pretending to be what they are not. Just because you don’t give personal informa­ tion doesn’t mean you’re safe.”

AYESHA TOYER: She says she was taught to never speak to strangers. “I wouldn’t meet anyone I don’t know. I will keep it at just chatting.”

VENUS LEES: “I have met with a person I chatted with online, but it was at a public place. I only did it once and I will never do it again.”

MICHELLE VENTER says social networking can be positive, has negative aspects as well. She feels it is great to use to get in contact with people you have lost contact with or who live far, but she is cautious the dangers. “It also has its down side, because of stalkers and people looking to cause harm.”

VITALISE NTONGWALA says he often meets people he chats to on social networks, but makes sure that he gets to know them before the time. “Sometimes I invite people to my house, but I first get to know them better before I invite them or give them personal my information.”

JOSH TSHINGOMBE says he only chats to and shares information with people he knows. “I would never invite or want to meet with strangers. Even the ones I invite or share my personal information with are those who are really close to me.” PHOTOS: LUZUKO ZINI AND TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

Fun activities for children TOKAI library will host a number of fun activities for children during National Library Week from Monday 18 March to Wednesday 20 March. The week kicks off with Easter egg painting at 15:00 on Monday 18 March, while

Tuesday 19 March will see a workshop on collage-making at 15:00. The festivities finish with Story Time with Aunty Valerie at 15:30 on Wednesday 20 March. For more information phone the library on (021) 715 8550.

Appeal for books for resale THE Cart Horse Protection Association seeks donations of books for its annual book sale fundraiser, which will be run in Somerset Mall in July. Books need to be in good condition, with

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Swooping in on Princess Vlei TASMIN CUPIDO


IN OPPOSITION: Kelvin Cochrane of PVF dons a T­shirt in support of saving Princess Vlei during a rally held last year. PHOTO: MARK WARD

HERE is a sliver of hope for the people in favour of keeping the haven that is Princess Vlei in its natural form. The country’s top corruption investigation unit, the Hawks, will now investigate fraud allegations by the Princess Vlei Forum (PVF). The Forum opened a case of fraud at Cape Town Central Police Station against the four directors of the developers, Insight Property Cape, at the end of February. But as a case of fraud was being opened by PVF at the end of last month, the provincial minister for Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, was signing off on an appeal for the application for the land to be rezoned from public open space to business. It is not clear whether the pending investigation will bring the process to a halt. People’s Post sent a media query to the Hawks, but had not received a response at the time of going to print. Provincial police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk, however, confirmed that the case had been transferred to the Hawks. He could not confirm when the decision had been taken. PVF has welcomed the new developments. “We are relieved that the matter will be investigated, as we are confident there was irregularities and corruption involved in the application,” says Kelvin Cochrane from PVF. “We will fully cooperate with the Hawks and supply them with all the necessary documents.” Cochrane, who previously approached the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the office of the Public Protector with the allegations, laid the fraud charges at the Bellville police Commercial Crime Unit, but the case was transferred to the Cape Town Central Police Station. Cochrane alleges the acceptance of the bid by Insight was premised on an independent Environmental Impact Assessment, undertaken by Tshukudo Environmental Services between 2002 and 2004. At the time of the application, there were two board members of Tshukudo who may have been in conflict of interest. They were listed as board members of Insight at the same time. PVF says a third board member signed an oath in July 2002 stating his company had no connection with or interest in Insight Property. Tshukudu was liquidated in 2005, with Insight listed as one of the creditors. PVF claims

there are further discrepancies in the names of the company applying for the development. The wetlands surrounding Princess Vlei is set to be developed into a 9 000m² shopping mall and a 100m² taxi rank built, leaving a 30m buffer strip of land for recreational purposes. But a tug-of-war between developers, authorities and those in opposition to the development ensued since the development was first proposed in 1996. The land is owned by the City of Cape Town, who initially gave the development the green light, but changed this sentiment in July last year. Most recently, Bredell signed off on the extension of the validity period for the rezoning. The matter was handed over of the City’s Property Management Department mid-February. “The Property Management Department will consider a possible purchase price, which will be subject to a public participation process,” says Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning. At the time of the People’s Post media query to the City, Bloor said: “The City is aware of an investigation by the National Prosecuting Authority into alleged corruption in the original Environmental Impact Assessment process undertaken in respect of this property. The City will monitor these developments.”




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Stow­away dassie gets a free ride JUANITA WILLIAMS

A CUTE rock dassie with a lot of spunk decided to relocate from Barrydale to Plumstead. When the Badenhorst family drove back from their camping holiday in Warmwaterberg Spa, Barrydale, they had no idea a dassie had stowed away on board. Naomi Badenhorst says: “We noticed a little dassie hanging around our car at the camping site, but we had no idea we had a furry passenger on board during the ride home. “The only place he could have hidden in the car was near the exhaust box. We also found dassie droppings around the battery.” The intrepid dassie is now running around the Badenhorst’s property enjoying his new life and avoiding the SPCA Wildlife Unit’s attempts to trap him. Badenhorst says: “We didn’t notice the dassie until the next day. I was in the kitchen with a friend, when she spotted a small dassie in our driveway. He disappeared under the car and, when my husband opened the bonnet, the dassie was sitting near the engine.” The dassie seems very happy in his new home. He eats grass and nibbles on the cactus and plants the family brought back from Barrydale. Badenhorst notified the SPCA Wild Life section, who installed a cage in her garage in an attempt to trap the little dassie. “They put some peanut butter in the cage

MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Pasella presenter, Vicky Davis and bass guitarist and musician, Schalk Joubert with their pooches. PHOTO: CARINA ROUX

Time to go walkies

IT’S that time of the year again when man and his best friend lace up the takkies and leashes for the annual SPCA Purina Woefie Wandel. People’s Post and its sister publication, TygerBurger, are the print media sponsors for the event. This year thousands of people and their pooches will descend on the D’Aria Wine Estate in Durbanville on Sunday 24 March. Walkers and their dogs will go um, walkies, on a 4km scenic route through the vineyards. Both owners and their pets can relax and shop before and after the walk. There will also be fun giveaways, lucky draws and competitions. You can also buy the latest in pooch products at the SPCA Vetshop and Purina activation stands. You can also win cash from Husky when you present your till slip at the Woefie Wandel. Adding flair to the day’s festivities, actress and presenter Vicky Davis – from Pasella fame – will be MC for the day. “I cannot imagine my life without pets and my dogs bring so much love and enjoyment to my life,” she says. “The Woefie Wandel is a great opportunity for owners to spend time with their beloved canine friends and spoil them with a day out, while at the same time

SUBURBAN BLISS: This young rock dassie from Barrydale hitched a ride to Plumstead. PHOTO: GAVIN LAWSON

to tempt the dassie inside, but so far he hasn’t shown any interest in it,” she says. The family and neighbours are having a great time watching the antics of the cheeky dassie, who comes out of hiding about 08:30 to have a green breakfast. “He keeps an eye on us and is very aware of his surroundings. We think he is a youngster, because he is so small,” she said. The SPCA plans to release the dassie back into the wild – once they catch him. Meanwhile he is enjoying a spot of suburban bliss in a Plumstead garden.

raising funds to help the SPCA.” The SPCA also cautions owners of short-nose breeds, such as bulldogs and pugs and those with older dogs experiencing joint problems, to consult their vet before committing to take part in the walk. “Puppies under four-months-old are not permitted to participate, while owners of large breed dogs 18 months or younger, should also consider walking a shorter distance, which will be indicated along the route,” says SPCA events coordinator, Juan August. Water and cool-off points for both dogs and owners will be available along the routes. Entry forms are available at local vets, the SPCA in Grassy Park and SPCA Vetshop in Plumstead. Enter by email, fax, post or online at, before 17:00 on Friday 22 March and qualify for a discounted entry fee of R35 (owner) and R25 (dog). Entries on the day of the event will be open from 07:00 until 08:45 at a cost of R40 (owner) and R30 (dog). Children in prams enter free. V For more information on the SPCA, its work and projects and the Woefie Wandel, visit Alternatively phone the SPCA on 0 (021) 700 4141.

Donate and save a life today LAILA MAJIET


N ORDER to meet the demand for blood in the country, the South African National Blood Service must collect 3 000 units of blood a day. An average of 700 units of blood is needed every 24 hours to meet the demand for blood in this province alone. However, while one unit of blood can save up to three lives, less than 1% of eligible South Africans are regular blood donors. People are being encouraged to donate blood and help save a life. The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service’s Marlize Mouton says that even in 2013, with all the technology available to us, blood cannot be artificially manufactured. “Therefore we rely on the support of our voluntary blood donors,” she explains. Although 75% of the Western Cape population will need a blood transfusion during their lifetime, a mere 1.5% donate blood, Mouton says. The blood donor agency has basic donor criteria. You must be between 16 and 65 years old, weigh more than 50kgs, be in good health, live a safe sexual lifestyle and be committed to helping save lives. Donating blood has its benefits, Mouton says. “Every time you donate blood, you receive a ‘mini-medical’. Your iron, pulse, blood pressure and general health is checked before you donate blood.” However, she says more importantly is the benefit of knowing you have had an impact on saving someone’s life. Donating blood is a simple. “It is of utmost importance that you eat a substantial meal three to four hours before donating blood. Drink lots of water or

juice on the day of donation and take it easy with exercise for that day,” Mouton advises. She says blood donated is rarely used in its donated state. “It is only used in its original state in cases of replacing massive blood loss in trauma emergencies. Mostly blood is divided into blood products, including red cells, plasma and platelets.” Red cells are used in the treatment of anaemia and bleeding after trauma surgery. Plasma is used to treat burn wounds, bleeding disorders, to restore blood volume and to provide antibodies. Platelets are used to treat leukaemia, in bone marrow transplants and low platelet count. To become a donor, visit, or a mobile clinic. The service has mobile units visiting various venues throughout the province each day of the week. “Our clinic teams visit various libraries, community centres, churches, educational institutions, businesses, factories and shopping malls,” Mouton says. The clinic schedule can be viewed on The service also has two fixed sites. People may visit 22 Long Street from Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 15:45. Alternatively, visit the N1 City Mall in Goodwood to donate. The donor clinic at the mall is open all week. They operate from 10:00 until 17:45 during the week, from 09:00 until 14:45 on a Saturday and from 09:00 until 11:45 on Sundays and public holidays. For further details call 0 (021) 507 6300, SMS “Blood” to 33507 or email 2



Octopus fishing in the Bay TERESA FISCHER


IX hundred experimental octopus traps have been sunk in False Bay, in an attempt to create a new fishing sector. Sea Freeze, a Hout Bay-based fishing company, last month deployed seven exploratory octopus long between Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek. Each line is about one kilometre long, with two main buoys on each end. The buoys have radar reflectors and lights and are visible about 500m from the shore. Ropes weighed down with cement drag the lines down vertically. The traps are placed horizontally along the lines, far beneath the surface of the water. Garry Nel of Sea Freeze says, if successful, this would be a positive and sustainable use of a valuable and under-utilised resource. He adds the national department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) issues exploratory octopus long line permits valid for five years. DAFF spokesperson, Carol Moses, confirms Nel has an exploratory permit. His area of fishing are Monwabisi Beach to Hoek van Bobbejaanberg in Cape Point. Moses says the permit allows them to fish with both trigger traps and shelter pots to a maximum of 6 000 at present. An octopus pot creates a habitat for the octopus to find shelter and make a home. No bait is used and the turnaround time of hauling the lines is between seven to 14 days. An octopus trigger trap lures the octopus into the trap by means of artificial bait attraction, has no by-catch and improves the

Take a hike – or two THE Meridian Hiking Club will host a number of hikes this month. On Saturday 16 March the club will host a hike of Down Witte River Rock Hopper. Take along food and water, as well as money for the permit. For more information phone Sam on 082 498 0361. On the same day a sunset hike of Devil’s Peak, from the Tafelberg Road will be held. Take along your sundowners, snacks and a torch. Phone Colin Blake on 082 532 3124. A surprise hike of Table Mountain will be held on Sunday 17 March. For more information email Vicki Wilson on

turnaround time of hauling the lines in, between four to six days. Nel prefers the latter, which is more expensive as the traps are not baited. This, he says, means there is no by-catch. Nel adds “not too many” octopi have been caught as the experiment is just beginning. He says an octopus only lives for one year, making it a “perfectly sustainable resource if we can get the formula of costs versus catches right”. After they are caught they are put into ice solutions, transported to the processing factory, packed, graded and exported.

Nel says: “I first applied for an experimental octopus permit in 1998 – and we have been at it ever since, in one form or another. It has never worked so far.” This is said to be because of “previously uninformed” permit conditions, theft of gear at sea, lack of sufficiently effective traps and lack of developmental finances. Nel says the industry would create many new job opportunities on the vessels, in the processing facilities and support industries. He adds it would alleviate economic pressure off other commercial fisheries and would alleviate predation pressure of octo-

pus on West Coast Rock Lobster stocks. Professor Colin Attwood, a UCT zoologist says: “There should be no problem with the octopus fishery. If managed properly, the population of octopus will be reduced, but not to the extent that it compromises the capacity of the population”. Billy Leisegang, manager of the False Bay Yacht Club says they received a navigation warning from the company. He says this design is “professional” compared to past experiments and adds boats cannot become entangled by the lines. V See for a video.

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Tasting the good life at MCC festival WITH champagne and caviar, the Vineyard Hotel and Spa garden in Newlands was the perfect setting for the annual MCC Festival which took place on Sunday 3 March. Seventeen different champagnes, mostly distilled in the Cape, were showcased on the day. The garden was due to it’s beauty and close proximity to Table Mountain. It was packed as people from all over joined in on a glorious day, walking glass in hand from one vendor to the other. Wine lovers can look forward to every Monday in March, which will be devoted to wine tastintgs at the hotel.

PERFECT DESTINATION: Andea Rigamon­ ti and Caroline Broadhurst says: “South African events are always fabulous”.

BUBBLY BRIGADE: From left, are Jason Milbank, Tracey McGahey, Bonnie Strange, Simon Pequeno, Tracy­Lee Fillmore and Penny Gracie.

FEET UP: Ailsa Smith and Linda Ronnie relaxing in the shade.

SUNDAY OUTING: From left are Andy du Plessis, Yolande Young and Alan Benatar

TASTE MASTERS: From left, champagne experts Melanie and Brian Watson, and their friends Jill and Joek de Haan


People flock to festival THE third annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival is on at the Baxter Theatre until Saturday 23 March. Headed by artistic director Thami Mbongo, coordinator Zoleka Helesi and Bongile Mantsai, the festival aims to, among others, provide a platform for artists, provide a skills programme in areas of theatre-making to upcoming artists, and identify raw talent.

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THEATRE NIGHT: From left are John Kani, Faeza Meyer, Dr Ivan Meyer, Janet Suzman and Jane Moleleki Stuurman.

GROUP EFFORT: Khayalethu Anthony, Nosipho Bele, Bongile Mantsai and Rebecca Peyton at the Baxter.

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Added spring a perfect tonic TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN THE hundreds of Capetonians who make a daily pilgrimage to fill up on the perfect elixir – spring water from natural spring overflow pipe in Springs Way, Newlands – may now also do so at the SAB brewery in Newlands. The brewery decided to add an alternative collection point to alleviate congestion in Springs Way. Douglas February, engineering manager at SAB’s Newlands Brewery, says the spring in Springs Way is owned by SAB and the Newlands Brewery uses only spring water in production of their beers. Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services of City of Cape Town, says the residents of the old age home opposite the Newlands spring complained to SAB. He points out that some of the issues included traffic congestion, noise and inaccessibility of family and emergency vehicles to the home. “Springs Way is not SAB property so there was nothing we could do, but being property owners in the road we wanted to be good neighbours and do our bit to try and help the community,” says February. He explains they wanted to try and assist the community without exacerbating the problem in Spring Way. “We didn’t want to make the facility in Springs Way more accommodating because more people might have come to collect. We conducted many workshops and planning with the City and thought of making another feature at the brewery, as it has the space,”

ELIXIR: Andrea Shea quenches her thirst with a glass of spring water from the spring water feature at Newlands Brewery. February says. “The process took two years because we had to do tests to ensure the water quality was good. We had to get permission from the City before we let people come and take water for free and we had to evaluate the various technical and risk factors. “People come to collect water for various

reasons such as health, spiritual, environmental and, for some, because it’s free.” He adds the quality of water is the same. “Water will always be running there and we would like people to know that it is physically impossible for the water quality at our feature to be different from the one in Springs Way.

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“It is a direct line from Springs Way and the water is still the same when it gets here,” February says. Sarka Svoboda, a Oranjezecht resident who has been collecting spring water for three years, says she prefers the new feature to the one in Springs Way. “It is easier to drive in here and more convenient when collecting water,” she says. Svoboda, who collects water two to three times a week for various family members, says she enjoys meeting different people. “When you come to collect water you meet people from all over Cape Town,” she says. “People drink spring water for various reasons. “There is one guy from Mitchells Plain who comes to collect water every week for his son who has diabetes. He feels it’s the best quality water.” Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, says he collects every four days, as his wife refuses to cook with anything else. “My wife only cooks with water from the spring and says she can taste the difference in the food, especially in soups and other water-based foods,”he says. He also points out that his coffee seems to taste better when made with the “best water in Cape Town” and the best part, according to him is, “it doesn’t cost a cent”. Katherine Tudsbury and her mother, Pat, say they collect water because it has better nutritional value than tap water. “It is healthier and has a lighter taste than tap water. You don’t get an after taste if you leave spring water standing around,” says Pat.

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ATHLETES IN TRAINING: Her足 zlia Constantia Primary School recently held its Foundation Phase athletics day. The pupils proved to be very sportsman足like. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

FRIENDSHIPS FORMED: Kronendal Primary School held its annual Grade 7 camp at High Africa in Worcester. The camp saw the pupils overcome various obstacles and work in teams. The highlight of the camp was completing the high ropes and canoeing down the Breede River. Here Anthony Chigombe (left) and Doulton Pawley prepare themselves for the high ropes. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

BRAVE: Abby Anderton gets ready for the high ropes.

RELAXING: Kirstenhof Primary School held its annual Grade 7 camp at Wortelgat in Stanford last month. While various activities kept the pupils busy, they also had some time to relax. Here, from left, Utah McKay, Ross Simpson and Gareth Peiser rest on their bed for the evening sleep足out. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

HANGING OUT: Timothy Herman had fun on the high ropes.



Sex ed 101

EDUCATION is key. Annually, 2 000 pupils in the Western Cape fall pregnant. Only a third will return to school to finish their education. This was revealed by the provincial education department. Frightening and utterly dismaying. It’s clear the safe sex message is getting lost somewhere along the line. Apart from unplanned pregnancy, unsafe sex also carries the risk of HIV/Aids and other communicable diseases. But mark well these words – it’s futile to cast aspersions on pupils, as uppity, more well-to-do folk are apt to do. The goal is to keep these children, for that they still are, in school. There is now a little one to care for and what chances do young mothers have when their schooling is incomplete? Slim. The provincial education department has developed a policy to provide step-by-step guidelines on how principals and governing bodies should support pregnant pupils to ensure they stay in school. The Cape Winelands is one of the most heavily affected. They are to be given access to counselling by social workers and psychologists based at district offices. These pupils may also call the Safe Schools call centre on 0800 45 46 47. The policy also provides, in detail, guidelines on how to manage exams for pregnant pupils, especially for young mothers in Grade 12. The department’s efforts to help our youth is laudable, but the girl’s family – if she has any – also needs to step up. In 2010, 2 108 pupils in the Western Cape had fallen pregnant. In 2011, that figure was 2 097. Teen pregnancy is a fixable problem and has workable solutions. So, let’s end the sneering – there’s a little one waiting to be born.

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THE almost hysterical response from Brian Hoare to my letter cannot go unanswered (“‘Downtrodden’ must help themselves”, People’s Post, 26 February). It is not in dispute that the DA is in political control of the Overberg District Municipality and Bredasdorp. When taverns are still open at 03:00 in Bredasdorp, you cannot blame the ANC if the DA is in power. When service delivery does not take place in municipalities under DA control and in the Western Cape, you cannot blame the ANC as the DA holds the political reigns. When the Mayor of Cape Town “moves” more than R80m of her unspent budget to the next financial year, while our people are still suffering on the Cape Flats and in the townships, then the DA must be held accountable. When the City of Cape Town implores its citizens to donate towards assisting the victims of the many fires in our informal townships, but then allocates R23m towards upgrading the City Hall, one has to question where the priorities of the DA lies. Hoare refers to residents of the Eastern Cape being “bussed” to our province. He doesn’t provide any proof of this. In any event, there is no law in the world that prohibits the movement of people from one place to another. Many people who fought to liberate our country were housed by neighbouring SADC countries and, were it not for them, we would not be living in a democracy today. In addition, although the DA laid charges of “making the Cape ungovernable” about a year ago, nobody has actually been arrested for this. The social ills that need repairing are occurring in towns and municipalities under the political control of the DA and they must take responsibility for this. I do not understand, therefore, how Hoare can blame President Jacob Zuma and Councillor Tony Ehrenreich for the DA’s failure to deliver. After only 18 years of our new democracy, our country has done fairly well despite being under centuries of colonial apartheid rule. Instead of complaining and blaming others, we all need to do our bit to ensure we do not end up becoming another statistic. Colin Arendse, Wynberg

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Solly Malatsi, spokesperson for Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, responds: Abraham Manslow must have been thinking of Mr Colin Arendse when he penned his famous phrase “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” if his latest letter is anything to go by. His conclusions on the City’s two transactions are consistent with his propensity for misleading allegations against DA governments at municipal and provincial level. The Mayor didn’t move R80m of the City of Cape Town’s unspent budget to the next financial year. The City of Cape Town, just like other municipalities, is allowed to review its spending trends as part of the budget adjustments. The transfer of the R80m to the next financial year emanated from, but not limited to, savings on our spending for existing projects. This money will be spent on delivering services to Capetonians still contrary to Mr Arendse’s misguided insinuations. His criticism of the City’s spending in improving the City Hall shows how out of touch with reality he is. The City Hall is an iconic facility. It is part of the history of not only Cape Town, but the country. It was on the stairs of the City Hall where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man. It is a facility that is available for use by all the people of Cape Town. It hosts a variety of cultural and entertainment events a year that are enjoyed by people from diverse backgrounds in the City. Its upgrade is central to the City’s broader plans to establish Cape Town as the events capital of the continent and fostering social cohesion by bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to enjoy cultural and entertainment events in the City. Any responsible government would want to ensure its strategic facilities such as the City Hall are well maintained so that future generations can also enjoy (it). The City is determined to make the City Hall a facility of which we can all be proud. Mr Arendse would be well advised to stop looking at everything as a nail and focus on what he can do to help make Cape Town an even greater city.

Baboons: an ‘asset’, but ‘not endangered’ IN THE article “Baboon raids curbed” (People’s Post, 12 February), Julia Wood of the City’s Environmental Resource Management Department says: “Baboons are not an endangered species.” Where are the elephants, the lions, zebra and others? Sadly, all gone. The baboons are the last of the big mammals to live in the Cape Peninsula. Visitors from Canada said walking with the baboons with Jenni Trethowan was a greater experience than walking with the gorillas. What an asset to be proud of. We should be glad and think how lucky we are to have them. Of course they must be managed. Tony Hall, Hout Bay

Treat all traffic offenders equally ON Monday 25 February, while waiting to cross Main Road in Wynberg, I observed a traffic officer issuing fines for vehicles parking in a loading zone. At the same time two taxis, on different occasions, turned into Lower Church Street from Main Road, stopping in the middle of the intersection for passengers to disembark. In so doing, they blocked all the vehicles in Main Road because there were other motorists wanting to turn. I have never seen a traffic officer walking down Lower Main Road to ticket the taxis that are parked on the pavement or double parking in those narrow streets. Are we, the law-abiding citizens, easy targets or are the authorities afraid to reprimand the taxi industry who constantly breaks the law? It will be a wonderful day when we are all treated equally. George, Wynberg


New booze bylaw


OME APRIL, businesses trading in liquor will have to abide by trading hours and days as set out by the City of Cape Town. The new Liquor Trading Days and Hours bylaw will come into effect on Monday 1 April, following the year-long implementation of the Western Cape Liquor Act. Traders will need to abide by the bylaw, regardless of the type of trading licence they hold. The decision was reached after an “extensive” engagement process with the relevant stakeholders across the Peninsula. “The bylaw seeks to strike a balance between the social affects of alcohol abuse, potential disruption and the reasonable sale of alcohol for the hospitality sector,” says Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning. The trading hours for on-licenced premises is until 02:00, businesses – housed in businesszoned and industrial areas – can apply for an extension until 04:00. No business will automatically receive the exemption and will need to apply for the extension. On-consumption premises, such as guesthouses, places of entertainment and sports clubs, in residential areas will trade in liquor from 11:00 until 23:00, while casinos and hotels in residential areas will trade from 11:00 until 02:00.

The bylaw stipulates that on-consumption businesses operating in liquor sales in a local or neighbourhood business area will operate from 11:00 until 23:00, while a sport or community club in the same area will operate from 11:00 until 00:00. On-consumption businesses selling liquor in general business, industrial and agricultural areas will operate from 11:00 until 02:00, while those operating in alcohol sales in rural or other ad-hoc locations will operate from 11:00 until 00:00. The trading hours of special events such as fetes and carnivals will be determined by the temporary licence conditions. Room service at hotels or guesthouses will be available at any time of the day, while sparkling wine can be served, as part of a meal, from 08:00. Off-consumption businesses such as liquor stores and shebeens, where liquor is not consumed on the premises, may trade from 09:00 until 18:00 from Monday to Saturday. These businesses do not qualify to apply for the extension of trading hours. The City encourages traders who wish to apply for the extension to submit applications, which will be free, as soon as possible. V Applications are available from any City Environmental Health office or from Visit this website for more information, too.

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Tuesday 12 March V Hout Bay: A free computer course, Comput­ ing Beyond Beginners, will be held at the Computer School at the Spinney in Main Road, at 18:30. Learn about Facebook, the internet, PayPal, Microsoft Excel and much more. Everyone is welcome. Phone Tony Hall on 0 (021) 790 1726 or email 2 Wednesday 13 March

V Wynberg: The Cape Town Family History Society’s will hold its annual meeting at St John’s Church at 14:30. The meeting will also see a presentation by Chrischené Julius, Collections Manager of the District Six Museum, on Oral History of the Families of District Six. Entrance, at R20, includes refreshment. Everyone is welcome. Enquiries to David Slingsby on 0 (021) 715 5104 or 2, or Ann Smythe on 0 (021) 794 6225 or email 2 anns­

V Wynberg: The Fortress International Assembly congregation will host a praise and worship session, Praise Him with a dance, at the church in Main Road, Wynberg (neighbour­ ing Wynberg Pharmacy) from 18:00 until 19:30. Drinks will be served.

V Constantia: Lions family fun day at 10:00 the Cape Academy of Maths and Science, corner Firgrove and Spaanschemat roads. Entrance on Firgrove Road. Raffles, tea garden, games, music, wine tasting, craft Market, bric a brac. All proceeds to local charities. Phone Aiden Ewers on 0 082 453 3272, 0 (021) 785 2118 or Ged Hirschman 082 202 3217 or 0 (021) 788 4648.

Thursday 14 March

Sunday 17 March

V Newlands: The Standard 5 class of 1963 of Central Primary School in Diep River, and other past pupils and teachers, are invited to attend the 50th anniversary at Newlands Cricket Ground at 19:00 for 19:30. Email Derek Hanslo on 2

V Hout Bay: The Lions Club of Hout Bay will hold its weekly craft market from 09:00 until 16:00. The market operates every Sunday, weather permitting. For more information phone Miranda Lewis on 0 082 850 9752. Tuesday 19 March

V Hout Bay: The Hout Bay and Llandudno Community Police Forum will meet at the Hout Bay Library hall at 19:00.

V Hout Bay: A free computer course, Introduc­ tion to computers for absolute beginners, will be offered at the Computer School at the Spinney in Main Road at 15:00. Learn Win­ dows, basic computer terminology, file management and the basics of Microsoft Word, email, and the Internet. Everyone is welcome. For further details contact Tony Hall 0 (021) 790 1726 or 2

Friday 15 March V Newlands: The South Peninsula High School class of 1968 will hold its 45th year reunion at Newlands Cricket Ground at 19:00 for 19:30. Phone Zubeida on 0 082 786 1456 or Zuleiga on 0 (021) 715 1538. Saturday 16 March V Bergvliet: The Lions Club of Newlands will hold a family Fun Day at the Cape Academy Campus on the corner of Firgrove and Spaanschemat roads from 09:00 until 16:00. Donations for a bric­a­brac and book stall will be appreciated. Collection can be arranged. Phone Ged Hirschman on 0 082 202 3217 or Val Turner on 0 082 299 2279. V Diep River: The Musgrave Park Bowling Club will host a St Patrick’s Dance for seniors at Musgrave Park in Kendall Road at 19:00. Tickets cost R30; take along your own snacks and drinks. For further details phone Citi Lawless on 0 (021) 712 9737 or 0 084 723 2203. V Constantia: The South African Riding for the Disabled Association (Sarda) will host a car boot sale at the Sarda Centre in Brom­ mersvlei Road from 08:00 until noon. Entry for trading cars is R45; while entrance for shoppers is free. No second­hand clothing may be sold. For further details phone Bridget on

V Plumstead: The Prostate cancer Support Action group will meet in the auditorium of MediClinic Constantiaberg in Burnham Road at 17:45 for 18:00. Newly diagnosed patients and their partners or carers are welcome to attend, meet prostate cancer survivors and share details of their experience. Jill Harris wil be the guest speaker. For more information call or SMS the group phone on 0 073 560 3067. Saturday 23 March V Constantia: The Rainbow Puppet Theatre will present The Brave Little Easter Rabbit at the Constantia Waldorf School at 10:00 and 11:15. Admission is R20. Enquiries to Alison on 0 (021) 783 2063 or 2 therainbow.puppetthe­ Monday 25 March V Bergvliet: Bergvliet High School will host a mini sunset concert, featuring touring Ameri­ can Jazz band, Milton Academy and the Jazz Band of St Joseph’s Marist College, as well as performances by the Bergvliet Big Bands and Jazz Combos, at the school from 18:00 until 20:30. Admission is free.


CAPPED: The new liquor bylaw involving the sale of liquor will affect shebeen own­ ers but will be welcomed by most communities. PHOTO: PHOT024



Getaway calls all travel junkies CALLING all adrenaline junkies – the Cape Getaway Show is a must to attend for all travel and outdoor enthusiasts. This well-known exhibition returns to Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West from Friday 15 until Sunday 17 March. It is a fun outing for the entire family to

enjoy with 250 outdoor, travel and adventure exhibits on show. In addition to the exhibitions there will be hikes, mountain biking, a mini-cycle show and photo workshop. Children can be entertained in the outside activity arena while the adults feast

NOTICE OF MEETINGS OF THE SUBCOUNCILS: MARCH 2013 Notice is hereby given that the meeting of the 24 (twenty four) Subcouncils for the City of Cape Town will take place at the time and venue indicated in the schedule below: Subcouncil Venue




Council Chambers, Royal Ascot, Milnerton




Kraaifontein Council Chambers











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Council Chambers, Voortrekker Road, Goodwood Parow Council Chambers, Tallent Road, Parow The Hague Community Hall, Cnr Delft Main & Silversands Road, The Hague Bellville Council Chambers, Bellville Civic Centre


Durbanville Council Chamber




Strand Council Chambers, Strand







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Solomon Tshuku Hall, Site C, Khayelitsha Lookout Hill Tourism Facility, Khayelitsha


Fezeka Council Chambers




Portland Community Centre



Ruth First Community Hall



Fezeka Council Chambers



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Raven Room, Pinelands Training Centre, 20 Pinelands Council Chambers, 44 Wale Street, 18 Cape Town

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Athlone Minor Hall




Rondevlei Subcouncil Chambers, Lotus River




Council Chambers, Fish Hoek







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Council Chambers, Alphen Centre, Constantia Oostenberg Council Chambers, Kuils River


Strand Council Chambers




Colorado Community Centre




Khayelitsha Training Centre



Manager Peter Deacon 021 550 1001 Fred Monk 021 980 6053 Johannes Brand 021 590 1676 Ardela van Niekerk 021 444 0196 Martin Julie 021 695 8161 Pat Jansen 021 918 2024 Carin Viljoen 021 444 0689 Izak du Toit 021 850 4149 Johnson Fetu 021 360 1351 Goodman Rorwana 021 360 1267 Kayise Nombakuse 021 630 1737 Alesia Bosman 021 371 8199 Lunga Bobo 021 630 1619 Christopher Jako 021 630 1678 Mariette Griessel 021 531 3437 Marius Coetsee 021 487 2055 Edgar Carolissen 021 637 9757 Okkie Manuels 021 700 4020 Desiree Mentor 021 784 2011 Brian Ford 021 794 2493 Pieter Grobler 021 900 1502 Richard Moi 021 900 1508 Raphael Martin 021 371 4551 Anthony Mathe 021 956 8000

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on delicious food or enjoy the beer tent, wine tastings and live music. Discover authentic travel experiences, win trips, snap up great deals and buy the latest travel and outdoor gear. Gates are open from 09:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and from 09:00 to 17:00 on Sunday.

Rising tide of water conservation MARCH is Water Month – so do your bit to help preserve this scarce resource. The theme for this year is Keep Saving Water. National Water Week runs from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 March and World Water Day is celebrated on Friday 22 March. “It is critical that all communities join us in raising awareness of the importance of saving water. If we all play our part, we can reach our objectives of preserving and conserving Cape Town’s water supply,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services, Ernest Sonnenberg. The City has planned various programmes which will focus on educating all water consumers, reducing water consumption and restricting and reporting water wastage. A Green Week expo will be held at the Bellville Library from Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 March. The expo will resume on Friday 22 March 2013. Water saving interventions will also run from Monday 25 to Thursday 28 March, while the City’s Water and Sanitation department’s new website offers a wealth of water-related information. A detailed programme will be published V Report leaks, pipe bursts, water wastage and water bylaw contraventions to the City’s 24-hour hotline on 0 0860 103 089, via SMS to 31373 or via email 2

SOCIAL AWARENESS: The Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA), an NPO based in Epping, was awarded for its use of social media at the Equestrian Social Media Awards. From more than 10 000 nominees, the organisation was named the winner for the award of Best Use of Social Media in Africa and Middle East last month. The organisation’s social media spokes­ person, Andrea Rubin, says this award is a boost for CHPA, as it has spread created a global awareness about the work they do protecting our local cart horses. For more information on CHPA visit To report cart house abuse phone 0 082 659 9599. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

In addition to items of relevance to specific subcouncils, the following items will appear on the agendas for all Subcouncils in March: • •

Cape Town Zoning Scheme (CTZS) – Introduction and Information-sharing Cape Town Spatial Development Framework - Technical amendments for comment

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

Visit V Win! People’s Post readers can win five double tickets to the event. Stand a chance to win by SMSing the word “travel” and your name to 34586. SMSes cost R1.50. Or enter online by visiting the People’s Post website on Winners will be notified by phone.

Keeping the little ones safe CHILD in danger? Keep calm and launch the Kids Aid App. This application (app) will give parents step-by-step instructions on how to treat their children in an emergency. The Kids Aid App, created by Emergency Medical Treatment (EMT), BobZoo and Business Connexion, is suited for smartphones and offers steps for First Aid treatment anywhere, any time. It is, however, only available for the iPhone modules, but will soon be available on Android phones.

The app features voice-guided assistance for CPR situations, uses GPS to provide the location of the nearest hospitals and provides local emergency numbers. It also offers dates for training courses by EMT and tutorial videos on how to perform CPR. Assistance for drowning, burns, different forms of shock, cold exposure, heat illness, head injuries, poisoning, fractures and Sislocations is offered. V Download the app from the App Store. For more information visit



Threat of rain stops play

FULL HOUSE: The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.


THOSE lovers of fine music who missed out on the free performance of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), take heart. Following the prediction of heavy rainfall, the CPO concert scheduled for Friday 8 March will now be held on Saturday 23 March. It will take place during Earth Hour, from 20:30 to 21:30, at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre. The evening is certain to be a musical highlight for many Capetonians as conductor Brandon Phillips leads the full orchestra through a range of popular classics from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Overture, Spanish Dance and Trepak from the Nutcracker Suite, to Toreador from the Carmen Suite of Bizet, Strauss’s Blue Danube and Radetzki March and the Entry of the Gladiators by Fucik. Also on the bill are the Hungarian Dance by Brahms and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. To add a contemporary twist to the evening the orchestra will also acknowledge pop classics with a Michael Jackson Medley, a Duke Ellington tribute and the theme of Pirates of the Caribbean. The evening will be narrated by Laurika Steenkamp.

OUT OF AFRICA: Ringo Madlingozi.

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Sunset with Ringo IT WILL be a sunset concert like no other when Ringo Madlingozi brings his authentic African voice to the Kirstenbosch sunset concert on Sunday 17 March. Ringo has carved out a niche for himself as an artist able to craft songs that are rooted in Africa, yet appeal to a wide mass of people. Few SA artists are as in tune with the “rhythm of their soul” as this Gugulethu-born performer. Originally named Sindile, his mother later gave him the nickname Ringo (after Ringo Starr) because of the drumming and singing talents he started displaying at an early age. Today this talented artist has a string of awards and albums that have seen platinum status. The afternoon concert promises to be one of the best of the series. Wowing audiences across the globe with his “Ringo sound” has become the norm and he has worked with renowned local and international artists – from Mandoza to UB40. He has won the hearts of many music fans across the world as an artist who aspires to initiate collaborations that unite Africans in song. The concert at Kirstenbosch Gardens is from 17:30 to 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. For ticket prices, phone (021) 799 8783/8620 or visit the website V People’s Post readers can win three double tickets. Email, with the word “Ringo” in the subject. Or go to to win three double tickets. Winners will be notified by phone.

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WP Softball to review tournament participation

LEADING THE WAY: Villager RFC chairperson Bruce Fraser (left) and Rameez Ismail, Villager rugby administrator, have made several changes to the policies of Villager RFC. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES

Villager plots a new path to glory LIAM MOSES VILLAGER RFC have embarked on a mission to restore its reputation as one of the country’s best rugby clubs. The Claremont club, South Africa’s second oldest after Hamiltons RFC, fell from grace last season when they were relegated from the top tier of Western Province club rugby. Villager finished stone last in Super League A, after 16 losses, a draw and a solitary win, and the poor performance lead to some introspection from the club’s leadership. Bruce Fraser, rugby chairperson at teh club, says he identified several problems after taking up his position near the end of the season in August. The most glaring problem, he says, was the amount of money being spent on salaries of players and coaches. “The current committee doesn’t want to fall into the same trap as everyone else and have to try and find R1.5m to pay players every year,” he says. “It’s not sustainable because there is no money out there. Where do you find sponsors? No-one is investing, so we retracted the money and none of our players and coaches will be paid. There are no contracts, no retainers or match fees.” Paying top players has become standard practice in club rugby and first team members at top clubs can earn as much as R14 000 per month. Fraser says players were previously attracted to the club solely for financial reasons, not a desire to play for Villager. “From our first team set up last year, when were relegated to Super League B, we had a

handful of players who remained for this season,” he says. “The rest of them have all gone. Some of those players have played here for three to five seasons. That for me was the biggest eyeopener. We haven’t been building club members, we have been buying club members. It’s about playing for the badge and the guy standing next to you. It’s about putting the pride back into the club and the team and that can win you games and keep you competitive in the league.” Since taking over, Fraser has made several other changes at the club. These include scrapping the first, second and third teams in order to form a senior squad from which the match day teams will be selected and focusing the club’s coaches on improving the skills of individual players. “I think that has given many players, who have been here for the last two years, renewed energy to be involved because they now have an equal opportunity to play in the first team. It’s up to them; the way the club can help them is by improving their skills them,” he says. The club has also showed faith in Rito Hlungwane and kept the former Western Province lock on as head coach. Fraser says Hlungwane might not have been allowed another term in past years. Villager have set a top five finish and steady improvement as their only performance goals this season and aim to make it back to Super League A in five years time. The “Dirty Whites” will have an opportunity to test the viability of their new systems when they face Hamiltons in the 137th instalment of South Africa’s oldest club rugby derby on Saturday 23 March.

THE Western Province Softball Federation (WPSF) general council will meet today to review its decision to not participate in the annual Softball South Africa (SSA) National Provincial Championship (NPC). The WPSF general council, which is made up of the chairpersons of affiliated clubs, elected not to take part in the tournament at a meeting in February (“WP Softball still out of tourney, says letter”, People’s Post, 5 March). However, the Federation could now overturn this decision after complaints from disappointed players at a feedback meeting on Tuesday 5 February. According to Noore Nacerodien, former chairperson and CEO of WPSF and former first vice-president of SSA, the initial decision in February was taken without the correct information being given to the clubs. “Their decision was based on what they (the chairpersons) were told. From the front – the way I heard it – the NPC is not approved and they have a problem with the interim committee,” he says. “However, there are no problems. The NPC is valid and approved by the South African Sport Council and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the interim committee has been supported by Sascoc. We have no right to say that the players can’t play.” Nacerodien, who is also an international referee, was present at the meeting along with about 40 officials and players. Nazeem Dulvie, chairperson of Westridge Yankees Baseball and Softball Club, was also present at both meetings. He echoed Nacerodien’s claims, saying clubs were told by the WPSF executive board that the NPC was “not sanctioned”. “At the chairpersons meeting in February some information was mis-communicated. The understanding was that the NPC wasn’t sanctioned and that was

Touchline topics Tuesday 12 March V Grassy Park: Senior training has kicked off at Spenston FC. The club will hold practice sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at Fairmont High School in Klip Road at 18:00. Junior training will commence on Friday 15 March and will take place at 16:30 on the same days, at the same venue. New members are welcome. For more information phone Rafiek Armien on 083 248 6305. Thursday 14 March V Heathfield: Ashford Athletic FC will hold its annual general meeting at its clubhouse in Sweetvalley Road at 19:30. All current members and anyone interested in joining the club are welcome. Saturday 16 March V Cape Town: The annual Boschendal/Jan van Riebeeck Festival Lion’s Head Challenge will take at Jan van Riebeeck High School, through the CBD. The race features a 17km trail run, the 7km fun run and a host of entertainment after the completion of the races. The trail run starts at 06:15, with registration open from 05:00 at a cost of R100 per person or R90 per person for groups of 10 people. The 7km fun run, through Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht, Bo­Kaap and the city centre, will start at 07:00. The entry fee will cost R35 per adult and R10 per child. Schools entering teams in the fun run have the opportunity to win R10 000 for the school registering the most entries by Thursday 14 March. Visit www.jvr­ to enter. For more information on the event call Miranda van der Merwe on

when the decision was made,” says Dulvie. “But when we got to the meeting on Tuesday 5 March we were told that it is a sanctioned tournament. I don’t know if it was mis-communicated or if the information wasn’t available to them.” In the People’s Post article published on the same day as the feedback meeting, SSA’s interim chairman Basil Peters confirmed the sport was carrying on as normal despite the fact SSA were placed under administration by Sascoc. “Sascoc has given us a directive that the sport must carry on as it is. There’s nobody besides the interim committee running the sport,” he said. Both Nacerodien and Dulvie say players are upset at missing out on representing WP, missing out on potential national selection – which takes place at the NPC – and at not being consulted on the decision. The NPC will be hosted in Kempton Park from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 March. Should the decision to not participate be overturned, the WP will have less than nine days to select and prepare a team. “To get ourselves ready to go to Kempton Park is virtually impossible. There is going to a very rich, chequebook team,” Nacerodien says. “It’s going go to be those who can gather that sort of money in the space of a week.” He adds the tournament could cost the players around R6 000 per person. Dulvie shares the same concerns but says he will still be voting to attend the tournament, as this is what Yankees players have decided. He says 66% of the clubs will need to overturn their Tuesday 5 February decisions for WP to participate in the NPC. People’s Post attempted to contact Denise Paulsen, chairperson of WPSF, for comment but could not reach her by the time of going to print.

083 457 2472. V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Beach Sailing and Surfski Club will host the 19th annual Cape Point Challenge Regatta. The regatta will see catamarans racing from Fish Hoek Beach to Cape Point and back. Entries for the race cost R500 per two­man boat and will close on Friday 15 March. The race will start from Fish Hoek beach, with the smaller boats setting sail at 10:00 and the larger boats at 11:00. Proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the National Sea Rescue Institute. For more information phone Mark Obree on 083 267 0982 or visit V Rondebosch: The Western Province Cricket Club (WPCC) Tag Rugby Super Series League will kick­off on Wednesday 27 March and run until Wednesday 8 May. Tag rugby is a non­contact version of the game that can be played by teams of men and women. Entry to the league costs R1 000 per team. The tournament will take place at the Colin de Jager Fields in Avenue de Mist. Free team tryouts will be hosted on Wednesday 13 March at 17:30 at the same venue. For more informa­ tion phone (021) 657 3330. Sunday 14 April V Plumstead: Plumstead Cricket Club will host several charity walks and runs at its fields in Victoria Road. The event will feature a 5km and 10km walk, a 5km and 10km run, as well as various other fun, children’s races. The 5km walk and run will cost R40, while the 10km events will cost R50. The other fun events will cost R20 or R25. All participants will be asked to nominate a charity upon entry, and the charity with the most votes for each event will win the proceeds. For more information visit

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SKW to play for survival LIAM MOSES


K WALMERS will be playing for Community Cup survival when they host GAP Despatch at the Green Point Track on Saturday. The clubs are level on points, in third and second place on the table respectively, meaning that Saturday’s victor will qualify for the second round of the competition. The loser is knocked out. SKW would normally be considered favourites for the encounter, but the pressure of the situation could make Despatch much tougher opponents. Sedick Sieed, Walmers forward coach, believes his team will have to front up physically if they are to win the game. “They have huge forwards, who will come at us, so we must prepare thoroughly. We

LIAM MOSES THE head coach of Mondale High School’s football team has warned his players against over-confidence as they prepare to defend their Ryan Rasool Memorial Cup title. Mondale won both the Ryan Rasool Memorial Cup and the Mr Price League last year, and will aim to repeat their double in 2013. Team coach Nigel Crowie is confident in his squad’s capabilities to lift the title for the second consecutive year. “It’s going to be quite difficult. Normally it’s easy to win a title, but to retain is a lot harder. We definitely will go out there to retain it,” he says. “We have a strong team with a number of the boys left from last year. But, they have

must work on our rucks, but I think we are going to edge them at the line-outs,” he says. “The scrums and the rucks will be important. We have to work very, very hard.” Sieed adds the game will be like “test match” and says his side must be tactically disciplined to win. “I think our guys are mentally prepared. They are very relaxed and are up for (the challenge). “The crowd will be with us and in our favour, and we must use it wisely. We must play smart rugby. If we win 3-0 its fine; we just have to win.” SKW started the competition in fine form, brushing aside United Bulk Villagers Worcester 49-26, at home, in their opening game before coming from behind to edge Griquas champions Aveng Moolmans Sishen 39-32 in Kathu.

However, the club’s march towards qualification was halted in Durban on Saturday when they lost 30-18 to Jonsson College Rovers, the Moor Cup and National Club Championship holders. Walmers were out-scored by four tries to two, with Sharks winger Wandile Mjekevu crossing twice for the home side, former Boland forward Nikolai Blignaut scoring one try and outside centre and former WP youth player Sergio Torrens also grabbing a try. Walmers responded with touchdowns from Adnaan Osman and Mogamat Johnson. Sieed believes his side could have won if not for a few key injuries. “I think we did very well under the circumstances – the rain, wind and our injuries. Even our stamina lasted and we scored

Mondale aims to hold on to cup to produce on the field and not think that it’s going to be a walk in the park because they won last year.” Mondale scored 43 goals and conceded only six in their 15 Mr Price League games last season. Crowie says the same rearguard will do duty again this season and listed the continuity in defence as the team’s biggest advantage. “We have quite a strong defence. I believe if you don’t concede goals, you can’t lose games. That is our strong point. Our defence is the same as last year.” Crowie’s side finished six points above

runners-up Oval North High in the league, after winning 14 and losing one of their 15 fixtures. That solitary blot on Mondale’s 2012 record came at the hands of Rocklands High, who Mondale will face in Group E of the tournament along with Harold Cressy High and Zola High. Crowie believes Rocklands will be their strongest opponents despite finishing ninth in the league last year. “I think the major competition will be from the team’s playing in the league. Those are the teams that will also push for the ti-

in the last few minutes of the game,” he says. “It was very physical and very close until we were crippled by a few injuries. Travelling there was a bit tough and they are the champion team. “We knew that it would be a physical game.” Despatch suffered a similar fate when they faced Rovers in their opening game in Durban, losing 38-17 after conceding four tries and scoring two. The Eastern Cape side went on to make light work of United Bulk Villagers Worcester, scoring ten tries to their opponents two and winning the game 67-23. Despatch also found Sishen an easier prospect as SKW, beating them by scoring four tries to win 30-20. V The match will take place at the Track at 15:00 on Saturday 16 March. tle,” says Crowie. “Zola High and Matthew Goniwe High are usually strong teams, while Rocklands were the only team that took points off us last year. Rocklands must not be underestimated. They were a young team, so they will also have the same team as last year.” Crowie’s side will start their preparation for the tournament in a friendly today (Tuesday 12 March). The match will be an opportunity for new players to stake their claim for a place, before the tournament kicks off on Saturday 16 March. The tournament will see schools from across the Peninsula participate. Matches will kick-off at Westridge High School in Mitchell’s Plain at 09:00.

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