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Hikers airlifted to safety A GROUP of 17 hikers on the Karbonkelberg Hiking Trail had to be airlifted to safety.
GOLDEN MOMENTS: Claims made by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) that participation in the annual minstrel carnival is “degrading” and “undignified” were slammed by the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association. Despite the claims, thousands of spectators packed the city centre to catch a glimpse of the annual Tweede Nuwejaar cultural showpiece. After being disappointed on New Year’s Eve, when the Cape Malay Choirs’ road march was cancelled due to high winds, the minstrel carnival did not disappoint the crowds. See page 10 and 11 for more. Photo: Clint Dixon
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The hikers, who were between Sandy Bay and Hout Bay, were airlifted by the EMS Skymed helicopter on Sunday 13 January at 15:30. Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay Station commander, reports: “The guide had never hiked the trail before and the hikers were ill-equipped. Some of the hikers were wearing flip-flops and others had no warm gear, very little water and two of the hikers were asthmatic. The hikers left at 08:00 and got lost on a hiking trail that can take experienced hikers eight hours to negotiate. Scores of hikers get into difficulty on Die Braak and had to be rescued.” The Hout Bay branch of Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) and the provincial health department’s EMS rescue division and the EMS Skymed helicopter were placed on alert. “Our original plan was to deliver experienced rescue guides by boat to the location to walk the hikers out of the area, but later we decided to either hoist the hikers into the Skymed rescue helicopter or to lower rescue guides to hike them to safety,” says Pringle. NSRI volunteers launched the sea rescue craft Albie Matthews and Nedbank Rescuer and two rescue swimmers swam ashore carrying hand-held radios, and the sea rescue vehicle was driven to Rocket Road, Llandudno to assist the VHF radio communications. Pringle says: “On arrival at the scene the rescue swimmers were met with some confusion as there were only 15 hikers. Apparently six hikers had left the group to walk back to Sandy Bay. This brought the total number of hikers to 21. Initially we were informed there were only 20 hikers, but others joined at the last minute. Some of the hikers anticipated dehydration and they drank sea water which had accelerated possible dehydration and made them feel ill.” When the Skymed helicopter arrived, 15 hikers were hoisted into the rescue helicopter and airlifted to the NSRI sea rescue base. A further two hikers were found later near the Boss 400 crane barge wreck. They were hoisted into the rescue helicopter and airlifted to the sea rescue base. Four other hikers from the same group walked back to the Sandy Bay car park in Llandudno. A woman hiker was spotted walking alone by the Skymed rescue team on the same trail. Pringle says: “The light was fading and she was on a trail which took three hours to hike. However, the woman indicated to the helicopter crew that she was in no danger. Later, it was determined that she was not part of the hiking club and we suspect she may be a very experienced hiker on her evening walk!” No one was injured and after the hikers consumed water, cool drinks and energy bars which NSRI rescuers had purchased for them, they went home.
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Unhappy over service for disabled LAILA MAJIET
DISABLED people are accusing Dial-aRide of poor service.
DISABLED people are accusing Dial-a-Ride of poor service. It is understood that the demand for the service far exceeds supply.
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CITY OF CAPE TOWN’S ORGANISATIONAL PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING THE 2013/14 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND TARGETS The City of Cape Town invites comment on its Organisational Performance Management (OPM) System, including the 2013/14 performance indicators and targets as found in the Five-year Plan for Cape Town 2012 – 2017, which are available for perusal at the Cape Town Civic Centre, all subcouncil offices listed below, all municipal libraries and on the City of Cape Town’s website www.capetown.gov.za/en/IDP from 15 January 2013. Submit written comments on the above by 14 February 2013: By post: Director: IDP & OPM, City of Cape Town, Private Bag X9181, Cape Town 8000 By fax: 021 400 4909 By e-mail: IDP@capetown.gov.za Members of the public who are unable to write, may come to the subcouncil offices below during office hours where a member of staff will assist them to transcribe their comments. The following table contains a list of venues where approved 2013/14 corporate scorecards according to the abovementioned Five-year Plan will be available for perusal: AREA ADDRESS Cape Town Reception Desk, Concourse, Civic Centre, Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town Libraries All municipal libraries SUBCOUNCIL 1 Municipal Offices, Royal Ascot, Bridle Way, Milnerton 2 Municipal Offices, Brighton Way, Kraaifontein 3 Municipal Offices, Voortrekker Road, Goodwood 4 Municipal Offices, cnr Voortrekker Road and Tallent Street, Parow 5 Municipal Offices, cnr Jakkalsvlei Avenue and Kiaat Road Bonteheuwel 6 Municipal Offices, Voortrekker Road, Bellville 7 Municipal Offices, Oxford Street, Durbanville 8 Municipal Offices, cnr Fagan Street and Main Road, Strand 9 Site B Khayelitsha Shopping Centre, Khayelitsha 10 Stocks & Stocks Complex, A Block, Ntlakohlaza Street Khayelitsha 11 Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu 12 Parks & Bathing Building, Merrydale Avenue, Lentegeur 13 Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu 14 Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu 15 Pinelands Training Centre, St Stephens Road, Central Square Pinelands 16 11th Floor, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town 17 Athlone Civic Centre, cnr Protea and Klipfontein Roads, Athlone 18 Cnr Buck Road and Sixth Avenue, Lotus River 19 Fish Hoek Civic Centre, Central Circle, Recreation Road, Fish Hoek 20 Municipal Offices, Alphen Centre, Constantia Main Road, Constantia 21 Municipal Offices, cnr Van Riebeeck and Carinus Streets, Kuils River 22 Municipal Offices, cnr Van Riebeeck and Carinus Streets, Kuils River 23 Parks & Bathing Building, Merrydale Avenue, Lentegeur 24 Cnr Delft and Fort Worth Roads, Delft
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The service is currently transporting about 296 passengers each day. Anthony George, a Tafelsig man who has become disillusioned with the service, has subsequently using Dial-a-Ride on a very limited basis. George is wheelchair-bound and says bookings are subject to availability. “They are often not on time. You have to book seven days in advance. The service also makes no provision for short-term or emergency transportation needs,” he explains. The service is extended to the public through a contractor, which is appointed by the City of Cape Town. There is a charge for the service, which is only available to the disabled. The City, however, attributes the lack of growth in the service due to budgetary constraints. Brett Herron, the Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, says: “The service cannot grow further due to budget constraints. “In an attempt to extend the reach of the programme there are a number of interventions in place to streamline the service, while at the same time the City is exploring various ways to increase the finances available to the service.” Shahied Johnson (41) is in a wheelchair and has been using Dial-a-Ride for 10 years. He says drastic measures need to be taken. Johnson says the failing service has resulted in him getting a warning at work as he often arrives late. Johnson, a switchboard operator at a fivestar hotel, says apart from having to make a booking in advance, punctuality is not a strong point for the operators. The City appointed a new service provider to operate its Dial-a-Ride service since June. “Sometimes Dial-a-Ride buses fail to pick
up passengers. The service wasn’t always problematic, but now they are failing us,” he says. “I get up at 5:00 to be fetched at 5:30, but because they still pick up other passengers, I sometimes arrive late at work. “I have also requested to be fetched from work at 15:00, but sometimes they only fetch me after 16:00. I then arrive at home three hours later,” he fumes. Herron says: “The pick-up and drop-off window period allowed is 15 minutes a passenger. “The operator is required to inform passengers of any significant delays.” He also says that if a passenger doesn’t arrive after five minutes, the driver may drive off. “This is a kerb-to-kerb service and the driver is allowed to wait for five minutes. If the passenger does not appear within this period the driver moves to the next pick-up. This is to ensure that no one is kept waiting,” he explains. George, who is also the provincial secretary of Disabled People’s South Africa, says he prefers using the train as it is more reliable. “I do not use the Dial-a-Ride service often because they are not effective,” he says. However, another Dial-a-Ride passenger, who spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity, says while she has her grievances with the service, the drivers go beyond their duty. “The drivers often complain about problematic working conditions, but they remain pleasant and are very helpful in assisting us,” she says. To lodge a complaint, call 0800 65 64 63 or fax 086 576 2561. Alternatively contact Zanele Mabengeza on (021) 400 5454.
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Lakeside reader Bob Winfield took a photo of this stop sign at Blue Route Mall in Tokai. Centre manager Wendy Radford says the error has now been repainted. Photo: Supplied
Spate of burglaries rock Wynberg TWO men and a woman believed to be using a white Isuzu bakkie have been linked to a series of break-ins at Wynberg businesses. The bakkie was spotted parked near the businesses at the time of the burglaries in December. Wynberg police say the first burglary took place on Main Road at a store which was locked up at noon on Saturday 8 December. The owner/manager received a call from the police two days later notifying him that the business had been broken into. The padlock was
removed from the gate and batteries and a Blackberry cellphone were stolen. On Sunday 9 December, a shop on the corner of Hayes and Ottery Roads was locked up at 23:30. When the shop was re-opened at 07:45 the next day, the door had been damaged and cigarettes to the value of R18 000 were stolen. The same store was robbed again in the early hours of Friday 14 December. The owner heard a loud bang, went outside to look and saw a white Isuzu bakkie parked outside his shop. Two men were loading stock into
the van and the suspects tried to attack the owner’s son. The owner fired a shot at the bakkie which knocked him down as the suspects drove away. They stole cigarettes worth R20 000. And on Thursday 20 December at 05:40 there was a break-in at another store in Wynberg Main Road. The burglary gate was forced open and three black Samsung LCDs to the value of R19 498 were missing.The police are investigating. Anyone with information can contact the toll-free number 08600 10 111 or (021) 799 1492.
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THE Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association has brushed aside claims by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) that participation in the annual carnival is “degrading” and “undignified” for Muslims. The claims were made in a fatwa, or religious edict, by Maulana Yusuf Karaan, head of the MJC’s Fatwa Committee, early last year and received media attention during the festive season after being circulated via email. Richard Stemmet, president of the Carnival Association, said that he respected the MJC’s views but did not agree with them. “The minstrel carnival is not a religious thing. It’s a cultural event and belongs to all
MJC-minstrel clash the people of South Africa,” says Stemmet. “It’s your right to practice your culture. Don’t bring the two together and make a religious thing of it. It’s not degrading because it’s everyone right to perform their art. We respect everyone’s religion. We respect their view. No one forces anyone to take part.” Stemmet said he hoped the fatwa would not damage the popularity of the event, which started as a celebration of emancipation from slavery and has taken place for well over 100 years. In the fatwa, Karaan said it was “not permissible” for Muslims to view or participate
in the carnival in any way because it was “degrading and undignified for Muslims to dance around in public with painted faces and colourful clothing”. Karaan also made a distinction between the Carnival and Malay Choirs, which take place at the same time of year and are often considered to be part of the same event. “We believe it is permissible to participate in the Malay choirs, on condition that one continues to meet one’s duties towards Allah and does not allow one to be degraded or walk around in an undignified manner through the streets, or to tolerate mixed gatherings,”
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Be warned: thieves target cars STEALING out of cars is the number one crime opportunity in Main and Benjamin roads, Wynberg. Captain Andre Venter, Wynberg Police spokesperson, warns motorists: “If you leave anything of value in your vehicle in front of Grand Central or on the Main Road, the chances of someone breaking into your vehicle are good. Opportunists (drug addicts) are also prowling the streets. They blend in with the crowd and will steal anything of value, if granted the opportunity.” Although police are on patrol,
and conducting stop-and-searches in the area, the police need the help of the community. Anyone who sees something suspicious is asked to contact Sector 1 on 082 378 7747 or the Wynberg police on (021) 799 1492. . Two road accidents recently resulted in serious injuries for two men, reports Vanessa Jackson, ER24 spokesperson. In the first incident, a car and police patrol vehicle crashed. The car, driven by a man in his 30s, then crashed into the perimeter wall of a house in Sussex Road, Wynberg.
The driver was treated for injuries on scene and taken to hospital in a stable condition. No one else was hurt. In the second accident, ER24 and the Life LSU paramedics responded to an accident on De Waal Drive, Zonnebloem. A young man had been seriously injured after crashing his motorbike. Paramedics found the man, in his 20s, lying on the side of the road with the wreckage of his motorbike a short distance away. He was treated for his injuries at the scene and then transported to the Groote Schuur Hospital.
He was found in his Protea Place flat, in Culm Road, by relatives earlier this month. They became worried because he didn’t answer his phone and they hadn’t heard from him. When they opened the door of his second-floor flat, they found the Collop tied up and strangled. The flat had been ransacked. The family immediately notified the police who interviewed witnesses and a forensic team was summoned to the scene to assist with
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Top cop tips hat to crime fighters HE HAS had his fair share of challenges and successes in the seven months since taking up the reins at the Wynberg Police Station. So says the station commander, Brigadier Rian Booysen, who was appointed in May. Booysen attributes the successes to the cooperation of the community and chairpersons of the subsector forums. He also paid tribute to the Wynberg Improvement District (WID) and manager Athol Swanson and the Community Police Forum (CPF) for their involvement in the fight against crime. He expressed “a special word of thanks” to BKM (Bergvliet, Kreupelbosch, Meadowridge) and Constantia Sector 4 neighbourhood watches for the joint project which saw the installation of the Community Licence Plate Recognition Camera system. He also thanked the CCTV monitors who verify camera alerts and a private security firm for their contribution to funding and staffing the Constantia
Valley Neighbourhood Watch radio control facility in Bergvliet. “There are almost 500 community radios in operation, carried by nine different security service providers, volunteer neighbourhood watch patrollers from eight areas across the Valley acting as eyes and ears for the police.” Booysen says the Diepriver, Kirstenhof and Wynberg police also carry and monitor these community radios, with dispatches coordinated through the Wynberg Police Operations control centre. “Many successes have been achieved through the camera systems, both before and after the incident. Many of these we cannot make public due to sensitive and on-going investigations.” These include arrests linked to four business burglaries; credit card skimmers; ATM and bank crimes; drug-related arrests; a murder; house burglary; fraud; and shoplifting. “The cameras have also provided crucial footage able to assist the investigating officers to establish proof.”
NOTICE OF MEETINGS OF THE SUBCOUNCILS JANUARY 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
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Strand Council Chambers, Strand
Solomon Tshuku Hall, Site C, Khayelitsha 23
Look Out Hill Tourism Facility, Khayelitsha 21
Athlone Minor Hall
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No Meeting Fezeka Chambers, Gugulethu
Raven Room, Pinelands Training Centre, 23 Pinelands Council Chambers, 44 Wale Street, Cape 21 Town
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Council Chambers, Alphen Centre, Constantia Oostenberg Council Chambers, Kuils River Strand Council Chambers
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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 Vathiswa Njaba 021 360 1351 Lunga Bobo 021 360 1267 Kayise Nombakuse 021 630 1737 Alesia Bosman 021 371 4550 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
To access the full agenda and all supporting documentation 72 hours before the meeting go to www.capetown.gov.za/subcouncils. Highlight the date of the subcouncil meeting, choose the subcouncil you require and download the agenda. Please report any difficulties to the relevant subcouncil manager. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER
BLESS THE CHILDREN: Brigadier Rian Booysen (far right) and Lieutenant Colonel Riekie Mills visited the St George’s Home for Girls. They are seen here with one of the little girls and staff. Photo: Supplied
ABLAZE: Readers Ray Wright and Candace van Deventer photographed a fire in Tokai Forest on Tuesday 8 January. They were driving past the forest when they noticed a fire about 20m from the side of the road. They called the emergency number to report the fire and warned a resident who had also noticed the fire. “A man from Baboon Watch arrived and started clearing away branches and pine needles to slow the progress of the fire which was spreading quite quickly,” Wright says. “We could only get about two metres away from the fire as it was so hot. We would like to compliment the forest fire fighters and the fire departments for arriving so quickly and putting out the fire. They were very professional.” Photo: Supplied
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Mostly highs for matric results JUANITA WILLIAMS
SPRINGFIELD CONVENT matriculant Emma Whitelaw flew the flag for academic excellence after coming second in the province in the matric exams. First on the list was Nita Wiegman, of Hermanus High,, and Leandri Scholtz, of Hoërskool Tygerberg was placed third. Together with other top performing matrics, they attended a function hosted by premier Helen Zille at Leeuwenhof. The list of top Southern Suburbs schools includes: Herschel Girls’ School, Diocesan College, Rondebosch Boys High and Westerford High. Matrics in the Western Cape achieved an 82.9% pass rate, norrowly beating Gauteng. Wynberg Girls’ High achieved a 100% pass rate for the 22nd consecutive year. Out of 171 students, 168 sat the full examinations, 157 (93.4%) achieved a Bachelor’s pass, 300 subject distinctions (80%+), and four learners achieved four or more subject distinctions. Of the 18 subjects offered, 16 obtained an average above 65%; nine above 70% and three above 80%. Principal Shirley Harding says: “This is a reflection of the quality of teaching at the school.” She was delighted that the matrics obtained 300 subject distinctions. The school’s top 10 students are Katrina Lehmann-Grube (Dux), Saarah Coenraad, Nina Esterhuysen, Laylah Ryklief, Khadija Brey, Kim Schilder, Nadine Veldsman, Kiara Ramklass, Kim van Graan and Julia Cosentino. “These girls obtained an aggregate ranging from 92% to 86.3%. We congratulate all of them,” says Harding. It was a 98% pass rate for Bergvliet High, with 79% achieving a Bachelor’s pass, 8% higher than last year, and an all-time high for this school. Kay Warne, spokesperson for the school says: “The focus on Maths and Life/ Physical Science along with Visual Art and Music has paid off for the class of 2012 at Bergvliet High School in the National Senior Certificate exams. In all, 35% of the Visual
VICTORIOUS MATRICS: Back row, from left, are Zeenat Banderker, Kathryn van Boom, Duanne Aspeling, Dexter Williams, Ross MacArthur and Julia Munroe. Front, from left, are Tamryn Smith, Roxann Stott and Taryn Sassman. Photo: Charles Smith Art students achieved distinctions with over 50% of the music class also achieving this standard. If you want to excel in art or music, Bergvliet High School is the place to be. They are exciting and vibrant departments and the staff are proud of their students’ achievements.” Bergvliet also continued to produce excellent results in Maths and Life and Physical Science and over 120 pupils achieved 70%. Warne says: “As a top 20 school in the UCT Maths competition, Bergvliet High boasts a strong Maths and Sciences culture. With the
emphasis on high expectations from the staff, the pupils have pulled out all stops to achieve these fantastic results. “Overall Bergvliet High has registered a 30% increase in the number of pupils passing with distinctions from 2011 and 94% of the matric class achieved passes that made them eligible for tertiary education. The three students who didn’t pass will write supplementary exams.” Stephen Price, the principal, says: “I am extremely pleased with the class of 2012 and I am looking forward to continued improve-
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ment in 2013 as Bergvliet High is focused on the vision of delivering excellence.” South Peninsula’s 99% pass rate is up one percent from last year. This included 189 passes and 144 Bachelor’s passes for the Diep River school. Star of the school – Shagufta Zalgaonkir from Grassy Park, who was on the province’s merit list – achieved 90.57% and achieved some of the highest marks in the province. The school’s deputy principal, Zeid Baker, described her as an exceptionally disciplined student who excelled in Maths, Life Sciences and Geography. Shagufta was head girl for 2012, and has been accepted for medicine at Stellenbosch University. Her cousin Shabnam Zalgaonkir who achieved an 84.29% pass mark, will also study medicine at Stellenbosch. Baker was pleased with the results and thrilled with the 76% Bachelor’s passes – formerly known as matric exemption – which qualifies more pupils for tertiary education. “It is the quality of the passes which count. Quite a few of the top achievers have been placed at universities and will be studying engineering, medicine and science. At South Peninsula we encourage pupils to pursue their studies at university and provide them with all the necessary support.” Baker says South Peninsula’s principal, Brian Isaacs, “insists that real change can only come through education and advocates that pupils strive to achieve the best marks. We monitor the progress of pupils and provide enrichment programmes structured to ensure pupils perform well. “Maths and Science are the gateway subjects to qualify for tertiary education.” Although the school didn’t make it onto the top 20 list this time, Baker says this will inspire the school to work harder and achieve 100% Bachelor’s passes in 2013. Norman Henshilwood pulled out all stops with a 100% pass rate, Wynberg Boys High achieved 98.1% pass mark, Plumstead High dropped back from their 99% pass rate in 2011 to 93.4%, and Zwaanswyk High slid to 90.4% from a previous high of 92.7%.
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A new spin to the Mardi Gras
THE annual Mardi Gras will be the place to be from Wednesday 30 January to Saturday 2 February.
People’s Post is the print media sponsor of this popular annual event. It will be held at the William Herbert sports ground, Rosmead Avenue, Wynberg. This year promises plenty of new and exciting events. Justin Damster, of Effective Image Events Management, one of the organis-
ers of the annual event, says everyone can look forward to new additions to the famous Mardi Gras. This includes a parade put together by ZA Fan Zone, featuring a feast of colour and musical entertainment. Another new event in the line-up is the Hot Import Days Car Show on Saturday 2 February. The car show, which has been created by “The Fast, Furious and Glorious” team, will showcase a variety of Cape
Town’s finest custom and race cars, as well as static drift and spinning displays. There will also be a Sound Off to add additional flavour to the overall experience of the Mardi Gras. “The four-day event provides fantastic entertainment and we will cater for a variety of tastes,” says Damster. “With performers such as Hilton Schilder, Salomie, Fakir Kallam, Loukmaan Adams and Maurice Paige, who plays Calvin Xavier in Isidingo, there will
be something for everyone at this year’s Mardi Gras.” He adds: “The battle of the DJs on the main stage, top dance crews battling it out and circus acts for the younger visitors will all add spice to this year’s event,” Due to popular demand and the ever increasing size, the organisers have moved the teen party from the hall to an outdoor venue. Go to www.peoplespost.co.za to view a video clip of the Mardi Gras.
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Let the races begin TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
FASHION, fillies and fun. Shades of blue accented with white set the tone for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, one of Cape Town’s most prestigious horse racing spectacles. The event, held at Kenilworth Racecourse over the weekend, is one of the most acclaimed
social gatherings and was celebrated late into the night. There was something for everyone to take pleasure in. Placing a bet, socialising while enjoying excellent food and wine, dressed to turn heads and dancing the night away to the sounds of DJ Lora and DJ Fresh were just a few ways in which the many guests and celebrities enjoyed the event.
SUMMER SIZZLE: From left, Ntsikukazi Hene, Zuzi Seoka and Anda Luswazi enjoyed the sunshine on race day.
TURNING HEADS: Thandie Kupe was one of the best hat nominees at the event. Photos: Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn
FASHION FORWARD: Top Billing host Janez Vermeiren and former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss were decked out in style.
BONDING: From left Phil Trader, Micheal Stevens, Callun Lacey, Nick French, Steve Cuzen and Chris Westerhof enjoy the day out.
FUN EVENT: Scent Senti and Tanki Em had a great time joining in all the festivities of the day.
GLAMOUR LADIES: Georgina Cavanagh and Vesna Vasiljevic dressed to impress in the blue and white theme.
SHADED AFFAIR: From left Kayleigh Davel, Sally Saunders, Kelly Hook, Kayleigh Weldon, Sarah Desmarais and Angie Jacobs enjoying champagne and sun.
THORN AND ROSES: Simone De Kock, Miss South Africa Marilyn Ramos, Pierre Genade, 1st Princess Stacey Webb and Miss Personality Danielle de Wett were among those in attendance.
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a r e m a c h it w . . . r Be a sharp shoote
THE best place to learn all about the wonderful hobby of photography is, undoubtedly, The Photo Club. It is a place where one will be able to tap into a wealth of knowledge from folk who have many years of experience in the field. I regularly visit the camera clubs in the Pe-
ninsula and environs and can attest to the quality of the work put out by their members. It is an environment in which to learn about photographic techniques and develop skills through competitions, presentations and activities. Outings to interesting locations are very often organised where members can socialise and learn at the same time. At a typical club meet, a guest speaker will give a talk; members’ photos are put up and judged by skilled photographers. They critique the photos suggesting ways to improve, and points are awarded, which ultimately go towards graded levels. Just recently the Western Cape Interclub
Competition, hosted by the Tygerberg Photo Club, was held in Parow at the Sanlam Centre where members put their best images up for assessment and ultimately awards. The Cape Town Photographic Society, the oldest in South Africa, came out tops. And Rob Tarr, a member of the Fish Hoek Photographic Society, walked off with the image of the competition. Headlined Smoke and fury, the image was published on the front page of People’s Post on 13 November. There are other clubs, including the Creative Camera Club in Wynberg. Contact Angus Rule on 083 383 2128 or go to www.creativecameraclub.co.za. The Fish Hoek Photo-
graphic Society’s contact person is Stan Slater. Reach him on 082 484 6044 or email email@example.com. Based in Pinelands, the Cape Town Photographic Society’s Detlef Basel is available on 082 898 6759 or go to www.ctps.co.za. These clubs are affiliated is the Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA). Find out more at www.pssa.co.za. An interesting website is www.pixmag.ning.com, a social network where you can display your pics, and receive great tips and tricks as well as receive critique. Another site is www.cambridgeincolour.com. This site is brimfull on photo information.
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WHENEVER drivers get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they take on the responsibility for their own safety, that of their passengers, as well as fellow road users. The death toll on South African roads is a shame. It is a stark reminder that not all road users – drivers and pedestrians alike – have a respect for the laws of the country. It is frequently observed that some cyclists flaunt the road rules by “stealing across” traffic intersections when they do not have right of way, while, at other times, others simply ignore the stop signs. They treat these as yield signs or simply continue pedalling along. The frustration of law-abiding drivers certainly has a place when any traffic violations are committed for all to see. Another hot potato is taxi drivers breaking the road rules. However, not all among the statistics are the cause of accidents. The innocents are also caught up in this cycle of road deaths. The figures are staggering. More than 1 400 people have reportedly died on South African roads over the December holidays. And these are only the preliminary road deaths statistics released by Transport Minister Dikobe Ben Martins. These road deaths have been linked to drinking and driving, dangerous overtaking, failure to use seat belts and vehicles being unroadworthy. The cost of these road deaths on the country’s resources will be equally staggering. A life can never be replaced. Reports indicate that about 40% of road fatalities involved pedestrians – most of whom had walked onto roads while inebriated. At this rate, the question is whether the government should hasten introducing the points system used in countries like Australia. Would it be enough to enforce the rule of law with the threat of “five strikes and you’re minus a licence”? Should the traffic authorities introduce a system of probation for new drivers? Would shock therapy help in which learner drivers are taught of the dangers of driving as part of their learners’ course? There are no easy answers.
Give trolley porters hand up Choose to be good neighbour RECENT events in my neighbourhood forces me to write about the advantages or otherwise of being a good neighbour. Firstly, we have to understand and define what a neighbour is. According to the dictionary, it is “a person like oneself; a fellow human being living or situated near one another”. Many years ago I read an article under the heading: “So sê die wet”. It was about an arrogant and rude neighbour who wanted nothing to do with his neighbours. On a particular day, while this neighbour and his wife were out, their son was playing with a box of matches. (It was) not long before their garage caught alight and the boy called the next door neighbour for help. The plea fell on deaf ears as this neighbour (chose to be) a spectator. There was major damage. The rude and arrogant neighbour tried to sue the unhelpful neighbour, but the court ruled that, by law, a neighbour is not compelled to help another. It is his or her sole decision whether to help. Now, with this in mind, I have done my ut-
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most to be a good neighbour, but some have an attitude (and) my neighbourly advances are not all welcomed. Some scorn and frown behind my back when I feed my poor neighbours who knock on my door saying they are hungry. I am compelled by God to love my neighbour as I love myself. The benefits of giving is enormous – as I give, so the floodgates of blessings pour over me and my family. I wonder what my reaction would be if, God forbid, a neighbour who shuns others calls out for help. Will the attitude barrier stop me from rushing to their aid or will that pure, natural, good neighbourly attitude force me to help? In 2013 take a critical look at yourself as a neighbour and ask yourself this one question: if I am in trouble, will my neighbour come to my assistance or leave me alone in my hour of need? There is only one conclusion: be neighbourly and love your neighbour as you love yourself. KEITH BLAKE Ottery
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GIVE your trolley porter a push. His life depends on it. We often feel irritated when an over eager trolley porter approaches us and tries to push our trolley full of precious groceries. We feel annoyed because we can, after all, do it ourselves and often perceive it as an act to extract an extra bit of cash from us. Why should he be so pushy? He is employed, anyway. What most people don’t know is that trolley porters are employed by big retail chain stores through third party agents. These agents only pay trolley porters R50 for a 10hour shift. It is their opinion that they just provide the trolley porter with a basis for making good tips. They are actually doing them a favour! They also provide them with flashy uniforms. Which they kindly deduct from the porter’s first monthly payments! So, if your trolley porter approaches you in a nice clean overall, know that he has to pay R150 for that overall, which has been deducted from his R50 x 21 day meagre salary. That means he has earned R1 050 minus R150 for the first month. That leaves him with R900 for a month’s work. It is less than the cost of your trolley load of groceries! And he has to eat, sleep and travel to work with that money! So, the next time you brush off the trolley porter, spare him a thought. Give him a few pennies. He is at least trying to work for a living. ELIZE JOUBERT Email
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Cape Town tourism booms tour operators has reported that cumulative Cape Town forward bookings are outperforming the rest of Africa. Tebje says a “cherry on the cake” is the BBC is currently broadcasting a series on the wildlife and regions of Africa, which has viewing figures of about 6.5 million per episode. This week also sees the start of the Charley Boorman Adventure through South Africa, with good Cape Town coverage. “These can only generate enquiries and future bookings,” she adds. Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, Chief Executive Officer of Cape Town Tourism, says last year Cape Town was awarded a number of international accolades, which she says “bear testament to the city’s world-class tourism offerings and put Cape Town in good stead for future inbound travel”. These accolades include being named as “Favourite City Worldwide” by the Telegraph Travel Awards. The Mother City was also rated the ”Number Two City in the World”, and the “Top City in Africa”
PREDICTIONS for the international tourism season which traditionally peaks in February are positive, and these follow record numbers at major attractions across the City in December. Skye Grove, Cape Town Tourism’s public relations manager, says arrivals are expected from key source markets in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands. The United Kingdom representative for Cape Town Tourism, Mary Tebje, says: “It was a big year for Britons, with the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee taking place; there is therefore a pentup demand to get away this year – recession or not – and leading tour operators who sell Cape Town and South Africa holidays, including single and multi-centre itineraries, report much better than expected sales figures.” She adds one of the biggest outbound
in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Additional boosters to Cape Town’s visibility include the Oscar nominations of two movies with extensive use of Cape Town locations. In addition, rental vehicles were fully booked for the last two weeks of December and the sunny weather encouraged visitors to get out and about to explore Cape Town. . Table Mountain Cableway reported a record season with 119 000 ticket sales for December, 19 000 more than expected, and the Cableway’s highest monthly visitation for the last 83 years. According to Cape Town Tourism, the good weather and Table Mountain’s status as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature contributed to this increase. . Cape Point saw a slight increase year on year with close to 95 000 visitors this past December compared to 90 000 visitors for December 2011. . The V&A Waterfront, South Africa’s most-visited tourist attraction, saw an in-
crease of 9.84% from December 2011, with a total of 3 015 227 visitors in December. . Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens also experienced their best December ever with a record number of 81 771 visitors; a 5% increase on December 2011. . Visitor numbers were slightly down at Robben Island, which received 41 250 visitors during December, a decrease of 1 000 visitors from December 2011. . The City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard were exceptionally busy this past December but visitors also dispersed throughout the Metropole, along the Peninsula, to the Winelands and to rural towns outside of Cape Town’s borders. Du Toit-Helmbold concludes: “All in all, things are looking up for Cape Town’s visitor season. “It’s our chance to make a great first impression, to wow our visitors with our exceptional service, diverse offerings and value-for-money. It’s up to all of us to keep them coming back for more and spread the word that Cape Town is indeed a place of a lifetime.”
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Glendene thump Ajax CT
GLENDENE UNITED made light work of heavyweight opposition in their first Second Division game after the festive season break. United faced Ajax Cape Town at Vygieskraal Stadium on Friday evening, in what was expected to be to be tough encounter for the home side. However, the opposition failed to live up to their top-billing and Glendene secured a comfortable 2-0 victory. Head coach Duran Francis was pleased with the result and praised his players for their hard work in the mid-season break. “This is one of the games that we definitely needed to win. It’s still a long way (until the end of the season), with nine games to be
played,” says Francis. “We had good preparation for this game. We went on a four-day camp and it showed; the boys just kept on running and Ajax cramped up a bit. They went on their break and came back a week before. For us it’s a good result and the boys deserved it. They have been putting in the hard work and all rewards must go to them.” Ajax CT started the match with more urgency than their hosts and literally came inches from taking the lead, when striker Tashreeq Morris broke through on goal, fired a shot directly at the keeper and then shot wide from a narrow angle, after reclaiming the ball and rounding the keeper. But it was Glendene who took the lead when long-shot specialist Faizel Johnson struck a spectacular effort from the edge of the box in the eighth minute.
The ball floated to the diminutive attacker after a Glendene corner kick was headed clear and he sent it into the top corner. Glendene were wasteful in the first half and squandered several opportunities to double their lead. Their best chance to widen the deficit came in the 43rd minute when Joswin Hendricks was fouled in the box, but his poor penalty kick was easily saved by the keeper. Ajax, meanwhile, had limited chances after their first minute opportunity and threatened only through corners and counter-attacks. They dominated the opening exchanges in the second half, but the home side made better use of their possession. The visitors seemed to tire quickly, and, by the 15-minute mark, Glendene were breaking into their final third with most attacks.
Ajax failed to trouble the Glendene defence with any of their ripostes and Glendene eventually put the result to bed when Johnson scored his second goal, cutting in from the left wing and beating the goalkeeper at his near post. His performance drew praise from Francis. “People might say it’s a fluke, but he does this all the time. He has this ability to score goals (from range). He is a brilliant boy, he works hard, he is never injured and he trains hard,” says Francis. “He deserves everything he gets and its all due to the hard work he has put in. He has a big future ahead of him. If he keeps working hard he will be successful.” Glendene had at least two more chances to increase the lead in stoppage time, but again fluffed their lines. They face Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
MISS HIT: Pinelands Cricket Club batsman Travis Muller swings and misses during a WPCA 1A League match against Western Province Cricket Club at the Wally Wilson Oval on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
COMING AT YOU: Western Province Cricket Club bowler Jonathan Meintjes finishes his run-up during a WPCA 1A League match against Pinelands Cricket Club at the Wally Wilson Oval on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
YOU'RE OUT: Ottery Softball Club catcher Layla Patterson tags Samantha Lodewyk of VOB at home plate during a Major League game at the Turfhall Sport Complex on Saturday. VOB won the game 5-3. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
GONE: Ottery Softball Club’s Fatiemah Patterson hits a three-bagger during a Major League game against VOB at the Turfhall Sport Complex on Saturday. VOB won the game 5-3. The VOB catcher is Jade Daniels. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
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Battswood blunder against Durbanville LIAM MOSES
BATTSWOOD FC lost 0-1 to Durbanville FC in a scrappy SAB League encounter at Lenteguer Sports Complex on Saturday.
MISSED: Athlone A’s player Nathan Kerchoff (left) tries to tag Dylan Coetzer of Durbanville Baseball Club at second base during a Major League game in Athlone on Saturday. A’s came from behind to win 6-5 after being 5-0 down. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
The Wynberg side went into the match eight places below their opposition on the league table, and the difference was evident on the field. While Durbanville were comfortable soaking up pressure and playing short passes when in possession, Battswood defended nervously and played far too many long balls on attack. However, Battswood coach Neil Petersen felt his team deserved at least a draw, saying they played well enough to steal victory. “I think both teams hit the woodwork. We probably had more and easier scoring chances than Durbanville,” says Petersen. “But if you don’t take your chances and it doesn’t happen for you, it (just) doesn’t happen. We will continue to work hard with what we have. We have young, 16-year-old boys playing in the team. We are working hard and will take the results as they come.” Petersen’s charges looked up for the challenge and dominated the first quarter of the game, but failed to turn possession into goals. When the deadlock was eventually broken around the 20th minute, it was Durbanville
who took the lead. Right wing Theo Brown took possession at the edge of the box and drilled a shot into the bottom corner. A period of Durbanville dominance ensued thereafter, but they seldom threatened despite camping in the opposition half. Battswood started the second half with the same urgency they had at the start of the first and matched the opposition in the territory and possession stakes. They almost levelled matters 15 minutes after the restart when midfielder Dean Williams worked the opposition keeper from a free kick. Petersen’s troops grew more dominant as the match wore on and they created and wasted several good opportunities to score in the final ten minutes. However, neither team scored again in the encounter and the match finished with Durbanville as 1-0 victors. Petersen was positive his team could still achieve their goal of finishing in the top eight, despite losing their first game since the midseason break. “The main thing would obviously be to stave off relegation, but it’s also our goal to play good football and get positive results as the season progresses,” he says. “This is only our 14th game of the season and if you look at the results we are always losing by the odd goal. It’s going to change some time.”
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Tuesday 15 January 2013
THE RIGHT MAN: Newly appointed Santos coach Ian Palmer with the club’s chairman Goolam Allie. Photo: Liam Moses
Palmer poised to re-ignite Santos LIAM MOSES
SAFE HANDS: Kenny Kirby of Western Province Cricket Club catches James Johnston of Pinelands Cricket Club during a WPCA 1A League match at the Wally Wilson Oval on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
NEWLY APPOINTED Santos coach Ian Palmer believes he can guide the team back to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) this season. Palmer took over the coaching reins at Santos on Monday 7 January, after the Lansdowne club parted ways with Dutch mentor Mart Nooij during the mid-season break. Santos, who were relegated to the National First Division (NFD) last season, are placed ninth on the log after three losses, three wins and five draws. Palmer, from Gauteng, believes his charges have a shot at promotion if they can reach his target of 36 points from the remaining 18 games. “Most of our games are at home. Yes, our home record is not good, but I think if we find the right combinations and get the players more motivated, we can reach those targets,” he says. “We do our analysis in terms of the opposition – I am in the fortunate position of having watched 65% of the teams and I feel we can get an edge over them. We are playing Thanda Royal Zulu now – they have 20 points and we have 14. If we get a win, then there is a three-point difference for second spot. You have to knock the team that’s above you. You have to get wins out of them.” Palmer previously managed FC AK, African Warriors and Maritzburg United, and was fired by Limpopo club Black Leopards shortly before joining The People’s Team. Santos chairman Goolam Allie says he chose Palmer to re-ignite the team’s promotion campaign, because of his experience.
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UP AND OVER: Pinelands Cricket Club batsman Rob Sherwood drives during a WPCA 1A League match against Western Province Cricket Club at the Wally Wilson Oval on Saturday 12 January. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
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“Ian has been in the South African circuit for a long time. He is very underrated. I think he is a brilliant coach, who understands South African culture very well,” says Allie. “I think he is a Santos type of coach – we can develop and play at the highest level. He has been in the NFD, he has been in the Premier League and I think it’s about giving him the opportunity.” Allie adds the side believes they can bounce straight back up to the PSL, now that they have adapted to life in the NFD. They start the second half of their season against Dynamos at Giyane Stadium in Limpopo on Wednesday 13 February. Palmer says he will be working hard to find the right combinations until then and may also dip into the transfer market to sign a defender and a striker. “We need a centre-back, because we have conceded quite a few and I think the pairing there is a bit odd,” he says. “If you look up front, there are players who haven’t played much. They have to get back into the swing of things. If I can get a goal scorer who is on form now, then I can fade them in as the season goes on.”