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No toilets and no shelter TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN


lack of service delivery and the demolishing of some homes in Bonnytoun informal settlement at the start of the weekend has left residents bitter. Sanitation and the lack of service delivery have been major concerns for some residents of this informal settlement, just off Rosmead Avenue in Wynberg. Resident Sarah Wilson says the new toilets they received are not working. “You can barely sit on the seat and it is so dangerous to go out at night and use the toilets,” she says. She adds that the toilets often leak causing waste to overflow. “When something is broken there is often a three-month wait before it is fixed and even when they come they don’t sterilise the toilets,” says Wilson. Willa Esmandu, another resident, says while some people in the camp use the toilet others, including himself, don’t. “I have a small bucket in my house that I put water in and use as a toilet. It is much safer at night for me to use in my house and is more comfortable. “The outside toilets were not placed in the right spot. It is right in front of people’s kitchens and you don’t want people watching you every time you go to the toilet,” says Esmandu. He says it is time that the community leaders and councillors do something about the living conditions in Bonnytoun. Ward councillor Monty Oliver says they often meet with the committee in Bonnytoun to discuss concerns. “We try and do things with the community workers and, as a councillor, I am not just standing and doing nothing. People are living there and I am concerned,” says Oliver. He says all he can do is “go there and if things are not up to scratch” he will have to notify the relevant people. Residents say despite their constant struggle with sanitation, they are now left to fend against winter’s fury after some homes were demolished late Friday afternoon. “We are humans and we shouldn’t have to suffer like this,” Esmandu adds. A resident, who does not want to be named, blames Metro Police and Law Enforcement for demolishing their homes. “Winter is here. It is cold and wet and I have nowhere else to go. My children are

NO SHELTER: From left Edwina with baby Eswanita SImpson, Willa Esmandu and Saun Khutaka say they now only have their clothes and sparse kitchen goods left. PHOTO: TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN young and we try our best to make life comfortable for them with the little we have. “Now that it has been taken away we have nothing and where do I go?” Another resident, William Smit, says this treatment is unfair. “We haven’t done anything to anyone. We live here on our own and mind our own business. We struggle a lot in this community, but we are happy to have a place to call home,” says Smit. Councillor Tandeka Gqada, Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlements, says

there is a High Court interdict which dates back to about nine years, preventing the City of Cape Town from demolishing any of the existing structures. “However, on a weekly basis, City officials find additional structures which are illegally erected by friends of the existing occupants, who want them to get a foothold at the site. “It must be kept in mind that these are not structures in the true sense of the word, but more wood and cardboard-type structures,” says Gqada.

She says action was taken on Friday to remove such additional structures. Eight structures were removed. “The City does not remove any personal belongings, but only the material used for the construction of the illegal structure. “If the community feels that the City has removed possessions, they are encouraged to lay charges with the police,” says Gqada. She adds the question of whether any residents in the community will receive a housing opportunity is dependent on whether they are registered on the housing database.




Winter worries for destitute drifters TAURIQ HASSEN


nuggled under a sparse blanket and struggling to find comfort on a wet, dismantled cardboard box, he braces himself for the night ahead. As the rain continues to pour down, Ashley van Bloom tries to keep warm under the bridge he calls home. The coals of the fire he and his “housemates” built with a plastic milk crate and branches glows as they seek heat around the brazier. Ashley has been homeless all his life. Over the years he has had to steel himself against the natural elements of a Cape Town winter. And, despite August being known as the Cape’s rainy month, it seems the full wrath of the season has come early, and with it several cold fronts moving across the peninsula since the beginning of this month. Ashley and three other homeless people recently made the bottom of a bridge along the M5 highway their home. Homeless since birth, the 23-year-old had been abandoned by his parents in his birthplace of Worcester. “I started off with nothing and I still have nothing – no family, no friends, no money, not even a warm place to sleep,” Ashley says. He’s never lived in an orphanage. By 17, he was stabbed for food three times, arrested for stealing clothing from a store and hospitalised for pneumonia and dehydration. “Life on the streets is not easy – I had to learn it the hard way. I try to make the best of my situation, but it’s hard. I am not giving up,” Ashley says.

He has never had the opportunity for formal schooling and his personal documents were destroyed in a shack fire. But this has done little to curb his hunger to learn. Ashley would jump over a school fence and eavesdrop at classroom windows during lessons. Selwin Adams uses the same bridge to shelter from the rain. He started calling the streets his home after running away to escape an abusive home. “I would have done anything to get away from my parents. Being on the streets made me feel free and happy,” Selwin says. “I experienced so much on the streets. Now I tell myself I am going to die here.” The 32-year-old has spent six years in jail, been hooked on drugs and abandoned life as a gangster. “Living on the streets is no joke, yet there are people who take their lives for granted. We don’t know where our next meal will come from or if we are going to make it through the night,” he says. “On the surface it may seem as if we are happy to live like this, but we are not.” Both Selwin and Ashley go door-todoor asking for food, clothes and blankets. They collect branches from open fields to start fires to keep warm and rely on disposed food to still the hunger pangs. A study conducted by the City of Cape Town this month shows that 7 000 homeless people roam the streets of Cape Town. Hassan Khan, CEO for the Haven Night Shelter, says demand rapidly in-




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creases at shelters during winter. He says their shelters don’t close their doors to the homeless. “We obviously cannot take every homeless person at the shelter, but we try our best because we know this is a very difficult time of the year for them,” Khan says. Field workers at the shelter assess the person for the possibility of re-integration into society. “We speak to them and try to convince them to return to their families or homes,” Khan says. He urges the public to avoid handing out items to the homeless, as this will only keep them on the streets. Suzette Little, the Mayoral Committee member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, says an additional R200 000 has been budgeted for the street people programme in the City’s winter plan. “The issue of persons living on the streets will always be a complex, multi-faceted social problem with diverse precursors and risk factors,” Little says. “Nobody wants to be out in the cold, wet weather during winter and, therefore, the City has ensured that we have the right partners to address the challenges.” She adds the programme aims to “effectively reduce the number of people living, sleeping and seeking substances such as alcohol and illegal narcotics on the street”. “A database of street people will be compiled so that we can effectively reach as many people as possible.” V Phone the City’s Street People call centre on 0800 872 201.

SEEKING HEAT: Ashley van Bloom (23) seeks warmth under a bridge on the M5. PHOTO: TAURIQ HASSEN

Mother City the fittest in the country ELSABÉ BRITS

The Mother City may at times be jokingly referred to as Slaapstad, but it has been crowned the fittest city in the country – beating five other contenders to the title. South Africa’s first Vitality Fittest City Index was compiled by the SA Sports Science Institute and the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) exercise science research unit. The announcement was made on Thursday by Dr Craig Nossel, head of Vitality Wellness, at Discovery in Cape Town. UCT’s Professor Estelle Lambert said inactivity has become a pandemic because people spend their time with technology, rather than being active. “More people will be saved by being active rather than by us convincing them to quit smoking,” she said, adding it is “1.3 million people globally”. Up to a third of non-contagious diseases can be prevented through being physically active, Lambert said. People’s behaviour is largely determined by their environment. Nossel said a previous study found that 70% of South African children spend three or more hours daily watching TV. Cape Town had an advantage over other cities in that it has the best public transport system, while people also use non-motorised transport. Participating cities had to have as little possible reliance on vehicles. In 15 to 25 years there will by a MyCiTi bus stop within 500m of every resident’s front door. The city also has the most parks, sport facilities and areas in which to be active. In Cape Town 68 out of every 100 000 residents have access to such facilities,

FITNESS FUN: Dave Obikanyi gets a workout at the outdoor gym on the Sea Point Promenade. This facility has contributed to the Mother City earning the top accolade as the fittest city in the country. PHOTO: YUNUS MOHAMMED/PHOTO24

compared to 58 to every 100 000 in Pretoria (second) and 50 to every 100 000 in Port Elizabeth (third). Cape Town was praised for the outdoor gymnasium on the Sea Point Promenade, the Green Point Urban Park and the cycling route between the city centre and Blouberg Beach. Cape Town received the lowest

rating for personal health, but Lambert said this data was taken in 2008. “Facilities and transport have meanwhile improved. The question is: If one establishes the infrastructure, will people use it?” V Share your views. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.



More cameras needed in Plumstead TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

NO STOPPING: Construction of the MyCiti bus stop at Queens Beach in Sea Point has been completed, but is not yet in use. This is one of the stops on the Hout Bay route. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN


MyCiti bus route for Hout Bay off track MARELIZE BARNARD


here is still no sign of the MyCiti bus route to Hout Bay – six months after it should have come into effect. And the City of Cape Town has to indicate how realistic the promise was that the MyCiti route to Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha would be up and running by December. ANC MP Xolani Sotashe raised these issues of the MyCiti project at the monthly portfolio committee for Transport, Roads and Stormwater. He wanted answers to the Hout Bay route which would go via Sea Point and Kloofnek, with a bus stop at the turnoff to Llandudno before continuing to Hout Bay and returning to the civic centre. This part of Phase 1A of the MyCiti project has had to be implemented in December. “Everything we do, is behind,” said Sotashe. Meanwhile Len Swimmer, chairperson of the Hout Bay Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association, told People’s Post there have been no developments in the Hout Bay MyCiti bus route. “They were supposed to start running in Hout Bay six month ago, but I have no idea when they will start. Here are only bus stops, but no buses yet,” said Swimmer. Responding to whether he feels the MyCiti bus route was needed in Hout Bay, Swimmer said: “We absolutely need the MyCiti buses in Hout Bay. Everyone here will benefit from using the buses – whether you are from the valley, Imizamo Yethu or Hangberg.” Once in operation, the buses will travel in a circular route passing the harbour, Imizamo Yethu and Victoria Avenue. “It will travel on all the main roads in Hout Bay so it will be available to everyone and no one will be left out,” he says. Swimmer adds being able to travel with the MyCiti buses will not only help residents avoid the traffic delays and find parking in town, but will also help with the high petrol prices. Sotashe warned that the latest progress report of the MyCiti project would indicate a “critical backlog” in negotiations with stakeholders about the N2 route. These stakeholders include taxi associa-

tions with routes between the CBD and Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain. Melissa Whitehead, executive director of Transport, Roads and Stormwater, responded to Sotashe that there are “specific backlogs” to the MyCiti Phase 1A project. “We are on the verge of finalising negotiations of the 12-year contracts with operators,” she said. It will be implemented at the “end of September”. Whitehead said negotiations with various parties who will be affected by the service on N2 route have not yet been finalised. Agreement has been reached on how negotiations would be structured, but “we are nowhere near” the final outcome. She said it was a “very complex process”. The progress report was accepted by the portfolio committee. Sotashe said the ANC will accept the report, but its serious comment would have to be recorded.

Additional cameras and patrollers are needed to combat crime in Plumstead says neighbourhood watch members. Andrew Lillie, chairperson of the Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch, pointed out at their general meeting on Thursday at Timour Hall Primary School, that they experienced a limited growth in the number patrollers. “This is sad as we, as patrollers, are the eyes and ears of the community and these numbers are LEADERSHIP: From left Andrew Lillie, John Middleton, something we need to increase. Charmaine Lillie and Mark Osler were re­elected as the Nothing beats visibility,” said Lil- exco for Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch. lie. PHOTO: TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN He also touched on the fact that many members of the neighbourhood watch hood Watch, agreed with Lillie saying: “Acattended training workshops and embarked tive neighbourhood watches are important on a number of successful operations with and essential to fighting crime in your community.” the police. Schreiber gave residents a better underLillie said at the previous general meeting it was agreed by residents who attended that standing of the CVNWA information centre the Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch should and the way the cameras work, using a presjoin the Constantia Valley Neighbourhood entation. “The mission of the information centre is Watch Association (CVNWA). This organisation is made up on eight to fully develop a community driven inforneighbourhood watches across the valley, mation gathering and co-ordination centre, each neighbourhood stays independent but using the latest technology to gather and rapidly distribute all relevant information,” work together to fight crime in the area. Lillie said their biggest achievement for said Schreiber. Warrant Officer Keith Chandler, spokesthe year was installing their first CCTV camperson for Diep River police, identified theft era. “We were fortunate to have enough money out motor vehicles, burlgaries and theft of to fund this camera ourselves but more is motor vehicles as the major crime concerns needed. So we will have to embark on major for the area. “Property-related crimes is on the increase fundraising,” he added. Lillie said it would cost about R65 000 to in- but this problem remains ongoing. We have, stall a another camera and therefore they however, seen a decrease in our contact would need the assistance from residents and crimes and a big reason is the patrollers out in the community.” businesses to make this project a success. “Even if you just patrol for two hours it “People and businesses need to come to the party. We have 5000 residents in Plumstead makes a big difference for us,” said Chandler. He said wheelie bins, cellphones, bicycles, and if we receive R150 from even half of those it would already pay for at least three more laptops and iPads are the popular items being stolen in this order. cameras,” he added. Chandler added that Isuzu bakkies are a faAlthough having enough people and vehicles remain a problem for the police, Lillie vourite with car thieves and urged residents to be extra vigilant when parking their cars said that is not their fault. He thanked the police and security provid- on either side of Plumstead railway station. “This has been identified as a hotspot for ers in the area and stressed the fact that patrollers are very important to help these role theft of motor vehicles,” he said. Those in attendance re-elected the existing players. “Patrollers are what make Plumstead exco with Andrew Lillie as chairperson, Neighbourhood Watch successful,” Lillie Mark Osler as deputy chairperson, John Middleton as treasurer and Charmaine Lillie added. Tony Schreiber, of the Bergvliet Kreupel- as secretary. bosch and Meadowridge (BKM) Neighbour- V To join the neighbourhood watch call 0 021 797 9111.




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What’s in a name? RICHARD ROBERTS

f Jeff Radebe does not react to a plea from the provincial Department of Roads and Transport, it may result in a court case. Robin Carlisle, the provincial minister for Roads and Transport, said on Thursday that Radebe, the minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, recently halted the department’s Name and Shame Campaign. Through the campaign the names of drivers convicted of driving under the influence will be published. It is run by Carlisle’s department, LeadSA and the Cape Argus. The campaign, which ended in November, was launched to curb drunk driving. Carlisle discussed the decision to halt the campaign with transport minister Ben Martins on Thursday. “I want to ask him to please address this matter with his colleague. If nothing comes of this, we will seek legal advice,” Carlisle said. “We will likely launch an interdepartmental dispute and approach an advocate to advise on the legal options.” Hector Elliot, a departmental official, said the records of drunk driving are no longer supplied to them. These records

were, however, made available to them earlier this year, but the content is vague. “(It only contains) the names and ID numbers, but does not indicate what the perpetrator has done.” It is for this reason that they can no longer publish the names, he said. Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said about 25 drunk drivers were arrested weekly during the campaign. “Since the campaign has stopped, there has been an increase of between 55 and 60 drunk drivers,” he said. But Mthunzi Mhaga, Radebe’s spokesperson, said the department did not “halt” the campaign, as Carlisle alleges. “There are measures which determine that the information supplied be thoroughly scrutinised in consultation with the Department of Transport, and that it does not include cases which could be reviewed or appealed,” Mhaga said. The department’s duty is to supply the names and details of the penalty “which we are doing”. People’s Post took to the streets to hear what readers thought of the campaign. V Share your views by SMSing the word “Post” followed by your message to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

ANTON ODENDAAL says the campaign has po­ tential. “If people see names in the newspaper, they’ll fear being next. There are other crimes, like corruption, which need more attention.”

NASEEMA HOOSAIN says the campaign has the potential to attract negative attention. “The list could become like a legends list where people would want their names to appear.”

TARQUIN DU PLESSIS says the initiative acts as a deterrent. “Government also needs to think of harsher sentences. By driving, drunk people are putting other lives at risk too.”

GADEAN BRECHT says naming and shaming is needed. “It makes people think twice. When we had the list, the number of drunk drivers on our roads decreased from 100 to 25 each day.”

BARDO FRANSMAN says the list will help drunk driving, but government should also bring the credits system. “If a person is caught drunk driving, their credits become fewer and when they reach zero their license should be suspended for a year or two.”

KHELLY MARAIS says people who end up on the list, deserve it. “The list will make people think before drinking and driving, but not necessarily mean it will make people not drink and drive.”


FAREWELL: Mark Sampson and Sam Pearce and their children Ruby (11) and Zola (8) celebrate their imminent departure for their journey around Africa in their big green truck, which is powered on cooking oil. PHOTO: TERESA FISCHER

Family gears up for road Noordhoek comedian Mark Sampson and his family are almost ready to set off on their journey around Africa. During a press conference the media could explore the big green truck – which is to be their home for the next two years. Sampson, his wife Sam Pearce, and their two daughters are about to undertake an epic road trip of the continent. Their journey is expected to end in 2015. Sampson is on a mission to investigate whether Africa can show the world how to cope with climate change. With our ecological clock ticking, he is setting out to explore 40 countries – one year up the west coast and one year down the east. The truck is kitted out with a top-of-therange water filtration system. Cosy curtains complete the effect. Raising some eyebrows is the proximity of the toilet to the main bed. However, their eldest daughter, Ruby, quips this is no problem as their parents’ heads will be facing the other direction. There is not much space for toys or clothes and each family member has strict restrictions about what they can bring. It seems an exception has been made for

surf boards. Pearce says she has been preparing for their journey away from amenities by cutting her hair short – and not worrying about covering any grey, a “liberating” experience. “We are either really brave or really stupid,” she says, adding they now “have nothing” in the way of cash. Expensive visas have wiped out their savings. “If we had known, we never would have done it,” she says, adding renting out their home will provide enough for them to live on, but if anything happens to the truck, they will be stuck. They hope to re-apply for funding once they are on the road. They will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest journey on alternative fuel as their Big Green Truck runs on cooking oil and solar power. From Cape Town they travel towards Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond. Africa Clockwise is also a quest to investigate whether a future without fossilfuelled luxuries may not be such a bad thing, helping us to focus on quality of life, not quantity of possessions. V Ride along with the family on




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Damp walls a headache for elderly resident TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN


n elderly Southfield resident is desperate for his home to be fixed. Mervyn Fortuin lives in a flat in Duke’s Manor, Kingsway Road, and says the state of his home has given him nothing but trouble for seven years. “The walls have had water damage for years and every month I pay my levy, yet I have been struggling for four years to have my walls fixed,” he says. Fortuin has stopped paying his levy a few months ago. Fortuin says he has written numerous emails to the managing agents of Duke’s Manor explaining his situation but “nothing is being done”. “I don’t know what to do anymore. I have had to replace wardrobes already and at one stage when the roof in my bathroom was leaking I couldn’t even bath. I had to go somewhere else to bath.” The 81-year-old lives alone and says he is so desperate to find a solution he has approached Legal Aid. “I have stopped paying my levy and refuse to give them anything until they do something about my walls,” says Fortuin. He adds he has been unable to paint his

walls and hang new curtains because of the damp walls and flaking. Fortuin also says he is embarrassed to invite guests over to his house. “Although I have considered moving out, where would I go? There aren’t enough government retirement homes and I can’t just live in a small room,” he says. The managing agent, who does not want to be named, says attempts by management to discuss matters with Fortuin have been ignored. “Last week, we arranged a meeting with Mr Fortuin and he didn’t come. All I got was an SMS saying he wasn’t going to come and that he resigned as a trustee,” says the managing agent. He says Fortuin refusing to sign cheques as one of the trustees means they don’t have access to the money in the complex’s bank account and can’t pay accounts. “He also doesn’t pay his levy. Without levies what can we do, why should other people pay for his walls to be fixed?”

DAMAGED: Damp and flaking walls in his flat has prevented Mervyn Fortuin, a Southfield resident, from painting his walls and hanging new curtains.



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Wednesday 19 June V Wynberg: A substance abuse awareness campaign will be held at Wynberg Secondary School at 11:00. The community is invited to attend. For more information contact Aneeqah Prins on 084 640 0616. Thursday 20 June V Plumstead: Parent Centre Moms Circle group meets every Thursday morning, from 10:00 to 12:00 in boardroom 1 at the Constantiaberg Medi­Clinic, Burnham Road Plumstead.The morning is informal and relaxing for mothers to be as well as mothers with babies up to the age of one. Each week there is a speaker to address a variety of topics. It costs R50 to attend and includes refreshments. No prior booking is needed. For more information contact the Parent Centre on (021) 762 0116. V Constantia: A Charity Auction at Stephan Welz and Company will be held at 18:00 at the Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive. Pre­auction viewing will be open to the public at no charge on Tuesday 18 June and Wednes­ day 19 June, from 10:00 to 16:30, as well as on Thursday 20 June from 10:00 to 14:00. Call (021) 794 6461 or e­mail ct@stephanwelzand­ Saturday 22 June V Constantia: The Rainbow Puppet Theatre will showcase Mother Holle, at the Constantia Waldorf School at 10:00 and 11:15. Admission costs R20. Refreshments will be on sale. Phone (021) 783 2063. V Hout Bay: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum are having a circular hike to Sandy Bay, going up to Rocket Road, down to Oudeskip and back along the coast. The group will meet at Sunset Rocks car park at 9:00. It will be a Grade 2B hike and the duration will be three to four hours. Call Mike Hime on (021) 790 6307. V Constantia: There will be a car boot sale on the grounds of Plumstead Presbyterian Church, 25 Victoria Road, from 8:00 to 12:00. It will cost R30 per car and boerewors rolls will be on sale. For more information contact Pam Miller

V Wynberg: The Symphony Choir of Cape Town and the Proteus String Quartet will be perform­ ing Antonin Dvoraks Mass in D Major, at St Johns Church at 17:00. The performance will be conducted by Alexander Fokkens and the organist is Richard Haigh. Tickets cost R80 and R70 for pensioners and students. Tickets are available at the door and there is safe parking in the grounds. Call 083 571 8003. V Bergvliet: Come and join us for an afternoon of superb music featuring the renowned South African saxophonist Shannon Mowday and her touring Norwegian Concert Band. There will also be performances by Heathfield High, Settler’s High and St. Josephs Maritz College jazz bands as well as Bergvliet Tentet and Senior Big Band. The event will take place at Bergvliet High Auditorium at 16:00 and will cost R10. For more information contact Harlene Veotte on 074 189 6399. Monday 24 June V Constantia: Bergvliet Kreupelbosch Meadow­ ridge (BKM) Watch will be holding an entry level patroller training evening, from 19:00 to 20:15, at Constantiaberg Medi Clinic Auditorium. The presentation will address patrolling basics, radio procedures and identifying suspicious people and vehicles. All Valley Neighbourhood Watches welcome to attend. Call (021) 715 5557. Tuesday 25 June V Hout Bay: The Computer School Hout Bay at the Spinney in Main Road, is offering a free computer course, at 18:30. Learn everything you need to know to get started with Microsoft Excel. Tuition is free and a R5 donation is requested to cover expenses. For further details contact Tony Hall on (021) 790 1726. Thursday 27 June V Meadowridge: The Friends of Meadowridge Library will host a talk by David Davidson about the Chelsea Flower Show and winning another gold medal. The talk will take place at 11:00 at the Library Hall in Howard Drive. Tickets are R25 and refreshments will be served. Please book early at the library counter to avoid disappointment. Phone (021) 712 9360. Saturday 29 June V Diep River: Join the Seniors of Mugrave Park in Kendall Road, for Bingo from 14:00 until 16:00. Call Citi Lawless on (021) 712 9737 or 084 723 2203.

TALENTED: Learners from eight schools in the southern suburbs will rip up the stage at South Peninsula High School’s annual fundraiser talent show. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


Investing in young talent TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN


erforming to enrich their education is what the annual talent show at South Peninsula High is all about. Thee Unseen Stars is a talent show in which high school students compete in four different categories namely singing, dancing, DJs and bands. An overall winner is selected for the competition. This will be the third year that the school hosts this production, involving eight other schools from the surrounding community. “With Thee Unseen Stars we intend to promote and develop arts and culture while taking our youth from the streets.” “It also acts as the main fundraising event for our annual trip, when we take a group of our Grade 12 drama students to the National Schools Festival in Grahamstown,” says drama teacher John Jusa. He says about R40 000 is needed annually to be able to take the pupils on the trip. “We have a good drama department at the school and every year we obtain As and Bs in the matric final examinations.”

Jusa says this trip is very useful and acts as a one-stop shop for the pupils. “As a teacher it is hard to explain the different drama styles to pupils, but when we go to the festival they are exposed to all these styles.” “It helps them a lot to prepare for their finals and because they saw the different styles it is easier to understand when we discuss it in class,” he adds. Besides being educational, Jusa who has been teaching drama for eight years at the school, says it has a big impact on their appreciation of the performing arts. “It gives them a chance to see others perform and opens their world to different styles. It also creates career opportunities as they are able to interact with professional people in the industry,” he says. This year the line up for the talent show includes performances from pupils of South Peninsula, Zwaanswyk, Plumstead, Norman Hernshilwood, Grassdale, Grassy Park, Steenberg and Heathfield high schools. The show will take place on Saturday the 22 June at South Peninsula High School, tickets are R50 and can be purchased from the school.

DONATION: Learners at Bergvliet High School are part of an initiative to collect Pick n Pay Family Store till slips and the store donates 1% of the total value to the school. The partnership has been running since 2009 and last week store manager John Kotze (left) handed over a cheque for R3 500 to Bergvliet High School principal Stephen Price. PHOTO: SUPPLIED




High cost of coast development NICOLE MCCAIN


veryone might want a house by the sea, but building along our coast line is coming at a cost higher than the developments being raised. A recent report by the South African National Biodiversity Institute, titled Life: State of South Africa’s Biodiversity Report, found that a fifth of the South African coast is under development within 100m of the shoreline. And Cape Town is not far off this mark, according to Cheryl Walters, council’s director of Planning and Building Development Management. “Cape Town is an urban environment with a population of close to 4 million people. The City hasn’t calculated exact figures, but as an urban city one would expect density of development and as such Cape Town is likely to be close to this figure,” she says. Areas such as Clifton and Bakoven on the Atlantic Seaboard, as well as parts of the Helderberg, have the highest number of developments within 100m of the shoreline due to the nature of the developments which are often apartments of high density, Walters estimates. Developments this close to shore has devastating effects on the ecosystem. “Without the buffering effects of dunes, mangroves and marshes, people and property close to the coast are directly at risk. The more coastal ecosystems are built up and paved over, the less they are able to help us cope with the sometimes unpredictable nature of the sea, like strong storms which can damage coastal property,” the report states. Walters says Cape Town is vulnerable to large coastal storms and when they happen there is always some damage to both public

BUFFER: Shorelines act as a natural buffer during storms, leaving buildings within 100m of the sea in danger of damage. and private property. She insists the impact of these developments is difficult to measure, due to the dynamic coastline. “Some areas, where there are rocky shores which are relatively protected from swells and storms, are able to accommodate development with little risk while other areas exposed to sandy beaches, winter storms and shifting dune systems are not well suited to development,” Walters says.

However, Cape Town also retains a large portion of its coastline as natural coastline, Walters says, with around 65km of the 307km coastline falling into the Table Mountain National Park with no development on the coastal edge. In addition, the City has a number of regulations governing developments on the coastline, such as the National Environmental Management Act and the Integrated Coastal Management Act. These developments also come at a social


cost, says Janey Ball, the project manager for Seafront For All (Seafa). Seafa advocates for open space along the shoreline to remain public space, such as on the Sea Point Promenade. “The coastline is already so developed, and the thought of so much more to come leaves me in horror. We’re losing open spaces which are used by everyone. These spaces are essential to allow communities to develop and grow, as well as integrate,” Ball says.

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Peek at Changing Faces T

he Barnard Gallery opened doors on its highly anticipated Changing Faces exhibition. With some of the most influential names in the South African art

world, along with some emerging talents, it really is a great showcase, profiling portraits in SA art. The exhibition is on until Thursday 18 July.

ON THE MEND: Amina Bougaardt with her son, Malik, who is recovering after undergoing reconstructive surgery at Red Cross Children’s Hospital as part of the Smile Week campaign. PHOTO: NADINE MOODIE

A scalpel helps them to smile



rowing up with a defect could rob a child of achieving their dreams. But that’s until the Smile Foundation steps

in. As part of Smile Week, 17 children from sub-Saharan Africa underwent reconstructive surgery at Red Cross Children’s Hospital last week. The initiative was sponsored by the foundation. Functioning since 2000, the NPO has assisted 1600 children in need of reconstructive surgery. Moira Gerszt, the foundation’s operations executive director, says they started out sponsoring operations for cleft palates and lips, but then expanded services to doing any reconstructive surgery for children. Malik Bougaardt spent most of his life lip reading. Malik’s hearing was impaired as his right ear was not growing properly. His mother, Amina, explains: “There was nothing wrong with Malik before birth, but after he was born, I discovered his earlobe was against his face.” He has had two operations – the first as a two-year-old – to reconstruct his ear. He faces two more operations before the reconstruction process will be complete. “He was a carefree child, but as he’s entering adolescence, I noticed he is becoming more aware of his ear and developed a temper as a defence mechanism against his peers

who often poke fun at him,” Amina says. “Malik wears hoodies to cover his ears because he doesn’t want to draw attention to that part of his body.” She is excited as the surgeon has informed her that Malik’s operation was successful. “The surgery involved taking a piece of his rib and using it to reconstruct his ear,” she says. His third surgery is due in August. Registrar and trainee plastic surgeon Dr Chris Price says the team of doctors working on Smile Week will not only dedicate their time to reconstructing cleft lips and palates, but will also include ear, hand, cranial and facial muscle reconstructions. “Some of these problems are caused by parent’s genes, medication which mothers took during pregnancy, alcohol abuse or congenital disorders,” he says. “Each patient’s operation varies, depending on the severity of their condition and operations can take between 30 minutes and six hours. Most cleft lip and palate surgeries need up to eight operations before the process is complete. These operations require specialised instruments, which the Smile Foundation has made possible.” Gerzst says the foundation has an holistic approach when assisting young patients. “Reconstructive surgery is important, but we also have to ensure patients and families receive counselling and support throughout the process, as it can be a traumatic ordeal,” she says.


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In an effort to combat the theft and resale of City-owned refuse bags, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department will be printing the letters CCT SWM followed by a serial number in black text on all its blue bags as of June 2013. This will ensure that all stolen bags can be recognised and their source be traced. The City is appealing to residents to please not purchase blue refuse bags bearing this text being sold on street corners as these are stolen property. The printed bags will be used for all of the Solid Waste Management Department’s Cleansing Branch activities and programmes. Report any individual seen selling the printed bags on the streets, at traffic lights, or anywhere else, by contacting the City’s Solid Waste Management branch for Loss Control on 021 900 1689 or e-mail If any unprinted blue bags are placed out on the roadside they will be deemed to be illegal dumping and dealt with accordingly. Your cooperation and assistance in this matter is highly appreciated. This action is in line with maintaining a well-run city.


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South Africans had a long weekend thanks to Youth Day falling on Sunday. The day commemorates the 37th anniversary of the Soweto uprising on 16 June. In 1975, protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans be used on an equal basis to English as a medium of instruction in secondary schools, says the State website. It says the issue was “not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education”. This was “characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers”. A year later saw more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto beginning a protest march. The protests quickly flared throughout the country in an already politically volatile South Africa. This was a nation on fire and the youth carried the flame of change towards a politically indiscriminate dispensation. In clashes with the police and in the ensuing violence over the following weeks, about 700 people – mostly youths – were killed and property destroyed. The image of a dying Hector Pietersen being carried to safety by a fellow-pupil will remain burnished in the minds of South Africans who choose to remember the ultimate price many paid. Photographer Sam Nzima was quoted as saying he “saw a child falling”. “Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture,” Nzima said, adding later “the police were ordered to shoot”. This year’s theme is “working together for youth development and a drug-free South Africa”. Fastforward to today and the battle has shifted into a social sphere in which other youths may be trapped behind bars of their own making. Again, guns were involved. A case in point: the fatal shooting of Spes Bona High’s Glenrico Martin for which two teenagers were charged. Guns and youths – what a frightening and despairing combination.

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Hats off to the Cape Town South African Revenue Services (Sars) office for swift and sterling service rendered during the processing of my annual income tax return. My heart leapt with trepidation when I received an SMS from Sars stating that an outstanding payment was due from me, and payable urgently! Telephoning the call centre proved futile when the automated voiced informed me that I was 181st in the queue and prompted me to make my way to the local Sars office. The Cape Town Sars office was jampacked resembling a township day hospital

when I arrived around midday, and the only friendly faces were the security guards. The clerk at the enquiries desk warmed to my friendly chatter, and directed me to the “fast lane”. Within 10 minutes amiable tax consultant Sisanda Kuse handed me a printout which I used to effect an EFT payment. Thank you, Sars for the expedient service. It was a pleasure making the payment due without wasting precious time. I pray that my tax payment is put to good use within the fiscus. Mark Kleinschmidt, Email

Courtesy on road goes both ways Why do some people criticise one aspect of the defensive driving system when all aspects should be done in sequence? Learner drivers must swivel their heads like poppies in the wind, because this is the observation that must be done before they can release the park brake of the vehicle. This is to check that a cyclist or any other vehicle has not moved into his blind spot. Get into this habit. It will stop you from

‘One of the best’ How sad that there is vandalism in the women’s wards (“Vandalism sours patient’s stay”, People’s Post, 28 May). Our experience in the male surgical (Currie C1 ward) was very different. My husband was a patient on two occasions in March and April for a total of 10 days. We can vouch that the staff were, as Jane Page described, caring, kind and efficient. The buildings are old, but as she said, it is kept very clean. Beds and mattresses were new and old, but most linen was reasonably good. Since many patients were confined to beds the bathrooms were possibly not used as much as in other wards, as most men washed from a basin of hot water at their beds. However, the shower head was certainly present though I do not think there was a curtain; the toilet paper was regularly replaced, and the toilet doors seemed fine.

getting frustrated with the vehicle taking its time to move off. If a vehicle must keep 1.5m from a cyclist, then surely the cyclist must keep 1.5m from a vehicle. This does not mean I do not agree with the 1.5m rule. Let’s try it both ways. I am sure it will be much safer for all of us. VC Downing, Plumstead The pillows he received were reasonably good and when we asked for another blanket after his surgery, it appeared at once. The basins in the actual wards always had soap and paper towels. His only complaint was the 05:00 start and the 21:00 lights-out. Not mentioned in the article was the food, which we were surprised to find was so good. After hearing about the awful food received at five-star hospitals, we expected worse, maybe even just beans and mealie meal. The breakfast was porridge with milk, bread with jam and butter and a fruit. Lunches were either good quality beef or chicken in sauce with vegetables and rice; the suppers were similar. The cutlery was all clean stainless steel, the tea cups had saucers and teaspoons. The ward could have just been upgraded. For anyone without medical aid, Victoria Hospital seems to be one of the best hospitals in Cape Town. Jean Fillis, Kirstenhof

. The traders at Wynberg station must stop moaning and clean up the litter along the fence themselves. George . All this could have been avoided if the Peace and Mediation Forum held the public meeting with the Hangberg community as I instructed them in 2012. Warren . If the people of Hangberg would stand together and get rid of everyone who does not belong in our community, then we would have enough space. Ed Saunders . I would like to know if Riana Scott has been a commuter herself and if she has actually used the Plumstead subway? She certainly does not look at it from the point of view of the public. I challenge her to travel on a Metro coach each day at 17:00 for a month. If she does not do this, she does not care about the public. Rob . The sooner they implement the smoking restrictions the better. There is a (restaurant) in (the southern suburbs) where patrons sit and smoke themselves stupid. When you open the windows they close it, saying it is cold, yet they come to the venue with no jersey on. Clyde . Tuckshops in triple-storey flats are a nuisance. Running up and down on stairs, writing on our walls and knocking on our doors by children coming downstairs from mobile shop is really a big problem. Also, people sleeping with animals in their flats on second and third floors. Ban mobile shops and animals from flats. . Why must we non-smokers live with all these toxins around us? Ban it altogether. . Regarding the anti-smoking law: you can attack an old lady and steal her pension outside a bank and get away with it, but if she has a cigarette in her hand then she is the criminal? I saw a man relieving himself outside a restaurant. No problem because he was not smoking. Get real. Tess, Fish Hoek . Thank you so much for this new law. I recently stopped smoking when I found out I was pregnant and I don’t want my baby near second-hand smoke. Best decision ever to stop. . What a wonderful dream. Can this really be put into full action, with heavy fines and money used for good food kitchens? We can’t even keep our streets clean or safe. Who will cover this daily or is this another joke?




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Broadway favourite hits the Mother City TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN


he true-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be brought to life in an energising musical at Artscape this month. Direct from it’s successful seasons in Singapore and Johannesburg, the multi-award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys opens at Artscape tomorrow. The show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the other members of the Four Seasons – Bob Gaudio, Tommy De Vito and Nick Massi. The group dominated charts in the 1960s and became one of the greatest successes in pop music history, selling 175 million records globally before they turned 30. The 19 member South African cast includes Emmanuel Castis, Kirsten MurphyRossiter, Jaco van Rensburg, Duane Alexander and Stephen Jubber. Since their first curtain call on South African soil, audiences have responded with enormous enthusiasm. “Being able to be part of this production is a dream come true. Performing in theatre has always been in my blood and I did many musicals at school,” says Emmanuel Castis who plays bass vocalist Nick Massi. He describes Jersey Boys as not being a typical musical. “Usually in musicals the story is driven by the music, but with Jersey Boys the story

and emotions of where they are in their lives, drives the music,” he says. The well-known soapie actor, says although he loves acting on television, theatre has always been apart of him. “I’ve always been going for theatre auditions, but have been waiting for the perfect role,” Castis adds. He says the show has a great cast who have really embraced the story of this iconic group. “This rock band became each others family and having toured and lived together we are also like one big family.” “I realised early that this was a very special story and group, I love it,” says Castis. The show features popular hits of the band such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and My Eyes Adored You. Although the names of these and other songs in the show might not be easily recognised by many, the tunes become more familiar as the captivating tale of the four musicians unfolds and the audience can be heard singing along. Castis says they have received an incredible reaction from audiences who have seen the show and he looks forward to performing in Istanbul, Turkey, after Cape Town. “It’s all about telling the incredible story of normal people. We want people to walk out with a smile on their faces and a smile on their heart,” he adds.

ICONIC: From left Kenneth Meyer, Grant Almirall, Emmanuel Castis and Daniel Buys tell the true­life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Season. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Trojans at GrandWest In the wake of the Gladiators era, Teen Trojan Warriors will flex their muscles at Grand Arena. You can watch the filming of Teen Trojan Warriors from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 June from 10:00 to 13:00. The Trojan Warriors show is about mortals who, all starting on the same level, fight their way up each level by participating in a variety of games. On their way up they accumulate points which gets them to the next stage, being immortal status, and finally to the ultimate title, that of Trojan Warrior. Both the filming sessions of Trojan Warriors and the TV series itself will provide great

HOUSE OF MYSTERIES: Monica Nyakatya inspires young clowns Sonwabile Mekuto, Sibabalo Zuma and Sinothando Lufutha to share their magic with young audiences at the Traditional Children’s Magic Festival. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Marvellous magical mayhem The Traditional Children’s Magic Festival is back in Cape Town this winter and is set to trick your mind more than before. The festival will take place at College of Magic in Claremont from 26 to 29 June and aims to thrill young ones with dazzling performances and workshops by some of Cape Town’s most seasoned artists. Parents and their little ones are set to escape the biting cold with a magical tour of the College’s mysterious 100-year-old building, marvel at the astonishing acts of more than 50 magicians, jugglers,

clowns, escape artists to learn the art of magic. The college is the only one of its kind in the world and has been training children and adults in magic and illusion since 1980. “The Traditional Children’s Magic Festival is a highlight on our magical calendar and is a fun, affordable experience for the entire family. We cannot wait to welcome you to our historic house of magic this winter,” says director David Gore. V Tickets for the festival are R50, and include a free magical goodie bag on arrival. For more information contact 0 (021) 683 5480 or visit

thrills for all South African fans of spectacular action entertainment. The audience will get so close up to the action that they will hear every groan and scream of encouragement. They will see warriors being made while the less strong will remain mere mortals. The live action will offer fun for the entire family who can be part of the exciting action and not even strain a muscle doing so. The TV series will be screened weekly over six months. For the live shows, Teen Trojan Warrior will take place from 10:00, while the Trojan Warrior sessions will begin at 18:00. V Tickets, at R50, available from Computicket.

COMIC RELIEF: Gaëtan Schmid’s (pictured) brand new comedy The Belgian is a hilarious trip into the mind of a most misunderstood species – Belgians. Directed by Brent Palmer, it shows at the Alexan­ der Upstairs Theatre, 76 Strand Street. Behind the facade of their clean cut little houses with their neat little front garden and patrolled by smirking garden gnomes, something obscurely wicked is lurking. Schmid’s latest passionate calling is to share with you his wealth of limitless and useless knowledge – “Comic, fascinating, quirky, absurd and surreal stuff that maketh the Belgian and Belgium”. Shows on Thursday 20 June, Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June, all shows at 19:00 and all shows are R80. For bookings and enquiries phone 0 (021) 300 1652. Strictly no under 18s due to the terms of their liquor licence. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Peter Pan takes to the stage Come fly away with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Darling children to the magical Never Land. Get ready to be amazed by all its wonders such as the mysterious mermaids from Mermaid Lagoon, the beautiful Indian princess Tiger Lilly and her brave panther, as well as the fun-loving Lost Boys and evil Captain Hook. J.M Barrie’s much loved classic, Peter Pan, premiers at the Canal Walk Theatre from Sunday 22 June to Sunday 14 July. Tickets cost R70 and are available from Computicket. The show will be directed by award-winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Mey-

er. Peter Pan will be brought to life with breathtaking sets, magnificent costumes, eye-catching puppets, memorable songs and will showcase the talent of some of South African finest up-and-coming musical theatre stars. While Naledi Award winner, Earl Gregory stars as Captain Hook and newcomer, Michael Wallace will play the title role of Peter Pan. V For more information contact or email Vanessa Herbst, PR manager 0 (021) 529 9638 or or Wendy Vollmer, marketing moordinator 0 (021) 529 9629 or 2



Comedy craze at Vista Nova School LAILA MAJIET


t was an evening of fun and laughter, and all for a good cause. Nik Rabinowitz took to the stage as the headlining act at the Friends of Vista Nova (FOVN) Comedy Evening last Monday, 10 June. Angel Campey, Dalin Oliver, Gareth Woods, Kagiso Mokgadi and host Mel Jones had the crowd in tears from laughter. As an annual highlight on the school’s calendar, organisers say the event was a great success. The group of local comedy sensations

packed the show with local flavour and politics, showcasing something for everyone. Vista Nova is a public school for children with special needs. Over the past 10 years the significance of FOVN fundraising activities has grown substantially, says the organisation’s chairperson, Veronica Kreuker. “There has been a steady increase in the number of learners whose parents are unable to pay school fees, resulting in ever-increasing strains on the school’s financial resources,” she explains. V For more information about the school and its fundraising efforts, visit

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TEXTBOOK TACKLE: Violets RFC’s Ismaeel Arendse tackles Ebrahiem Adonis of Hamediehs RFC during his side’s 11­15 loss at Chukker Road in Lansdowne, in the WP club rugby Division One clash on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

Tight encounter in local derby



ivision One stragglers Hamediehs RFC pulled of a surprise, against-the-odds victory over rivals Violets at Chucker Road in Lansdowne on Saturday. Violets and Hamediehs went into the game in second last and first on the table respectively, but the gulf in form and quality had little effect on the result. Despite receiving five yellow cards, conceding the only try and coming in a distant second in the possession stakes, Hamediehs won 15-11. Head coach Zain Daniels was surprised at the victory. “The first half performance was solid, but we should have lost it in the second half. We made too many elementary errors,” says Daniels. “If they had won, I wouldn’t have felt bad as we made so many mistakes – our ill-discipline cost us. The first-round match was close as well; we should have won that one at the death. When old rivals play each other, it is always tight.” Daniels describes his team’s lack of appreciation for the rule book was “pathetic and poor”. “I don’t blame the referee. It was clearly our fault. We were lucky as one of our guys should have been red carded. At half-time I asked them to be more disciplined, as ill-dis-

LIAM MOSES The dusty streets of Cape Town’s informal settlements and townships have long provided football with some its greatest players. If you possess enough talent and determination, and manage to avoid the pitfalls of drugs and gangsterism, football can provide youth with a better life. However, for most youngsters the sport is little more than a hobby or a pastime their parents hope will keep them away from social ills. But since 2003, a Schaapkraal-based organisation has been using the sport to help the city’s poor, homeless and troubled to better their lives without handing them professional contracts. Each year, South African Homeless Street Soccer and registered NGO Oasis, gives a group of people the chance to travel to and take part in the Homeless World Cup. Clifford Marthinus, Oasis founder, says the point of competing in the tournament is not to simply give the players the chance

cipline would cost us the game.” The numerical disadvantage and high error count meant that Hamediehs spent most of the game defending, but Daniels’ team should be credited for putting their bodies on the line to guard every centimetre of the sodden Chukker Road turf. The away side were determined to play their rugby in the opposition half and they heaped pressure on Violets throughout the game, with well-placed tactical kicks. Although Hamediehs attempted to run the ball when in possession in the opposition half, their success was a direct result of staunch, smash-mouth defence that forced the opposition to make errors. Hamediehs flyhalf Abdul Raqieb Burdien kicked five penalties for his side’s 15 points, while his opposite number, Denver Scheepers, scored two penalties and prop Saleigh Schroeder visited behind the try-line for Violets. The loss is Violets’ third in ten games this season and will cut down their lead at the top of the table. The Lansdowne club will look to get their title charge back on track on Saturday 22 June, when Strand’s Raithby Universals visits Chukker Road. Hamediehs, who have now won three and lost seven matches, will hope to keep their late-season revival going against Lagunya away from home.

IN THE AIR: Turfhall United’s Dylon Solomons takes flight as Hout Bay United’s Ray­ mond Samuels looks on during Turfhall’s 1­0 victory in the Engen Knockout Challenge playoffs at The Greens in Manenberg on Sunday. PHOTO: ARSHIED ISAACS

CONTROL: Montague Spurs AFC player Juninho Lombaard shows off his controlling skill, as he holds off the tackle attempts of Helderberg FC player Anathi Mrwata during the sides’ 1­1 draw in the Engen Knockout Challenge at The Greens in Manenberg on Sunday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

Driven to achieve their footie goals to travel to a foreign country, but to open participants’ minds to their full potential. “What we hope is that people can realise that these opportunities are possible for them. They might live in an informal settlement, but they can also better their lives. It’s up to them to take hold of their lives,” says Marthinus. “We can’t guarantee them that their lives are going to change. But we can guarantee that this will make an impact on their lives. They need to use this opportunity to find out how to make it work and count for them.” The Homeless World Cup is an international organisation based in Scotland and has organised the tournament of the same name every year since 2003. This tournament is hosted in a different country annually and can feature up to 70 teams. Last year, the tournament was hosted in Brazil and this year it will take place in Poznan, Poland, from Saturday 10 to Sun-

day 18 August. In order to take part in the tournament players must go through a series of trials and prove to Oasis they are serious about improving their lives, that they will benefit from the programme and that they intend to give back to their communities. Players do not have to be homeless in the traditional sense in order to take part in the tournament, but have to be linked to an NGO in some way. Marthinus says the point of this is to ensure that the players continue to receive support and guidance once they return from the tournament. One of the players who will be taking part this year is centreback Ebrahim Abrahams from The Kraal, an informal settlement in Bo-Kaap. “I had a friend who was in this programme and went with the team to Brazil last year. He was the goalkeeper and he told us about the programme,” he says “I grew up struggling so I don’t want my

child to go through life the same way I did. That’s all that I want. I just want to help all the children who are living on streets right now.” Before departing for the Homeless World Cup, Abrahams and his teammates will go away on a two week-long camping trip to train for the tournament and also undergo counselling. Marthinus says although many people are successful in bettering their lives, some players also fail and fall back into drug abuse or crime. Oasis also runs Oasis FC, a football club which is affiliated to the South Peninsula Local Football Association and has over 150 players. The club has teams in every age group from under-9 to under-19 and does not charge any of the players membership fees as long as they take part in the organisation’s life skills programmes. Oasis also aims to start a street soccer programme involving 20 different areas around Cape Town. For information about the Homeless World Cup contact Oasis on 0 (021) 704 6815.

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ape Town could have as many as three franchises in a new, nationwide professional basketball league being formed by Basketball South Africa. The Basketball National League (BNL) is set to tip-off in September, with 12 teams across the country playing in two different conferences. Four teams have already been confirmed for the league, with Johannesburg’s Egoli Magic, the Soweto Panthers and Pretoria’s Tshwane Suns set to form part of the Northern Conference and Durban’s KwaZulu-Natal Marlins set to form part of the Southern Conference. Caby Cabanelas, director of the BNL, said

LIAM MOSES Engen Santos FC will face two season-defining moments this week when they take on Mpumalanga Black Aces and Chippa United in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotion/relegation play-offs. The People’s Team did well to fight their way back into contention for promotion after a disastrous start in the National First Division (NFD). But their hard work could all be in vain if they fail to beat Aces and Chippa in the two home games on Thursday 20 and Sunday 23 June. Head coach Ian Palmer admits both matches will be crucial, but says a loss will not be the death of his side’s promotion hopes. “I don’t think this game is do or die, because we still have to play Chippa soon after that. If we lose it won’t be good and it will

three Cape Town teams have already bid for franchises. “There are certain criteria they need to meet and they will need to present their necessary capabilities to BNL. As it’s a franchise basis there will be price of R2 000 000,” he said. “The franchise gives them the right to become a shareholder in the company, the right to appoint a director to the board and the right to participate in the league.” Cabanelas says BNL aims to have at least one team from each province in the league. The tournament will see each franchise play home and away round-robin games, before the top two teams in each conference will battle it out in five games to determine a conference winner. The conference winners will then face off

in five more games and the team with the most victories will be crowned BNL champions. Cabanelas could not could not elaborate on potential teams from Cape Town. Joseph Mangadi, chairperson of the Western Province Basketball Association, welcomed the formation of the league and said it will be a massive advantage to the Association’s attempts to grow the sport. “We are extremely excited because we are trying to get more participants. It’s difficult to convince people to play a sport if there is no professional league,” he said. “It’s also easier to get more media coverage and sponsors if there is a professional league. It will help us professionalise the sport. We have been running on a volunteer basis for a long time. Having a professional

The People’s Team brace for play­offs be huge setback,” he says. “But we are thinking about that. We are going full-out to get one over Aces and put us in the driving seat. Aces are in the driving seat, because they are the only team with a win. The playing field will be levelled as we will be at home.” Santos had an undesirable start to the play-offs last month when their first match, away to Chippa, finished in a goalless draw. Chippa went on to lose 1-0 to Aces in the second play-off match. The Mpumalanga side now top the standings ahead of their clash against Santos, who have not had much success against Aces this season. But Palmer will hope recent form and past results are not an indicator of what Thursday’s result will be.

The People’s Team drew 0-0 against Aces in their last encounter in Mpumalanga in April, while Aces beat Santos 1-0 at Athlone Stadium in the season opener last October. Palmer says the fixtures has not been kind to his side, but he is confident his troops will recover before their Cape derby against Philippi’s Chippa. “Aces are blessed because all their games are spaced widely. After the match against is, they have six days before they play again. The draw actually favours them,” says Palmer. “Chippa also play us and then have to go to Aces three days later. It’s about how quickly you recover. We have the Sports Science Institute of South Africa on our side to help us regenerate for the next game.” Santos’ fixture against Aces will kick-off

league will force us to professionalise at the lowest level.” Basketball is still seen as a fringe sport in SA and, like most other sports, has to play second fiddle to football, rugby and cricket. Cabanelas said the BNL is ready to fight it out with the top three for a slice of the sponsorship, broadcast and match attendance pie. “The global appeal of basketball and its links to family entertainment, music and fashion are about to take SA by storm,” he said. “We have a detailed plan on how we are going to grow the sponsorship base.” Cabanelas added that merchandising deals will also play a large part in making the sport profitable and sustainable in SA.

at Cape Town Stadium at 19:30 on Thursday 20 June. Chippa United will host Aces on Wednesday 26 June and the final fixture of the playoffs will see Santos travel to Mpumalanga to face Aces on Saturday 29 June.

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