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Land legacy lives on IMMINENT CLOSURE: The Ladies Mile Drop-off Facility will be closed. Photo: Juanita Williams
A TOTAL of 18 years of persistence and fighting to protect a Grassy Park’s family legacy will finally pay off. For the family, who asked not to be named, the dream of seeing their families stroll along prime Constantia land will become a reality. The land belonged to his grandfather and father. This comes after the City of Cape Town’s Solid Waste Department issued a Waste Management Licence – for closure – of the Ladies Mile Drop-off Facility at the end of January. The licence was issued following an En-
vironmental Authorisation (EA) conducted last year. A family spokesperson said the family was “happy” with the decision. The lengthy process of the land claim commenced in 1995, when the family applied to the Western Cape Land Claims Commission, for the restitution of the land. Although five other parcels of land neighbouring the site had been released to other claimants, the City maintained the family would not be as fortunate, stating the site would be retained as a dumping site (“Family battles on for right to land”, People’s Post, 28 September 2010). But a proposal to the Protea Subcouncil by then ward councillor Neil Ross led to
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Vandalism costs council millions
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V just under R7m on vandalism related to water and sanitation; V and just under R6m on vandalism relating to electricity. Budgeting for these amounts is challenging. “The direct cost aspect is made even more complicated by the over-regulated environment in which we work, in which audited compliance means that it is not easy to deviate from budgets set in the beginning of the financial year. Repairs on vandalised City property constitute such deviations. “Given the scale of our challenges at local government, this particular battle is an especially bitter one for the simple reality that it prevents us from doing our job and making delivery progress for the whole city.” She urged communities to assist in the upkeep of City property. “Just as much as we install services, we also need communities throughout the city to take responsibility for those services and realise that they become part of the neighbourhoods which they serve. “These facilities are installed by the City, but they belong to all of the people of Cape Town who need to take ownership of them. I am appealing to communities to help us,” she says. To report vandalism, please call the following numbers: V Copper theft: 0800 222 771 V Vandalism is malicious damage to property – a common law crime: call the nearest police station or Metro Police on (021) 596 1999. V If it is graffiti-related, which is a form of vandalism, also call (021) 596 1999. V The general call centre number which the public can use to report such faults is 0860 103 089; select option 2 for water-related faults or e-mail email@example.com or SMS 31373; select option 3 for electricityrelated faults or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS 31220.
VANDALISM not only hampers the City of Cape Town’s ability to carry out and improve service delivery, it also comes at great cost.
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In the past financial year alone, vandalism flattened the City’s pockets by close to R130m. In her weekly newsletter, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says the City and the people they serve are in some ways fighting a battle against increasing financial targets, limited resources and a changing environment. “But there is another direct battle we are fighting, a front that is particularly painful: the battle against vandalism,” she states. “I am not sure that every citizen appreciates the scale of this particular challenge. Some people might associate vandalism with undesired graffiti, or perhaps a defaced sign.” Vandalism includes those things, but it also includes the destruction of robots; the destruction or theft of electricity cables and installations, water pipes and installations; and the blockage of sewers. In addition to this city-wide problem, there are the multiplier effects of disruptions to networks, De Lille explained. “For example, broken streetlights might interrupt the safety grid of an area; a comprised water pipe affects different communities downstream; and a blocked stormwater drain can cause serious damage to the surrounding built environment. “All of these network disruptions have consequences for the people of this city – be they problems in getting to work through water-clogged streets or a feeling of vulnerability and a lack of safety in the dark.” In the financial year to date, the City has spent: V just over R115m on vandalism related to sewers;
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Fast food, easy money lure child beggars JUANITA WILLIAMS
THERE is little the police can do to deter children playing truant near Tokai fast food outlets. That’s according to Warrant Officer Rodney Franks, spokesperson of Kirstenhof Police Station. Franks says: “The children, who vary in age from seven to 12 years, walk to (Tokai CBD) from Seawinds, Steenberg, Capricorn and Lavender Hill and don’t seem to go to school. We have had a number of complaints. This is a long-standing problem and there’s not much the police can do.” The police speak to the children and tell them to go home, but say that as most of children come from dysfunctional homes with unemployed parents, they return to the area because they are hungry. Richard Bosman, executive director of Safety and Security, says this is also not an issue for the Law Enforcement’s Displaced People’s Unit, which deals only with complaints related to people who sleep on the streets. “Begging or soliciting ranks as the most minor infraction. The children should be in school, and because charges can be laid against the parents, the police is best equipped to handle any complaints of this nature,” Bosman says. There are Law Enforcement officers who deal with bylaw transgressions, he adds. The issue of children begging on the streets is one that is dealt with under the Streets, Public Places and Prevention of Noise Nuisances Bylaw. A manager at a fast food outlet says, in the 10 years he has worked there, young and adult beggars have been a constant problem. “There is a group of about 10 or 12 street children who harass customers by asking them to buy food or give them money. The children are rude and threaten customers who don’t give them food. They are getting out of hand and are at the centre all day and night. We had to employ three security guards to be on duty 24 hours a day – which costs thousands of rands. The guards chase the children away, but they still come back. We have told the councillor and the police, but nothing gets done.” They have also had to prevent beggars rummaging in the dustbins for food by locking them away out of reach. KFC’s business is strictly takeaway and there are no tables outside to encourage beg-
HUNGRY EYES: The lure of fast food and easy money attracts children from poorer communities to fast food outlets on Main Road in Tokai. Photo: Juanita Williams
ging. The manager at a pizza outlet agrees: “The street children are always hanging around here begging for money and some of them are quite scary. There seems to be more beggars at weekends, so perhaps some of the children go to school in the week. They arrive in the early morning and hang around until we close at 22:30. Some of the children even sleep outside. The security guards employed by (the fast food outlet) have made a big difference as they chase beggars away.” A third takeaway in the complex has also employed a security officer to control the children and say they no longer have a problem. Councillor Penny East agrees that this is an ongoing problem: “The children have homes and have no reason to be there. The
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achieve anything while it is profitable (for the children) to be there.” She suggests business owners lay charges and start a legal process.
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Flight or fight VIOLENT attacks which have spiked across the country are cause for concern in many communities. People’s Post polled readers to hear how they would react when faced with a potentially lifethreatening situation. Interns Luzuko Zini, Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn and Tina Burger asked the public what they would do in the event of a home invasion.
TAKE CARE: Chandré Miller says people shouldn’t just attack or shoot on instinct because it might just be a relative or someone you know. “I wouldn’t just attack because now adays relatives break into each others’ homes, so you never know who it is.” Photos: Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn, Luzuko Zini, Tina Burger
DON’T FIGHT: Shafieka Khan feels attacking someone who gets you off-guard or who intrudes is not the way to handle the situation. “I would hide and then call the police. If the person finds me then I would maybe hit back, but you shouldn’t fight fire with fire.”
SAFETY FIRST: Hlumela Nama says she would try to defend herself and then seek help. “I would scream and take whatever I find and throw it at (the intruder). Then I would try to get out and run for safety or go to the neighbours for help.”
CAUTIOUS: Keenan Gordon says it is best to think first then act. “Even though at that time you would do anything to protect yourself because you feel you’re in danger, the consequences of your actions will affect you for the rest of your life.”
QUESTION LATER: Tabo Molitshwa says he would do anything to protect himself. “I would act first because it’s my house and I have a right to do whatever I want in it. I don’t know if the person is armed or not so I would have to protect myself no matter what.”
NOT SURE: Nicole Engelbrecht says she does not think anyone in that situation is thinking clearly. The only thing they want to do is protect themselves. “If your life is in danger you don’t have time to think of the consequences. You just act to protect yourself.”
DEPENDS: Amanda Szarythe says her safety is the most important factor when it comes to a threatening situation. She says she will first try to establish whether the person is dangerous before acting. “It all depends on the situation, I will let my instincts guide me.”
NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 10:00 in the Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. Please note that limited seating is available in the public gallery of the Council Chamber, and therefore seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Should you wish to attend the meeting you are requested to contact Michelle Alberts on 021 400 3708 between 09:00-16:00. All requests for attendance must be received by no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to provide your surname, initials and contact telephone number. Visitors are kindly requested to be seated by 09:30.
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‘Imagine’ the next step for Vlei THE Princess Vlei Forum will launch the Imagine Princess Vlei campaign at the Vlei on Saturday 23 February at 09:30. The organisation has been opposing the development of a shopping mall and taxi rank for the past year, and remains confident the “irregularities we have uncovered will make the bid process for this development invalid”. “We believe it is critical for our communities to be actively involved in shaping a dif-
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Caution of spike in break-ins
HOUSE break-ins have increased this year across the Constantia Valley and figures are higher than the same period last year, report the neighbourhood watch and the police. Warrant Officer Silvino Davids, spokesperson for Wynberg police, says there has been an alarming increase in January and February in Wynberg West and East. He urges residents to form neighbourhood watches and street committees and take more responsibility for the safety of the area. Warrant Officer Malcolm Jacobs, Wynberg Police, reported an increase in business break-ins in the vicinity of Maynard, Langley and Lester roads. “Force was used to gain entry through doors and windows.” The burglaries at private homes do not take place at any specific time and Jacobs urges residents to beef up their home security and make sure the alarm system is working and armed. This month there were several burglaries in Constantia between noon and 14:00. Constantia Valley Neighbourhood Watch suspect these may be linked to a burglary in Meadowridge on Wednesday 13 February, in which the front door was broken down to gain entry. Police are also concerned about the increase in the number of vehicles being stolen in Wynberg between 06:00 and 02:00.
Davids says: “Toyotas, Mazdas and especially Isuzu bakkies are being targeted. The worst affected areas are Ottery, South and Main roads. Motorists must ensure their vehicles are properly locked, alarms activated, windows rolled up and no items of value are left visible. Motorists must be vigilant about their surroundings and take note of any suspicious people walking or loitering when they are parking a vehicle.” Police advise motorists to park in areas with car guards and to use steering wheel and gear locks in addition to car alarms. “Theft out of motor vehicles is also a big problem,” says Davids. “Items being targeted are laptops, cameras, cellphones, jewellery and most incidents take place early morning and at night.” Robberies are still causing concern in the streets and subways around Wittebome, Wynberg and Kenilworth railway lines. Davids says: “Patrols will be intensified and the community must be on alert when passing through subways and railway crossings as robberies are happening throughout the day and night.” Anyone who is interested in forming a neighbourhood watch in Wynberg can contact Warrant Officer Malcolm Jacobs on 079 894 1469. Meanwhile, Diep River Police report the body of a man was discovered by homeless people Main Road, Plumstead, on Sunday 3 February. He was last seen the night before
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Offering hope after abuse JUANITA WILLIAMS
IN A SOCIETY plagued by a large number of abusive households, there is very little reprieve for young victims. St Michael’s Child and Youth Care Centre, in Plumstead, is one of the few homes dedicated to providing a safe haven for teenage girls in Cape Town. This safe haven caters for 25 severely traumatised girls removed from their families for protection, by order of the Children’s Court. The girls hail mostly from Lavender Hill, Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain and Elsies River. Chris King, vice-chairperson and acting treasurer of St Michael’s, says: “The importance of rehabilitation work for girls at risk cannot be emphasised enough. There is an overwhelming need for this kind of care in all local communities. “Young girls and boys are continually at risk from abusive backgrounds and poor living conditions and are unable to empower themselves and become mature adults. Some fall prey to prostitution, begging, sleeping on the streets and a life of homelessness without proper guidance.” St Michael’s was originally established as a refuge for war orphans in 1870, in Keerom Street, Cape Town. The Grey Ladies who started the home also founded Leliebloem House, St George’s Home for girls and St Cyprian’s School. In 1954, the home moved to Plumstead. Originally a much larger home catering for 220 boys and girls, the land was sold off in 1993 when costs became too high. “Where possible the girls lead normal, daily lives,” says King. “They are driven to and from local schools like Plumstead High, Voortrekker High, Thomas Wildschut Primary, Wittebome High and Wynberg Secondary and are not encouraged to wander around the area alone.” Chairperson Sylvia Ryan says: “We struggle to get the girls to mat-
ric level, and this year there are five girls in matric, which is an achievement. Some of the girls, especially those who have been abandoned and abused, find it hard to focus on education. The trauma from their backgrounds makes it difficult for them to cope. “Luckily, we have a few volunteers, mostly from overseas, who provide extra tuition during supervised study times.” High on Ryan and King’s wish list is the donation of new computers and modern study programmes to help the girls study at their own pace. Ryan explains that some of the girls come from backgrounds where they have been dumped, sent out to beg and forced to sleep on the
streets. “We have had girls who can’t sleep in a bed or eat at a table. They can be very rebellious and need to be taught basic life skills. Rape and abuse make a young person feel helpless and that feeling never goes away. We have to work towards restoring their confidence.” Drugs are a constant problem, and there’s a social worker who assists with rehabilitation. “But we need funds to provide therapy for the girls, currently we take them to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital for help.” The girls are aware that St Michael’s is not a permanent home and are encouraged to reunite with their families at weekends. To encourage good parenting skills, St Michael’s hosts quarterly
workshops and a fun day for the families. To help the girls build a positive, balanced outlook, they are taken to the theatre, have visited Seal Island, attended matches at Newlands and they enjoy regular activities like softball and craftwork. They are expected to take part in community outreach work, like serving soup and sandwiches to the outpatients at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and they are allowed to enjoy supervised visits from family and friends. Other activities include working in the organic food garden, attending church services and working with horses in Tokai and the K9 dog project. “The challenge is to help young girls find creative ways to deal with
the devastating effect of abuse, to become independent, self-reliant and confident enough to cope with the realities of life,” says Ryan. A former pupil, who is studying sports science in the USA, paid tribute to the guidance and care she received in a motivational letter to St Michael’s. She began by spelling out the tragic start to her life – beatings, sexual abuse and sleeping on the streets. “Today, I stand victorious over it all and am happy to let you know things can get better if you work hard, lean closer to God and never give up and don’t let your past define your future.” Ryan says: “This is an example of the hope and success we would like the girls to aspire to.”
Property evaluations out this month LAILA MAJIET
YOUR rates and taxes on your property could soon take a dip or be increased. Homeowners will this month receive notices of the new valuation of their property. Property owners unhappy with the new valuation of their home may appeal the estimated property price during March and April. The impact on this for property valuators is that a new general valuation will be based on property market values as at 1 July 2012 and that the rates and taxes will be payable on the new valuations as from Monday 1 July. The 60-day objection period is short, according to a valuation expert, and upon receiving notices, owners should immediately ascertain whether the value determined reflects a reasonable market value of the property as at 1 July 2012. If not, homeowners will need to object themselves or employ the services of a registered valuer to assist them. Valuation expert Jerry Margolius says 60 days is sufficient “for a property owner who is knowledgeable and does not seek professional advice”. He is calling for the objection period to be extended to 90 days “so that proper and unrushed objections can be lodged by the valuers and individuals”. “However, when consulting with a
professional valuer, not all do municipal objections and the period then becomes very pressurised and short. There are many large property portfolios which need to be valued as well as leisure and State-owned properties. All these require attention and there is not sufficient time to object,” he explains. The estimated worth of a property as determined by the City of Cape Town determines the sum of rates and taxes payable on a property. Priya Reddy, spokesperson for Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson, says there are 815 676 properties on the City’s new valuation roll with a total value of R913bn. “The number of properties has increased by 39 925 since 2009.” The new property valuations will be forwarded to homeowners in writing. Alternatively homeowners are able to check the valuation of their property online at www.capetown.gov.za/propertyvaluationsad as of Thursday. The General Valuation roll will also be made available for inspection at 17 public inspection venues across the city. The venues will be open to the public from Thursday 21 February until Tuesday 30 April, Monday to Friday from 8:15 until 15:45. “Legislation allows any person to lodge an objection against the valuation of any property on the valuation roll if they believe that the valuation is incorrect,” Reddy explains. Margolius urges property owners
to ensure they contact the City if they do not receive their notice by the end of this month. “They are also obligated to check the valuation roll especially if they do not receive a notice as the non-receipt thereof is not grounds for objection. The valuation roll is open for inspection as advertised by the City.” He encourages the public to go to the specified inspection venues if they feel the valuation of their property is incorrect. “I have always found the City of Cape Town’s valuation staff most obliging and willing to help. So if you cannot afford to employ someone to do an objection and you need help, you should go to the advertised venues,” he adds. Property owners have been urged to check that their property valuation is correctly valued at the market price in July last year. City officials say “the impact of valuation on rates is not a consideration in the valuation. It is only the question of whether it is market-related or not that is considered”. Margolius reiterates this and says: “The ability of not being able to afford the rates is not a ground for objection. The rates policy also provides for rebates for the elderly” and people who earn less than R4000. Inspection venues are at 2nd floor Cape Town Civic Centre; the Alphen Centre in Constantia; Fish Hoek Council Chambers next to the Fish Hoek Civic Centre; and Plumstead Municipal Building, Main Road.
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Healing broken lives JUANITA WILLIAMS
LIFE in Hangberg, Hout Bay, is riddled with hardships. The community is grappling with substancerelated problems, domestic violence and unemployment. Community numbers are vague – with official figures at 7 000, but more realistically 10 000, says Sofia Osburn, a social worker with the NPO Hout Bay Cares (HBC), at Hangberg Community Centre. Groups of 15 people are counselled in three small rooms by outreach workers and group therapists from the community. The counsellors are rehabilitated drug abusers and women recovering from domestic violence and other trauma. Some women, like Florence Angola, have overcome poverty. Others have blossomed since they won the battle against abusive backgrounds. Angola, who was one of the first people to join the recovery programme, is now a dedicated outreach worker earning a small salary. She is no stranger to tragedy – a few weeks ago her home burned down, and her daughter Neveline (13) almost lost her leg in a swimming accident in Hout Bay Harbour (“Swim ends in tragedy”, People’s Post, 22 February). After several operations to rebuild her calf muscle, Neveline was discharged from Groot Schuur and is now walking on crutches. Osburn put the story of the Angola family fire on Facebook and they were flooded with offers of help. “People were very kind, they donated goods and clothes,” says Osburn. “Donations also helped to build a Wendy house for the family and they moved in last week.” To raise money for Neveline’s physiotherapy, psychological and medical care, Osburn markets advertising space on the website
TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY Hout Bay: A free introduction to computers for beginners will be held at the Computer School at the Spinney in Main Road at 15:00. Learn Windows, basic computer terminology, file management, the basics of Microsoft Word, email and the internet. Everyone is
www.cares.org.za. Restaurants and services in the Bay have supported the project, but there is still a shortfall. She estimates they need R40 000 to cover costs and assist Neveline to fully recover from the accident. Osburn says the biggest problem in Hangberg is the lack of confidence. “People are so conditioned to remain downtrodden. At the workshops they are taught to re-integrate with society. There is such a high demand for therapy and recovery in Hangberg that we have started a new group.” The NGO is now looking for more outreach workers to assist. Before she worked for HBC, Osburn was a social development manager with Woodstock Improvement District. Originally trained as a social worker in Copenhagen, Denmark, Osburn worked with homeless people at a Buddhist Centre in New York. Faced with the choice of working in India, South America or South Africa, she chose Cape Town. Through the activities of the NGO Favor (Faces and Voices of Recovery USA) she discovered Hout Bay Cares. “We don’t encourage hand-outs at the centre. People have to work to earn donations of clothes and goods. We want to discourage the stigma of living in poverty and victim consciousness. Everyone has to earn their way. Some clean up, others work in the vegetable garden, and everyone is expected to take responsibility for their actions.” Now living in Claremont and the mother of Maya (4) and Felix (2), Osburn divides her time between HBC and Interns South Africa – which matches volunteers to projects. She is also a member of SWEA (Swedish Women Educational Association) a network of Swedish women who live overseas. Their aim is to promote the Swedish culture and build socio/economic development links between South Africa and Sweden. .
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SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY Hout Bay: The Hout Bay Museum will host a strenuous walk up Llandudno Ravine to Judas Peak, with the group meeting at the Ruyterplats gates in Suikerbossie Road at 08:00. For more information phone Fred Nebe on 0 (021) 790 3287. Constantia: The Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fair will be held at the Alphen Community Centre in Main Road from 10:00 until 16:00. Entry is free. Refreshments will be available. Enquiries to Des on 0 084 626 7499.
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SATURDAY 2 MARCH Hout Bay: The Hout Bay Museum will hold the annual Folk Food Festival at the museum gardens in Andrews Road at 18:00. There will be music, delicious food and drinks. The event is open to all at no charge. Enquiries on 0 (021) 790 3270. Bergvliet: Mesca will hold its annual fundraiser at Dawn Patrol Shellhole in Children’s Way from 09:00 until 13:00. There will be a variety of food and goods stalls. Phone Peter Johnston on 0 072 308 6546.
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Do something SOUTH AFRICANS have every right to feel they are the world’s lament. It is a country riven by horrific sex crimes as well as other acts of barbarism. And given the technological wonders of Facebook, Twitter and other social media, there has been a furious flurry of “liking”, “sharing”, blogging and other prolific internet postings. But such remote activism is not going to cut it. It is not enough. We need to clean up our act. We need to get our hands dirty. Marching while wearing black in the streets isn’t going to be enough. Nor, for all its symbolism, will sticking tape over our mouths. Same goes for moments of silence. Our world needs help. Urgently. Practically. So, what are you doing? How are you getting your hands dirty? There are countless organisations dedicated to helping the downtrodden. Flinging money at our social ills will only take us so far. The biggest, and first, change we can ever make to help this world is adjusting our attitudes. The psychological power trip that all abuse offers is a battle that starts in the mind. We need to constantly reinforce the idea that it is not okay – ever – to inflict such agony. It needs to be part of our DNA that the mere suggestion or idea of such violence causes the body to be ill. The prevention of rape needs to become the norm. It should be anathema to our belief system. Anene Booysen’s death is nothing new. Such gory crimes have plagued our communities for years. There’s Delft and the Bush of Evil, Caleb Booysen (2) from Manenberg who was bludgeoned to death, 11-year-old Annastacia Wiese from Mitchell’s Plain who was raped, murdered and stuffed in the ceiling of her home. It is a litany of shame. Let’s stop waiting for a solution to drop out of the sky. Do something. Get your hands dirty.
Deal with social ills Have courage to see ‘sickness’ HOW is it that a society such as this one rapes, kills, abandons and attacks its women in such huge numbers, daily, year after year? How is it that a society such as this puts men in power who are charged with rape and corruption when 50% of the population are women? Would not a healthy society pick up the fact that certain people you just don’t give power to? I am saying this to bring to light just how deep the sickness in society is. It is a sickness that brings about such hatred and attack of another and it is a sickness that does not support each other, but seeks only to enrich itself. How is it that a society such as this one produces men who behave so poorly? Is it not mothers who bring up their children (and) society who reflects their values on those children? It is from the very bottom to the very top of society that this sickness is reflected. I am saying this to show how the blatantly ob-
vious gets overlooked because of the sickness society carries. If you want to change the world you see, you have to make changes to what you do, what you support and, mostly, what you do not support. Where are your wise ones, your peaceful ones, your caring ones? Why are they not given your attention? Why (are) only the loudest, the ones with the “bling”, the angry ones, the power seekers running the show? Make the deaths of all the women ever raped and abused count for something by having the courage to open your eyes and stop ignoring what is right in front of you. We are all responsible for the world we have created. Finish with blaming others and start by taking responsibility for your world. Every uncaring act, every ignored fact becomes food for sickness. MARTYN TAYLOR Letter edited. – Deputy Editor
All have role in our communities WE, AS the parents, must take the responsibility to teach our children to be respectful to elderly people and to know who our children’s friends are. We, as South Africans, must unite, take back our streets and fight the abuse of children and women. The community have now taken a positive stand that “My child is your child and your child is my child”. Also we need to operate within the law and courts.
I believe that no parent raises their children to become gangsters or rapists. We must not be afraid to erase illegal activities in our communities, otherwise we will still have problems. We must take ownership in our communities and play an active role in ensuring our youth strive to succeed and we must ensure our youth attend school daily to have a good education. WILLIAM AKIM Email
Not ‘credit clear’, so can’t get work I’VE BEEN struggling since last year to get a job. I’m not credit clear (and) 90% of the time my application is rejected because of this. Most ads even tell you that you should be ITC clear. How do they expect anyone to work? More importantly, how can anyone clear their credit if no one is prepared to give them work? It is so ridiculous and becoming frustrating. I have a wife and son, and 95% of the time there
is no food, there’s no money for travelling (and) we live off my wife’s salary which is minimal. How do people survive without getting sick of depression because of stress? I don’t think this is fair, nor (is it) healthy for society. I think this is part of what turns good people to doing bad things just to survive. Is there something that can be done about this? NAME WITHHELD Mitchell’s Plain
(PEOPLE’S POST’S) editorial “Crisis point” (12 February) on the untimely death of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen provides much food for thought. The same day the (leader) appeared, I listened to a news bulletin (in) which a Bredasdorp resident correctly stated that socio-economic conditions often led to antisocial behaviour. If one looks at the plethora of protest actions in recent times around the lack of service delivery in the less affluent areas of our province, then it is clear it will take very little to ignite the raw anger that was displayed following the brutal killing of Anene. That poverty is rife is also not in dispute given the large number of informal settlements all around us. How sad that 18 years into our democracy, we still find the bucket system in use at Phumlani Village (in Grassy Park). To get to the point where we will all respect the human rights and dignity of others, those in public office should fix the small things, (namely) the social evils, first. If a tavern is still open at 3:00, then those who are responsible for Bredasdorp must deal with it without looking for a scapegoat elsewhere. The unacceptably high levels of crime in our poorer communities have indeed reached a crisis point and something needs to be done urgently to address the concerns of those living in constant fear. We can only take our streets back once the “broken window” strategy (fixing small things first) has been implemented so that none of us ends up becoming just another statistic. COLIN ARENDSE Wynberg
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TO THE FINISH LINE: Kronendal Primary School held its annual interhouse athletic meeting recently. Despite hot conditions, the pupils gave their best in the track and field events. The winning house was Disa, while Sentinel won the Spirit Trophy. Ronan du Plessis won the Victor Ludorum, while Joanna Roodt walked away with the Victrix Ludorum. Photo: Supplied
SWEET TREATS: In celebration of Valentine’s Day Westcott Primary School dressed in red and white. A Grade 4 class also iced and decorated love biscuits. Classmates Connor Vermaak (left) and Khanyi Marubelela enjoy being creative. Photo: Supplied
FUR THE LOVE OF ... In celebration of Valentine’s Day pupils of Kirstenbosch Primary School opened their hearts and collected food for dogs and cats at places of safety. The goods will be donated to Aniwell, African Tails and the SA Feral Cat Network. Here, from left, Layla Adams, Kaylyn Bakker, Matthew Breet, Daniel Hayes and Jade Vermeulen show off the collection. Photo: Supplied
CAMPERS: Junior classes at Westcott Primary School spent last week on a leadership camp in Villiersdorp. The three-day camp at the SOS School of the Wild saw pupil’s leadership qualities enhanced, while they also took part in team exercises. Here Luke Godwin (left) and Mikayla Beelders wait for the bus to arrive. Photo: Supplied
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Tuesday 19 February 2013
‘Black and yellow’ ambushed at home LIAM MOSES
MILANO UNITED slumped to a shock 0-1 defeat against stragglers Polokwane City in a National First Division match at Rooikrans this weekend. The Grassy Park side went into the game in third place on the table, with their opponents languishing in third last. Milano started the second-half of their season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Thanda Royal Zulu in the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday and were favourites to take three points on Saturday. And although the match seemed to be going as planned, with the home side dominating the play, it was Polokwane who took the lead in the 20th minute. The visitors launched a counter-attack after rebuffing yet another Milano surge and Tlolane Puleng made no mistake, beating goalkeeper Sherwyn Naiker from the edge of the box. Trailing 0-1, however, didn’t deter the hosts as they continued to commit numbers on attack and hold a high defensive line when in possession. United looked particularly threatening in the second-half, but poor decision-making and inaccurate final balls stopped
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COMING THROUGH: Milano United’s Keanan Thomas reaches for the ball ahead of Polokwane City defender Million Mkhabela in his side’s 0-1 defeat. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
them from finding the net. Meanwhile, Santos, Milano’s local NFD rivals, fared much better in their clash with Thanda in Kwa-Zulu Natal on Saturday. The Lansdowne side had a tumultuous mid-season break, with Dutch coach Mart Nooij being replaced by Ian Palmer. Palmer lost 3-2 to Vasco da Gama in the Nedbank Cup in his first competitive encounter at the helm, but his side bounced straight back this weekend. Darron Omaticus put Santos in the lead and neither team found the net in the remaining minutes. The 1-0 victory sees the People’s Team climb one place to eighth on the table and the victory offer the title challengers will give Palmer’s side some much needed confidence as they push for promotion back to the Premier Division. Milano will face FC Cape Town in a local derby at Parow Park tomorrow (Wednesday 20 February), while Santos will hope to succeed where their neighbours failed when they host Polokwane City at Athlone Stadium. Milano will again be in action on Sunday 24 February, when they face Bloemfontein Celtic in Free State. Liam.Moses@peoplespost.co.za
Crosscourt action in Athlone A GROUP of squash lovers have set out to revive the sport in Cape Town’s previously disadvantaged areas after forming a club in Athlone. The Mixim Squash Club was formed last month will be based at the Mixim Squash and Recreation Centre in Asar Mini Mall, Belgravia. Chairperson Natheer Price says Mixim aims to change the sport’s reputation as an expensive or elitist sport, and raise awareness on the Cape Flats. “If you go into Mitchell’s Plain, Bontehuewel or Manenberg and ask someone if they know of anyone who plays squash, their reaction is probably going to be ‘what is squash,’”
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says Price. “We want to develop or create awareness of the sport in the community. It’s a sport that is unseen in the media and is becoming a thing of the past. We are trying to uplift the sport in this community, and also develop it in local schools, like Belgravia High and Alexander Sinton.” Price adds the only other players, he knows of, in Athlone and surrounding areas either don’t play competitively or leave the area to play for clubs in wealthier areas. The club currently has around 20 members, one of whom is Mitchell’s Plain teacher and community worker Irafaan Abrahams. Abrahams, who grew up in Athlone and played at the courts as a teenager, says the courts helped grow the game during apartheid. “Top squash players plied their trade there during the apartheid era. It was one of the first squash courts to be erected in a more impoverished area,” he says. “It used to be known as a rather elitist sport, but with that court being erected it made it possible for the locals to come play squad.” He says the sport also acted as a “haven” for him and other youngsters during riots in the mid 80s. “In 1984 and 1985, when we were at high school during the height of the uprisings and the soldiers would line up in Belgravia Road and caspers drove up and down, we would run up the ramp at the courts and the
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SERVING THE COMMUNITY: The founders of the Mixim Squash Club in Belgravia hope to grow the sport across the Cape Flats. They are, from left, Nathier Price, Naseebah Jappie, Irafaan Abrahams, Ashraf Jappie and Shaheen Jacobs.
gates would be closed behind us and we would have a safe haven.” Abrahams, who raised over R500 000 for charity by running the New York and Chicago Marathons over the last two years, hopes the sport will help other youths the way it helped him. “I have been able to travel thanks to the sport. I played in England. I got the opportuni-
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ty to play at the highest college level, representing South Africa in the SA Colleges team. “I know the positive spin-offs it had on me – it a had such an impact on my life. Imagine how many other youngsters who are out there and can’t play football or rugby? Squash could be the game for them.” Anyone interested in joining the club can phone Price on 082 994 4072.
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Tuesday 19 February 2013
VOB to pull out all the stops
BASEBALL supporters and players have been promised a “tournament to remember” by the hosts of the upcoming South African Baseball Union Inter-regional Tournament (IRT). The tournament will be hosted by VOB Baseball Club, with the assistance of Lansdowne Eagles and Battswood baseball clubs, at the Chucker Road Sports Complex from Saturday 30 March to Saturday 6 April. Kevin Johnson, chairperson of VOB, says the club and local organising committee (LOC) will be hoping to succeed where past tournaments have failed. “We are trying to make this memorable because, generally, the tournaments (have not been) memorable. It is done because it has to be done,” he says. “I have played at national and international level. So I want something that the players are going to remember.” Johnson adds many of the past tournaments have not had individual awards after the completion of the event. He says entrance for spectators was free, despite the fact that many players had spent large amounts of money to participate in the tournament. This year will also be the first time in the tournament’s history that the junior and senior events are taking place in the same week. In previous seasons the tournaments were separated by as much as a month, meaning players or officials involved in both senior and junior teams would have to travel
to the host city twice. VOB was awarded the right to host the tournament by the Baseball Association of Western Province late last year and Johnson says the club is “ecstatic”. Darrel Jones, chairperson of the LOC, says visitors can expect an experience that is “original to the Cape”. “We are trying to make sure we have a festive atmosphere at the field. We want both players and spectators, schools and local communities, to come and support the tournament,” he says. “(In the past) there hasn’t been night games, so the idea is to incorporate some night games for the seniors, while the idea is still under discussion for juniors. Normally the night games attract quite a lot of people, because the atmosphere is a bit different. We are hoping to give the country a bit of Cape Town flavour, while we are also hoping to attract the minstrels for a Cape cultural experience.” Around 1 200 of South Africa best junior and senior baseball players are expected to participate in the IRT, which will be played on the 14 fields laid out at Chucker Road. The senior tournament will feature colts (under-21) and senior teams from each region and run from Saturday 30 March to Wednesday 3 April. The junior section will run from Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 April, with under-10, under-12, under-14, under-16 and under-18 teams competing. The LOC is still searching for tournament sponsors. Any businesses interested in sponsoring the event can phone Maritha Williams on 073 490 9291.
FLYING MACHINE: Rondebosch resident Badir Chellan entertains the crowd at the Hunters Extreme Ultimate X in the V&A Waterfront on Saturday. Greg Illingworth beat Chellan to the top prize in BMX section. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
Disabled athletes race through Southern Cape LIAM MOSES
A GROUP OF 14 athletes from across the southern suburbs have returned from George after competing in one of South Africa’s largest sports events for disabled participants. The group took part in the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge on Saturday and raced in the five or 10km fun events. It was the second time Manenberg resident Ivan Sidlayiya (44) competed in the event, of which, he says, the best part was socialising with fellow-competitors. “I like taking part in the Oteniqua Wheelchair Challenge because I get to meet other people who have disabilities,” says Sidlayiya. “If you can’t push yourself there are people who help you. It was nice to meet all those people who are also in wheelchairs.” About 2000 wheelchair athletes from South Africa, neighbouring Zimbabwe, and as far afield as Austria and Australia took part in the race. The 14 athletes are all affiliated to the Association for the Physically Disabled (APD) and were assisted through the association to compete in the event.
The event comprised a 42.2km and 21.1km event, which together offered a R220 000 prize incentive, while the APD atheletes took part in the five kilometre fun event or 10km race. APD deputy director Millinda Noemdo says the participants benefit more from the social aspects of the event than the physical one. “(The event is) mostly psychological and about social integration,” says Nomdoe. The event offers disabled competitors a chance to compete with like-minded individuals and to show them that they have “potential and ability” to take part. “They will gain some confidence. It’s all about ‘I can’, as in ‘I can be involved’ and ‘I can enjoy myself despite my disability’.” This is the fourth team APD has sent to the race. Belinda Lewendal, an employment social worker at the APD, says the organisation would usually have sent more athletes. “There would have been more people going, but one of our vans was stolen. “We had to reduce the number of people,” says Lewendal. For more information about the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge visit www.georgeocc.co.za.
READY, SET, GO! Some of the more serious racers line up at the start of the 2013 Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge. Several southern suburbs athletes took part in the race this year. Photo: Supplied
Published on Feb 19, 2013