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The annual Cape Town Carnival was held in the CBD on Saturday 16 March. The event, featuring dancers, floats, music and pretty girls in colourful costumes, saw the parade pass through the City centre, along the Fan Walk, and finished in Green Point. See page 4 for more photos. PHOTO: JACO MARIAS/PHOTO24

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ESIDENTS claim there is more than meets the eye at a massage parlour in Wynberg. But the owner of Therapeutic Massage Parlour, Mercy Botha, has cut back saying residents are “making things up”. A resident, who wants to remain unnamed, says there is constant noise and traffic at all hours at the Fleming Road establishment. “I’ve been living in the road for years and something is going on at that house. I can’t say exactly what it is, but there are always cars at all hours of the night and often disturbing noise coming from that house.” Another resident, living in Fleming Road, says while she is aware of the massage par-

lour she hasn’t noticed anything untoward at the property. Meanwhile, Botha says she is fed up with people “making up things”. “I’m upset because we are just people doing normal jobs and trying to support our families,” says Botha. She says they specialise in Swedish, head, shoulder and back massages. Botha says they operate between 09:00 and 21:30, depending on how busy her employees are. She says she employs two men and four women. Botha says her property has been searched by police on numerous occasions for drugs and fire arms. Although none were found on these occasions, Botha points out that a woman who

was employed at the massage parlour was arrested for prostitution. Richard Bosman, executive director of safety and security for the City of Cape Town, confirms Botha has a valid business licence for a massage parlour and an escort agency. This licence will need to be renewed only upon change of ownership or if the nature of the business changes and the business is relocated to another address. “During mid-February a raid was conducted on the premises by the Wynberg police. Two people were arrested for keeping of a brothel and prostitution. This specific case is currently pending in court,” says Bosman. Wynberg police has confirmed the arrest. Brigadier Rian Booysen, station com-

mander at Wynberg Police Station, says: “We are always policing prostitution in the area. “However, we urge the community to contact the police if they come across any suspicious behaviour in a specific area.” Jimmy Young, chairperson of the Wynberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) , says: “I have received many complaints over the years from residents who suspect they might be running escort services and prostitution from that premises.” He adds police have been doing their best to manage prostitution in the area. Ward councillor Elizabeth Brunette says she is also well aware of the problem. Brunette says she has also received many complaints about people who are upset about the establishment.


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ODENDAAL GERBER: He is most passionate about the right to access to water. “People should use water sparingly. There are so many people who don’t have access to drinking water. Yet you get others who can afford it and then waste it.”

TOBIE STEENKAMP: The right to life is the most important right, he says. “I feel if you take away someone’s right to live, your life should be taken away. In our country that right is absolute, not even the State can take away your right to life.”

LEE-ANN PEDRO: She says freedom of speech should be supreme and feels it is what our country needs to move forward. “It is important and will help our country if people could express what they want, when they want and how they want.”

WENTZEL DANIEL: He feels the right to education is important, especially for the new generation. “In my days we didn’t have the opportunities the children today have and I don’t want my children to struggle.”

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 19 March 2013

DRIVE­THROUGH: FLOWER SELLER TO ‘STAY’

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McDonalds drive-through will be built near the corner of Main and Gabriel roads in Plumstead. This emerged after a resident wanted to know if the building, currently standing empty, would be demolished or left as it was. The building, next to Nedbank, used to house a 7-Eleven, a mattress and fancy dress shop. The Post Office was the last to move – into the “peach building” on Main Road, just a few metres from Simply Asia. The concerned resident wrote: “All the tenants/ businesses have left the premises, leaving a dark hole where vagrants and/or ‘baddies’ will eventually settle in. There’s already a massive hole in one of the shopfront’s glass panels thanks to vandals, and graffitti on the walls.” The resident says at the time they thought they were “just closing to revamp”, but says this has been proven otherwise. Ward councillor Carol Bew confirms a McDonalds drive-through has been approved for the site by the City of Cape Town. She adds the development, once passed, is in the hands of the developer and so cannot speculate on when work will begin. She says it will only be a McDonalds unless the approval, which is for 18 months, lapses and a new development is applied for. Resident Sarel van der Merwe says: “It will be magic if they can keep the flower lady on the corner. She brings freshness to Plumstead.” The flower seller, who asked only to be named as Sadia, says her mother and grandmother both sold flowers at the same spot. Behind her is an old drinking trough, originally for horses. She was not yet sure what the impact would be on her business. Bew says the flower seller will be allowed to remain and adds: “I am looking into having the horse trough – a national heritage – restored.”

BEAUTIFUL COLOURS: Flowers on sale outside the old 7-Eleven in Plumstead provide an interesting contrast to the empty building. PHOTO: TERESA FISCHER

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UNDER CONTROL: A resident of Tiverton Road in Plumstead says he was startled when, after a steam train passed their homes, a fire broke out along the railway line. The fire was brought under control by residents and City of Cape Town firefighters. People’s Post also recently reported on complaints of overgrown grass and dumping in the area. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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HE Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA) has raised concerns about the City of Cape Town’s new zoning scheme. The organisation, which is the umbrella body for civic associations across the Cape Peninsula, raised these concerns in a press release, issued jointly with the Far South Peninsula Civic Forum. The Integrated Zone Scheme for Cape Town (CTZS) was launched on Friday 1 March, replacing the 27 former “outdated” zoning schemes with a single zoning scheme. The process for the promulgation of the scheme was divided into five phases, from 2002 until November last year. It was adopted at a Full Council meeting in December. “The new CTZS, however, does provide for mechanisms, such as the Overlay Zone to effectively respond to the protection and conservation of unique and specific areas within the City,” says Cheryl Walters, the City’s Director for Planning and Building Development Management. “The purpose of the CTZS has not changed and still provides for the determi-

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nation of use rights and to provide for controls over such use rights. This is a Constitutional obligation of local government, as part of municipal planning. “This project did also result in the repeal of some of the last remains of apartheid planning, such as those zoning schemes promulgated in terms of the former Black Communities Development Act.” Walters describes the scheme as “modernised”, as it provides for new land use activities such as cellular infrastructure and green technologies. “It is also, in general, more permissive, encourages mixed uses where appropriate and equal opportunities.” The scheme was subject to various meetings and public participation processes during the planning stages. “Various media releases, placement of notices, advertisements in the community press and information sessions happened in this period to inform, warn and prepare industry stakeholders and the public of the implementation date of the CTZS,” Walters says. However, the concerned organisation flagged various aspects of the scheme, including the possibility of a “radical change in the character of the city and undermin-

New Sassa system safer plan TASMIN CUPIDO CONFUSION about where State pensioners can collect their monthly payout has surfaced. This comes after the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) adopted and introduced the biometric- based system for all social grants in February. The system aims to ensure the right grant is paid to the right individual at the right time and place. It’s immediate plan is to eradicate fraud and corruption. It will also allow beneficiaries to use their Sassa branded card anywhere in the country. But People’s Post fielded calls from readers who claim the new system was “time consuming” and “dangerous”. One such reader, Beatrice de Wett (78) from Diep River, tells of her experience at

a supermarket. “I was not there to draw my monthly pension – I will only have to do so in April, but I was horrified and shocked when I saw what was happening,” she says. “The place was very crowded. I thought the people were rioting, but soon realised they were there to draw their pensions.” She describes the atmosphere as “absolute chaos”, as pensioners queued in long lines inside and outside the store. “They all had to stand; there was no place for them to sit. Some of the people were standing with walking sticks, visibly uncomfortable,” De Wett says, adding some were waiting for “up to four hours. And there are no ablution facilities for them to use”. De Wett claims she was informed that the “chaos” was the same the previous day, with three of the pensioners having been transported to hospital for medical treat-

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ing its sustainability” in the press release. The press release reads: “No minimum erf size has been set. This paves the way for cramped urbanisation, not just wise densification. It could also herald a field day for developers focused on maximising rental income and speculative subdivision.” It also highlighted the removal of service industrial zoning, which has now been replaced by light industrial zoning, mixed-use zones where there are few restrictions on a range of activities and amenity zoning being replaced with community zoning as some of the organisation’s concerns. The City also only has to advertise departures if, in the opinion of City Manager Achmat Ebrahim, it will adversely affect anyone, while cellphone masts are allowed anywhere. However, City officials met with representatives of the two organisations on Thursday 7 March. “It was a very constructive meeting where a number of concerns where clarified, misconceptions addressed and future engagements discussed,” Walters says. V View the new zoning scheme on www.capetown.gov.za. Send any queries for clarity on the scheme to lums@capetown.gov.za. ment after they had fainted while waiting in line. “The staff at the supermarket also told the people they had to return the next day, because there was no more money,” she says. “I cannot understand why Sassa changed the process of drawing your pension. Why must we go to supermarket? It is heartbreaking and sad to see the pensioners suffer this way.” Regional Sassa spokesperson Shivani Wahab says supermarkets Pick n Pay and Shoprite are not the only places pensioners can draw their monthly grants. “The beneficiary has the option of accessing their social grant at a Sassa pay point, vendor or bank of their choice. With approved vendors, Shoprite and Pick n Pay, there is no fee applicable for a beneficiary to access their social grant,” Wahab says, adding charges will apply to bank withdrawals. The new system requires all beneficiaries to re-register and the process is expected to be complete on Sunday 31 March. V For more information phone (021) 469 0206.

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Wynberg Park in the spotlight

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TAKEHOLDERS shared their concerns and excitement about Wynberg Park at a public meeting on Thursday. This was one of two meetings which the City of Cape Town will be hosting while developing a master plan for the upgrade of the park, situated off Trovato Link Road. Ward councillor Elizabeth Brunette explains that this master plan will help guide future development of the park. “This plan will help us decide what needs to be done and only once we know that, we can establish a budget for the upgrade. The upgrades, however, will not all take place at once.” A slide show by Earthworks Landscape Architects explained the current structure, issues and potential of the park. After the presentation residents were could voice their ideas and concerns. The main points of contention related to safety, funding, parking and getting people to start using the park in the week, and not just at weekends. Residents living near the park agreed that vagrancy and prostitution were major concerns. While some residents felt low lighting and fencing could help solve the problem and make people feel safer, others disagreed strongly saying “not even a section of the park” should be fenced. “It will take away from the open and natural feeling of the park. If it was to be fenced it should be aesthetically appealing,”says Tanya Golding. One resident, who does not want to be

named, felt “by creating parking under the Classen Road bridge it will provide nice shaded parking for people and would help with vagrancy”. Ideas for funding were also offered. When one resident asked whether a fee would be charged for use of the park, residents were both for and against it. Brunette says: “It is a public park and many people from other areas use the park for recreational purposes as they do not have these facilities available were they live. Therefore the City would like to keep it accessible to all.” Residents felt most of people using the park were not represented in the meeting. Brunette says although the meeting had been advertised across the city, they will be conducting surveys in the park to find out what people’s suggestions are. Golding also suggested the old restaurant on the property be restored. “It would make a lovely place to have lunch.” Park manager Ntsiki Sigege said the building is leased to the City as it was previously vandalised when left vacant. Brunette welcomed the suggestion of the restaurant and asked residents how they felt about having a bandstand for weddings. Many agreed it would be a good idea and could generate funds if there was an area for receptions. Another idea put forward was a skate board park for children, while another resident said the City should copy what has been done at the Green Point urban park. Brunette appealed to residents to establish a friends group for the park who will help raise funds and maintain the park.

CHARITY AUCTION: The Alexi and Me campaign held a successful auction and dinner at Col’cacchio Westlake at the end of February. A total of R32 000 was raised on the evening. The proceeds will go towards a childhood epilepsy research project at The Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Pictured is Tony Carvounes bidding at the auction. PHOTO: CHANTELLE VISSER

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the man’s face”. Venter says when the man came to he was on the back seat of the car. Police say the man said he heard the words: “You (are) going to see, we will teach you a lesson.” Venter says the man says he was dizzy. “It is alleged the complainant was dropped off at the corner of Bay View and Bower roads, near Victoria Hospital,” he adds. Venter says the man noticed cuts on his arms and chest, and a dreadlock was removed from the left side of his head. Anyone with information can contact the toll-free number on 086 001 011 or detective Camillah Jones on 074 400 1390. trading hours is free. There is, however, a cost for these applications. People’s Post regrets the error. V Applications are available from any City Environmental Health office or from www.capetown.gov.za.

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Cape Town comes to life MUSIC, floats, dancers and food. Capetonians from across the city lined the streets of Cape Town over the weekend to catch a glimpse and be a part of the spectacular Cape Town Carnival. The colourful and vibrant Cape procession took place on Saturday on the Fan Walk in Green Point. The procession, which starts near the Victoria Junction Hotel and then proceeds down Main Road and ends at York Road, is a highlight on the Cape Town social calendar. It was an event not to be missed and was an outing for the whole family to enjoy, with live music, for those wanting to have a fun night out on the town, filling the streets into the early hours of the morning.

EXCITED: Ezra (left) and Andrew October were ecstatic to watch the carnival and enjoy the music.

BOYS NIGHT: Bradley Zeelie, Darion Adams and Farnel Smart had a great time dancing to the music.

SOCIAL: Keenan Muller and Ami-Leigh Romedies enjoyed a night out on the town.

LOVING THE CAPE: Australian couple Ian and Riana Warner had a great time observing the spectacular carnival.

FAMILY OUTING: Kyle Smith and his daughter Gaby had a good time at the Cape Town Carnival.

PARTY: Erika Steensma (left) and Danielle Rossouw show off their own unique look, with flashy eyelashes.

BEST VIEW: Tamia Harley sits on her dad, Peter Harley’s, shoulders to catch a better glimpse of the performers. PHOTOS: LAILA MAJIET AND TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN

BLINGED OUT: Kelly-Ann Shanon and Jacques Smith were dressed in their own unique styles to match the carnival atmosphere.

ENTERTAINING: From left Casper, Steven, Michelle and Frank share a laugh posing for photos for the crowd.

FAMILY OUTING: From left are Vincent Baartjies, Jaden Arendse, Janine Arendse, Gary Arendse and Zulpha Waja.

EXCITED VISITORS: From left Christian Dixen, Jasmin Klages and Adam Mouse, from Germany, were amazed at the spectacular floats.

BIRTHDAY FUN: From left Jade Fredericks, Danielle Goosen (birthday girl), Simmeeta Nair, Nina Engledoe and Catherine de Kock celebrating at the Cape Town Carnival.

GOOD TIME: Paul Karsten and Timothy Rorich enjoying the carnival festivities.

FUN TIMES: Performers smiled and greeted the crowed as they enjoyed their performances in the annual street carnival.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A sun足 set ex足 perience MUSICIAN Jeremy Loops, known as a one-man folk band, provided the perfect musical accompaniment at the Kirstenbosch Gardens Summer Sunset concert. Loops has been a hit at recent music festivals, including Rocking the Daisies. This talented musician won over hundreds more fans with his feel-good sounds that had the older crowds grooving like teenagers.

BUDDIES: Ricardo Rose, Morgan McBride, Caity Wells, Tebogo Moagi and Tara Cartel-Johnson made a day of it.

GRAND: Lisa Peters, Gerald Buswell and Countess de Borgrave toast an afternoon of fun.

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Thursday 28 March V Diep River: The Parent Centre Moms-to-be and Moms-and-babies group will meet at MediClinic Constantiaberg from 10:00 until noon. Phone 0 (021) 762 0116 or email reception@theparentcentre.org.za.

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V Meadowridge: The Lions Club of Bergvliet will be hold its monthly book sale at Park ’n Shop from 08:00 until 12:15. Donations of

V Hout Bay: A free computer course, Computing Beyond Beginners, will be held at the Computer School at the Spinney in Main Road at 18:30. Learn about the Internet, PayPal, Excel and much more. Everyone is welcome. Phone Tony Hall 0 (021) 790 1726.

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V Hout Bay: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum will host a strenuous hike from Orangekloof, up Disa Gorge to Woodhead Reservoir, returning down the jeep track. The group will meet in the Constantia Nek car park at 08:00. The permit is for only 12 walkers, so booking is essential. For more information phone Fred Nebe 0 (021) 790 3287.

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V Diep River: Memoirs of a Medic in Africa, by author Gwen McShane, will be launched at a dinner and talk at the Spiritualist Church in Kendal Road at 18:30 for 19:00. For more information on the talk and the event phone Lesley on (021) 788 8883.

V Constantia: The Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fair will be held at the Alphen Community Centre hall in Main Road from 10:00 until 16:00. There will be a variety of items on sale. Entry is free. For more information phone Des 0 084 626 7499.

V Bergvliet: Bergvliet High School will host a mini sunset concert, featuring touring American Jazz band, Milton Academy and the Jazz Band of St Joseph’s Marist College, as well as performances by the Bergvliet Big Bands and Jazz Combos, at the school from 18:00 until 20:30. Admission is free.

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V Constantia: The Rainbow Puppet Theatre will present The Brave Little Easter Rabbit at the Constantia Waldorf School at 10:00 and 11:15. Admission is R20. Enquiries to Alison on 0 (021) 783 2063 or 2 therainbow.puppettheatre@gmail.com.

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Human rights HUMAN Rights Day. That’s a tough one. The problem with human rights is that everybody has them. And though it might grate your last nerve that those who do not so eloquently fit in to our version of reality have them, too, it’s something we have to accept. Convicted criminals are our favourite target. We delight in indulging the fantasy of denying them rights. One could argue it is our right to fantasise about this. But therein lies the rub. The fact that they have been convicted of heinous crimes does not equal them losing their humanity. In fact, it’s because of their humanity that they’re in such a life-altering situation. Being human does not equal being wishywashy. Being human means being fraught with flaws. And that’s the primary pulse behind the bastion of rights we so cherish. It is to protect ourselves from ourselves. Think about it. It does make sense. It is to prevent “enlightened Man” from having an almighty collective relapse to the Middle Ages. Sadly, there are many who ignore our right to dignity, safety... the list is long. The world is truly in a sad state of affairs. Wars, famine, corruption, civic brutality in Africa and other poor nations... that list is endless. But never has there been a time more urgent than now – human rights must stop being viewed as a luxury and be part of our daily vocabulary. It must be part of our daily patterns. To think of human rights – for all and not just the moral elite! – needs to be habitual. Human rights... tough one.

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AS A FAMILY we do our bit to recycle, so there is nothing in our bin that can be of use to anyone. Yet I find it increasingly frustrating how our neighbourhood has become inundated with the trolley brigade, rummaging through our bins on refuse collection day. It has now reached the point where I am considering taking my own small refuse bag directly to the dump. This would avoid the weekly driveway and bin clean-up, security and associated issues. It is clear to see the number of folk who rummage through our bins are on the increase. We now have social gatherings meeting at predetermined spots, where they sit and observe in detail the daily routines of all the local residents. This has led to malicious damage to all our properties. One day I had to rush home from work, as someone had decided to steal my main water pipe. Not only did I have to pay for the repairs, but I also had to pay for all the wasted water. My letterbox flap, property numbers, door knob, water meter cover and many other items have all been forcibly removed from the property. Recently I found a person sitting inside a council manhole, just off our street, removing bits of metal. I told him to go, but he had

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the confidence to try and challenge me. One day at 06:30 I stopped two youths with a trolley and backpacks walking down Ladies Mile Road towards the Main Road. They had tins and other bits of scrap metal in their trolley. They said they were returning from Constantia. It seemed very suspicious as it was early morning, meaning they had to have spent the night in the area. The scrap was a possible cover up for stolen items hidden within. What does have me stumped is the trolley man who collects all the bin bags. I watched him go from house to house tipping the contents out the bag into the bin and keeping the bag. Now that’s what I call recycling! Maybe I should be asking him to clean my bin. I believe we would have far greater success at curbing petty crime within our area if we, as residents, took a little more care in managing our waste, limiting the amount of pickings from our bins. This would reduce or possibly eliminate the huge influx of folk scratching in our bins, looking for that little bit of food or piece of metal that can be pulled out the ground or yanked off our properties, vehicles and streets and traded for cash. Recycle means less crime! Graham Little, Bergvliet

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I WAS assaulted – hit with a brick in my face – and robbed on Tuesday 12 March, just two blocks from my home. I want to thank the community of Southfield. The moment I screamed they where all around me, some chasing the man and others holding me and taking me home. They (eventually) caught him and I got my (goods) back. Words can never express how thankful I am to all of you. I don’t even know all your names, but know you all live around me. As traumatic as it was – and still feels – if you did not help me, it would have been so much worse. It amazed me how so many people helped me and stood by me, making sure I was okay. And to all who has helped me this week to take my (children) to school – thank you as well. To the Diep River Police Station, I also want to say “thank you” for your super quick response and friendliness. You are all amazing. Even though my face is swollen and painful, I’m grateful I’m still alive and to live in a community where people still care. Sannette Viljoen, Southfield

Baboons ‘not a threatened’ species IN RESPONSE to “Baboons: an ‘asset’, but ‘not endangered’” (People’s Post, 12 March). Baboons are ubiquitous in Southern Africa and are thriving in some areas where they were historically unknown, showing their remarkable ability to adapt to an everchanging, human-dominated landscape. The conservation status of the chacma baboon is formally listed by the South African Red List for Mammals as being “of least concern”. This means baboons, as a species, are not threatened – let alone endangered. This conservation status is ratified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red

List Authorities. Baboons are afforded protection on the Cape Peninsula by being listed in the annual CapeNature Hunting Proclamation which means special permission is required to exercise any restricted activity. Peninsula baboons were offered this protected status on the basis of a World Wide Fund for Nature funded study in the late 1990s which suggested the population size was low and vulnerable to extinction by a stochastic event. However, from 2003 onwards, the population rose steadily: from 379 (2006); 388 (2007); 419 (2008); 439 (2009); 460 (2010); 475 (2011), and

finally to its current estimate of 501 individuals living in 16 troops (January 2013 census). This increase in numbers, combined with the research revealing the Peninsula baboons are neither genetically nor behaviourally unique to baboons elsewhere in South Africa, is the basis upon which one must conclude the baboons are not endangered. Part of the recent successes of management is attributed to the reduction of the spatial overlap between humans and baboons. Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning


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BRIGHT SPARKS: The Grade 5 class of Kirstenhof Primary School held its annual camp at Soetwater near Kommetjie. Here, from left, are Ben Frier, Nicole Powell (teacher), Pema de Wet, Daniel Hayes, Tyler Allan, Matthew Breet and Adam Brooks, with headlamps to guide them on a night walk. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

GOLD MEDALS: The St Augustine’s RC Primary School, in Wittebome, relay team won gold at the Inter-Catholic Primary Schools athletics meet, held at the Bellville Velodrome, for the third consecutive year. The school was one of 27 schools participating in the meet. From left are the gold medal winners Lance Hendricks, Chad Schloss, Mihale Blesi and Aiden Eccles. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

TYRED OUT: Enjoying the obstacle course, from left, are Gabriella Geldenhuys, Layla Adams and Sage Seef. On top is Aiden Montgomery.


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THERE’S an age of music known as the boogie era. That’s what producer/director Jayson King brings to life with his musical memories from the 1970s in Let’s Groove Tonight. The production is a tribute to recording superstars Earth, Wind and Fire, Yvonne Elliman, Kool & the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band, Patti Labelle, Etta James and Tavares. The band is made up of Dennis Maart, Jacques Hector-Smith, Tony Butler and Ricardo Bruintjies – some of the most talented R&B singers with years of experience on local and international stages. Joining them are Janine Cupido, Sumaya

Hendricks, Ruth Knight and Kashifa Blaauw with some great harmonies and solo performances. And, at 68, there’s no slowing down King, who renders some classic R&B songs to match his famous falsetto voice. There will be two performances at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April at 20:00. Tickets, at R100, are available from the theatre, or call Naju on (021) 633 4299 to secure your seats. V WIN! People’s Post readers can win five double tickets. Simply SMS the word “groove” to 34586 by Friday 22 March at 10:00. Winners will be notified by phone.

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DANCE SPECTACULAR: Three of America’s top dancers will be attending the Theatre Dance Association’s 2013 American Dance Convention. So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) 2012 winner Chehon WespiTschopp (pictured), runner-up Tiffany Maher and SYTYCD 2011 winner Melanie Moore will attend the conference at Reddam House in Constantia on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March. They will perform from 18:30 until 19:30 on the Sunday. Dancers interested in attending the conference can phone (021) 761 7547 or email dance@thetda.co.za. PHOTO: GILLES TOUCAS

A double whammy at concert TWO popular groups will take to the stage at the Summer Sunset concert on Sunday 24 March at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Inspired by classic rock acts, Shadowclub brings a rootsy, bluesy rock to the stage. The trio, consisting of Jacques Moolman, Isaac Klawansky and Louis Fourie belt out short, fast, banging tracks that the crowd will easily connect with. The other band, Gangs of Ballet, will open the concert. Band members Brad Klynsmith, Jonathan Rich, Hardus de Beer and Josh Klynsmith combine their various individual tastes and styles to create a sound that is captivatingly fresh. Their music cannot be pinned down to a specific genre, as it experiments with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance.

Pack a picnic, gather your friends and family and enjoy the backdrop of the gardens and the surrounding mountains. The gates open at 16:00, with the acts taking to the stage from 17:30 until 19:00. Tickets cost R85 for adults, R75 for Botanical Society members and R60 for youths aged six to 21. For further information phone (021) 799 8783 or (021) 799 8620. Alternatively visit www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music. Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za V People’s Post readers can win three double tickets. Email competitions@sanbi.org.za, with the word “Shadow” in the subject. Or go to www.peoplespost.co.za to win three double tickets. Winners will be notified by phone.

SMOOTH SOUNDS: Standing (from left) are Janine Cupido, Kashifa Blaauw, Jayson King, Sumaya Hendricks and Ruth Knight. Front (from left) are Dennis Maart, Ricardo Bruintjies and Tony Butler. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Acoustic fest at Kirstenbosch THE inaugural acoustic music festival, Parklife, will be held at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Friday 22 March. The event will see international festival favourite acoustic folk star Xavier Rudd as headliner and also features a star-studded local support line-up, including Farryl Purkiss and Jeremy Loops. Rudd, well known on the live music festival circuit throughout Australia, North America and Europe will bring his special blend of acoustic folk to South Africa for two exclusive shows.

He is a unique, one-man band and typically has three didgeridoos placed in front of him on a stand, a guitar on his lap, a stompbox by his bare feet, and an assortment of drums, harmonicas and bells Fans can expect a top quality outdoor music experience with a safe and relaxed, festive atmosphere. Gates to the event open at 18:00. V Win! One People’s Post reader can win double tickets to the event. Stand a chance to win by entering online. Go to www.peoplespost.co.za. Winners will be notified by phone.

ROCK ON: Shadowclub will perform on the stage of the Kistenbosch Summer Sunset Concert on Sunday 24 March. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

This is music to the artists’ ears MUSIC Exchange, South Africa’s third independent music conference, will take place from Thursday 21 March until Saturday 23 March. This event gets everyone in the music industry talking, and is geared at those interested in learning everything there is to know about the industry. Those attending the conference will hear about the future of music from the “who’s who”, as the most influential names in the music industry share their knowledge and expertise. The conference consists of panel discussions, speakers at a range of workshops, as well as a showcase evening the Thursday and concert evening the Friday. Participants will move into focused presentations

on a number of topics and these will be followed by panel discussions with experts in each field. Some of the speakers include Arno Carstens, RJ Benjamin, Chad Saaiman, Jimmy Nevis and international producer and record label owner Charles Webster. Guests are encouraged to submit their demos via the Soundcloud link on the website as bands, artists, DJs and music professionals will be selected and given the opportunity to showcase their talent at the showcase evening at the end of the first day. For more information on the event visit www.musicexchange.co.za. V Win! People’s Post readers can win five double tickets to the event. To enter, visit www.peoplespost.co.za. Winners will be notified by phone.

THEATRE FOR THE LIL’ ONES: The Kids Theatre Company will host a production of Hansel and Gretel and Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 April. The show, for children aged four to 10, will feature fun and colourful costumes and sets. It runs at 11:00 and 14:00 daily. Tickets cost R40 and can be bought from Computicket. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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N INITIATIVE to help curb underage drinking has reached close to half a million teenagers. The programme, called You Decide, is a joint initiative between the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Youth Development Agency and South African Breweries (SAB). The initiative, which interactively educates about the dangers of underage drinking, has reached 384 260 teenagers in 652 schools, as well as 77 309 youth and parents at taxi ranks in its first year. You Decide has also run scores of community and teacher workshops, ensuring additional support for teenagers. The department, agency and SAB, together with various provincial education departments, have committed to continue the fight against underage drinking through the You Decide programme. Bongumusa Makhathini, the SAB head of Public Policy and Strategy Integration, says the company is concerned that underage drinking, one of the most serious forms of alcohol abuse in our country, has risen to high levels and is having an overwhelmingly negative impact on South African society. “It was imperative to partner with government and the agency to implement a programme that we believe will effect real change among South Africa’s youth. We are heartened that the You Decide programme seems to have started doing so,” he says. “We are committed to playing our role as a responsible corporate citizen, as well as the largest liquor manufacturer in the country, to ensure we minimise alcohol abuse harm. The consumption of liquor by teenagers is not good for anybody. Quite the contrary, it threatens the future growth and development of our communities and our country.” Thezi Mabuza, the department’s chief director of the National Liquor Authority, says there’s a requirement for everyone in society to play their role for the programme to reach its true potential. “Liquor cannot be sold to teenagers, even if they claim to have been sent by their ‘uncle’ or ‘aunt’. Continuing to sell to clearly inebriated customers may seem like a financial win in the short term, but the negative consequences of a customer walking or driving home drunk can literally make the difference between life and death,” says Mabuza. “We all need to set better examples for our children if we expect better behaviour from them, as they will continue to emulate our conduct – good or bad.” Agency CEO Steven Ngubeni says they remain committed to You Decide as the consequences of underage drinking are extremely dire. “It’s important to continue to discourage teenagers from drinking and abusing liquor at an early age as this puts their lives at risk, including engaging in unprotected sexual activities and in the process exposing themselves to the possibilities of contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/Aids and engaging in crime and violence,” Ngube-

ni says. The You Decide campaign was largely guided by local and international research, and the result is a groundbreaking programme that is a multi-faceted intervention grounded in the latest thinking on the clinical and psychological facets of this complex problem. The programme was formulated to target teachers, parents, communities and peers – the four key stakeholders who influence a teenager. According to Jason Levin, MD of implementing agency HDI Youth Marketeers, there’s never been a more compelling case to tackle underage drinking, with the South African National Youth Risk Behaviour Survey undertaken four years ago showing that 49.6% of teens (grades 8-12 or ages 13-18) admitted to using alcohol. The numbers, he says, only tell half the story, with the downside involving teens fighting, stealing, missing school, giving up on sport, raping and being jailed. “Recent research by Unisa’s Youth Research Unit focused on the extent and impact of substance abuse among 4 346 Gauteng high school pupils. It indicated that 87.5% of Gauteng teens drink or have friends who consume alcohol – which is much higher than the national average. It also shows that two thirds of pupils polled agreed that underage alcohol consumption is becoming more socially acceptable,” says Levin. The partners behind the You Decide programme are, however, encouraged that the programme is making notable difference. A study by third party research provider E-View to establish whether or not carefully structured educational programmes such as You Decide can effectively reduce the incidence of underage drinking has indicated a 3% absolute and an 8.3% relative drop in teens’ alcohol consumption in communities exposed to the programme. The study, however, also found that parents are more in denial than ever about their children’s exposure to alcohol. As a result of the positive outcome of the first year of the project, it has been agreed to continue with the initiative and extend it to other provinces. Engagements are continuing with several other provincial governments to ensure the You Decide underage drinking programme is rolled out to schools that require the necessary intervention.

A-MAZE-ING: The hunt is on for the Lindt gold bunnies at the V&A Waterfront. Following the success of the event last year, a bigger and better Easter maze is at the Barrow Court this Easter. From Friday 22 to Sunday 31 March, children will be able to hunt around the hedgerow maze to find chocolates along the way. The larger-than-life maze has been especially designed to let children and their parents experience the joy of Easter in a fun and interactive way. The maze is available every two hours from 11:00 to 19:00 and on the Sunday until 13:00. The sponsors will also be raising funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trusts Riverine Rabbit Programme.

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GROUND LEVEL: Santos FC’s Edwin Sitayitayi falls to ground after a challenge from Tshepo Moletsane of FC Cape Town, during a National First Division match at Athlone Stadium on Saturday. Santos were 2-1 victors. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/ GALLO IMAGES

Princess Pro Series still wide open PETE LE GRANGE THE 2013 Princess Pro Series hockey is heading towards a thrilling climax after some closely fought matches at Hartleyvale on Sunday. After the second round of matches in the annual tournament any of the four teams could qualify for the final in both the mens’ and womens’ sections. In the early match for the ladies, the Maidens and the Eurolux Fireflies played to a 1-1 stalemate. Captain and Beijing Olympian Cindy Brown gave the Fireflies the lead from a penalty corner at half-time, but Protea Farah Fredericks sliced through the defence to equalise with 18 minutes remaining. However, the Maidens still came out on top after winning the Princess Showdowns – similar to a penalty

shoot-out. Jess Pollock was named Player of the Match for the Maidens, while Suleka Brand won the pink socks award as Player of the Match for the Fireflies. In the late match, a goal by DaleenMarie Steyn shortly before half-time was all that separated the Jewel Africa All Stars from Team Strikers. Although play flowed from end to end, the All Stars defence did well to close down the talented Candice Manuel and the Strikers were also guilty of poor decision-making. New Protea Quanita Bobbs won the Player of the Match award for the Jewel Africa All Stars, while Katie Winter took the honours for the Strikers. There were past and present Proteas on show in the men’s ranks as well, as well as plenty of goals. Lungile Tsolekile, Beijing Olympi-

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TEXTBOOK TACKLE: SK Walmers RFC wing Zahier Ryland brings down Gap Despatch wing Baldwin McBean during the Cell C Community Cup match at the Green Point Track on Saturday. Despatch won the game 32-37, knocking Walmers out of the tournament and advancing to the next round. PHOTO: RASHIED

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SK WALMERS have shifted focus from the Cell C Community Cup to the Super League A after crashing out of the national tournament on Saturday. Walmers narrowly lost 32-37 to Eastern Cape champions Gap Despatch in their final pool match in Green Point. A victory would have seen them advance to the next round of the tournament. The home side lead 8-6 at half time, but a second-half collapse saw them concede five tries, three of which were converted. Sedick Sieed, the side’s forward coach, says the result could have been different if not for the side’s inability to convert territory and possession into points in the first-

half. “We didn’t take our chances. We had a lot of injuries and we played with a broken team but we did very well under the circumstances,” he says. Walmers were missing lock Madeeg Davids and inside centre Mika-eel Hartley to injury and lost enforcer lock Anton Lambrecht to another team. Sieed’s side had the better chances in the first-half and breached the opposition 22 several times, but most of the opportunities came from long-range counter-attacks in broken play and the guile, and pace, of the outside backs. Walmers struggled to string phases together, were often out-fought at the breakdown, out-muscled at the contact point and committed handling errors throughout the

encounter. Sieed adds the team also did not cover opposition tactical kicks well and failed to disrupt the Despatch line-out as they practised in the run-up to the match. Walmers will now take a week to recuperate from the rigours of the tournament, which saw them rack-up thousands of travelling miles during trips to the Karoo and KwaZulu-Natal, before beginning preparations for their next game against Belhar RFC in April. The team will be working hard to improve their set-pieces, rucking and first-time tackling, he says. “We are going to bounce back. Our guys are going to get fit and we’ll be back for the league. In three weeks we play Belhar (at the Green Point Track) and we are up for it,” he

says. “Firstly we are going to give the guys a rest this week. Then, we are going to work hard on our set-pieces, as well as rucks, mauls.” “We are going to work hard on our tackling. Our defence pattern is alright, but tackling comes from the heart – that’s a different thing. “It’s an individual thing. The pattern is a team thing, but the tackling is man-on-man. We will have to work on that.” Walmers finished fifth on the Super League A table after a slow start last season. Depending on whether the injuries heal in time, the Community Cup could either give the side an edge this year, serving as an excellent warm-up, or leave them battle-weary before the start of the regular season.

NPC: WP Softball Federation sets record straight LIAM MOSES THE decision by the provincial Softball Federation to not participate in Softball South Africa’s (SSA) 2013 National Provincial Championships (NPC) stands. The WP Softball Federation (WPSF) was set to review the decision at a meeting on Tuesday 12 March, but no vote was taken as 18 clubs are required to form a quorum. Only 12 clubs turned up. The WPSF general council, which is made up of chairpersons of all the affiliated clubs, initially voted against participating in the tournament at a meeting on Tuesday 5 February. Following complaints from several disgruntled players at that meeting, it was decided to review the decision. Nazeem Dulvie, chairperson of Westridge Yankees Softball and Baseball Club, was present at all three meetings. Upon the mandate of the club, Dulvie told People’s Post he was set to vote in favour of participating in

the tournament to be hosted in Kempton Park from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 March. In a previous report Dulvie was quoted as saying the WPSF executive board had told the general council that the NPC was “not sanctioned” at the first meeting (“WP Softball to review tournament participation”, People’s Post, Tuesday 12 March). Recanting his earlier statement, Dulvie now says his initial quote was not true, as he had meant to say the chairpersons of the clubs thought the tournament was not sanctioned. Dulvie says they were told that “the NPC is going to be held in Gauteng”. Cape Town had also put in a bid to host the NPC, he says. Dulvie says a proposal from “St Martins Softball Club delegates was not go to the NPC. That was seconded by the Falcons Normies chairperson.” A vote by the chairpersons made the decision final. The WPSF says comments by former WPSF president and CEO Noore Nacerodien

were “inaccurate” as he was not present at the meeting of Tuesday 5 February. Nacerodien’s presence at this meeting was not clarified to this newspaper. He, however, maintains that he was, in fact, present at a meeting on Tuesday 5 March, at which “it came to light that the decision on Tuesday 5 February was based on what they (the club chairpersons) were told by the executive committee”. “On Tuesday 5 March they had a problem with the NPC and they had a problem with the compilation of the SSA interim committee. (WPSF transformation officer) Thelma Achilles and (WPSF vice-president) Ivor Lovell got up to object to some of the people being on the interim committee. “All the chairpersons who spoke to me afterwards said they were confused. They based it (the Tuesday 5 February decision) on what the executive committee said.” In an email to People’s Post, WPSF chairperson Denise Paulsen says 12 chairpersons turned up at the most recent meeting.

Paulsen says while there was no quorum for it to be an official meeting, contrary to Nacerodien’s comments, “all 12 chairpersons present conferred that at no time was it intimated from ‘the front’ that (the) NPC was not valid or has a problem with the interim committee of SSA.”

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