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The Cape Association of Model and Experimental Engineers held their annual exhibition of model engineers. Members of the public could view various train, car and machine models at their clubhouse in Rondebosch. Pictured here are Claremont residents Emily Leeson (4) and her father, John.PHOTO: YUNUS MOHAMMED/PHOTO24
SOCIAL NETWORK: PUPILS’ ANXIETY MOUNTING
OuToilet return sparks fear TARRENLEE HABELGAARN
HE return of a social media site used to trash each other and spread rumours has some pupils scared of becoming a victim. The social media site, OuToilet, was first heard of a few years ago. The site is used to anonymously gossip and bad-mouth other teens. A pupil says the things mentioned on the site are “usually hurtful” and often unfounded. Ashleigh Kennedy, a pupil at a local high school, says although the hype around the site has been quiet for a while, she has recently heard of people using the site again. “Some of my friends have heard of rumours being spread on the website again. This worries me,” she says.
“People say the rudest things on that site and everybody can see it. I know of many people who have been in fights or ended their friendships, because of things that were said on OuToilet”, says Kennedy. Her friend, a matric pupil who asked not be named, says he has been a victim of rumours on the site before and fears site users will again spread rumours . “People don’t realise how hurtful it is when they say things that aren’t true. I was accused of (doing sexual favours) for other boys and had to see a psychologist because I didn’t know what to do and how to handle the rumours,” he says. Madeleine Flack, principal of Voortrekker High School, says she was recently informed that the use of the site has resurfaced. “My prefects came to tell me that the sight was back, under a new name. (They then
showed me what was being said,” Flack says. “It is frustrating to have issues resulting from (pupils) bad-mouthing each other on social network sites landing on my desk” Flack says she first heard about the site three years ago, when it caused a lot of trouble amongst the pupils at school. “It is terrible what children say on these sites. There have been many fights, which have resulted from things said over social media sites,” Flack says. “I think it is important that we become pro-active about what is happening and get the parents involved.” She says she addressed the issue in the school’s assembly last week, but feels parents need to be aware of what their children are doing on their cellphones. “It is important that parents regularly check their chil-
dren’s cellphones, so they can see what they are using the phone for,” Flack says. “The parents can then decide whether it needs to be taken away from them. As teachers we do not have the authority to do that.” In the past, she says, the school invited groups talk about and discuss the dangers of social networking to pupils, as well as the fact that “even though they remove something they’ve said from their cellphone it stays on the internet forever”. “We have a strict policy and no cellphones are allowed on the premises but it is impossible to search all children every day,” Flack says. “So if you are caught with a cellphone, it is taken away and parents need to come to school and pay R100 to get the cellphone back.” Continues on page 3
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Government’s learning curve
OVERNMENT hopes to execute a proposed plan to centralise tertiary education applications. The system will come into effect in 2015 and applicants will only pay a once-off fee to the system, and have their applications sent to the educational institutions that they’re interested in studying at. People’s Post polled readers for their views on this centralised admission system.
WALTER HENDRICKS says he does not trust the government’s plan to centralise university applications. “I’m very sceptical of government’s initiative and I know that they will disappoint the people, as they always do.” PHOTOS: NADINE MOODIE
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TATUM HOLLOWAY says the centralised system is a bad idea. “People should apply to the institutions of their choice and government should use resources to fix the health and education system in South Africa.”
MONIQUE MARAIS says she doesn’t think government will be able to navigate the initiative successfully. “Everything within government is overshadowed by politics and very little is about the people.”
MOEGAMAT SAHIBO says people should apply to the universities directly. “Future students should have free choice about which universities they want to apply to and should do that on their own.”
KIM MCNULTY is positive about the proposed system and says South Africans should give it a chance. “It’s an expensive process to pay a fee each time you apply to an institution, without any certainty of being accepted to study there.”
NICHOLAS VORSTER says there are advantages to the new centralised system. “It will make life easier and allow more people to access tertiary education. People need to trust the government and hope that nothing gets lost in the process.”
LUVUYO TWALINGCA says there are advantages and disadvantages to the system. “It will help in terms of finances, as people will only have to pay once. I don’t think government will inform people in advance about which institution they’ve been accepted to.”
Do your bit to end child abuse LAILA MAJIET
CHILD abuse cases are on the decline, but far too many cases are still being reported. Cases of neglect and ill-treatment of children in the province has dropped from 1437 in 2004/2005 to 542 in 2011/2012. In a time when children should be protected, many parents are neglecting their duties to love and care for their young ones, says Child Welfare chief executive Niresh Ramklass. Substance abuse is contributing to the increase of child abuse and neglect in the city, says Molo Songololo’s Patric Solomon. Parents under the influence of drugs and alcohol often turn violent towards their children, he says. However, it should not be used as an excuse or mitigating circumstance to reduce the severity of the offence, he says. Poor parenting is also to blame, Ramklass says. “Parents just have children without thinking of the responsibility they have to discipline, love and care for that child.” Government plays an important role in protecting abused children from neglectful parents, Solomon says. “Children of substance abusers need to be monitored and identified as children in need of care and protection. They should be removed if parents abuse and neglect their children and should be supported where needed. Government, communities, religious organisations, sports and cultural groups can all do more to support these children,” Solomon explains. Child rights organisation Molo Songololo provides direct support and assistance to child victims of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking and their families, to facilitate their healing, recovery and re-integration back into school and the community. Solomon believes substance abuse is endemic and causes various challenges for children when their parents are abusers. A holistic and dynamic solution is required to address the problem. “Our responses to prevent and combat it must include job creation, poverty alleviation, community development, delivery of
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support services, effective child care and protection system. We need to increase opportunities to access appropriate activities for children and parents,” Solomon explains Provincial minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, says as a parent, it is firstly your responsibility to ensure the safety and protection of your children. “Services are available to those parents who need assistance, so we want to encourage parents to familiarise themselves with their local social development office and not to wait until things are completely out of hand,” Fritz says. Fritz encourages people to report child abuse cases to his department or the nearest police station. Children who are maltreated have very different social behaviour in comparison to children who come from loving homes where domestic violence is not prevalent, Ramklass adds.
“Often children who are abused are withdrawn or they are aggressive and hyper. Many of them have attitude problems. It is not that they are naughty it is just that they are damaged,” he explains. Suzette Little, the Mayoral Committee member for Social Development says the City has introduced trauma kits for victims of domestic violence. In a bid to reduce trauma of abused women and children, the City of Cape Town will as of the beginning of June, distribute trauma kits to Victim Support Units at police stations in Mitchell’s Plain, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Athlone, Lotus Park (Gugulethu), Bishop Lavis, Valhala Park, Bonteheuwel, Harare and Kuyasa, Atlantis and Ocean View, she explains. V Community members who are in dire need of relief and who need to extricate themselves from abusive situations can phone the City’s Social Development toll free number 0 0800 872 201.
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
BURGLARY: GOODS VALUED AT R65 000 STOLEN
Thieves tie woman up in bedroom
HOUT BAY resident was tied up in a bedroom while a crowbar gang ransacked her house. The owner of a house in Norman street, Hout Bay, was alone at home when she heard noises coming from downstairs around 13:45 on Wednesday. She noticed a silver grey Toyota Corolla outside her premises. Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, spokesperson for Hout Bay Police Station, says the victim thought it was someone she knew and went downstairs to open the electrical gate and garage door. “By the time she was downstairs, she was approached by four or five men, armed with a crowbar and a metal pipe.” “The suspects forced her back into the garage and repeatedly told her to keep quite,” says Lesch. None of the suspects were wearing gloves or balaclavas and are estimated to be between 25 and 35 years old. . Lesch says the suspects took the victim into the bathroom, where a suspect wrapped a towel around her head. While another suspect wrapped a jersey around her neck “because she was retaliating and fighting back”. “After a short while the suspects took her to her son’s bedroom, where they took a computer lead and tied her hands up be-
hind her back,” says Lesch. Two suspects stayed with the victim, while the others went through the house and took a TV, laptop, iPad, camera, cellphone and a handbag containing personal items, all to the value of R65 000. Lesch says after the suspects fled the scene, “the very traumatised victim” went to the neighbours who cut her free and called for help. A case of house robbery has been opened at Hout Bay Police Station and no arrests have been made yet. A bicycle was stolen in Steenberg Estate, Westlake last week. The owner of the bicycle had parked the bicycle in front of a gym and when he returned, an hour later, he saw it was missing. Warrant Officer Russell Fredericks, a detective at Kirstenhof Police Station, says video footage shows the possible suspect is a man wearing a white vest and dark pants. “It is believed that the bicycle stolen could be in the Westlake area, or will be sold to a second-hand dealer,” says Fredericks. Anyone with information is urged to contact Warrant Officer Fredericks on (021) 702 8900.
MISSING: This bike was stolen in Westlake.
No cellphones allowed at schools From page 1 Keith Richardson, principal of Wynberg Boys’ High School, says he had hoped the matter was in the past. He says the school previously had problems with the site, but adds he will be enquiring about the site resurfacing, as it has not yet been brought to his attention. “We have been having problems with networks such as BBM,” says Richardson. He feels it is important that adults educate children about manners, behaviour and what is socially acceptable. “Parents need to know what the children are using their phones for, what they are looking at and what they are talking about. If they are taking chances and are badmouthing others, we need to tell them that this isn’t right and is not the right social behaviour,” Richardson says. “The boys aren’t allowed to use their cellphones at school, unless their teacher says they may bring their phone for academic purposes in advance. “They are not even allowed to use it during break times, as we want them to (socialise with their peers).” If a pupil is found with a cellphone, it is confiscated for three months, Richardson says. “If smartphones are used as teaching aids we might revisit the policy, but for now cell-
phones are not allowed during school hours.” Similarly, he says many fights and incidents have occurred as a result of things said on social networks. “If we find a boy has been involved in badmouthing others on these sites we will call (a meeting with him and his parents).” Captain Andre Venter, spokesperson for Wynberg police, confirms they are aware of incidents occurring at schools as a result of “trash talking on social networks”. “I’ve had my hands full regarding this issue. Many schools have asked us to address the children regarding cyber-bullying,” says Venter. He points out that they have been notified of many fights and threats being made among pupils at schools in the area. “At school visits we even have parents coming up to us to complain about things their children have shown them on their cellphones. Things are being said about children and they see it while sitting in class, which is a very serious concern,” says Venter. He says cyber-bullying is a big concern as it can lead to suicide, “if children don’t have the necessary support”. V Share your views. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your message to 32516. SMSes are charged at R1,00.
NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A special meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Wednesday 29 May 2013 at 10:00 in the Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town, where the Annual Budget 2013/14 – 2015/16 will be considered in terms of Chapter 4, Section 24(2) of the Municipal Finance Management Act. An ordinary meeting of Council will commence immediately at the conclusion of the Special meeting. 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 and 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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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
RONDEBOSCH: MATHEW’S ‘NO ORDINARY GUY’
Lace up for a cause Gold’s ‘Rush’ sets off career
LACE up your sneakers for a cause! For the first time ever, South Africa will have a fundraising event where you can choose LACED UP: People are being encouraged to wear what wel- their tekkies as part of a new fundraising drive to fare sector raise money for a number of different charitable will benefit organisations in the country. PHOTO: SUPPLIED from your There will be five different donation. Tekkie Tax will be an annu- kinds of stickers, each repreal fundraising campaign for a senting a beneficiary sector. large mix of carefully selected People will be able to choose to welfare organisations, support animals, basic comschools and institutions munity welfare, children, disability or education organisaacross the country. NGOs which are accounta- tions. It’s as easy as getting perble, reliable and have a history of good service, will be cho- mission from your office to sen as beneficiaries of this participate in the Tekkie Tax campaign, choose the beneficampaign. The first Tekkie Tax cam- ciary sector/s you and your paign happens on Friday 31 colleagues would like to support and get the appropriate May. You can get your Tekkie Tax stickers and wear your teksticker for only R10 at any of kies! the participating welfare or- V For further details visit www.tekki etax.co.za. ganisations.
Free entry to K’bosch TOMORROW (Wednesday 22 May) is International Biodiversity Day and entry to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is free. The offer is for tomorrow only and includes entry to Biodiversity Day activities on the day. The day will be highlighted through a showcase of the science behind biodiversity conservation, with interactive displays, guided walks, films and talks illustrating 100 years of scientific work. Offering the visitor an insider view into this fascinating world and showing how this science im-
pacts on all our lives, this is an event that can change perspective. Ranging from the herbarium and vegetation mapping, through climate change and threatened species, to modern citizen science and the molecular laboratory, this is a day that will unpack the scientific mysteries of biodiversity and give a greater understanding of the world in which we live. V For more details call (021) 799 8783. For the full programme of activities visit http://www.sanbi.org/events/100 yearsbiodiversityscienceshowcase kirstenboschnbg.
E’S NO ordinary guy. He plays four instruments, sings soulful, jazzy lyrics, acts, presented a youth show on TV and dances to the beat of his own drum. Rondebosch resident Mathew Gold recently launched his music career with his first album, The Rush. It provided the gap for him to team up with GoodLuck, one of South Africa’s hottest bands. Gold also released his song, No Ordinary Guy, with the country’s prince of hip-hop, AKA. Some will remember Gold being voted off SA’s Idols in 2009 when he was 18. He had made it to the top 12 round, while performing as Mathew Moolman. “Being voted off the show was probably one of the biggest blessings in my life. I was number 11, and if I had to make it to the top 10, I would’ve been bound to the MNet contract, which states that all the music I released during that time needed to be with the channel. “A week after the show I got a call from the SABC asking if I would like to be a presenter on the youth show, Hectic 9. If I made the top 10, that would never have happened,” he says. Gold says he changed his stage name after he performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival with GoodLuck. “We came off stage excited about our performance and one of the band members said, ‘Mathew, you’re gold, you’re gold, Mathew!’, and then I thought Mathew Gold sounds cool and adopted it as my stage name,” he says. Born to a father who plays the guitar and a mother who sang in a band, Gold was born with the music gene. “I’ve learned a lot from my parents about music and being on stage. My dad taught me to think quickly and that came in handy with live TV, and my mother taught me a lot about singing. “But my older brother Wesley re-
NO ORDINARY GUY: Lyricist, musician and TV personality Mathew Gold sets his sights on the big stages. PHOTO: NADINE MOODIE ally inspired me and introduced me to various genres of music and playing the drums, and that made all the difference,” he says excitedly. While at Pinelands High School Gold played in the school jazz band where he became the resident drummer within days. “My brother was at the end of his high school career and the band needed a drummer. The band members decided I needed to follow in his footsteps. In a period of two weeks Wesley taught me everything he knew about playing the drums,” he says. After matric, Gold enrolled at Cape Peninsula University of Technology to pursue a teaching career. He dropped out after spending three months in the lecture halls with Table Mountain in the background. “It was not for me. I decided to visit the Waterfront Theatre School to see what they have to offer. “The chances of getting in were close to zero because auditions (for admission) take place the year before,” he says.
It was there that he met his current vocal coach Jeremy Quickfall and GoodLuck band member Juliet Harding. “I was doing a tour of the school when Jeremy asked if I’d like to do my audition then. I was surprised, but agreed and then found out that I had gotten in. I started class the very next day,” he says excitedly. When asked about the growing music scene in Cape Town with a large number of talented artists, Gold admitted that he’s very competitive and says he finds joy in improving his craft. “It was difficult convincing my parents to invest R100 000 in an album that had the possibility of getting my name out there, but they did and that’s how I met Pascal and Pearce, Justin Denobrega, Crazy White Boy and Mr Sakitumi,” he says. “You need to go out and get what you want, but not at the expense of back-stabbing people. “I’m really happy I’ve never had to go to that extent to get what I wanted,” he says.
Foods that ward off the flu
THE winter chill has set in and, so too, has the traditional bouts of colds, flu and respiratory complications which can cause havoc at this time of year. Peter Jordan, Principal Officer of a medical aid company, says there are numerous ways in which “healthy can be made easy” during this change of season. Anti-oxidants are the multi-task fighters found in the body. They keep us young, fight off infection, repair any weak spots in the veins and arteries, supply elasticity where needed and protect us against carcinogens and, ultimately, cancers. Jordan says the sheer goodness can be found in rich anti-oxidant foods such as blueberries; fiery red tomatoes; red cabbage; avocados; papinos; red, green and yellow peppers; red wines; red kidney beans; green teas and rooibos teas which are all bursting with a variety of rejuvenating anti-oxidants. “Wine lovers will also be pleased to know that certain wines such as Merlot have the highest Resveratrol (the anti-oxidant that triggers the anti-aging gene) content. “Dark and good quality chocolate are also rich in anti-oxidants and, when eaten in frequent, small quantities can actually benefit health,” he says. One can also improve immunity during the winter months by adding
extra garlic to soups and stews and drinking freshly squeezed orange juice or eating citrus food that are high in Vitamin C and low in calories. “Vitamin A is also a vital nutrient which can be used to boost immunity. Found in pumpkin, carrots, butternut, mango and papino, these are all good sources which assist in protecting the sinus membranes – making them more effective when fighting off viruses and bacteria. Most people enjoy snacking during the colder months especially at night while watching TV. Instead of snacking on fatty foods such as milk chocolate, biscuits or crisps, try snacking on healthy food options such as walnuts and almonds; steamed or air-popped popcorn; pretzels dipped in humus; lean biltong (no dried wors); dates; steamed or tinned unsweetened apples with custard or frozen yoghurt; dried figs (which are high in fibre); apple rings; apricots; dried or fresh coconut and low-fat crackers with mozzarella or ricotta cheese.” Other healthy snippets to keep in mind: . The most nutritious part of broccoli is the stem, not the florets. . Mineral zinc is absolutely essential for memory and attention span. Find zinc in red meat, oysters and wholegrain, but this may need to be supplemented with other nutrients to get the required dose.
. Zinc is also vital for healthy skin, healing and is often used for the treatment of acne. Even though SA is such a sunny country, we still might have low levels of vitamin D as not enough is produced by sunlight. Also contributing is the fact that we wear lots of sun block (which reduces vitamin D production) or stay out the sun completely. . Vitamin D is essential for bone strength, but also for many other functions in the body. We find vitamin D in all tinned fish, also in mushrooms or available in supplement form. . Use probiotics to improve immunity, especially in children. The gastro-intestinal tract is our first line of defence and by improving the function of this tract through probiotics such as yoghurts (which often have good bacteria added to them, or supplements like Probiflora) one can boost immunity, making it more effective. . By drinking water with fresh ginger slices or lemon wedges one can also strengthen our bodies in the fight against disease or bacteria as slight dehydration can make you more vulnerable to infection. “Remember it’s not only important to eat healthily, but also to exercise,” advises Jordan. Just 20 minutes of brisk walking will burn the same number of kilojoules as a 60minute gym session.”
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
TOKAI: NEW DEVELOPMENT
Relief as City plots are put on market T
LOOKING FORWARD: The ANC Youth League Hout Bay branch, in partnership with Juta and Company LTD, hosted a youth empowerment workshop at the Iziko Lobomi Church hall in Imizamo Yethu on Monday 13 May. The workshop was aimed at out of school and unemployed youth between the ages of 16 and 35 years. It covered issues such as job hunting and bursaries. A lucky draw was held at the end of the workshop. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
HERE is new land that has been made available for development in Tokai and residents give their stamp of approval. Earlier this month the City of Cape Town released a number of City-owned properties to the market for sale, including land on the corner of Perth and Tokai roads. The vacant land is zoned as single residential and the closing date for the submission on a tender is Tuesday 4 June. Ian Neilson, deputy mayor and Mayoral Committee member for Finance said the properties are being released as “these are all vacant land and had not been utilised economically.” “The release of this land is part of this administration’s commitment to building opportunity in the city in which the economy grows and jobs are created, particularly in areas that were previously deprived of development,” said Neilson. He points out these properties are not required for municipal purposes and “could be better utilised by disposing of it to the market for development”. Mike Scott, chairperson of the Tokai Ratepayers’ Association (TRA) says they
have had numerous problems with the vacant land in question. “We have had problems with people using the land to sell things from, to advertise from and taxis parking there,” says Scott. He says that although they will be delighted to have the vacant land occupied, it must remain a single residential property. “We have no objections proving it remains a single residential zoning and if building commences within six months of purchase.” “The new owner must also put up signs that emphasis no parking or advertising,” says Scott. Another, resident Geoff Fox, agrees with Scott, saying there has been more problems with the land vacant than there would be, now that it has been released. Eight vacant erven zoned for Single Residential purposes have been released and are located in Constantia, Kensington, Lansdowne, Mitchell’s Plain, Surrey Estate and Heathfield. Neilson says: “These areas are specifically targeted in accordance with the City’s Integrated Development Plan objective to utilise, where available, under-utilised municipal property to leverage growth and sustainable development in poorer communities.”
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BURNED DOWN: A firemen and a woman were injured when the Max & Moritz, fish and chips shop, burned down on Monday evening. PHOTO: LERATO MADUNA/FOTO24
Four injured in Hout Bay fire THREE firemen and a woman are being treated after they were burned in an explosion near Hout Bay harbour Monday night. Vanessa Jackson, an ER24 spokesperson, says at around 20:30 the fire department was called to Hout Bay near the harbour, where reports came through that assistance was needed at a grass fire. “They arrived on scene to find that it was a container that had been converted into a small shop and the fire had started inside,” says Jackson. She says as they were extinguishing the fire inside the container, there was some sort of explosion and three firefighters who were on the outside of the container were injured. Jackson says two of the men and a woman
were taken by ER24 ambulance to a nearby hospital to treat minor and moderate injuries and burn wounds. “A civilian woman, who was either the owner of the shop or had been staying inside, was critically injured having suffered severe burns to her body and face,” she adds. She was rushed to hospital for further care. Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, spokesperson for Hout Bay police, confirmed the incident saying two locks had to be broken to get to the victims but adds that no one had died. “No cases have been opened as investigations show no signs of foul play,” says Lesch.
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Spruceup is a team effort TARRENLEE HABELGAARN
OUNSELLING rooms at Wynberg Police Station got a fresh lick of paint and new furniture to make them more child-friendly. Plans are in the pipeline to revamp the assessment and monitoring rooms, but more funds are needed to make this a reality. The recent upgrade of the counselling rooms at Wynberg Police Station was made possible with funding from Matla A Bana and third-year radiology students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Matla A bana is an NGO which aims to minimise the secondary abuse children suffer when reporting crimes. Matla A Bana founder Monique Strydom says they have undertaken to create childfriendly reporting facilities at the Wynberg and Muizenberg Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units (FCS). She points out that these two facilities are used to serve most of the southern suburbs. “Court cases sometimes go on for two years and we want the people helped at these rooms to be as comfortable as possible,” says Strydom. “We try to build childfriendly rooms with full facilities, which include separate waiting rooms, an assessment room linked to a monitoring room and an audio visual room.”
GROUPWORK: Third-year radiology students from CPUT joined forces with Matla A Bana to revamp the counselling room at Wynberg Police Station. The students are, from left, Alethea Ackerman, Rishka Adhikarie, Jade Hughes, Litani Hatting, Radiyya Rakiep, management lecturer Saiga Ismail, Megan Moggee, Colonel Sonja Harri and Matla A Bana founder Monique Strydom. People’s Post could not get the name of the man in front at the time of going to print. PHOTO: SUPPLIED While Matla A Bana has assisted in upgrading more than 20 facilities in Cape Town, Strydom says there is a need for more FCS facilities in the southern suburbs. “We have been able to help establish quite a number of FCS facilities in the
northern suburbs. We have covered Milnerton, Cape Town, Kraaifontein, Khayelitsha and Stellenbosch, but we are now focusing on the southern suburbs.” However, she says, they are unable to help if they don’t have funding. Strydom says they were happy to get as-
sistance, including funding, for this project from the students, who had adopted the rooms upgrade as their community project. Third-year student Megan Moggee says they were given the task as a community project as part of a class assignment. “We decided our project would be aimed at helping women and children in the community. We heard about Matla A Bana and gave Monique a call, who said we could partner with her,” says Moggee. She says Strydom then pointed out to them that she had been informed that the FCS room at Wynberg Police Station was in need of an upgrade. “She helped us get sponsors and helped us identify what needed to be done,” says Moggee. The waiting area and assessment room have been made child-friendly, but more funding is needed to upgrade the monitoring and audio visual rooms, which hold the equipment necessary to record sessions and interviews. Strydom says the upgrade will help case workers. “If the case workers are writing what is being said in interviews, they often miss a facial expression, and if it wasn’t recorded, they can’t replay the interview. “If you are asked about an interview two years into the case it makes it easier to just refer to the interview,” she says. The full upgrade will cost R40 000. V Anyone interested in making a financial controbu tion can contact Strydom on 083 212 9824.
Shameeg puts pedal to win a medal
RACING at the 2013 Junior World Cycling Championships in Scotland is a dream one Parkwood Estate boy hopes to achieve in his last year as a junior rider. But a lack of funding could see 17-year-old Shameeg Salie’s dream pedalling off into the distance. Salie, who has been cycling for nearly three years, has been elected to represent SA at the world championships in Glasgow, which kicks off in July. He needs R40 000 to wear the green and gold in Scotland. “To make the squad is a real achievement. I want to be a role model to other cyclists, if I get to compete in the championships,” he says. “I am really excited at the prospect of competing against the world’s best junior cyclists.” He spends a chunk of his time representing local club, Mohamedeyah Cycling Club, after joining the pack of cyclists in 2011. In his brief cycling career the Grassy Park High School matriculant travelled around the country, representing WP in a number of competitions. He first caught the eye of selectors when he destroyed his opponents at the Paarl Indoor Circuit two years ago. Salie came first in the 1 500m race. This year he also participated in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, pulling off an impressive 03:52. “When I learn something new, I never keep it to myself; I am always looking to pass (information) to younger riders,” Salie says. His excited father, Yusuf, describes the prospect of his son competing in the world champs as a “golden opportunity”, as it would be the final chance for him to cycle in the junior category. “I’m short of funding. This being his last year as a junior rider, I don’t want to deprive his from the opportunity,” Yusuf says. “Any sponsorship will be greatly appreciated, because Shameeg really needs it.” His cycling mates and family members have already arranged fundraising events in a valiant attempt to get him to the Glasgow event. Salie, however, understands he will face
HIGH NOTES: Poubelle, Noordhoek’s singing dog, will be on stage at Artscape, in Dancers Love Dogs. PHOTO: MONIQUE MARTINE
Poubelle takes to the stage TERESA FISCHER
GOING STRONG: Shameeg Salie hopes to be riding at the World Junior Cycling Chamionships in Glasgow. PHOTO: SUPPLIED his toughest challenge in his career should he get the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s most talented riders. However, the level-headed, humble youth has set himself the ultimate goal. “I just want to win a race. That is the goal I have set for myself and I know it’s going to be tough – extremely tough – but that is a challenge I am looking forward to,” Salie says. V Anyone willing to assist Salie in his venture to com pete on the world stage can phone Yusuf on (021) 705 5231.
IT’S NOT every day one gets an email from a dog. This week Poubelle – “dustbin” in French and also known as NouNourse (“teddy bear”) – the singing dog dropped this newspaper a line. Poubelle says he is a “cross between a rat and a toilet brush”, whose talent was discovered last decade. He was runner-up in the Cape Times Mutt of the Year . This self-deprecating canine, who sings on command, mentions he has been invited to perform in a prestigious show next week to raise funds for those less fortunate than himself. A TEARS rescue dog, Poubelle says his predecessor, the illustrious German Shepherd Mr Mookie, had a pedigree and accolades “longer and more numerous than my whiskers”, was descendant from an impressive line of champions, and pioneered canine cloning. His most unusual achievements culminated in his shaking paws with the glitterati of show business and sport. A picture of Mr Mookie drooling in the loving arms of Gabriela Sabati-
ni was attached to the email. Poubelle continues: “In exchange for one square meal a day and free accommodation at my seaside residence, at the Noordhoek residence of my foster mum Monique Martine, I was inspired to develop my singing skills as a canine castrato child prodigy. These and other talents were spotted by, inter alia, members of the press, who enticed me into entertaining them with festive season carols, fastforwarding my ambition as a children’s entertainer, and fuelling my dream to grow up to be a real German Shepherd and meet celebrities illustrious enough to have their bath water bottled.” Poubelle says the invitation to participate in a prestigious performance at Artscape to raise funds has seen him make a career comeback in his twilight years. In Dancers Love Dogs, dancers and performers join forces to raise funds for the mass sterilisation of animals. All the funds raised will assist animals in need. V Dancers Love Dogs will be staged at Artscape on Saturday 25 May. Tickets are R250.
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Miser takes centre stage at the Baxter
OLIÈRE’S deliciously mean comedy, The Miser, is currently on the stage of the Baxter Theatre. The show which magnifies the madness of a father’s greed, paranoia and suspicion, is directed by multi-award-winning director, Sylvaine Strike and will run until Saturday 25 May. The play recently won four Naledi Theare Awards for Best Production of a Play, Best Director, Best Performance (Patricia Boyer) and Best Costume Design (Sarah Roberts). Opening night saw theatre goers mingle with the cast.
ENJOYMENT: From left, Ted Jacobs, Marji Geldenhuys and Len Adriaans at the opening of The Miser at the Baxter on Thursday night. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
AT THE THEATRE: Talia Bernhardt and Daniel Newton.
THEATRE BUDDIES: Jay Pather and Andre Links.
VETERANS: From left, Jaqueline Domisse, Paul Abrams, David Kramer and Renaye Kramer.
SHOW TIME: Natalie Damain-Harris and Guy McDonald.
OPENING NIGHT: Mark Graham, Lynita Crofford and Antoinette Kellerman.
NIGHT OUT: Naseemah Isaacs and Jane Moleleki.
GLAD TO BE THERE: Sylvia Vollenhoven and Basil Appolis.
THE mid-year examinations are starting to occupy the minds of many students across campuses in South Africa. An education expert says mid-year exams are often a wake-up call for students to apply themselves for the rest of the year while for others it will be just reward for hard work. Dr Felicity Coughlan, director of the Independent Institute of Education, says the midyear period can also bring the unfortunate realisation of a wrong choice. “Many students might now be realising they made the wrong decisions – or had these made for them – about their choice of studies and know that no matter what effort they put in, the results are going to be disappointing “The mid-year period is not normally the ideal time to make big decisions. Students should seek support if they are feeling a change is required because not making a decision could be more damaging in the long run. Most institutions have good student support services which can help a student or prospective student – with anything from generic study skills to actual course content. “Peers or lecturers can play an equally important part in enabling a student to unlock
FRIENDS: Beverley Brommert and Mariana Malan.
Three-point guide to help students the doors standing between them and mastery of a particular subject or field of study. “Peer support is often most valuable as it is least threatening for students,” says Coughlan. “But then it is very important for the student to select the right peers.” She says students should not wait until year-end to get help. “Students and prospective students need to enlist expert assistance in their education and career choices.” She says it is not surprising to discover that many students, who are struggling, might be doing courses which do not match their temperament or their aspirations or, perhaps most distressingly, courses they knew they did not want to do, but enrolled in under pressure or as a result of limited alternatives. Under these circumstances failure is far more likely. “Young people register for courses for many reasons and some of the most problematic and common ones are associated with living out parents’ or others’ career dreams. Often educators hear students say “my father wanted me to be a lawyer” or “I am just
following the trend because everyone in my school wanted to do engineering”. Some are registered for courses they believe to be the only ones open to them, she explains. But, Coughlan says, all is not lost as these students have various options they should consider including: . To stick to the course and, if successful, to make decisions at the end of the year about future plans. . To change track at the institution they are currently studying at – if it is possible – and notch up new semester courses. . To consider making tougher decisions, which might include quitting the course entirely or to change campus and start up somewhere else. “The various options are not easy decisions. Giving up is not something anyone really wants to do, but there are times when making the right decision to start again sets you on a path of success you would not get from merely hanging in. “The mid-year crunch time is a great opportunity to reconsider all your options –
both for the students who are currently studying and those who did not embark on a course of study at the February intake.” Particularly for the latter group, she says, a mid-year start at an institution that accepts enrolments will give you an opportunity to gain at least some academic credit in the year and will make the remainder of your qualification less onerous. “The reality is that many students who did not start studying in February were undecided or did not get in to their first choice institutions. These students are most likely to benefit from the smaller enrolment groups often found in mid-year intakes. “If students decide the best option is to stick to the current course at least for the rest of the year they should still make sure they have a viable ‘Plan B’ for 2014. Far too many students find themselves with nowhere to go after failing in their first year. “It is essential to plan ahead otherwise you could easily be caught short. The path to success is different and unique for each student. For some the best option remains to stay the course and persevere. For others, the correct choice will be to make the right change for the right reasons.”
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
COMMISSION SAYS ‘YES’: OTHERS SAY ‘NO’
Rights for ladies of the night? NICOLE MCCAIN
HE debate on the legalisation of prostitution has been reopened after the Commission for Gender Equality last week announced that the profession should be decriminalised. This comes after a report by the organisation found “the current legal regime that criminalises sex work has failed sex workers and perpetuated substantive abuse of their constitutional rights”. Sex work should be regarded as any other profession, the commission says, and should be governed by existing labour and business laws intended to prevent unsafe, exploitative and unfair business practices. However, the legalisation should not apply to abusive practices such as underage and coerced sex work, which should remain criminal offences and should be diligently investigated and prosecuted, the report stated. A policy document still needs to be submitted to parliament for review, which does not necessarily mean the suggestions will be drafted into law, explains Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) advocacy officer, Ntokozo Yingwana. In other countries where prostitution has been legalised, such as New Zeland, relations between police and sex workers has improved to the extent that sex workers will often report women who are being coerced, minors or human trafficking themselves, Yingwana says. The Western Cape has almost 16 000 sex workers, according to a report by Sweat, and almost half of those work in or around Cape Town. Cape Town resident Ace Swartz wholehearted agrees with the commission’s stance. “Legalising prostitution allows for better control, and the government could even tax it. Sex workers will have more rights and will
be able to receive health checks like HIV tests. It will also result in less harassment from police.” However, not everyone has welcomed the commission’s position. Women’s rights group Embrace Dignity’s deputy director Jeremy Routledge says the organisation is in opposition of legalisation. “We have yet to see a position paper, but we don’t support decriminalisation, and we don’t believe South Africa should become a pimp state.” He suggests a system of partial criminalisation, where although sex workers are not charged, pimps and clients are. Also against the decriminalisation is ACDP provincial leader Ferlon Christians. “Legalising prostitution has less to do with human rights and more to do with the industry,” Christians says. We’re against the entire sex industry and believe the user should be targeted, with exit programmes and rehabilitation made available to sex workers.” Some locals have also taken a hard stance. Wendy Williams has mixed feelings about the sex trade. “It’s a demeaning job for a woman to do but I understand why some would want to legalise it. I don’t want to promote the occupation though,” she says. Kyle Turmur says he would never support the legalisation of prostitution. “I think it’s wrong for a woman to do that, and even worse for a man to pay for it,” he says. However, the commission “is of the firm view that sex workers in South Africa cannot be denied (their) rights, regardless of any moral or religious response to the practice of sex work in our society”. The suggested legislature will aim to shift the focus of law enforcement to ensuring the safety, security and protection of sex workers..
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Hello and ’bye
AS THE country welcomes one son, the nation mourns another. After being embroiled in a legal wrangle for some nine months, Professor Cyril Karabus finally returned to his Kenilworth home on Friday. He has reportedly said he felt like a stranger in his own house. The paediatric oncologist is quoted as saying: “I don’t know where anything is. I can’t find a cup or a spoon.” The story of his incarceration in the United Arab Emirates, following his arrest in connection with the death of a girl who had died in his care more than 10 years previously, has made Karabus a household name. Until his plight unfolded in the media, the 78-yearold Karabus had not likely been as well-known beyond medical circles. Simply by gauging the warm Cape Town welcome he had received – from family, friends and even strangers – the doctor is somewhat of a celebrity. Without doubt, SABC 2’s Morning Live presenter Vuyo Mbuli has earned his celeb status. In a time when there were few black presenters on TV, the snappy dresser shifted in front of the cameras and won over a cross-section of countrymen. His sudden death, the cause of which has yet to be confirmed, has come as a shock to faithful viewers. His co-anchor Leanne Manas has said she had “lost my morning husband”. Indeed, it will take his colleagues and viewers a while to get used to Bra Vuyo’s empty seat. Whoever is to fill Mbuli’s shoes should remember it is a big ask. A generation of South Africans grew up to the banter of Mbuli and Manas as they got ready for work or school each week day. Mbuli has been a guest in South African households, imparting his opinions and sharing snippets of life. Now his voice is silent. Rest in peace, Bra Vuyo. Shap shap!
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Metrorail a ‘soft target’ Your SMSes CRAWFORD (commuters) were disgusted by the way Metrorail security staff treated school children on Friday 17 May at 7:45. The children were on their way to school only to be imprisoned by Metrorail security staff because some of them had no train tickets. Some of them are (writing) exams and holding them does not help their situation. Do we not realise the danger we place on these children by making them late? Have we not learnt how these kids get shot when coming late or on their way to school in the morning – like the Spes Bona child? We understand there are rules and regulations, but it does not work if you have double standards. On another day you would let them go with a warning them and sometimes allow them to pass. But (Metrorail) security staff thought they have the right to lift their hands at the children. Teachers are not even allowed to lift their hands. There were many witnesses and we were appalled at the ignorance and brutality of the security staff who want to take the law into their own hands and hit innocent children they were already making late for school. (Metrorail) security even wanted to confiscate my cellphone (because I was) taking pictures. Had they placed a finger on me I would have sued. This is an outcry for Metrorail to ensure the safety of our commuters. How can we be safe if we are not even protected from your own security? Instead, our children have been victimised. Justin Andrews, Email Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz replies: It is Metrorail’s duty to ensure all commuters travel legally and, by doing so, inculcate the culture of payment for services. Travelling without a valid ticket or in the incorrect travelling class for the ticket purchased is a criminal offence in terms of the Legal Succession Act, Act 9 of 1989. Without the aid of technology (automated ticket vending machines and ticket scanners), Metrorail has no option but to rely on human intervention. The most effective way to deal with the matter is through special actions and optimal deployment of resources, based on analysis of ticket sales and commuter numbers. These comprise random ac-
tions on trains and at stations with space to process commuters. Trains targeted for action are stopped for 10 to 15 minutes to enable staff to check the validity of tickets. Those found to be in contravention of the law are required to wait in the station’s processing area until they have been processed. Not every station has sufficient space to conduct actions. Many defaulters offer reasons for having transgressed the law and Metrorail staff have the unenviable task to make a judgment call as to which emergency is valid or not. Pupils found without valid tickets are removed from trains and their parents’ details obtained. They are not “apprehended” and only held for as long as it takes to get the relevant details. Parents are held responsible to ensure children travel with valid tickets. We do not condone any misconduct by our security staff and pupils should not be subjected to unacceptable behaviour. Pupils and their parents should note the risk of not having a valid ticket, which is their insurance in case of an accident. Without it they risk being denied compensation. Many pupils continue to travel without valid tickets with impunity and are unable to pay the penalty when caught. Metrorail cannot be held responsible for pupils arriving late at school due to negligence on their part. Children must have the discipline to arrive in time and with a valid ticket. Metrorail Protection Service and security should not mix children with adults. They must be processed quickly enough so that they are not late to attend their classes. We assure the public that suitable processing areas are identified before special ticket verification drives and Metrorail employees have again been advised how to deal with young patrons. Hundreds of fare-paying commuters complain daily about fellow non-paying passengers invading premium space in Metroplus carriages. It adds unnecessary pressure to already over-subscribed ultra peak hours. Some 185 offenders are prosecuted monthly for rail-related offences. I get the impression Metrorail is seen as a soft target. The same demands placed on us are not placed on other State-owned entities. No one goes to MyCiti or SAA and demand a free ride.
. I think the (proposed ID) card (will work) best. . I am going to London where train fares and doors work well. . Why do the commuters always complain about train fare increases? When the new trains come in 2015 there will be a 100% increase. All you commuters, pay. . I have travelled by train for more than 30 years, but not a week goes by without delays. The service is poor. Lyn . I would encourage driving schools not to use the public roads during peak hours. I see near misses daily. Peter . Instead of putting up the fares why not have the ticket office open selling tickets? On Sunday 12 May at least 15 passengers got on at Glencairn at midday. The ticket office was closed so none of us paid. We got off at Kalk Bay and no one was there to ask for our tickets or collect the fare. This also happened on our return journey. If Metrorail should collect fares from every passenger, I would think they could lower their prices. Free rider, Glencairn . I was part of the group of 15 with “Free Rider” on Mother’s Day. This has been my second free ride in two weeks. I rode the train for free on both occasions simply because there was no one to pay my fare to. If Metrorail bothered to collect fares from us all, they would not need to raise them and hurt those who commute regularly! Ezirida . My wife travels by train every day and I worry about her safety, although there are a lot of “security, guards and protection” personnel. It is nothing more than sheltered employment as they are “just there”. What training do they get as most are too lazy and overweight to chase and catch anyone. They are merely ticket checkers and are only visible when there are big concerts and events. . I would think if the muggers had to pay to get on the train no crime would happen, Metrorail. . Increasing the train fare for Metrorail is ridiculous. Why not just ensure fare is taken from all those using the train? I occasionally use the train on the Simon’s Town line, but there’s never anyone to take the fare. Security guards are about – mostly paying no attention to what’s going on and chatting in a group, but no ticket officials. Further, with all the security how come the seats are all ripped and the cushions missing?
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
V Constantia: Nova Constantia Crime Watch will hold its annual meeting at The Range in Orpen Road at 19:00. A new executive committee will be elected and residents are welcome to attend to highlight crime concerns. Residents willing to serve on the committee must phone the secretary on (021) 794 8182 prior to the meeting. V Tokai: The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a talk by Professor Wayne Derman, the flight surgeon to Mark Shuttleworth during the First African in Space mission, at The Range at 07:30 for 08:00. Email Roshaan@capechamber.co.za or phone 073 449 1351. V Hout Bay: A free beginners computer course will be offered at the Computer School at The Spinney in Main Road at 15:00. Everyone is welcome. Tuition is free; a donation of R5 will be collected for expenses. Enquiries to Tony Hall on (021) 790 1726 or email@example.com. V Diep River: The Prostate Cancer Support Action group will meet in the auditorium of MediClinic Constantiaberg at 17:45 for 18:00 until 19h00. Linda Greeff will speak on Sharing our cancer journeys differently. Phone or SMS the group phone on 073 560 3067. Thursday 23 May V Diep River: The Parent Centre Moms-to-be and Moms and Babies Group will meet in the ground floor boardroom of MediClinic Constantiaberg every Thursday from 10:00 to noon. The informal meetings will feature a speaker on a variety of topics. Admission, at R50, includes refreshments. Phone (021) 762 0116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively visit www.theparentcentre.org.za. V Hout Bay: A talk and presentation by international oils on canvas artist Kevin Stanley will be held at Hout Bay Yacht Club at 19:00. He will display his signature “skyscapes” of the coast and Karoo. He will be joined by Amir Rezaei, a marine biologist with a special interest in our rich coastal floral kingdom. Free entry and all welcome. Light meals will be available. For more information phone Penny on 073 611 1444. V Heathfield: The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union’s southern suburbs branch will hold its biennial general meeting at Heathfield High School at 14:00. Provincial secretary Jonovan Rustin will be the guest speaker. All Sadtu members are invited to attend. New members are welcome. Enquiries to Janey Ross on 083 413 2577. Friday 24 May V Retreat: Westlake United Soccer Club will host its annual karaoke evening at the Mary Attlee Community Centre in Retreat Road from 19:30 until late. Admission is R30; all funds raised will be used to purchase soccer equipment. For tickets or details phone Samantha on 078 303 5869, Nabuweeya on 084 610 7729 or Sadeeka on 084 457 7261. V Kirstenhof: Help The Rural Child Charity Bookshop at 254 Main Road will host a giant book sale, with a 20% discount on all books. The sale runs until Sunday 2 June. For more information phone (021) 712 3070. Saturday 25 May V Kirstenhof: Kirstenhof Primary School will host a family fun run at the school at 10:00. V Constantia: The Rainbow Puppet Theatre will present The Frog Prince at 10:00 and 11:15 at the Constantia Waldorf School in Spaanschemat River Road. Admission is R20; refreshments will be on sale. Contact Alison on (021) 783 2063 or email@example.com. V Hout Bay: A household and collectables market will be held at the Hout Bay Yacht Club, weather permitting, from 09:00 to noon. There will be plenty of bargains up for grabs. Everyone is welcome. Enquiries to Penny on 073 611 1444. V Plumstead: A car boot sale will be held at the Plumstead Presbyterian Church in Victoria Road from 08:00 until noon. Traders will pay R30 per car. Boerewors rolls will also be on sale. Enquiries to Pam Miller on (021) 762 1376. V Claremont: The South African St Helenian
Heritage Association will celebrate St Helena Day at St Saviour’s Church hall, on the corner of Main and Bowwood roads, from 10:00 until noon. The day will celebrate St Helena Island ancestral roots and commemorate 511 years of St Helena Island history. Admission is free. Book your place by contacting Merle Martin on (021) 701 8422, 076 843 3541 or firstname.lastname@example.org. V Meadowridge: The Lions Club of Bergvliet will hold its monthly book sale at Park ’n Shop from 08:00 until 12:15. Donations of books are always welcome and can be dropped off on the day. Collections can also be arranged. Direct enquiries to Sandy on (021) 762 1048. V Diep River: An afternoon of bingo will be held at Musgrave Park in Kendall Road from 14:00 until 16:00. For further details call Sellini on (021) 715 6267. Sunday 26 May V Hout Bay: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum will hold a mushroom hunt and circular hike to Tokai Forest, with the group meeting at the corner of Blue Valley Road and Fynbos Drive at 09:00. The Grade 3B hike, which is expected to last four to five hours, will be led by Gerfried Nebe. Enquiries on (021) 790 1771.
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Wednesday 29 May V Constantia Hills: Constantia Hill Residents’ Association will hold its annual meeting at American International School in Soetvlei Avenue at 19:30. Registration from 19:00. The guest speaker will be Dr Helen Robinson, author, local historian and theatre practitioner. She will speak on the history of Constantia Hills. For details email email@example.com or phone Joan on 082 852 2923.
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V Hout Bay: The Friends of Hout Bay Library will hold a fireside chat on Antarctica with ecologist Andrew Schofield in the museum hall at 18:00. Admission costs R30 for members and R40 for non-members.
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Saturday 1 June V Meadowridge: The Friends of Meadowridge Library will hold its annual winter book sale at the library hall in Howard Drive from 09:00 to 11:30. Refreshments will be served at R5. Phone the library on (021) 712 9360. V Retreat: Where Good Friends Meet will host Bows, Boas and Bowties at the Jolly Carp at 20:00. Tickets cost R40. Take along your own XYZ. All funds raised will go to the Eikehof Cancer Centre. V Princess Vlei: The Princess Vlei Forum will hold a guided walk and information morning, with the group meeting in the car park at 09:30. The group will also visit the organic Jolly Carp Market. For additional information phone Mea on 074 101 1927 or Mariette on 082 830 2353.
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V Wynberg: The bi-monthly meeting of the Cape Computer Club will be held at Wynberg Boys’ Junior School at 20:00. The meeting will see a question-and-answer session with an erudite panel. For further information visit www.ccc.za.org.
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 21 May 2013
PROVINCIAL REPS: Four Bergvliet High School pupils were recently selected to represent Western Province in cricket and hockey. They are, from left, Roseanne Withey (WP under-18B hockey) Donovan Opie (WP under-15B cricket Team), Justin Barodien (WP under-15A cricket) and Miche Bennett (WP Girls under-19 cricket and WP under-16A hockey). PHOTO: GRANT HILLEBRAND
GIVING BACK: Children of the Honeycomb Montessori School in Constantia donated hundreds of items at the school’s monthly food drive. The beneficiary for the drive was the Ncedolwethu Educare Centre and Safehouse in Mfuleni. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
SPECIAL TREAT: The Foundation Phase classes of Kronendal Primary School in Hout Bay spoilt their mothers with an afternoon of fun in the classroom. Each grade had a special treat planned for visiting mothers. While the Grade 1s enjoyed making special cards, the Grade 2s performed in a talent show and decorated yummy biscuits and the Grade3s designed and made beautiful beaded bracelets. PHOTO: SUPPLIED PLAYING DRESS-UP: Kirstenhof Primary School’s Foundation Phase celebrated Annie Day in preparation for its upcoming Annie production in July. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
FITNESS FIRST: Westcott Primary School in Diep River held its annual fun run at the school on Saturday 11 May. Pupils participated in a 2km run/walk, as well as a 5km walk/run. Luke Godwin (left) came first in the boys 5km run. Here he accepts the trophy from former Protea spinner and current Nashua Cape Cobras coach, Paul Adams. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
STRONG RUNNER: For the second consecutive year Mikayla Beelders (left) was the first girl to cross the finish line. Here she receives her shield from Paul Adams.
LEADERS: Westcott Primary School in Diep River announced its head leaders for 2013. From left are Matthew Fortuin (deputy head boy), Lauren van der Spuy, (head girl) principal John Robertson, Liam Schrickker (head boy) and Bianca Cilliers (deputy head girl). PHOTO: SUPPLIED
EXPLORING: The Grade 4 class of Westcott Primary School celebrated International Museum Day with a visit to Groot Constantia, where they were introduced to the Cape Dutch style home with gables and thatched roofs. The pupils explored Simon van der Stel’s home, had to choose their favourite room, draw sketches and make notes of the items in the room. They were then shown a room made in miniature form in a shoebox. Pupils were given templates and encouraged to suggest and discuss possible improvements. They will now create their own ‘museum in a box’. Here Gabi Ziervogel and Ceri Brouckaert discuss the future concepts. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
READING IS FUN: The CTI Education Group sponsored a read-a-thon, aimed at encouraging reading, for the senior classes at Bergvliet High School. A total of R11 381 was raised for improving the school’s library facilities and resources. Erin Rowan was placed first, reading 13 685 pages, followed by Kyle Davel in second and Danielle Hendricks in third. Rowan won a CTI career assessment as well as R500, a gold medal and a laptop bag. School librarian Patsy Geach says: “Without the support of parents encouraging their children to read, especially those who don’t do so already, an endeavour like this cannot be successful. Thank you to those wonderful parents, who do realise what an important role finishing a book plays in the comprehension of all the subjects.” Here Grade 11 pupil Dominique Domingo receives the cake from Carl Janse van Vuuren of CTI. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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ELECTRIFYING: The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys.
PHOTO: MAYE-E WONG
ITH hits such as December 1963, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons captured the hearts of music lovers across the world. And now, in a remake of the award-winning Broadway production Jersey Boys, an all-South African cast will electrify and entice audiences at Artscape Theatre with their rendition from Wednesday 19 June. Following its success in Singapore and Johannesburg, the 19-member cast will tell the true-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who sold 175 million records globally before the age of 30. The show will see Grant Almirall as Frankie Valli, Daniel Buys as Tommy DeVito, Kenneth Meyer as Bob Gaudio and TV star Emmanuel Castis as Nick Massi. Jaco van Rensburg will be playing Frankie Valli at certain performances. It also features Carmen Pretorius, TarynLee Hudson and Kirsten Murphy-Rossiter in the female lead roles as the Jersey Girls. The entire cast and behind the scene crew spent time fine-tuning their roles with twotime Tony Award winner and Jersey Boys Broadway director, Des McAnuff. “I first saw Jersey Boys in New York in
2007. The show was a monster hit and the hottest property on Broadway. It was love at first sight,” says Hazel Feldman, Jersey Boys SA producer. “And so began a six-year journey to bring this exceptional show to South Africa – with a South African cast. Jersey Boys is a gem – a true, honest and compelling story with sensational music and a dramatic edge. It’s a timeless piece that is as relevant today as when it first opened.” Written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the US version won 54 major awards including the 2006 Grammy Award for the Best Musical Show Album. The storyline tells a tale of friendships, hardships, fights and the success resulting from a New Jersey “handshake”. Jersey Boys guarantees to enthral Cape Town audiences with its sparkling dance performances and get the audience bobbing their heads, tapping their feet and singing along to all-time favourite tunes. Performances will be held from Tuesdays to Fridays at 20:00, at 15:00 and 20:00 on Saturdays and at 14:00 and 18:00 on Sundays Ticket prices range from R100 to R390 and are available from Computicket on 0861 813 9000 or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695.
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER: The story of a classic love affair, Same Time Next Year, runs at the Kalk Bay Theatre at 20:00 from Wednesday 22 May until Saturday 22 June. The play tells the story of two people, both married to others, who meet by chance at a country inn, have an affair, fall in love and then agree to meet once a year at the same time at the same place. The play, by Bernard Slade, has delicious wit, compassion, poignancy, a sense of humour and a feel for nostalgia. The plot follows the love affair of Doris and George who meet once a year and are, in fact, the loves of each other’s lives. It is hilariously and touchingly played by Paul du Toit (pictured) and Julie Hartley. Christopher Weare (The Mechanicals) directs these two seasoned actors in this funny story of emotional intimacy against the background of social changes in the years 1951 to 1975. For bookings and further information visit www.kbt.co.za. PHOTO: SUPPLIED UNITED IN SONG: The Cape Peninsula’s popular male voice choir, the Quarrymen, will hold a concert at 19:30 at the Fish Hoek High School on Friday 24 May. This talented choir, whose members are drawn from the diverse communities of the South Peninsula, will present a pleasing repertoire which will include Any Dream Will Do, Climb Every Mountain, Calon Lan, Battle Hymn Of The Republic, Speed Your Journey, Bawo, as well as a number of new ones including On the Road to Simon’s Bay and You’ll Never Walk Alone. The choir will also present its own ‘Barbershop Quartet’ singing some favourite songs. This is the Quarrymen’s major fundraising concert this year for selected local charities and they say it promises to be an uplifting and joyous celebration of well-loved music. Tickets are R60 each and are available from AP Jones or Warren’s Pharmacy, Fish Hoek, and the Simon’s Town Pharmacy. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
NO LAUGHING MATTER: Comedian Nik Rabinowitz takes to the stage of the Fugard Theatre in his new show, Nik Rabinowitz: Stand Up, from Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 June. The show guarantees to take audiences on a thrilling journey through contemporary SA’s political and social landscape, and emerge at the other end, sane and happy to live in one of the most tjatjarag countries on Earth. The show will run at 20:00 from Tuesday to Friday and at 18:00 and 20:00 on Saturday. Ticket prices range from R130 to R150. Book your seat via Computicket (0861 915 8000) or by phoning the Fugard Theatre on 0 (021) 461 4554. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Fine music moment a must SOME of the finest classical musicians will perform at the Cape Town Concert Series at the Baxter Concert Hall inA Rondebosch on Saturday 25 May at 20:00. Violinists Daniel Rowland and Priya Mitchell, and Julian Arp (cello) and Luis Magalhães (piano) will perform works by Korngold, Mahler and Schubert. Concert series general manager, Louise Howlett, says: “This concert will be of the highest standard possible. Not only
are they superb musicians, but they are superb chamber musicians who have been rehearsing this programme all over Europe.” The concert will be repeated at the Endler Concert Hall the following day, while it will be recorded for an international album release shortly thereafter. Tickets, at R125, are available via Computicket. Enquiries to (021) 439 7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Test your culinary prowess FLEX your culinary muscle – it is time for the Good Food & Wine Show. The fun-filled and always mouth-watering show takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May. Do you have everyone licking their fingers at family braais? Do you constantly have dinner guests begging for seconds because of your awesome prowess in the kitchen? You may have what it takes to be the next Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver or Jenny Morris. Send your CV and you can be one of the “celebrity chefs” at the Good Food & Wine Show, as well as feature in 48 Hours TV’s first series of online shows.
With attendance figures of 50 000 expected at the Good Food & Wine Show, this may just be your lucky break to becoming the celebrity chef you have always wanted to be. With amazing prizes up for grabs, thousands of potential fans and a guaranteed fun time, get your entry in soonest to secure your spot in front of our live studio audience and the cameras and who knows what could happen. Email your CV to chef@48hoursTV.com V Two People’s Post readers can win a chance to cook at the Good Food & Wine Show. Go online at www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. The competition ends on Thursday 23 May. Winners will be notified by phone.
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Athlete aims to smash world records LIAM MOSES
LOCAL athlete has set himself the target of breaking the world javelin record for disabled sports within the next six months. After a three-year break from all competition, 23-year-old Reinhardt Hamman recently returned to athletics. He celebrated his return to action by claiming gold in the javelin and shot put events, as well as a silver medal in the discus event at the National Championships for the Physically Disabled in March. Now Hamman, who suffers from cerebral palsy, aims to step up his performances and conquer Africa and the world by storm. “I recently passed a qualifying standard for the World Championships and I broke the African record after two weeks of training,” he says. “I have given myself six months to break the world record. By the time of next year’s Commonwealth Games, I will have either broken the record or I will be breaking it there.” Hamman has been participating in athletics since he was a 13-year-old pupil at Vista Nova Primary School in Rondebosch. He took up the sport as part of the school’s physical education programme, but his talent soon showed and he gradually fell in love with the sport. In the past 10 years, the young athlete has broken several national records in the 100m and 200m sprints, as well as the three field events he currently focuses on, in various age groups and two different International Paralympic Committee disability categories.
Hamman still holds the South African under-16 100m and 200m sprint records, which he broke in 2005, and has won over 40 medals, including a bronze medal in the under-16 able-bodied javelin at the 2006 SA Schools Games. The Goodwood resident, who works at the Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Newlands, has also had several low points in his career. He says he quit the sport in 2009 to focus on his career after he suffering the disappointment of not being selected for the 2008 Paralympics despite qualifying. Hamman says he will spend the next few years working to gain a spot in the team for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. The first step will be meeting the qualifying standards for the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in France in July, at his next competition on Saturday 25 May. “Now my goal is to qualify for javelin and discuss, because I already qualified for shot put in Pretoria at the national championships,” says Hamman. “It would be good if I can qualify for another event. I’m not too worried about the discus, because I have an enormous amount of work to do on discus before I perfect it. So if I qualify it’ll be good, but if I don’t it’s fine as well. This is my only chance to make the team now.” Hamman trains at Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone or in Stellenbosch three times a week and in gym every week day. Despite his many achievements and lofty ambitions, Hamman has never had any specialised coaching and, instead, trains with the assistance of his father and friend Malcolm Pringle, a three time Paralympic medallist.
HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS: Reinhardt Hamman (23) has set his sights on breaking world records and participating in the 2016 Paralympics. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES
TRY TIME: UCT’s Ross Jones-Davis leaves Danwill Erasmus of SK Walmers in his shadow and crosses the try-line during the WP club rugby Super League A match between the two sides at the Groote Schuur on Saturday. UCT were 34-32 victors in the close encounter. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
TOUGH TUSSLE: SACS’ Matthew Walding is held in the tackle by Clyde Martich of Rondebosch Boys’ High School during the WP Schools under-19A match between the two schools. Walding’s side lost 18-41 after leading 10-6 at half-time. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
UPROOTED: Phillip Jankiesohn of Rondebosch Boys’ High School loses the ball as he is held in a tip tackle by SACS’ Justin Joubert during the WP Schools under-19A clash between the two schools at Rondebosch on Saturday. The match ended 41-18 in favour of Bosch, after SACS led 6-10 at half-time. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
HAND-OFF: SK Walmers’ Ashraf Williams hands off the tackle attempt of UCT’s Dylan Leyds Super League A match between the two sides at the Green Mile on Saturday. UCT were 34-32 victors. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
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FAR STRETCH: Ganief Mubeen of Blue Bells AFC (left) is challenged by Southampton AFC’s Faizel Adams during a Cape District LFA Super League match at William Herbert Sports Complex in Wynberg on Sunday. Blue Bells were 4-0 victors. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
Bay braces for tough battles LIAM MOSES
BETWEEN THE STICKS: Flyhalf Andri Claasen scores one of False Bay’s 18 tries in the 120-10 victory over Goodwood RFC in Constantia on Saturday 11 May. PHOTO: GAVIN WITHERS
ALSE BAY RFC will be looking to guard against complacency this week, following a 110-point victory over Super League B stragglers Goodwood RFC in their last game. The Constantia side scored 18 tries and conceded just one to win 120-10, entrenching their position as title and promotion contenders. Bay head coach Kevin Musikanth says he will be working to ensure his side have not peaked too early in the season. “The problem with winning a game like that is complacency, but you have to just watch out and ensure the guys stay grounded,” says Musikanth. “Two weeks before that we (narrowly) won a game. Rugby is like that at times. You hit a purple patch, but you have to keep doing what you have been doing to hit that purple patch and, hopefully, you can maintain it.” Musikanth’s side have recorded victories in all five of their games this season and currently hold third place on the table. However, Bay’s season is set to get tougher over the next three weeks as they face first-placed Primrose, second-placed UWC and fifth-placed NNK in consecutive matches. UWC and Primrose have also been impressive this season, winning all of their games and scoring over 45 and 35 points per game, respectively. While Musikanth believes that the next
two encounters will be tough, he says they should not be regarded as more important than any other fixture this season. “We are about to hit the top three sides in Super League B, so we have to be switched on and ready,” he says. “We have to try and keep our best team on the park and be at full strength all the time. We have a very good squad and we have managed to keep them fit. “Hopefully that continues, but we can’t look past UWC.” False Bay had a bye this past weekend and returned to training on Monday night, ahead of the game against former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers’ UWC side. Musikanth says the bye will help his side stave off mental and physical fatigue ahead of the tough period. V False Bay will face UWC (A) on Friday 24 May and Primrose (A) on Saturday 1 June.
Published on May 21, 2013