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THURSDAY 27 February 2014 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za | Mobisite: ppost.mobi DEALERS’ PARADISE: Residents claim this property in Wynberg should be enclosed to prevent crimi­ nal activity. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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e comes at all times of the day. Driving a white Volkswagen Golf, he hangs around Wilson and Tenby roads and carries out his drugs deals”. These are the words of a Wynberg resident, as she reveals all she has seen in the past months. She, like many others living in Wilson and Tenby roads, has witnessed the proliferation of drug dealing and prostitution in Main Road into the surrounding side streets. Residents claim they are living in fear as drug users are seen waiting for their dealer at all times of the day. The resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says while she is unsure of the type of drugs being sold, she has witnessed continuous exchanges between the alleged

dealer and his “customers”. “He comes here and just parks off. People can be seen coming to his car, they exchange something and the person leaves,” she says. In recent weeks, she claims there has been an increase in teenagers purchasing drugs. Last week she noticed a teenage boy who was about 14-years-old, making an exchange with the alleged dealer. On Sunday 23 February, a white Golf matching the description of the alleged dealer was seen in Wilson Road. But this was not the man in question. The resident says she also witnessed police officers searching the man but did not arrest him. “I suppose they didn’t find anything on him, but we know it’s drugs – it’s the only explanation,” she says. Wynberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer Silvino Davids says they are aware of the dealers and prostitutes operating on and

around the vacant plot. He says while many dealers “operate on foot”, there were those using cars. “It’s called ‘dial-a-drug’ and police are investigating those dealing in the side streets,” he says. All incidents, Davids explains, need to be reported to the station. He also cautions residents of approaching perpetrators. “We have stepped up patrols and need residents to phone the sector van when they notice suspicious activity,” he says. Residents say the problem is being exacerbated by a vacant plot owned by the City of Cape Town. Davids labels the property a hotspot for prostitution and warns anyone caught having sex in public, will be charged. Another resident, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, says an appeal to the City has gone unheard as nothing has been done about the plot in years.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

ROAD SAFETY: TAXI ASSOCIATION AND DEALERSHIP ENTER AGREEMENT

Safer public transport – at a cost TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN @LeeLaVidaLoca

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axi drivers say safer minibuses are coming at too steep a price. The newly-launched Impendulo taxi is geared at creating the safest journey for public transport users as well as those behind the wheel. Translated to “the answer” in Zulu, the Impendulo costs R306 900. It boasts seat belts on every seat, a smart working cockpit, ABS brake assist and balanced layout which seats an equal amount of passengers on both sides. While the creators of this “newly improved public transport model” feel it is the answer to improving road safety, taxi drivers and owners feel the answer comes at a steep price. This initiative is a joint venture between the South African National Taxi Council and Group 1 Nissan. According to the agreement, the profits from sales of the new Nissan NV350 taxi will be split equally. This will provide funds for taxi owners to maintain their vehicles and also pay their drivers better wages. Taxi owner Justice Marobele says he is ecstatic about the features of the Impendulo and thinks all taxi owners would invest in the minibus if the price were adjusted. “I met with some taxi owners last week and we all feel that it is a lot of money to spend on new taxis. We don’t know how much was spent on manufacturing the minibus, but if we could reach an agreement to lower the price it would be ideal,” he says. There are many features of the Impendulo that will improve the journey for both drivers and passengers, Marobele agrees. “It is better designed than the Quantum. I think mechanically and safety-wise they have produced a good product. We just need a better price,” he maintains. Deputy chairperson of SANTACO Nazeem

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IMPROVED: Group 1 Nissan managing director Marcel Swanepoel and SANTACO deputy chairperson Nazeem Abdurahman test the new Impendulo minibus. PHOTO: TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN Abdurahman says despite popular belief, the high and constantly rising costs of running a taxi means the owners are left with extremely small profit margins. “Fuel, service and tyre costs are increasing all the time. As a result, and in order to keep the very small margin between income and costs, the taxi drivers are under enormous pressure to carry as many passengers as they possibly can every day,” he says. “As we know, and from some tragic events, this situation means that road safety is sometimes compromised. We believe that this deal is a big step towards involving the

industry in helping to address the province’s commuter safety crisis,” he says. “Group 1 Nissan is making a bold statement on behalf of the industry and we applaud the dealership for helping us meet some of our biggest challenges in this way.” Provincial minister of transport Robin Carlisle reminded all involved that it is essential that the taxi industry strengthens its bonds with other associations. “The roleplayers are leading an experiment that is hugely important to the taxi industry,” he says. “Transparency will be key in the success

A life­changing bump CHEVON BOOYSEN @ChevonBooysen One in three girls in South Africa has fallen pregnant in their teens. This startling statistic was revealed in a survey conducted as part of the Mmoho Campaign, which works with youths to spread the word on the dangers of high-risk sexual activity. The majority of respondents confirmed that the pregnancy was unplanned. And while information preaching the dangers of unprotected sex is freely available, limited knowledge and understanding of conception and how contraception works were found to be contributing factors for the staggering number of teen pregnancies. Mmoho was initiated to draw attention to the high rate of unplanned teenage pregnancy, the consequences of unsafe sex and related issues of backdoor abortion, maternal mortality and health risks, explains sexual and reproductive health and rights portfolio manager for Sonke Gender Justice Tian Johnson. The organisation is a partner in the campaign. While teen pregnancy predominantly affects the lives of young girls, the crusade will also bring the facts of the issue to boys and young men. “Teenagers also have a human right to access sexual and reproductive services. They should be able to access it in a non-judgmental manner; this is what Mmoho aims to do,” he says. Grounded in the policy guideline set out by government which aims to roll out wider contraceptive choice and method mix at public service institutions and facilities, the campaign partners believe all teenagers should live “free from the challenges related to unplanned pregnancy which have direct links to poverty in an already economicallystressed society”, Johnson explains. Sonke Gender Justice senior programme specialist Sisonke Msimang says the cam-

paign also targets adolescent boys to break the thinking that teenage pregnancy is a “girls-only issue”. “It encourages boys to be informed, involved and supportive in decision making regarding contraception,” she says. Lisa* was in Grade 10 when she discovered she was pregnant two months before her 16th birthday. Her boyfriend insisted she have an abortion and after initially considering this, she decided to live with the consequences. “Life as a young mother is tough,” she says. “I decided to stay in school so I had to juggle my schoolwork and my responsibilities towards my baby. After the initial shock, my parents were very supportive but they made it clear I was the one who would have to look after my daughter,” Lisa says. The baby’s father broke up with her before she gave birth. She retained most of her friends, but was unable to be the social butterfly she once was. Lisa remained focused on completing her schooling so she could fulfil her dream of becoming a physiotherapist. Her parents babysat while she battled through her matric exams, which she passed with flying colours. “Falling pregnant actually led to me becoming a better student. I pulled out all the stops to achieve higher marks because I wanted to give my daughter a good life,” Lisa says. And she is well on her way to doing just that. Currently in her third year at university, Lisa has made the Dean’s List and was awarded numerous bursaries thanks to her hard work. “With my qualification I plan to initiate an non-profit organisation that will focus on rehabilitating children,” she says. “Some teen mothers seek pity from the world, but I believe I can achieve anything. I can make a difference in my own life.” Young people’s understanding of their

of this project. If this initiative fails it will be difficult to convince other companies to come on board in similar collaborations.” Nissan Group 1 managing director Marcel Swanepoel says the only way that the taxi industry can be empowered is to have the proper means to deal with their issues. “We’re very proud to have carved this deal. While it is a big step, it’s actually only the first small move towards helping the taxi industry help more than a million people a day,” he says. “It will help people rely upon a more supportive and safer taxi industry.” right to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights services is key to changing attitudes and risk-taking behaviour, says Ibis Reproductive Health head Tshego Bessenaar. Last year the organisation established the National Teenage Pregnancy Programme which focuses on strategies and approaches to better understand and address unintended teen pregnancy. “Falling pregnant in your teens is often not a choice, which is why we want to educate and encourage them to make responsible decisions,” Bessenaar says. “We want teenagers to live a full life and not have them looked at in a negative light as people always stigmatise the issue.” Support groups are available to all teenagers who want information about pregnancy and contraception. “We have different groups where teenagers can communicate about pregnancy. It is available to teenage mothers, pregnant teens and teenagers who would just like information on contraception,” Bessenaar says. Falling pregnant at a young age does not mean your future is destroyed. Tracy Engelbrecht fell pregnant in her teens and used the experience to establish a support base for other girls who find themselves in a similar situation. Young Mom Support offers guidance and advice in a “non-judgemental environment”, she says. “We encourage the teenagers to go back to school so that they may avoid the stigma attached to being a teenage mother. We help them realise their full potential by encouraging them to be independent,” she says. Others are assisted in finding work and food packages are also handed to girls in need. “The space that is created at the support group is a platform for teenage mothers to converse. Teens are always ostracised for having babies at a tender age, but at these support groups it is different. It gives them the opportunity to share their experiences and gain knowledge on how to be a better mother,” she says. V *Not her real name.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

WYNBERG: PROPERTY NOW LISTED WITH CITY’S PROBLEM BUILDING UNIT

Outrage over vacant house MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

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row over a vacant house in Wynberg reached fever pitch as the City of Cape Town declared the property a problem building this week. The house at 27 Orient Road has been a bone of contention for months, as residents rallied together and reported the owners for not securing the property. It has been vacant for several months and police have raised concerns about drug users occupying the building. But co-owner Lenka Kubejova says they have not given anyone permission to live in the house and have asked builders to brick up the entrance after the door was stolen. “We have constantly been notified by the neighbours and have taken steps every time we have (were) notified. (The) last time we bricked up the side door to the house and the back garage door,” she says. On Friday 21 February, the fire department was called by a residents who witnessed flames coming from the roof of the house. Resident Graham Weir says he was passing the house and noticed the smoke. “I called the Fire Department and they found the fire had been started in the roof,” he says. Weir adds the house has been “gutted” and the rooms are filled with human waste. This week, neighbours submitted a petition outlining their concerns to the mayor’s office. At the top of the list is vandalism and the general state of the building, while they also requested urgent intervention. Residents also claim the owner has made an application to develop three townhouses on the property, to which they have objected. Kubejova says the aim was to uplift the area by the building three townhouses. However, City director for Planning and Building Development Management Cheryl Walters says they only received an application for demolition in August last year. “They applicant has not responded to or provided the information called for, so the application is pending,” she says. Last year, ward councillor Elizabeth Brunette confirmed she referred the case to the City’s Problem Building Unit. Kubejova says she received an email from

the City a few weeks ago and “that’s when we bricked up the doors and arranged for someone to clean up”. City director for Safety and Security Richard Bosman says action was taken following complaints, adding the period for the owner to comply expires this week. However, due to the severity of the damaged property, the building will now be declared a problem building, Bosman says. “The unit will also deny the owner’s application for an extension,” he adds. Bosman further explains the owners could face quarterly fines of R5000 as long as the house is listed as a problem building. “Should the owner fail to comply with the notices issued, they will be liable for prosecution under the Problem Building By-

Law,” he says. Kubejova says she does not understand the implications of her house being declared a problem building. Wynberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer Silvino Davids labels vacant houses as crime generators. He says while no arrests have been made recently, illegal occupants of the house have been arrested for drug use. “Owners need to secure their property to avoid this kind of activity. It attracts homeless people and drug users, because they see it as a safe haven,” he says. V Share your thoughts on problem buildings such as the Orient Street house in Wynberg. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

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ith the constantly rising fuel costs, public transport is the cheapest means of travelling in the province. Commuters travel via train, taxi and bus daily, but gripe that is is unreliable and not always the safest means of getting around. Unreliable public transport also negatively affects the economy and the work force. People’s Post readers share their thoughts on what is needed to turn things around.

COLIN PHILANDER feels public transport can be improved. “It’s easier for me to travel to work by train, but they need to upgrade it and create bet­ ter ventilation. Windows don’t open halfway and there are so many people squashed in a carriage.”

CARLA WILSON does not take public transport at all. “I travel with my own car daily because I don’t think public transport is safe. I would rather pay a lot of money for petrol for my car.”

SCHALK LOMBARD takes the train occasionally when he doesn’t have a lift to get to work. “Trains are cheaper but not reliable. They come late or sometimes they don’t even pitch.”

DANIEL BOONZAAIER occasionally uses public transport, but is unimpressed with the service. “I don’t take the train every day as it’s always full. If I had the money I would travel by car everyday.”

LIESL AVONTUUR says she only makes use of pub­ lic transport when push comes to shove. “I usually drive to work but petrol prices continue to in­ crease. Public transport is cheap and convenient, but then I’d be faced with overloaded vehicles.”

ZAMA SIMBOSINI says he doesn’t have his own car and is forced to use public transport. “I’m un­ employed so I can’t afford a car. I use the train but it is very unreliable. The trains are always full and regularly delayed.”

COLLEEN STARKE says she does occasionally use public transport. “ But I don’t like taking a taxi because the drivers don’t care for others on the road. I don’t think government cares enough to improve the public transport system either.”

Body art and much more on show at annual expo LOUISA STEYL @lounotes Prepare for an ink fest of note this weekend at the Cape Tattoo Expo. Now in its sixth year, the festival that showcases all aspects of tattoo culture has become a staple on local calendars. It was from wanting to bring her overseas convention experiences home that Manuela Gray, of Wildfire Tattoos, decided to start the Cape Tattoo Expo. “There was no platform to promote our industry at that level at all,” she says. “So after meeting a lot of awesome tattooers around the world and convincing them to come to Cape Town, the first international Cape Town convention was born.” This year’s expo will run from 28 February to 2 March at the Cape Town City Hall. Apart from the local and international tattoo artists who will be showcasing

their work, attendees can also look forward to a “Victorian Oddities” themed art exhibition and live entertainment on the Saturday night. “The idea of the expo is to provide the public with an environment where they can get tattooed by great artists of their choosing,” Gray explains. “It’s also a platform for tattoo artists to showcase their artistry, skill, and creativity in an open and social environment and for the public to see how varied and evolved the industry has become.” Gray believes that the convention has helped remove some of the stigmas around tattoos. “The event is of a very high standard, which of course helps to change perceptions,” she explains. “But overall the stigmas are pretty outdated. We are living in a different world now, and personal expression is encouraged.” Gray says the traditional style of tat-

toos is currently very popular. Should you consider getting inked, she advises: “Do your research on artists, ideas and sterilisation.” There will also be a ‘tattoo-athon’ over the coming months in aid of the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of SA. “The same good quality tattoos being done by awesomely talented artists from around the world,” is what Gray says expo fans can expect this year. A “killer” art exhibition, showcasing a book by Queen’s Brian May, and a night of rocking to top musicians are other highlights she lists. V Tickets cost R100 per day or R250 for the weekend. Book through www.quicket.co.za. Weekend passes include free entry to the live music show on Saturday night. V Doors open at 17:00 on Friday and at 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday. V For more information on the tattoo expo and events on the weekend visit www.capetattooconvention.co.za.

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privileged children through two channels: Valley Pre-Primary’s Sonwabile Bursaries in partnership with the NPO Bright Start – through which 10 bursaries are provided annually for underprivileged children – and the Hangberg Educational Trust, which administers Hout Bay Educare in the Hangberg community. Companies are invited to enter corporate teams, as well as sponsor teams of underprivileged children from Hout Bay. These teams will form part of the Sonwabile team category and can be branded on the day. There will be entertainment on the beach from 11:00, including a break dance demo

and magic shows. The date was chosen to coincide with low tide, so there will be plenty of space for builders and spectators. Fantastic prizes will be awarded to winners in each category as selected by celebrity judges. The entry fee for corporate and Sonwabile sponsored teams is R900, while other teams will pay R50 per adult and R30 per child. V For more information contact Valley Pre-Primary School on (021) 790 1540 or email valleykids@mweb.co.za.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

KALK BAY: ALLOCATION PROCESS REVISITED

Probe into fishing rights MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

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plea on behalf of fishermen from faith leaders across Cape Town was handed to Tina Joemat-Pettersson, national minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries this week. The plea, written by religious heads from Kalk Bay, Hout Bay and Plumstead, asks the minister to consider the role of heritage in the granting of fishing rights. Joemat-Pettersson announced the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) will launch an audit into the Fishing Rights Allocation Process (Frap). She made the announcement during a press conference on Sunday, where fishermen gathered outside the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Kalk Bay. Joemat-Pettersson said following the concerns raised by line fishermen regarding the Frap, the ministry has appointed Harris Nupen Molebatsi Attorneys to advise on the appeals process. “They will undertake an urgent independent audit of the rights allocation process to ensure it was compliant with all relevant policies and legislation. They have considerable experience in the fisheries sector and in the field of administrative law. They will commence work immediately,” she said. Fishermen gathered outside the church and waited for her to leave

OPEN DIALOGUE: Joao Simoes questions national minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat­Pet­ tersson about the rights of crewmen and asked her to have a first­hand experience of their daily routines.

UNDER SIEGE: Tina Joemat­Petters­ son visited the Kalk Bay community to allay fears.

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the venue. Here crewmen made an appeal for Daff to take note of their concerns. Fishermen associations said they were not impressed and said two months was not enough time. According to the appeal, Kalk Bay Harbour is the last harbour where traditional wooden-hulled fishing boats can be found. “They represent a history that is fast disappearing,” it states. It further says there needs to be a policy which gives recognition to

South African United Fishing Forum (Sauff) chairperson Pedro Garcia says the extension would make no difference. “The audit won’t make a difference either. The heritage of fishermen should have been part of the Frap criteria in the first place,” he says. V If you have enquiries about the Fishing Rights Allocations Process, phone (021) 402 3576. V Share your thoughts on fishing rights. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

ations,” she said. In addition to the audit, Daff has extended the deadline for appeals to April. “This will also mean an extension to the interim relief provided to those who previously held fishing rights,” Joemat-Pettersson explained. Daff will also embark on a “listening exercise and communications campaign”. This, she said, will give people who have grounds to appeal an opportunity to speak to Daff directly before the new cut-off date.

heritage, history and tradition. The department says 3490 application rights across all fishing sectors were received and 593 granted. In the traditional linefish sector, there were 1566 applications, while only 215 could be approved. Commenting on the Frap, Joemat-Pettersson said because many did not receive quotas, they will protest. “People must accept that is the nature of rights over a limited resource, as we do our best to sustain our fishing stocks for future gener-

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

U-TURN APPEAL: MEAL VOUCHER PROGRAMME UNDER THREAT

Help us feed the homeless ASTRID FEBRUARIE @FebAstrid

BREAKING IT DOWN: Some 10 000 people flocked to Athlone Stadium for the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Associa­ tion’s crowning of the top minstrel groups on Saturday. Following months of hard work District Six Entertainers were crowned Super League champions, while Spes Bona won the Premier League and Posh Vi­ brant Youth Devel­ opment won the First Division. Here the Fabulous Wood­ stock StarIights give their all.PHOTO: LIZA

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meal voucher initiative for homeless people is under threat of being discontinued due to dismal support. The meal voucher initiative is the brainchild of staff at U-Turn Homeless Ministries. They are now making a renewed call on the public to support the initiative which helps to keep homeless people from begging on the streets. U-Turn spokesperson Megan Blough says only 50 members of public currently subscribe for monthly deliveries of the U-turn meal vouchers. The remainder are bought as one-off sales from re-sellers who stock their vouchers. “Subscription figures as low as this have a direct impact on the financial sustainability of the initiative and these should not be ignored. We are calling on the public to support this initiative before it is closed down,” she says. Blough explains as their services to street people grew, they became aware that there was a need for a change in how society bestows the organisation. They came up with the concept which has been in place for almost 10 years. The voucher system was implemented in 2009. Booklets of five vouchers can be bought for R30 at the various points of sale, including Rosmead Super Spar, Westerford Kwik Spar, Vineyard Convenience Centre, Claremont Main Road Engen, Meadowridge Engen and Wynberg Engen. “The goal of the vouchers is to help the general public put homeless people in contact with U-Turn for food, clothing and longterm assistance,” Blough says. Too often, she says, when people are compassionate they are blinded to the realities that keep people on the street. “I am speaking not only of drugs and alco-

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hol, but also the gifts of money that enables street people to ‘make a living’ at the robot. It’s not a happy fact, but studies show that 70% of people on the street for six months or longer struggle with alcohol and drug abuse,” she says. Blough says people should also consider whether their help is empowering change in the vulnerable of society or enslaving them into a system of which they cannot break free. “We needed a way for people to respond which actually made a real difference for the better,” she says. When individuals choose to subscribe to the vouchers, they not only get the vouchers delivered to their door, but also allow U-turn

to budget against those numbers. The organisation can also rely on a steady flow of funds from the voucher scheme. She says it is important to realise that vouchers are not the golden ticket to ending poverty, but one step in a long process. “We at U-Turn hold out as much opportunity as we can. You, the public, can do the same, but the success is in the hands of those who choose to take the opportunity,” Blough says. “The more people use the vouchers as a way to help, the more the help is being channelled into organisations set up to deal with homelessness.” Two substantial services come out of the

voucher programme, she says. It connects addicts with help and also integrates them into society. “The Life Change programme U-turn offers uses a real work environment and occupational therapist to equip participants with skills and attitude. It is amazing to see the change in an individual,” Blough says. “Let your generosity join with our forces and help bring lasting change. Stand with us for the homeless.” To find out more on how to be involved join the U-Turn Friends’ Breakfast at WP Cricket Club on Thursday 27 March at 07:00. V To sign up for vouchers visit www.homeless.org or email info@homeless.org.za

Children’s charity calls for heroes Ordinary people are being called upon to become everyday heroes for a creative new fundraising initiative, Challenges for Children. The campaign is the brainchild of Home from Home, an NGO that sets up and runs small, community-based foster homes for vulnerable children. Each home seeks to be a “normal house in a normal street” with no more than six children cared for by a foster mother or foster parents. The children and foster parents are supported and supervised by Home from Home, its fulltime social work- FOR THE KIDS: Pippa Shaper recently completed her first half ers and local com- marathon and raised over R12 000 for Challenges for Children. munity groups. The NGO currently runs 33 homes in and raised over R12 000 for Challenges for the province, with several more set to Children. “From equipping a new home, to puropen in coming months. Challenges for Children invites people chasing birthday gifts for the children in to make their sport and health-focused our care – every rand raised through this resolutions a part of the fundraising cam- campaign makes a difference!” she says. The first step is to register at paign. By achieving their objectives, the challenges that many underprivileged www.homefromhome.org.za/challengchildren face are recognised – and money es.php. The campaign runs across four set cateis raised for a worthy cause. Pippa Shaper, Home from Home’s de- gories: cycling; running or walking; a nuvelopment director, is leading by exam- trition-focused weight-loss programme ple. She completed her first half mara- and a yoga/pilates challenge. thon recently, participating in the Penin- V To sign up for the Challenges for Children camsula Marathon in sweltering conditions. paign, register via www.homefromhome.org.za/ or Shaper achieved a personal fitness goal contact Genevieve Train on 021 761 7251.

FABULOUS FASHIONISTA: Feathers, boas, bold colours, glitz and over­ the­top glamour was the order of the day with the annual Miss Cape Town Gay Pride competition at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Saturday night. Participants such as Jenna Fantabisher, who was crowned second princess, took to the stage to perform. Manila Von Teese was crowned the winner. The pageant formed part of the Cape Town Pride Festival. The Pride Parade will be held in the streets of the CBD on Saturday 1 March, while there will also be a street festival in the Gay Village, bordered by Napier, Cobern and Liddle streets. PHOTO: LIZA VAN DEVENTER/FOTO24

The Sunflower Fund hosts golf day The Sunflower Fund will host its 10th annual golf day at Clovelly Country Club on Thursday 22 May. The charity event aims to raise money for the organisation, whose sole purpose is to pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors for inclusion on the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). The more donors on the registry, the more hope leukaemia patients have of finding their lifesaving donor match. The Sunflower Fund hopes to rally enough support and generosity so they are able to

add 100 donors to the SABMR this year. This is expected to cost the organisation R200 000. The Sunflower Fund invites individuals and companies to support the special golf day. Donors can contribute a fourball prize or sponsor a hole. The cost of a four-ball is R3500 and there are some exceptional prizes on offer on the day. This includes golf vouchers, meal vouchers, weekends away and much more. V For further details on bone marrow stem cell donation phone. 0800 12 10 82. To enter the golf day or to sponsor a hole contact Adi Phillips on (021) 701 0661 or events@sunflowerfund.org.za.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

PLUMSTEAD: RESIDENTS URGED TO BE VIGILANT

Spotlight on scrap metal collectors

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lumstead residents are warned to be on the lookout for scrap metal collectors. This comes after an elderly woman found two men with a horse and cart in her backyard last week. The Windsor Road resident, who spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity, says she is still in shock after confronting the two men. On Thursday 20 February she heard the horse and cart pass her home. She went into her yard and when she turned around she saw the two men putting pieces of iron from her yard in a pile. Fearing for her safety, the elderly woman screamed but seemingly nobody heard her. “What are you doing here?” she screamed. Her shouting alerted her dog who came into the yard and bit one of the trespassers. “They opened the gate and ran away. I was so frightened. Imagine if they had come inside the house. Imagine what

they could have done,” she says. She phoned 10111 and the Diep River Police Station, but after receiving no answer she phone Wynberg Police Station. “At Wynberg they said they would send a van, but nobody came,” she says. She explains an average of five carts pass through her street daily, but says she has never heard of this happening. “It’s definitely not all collectors, but I still think residents need to be aware of them jumping over walls,” she says. Diep River police spokesperson Warrant Officer Keith Chandler says the station has received similar reports. “Residents can open a trespassing case if the person jumps over the wall, as well as a theft case if the person takes or steals their property,” he says. Chandler explains the station’s telephone lines have been down and he suggests residents call 10111 or the Constantia Valley Information Centre on 086 000 2669. V Share your thoughts on scrap collectors. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Carpenters are working on the fishing boat, Sea Pride, in the dry dock of Hout Bay Harbour. The woodwork of the boat, which is older than 50 years, has started to rot and is being replaced. PHOTO: JACO MARAIS/FOTO24


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014 V Plumstead: The Friends of Plumstead Library will host a book and cake sale at the library in Yudelman’s Lane from 09:00 to 12:00. Phone (021) 797 7240 for more information.

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he final evening of the fourth South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC), supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) was held at the Artscape Theatre on Saturday 22 February. The prestigious event, which runs every two years over a period of one week, saw the top finalists go head-to-head as they danced magnificently for gold, silver and bronze medals and significant prize money. Mthuthuzeli November (20), a student at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) in Tokai, took Gold in the senior contemporary section. Originally from the Zolani township outside Montagu, November trained with Dance for All before joining CAPA on full scholarship three years ago. He took Gold in the same category at the 2012 SAIBC. November, together with dancer Khanya Mandongana (17) from the STRIKING POSE: Gold medallist from the SAIBC and South­ Cape Junior Ballet was also field resident, Mthuthuzeli November, impressing the judges awarded a scholarship by during his performance. PHOTO: SUPPLIED SAIBC judge Melanie Person to train at the Alvin Ailey School in tion as the exceptionally talented competNew York City, of which she is co-direc- itors, aged between 12 and 26, performed superbly in classical and contemporary tor. Leroy Mokgatle (14) from Johannes- solos and pas de deux such as Grand Pas burg’s Art of Motion School, who entered Classique, Giselle, Don Quixote and Swan in the Scholar division was awarded the Lake, showcasing incredible versatility, artistry, musicality and a breathtaking Silver medal in the classical section. The competition began on Tuesday 18 technical standard. To bring the evening to a spectacular February with three days of intense elimination rounds, culminating in Saturday close, all 69 entrants that had participatnight’s grand affair when entrants from ed in the competition from the first day, the USA, Cuba, Switzerland, Belgium, delivered an exuberant group performSouth Korea, Brazil, Japan, Russia, The ance choreographed by Angela Malan, a Peoples Republic of China, and South Af- fitting finale for South Africa’s very own rica faced off for medals and R370 000 in ‘summer ballet olympics’. Guest compaprize money. Having watched the danc- nies and artists included Joburg Ballet, ers’ progress throughout the week, the ca- Cape Dance Company and the Eoan pacity audience was abuzz with anticipa- Group.

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V Silvermine: Friends of Hout Bay Museum will host a Grade 2B hike of higher Steenberg Peak, via Muizenberg Cave. The group will meet in the Silvermine east carpark at 08:30; take a R5 for the car guard. Phone the guide Angela Clark on (021) 762 4429 or 082 604 5934.

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V Bergvliet: The Bergvliet High School Continu­ ing Education programme will host four workshops on Tuesday evenings on how to plan for a fulfilling retirement. The series Rewire don’t Retire is designed for people who will be retiring within five years. Phone Kathy Miles on (021) 713 7999 or email Kathy.miles@anan­ zi.co.za.

V Bergvliet: The Bergvliet, Kreupelbosch and Meadowridge (BKM) Neighbourhood Watch will host a Western Bingo at the Bergvliet Sports Club at 19:00. Cards are R100 and include light snacks. Phone Norma on (021) 715 5557 or email office@bkmwatch.org.za.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

PLUMSTEAD: RESIDENTS URGED TO JOIN WATCH

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spike in crime in Plumstead has sparked a call for more residents to take to the streets. According to a report by the Constantia Valley Watch Association, 27 crime incidents took place across the valley. Of the 27, eight of them took place in Plumstead. These include theft out of motor vehicles, trespassing and burglaries. Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch chairperson Andrew Lillie says the incidents are reflective of low patroller numbers in recent weeks. To counter this the watch will be increasing their visibility and are calling on residents to participate. Lillie says more visibility by the watch will help deter criminals and, with rising fuel costs, he explains the watch does not expect residents to continuously use their vehicles. “We understand this can be expensive, so we suggest that people ride their bikes or take a walk. They can programme the watch’s number into their cellphones and if they see something suspicious they can call it in,” he explains.

With a network of 40 radios, Lillie says patrollers remain in touch. Last week the watch held additional patrols to increase their visibility at various locations across Plumstead. “We meet at 19:00 and (then) take a road. We do this to ensure the community can see us and help keep the streets safe, but we can’t do it alone,” he says. Lillie further explains patrols work in two ways: scheduled and ad-hocly. “We have patrollers who schedule their patrols and we are able to quantify the hours logged by patrollers. The ad-hoc patrols are done by residents who have some time here and there,” he says. The aim is to increase patrols but also to “spread them out” so the area is covered more widely. To join, residents will have to register on the neighbourhood watch website. Lillie explains this is done as patrollers will have to fill in a form. “By law, we are required to obtain the identity numbers of new patrollers and they are required to sign an indemnity form. We want people to join and patrol when it’s comfortable for them,” he says. V To join the patrollers visit www.plumsteadwatch.org.za to register.

SPOILT FOR CHOICE: Another Street Store pop­up market for homeless people was held in the parking area of Charly’s Bakery last week. The market sees Capetonians donate unwanted clothes and shoes, which are displayed on clothing hangers and makeshift shelves in open air. Homeless people then have their pick of the donations. The market, visited by Elroy Vywies (53), is an initiative of the Haven Night Shelter. It is the third of its kind since the establishment of the initiative last month. PHOTO: LEANNE STANDER/FOTO24

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Foreign affair

Shortly after the advent of democracy, South Africa’s borders were turned much more into turnstiles and the floodgates were opened for foreigners. This was facilitated in no small measure by the words, paraphrased, by the late Nelson Mandela who told the Western world in no uncertain terms he would choose his friends. Thousands of true refugees risked life and limb to cross crocodile-infested waters to seek safety in this land of milk and honey. Many more flock across our borders for jobs, while others flee from oppressive governments who hound them for political, religious or tribal reasons. People who once were friends and even intermarried suddenly find themselves at opposite ends of political and religious spectrum. These relationships are often cut short by a hand wielding a gun or a machete. In parts of Africa, as on other continents, sexual orientation is no longer a private matter. In some countries sexual relations between same-gender parties are outlawed and laws are being introduced to criminalise people who know, but don’t tell. South Africa has become a safe haven for many refugees, immigrants and people with nowhere to call home. Or is it? And how does this bode for born and bred South Africans? In the words of home affairs minister Naledi Pandor, the country’s progressive law and a failure to stem the tide of illegal migrants from working in SA is a “challenge”. In short, she says, our country’s asylum system is being abused. To break the neck of this abuse, Pandor aims to make recommendations which would seek to redress this anomaly. On the one hand is the question of jobs being taken away from locals. On the other the abuse by locals towards foreigners through low wages and other violations. Some foreigners have escaped one stick in the hand of the powerful for another. Not to mention the nastiness of xenophobia which fires the pyre of human indecency. SA must take a stand.

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Upgrade doesn’t make sense The article “Upgrade sparks concern” (People’s Post, 12 December 2013) refers. I am most unhappy about two other issues at the station. One is that the platforms need to be raised. The one on the Simon’s Town line is particularly bad and for someone, like me, with short legs you almost need a ladder to get (on) or off the train. Older people are also uncomfortable with this. The second one is the “upgrade” to the station. All good and well, but to my mind impractical. There was a perfectly good large shelter that actually provided shelter from rain and sunshine and could accommodate a fair number of people. Now we have totally inadequate shelters that, in my opinion, do not provide any shelter. As I am sure you are aware, the trains are late almost daily and one often has to spend extended periods waiting, waiting and waiting. We now have to do this with the sun blazing down on us in the morning – Cape Town line – and will most definitely be doing this with the rain pouring down on us in winter. I notice that many people now wait on the steps leading to (the) platform as there is some shade there. The toilets, which are hardly used, were moved into the good large shelter. They could have upgraded the existing ones or could have built new ones off the

platform, where the kiosks have been built. It amazes me that no one actually speaks to the users of these facilities to ask for their input or ideas. Any input anyone can shed on it would be appreciated. DENISE, Email Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott responds: Metrorail’s parent company, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), has embarked on a 20-year national modernisation programme at an estimated cost of R137bn. Some of the key projects of the modernisation programme in progress include, but are not limited to, signalling and telecommunications upgrade programme; National Station Improvement Plan (NSIP) – station modernisation and upgrade programme; Electrical and Perway programme; general overhaul of existing Metrorail trains; eventual replacement of the entire train fleet; and depot upgrade programme. The most immediate goal is to bring about visible and short-term improvements that change customers’ travel experience. Wittebome Station forms part of Prasa’s NSIP. Improvements and upgrades are prioritised based on condition assessments, patronage levels, operational requirements and allocated funding as everything cannot be funded and implemented at once. The realignment of platforms in preparation of the new trains is a separate programme to follow.

Thanks to kind stranger On Friday 31 January I went to Diep River Police Station to report an accident. Between exiting the station and entering my vehicle, my wallet fell out of my bag without me noticing. When I got home I did a couple of things; it must have been an hour later that I realised my wallet was gone. I called the police station thinking I forgot it on the counter. To my amazement the officer on duty informed me that my

wallet was picked up outside and handed to him. I did not get a name of the person that I should be thanking, but from the bottom of my heart “thank you” for your honesty. You saved me the red tape of having my cards replaced. I sincerely hope you read this and know your deed is greatly appreciated. May God bless you. ABIEDA JOSEPH, Wynberg

Your SMSes . My son lives about 200m from Wynberg Civic Centre. Two weeks ago his house was burgled for the second time, but no arrests have been made. My son and his wife are angry that people can break into their house, make a terrible mess and steal their property that they worked hard for. It really is not fair. Angry concerned parent . Just do the right thing and relocate Wynberg High School to Bonnytoon, as it will be a great boost for the pupils’ and teachers’ morale, knowing that the building is safe. . Go for it! Mr Salie is the best principal. He is a man with vision for Wynberg High School. . Mr Salie, you don’t have kids at Wynberg High. How can you move the school? Do you know how the people smuggle drugs next to Bonnytoon? Anonymous . It’s a bad idea. Bonnytoon is situated right next to (an) informal settlement where drugs and prostitution are rife. It would also take pupils off the bus route, which means further distances to walk and resulting in an endless late-coming problem. . I can’t figure out what Mr Salie is trying to prove – instead of fixing our school, he wants to move it. . I was about 19 years old when I watched the school being built. It seemed so exciting that I’d wished it had happened earlier before I matriculated. I can imagine that it could be in disrepair now, which is such a pity. That said, if the school is moved to bigger grounds I sincerely hope the grounds would be much better looked after than the current grounds, given the current is the size of a handkerchief and – more often than not – proudly boasts long weeds all around the perimeter. Some things can be made to look good and attractive, no matter how low the school fees. Pride needs to be instilled regardless of location and size. Nevertheless, I wish the school all of the best and hope they will be well relocated! . It is by time Wynberg High School is relocated, so the pupils can train to become excellent athletes. Bonnytoon has all the necessary facilities. Just move it. You go, Mr Salie. . Just do the right thing and relocate the school to Bonnytoon, as it will be a great boost for the pupils’ and teachers’ morale, knowing that the building is safe.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

SOUTHFIELD: TENANTS ARE TO ENSURE AGREEMENTS ARE IN WRITING

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he lack of interest shown by homeowners towards their tenants has the City of Cape Town throwing their hands up in despair. In most instances, foreign nationals renting from homeowners are said to not have agreements, protecting them against fires or any other natural disaster, in place. Ward 72 councillor Jan Burger says the matter does not prohibit itself to one specific area, but the problem happens across Cape Town. “When these tenants are in desperate need of help, the homeowners should be the ones trying to assist these people. Instead, they choose to stay away and make it the City’s problem,” he says. The most recent case happened in Southfield on Saturday 9 February, when a family of 11 lost their home in a fire. Believed to have been caused by an electrical fault, the fire destroyed most of the family’s belongings, leaving them squandering around for help. The victim, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says most of her private documents were destroyed in the fire. “We were left with nothing. We only had the people that were around us at the time to help, but we are still left to wonder what might happen in the future,” the concerned mother says. Although nobody was injured in the fire, the family took a major step backwards. “We must now build from scratch. The fire has happened and we cannot take that

SUPPORT: The City of Cape Town is calling on all homeowners leasing their properties to support tenants during times of distress. PHOTO: FOTO24 ARCHIVE back,” the victim says. Burger confirms the family was immediately supplied with some goods by the City’s Disaster Risk Management, a move he feels should have been the responsibility of the homeowner.

“As the tenant, you are very vulnerable because you don’t have an agreement in writing with the owners. When something like this happens, it becomes the City’s problem and the owners cannot be found,” he stresses.

“These are private matters and the City cannot continue to intervene each time.” Burger says when owners were notified of the Southfield fire, they only arrived a day later. Managing director for the Cape Centre for Children, Families and Refugees in Distress, Andre Mabula, agrees with Burger and says the problem is a nationwide issue. “Many of these foreign nationals make verbal agreements with the homeowners, but it does not help them in the end. When something like this happens, their lives end up hanging in the balance,” he says. When the organisation deals with these cases, they obtain the correct information of the incident and assist by tracking down the necessary assistance. Mabula says they are unfortunately not in the position to assist financially, but would do so if their situation was different. They also assist the victims in finding shelter or directing them to other organisations which could assist. However, he still feels strongly that home owners must take some sort of responsibility. “We find major problems when owners do not take responsibility for their properties and assist tenants. If a refugee loses everything in a fire, it is really life-changing,” he says. Burger encourages homeowners to be more considerate to their tenants. “This is a call to all homeowners, to show a bit more care towards their tenants, whether it be foreign nationals or not.” V Anybody who requires the assistance of the Cape Centre for Children, Families and Refugees in Distress, can phone Mabula on 073 776 2092.

Faulty phone lines at cop shop Have you been having trouble getting through to Diep River Police Station via telephone? Due to a Telkom problem, the Diep River Police Station is unable to receive incoming calls. They advise residents to phone 10111 or the neighbourhood watch

control room on 086 000 2669. Spokesperson Warrant Officer Keith Chandler say the faulty lines have been reported and they are waiting for a response from Telkom. If there is an urgent problem, phone Wynberg Police Station on (021) 799 1492.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

FIREFLY: A PERSONAL REFLECTION

Actors riding ‘The Perfect Wave’

PJ Powers back from darkness

Surfing movie The Perfect Wave, which opens in cinema’s countrywide on Friday 28 February, tells the story of a rebellious young man’s journey as he searches for the meaning of life. At the heart of the film is Ian McCormack’s near-death experience, which changes his life forever. The film tells the story of 24-year-old New Zealander McCormack (Scott Eastwood) and his cousin Greg (Jack Halloran) who, having dreamt of finding the perfect wave, make a spur of the moment decision and embark on a quest that takes them to the best surf spots in the world – from Australia to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Mauritius. It also takes McCormack, a Christian evangelist and former atheist, to the very brink of death. McCormack is in South Africa for three weeks leading up to the release in cine-

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Bar. “In order to see your firefly, there has to be darkness,” PJ says. “I’m a recovering alcoholic, and it was in that blackness that I saw my firefly.” Her addiction is one of the very personal parts of her journey that PJ explores in her intimate new show. “Cape Town is an area that I haven’t exposed myself to for a couple of years and the Roxy is a fabulous theatre,” PJ says of her decision to stage the show in the Mother City. “Also, I am very nervous of smaller audiences. A sea of 10 000 people is much more comfortable for me. “

Exposed “I just decided if I was going to expose myself in the way that I am, I wanted to do it in a more comfortable environment than Johannesburg,” PJ says. While busy with the production, she is also in the process of writing a book with Marianne Tham as a ghost-writer, which is another reason for her Cape Town visit. She had been flying to and fro between Johannesburg and Cape Town so far, but PJ says: “The truth is, the writing has to be done by the end of March.” Comedian On her days off, PJ is spending time with Tham working on the book, which is the story of her life. “But it’s not just the story of my life,” PJ says. “It’s a story about South Africa. It’s about this young, white, apolitical, middleclass human being who suddenly was embraced by the whole of Africa.” PJ also discovered her inner comedian along the way. In her fifth year of sobriety, PJ says she has watched how the “disease of addiction has pulled many families apart and is busy pulling our country to pieces”. This is what made her want to tell her story. Her relationship with the late Nelson Mandela, which she has never spoken about before, is one of the highs that PJ looks at in Firely. “I was very lucky to have a close relationship with him and he was a constant guide,”

mas. Alongside Halloran, Bruce Macdonald and Matt Bromley, who is one of the Billabong International Surfing Team and plays a role in the movie, they have been travelling up the East Coast, through Pretoria and Johannesburg and Cape Town, speaking at churches, doing radio interviews and even appeared on a live broadcast on TBN. In partnership with Connections Church and Pastor Hamilton Stephenson they plan to take a group of previously disadvantaged teenagers to a cinema for the first time. They have raised the money to take 400 teenagers from Ocean View and Masiphumelele to watch The Perfect Wave. Their aim is to take 1000 children. V For more information visit www.theperfectwave.co.za.

BACK WITH A BANG: PJ Powers on stage in her new show, Firefly. PHOTO: STEVEN BOOTH she says. He even wrote to her from prison. The lows she talks about is where her career “hit the skids”. “I lost my house, lost my car, lost every material possession I had and had to start again,” she says. “Most of my show is done with quite selfdeprecating humour. I don’t mind laughing at myself.” Last year, PJ released a new album called Destiny. “I do believe that we create our own destinies. I think that our thoughts become our destinies. Those songs came from pain and hurt and happiness,” she says. From a lyrical point of view, each song is “like a little book”. “Lyrics are very important to me,” PJ explains. “Each song has a whole story.” Firefly includes PJ’s well-loved hits along with some of the songs off her new album. The show runs at GrandWest’s Roxy Review Bar from Wednesdays to Sundays until 29 March. V Tickets for the show cost R90 and are available at Computicket. V PJ’s new book will be published by Penguin and is set to be released in August. V For more information about PJ Powers, visit her website at www.pjpowers.co.za. V Five readers can each win double tickets to watch PJ Powers’ show, Firefly, on 20 March. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter this competition.

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Top pianists head to Cape Town World acclaimed piano duo Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov are set to dazzle local audiences. In a much anticipated return to Cape Town, the pair will perform their virtuoso four hands/one piano playing on Sunday 2 March. The performance marks the first concert presented by the Hugo Concert Series this year. Described as “the piano duo of the younger generation”, Genova and Dimitrov have established a stellar reputation as two of the world’s most highly regarded musicians. The concert takes place at the Hugo Lam-

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 27 February 2014

Liberty on stage

COMEDY: CHILDHOOD FROM A CHILD’S PERSPECTIVE

Twenty years of democracy is being celebrated on stage. Artscape has an exciting line up of youth programmes planned for between 23 and 27 April to celebrate the country’s two decades of freedom. One of the highlights is a special performance of Credo on 27 April. It is a groundbreaking multi-media oratorio in honour of Nelson Mandela, to thank him for his gift of freedom and unity to South Africa. Presented in association with production company Pina Ya Thari, Credo is a bold testament to the Freedom Charter. The creators of this spectacular work are Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Brent Meersman and Andrew Peter Black. Africa Day will also form an important part of the celebrations at Artscape from 21 to 24 May. This year’s celebration will include performances by Melanie Scholtz, James Matthews and Dizu Plaatjies in the Artscape Arena on 23 and 24 May. Poseletso Sejosingoe, Adamo da Silva and Hassan Adas as well as the Libertas Choir and Indigenous Orchestra Ensemble will perform with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Brandon Phillips on 24 May in the Artscape Theatre. Grade 12 pupils and their teachers can look forward to stage productions of setworks including Amaza, which will be staged from 5 to 14 May. The Afrikaans setwork piece, Verskabaret, will be staged from 8 to 17 May and the English piece Four Seasons, a dance setwork, will be on stage on 15 and 16 August. From 11 to 28 August, the popular Artscape Schools’ Arts Festival will be staged in the Artscape Theatre. Choirs, dancers, musicians and budding artists are eligible to enter. Visual displays

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LOCAL TALENT Melanie Scholtz will be perfor­ ming at the Artscape Arena on 23 and 24 May. are also welcome and will be exhibited in the foyers during the festival. The gala event on 29 August will showcase the work of selected productions. Another highlight for pupils is the Artscape High School Drama Festival which will be staged in the Artscape Arena from 11 to 14 August. This year’s theme is Democracy, Demokrasie, Demokrasi. Approximately 15 entries will be selected to participate in the festival in September and the award ceremony on 16 August will showcase the best productions. V For entry forms or more information about the Schools’ Arts Festival, the High School Drama Festival and the setwork performances, call the Artscape school liaison department on 021 410 9927 or email slu@artscape.co.za. V For more information about Artscape’s programmes, visit their website at www.artscape.co.za.

SING YOUR HEART OUT: The Cape Town Gospel Choir, a versatile choir singing an inter­ national blend of American Gospel, Europe­ an Contempo­ rary Christian Music, African and more, is looking for new members. The choir regularly performs with a live band, brass and strings throughout Cape Town. Open auditions will be held at the Pine­ lands Presbyterian Church in Central Square, Pinelands this month. To book an audition, email choir@ctgc.org.za, include your name and cell number, or SMS your name to 079 383 8898. For more information visit www.facebook.com/ctgospelchoir or www.ct­ gc.org.za or phone (021) 975 1329.

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TAKE A BOW: SACS beat Bishops 6­4 in the final of the Maitland Night Series Water Polo Tournament at the Newlands Swimming Pool on Tuesday. SACS remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, beating Paul Roos Gymnasium, Wynberg Boys’ High, Ronde­ bosch Boys’ High and Reddam House during the league phase. Here the victors face their school mates and supporters. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Karateka to live their dreams LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT Stern instructions, shouted responses and the sound of fists and feet slamming into leather pads echo across the Crystal High School hall. The noise from the building can be heard metres away and its jarring once inside. The Hanover Park school may be more well-known as a target for theft and vandalism, but every evening it morphs into one of Cape Town’s toughest martial arts schools: the Shinkyokushinkai Dojo. Lead by sensei Deen Daniels, the dojo has grown into one of the peninsula’s top schools in the Kyokushin style of karate. In 2012, four of Daniels’ students participated in an international tournament on Reunion Island, bringing home two gold medals, one silver and a fourth place ahead of fighters from five other countries. Now nine of the dojo’s best could be travelling to Japan to trade blows with the best young full-contact fighters in the world, at the Karate Dream Cup in Tokyo. “The Dream Cup is an international tournament held every second year; what makes it special is that almost every other nation affiliated to the World Karate Federation will participate,” Daniels says. “I selected only kids who performed well at the Shinkyokushinkai National Championships in Rustenburg last August; they placed first or second.” An intense desire to succeed seems to permeate from the entire club, so it’s no surprise the dojo is packed with national and provincial champions. The secret behind the success is hard work and dedication. The students train four to five times a week, for between 90 minutes and two hours at a punishing intensity. Surrey Estate’s Mikhail Hicks joined the club just last year after taking a four year break from karate. He went on to win the under-55kg category in under-17 age group at the national championships, was selected

for the Dream Cup team and received his black belt just two weeks ago. “It was tough at first, because your body has to go through all the different changes again,” the 17-year-old says. “You have to do physical training and become conditioned. It was hard, but as you progress you see that you can withstand it and handle more. All my life I have been working to reach my black belt and to represent my country at a world tournament in Japan. I am proud that I have been selected to go.” The dojo’s achievements fly in the face of the adversity the students face in Hanover Park every day. Daniels and his students were recently trapped inside the hall for almost an hour, as they waited for gang shootings to abate. He has since been forced to end classes 30 minutes earlier, in hopes of ensuring his student’s safety. Daniels believes karate is an oasis for his students, away from the troubles in the area. The fighters are looking for donations towards the R20 000 it will cost each student to participate in the tournament. “This is an opportunity for a child that lives in a gang-infested community to represent their country in sport they chose to do,” he says. “They could choose to do drugs or run around with guns, but they choose this; why not give them the opportunity? They may just impress and do very well, but it’s more about giving someone from a community as volatile as Hanover Park the opportunity to live their dream, even if it’s only once. We get very few of these chances.” The students who have been selected for the Dream Cup are Mikhail Hicks, Lee Hicks, Myles Williams, Sergio Swarts, Kenrick Finch, Natheer Kamish, Naasik Kamish, Saa’iba Daniels and Iman Nacerodien. The dojo will host several fundraisers over the coming weeks. V For more information or to assist visit www.shinkyokushinkai.co.za or call Daniels on 082 978 2508.

he Ikey Tigers’ chances of securing a Varsity Cup home semi-final were slashed after a loss to log leaders Tuks on Monday. UCT were defeated 26-16 at home, slipping out of the top four and possibly out of contention for the knockout rounds. Ikeys went into the crunch encounter high on confidence after two morale boosting wins against arch rivals Maties and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University over the last two weeks. THROUGH THE GAP: Ikey Tigers scrumhalf Liam Slatem races towards After five minutes of the try­line in Monday’s Varsity Cup match against Tuks at the Green play, it looked as if the Mile. The visitors were 26­16 victors. PHOTO: GAVIN WITHERS/ACTION PIX home side were set to UCT pack could retreat. Tian Schoeman make it three out of three. Once a short, initial period of Tuks domi- pulled Tuks level with the conversion. With no wind to help stem the Tuks attack nance ended, the strong wind at UCT’s backs in the second half, UCT were up against it. started to influence the game. Though the Tigers attacked the gain line Flyhalf Dean Grant sought the touchline from a penalty and his kick carried deep into with gusto and defended bravely, they failed to alter the score board and could not keep the defending champion’s half. UCT chose not to drive from the resulting Tuks out. The visitors scored their second try in the line-out, electing to move the ball away from the powerful Tuks forward pack and on to 55th minute when fullback Warrick Gelant muscular flank Vince Jobo lurking in mid- finished in the right corner after aggressive carries sucked in the UCT defence. field. Schoeman missed the subsequent converThough UCT scored from the move, many sion, but Tuks scored again just 10 minutes would argue they were fortunate. Jobo got the go-forward as planned, but later. Prop Neethling Fouche intercepted a waythe ball was ripped loose and scrumhalf Liam Slatem was on-hand to pick up and race ward pass on the right and the ball was clear. Grant goaled the conversion to hand spread left for Duncan Matthews to take advantage of the overlap and score. UCT 8-0 lead. Schoeman was struggling in the wind and Grant’s booming boot, the Ikey’s solid line-out and an effective maul looked set to again failed his conversion attempt, but the be a regular route to the try-line while the miss had little effect on the result. Tuks sealed a bonus point in the 78th wind was at their backs. But poor decision-making meant the home minute when, after several phases on attack, team failed to make use of the advantage. replacement hooker Arno van Wyk took a The Tigers were guilty of tapping and run- short pass at a ruck and surged through a ning from penalties in their own half, when defeated UCT defence to score. This time Schoeman goaled the converbooting Tuks back into the 22 and building from the set-piece would have served better. sion and took the score to 26-8. However, the scoring was not done. UCT Effective kicking from open play could also have allowed the Ikeys to play in Tuks’ replacement centre Huw Jones picked up a half and feed off the errors which were loose ball and sped away from the Tuks defence to score under the posts in the final bound to follow. UCT failed to score any further points in minute. Grant added a touch of respectability to the first-half and were eventually made to pay for their poor choices in the 42nd the scoreline, converting the try before the final whistle sounded. minute. UCT will hope to restore their title charge After winning a scrum penalty in the opposition 22, Tuks loosehead prop Juan Sch- when they face the University of Johannesoeman tapped and barged over before the burg (away) on Monday.

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ynberg Boys’ High School’s under-19A team produced a brilliant all-round performance to beat arch rivals Rondebosch Boys’ High in the WP Coca-Cola T20 Challenge final on Tuesday. The rivals met at the Vineyard Oval in Newlands in a repeat of last year’s final – one of the matches ’Bosch won on the road to claiming the national title. The defending champions won the toss and selected to bat, but were bowled out for just 81 with four balls remaining. Wynberg chased down the target in just 16.1 overs, posting 82/3. ’Bosch went into the match without the services of strike bowlers Dayyaan Galiem and Jay Stevens, meaning they needed a healthy total to defend. However, they had nothing to match the Wynberg bowling attack and went on to collapse in their innings. Openers Matthew Christensen and Murray Commins were removed for 4 from 14 balls and 15 off 18 respectively. Dayyaan Galiem, playing with the injury which prevented him from bowling and forced him to withdraw from the SA under-19 World Cup squad, topscored with 20 off 32. ’Bosch managed just three boundaries in the innings, with Galliem scoring a four and a six and Commins hitting one four. Wynberg’s top order did not suffer the same fate. Opener Kyle Verreyne hit an impressive 32 off 34 balls, building the platform for his side’s victory. Though Raythaan Addinall (7) and Tyla Sylvester (1) were removed cheaply, the fourth wicket pairing of Mitch Lotz and Matthew Goles saw Wynberg home. Lotz scored 29 from 39 balls, while Goles hit a useful 11 off 13. Wynberg will now face Boland champions Paul Roos Gymnasium at Stellenbosch University or Boland Park next week to decide which team will represent the Cape Cobras at the national finals. The national finals will take place at the University of Pretoria’s LC de Villiers Complex from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March. The current instalment of the T20 Challenge tournament started in October, with nearly 12 000 players from 650 schools participating.

CLEAN BOWLED: Rondebosch Boys’ High School batsman Ryan Klein is bowled by Wynberg Boys’ High School player Nicholas Scott in the Coca­Cola T20 Championship final at the Vineyard Oval in Newlands on Tuesday. Wynberg won by seven wickets.

Cape sides square up in derby LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT Milano United will face a season defining moment in the Cape derby against Santos on Saturday. United currently trail log leaders Chippa United by just three points and, with just 10 games left in the season, anything besides a win could mean the end of their title challenge. Milano coach Theo Hempe is aware a loss or draw could ease Chippa’s road to claiming the title and hand them automatic promotion to the Absa Premiership. “(This match) is definitely important, because we want to close the gap on Chippa,” he says. “We have to keep pace; any slip ups will give the upper hand to Chippa. We are not worried about they do in their games – for us it’s just about keeping the winning momentum.” Milano go into the game on the back of a narrow win against Safa Second Division side Bloemfontein Young Tigers in the Nedbank Cup. The Grassy Park side went into the match with nine changes to starting line-up, with this weekend’s action in mind, and the second stringers did just enough to make the last 16 of the tourney. Milano scored first through Broderick Burds, but Tigers equalised late in the

game when Seiso Dlamini converted a penalty. Neither side found the back of the net in the few minutes which remained, but the Black and Yellow held their nerve to win the resulting penalty shoot-out 5-4. Despite the win, Hempe is disappointed in his troops’ finishing. “Considering we made a lot of changes, I was happy with the result but not the performance,” he says. “We should have won comfortably; we could have finished the game in the firsthalf.” Despite the poor performance and the fact that form seldom has any effect on local derbies, Milano will still be firm favourites for the clash with Santos. The People’s Team currently languish in eighth place on the table, 10 points behind Chippa despite having played a extra game. Santos were thrashed 4-1 by the Chilli Boys in their last NFD match, but Hempe says there are no clear favourites for the clash. “There is never a definite favourite in the derby. It’s about who wants it more,” he says. “We know each other very well and the players will be very passionate. We will be focused and prepared, and give it everything to make sure the three points are ours on the day.” The game is scheduled to take place at Wynberg Military Base at 15:30 on Saturday.

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