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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 2 July 2013

MISSING CHILDREN: FAMILIES WAIT FOR LOVED ONES’ RETURN

A heartbreak that lingers

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e was supposed to be out for less than a minute. But 16 years later, his parents are still waiting for Matthew Ohlson to walk through the front door. If he should, it will be as a 25-year-old man. His parents haven’t seen him since he disappeared on 24 March 1997. The then nine-year-old boy had gone into the street outside his home to collect the dirtbin and never came back. Statistics reveal that a child goes missing every six hours in South Africa, according to the Bureau of Missing Children. In the Western Cape, most missing children cases are reported in Mitchell’s Plain, Nyanga and Delft, police officials confirm. While the number of children reported missing has decreased over the years, incidents of little ones who have still not been found in the province have increased. Last year, 164 children were reported missing in the Western Cape. Of these, 147 were found, while 16 families are yet to gain closure as the whereabouts of their children remain unknown. This year alone, 58 children have already been reported missing in the province and only 42 of them have been reunited with their families. Matthew’s mother Michelle Ohlson describes her ordeal as a long journey with few answers. “It never gets easier; you just learn how to better deal with the situation,” she says. Michelle remembers her second eldest son as being extremely inquisitive and always trying to help fix appliances. The Ohlsons have since moved from their Westridge home in a bid to make a fresh start for the sake of their three other children. “But I don’t know how to put this behind

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me. I will never stop having faith that he is still out there. While other people will stop looking for your child, as a parent you never give up.” The experience has urged her to reach out to others in the same situation. The Ohlsons started Concerned Parents of Missing Children, an organisation which helps families come to terms with the disappearance of a loved one. The group also assists in tracing the person’s whereabouts. “I do it because easing the pain of other mothers comforts me,” she explains. New cases arrive on the desks of children’s organisations daily. As the school holidays see children running around unattended in search of excitement and adventure, parents are urged to keep constant tabs on the whereabouts of their offspring. The most important point to remember is to report your child missing as soon as possible. There are no waiting periods, Pink Ladies director Dessie Rechner stresses. “Immediately report a missing person to the police and contact Pink Ladies who will assist the police in finding the missing person,” she urges. To prevent them from disappearing in the first place, Pink Ladies spokesperson Louise Botha encourages guardians to know their children’s comings and goings at all times. “Parents should know their children’s friends and really involve themselves in their child’s life.” There are no easy answers on dealing with the trauma of a child who has been abducted, says Trauma Centre director Valdi van Reenen-Le Roux. Reaching closure is a personal process

WATCHFUL EYE: Parents are urged to know their children’s whereabouts at all times, espe­ cially during the holidays. PHOTO: PEOPLE’S POST which may never become a reality, she explains. “At best, parents can be supported by focusing on practising positive, appropriate coping mechanisms. It is important to seek the assistance of a psychologist for support in coming to terms with a missing child.” Gnawing uncertainty further retards healing. “They may continue hoping the child will return and will be hesitant to make life changes that would make it difficult for the child to find them. Given the complexity of the situation, it is crucial to use the services of a psychologist,” she says. “It is important that every immediate family member feels comfortable with the way in which closure is intended to occur. It will

mean discussions and open communication are needed.” Parent neglect, while the primary cause of children going missing, is not the only cause, says Child Welfare’s Niresh Ramklass. “Children sometimes run away. This is something that can be addressed if a parent is truly listening. It is important that parents communicate effectively and make them feel safe and loved in their homes,” he says.

New website makes for exciting reading Online users will from this week enjoy a new-look People’s Post. The new website went live yesterday afternoon. This format makes it easier to navigate the website and gives People’s Post readers the latest news and content at first glance. The changes also allow for more space for articles on the home page. This space will include the latest content uploaded by users such as blogs, content from schools and groups, and articles written by citizen journalists. The PDF version of our newspaper has

also been moved and will now be visible on all the pages along with the new citizen journalist tab. The citizen journalist tab allows users who are logged in to upload their own articles and photos, add events and report crime incidents in their areas. Registering and logging in is now also easier than before with the “Log in via Facebook” option being the preferred method. Online users who do not have a Facebook account can still opt to register the normal way by filling out a form and wait-

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Champ chefs Buitenverwachting Restaurant, in Klein Constantia Road, can add yet another feather in its cap. There restaurant scooped a top award from a travel website. It received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is only given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on the travel website, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. The business must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months, additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. “Buitenverwachting Restaurant is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Edgar Osojnik, Chef Patron at Buitenverwachting Restaurant.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 2 July 2013

WYNBERG: MUGGERS USING TASERS

Attacks shock local to action TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

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on’t get caught off guard. Jimmy Young, chairperson of the Wynberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) is appealing to residents to be aware of their surroundings and strangers following recent muggings involving tasers. “I have received a few complaints from residents being mugged and shocked with a taser,” says Young. He identifies Wittebome train station and York Road as common areas for incidents to occur. “People need to make sure they are walking in well lit areas and are not in isolated spots.” “Women especially need to make sure that they do not walk in isolated areas, when walking to or from the station, at night or in the morning,” warns Young. Captain Andre Venter, spokesperson for Wynberg police, says this kind of modus operandi has been used in the passed and is nothing new. “Muggings are an ongoing problem, not only at Wittebome train station but all

alone the railway line.” “Residents need to ensure that they are aware of their surroundings at all times and should not walk with cellphones or electronics in their hands. That could attract attention,” stresses Venter. William Solomons, a Wynberg resident, has been a victim of a taser mugging and explains he was walking home from Wynberg train station when he was stopped by two men. “Two men who looked as if they could be in their late 20s stopped me and asked if I could give them directions for a road they were looking for,” says Solomons. He says the duo apologised for disturbing him and asked whether he lived nearby and if he was on his way home. “They seemed friendly and I didn’t think it was strange for them to ask,” he adds. Solomans says one of the men took out a taser and shocked him on his right arm. When his bag containing a laptop, cellphone and some cash fell the other grabbed the bag and ran away. “Every happened so quickly and unexpectedly,” he adds.

Cops’ blitz on illegal minibuses TASMIN CUPIDO A joint operation, aimed at putting the brakes on the illegal minibus taxi operations in the Kirstenhof police precinct, has led to the issuing of fines totalling R12 500. The operation, held in conjunction with the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police and Traffic Services, as well as the provincial traffic department, was held across the precinct on Friday. Kirstenhof police spokesperson, Constable Sandy Wilson, says one minibus taxi was also impounded on the day. “A total of 30 fines were issued. The fines, including the impounding of the illegal taxi, amounted to R13 500,” she says. “While we are happy with the successes of the operation, the illegal operations of minibus taxis in the precinct remains a concern.” The operation saw several stop-andsearch check points set up in the area. Wilson says only two minibus taxi associations are permitted to operate on the route. “Only the Retreat Taxi Association (RTA) and the Steenberg Taxi Association (STA) have permits to transport on the route,” Wilson explains. “But drivers from the Vrygrond Taxi Association (VTA) are also operating on the route, illegally. We have also noted that drivers from the legal associations have started to deviate from their mapped routes.” RTA operates from either sides of the Retreat Transport Interchange, while STA operates from Steenberg train station. The main route within the Kirstenhof police precinct is to and from Blue Route Mall – the business hub of the area. The other busy route is the route to Westlake and Steenberg Estate. Wilson says the VTA wants routes to be formed from Vrygrond to these major hubs. The three associations could not be

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WALK THIS WAY: A pilot project consisting of two reserved carriag­ es with adequate security on Metrorail’s Southern Line will be tested from Monday 15 July.PHOTO: PHOTO24

TRAINS: TRAINS: PROJECT PROJECT TO TO ROUTE ROUTE SAFETY SAFETY IN IN RIGHT RIGHT DIRECTION DIRECTION

Metrorail to pilot ‘safe carriages’ TERESA FISCHER

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plan to have children-only carriages on Metrorail’s Southern Line has been amended to not be restricted to only pu-

pils. The pilot project came after a determined trio of mothers rallied Metrorail to make trains safer for children. It resulted in an agreement that will reportedly ensure children are allocated two reserved carriages with security. But the move is being questioned by a rail action group which points out that the chosen line is not a crime hotspot in comparison to other train routes. The pilot project will be tested from Monday 15 July. Mara Fleischer, Larraine Munro and Wendy Edwards decided too many school children had been mugged on trains. Following a third meeting with Metrorail representatives, Fleischer says: “They will go ahead with two safety carriages, but these will not be reserved for [only] pupils.” Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz confirms representatives of Metrorail Protection Services, Customer Operations and the Railway Police met with the group of parents to establish how existing rail security resources could be optimised to safeguard pupils using off-peak trains. He says about 60 pupils regularly use three specific trains between 14:00 and 16:00 in the week to commute between Rondebosch and Fish Hoek. Swartz says an arrangement where pupils will congregate in two adjoining carriages in the centre of these three specific trains will be tested from mid-July. He adds “security resources ordinarily deployed on these trains will keep an eye on them”. Although the carriages – one Metro and one MetroPlus – will be informally designated to pupils, these may be used by any farepaying commuter. He adds the Railway Police and Metrorail Protection staff deployed at stations between Observatory and Fish Hoek would also be alerted to these trains and would monitor them as they draw into stations en route. But prominent railway safety campaigner Leslie van Minnen expresses doubts about the legality and implementation of the proposal. Van Minnen founded the Rail Commuters Action Group in 2001 after his son Juan (20) was stabbed to death in an attack on a train

that June. He says: “This would be an admission that Metrorail can only protect one or two coaches on a train.” Van Minnen says although he commends the women for their initiative, he is unsure how the practicalities would work. Furthermore, he says, it has potential legal implications. “It is a lovely gesture, but who will be allowed in the safety carriages? And what happens when hundreds of people are trying to get on the same carriage? It is not a logical solution.” He says while this may generate “wonderful publicity” for Metrorail, he questions why the pilot is only being rolled out in the more affluent suburbs. “Whether you are from Constantia or Kapteinsklip,” the Constitutional Court has ordered Metrorail to provide for the safety of commuters, Van Minnen says. The Southern Line from Fish Hoek to Cape Town is not a “hot zone” for incidents, compared to the Central and Northern Lines, he explains. If someone were to be injured in a carriage other than the safety carriage and could prove they were unable to access this carriage, Van Minnen says a “smart lawyer could milk it in court”. He adds he does not wish to be negative, but claims over the years he has experienced “lies, deceit and false promises” from Metrorail. Van Minnen says statistics issued by the Rail Safety Regulator record over 5000 incidents annually. Incidents include mugging, deaths or derailment. Swartz says reporting each and every incident contributes to a bigger picture which enables police and Metrorail to respond appropriately. “All reported incidents are taken into account when deploying resources.” Meanwhile, the mothers are trying to determine how many parents would be interested in participating to make this a longterm reality, which will “optimistically be extended to all commuters and railway lines”. Fleischer, a mother to two teenagers, adds: “Metrorail has been so supportive and amazing. They are very enthusiastic to promote this and make it happen.” V Let them know if you use or would use Metrorail regularly, what school your child attends and the time and direction of travel (afternoons only at this point). Send an email, with “Metrorail safety coach” in the subject line, to marafleischer@hotmail.com.


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Living in unbearable pain TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

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pain. Jamie Ashton(20) was born with a crippling disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). This rare genetic skin disease is characterised by skin so fragile that the slightest friction can cause severe blistering – inside and outside the body. “My parents told me I was born with a blister on my finger because of sucking my thumb in the womb,” says Ashton. One out of every 50 000 children are born with EB. It is a genetic condition and is not contagious, but there is no cure. The only treatment is daily wound care, bandaging and pain management. “I was born with EB, as was my younger sister, and since it is a genetic disorder I will be living with it for the rest of my life, but to me it is normal because it’s the only life I know.” “I remember being in Grade 1 and having my own First Aid Kit in my bag. If any blister needed to be treated I would just sit down, get my kit out and off I’d go again,” she says. A beaming Ashton radiates confidence despite her obvious blisters and says she has always been grateful to have the mildest form of EB. There are three main types of EB namely Simplex, Junctional and Dystrophic. “I am lucky enough to have EB Simplex, the easiest form of this disease to live with. The other types are more severe and often fatal.” “Some children born with the more severe types of EB die at birth because all their skin comes off during birth,” says Ashton.

She is currently in her second year at the University of Cape Town studying Linguistics and says she has managed to live a full life despite having the condition. “Doctors told my parents I would never be able to do activities like dance despite that I have not only finished school but excelled at subjects like dance.” “Some days were good and other days were not so good but I got through it without having to use my skin as an excuse to not do something,” says Ashton. She says it is an achievement to be in university and a satisfying feeling. “A lot of people living with EB are not expected to live past the age of 18 and I have. Exams wasn’t always easy because the stress causes me to blister more and I had to write exams with blisters on my finger tips because of the friction with the pen,” she adds. Ashton says others are not so lucky and have lost their lives. There are people living with more severe forms of this disease and it is more for their sake than her own, that she would like to educate people about the disease – so that more funds can be raised to continue research in hope of finding a cure. “I have been able to deal with the challenges because I have educated myself on how to manage it. It is small things that make a big difference and at the same time often make me (regret) having EB.” “Like if it is a nice summers day I will never be able to join my friends on a hike because I know I will blister and probably won’t be able to walk for two or three days. Another small thing I remember is not being able to wear a bikini top because I know my whole neck will blister,” she adds. Ashton says she is reaching out to help spread awareness of this debilitating disease.

FIGHTING SPIRIT: Jamie Ashton faces life with confidence despite the daily challenges of living with Epidermolysis Bullosa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED “There are many patients and families like mine affected by EB their daily struggles, strength and courage, demonstrates the human spirit of endurance.” “I haven’t met anyone else in Cape Town

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to stifle the future potential of their children and instead promote efforts that support equality for children, for families, for all,” she says. The campaign was recently in Cape Town, where the first meeting of the MenCare Global Fatherhood campaign took place. One father making the most of his time with his two sons is Adam Bailey, who also learnt more about becoming a better father through MenCare. He lost his wife in a car accident, but says he was left with two precious little gifts. Only aged two and seven at the time, he struggled to adapt to life as a single parent, but slowly started receiving support from his family, friends and the community. “Both my boys were still young at the time of my wife’s death and I had to deal with that as well as looking after them. It was hard and there were times when I felt like giving up,” he says. For three years, both his boys had to live at their grandparents’ home, as Bailey reached breaking point. “Emotionally, I was in tatters and I missed my wife terribly. I did everything I could, but I knew that due to me hurting, I would never be able to really take care of them,” Bailey says. Thanks to MenCare, he slowly started patching things up with the boys and today is closer to them than any other time in their lives. V To download tools, publications and learn more about the campaign, visit www.men-care.org.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Cops unite to help stay warm TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

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fficers at Kirstenhof Police Station have taken up the mantle of being winter warriors. They are encouraging residents to get knitting to help keep a needy child warm. In an attempt to put a smile on the face of a destitute child, residents are being encouraged to knit scarves and blankets that will be donated to children in Phumlani Village, Grassy Park. As champion of the Women’s Network – Wynberg Cluster – and Station Commander of Kirstenhof Police Station, Lieutenant June Cilliers is pleading with residents to help the destitute this winter – beating the big freeze will be a team effort. “Every year we have a winter warmth initiative where we invite residents and officers to knit items which we can donate to underprivileged communities.” she says “I even bought an instructional DVD so that those at the station who didn’t know how to knit could learn,” Cilliers adds. She encourages people to bring the knitted items to the Kirstenhof Police Station before Saturday 31 August. In addition to the knitting initiative the station along with the Kirstenhof Community Policing Forum (CPF) and a local food store have partnered to host a holiday club for the children of Westlake. “This forms part of our winter warmth initiative. As the schools close for the winter holiday, many children from the community are left without the meal they receive at school.” “It is also important to create an environment where the children can be safe and off the streets during the holiday,” says Cilliers. It is for this reason the Kirstenhof police, CPF and volunteers have put together an ed-

HAPPY FACES, HAPPY HEARTS: Children from Westlake with staff of Kirstenhof Police Station and Community Policing Forum members enjoying a warm cup of soup. PHOTO: TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN ucational and entertaining holiday programme for the children. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, balloons festoon the fenced walk of the Westlake Worship Church and there’s always the aroma of soup simmering away. And the pleasing sound of happy children playing cat and mouse echoes about. “I am a working father and having my children be occupied by the

holiday club is a relief,” says Westlake resident Nolan Jantjies. He says when he gets home in the evening before he can even enter his front door he is bombarded with stories of the day’s events. “My children are so excited to tell me what they did, that they sometimes ask me to come with,” laughs Jantjies. Another resident, who did not want to be

mentioned, says there isn’t always food at home and knowing his children will have food for two days is comforting. “At least until the school starts I can know for two days my children will have a decent meal, “ he says. The holiday club will take place every Wednesday and Thursday between 10:00 and 14:00 for the duration of the holiday.


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EDITORIAL COMMENT

A dirty game

Politics. It is a dirty business. It may take a while for the air to clear of the pong as protestors stoop to new levels to get their point across to politicians. The frustration of some communities has reached a new low as protestors yesterday again vented their outrage. They blocked a part of the N2 in Khayelitsha with burning tyres and toilet pots filled with faeces. The remains of this early-morning action – from the R300 to Mew Way – was reportedly cleared away. But the whiff of dissent serves as a reminder of similar actions last month. Protests about sanitation elsewhere in the Mother City also resulted in road closures when residents dumped human waste on the N2 and at the Cape Town International Airport. Earlier in June, protestors flung human excreta at a bus in which Western Cape premier Helen Zille and an entourage travelled. In an ironic twist the premier was on her way to a green economy event. The mob reportedly had to be “dispersed” with tear gas. And a DA youth leader Luzuko Mngqibisa (23) has reportedly gone into hiding after his dwelling was torched early Saturday morning. He was inside the shack at the time. A portable flush toilet and a note was left in front of his home. The note reportedly contained threats to his personal safety and called him a “dog of Helen Zille”. These actions, unfortunately, show that ours is a nation still fiercely divided by the mores of “divide and conquer”. Out of the smelliest compost comes the most beautiful blooms. One can only hope the same can eventually be said of true democracy in South Africa. It is, after all, what our anti-apartheid heroes fought and died for. May their sacrifices not be muddied at the footstool of mob mentality that serves to please a select few.

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Mandela’s health: show respect It is shameful that while Planning Minister Trevor Manuel assures international investors their investment into South Africa is not jeopardised in the light of former president Nelson Mandela’s ailing health, President Jacob Zuma’s response to the media was grossly insensitive, quipping to journalists that he was not a medical doctor to give an authentic diagnosis regarding Madiba’s critical condition. Manuel shows a deep-rooted sense of maturity in his quest to reassure investors that there is no need for trepidation in a post-Mandela South Africa. Juxtaposed to Manuel’s aspirations, Zuma joked and smiled from ear to ear

at the press conference on an occasion which required absolute reverence and maturity. Public perception is that Zuma uses every conceivable opportunity as a publicity stunt to garner votes in anticipation of the 2014 elections. This seemingly display of lack of empathy dismayed fellow politicians, and may backfire on Zuma. The South African public remains sombre with Mandela’s deteriorating health. Hence we should display utmost compassion and respect for the iconic Nelson Mandela whom we collectively hold in our prayers. Mark Kleinschmidt, Email

Help at hand for destitute Tauriq Hassen wrote about the problems of two young men – Ashley van Bloom and Selwin Adams – sleeping under a bridge in the rain and wind (“Winter worries for destitute drifters”, People’s Post, 18 June). I am part of Loaves and Fishes street ministry at 1 Lower Roch Street in Observatory and we have beds available. We are not just a shelter and Ashley and Selwin must want to change and get a job. We help people off

drugs and alcohol and share the good news of Jesus for a new life. The main problem we face is the fact that many of those on the street don’t want to change for many reasons. The contact numbers are (021) 448 5900 or (021) 447 7714. We see people leaving us with a place to stay and work and a new life. Peter Anderson, Claremont

Back in time with the Bokke An historical walk booklet is in production and it will feature, among 44 other historical attractions, Fish Hoek’s first 10 Springboks. As there is no consolidated record of who they are, the public is invited to submit names via awhaleofaheritager-

oute@gmail.com so a list can be drafted, verified and included in the booklet due to be published late this month. Phone 079 391 2105. Alan Lindner, A Whale of a Heritage Route

Gifts bring joy to our children We at Ebenheazer Faith Mission want to thank Heather’s Educare for the donation of books, toys and other goodies. It brings joy to the hearts and faces of our

children. Thank you, Heather, for bringing joy to our kids. Pastor Sybil America, Seawinds

Your SMSes . “City can’t hold everyone’s hand” by Brian Hoare, hits the nail on the head – specifically the first column. Floods of people from other provinces pouring in and demanding services from this province is completely unsustainable. . I’m a smoker and I’m excited about all these new rules. It’s a shame to see pupils in uniforms walking in the streets smoking and adults sending kids to buy smokes – so not on. . Jesus Christ is still the way today and people must not be afraid to say it. Christians, please make His name known in this world. There are so many who are sick of sin in this world. . Gavin Thomson’s cartoons are brilliant! Watch out Zapiro! Moxie . When are South Africans going to stand up against high fuel prices? . Does anyone have any artist’s canvasses to donate to a pensioner who paints beautifully? She would be very grateful, as she cannot afford to buy any. Please call Dee on 083 472 2658. Thanks! . I don’t have bar-coded ID. . The guy looking for the tire swings can contact me on 074 358 5111 – I make it. Chris Cameras in prison . I agree: no rights for offenders. They have robbed others of theirs. Cameras (are a) good idea. If the lens is blocked, a full investigation should be launched and perhaps a penalty can be imposed. . Yes, of course it should be included – there’s no question about it. The problem is how it is going to be implemented and introduced in a professional manner. . Installing cameras in prisons are long overdue and will dramatically reduce rape inside prison as soon as prisoners committing such crimes see how inmates are caught and prosecuted for it. . In my opinion, it will be a good idea. So go ahead. Thank you. . Yes, CCTV must be installed after lockup at night, because I would not want my son to be raped. He is serving time in prison.


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please!’. Leon is a gifted speaker and great adlib hen President Jacob Zuma asked ex- joker, he can shamelessly name drop from DA leader Tony Leon to be SA’s am- the Pope to JM Coetzee in one sentence. Far from a stuffy politico – Leon kept the bassador in Argentina in 2009, he Thursday Club lunch guests laughing out thought it was a wild idea. The fact that he didn’t speak a word of loud about his exploits in Argentina at Spanish and had no idea what an ambassa- Buitenverwachting Wine Estate, Constandor did, didn’t stop him saying ‘Yes, tia recently. It was Leon’s 22nd book event in six weeks and his best seller, The Accidental Ambassador (Pan Macmillan) is walking out of the bookshops. Leon writes as smoothly as he speaks. “Unfortunately, my book won’t be to an international best seller as it doesn’t transcend international barriers like a Dan Brown novel,” he said. Leon admitted that leaving his political life was difficult, after being leader of the opposition from 1999 to 2007 he was looking for a new challenge. He wasn’t sure what an ambassador was expected to do, and played it by ear. “If you think there is too much bureaucracy and corruption in this country – try Argentina,” he joked. Leon’s biggest drawback was his lack of Spanish – he didn’t even have the basics, and had to rely on his wife’s language skills before receiving a few lessons. He confessed to making some embarrassing mistakes during his opening speech at the official welcome dinner. As to the MEET AND GREET:Tony Leon ex­DA leader, seen at future –“Who knows,” says LeBuitenverwachting Wine Estate, Constantia, with Angela Heritage, Thursday Club guest. PHOTO: SIMONE WILLIAMS on.

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Mies Julie captivates

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apetonians gathered for the launch of Mies Julie at the Golden Arrow Studio. The play explores class, love and lust in the kitchen of a remote South African farmhouse, 18 years after the end of apart-

heid. A black farm labourer and his white employer’s daughter share a night of passion, and the struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare as the couple’s deadly attraction spirals out of control.

CONNECTING FRIENDS: Sisanda Ntshinga, Mfundo Tshazibane and Nikki Metz discussing their theatre experience.

Lara Bye, Amy Jephtha and Sanjin Muftic at the opening of Mies Julie.PHOTOS:

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FAB NIGHT OUT: Heinrich Rowher and Belinda Gold thrilled to catch a performance of this criti­ cally acclaimed play.

LAUNCH AND LAUGHTER: Brent Adams and Eu­ gene Yiga thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

CULTURE VULTURES: Ricki and Mark Fransman with Charlette Dickson at Mies Julie.

Don’t compromise your future by drinking As the country commemorates Youth Month, the You Decide Programme has urged teenagers to abstain from consuming alcohol, reminding them of the negative consequences to themselves and their future prospects. You Decide is a programme designed to curb underage drinking, says a statement. It runs as a public private partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), National Youth Development Agency (Nyda) and South African Breweries (SAB). Launched in February 2012, the programme has to date had face-to-face interactions to deal with this problem with 384 260 pupils in 652 schools and 77 309 youth and parents in taxi rank activations across five provinces. The You Decide campaign was largely guided by local and international research, and will run over several years. It targets four key groups – teachers, parents, communities and their peers – which influence a teenager. Bongumusa Makhathini, who heads SAB’s Public Policy and Strategy Integration, says: “Underage drinking is a scourge that cuts across racial, class and cultural boundaries, affecting the rich, middle class and the poor. According to research, one out of every two teenagers in the average South African home uses alcohol regularly or sporadically, which is of great concern to us, given the potential harm to developing young bodies.” Thezi Mabuza, dti chief director at the National Liquor Authority, believes it is key that the liquor industry and adults set better examples for the youth.

“It is futile for parents and other adults, including teachers, to show outrage and dismay at destructive behaviour, when the very same evening they are seen drunk in a tavern. Tavern owners, too, have a role to play. Liquor cannot be sold to teenagers, even if they claim to have been sent by their uncle or aunt.” Nyda executive chairperson Yeshen Pillay is concerned that teenagers may not be aware that underage drinking, while appearing to be “cool,” has negative consequences which could be life-changing. “It is important to continue to discourage teenagers from drinking and abusing liquor as this puts their lives at risk. This could include engaging in unprotected sexual activities and in the process exposing themselves to the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/Aids, as well as potentially engaging in crime and violence,” says Pillay. Research shows that teenagers who use alcohol are three times more likely to be involved in violent crimes, says the statement. Statistics also indicate that 67% of teens who drink before the age of 15 will go on to use illegal drugs. They are 22 times more likely to use marijuana and 50 times more likely to use cocaine. Teenagers say they are involved in underage drinking because they are bored, want to escape their circumstances, to rebel and for liquid courage, says the statement. The You Decide Programme is designed to show teens that the choices they make now can impact on their future positively or negatively. The campaign includes

school visits through an interactive road show on underage drinking; an interschool competition to solidify and drive home the messaging; lesson plans that are aligned to the curriculum for teachers; a practical guide for parents; resources for teens including counselling, reading materials, a website and Facebook page, and a teen ambassador programme. Workshops are held with parents and communities to raise awareness of and identify ways to discourage underage drinking. Taverns near schools are also visited to tell the taverners how important their role in preventing underage drinking is, by ensuring no under-18s are allowed in their premises. Tips for teens Many of the pitfalls of drinking before you are 18 are not really understood by teenagers. Here are some factors to consider: . You can’t get your teen years back. Don’t lose the chance to polish your growing skills now as you won’t get a second shot. . Saying “no” to drinking in social situations such as at a party or social can be hard. The first time may be especially difficult, but keep at it, as it gets easier. Understand and prepare in your heart the reason for not wanting to drink – maybe you want a better future by focusing on sports or school, for religious reasons, the health consequences of teen drinking or you want to wait until it is right (and legal). Don’t feel like you need to apologise, or blame your choice to abstain on others. Stand

your ground without the need for excuses. It’s your right to say, “Not for me, thank you”. . Even drinking small amounts as a teen can lower your defences. So if you want to avoid sexual activity you’re not ready for, or unnecessary sexual health risks, avoid drinking. The downside can include unplanned pregnancies, STDs and HIV, as well as being a victim or perpetrator of violent crime. More than 50% of rape sufferers say their incidents took place when they and/or the perpetrator were under the influence of alcohol. It is a criminal offence for under-18s to be sold alcohol. If you’re caught and convicted for any infringement while under the influence, you will have a criminal record, possibly pay a huge fine or be jailed. Don’t end up in jail or limit your life plans because of underage drinking. Good jobs and being able to travel to many countries are not an option for criminal record holders. . If you think you have a drinking problem, or you have a friend with a problem, don’t ignore it. It could happen again and it could get worse. Do something about it. Talk to them, or involve a teacher or even your friend’s parent or caregiver. If you are concerned for your own well-being, ask for help from someone older that you trust. Teens can also call the You Decide helpline (8:00 to 20:00 daily) on 0800 333 377. V For more information log on to www.youdecide.org.za.


Entertainment A new kinda soul sista

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he dreams of travelling the world and doing open-air concerts and spreading the good word. She hopes her music, which she describes as neo-soul gospel, will positively change people’s lives. Tokai resident Minatilie Pienaar launched her first music video last weekend at a Claremont coffee shop, and hopes the three-minute long footage with inspire the downtrodden. “Singing has always been my passion, but I’m more passionate about taking music to places where people have lost sight of the good in the community,” says Minatilie. It’s because of this very reason that she decided to film the music video of her song, Talking About Love, in Lavender Hill. “I spent most of my life growing up in Lotus River with my grandmother and I witnessed a lot of negativity such a gangsterism and teenage pregnancy, but at the same time there was always love in the midst of the chaos,” she explains. “I’m inspired by that particular love, which I believe is agape – the love of God – and that is what inspired the lyrics of my song.” Minatilie is 28 years old and works as an IT support analyst at the Foschini Group. She became aware of her singing voice when people started complementing her. “I started singing in the church as a little girl and then performed at parties and events, when I attempted writing my own music,” she says. “These opportunities opened up doors for me to perform on Soul Sistas Volume One, a CD compiled by a Cape Town-based independent music label, Black Coffee Records.” Even though Minatilie is fortunate to perform to a variety of audiences, she admits not everyone enjoys her music.

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Sultry divas headed for GrandWest Soul divas Cece Peniston, Sybil and Robin S are planning to get audiences dancing when they perform at the Grand Arena on Saturday 6 July. R&B singer Peniston is counted among the most successful dance club artists in the history of the Billboard Hot Dance Music charts. Her signature tune Finally became one of the biggest dance singles yet, selling three million copies worldwide. Possibly her strangest gig was performing for Pope John Paul II in the Vatican as a member of gospel band The Sisters of Glory. She also performed for former US President Bill Clinton. New York singer and songwriter Robin S enjoyed chart success with hit singles Show me the love and Luv 4 Luv and American R&B-pop singer Sybil is best known for her covers of Dionne Warwick’s hits such as Don’t make me over and Walk on by. Other fan favourites include When I’m good and ready and her version of The love I lost. The Soul Divas will be supported by the all-female New York City Orchestra. V The show is at 20:00 and tickets are available from Computicket between R325 and R575.

SULTRY: Soul diva Cece Peniston will perform in Cape Town. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

SINGING HIS PRAISES: Neo­soul gospel artist Minatilie Pienaar. PHOTO: SUPPLIED “I’ve performed to audiences where people just got up and walked out of the venue. I was disappointed, but then realised not everyone enjoys soul, because the genre is not big enough in South Africa,” she says. “We only have a few artists pursuing this style. South Africans are more familiar with traditional gospel artists like Rebecca Malope.” But despite her disappointments, fear and rejection letters from large record labels, she believes she has a mandate from God which she needs to fulfil and that is to sing.

LOCAL SENSA­ TIONS: The Black Ties, a crooning trio comprising Chad Saaiman, Keeno Lee and Lloyd Jansen, will bring a touch of local fla­ vour as the sup­ porting act to in­ ternational star Te­ vin Campbell. The Can We Talk hit­ maker will take to the Grand Arena stage at Grand­ West on Saturday 27 July. The Black Ties will open for the platinum sta­ tus and four­time Grammy Award nominee. Described as “the ultimate cover band”, the group will take you on a journey through the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many more. WIN! People’s Post is giving away one set of double tickets every week until the superstar takes to the stage. To win two tickets to the show on 27 July, SMS the word “Tevin” and your favourite Campbell song to 34586. SMSes cost R1,50. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

TRIP TO TOYLAND: A theatre adaptation of one the most loved children’s characters, Noddy, is on stage at Artscape. The play, Make Way for Noddy 2013, is based on the Noddy books by Enid Blyton. Nine­year­old Nicholas Haupt (left) plays the role of the title character. With him his brother, Shane (4). The show runs at the Artscape’s Foyer from 10:30 until 11:30, until Saturday 6 July. Tickets, via Computicket, cost R60. PHOTO: LULAMA ZENZILE/PHOTO24

SING IT! Unsigned talents are invited to release the song in their hearts tonight at Ferryman’s Tavern at the V&A Waterfront for the first round of auditions of the Forever Young Amateur Music competition. The contest is aimed at showcasing the more mature amateur musician who does not necessarily have the opportunity to play live, but has a passion for music. Only people over 40 may enter. Prizes will include a contract to play for an extended period at Ferryman’s, an eight­hour recording session from Honey Soaked Recording Studio, Shure micro­ phones, musical instruments and accessories as well as restaurant vouchers. A R100 registration fee will be levied, entitling registered contestants to free entry to the venue on competition nights. Entry to the venue will cost R80 for spectators. This will entitle you to an R80 discount on your food and drinks bill on departure. Entry forms are available online at www.forevery­ oung.co.za and enquiries may be directed to info@foreveryoung.co.za or Frank on 082 955 4390. Here one of last year’s contestants, Sharyn Seide­Kometz, let her vocals do the talking. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Get dizzy with Disney fun on ice Embark on the ultimate sightseeing holiday with all your favourite Disney characters when Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure on Wednesday 3 July at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) at 19:00. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. If you feel like swimming you can voyage TAPPING TOES: Lilo and Stitch will be featured at the Disney under the sea with Ariel and on Ice show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. all her aquatic pals, or even PHOTO: SUPPLIED tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying off to Neverland. Tickets cost R200 if you bought Marsh MeIf you need a break, there’ always a trip to morial Homes or R250 if purchased from Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch. Computicket. Upbeat music, loveable characters and ex- V For more information contact Elizabeth on citing destinations make Passport to Adven- 082 468 7504 or send an email to aeture a holiday show you’ll never forget. con.e@mweb.co.za.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Paddling stalwart aims for pole position LIAM MOSES

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eninsula Canoe Club stalwart Graeme Solomon has emerged as a title contender for the Berg River Canoe Marathon after the withdrawal of the reigning champion, Hank McGregor. Solomon, a Marina da Gama resident, won the prestigious four-day race in 2001, but failed in his next nine attempts while McGregor rose to prominence. Now a return to form, partnered with McGregor’s absence, has seen the 40-year-old move into title contention once again. Solomon isn’t reading too much into his recent victories despite winning the last two races on the Berg River. “Obviously it’s nice to win races, especially when you get to my age. You take every race you can win; it’s not like I should be winning all these races,” says Solomon. “But I don’t read too much into it, because they are one-day races. The Berg River is a four day race. The races I have won have been on a very full river, which is my preference as I am a bigger paddler than most of the opposition. “The Berg River could be medium to low if it doesn’t rain from now until then. However, it is nice to have a few wins under the belt for confidence.” Solomon claimed the Gouda to Bridgetown race on the Berg River on Saturday 1 June and won the Swartland Canoe Marathon on Sunday 16 June to add the South African K1 Championship title to the K2 title he won with Sean Rice on the Breede River in September. McGregor, nine-time Berg River champi-

on, pulled out of the race to participate in the inaugural Surfski World Championships in Portugal from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July. While Solomon knows McGregor’s absence “opens up the race”, he would prefer to have the champion taking part. “You don’t want to be the guy who wins and then people say: ‘Hank McGregor wasn’t there’. At the end of the day, that’s in no one’s control you can only race the competition. It would still be very nice to win,” he says. Solomon knows he will not be the only one who could benefit from McGregor’s absence and views Lance King, Pierre-Andre Rabbie, Dusi runner-up Eric Zondi and former World Marathon champion Ben Brown from Great Britain as his biggest competitors. He has been concentrating on his “own build up” as he prepares for what may be his last chance to win the Berg Marathon. “Three years ago I thought it was the end of my career when I went through a difficult patch. “All of sudden I’ve had spurt. I am the holder of South African K1 and K2 Championships at 40, which is the pinnacle of my career. So if I win the Berg it would be a nice feather in the cap.” The Berg River Canoe Marathon will take place from Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 July.

IN THE FRAME: Peninsula Canoe Club’s Graeme Solomon has emerged as a title contender in the Berg River Canoe Marathon. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

FOOT RACE: Oregan Spurs FC player Chad Fouten (left) and Old Mutual Academy’s Enzo Cooksen sprint towards the ball during an Engen Knockout Challenge match in Manenberg on Sunday. Old Mutual won the game 2­0.

TRY TIME: Stormers flank Siya Kolisi dots down during a 28­3 victory over the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby match at Newlands on Saturday. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

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UP AND OVER: Hamiltons lock Tian Fick leaps over an opposition player during a Super League A clash against Tygerberg RFC in Green Point on Saturday. Hammies won 64­33. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

SHREDDING: Mikey February won the under­20 Boys’ title at the 2013 Cool Shoe South Africa Surfing Championships at New Pier, Durban on Sunday. The 20 year­old profes­ sional surfer from Kommetjie has been allocated a wildcard place in the $250 000 USD prime rated Mr Price Pro Ballito, which will take place on the Kwa­Zulu Natal north coast this week. PHOTO: KAREN WILSON/D­VINE IMAGES


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TAKING FLIGHT: Eagle Wings FC goalkeeper Lyle George (grounded) sends Vasco da Gama’s Amkeliswe Skwatsa flying in the penalty area during an Engen Knockout Challenge match in Manen­ berg on Sunday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

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he gruelling play-off rounds of the 10th annual Engen Knockout Challenge came to an end on Sunday, with 13 teams sealing qualification for the finals. Cape Town’s premier under-17 tournament started at the beginning of June, with over 100 teams fighting to join hosts Santos, defending champions Ajax Cape Town and National First Division (NFD) side Chippa United in the tournament finals. However, with thousands of rands worth of prizes and bragging rights at stake only the best teams have qualified for the finals

in August. Teams from across Cape Town have survived the cut and both the northern and southern suburbs will be strongly represented. Parow based NFD team Vasco da Gama, Kraaifontein City, Kuils River FC, Islands Rovers, Bishop Lavis FC and Atlantic Nacional make up the northern contingent, while Claremont’s ASD Academy, Cape United, Grassy Park’s Crusaders, Green Point Selesians, Hanover Park FC, Mitchell’s Plain’s Kenpark United and Pinelands club Old Mutual Academy represent the south.

Should one of the qualifiers not be able to participate, Two Oceans Academy, United FC or Eastern Rovers will take their place. One of the most surprising omissions from the list of finalist is Mitchell’s Plain’s Woodlands United, who finished in seventh place at the finals last year. Woodlands finished in third place in group four after a solitary victory, with Bishop Lavis in first on nine points and Old Mutual in second on six points. Lavis were one of only five teams to finish the second phase with a perfect record, along with Crusaders, Hanover Park, ASD Academy, Atlantic Nacional.

Hanover Park topped the scoring charts in the play-off rounds with eleven goals in their three games, while Crusaders were a close second with 10. ASD hit the back of the net seven times, but were the only team not to concede a single goal. While most will be backing Ajax and Santos to take the title again, Hanover Park, Crusaders and ASD could push last year’s finalists for the crown. The 10th annual Engen Knockout Challenge will take place from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August. Liam.Moses@peoplespost.co.za

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