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THURSDAY 5 December 2013 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za | Mobisite: ppost.mobi SAFETY FEARS: The arrest of a suspected drug dealer has sparked concern for the safety of children in Bonnytoun informal settlement. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

STING: ONE ARREST IN UNDERCOVER OPERATION

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oncerns have been raised over drug dealing in Bonnytoun after the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. Residents have questioned the City of Cape Town’s plans to include residents involved in illegal drug activities in the upcoming re-blocking of the informal settlement Wynberg police sector commander Warrant Officer Silvino Davids says police have identified problematic shacks known for dealing. In a sting operation last week, undercover police officers arrested resident Eric Manthotsi for selling tik. “Two undercover cops were sent in to purchase drugs. When they returned with the tik, officers were sent in to make the arrest,” he says. Police confiscated drugs and an undisclosed sum of cash.

Manthotsi appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court and was released on bail. Speaking from his shack, Manthotsi says he is confused by the arrest. While reluctant to speak about the incident, he vows to “fight the police in court”. The shack is filled with men and during the interview they continuously enter and exit the dark dwelling. The smell of dagga fills the air. Manthotsi says, like many other residents, he too is “down on his luck” and “struggling to survive”. “I go out in the mornings to look for work. When there isn’t anything I sell cigarettes in the camp. That is all the police bought,” he says, “cigarettes.” Residents, however, have a different view and claim Manthotsi and his men are threatening the health and welfare of the entire community. Resident Mona Allie says the men deal from several “illegal” shacks. These shacks, she explains, have been constructed in re-

cent months. “The men living there are causing problems as they are attracting drug addicts to the community. We fear for the safety of our children and homes,” she says. As a police vehicle patrols the area, two scrawny teenagers can be seen entering the camp. Police say the teenagers do not live in the area and are known drug users. Tempers flare when a police officer asks them to leave. “You are not coming here to smoke or buy drugs. There are enough problems here,” the officer says. The teenagers reluctantly leave as the police vehicle follows them out of the settlement. Allie accuses Manthotsi and his men of making the area unsafe and says residents fear the upcoming re-blocking. Re-blocking is the process of grouping existing structures to create a communal space, enhance security and improve fire prevention and service delivery in informal settlements.

Allie says the “problematic” shacks often take in additional residents who are part of the criminal activity. “The men in these shacks act as his guards and people are scared. With the re-blocking, the City should look at removing these people, especially those who have been to prison,” she says. Manthotsi denies these claims. Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlements Tandeka Gqada says while the City is aware of drug dealing in the settlement, they cannot just evict Mathotsi. “The City cannot evict him unless he has been found guilty. Until such time that a conviction is secured, he is eligible to benefit from the re-blocking initiative,” she says. Gqada says the City monitors the settlement to ensure it does not grow and says all illegal structures will not be included in the upcoming re-blocking. “Any additional structures which are erected, according to the High Court, are being erected illegally and will be removed,” she says.


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t the break of dawn she is woken by her mother who gets her ready for school. When the school bus arrives at 06:35, Jayda Heuvel is wheeled to the ve-

hicle and loaded into the bus by her family. The five-year-old will only return home from the Friends Day Centre in Maitland at 16:00. This is her daily routine. She was born mentally and physically disabled, and was enrolled to the school in January. At the time, her mother Michelle applied to the City of Cape Town’s Dial-a-Ride (DAR) service. She qualified to use the disabled transport provider, but the City informed Michelle there was no place on the bus for her daughter. Since then she has travelled with the school bus, which costs the family 70% more than the DAR service would. “I found out it would cost R6 per ride and R12 a day, which works out to R240 per month. After I applied to DAR they said she needed to be assessed,” Michelle says. A DAR bus collected Michelle and Jayda from their home. “They took us to Tygerberg Hospital where we discovered they had already assessed her at school and she qualified for the service,” she says. “But space is limited and she can’t get a seat. I don’t understand why the City would have this service; I’m disappointed. I’m not just concerned about Jayda, but everybody else who needs it.” The school bus costs R750 per month, while the DAR service would cost R240. This cost heavily affects the family as Michelle is the breadwinner, with her husband working on short-term contracts. Friends Day Centre manager Diane Stratton says 36 pupils travel with DAR buses, while 30 pupils are on the waiting list. Some, she says, are unable to attend school as a result. “We need this service, but the process is too slow. The City must buy buses to accommodate the disabled. Our school bus trip is too long for the children, while DAR is a shorter trip,” Stratton says. DAR drivers are trained in First Aid, generally don’t speed and are monitored via CCTV cameras, she continues. Transport for the disabled is always a

problem. “DAR was not (established as a service) to take children to school,” she says. “I’m hoping that with the expansion of the MyCiTi Bus Service, (disabled) adults will switch to make space for the children to travel to school. This is an excellent service as it operates door-to-door.” The City has a waiting list of 6 000 registered DAR service applicants. Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron says the service is currently “oversubscribed” and it is “not possible to meet the needs of all the registered users”. “The City is reviewing the current DAR business plan and is seeking to integrate the service with the mainstream public transport system where it is accessible to more people with disabilities,” he says. “To continue this trend, smaller low-floor (MyCiTi) buses with an extendable boarding ramp are being built to be used on the bus routes that run in normal traffic. As the service is rolled out across Cape Town more people will be able to benefit from these innovations.” Herron adds 54 children and 949 adults currently use the 30 DAR vehicles, which can accommodate between eight and 14 people. The buses travel across the peninsula. Disabled People South Africa has been questioning the accessibility of Dial-a-Ride for the last three years, says spokesperson Olwethu Sipuka. “The Western Cape government is infringing on our rights to work, because of transport. We’ve written to the mayor, premier and national transport department,” he says. “This is a national issue, because disabled people around the country are struggling with accessibility to this service. There are not enough resources for the programme (to aid the disabled).”

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 5 December 2013

WYNBERG: PENSIONERS QUEUE IN THE DARK

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t’s just after 05:00 on a Monday and the hall of the William Herbert Sports Ground is bursting at the seams. Pensioners have been queuing at the centre’s gates since 03:00, in the hopes of being first in line for their grant reviews. The reviews are being conducted by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). Pensioners who received letters have been instructed to visit the Sassa centre in Rosmead Avenue to have their grants reviewed. Chaos erupted last week as angry people vented their frustration at the lack of management presence during the reviews. William Herbert facility manager Andrew Julius is at the end of his tether with angry grant recipients. He says confusion over the roles of Sassa staff have resulted in staff at the grounds being harassed. “Sassa lets the hall to conduct the reviews; when people are frustrated because they can’t be helped, they take it out on me and my staff,” he says. Julius explains Sassa staff arrive at the hall at 08:00 and commence their work. However, people queue from 01:00. “We are not obligated to open the gates early, but we do because we fear for the safety of the people standing outside the centre in the dark,” he says. Confusion over which services are provided on specific days resulted in an angry man storming his office. “He demanded answers and I kept telling

him we do not work for Sassa and we cannot assist him, but he wouldn’t listen,” Julius says. Cassiem Issack from Grassy Park says despite undergoing a hernia operation, he stood outside the centre at 03:00. “I knew I had to be first in the line because I cannot stand for hours on end. I am in pain, but I need to have my review processed,” he says. Pensioner Garth Selley raised concerns about the lack of management and says grant recipients are in the dark. “All of us received letters in the post to come here. There is nothing informing us of which days they assist pensioners and which days they don’t,” he says. Selley, who also stood in line in the early hours that Monday, vents his anger. “If you are not part of the first 120 pensioners, you will be sent home. We are old, we are tired and we are stuck in this line,” he says. Sassa spokesperson Shivani Wahab says on Monday 2 December security guards were placed at the centre to assist with crowd control. Wahab explains Sassa will use the centre until March next year and can only accommodate 120 people each day. “In the instance when all clients cannot be accommodated on the day, Sassa ensures appointments are arranged at the local office for Thursdays,” she says. Wahab says people are not sent away. Sassa used community newspapers and radio stations to inform the public of their schedule, she says. V Share your thoughts! Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

Help find Hout Bay parents Cape Town Child Welfare is seeking assistance from the public to locate parents of three Hout Bay children. They are looking for Joshua Petru, the father of two children aged six and nine. He was last seen in Hout Bay at the burial of the children’s mother earlier this year.

They are currently living with their aunt. They are also trying to find the father of a seven-year-old child from Mandela Park. The father is only known as Sithembani and was last seen at the funeral of the child’s mother. V Call Babalwa Makalima on (021) 638 3127.

Search on for missing Chinese man Have you seen this man? Police are trying to trace Xiashiu Wei (32) who went missing in Hout Bay last week. Wei (pictured) is a Chinese national working in Cape Town and was last seen being dropped off by a taxi in Hout Bay on Sunday 24 November.He did not return home.

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DOGGY DREAM: Man and his best friend descended on Tokai when the annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon took place on Sunday 1 December. The event raises funds for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. Here Diep River resident Nicholas Sternberg takes a break with his pooches Waldo (left) and Bella. PHOTO: JACO MARAIS/FOTO24


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 5 December 2013

CIVIC HONOURS: HARD WORK REWARDED

Locals recognised

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t was a night of glitz and glam as community workers in the Protea Subcouncil were thanked for their dedication to community upliftment. Eleven people from various areas including Constantia, Rondebosch, Retreat and Plumstead received Civic Honours awards as a token of appreciation from their ward councillors. Speaking at the awards ceremony, subcouncil chairperson Ian Iversen said the work by individual residents in various communities had helped to improve these areas. “The aim is to publicly acknowledge people who pick up the baton and do something about an issue themselves,” he said. In Constantia, Dr Johan van der Merwe, a retired physics pro- GOING GREEN: Dr Johan van der Merwe with ward councillor fessor, was thanked for his work Elizabeth Brunette. at the Klaasenbosch Riverine Veronica Weier, a community health Corridor. Over the last four years he has managed to plant over 240 indigenous trees worker from Westlake, was awarded civic honours for her work at the Westlake United in the area. Ann Coltham, who was unable to attend Church Trust. She runs health programmes which inthe event, was awarded for her dedication to residential matters. She is the founder of clude a support group for people infected the Constantia Hills Residents’ Association with HIV. Diep River Community Police Forum and the operations manager of the neighchairperson Michael Kent and Mark van bourhood watch. Louise Kinrade, from the Kirstenhof and Wyk from the Plumstead Civic Association Environs Residents’ Association, was made Plumstead proud as they received awarded for her hard work over the past six awards for improvements to the area. Both men were thanked by ward councilyears. In 2009 she took an interest in the Westlake Greenbelt and promoted the estab- lor Carol Bew for their involvement in the lishment of the Friends of the Kirstenhof Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch and civic matters. Wetland group.

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V Hout Bay: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum will host an afternoon walk to Baviaanskloof Waterfall, with the group meeting outside the museum at 15:30. The duration of the Grade 2A walk, led by Eddie Amies, is about two hours. Take a towel along. Phone (021) 790 3336. V Constantia: The Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fair will be held at the Alphen Community Centre hall in Main Road

V Heathfield: A carols by candlelight will be held on the corner of Roscommon and Gordon roads at 19:30. There will be guest singers and dancers. Phone Michael Murphy on 082 490 7029. Monday 9 December V Constantia: The Diep River Community Police Forum’s annual meeting will be held at the Alphen Hall at 19:00. All residents in the precinct are welcome. Phone Nils on (021) 701 5530. Wednesday 11 December V Wynberg: The Wynberg East Community Police Sub-forum will host a carols in the park at Batts Road Park at 19:30. Entry is free. Donations of non-perishable foods are requested for community organisations. Phone Abieda Joseph on 072 502 8350. Friday 13 December V Hout Bay: The Kronendal Music Academy will host a Carols by Candlelight at St Peter’s Church at 19:30. Phone 083 616 0361. Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 December V Constantia: The Rainbow Puppet Theatre will present Christmas Carols and The Christmas Rose Puppet Show at 17:00. Tickets are R35. To book phone Alison on (021) 783 2063. Thursday 19 December V Constantia: The Symphony Choir of Cape Town Groot Constantia Festive Concert will be held at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate at 19:00. There will be performances and carols. Tickets are R120 and R80 for children under 16. Candles are not permitted. Book through Computicket.


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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 5 December 2013

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y developing a walk way through Hangberg, Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu, a Hout Bay couple hopes to bridge the divide between three communities. Sophie Hobbs and James Finnies have developed a yellow pathway connecting the three historically divided communities and named it Bay Walk. Hobbs explains the pathway was first conceptualised when they realised they couldn’t wheel Finnies’ disabled father YELLOW BRICK ROAD: An artist’s impression a planned walkthrough the streets of way through Hout Bay. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Hout Bay. “We found there was hardly any pedestri- be given with cameras to take pictures of an-friendly walkways and started looking the route and what they think needs improvement. into developing a walkway,” she says. Hobbs says the pathway will also be After giving it much thought, Finnies an architect at DHK architects and Hobbs from aimed at improving tourism in Hout Bay by Greater Good South Africa decided to put getting visitors to walk along the pathway together a bid for the World Design Capital and connect with people and businesses. “The tourist buses take short and specific 2014. Their project was accepted and has been routes through Hout Bay; most stop at Marlisted as an official project for next year. iner’s Wharf and that’s it. The pathway will Hobbs explains the pathway will address cover a variety of businesses and restauissues surrounding road safety, public rants. This will help visitors get a more space, tourism and linking the three com- comprehensive view of Hout Bay,” she says. munities. The project will implemented in different DHK Architects and urban planners from Planning Partners will host planning work- phases and is set to be launched in March shops with residents and community next year. It will extend beyond 2014 and is groups to assess the needs and wants of the still in need of funding. “Our vision is to create, design and implevarious communities. “We want the community (be) a big part ment the pathway as a community initia(of) the development of the pathway. They tive. We do however, need the community’s need to tell us where they feel safe, where support in bringing the pathway to life,” they enjoy walking and what they want the she says. V For more information on the project contact Hobbs pathway to consist of,” Hobbs says. As part of the project, school pupils will on 072 145 2813 or sophie@ggsa.co.za

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 5 December 2013

WATER CONSUMPTOIN: HIGH WATER BILLS LEAVE RESIDENTS FUMING

Residents drowning in debt NADINE MOODIE @NadineMoodie1

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fter being sent from pillar to post with municipal bills, city residents are fuming. From paying excessive bills for water they had not used to receiving bills months to years later, they say they have been battling to be reimbursed by the City of Cape Town. Now they are calling for the City to ensure that these problems do not arise in future.

Query unusually high bills Businessman Hamid Adams believes the lack of maintenance to underground pipes are the cause of his excessive bills. “The pipes were leaking and rusted, causing me to pay for water I did not use. This forced me to think of alternative means because the City does not reimburse one,” Adams fumes. “I eventually figured out an alternative way and my monthly bill decreased considerably. At another property I own, the bill was very high and I later discovered my neighbour and I were on the same waterpoint – I was paying their water usage and mine.” He advises the City have an inspection team to ensure people are billed for what they use. “The minute people see a higher bill they should query it. If they’re not being helped, they should go to the ombudsman; this goes for all utilities,” Adams says.

He believes the high cost of water and electricity forces residents to seek alternative means to obtain these utilities.

Double billed When Avner Shamrock and his family moved house, his father was billed for municipal services at both the new and old house for five years. His father only realised the mistake when he inspected the bill and noticed the two addresses. “The City owes my father at least R8 000,” Shamrock says. “My father went to the City and told them we no longer live there; he asked them to fix it.” After several visits to City offices and the completion of numerous forms, they realised they had spent even more. “Each time my father went to the City’s water department they’d say everything is in order and that they’d pay the money back in 15 working days, but nothing happened,” Shamrock says. He further alleges they did not receive a bill in the post each month. “The City is so quick to send people letters and say they’ll be blacklisted if they don’t pay them. But when they owe their clients, they take forever to pay or they don’t pay them at all,” he says. “I don’t think the City officials are competent. First they didn’t realise we were paying for two properties and then they didn’t know

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Onus on the owner But Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services Ernest Sonnenberg homeowners who don’t receive their monthly municipal bills should call the City’s Call Centre and log a query. “The standard procedure to resolve a disputed consumption query is a control reading performed by the City to eliminate incorrect reading as a possible cause,” he says. “A request for the customer to confirm whether there are underground leaks on the property is made. The City will assist with a rebate on underground leaks to the extent allowed by the tariff policy.” If the meter is in working condition, the owner may apply for a meter test at a fee. “If a meter is proven faulty, the City will amend the account and reimburse the testing fee,” Sonnenberg says. He further says the City can hold people who have not received bills liable. “The tariff policy states in the event an owner or occupier is in receipt of water services and has consumed water but not received an account, the onus will be on the owner to make representations to the City to request an account be sent,” he says.

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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 5 December 2013

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Dark side of lights

The City of Cape Town spent R1.5 million on lights to pretty up the city. That is where a portion of your rates are going. Firstly, that is money better spent elsewhere. Secondly, and some would say more importantly, is the energy consumption attached to the nightly switching on of the lights. Upon cursory inspection it does come across as wasteful. The festive lights adorning Adderley Street goes back decades. True, it’s a lovely tradition we as a city can celebrate. However, in this day and age, when energy is a finite resource and so many people in the shacklands wait for electricity, this entrenched tradition hardly makes sense. Do you have any grounds for outrage when Eskom’s annoying reminder flashes across your TV screen? Pool pump? Off. Geyser? Off. Christmas lights festooning Adderley Street? Not on your life. Yes, all this frippery is amusing but can we afford it? Along with other nauseating indulgences we worship and adore during the festive season, this is one of them. Such extravagance comes with marketing speak, such as “shining a light for all to enjoy” and “spreading the festive cheer”. Want to spread the cheer? Why not do something meaningful for another who has nothing. Switching on the lights is hardly going to banish the holiday blues. The R1.5m could very well have been streamed to more safety and security during the holidays. Surely R1.5m could employ a few extra rent-a-cops in gang-ravaged areas? Surely R1.5m could be streamed to improving safety along False Bay beaches? Surely R1.5m could be used to beef up traffic services during a season renowned for rage-inducing traffic snarls and road carnage? That wish list is endless.Sadly, that is all it shall be if we don’t assert logic and reason and leave all these wasteful notions behind.

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Metrorail should reimburse us On Monday 18 November I boarded the train at Plumstead Station just before 07:30, but what a disaster! The train had just departed from Wittebome Station and it was stationery between Wynberg and Wittebome stations for more than an hour. After just standing, some people eventually decided to jump off the train and walk all the way to Wynberg Station. A couple and their eight-year-old son became very anxious because the husband had an interview and the son wanted to get to school on time. The husband and son jumped from the train. The mother was in tears, because she was terrified to jump. Two men eventually helped her. People were injured trying to jump, while another woman complained that she had lost money because she was late for work. She would have to get a letter from Metrorail, she said. I decided to stay on the train, but after more than an hour, I decided to take the plunge as well. A kind gentleman offered to help me, as it is quite a distance from the train to the ground. In the process, I hurt my arm. Like sheep without the shepherd, I joined all the other commuters walking all along the railway line. We struggled to walk along the stony line. I think Metrorail should reimburse those who were injured and whose shoes broke. During the time on the train not one Metrorail attendant came around to help, apologise or explain the reason for the delay. This is not the first time something like this has happened. By now Metrorail should be equipped to help people in this kind of situation. Keep ladders or some other means to make it easier for people to get off the train. Get a train to stop just opposite the stationery train with the train doors opposite each other and a strong board positioned across the doors. With Metrorail supervision, allow commuters to walk over to the other train. Metrorail should have alternative plans. Please do something instead of just

sitting in your comfortable offices doing absolutely nothing. Think of the elderly people and tourists. I don’t suppose I will live to see any improvement on the service from Metrorail. Not a day goes by without a problem with trains. I eventually decided to walk up to Wynberg Main Road and took a bus to Cape Town. JUNE, Plumstead Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz responds: Metrorail apologises to customers stuck on a suburban train for more than an hour on Monday (18 November) morning. The train in question became defective en route to Cape Town between Wittebome and Wynberg. At the time the driver first tried to reset the train before a technician, who also could not repair the train on site, was called out. As a result the train had to be cancelled after being taken to Wynberg to offload passengers – from where it was immediately taken for overnight maintenance. Buses on standby at strategic points are sent to the affected area, but the efficiency of alternative bus transport is determined by traffic congestion during peaks and capacity of the bus operator. We require about 15 to 20 buses to transport the commuters on one train. Breakdowns in peak are unfortunate and debilitating for customers and staff. In each case we assess how we can improve communication to customers under such circumstances, given that very few trains have on board communication capability. Commuters are encouraged to consult available passenger information channels during delays at www.capemetrorail.co.za; www.gometro.co.za; www.capetown.gov.za/transportinfo for service status; or Twitter @CTTrains. Commuters who prefer to speak to consultants can call the 24/7 information line on 0800 656 463, toll-free from landlines to be served in the regional language of their preference.

Halt road deaths At the start of 2013 president (Jacob) Zuma, premier Helen Zille and the public protector were all asked to end South Africa’s road carnage by implementing simple measures which cut road deaths overseas by up to 90%. They failed to act and now it is likely that the annual road death toll in 2013 will equal or exceed the 15 000 or more who died in 2012. This failure to act makes our leaders responsible for all the road carnage that would have been avoided if they had acted. The holiday season is about to start and none of the road safety measures requested are in peace. When people die as a result of government inaction, those responsible must be held accountable. RICHARD BENSON, Road Safety Action Campaign

More jobs needed I love seeing local young people and fellow friends educate themselves and successfully graduate from higher education. As a graduate I know how much time, hard work and money is needed to finish what was started, and when that coloured sash is placed over our shoulder and the certificate of recognition is placed in our hands there is no better feeling in all our years of studying than the joy of graduation. What breaks my heart are the realities that so many of these successful students will either spend years in a work environment they never studied for or be labelled as unemployed. It is clear that South Africa has a lack of resources and jobs available for skilled people, hence so many South Africans being “just fine” with their day-to-day working place because it pays their bills. But inside there is a longing to fulfil their passion and desire. I am grateful for my job, but we need more community business places to reach out to educated young adults. We need more local newspapers to employ and reach out to journalism, media and photography (graduates). KELLY-ANGELIQUE People’s Post news editor Mandy King responds: People’s Post regularly takes journalism interns. Many interns have gone on to be permanently employed as positions become available.


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or three Fairmount High School pupils, their next move could lay the foundation for victory. Pupils Gaylon Frans (17), Nazeem Harrison (16) and Shane Klaase (16) have been chosen as part of the provincial chess team and next on their horizon is the national tournament in Durban on Saturday 14 December. Success in Durban would earn the boffins national colours. But financial constraints mean they are facing a hurdle to their dreams of becoming Grand Masters. Fairmount High School principal Terence Klassen says a number of fundraising initiatives have already been launched to secure the boys a place at the tournament. “It is very important that they get the opportunity to represent the province at nationals, because they can become role models for other pupils,” he says. Teachers have donated funds, a car wash was held and the school’s alumni were targeted at a recent school dance. “The boys deserve the right to compete. Imagine what it will do for this school if they come walking in here with a few trophies,” Klassen says. All three belong to the Fairmount Chess Club, established in 2011. This has proven a very successful year for the club as the boys went on to secure the Southern Districts Championship title. They missed out on the National Districts Championships, as one of the players was forced to withdraw due to personal reasons. Frans, from Ottery, believes he has become much stronger academically since taking up chess.

“The game also keeps me away from gangsterism and drugs, because that is a major problem in our communities,” he says. Parkwood resident Harrison says he has learnt to “love the game of chess” and is hoping to improve and compete with the best. Klaase, also from Ottery, is adamant chess has helped him remain disciplined at school. “My marks have improved and the game helps me to focus on my school work,” he says. This statement was quickly backed up by mathematics teacher Micheal Peter Curry, who says there has been a significant improvement in the results since the introduction of chess. “The game of chess helps with hand-andeye coordination and this is one of the main factors (helping with maths),” he says. Curry says Klaase is one of the top performers in mathematics. “He has not only improved in maths, but also in chess and I now think twice about taking him on in a game,” Curry laughs. Club coach Roy Prinsloo says the competition will be a big step for the boys. “There’s lots happening in their personal lives and they chose to use chess as way to escape from all of that,” he says. “They did not just become good at chess, but they mastered it and their selection in the WP team is well deserved.” Prinsloo says since opening, the club has grown to nearly 50 players. He says chess helps pupils in the classroom, as it is a game of the “mind and logical thinking”. V Anybody who is interested in assisting the boys to attend the tournament, can phone the school on (021) 705 1826 or (021) 705 1852 or email root@fairmount.wcape.school.za.

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Twist to Cinderella

ROCK VIBES: Inge Beckmann (pictured) will perform at the third Assembly Live – The Rock ’n Rollercoaster event on Monday 9 December at 19:00 for 19:30. The performance forms part of a series hosted by The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town. The unplugged series, which was launched in October, has seen Van Coke Kartel and Taxi Violence on stage. Admission costs R30. For more information visit www.theassembly.co.za. WIN! Five People’s Post readers stand a chance to win double tickets to the event. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter.

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he Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company will bring the classic fairytale Cinderella to life this festive season. The play, directed and written by Elton John Duffy, takes the form of a pantomime and includes popular songs by Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars and many more. Cinderella will follow the storyline of the original fairytale, but will be filled with modern twists. The production stars Desle McConney, Rachelle Kruger, Grant Jacobs, Carina Karcher, Amy Trout, Shaun Klassen and Rosanna Minchella as Cinderella. After each show the audience will get the chance to meet Father Christmas, who will be handing out sweets to the children.

Attendees are also asked to take a gift or a second-hand toy to place under Cinderella’s Christmas tree. These gifts will be distributed to various children’s homes, safe houses and hospitals in Cape Town on Christmas Eve. Cinderella will run at the Nassau Centre at Groote Schuur High School in Newlands from Monday 9 to Saturday 21 December at 10:00. There will be no shows on Sundays. Tickets, through Computicket, cost R50. For more information visit www.lilliputplayers.co.za or phone Elton on 083 364 8284 or (021) 558 2650. V People’s Post readers stand the chance to win one of five double tickets to the production. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter.

PHOTO: LAURA MCCULLAGH

Trio musical treat at Kirstenbosch The trio of Matthew Mole, Tailor and Nakhane Touré will wow audiences at the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert on Sunday 8 December. His debut album The Home We Built entered the top of the iTunes chart on its release, making Mole the country’s first artist to achieve this. He played every instrument besides the strings, including ukulele, banjo, organ, piano, guitars, drums and umpteen percussive instruments. Mole says: “Every song is about real experiences I’ve had, but also the way I’ve reacted to them because of the way I was raised.” Pinning Tailor down to a single style is impossible. Musically, the singer flits from modern folk to blues-rock, pure pop

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