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PLUMSTEAD: PLUMSTEAD: NEW MYCITI ROUTES
MyCiTi mov moves es south south MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval
fter several years, plans to bring MyCiTi buses into the southern suburbs are underway. Local ward councillor Carol Bew says the City of Cape Town is formulating a plan to develop a MyCiTi route through South Road in Plumstead. This route, she says, will run from Mitchell’s Plain through Ottery Road, South Road and end at Main Road. “The development of this route has been on the cards for several years and forms part of the MyCiTi business plan,” she says. Bew says she has been informed the project will form part of the 2014/2015 financial year budget.
However, Mark van Wyk of the Plumstead Civic Association says while the project may have been given the green light, residents still have many questions. He says the association has tried to obtain a master plan to see how the route will impact Plumstead. “There has been talk about the roads which intersect with South Road to be closed off as cul-de-sacs, but we have been unable to get confirmation,” he says. Bew explains several City-owned cottages are up for demolition to widen the road as part of the new route. She adds the vacant plots along South Road form part of a road reserve and will be used for the new route. “People living in the cottages will be given due notice and while the new route may
form part of the 2014/2015 budget, the time frame for this project could extend well beyond 2015,” she says. This, Bew explains, is because the routes through Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain will first have to be completed. Van Wyk says the association “can only hope” the tenants will receive proper notice about the City’s plans. “This could be very messy and will need proper consultation with the community. We have been informed that the project will go ahead, but we are in the dark about the details,” he says. Bew believes the MyCiti service will help alleviate traffic congestion in Plumstead as more residents would opt to use public transport. She says the Park ’n Ride facility at Plum-
stead Train Station is evidence of this. “The new parking lot is bursting at the seams as we see more and more residents choosing to use the train,” she says. Mayoral Committee member for Transport Cape Town, Brett Herron says the final decision to operate a route along South Road has not been made. “Planning indicates that there will be a route in the general area of Wynberg. The idea is that the chosen route would provide a link between the metro-south east area, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha, and the southern suburbs,” he says. Herron add the cost, type of buses and route alignment have not been finalised. “The planning of the proposed routes has started and is expected to be completed in (next year),” he says.
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SUICIDE: KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
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esperation. Despair. No hope. Imagine reaching the edge of reason. Some consider suicide a cowardly solution to a problem. But experts and those who have attempted to take their own lives tell a different story. There are 23 suicides reported daily across the country, and a further 230 attempted suicides every 24 hours. Grim statistics revealed by the World Health Organisation show South Africa’s suicide rate is higher than that of the US and the UK. Although it’s a myth that there is surge of suicides over the Christmas holidays, the reason for people calling helplines out of desperation are different, says South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) manager Cassey Amoore. “Over the festive season we see a lot more loneliness, especially among the elderly,” she says. Suicide is an act of desperation, despair and sheer hopelessness, Amoore continues. “From the people who call us feeling suicidal, no one sounds like a coward. These are real people with real problems who feel they don’t have anyone to turn to and there are no possible solutions to their problems.”
Finding hope As a teenager, Deborah considered suicide as her only way out of her hellish home. After suffering at the hands of a sexually abusive father and not trusting anyone enough to ask for help, she decided that an early grave would be her best option. “I tried to deal with it for most of my life,
but I just couldn’t do it anymore. I felt like the only solution was to end it all. Anything was better than what my life was,” she says. “I got tired of plastering a smile on my face so that people wouldn’t know what was going on inside. I couldn’t cry anymore – my tears had already dried up. Nothing mattered. My life wasn’t worth living.” One afternoon after school, she stole a family member’s prescription medication. “I thought I would go to sleep and never wake up. To me, that would be perfect. I kissed my sister and told her I loved her. Then I took a handful of pills and went to bed.” But instead of falling asleep, she suffered severe nausea which made her vomit up all the tablets. “I felt sick for two days after that. I was angry because I found out I had taken the wrong pills. I was determined to try again, but I couldn’t find anything strong enough to do the deed.” But today, she is glad her life didn’t end when she was only 17. “I eventually decided to tell my mother about the abuse. And while my relationship with my parents and my life in general is still not the fairytale I hoped it would be, I am finally happy. I found light because I found a better way to deal with it. I’m glad I did.” Taking one’s life is not a cowardly action, but a last resort when pressures exceed coping mechanisms. So says Inge, who tried to commit suicide 19 years ago. Suffering from severe depression, she says it is an illness which leads one to breaking point. She is still on medication to treat her chronic disease, but has managed to turn her life around. “I did not try and commit suicide because I was being selfish – on the contrary. I felt I was a burden to others because of my ex-
treme moods and no longer wanted to be an encumbrance to the people around me,” she explains. She managed to get through her lows by seeking help. “I am still being monitored by a psychiatrist. This is vital to ensure I am in control and not being controlled by my illness.”
Causes While depression is the leading cause of suicide, a multitude of factors drive people to take their own life, experts say. “It is normally a combination of issues such as relationship trouble, financial problems, health or illness, grief and substance abuse,” Amoore says. Inge agrees. “Without the tools to manage your depression, which is often caused by a number of different factors, you feel lost and lose all hope.” The most effective way to prevent suicide is to learn to recognise the signs of someone at risk. Between 20% and 50% of people who kill themselves have previously attempted suicide, Amoore confirms. Victims often directly or indirectly talk about ending it all. A depressed mood; a change in sleeping patterns, appetite or weight; speaking or moving with unusual speed or slowness; fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach or guilt; and thoughts of death or suicide are also strong indicators which should put loved ones on the alert if presented nearly every day for two weeks. Additional factors that point to an increased suicide risk in depressed individuals are extreme anxiety, agitation or enraged behaviour, excessive drug or alcohol use as well as a history of physical or emotional illness.
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 19 December 2013
2013: THE YEAR THAT WAS IN PEOPLE’S POST
Tales that got you talking MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval
rug dealing, Bonnytoun battles and developments have taken centre stage this year. In this, the final edition of the People’s Post for the year, we take a look at what made headlines during 2013.
January Vagrants near the railway line in Plumstead caused a stir in the community as residents raised safety concerns. In response, the Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa agreed to replace the fence to prevent people from seeking shelter near the railway. February In February, the Protea Subcouncil approved plans to build an assembly hall at the Uniting Reform Church in Wynberg. The newly developed area would cater for a variety of social events held by the church. The original plans were approved in 1992 but, due to financial restrictions, the facility was never built. March Baboon raiding in Zwaanswyk came to a head in March following the erection of a two-metre fence. According to John Green of the Zwaanswyk Association of Property Owners (ZAPO), residents raised concerns about the safety of their homes and pets following the raids. April Camera networks in the village continued to grow during 2013. In April, the Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch installed their first camera. Patrollers zoomed in on criminals and community safety initiatives to keep the area safe. In the last three months, the area has been negatively affected by armed robberies. Of the 11 cases, police have managed to solve eight cases. May The revamp of the No. 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg was announced in May. The hospital, which provides medical services to military staff, was granted a R600m upgrade. Work is expected to be completed in 2017. June Housing problems in Hangberg reached fever pitch in June when two women were removed from their illegal structures on the fire break of Sentinel mountain. A public meeting between residents and City of Cape Town officials was held to discuss housing issues in the area.
July Liquor battles in Main Road got fierce in July after the owners of Pirates Pub and Grill won an appeal to have their liquor trading hours extended. The application was first turned down by the Protea Subcouncil in February, but this decision was later reversed by the City. August Concerns about the Hughenden Road gate took centre stage. The Hout Bay Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (HBRRA) were anxious about the constant vandalism of the gate leading to the Dontse Yahka informal settlement. Despite complaints, ward councillor Marga Haywood said officials were not keen to replace the gate. Instead, the City was working on a plan to relocate the community. September The effects of winter were felt in Bonnytoun after three men died of TB. Residents’ worry about service delivery in the area peaked and they claimed unhealthy conditions accelerated illnesses. The iconic Luxurama Theatre was dubbed the “house of horrors” by the Wynberg East community in September. The neighbourhood watch expressed fear the derelict building created the perfect environment for criminals and drug users. The property is currently for sale.
December Aggravation, feuding neighbours and drug dealing in Bonnytoun. Police arrested a resident for selling tik. Residents voiced their outrage about crime tarnishing their area and called on the City to exclude trouble-making residents from the reblocking.
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Tuesday 31 December V Diep River: The Mugrave Park Service Centre will host a New Year’s Eve dance at 20:30. Entry is R60. Phone Citty Petersen on (021) 712 9737 or 084 723 2203. Wednesday 8 January 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday 21 December
V Kirstenbosch: There will be a Natures Treasure Box art workshop for children between six and nine at the Gold Fields Education Centre from 09:00 until 13:00. Admission is R50. Pre-booking is essential. For further information contact (021) 799 8670 or email email@example.com. Saturday 11 January
V Llandudno: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum will host a Strandloper walk from Logies Bay to Sandy Bay at 08:00. Walkers to meet at the Llandudno Beach car park. Phone (021) 790 6307.
V Simon’s Town: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum will host a hike to the Old Block House above Seaforth on the slopes of Swartkop. Meet at the top of Jan Smuts Drive, Simon’s Town at 08:00. Phone (021) 786 4925 or 082 928 9771.
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V Constantia: The Alphen Antiques and Collectables Christmas Fair will take place at the Alphen Centre from 10:00 to 16:00. A variety of items will be on sale. Entry is free. Phone Des on 084 626 7499.
V Hout Bay: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum will host a forest walk to Myburgh’s Ravine at 08:30. Walkers to meet at the Tarragona Estate boom gate, off Valley Road. Phone (021) 790 4725.
GIVING IS RECEIVING: Tons of toys were collected for the Heart 104.9fm Toy Story drive. The toys will be donated to St George’s Home for Girls and Victoria Hospital, which are both in Wynberg. Suga won the Master Chef cooking for a cause competition, which was supported by celebrity chef Sue-Ann Allen. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 19 December 2013
Cape Town to hit the motherload NADINE MOODIE @NadineMoodie1 There’s an optimistic flavour to the current festive season. Tourism roleplayers are sure there will be a noticeable surge in this sector. Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy says they’re optimistic about the outlook for the summer season, with positive growth in forward bookings being felt by many of their members. “We are hoping that the strong exchange rate, in favour of traditional source markets, and Cape Town’s recent spate of international accolades will be additional contributors to a good season for tourism. Of course global economic and political instability and a continued need to tighten the belt may still put a damper on our peak season so we must remain cautious in our optimism,” Duminy says. Cape Town Tourism conducted a survey among tourism attractions, tour operators, car-hire companies and accommodation establishments including hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, backpackers and self-catering establishments. “Overall, 14% expected a much better season, 54% felt a better season ahead, 24% felt it would the same, 4% thought it might be worse and 4% were still unsure,” he says. Hotels were the most optimistic, saying they expected a bumper festive period. Mayoral Committee member for Tourism, Events and Marketing Grant Pascoe says the City of Cape Town’s festive season line-up of popular events is guaranteed to attract thousands of residents and visitors. The influx is also set to boost the local economy and contribute to job creation. “We are committed to uniting the
many diverse communities from across the metropole. The City has pulled out all the stops with an interesting line-up of summer events to ensure that Capetonians and the thousands of expected visitors are kept entertained this season,” Pascoe says. On Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December, the Cape’s traditional and popular Christmas bands and choirs will entertain locals and visitors in the city centre. “The city’s biggest New Year’s Eve party and the final countdown to the city becoming the World Design Capital takes place at the Grand Parade on Tuesday 31 December. The bash starts at 18:00 and boasts a line-up of South Africa’s top DJs and dance artists including chart-topper Toya DeLazy and DJs Ready D and DJ Fresh,” he enthuses. “Don't forget the nagtroepe parade, Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade and the summer market in Adderley Street.” According to Duminy, the general manager of Cape Town International Airport says the season ahead appears to be promising, with seasonal airlines coming back on line an in many cases extending their route to Cape Town. “We’re looking forward to an increase in passenger numbers. Together with our partners, let’s continue to present a world-class destination to all our visitors ensuring continuous growth and sustainability,” Duminy encourages. As with all international cities, crime in Cape Town is a reality and both residents and visitors alike should use common sense when out and about. “Visitors are encouraged to take shared responsibility for their own safety, but it is also up to the industry to warn and assist visitors when it comes to crime,” he says.
CONSTANTIA: ATM THIEVES FLEE SECURITY OFFICER
Guard foils card theft MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval
dedicated security officer at Constantia Village shopping centre foiled an attempted card theft last week. According to a report by the Bergvliet, Kreupelbosch and Meadowrowridge (BKM) Neighbourhood Watch, the officer risked life and limb as he chased two men through the streets of Constantia. While on patrol on Thursday 12 December, security guard Solomzi Nyangiwe noticed two men distracting a couple at the ATM. CRIME PREVENTION: A security guard at Constantia Village chased He witnessed the one two card thieves last week. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL man distract the couple LPR systems across the Cape for early warnwhile the other man grabbed the card. Nyangiwe grabbed back the card and pro- ing of any entry,” the report says. But Diep River police spokesperson Warceeded to chase the two men. The men jumped into a Silver Volkswagen rant Officer Keith Chandler says if the men Polo and sped off, but Nyangiwe gave chase and the vehicle are spotted in the village in the future, police will not be able to make and followed the men on foot. As they sped off, he managed to bang the an arrest. “The couple did not report the incident, so rear view window with his baton and managed to get a few numbers of the registration we don’t have a case,” he says. Chandler says its important for the public number. He made a call on the community radio to report all incidents to assist them in nailnetwork and the Constantia Valley Informa- ing criminals. “The unfortunate thing is these guys will tion Centre and Verifier, which monitors the Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) camer- now move on to another area and continue as managed to track the vehicle and provid- committing crimes at ATMs. By reporting this incident, we could have prevented this ed the information to the police. “Details have been loaded to community from happening in the future,” he says.
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Carols in the park W
ynberg residents gathered at Batts Road Park last week to celebrate the festive season and the year gone by. The annual Carols in the Park is aimed at building community
spirit, gathering donations for old-age homes and driving community safety initiatives. Speaking at the event sector commander Warrant Officer Silvino Davids urged residents to be vigilant over the festive season.
SISTERLY LOVE: Sisters Gabriella, Michaela and Danielle Davids enjoyed the carols service.
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DONATIONS: Dorothy Groenewald, Abieda Joseph and Candice Jacobs collect donations for old-age homes in the area.
GOOD TIME: Nigel Beukes, Sian Oliver and Elroy Oliver enjoyed the carols.
CRIME FIGHTERS: Constable Yusuf Williams, Sector chairperson Andrew Julius and Warrant Officer Silvino Davids ensured residents were safe,
FAMILY AFFAIR: Warren Walbrugh (left) and his wife Helen (right) brought along their father Henry Potts.
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CAROLS: The band got the festive cheer going at the park.
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 19 December 2013
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ets also deserve an awesome, or “pawsome” holiday, says the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. “Tis the season to have fun, entertain your guests and go on well-deserved holidays,” said Lise-Marie Greeff-Villett, spokeswoman for the organisation. “However, many animals are subjected to unnecessary stress over the holiday season.” To prevent this stress, the organisation gave a few tips people can follow to ensure the comfort, safety and wellbeing of their beloved furry friends: V Holiday entertaining: Crowds of people, loud music and sounds frighten animals. In-
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Thursday, 19 December 2013
Be the change
There are many huffing and puffing about the year not drawing to a close soon enough. Don’t despair. We’ll get there. Well, those who are responsible will. A new year looms. The power of change is hanging in the air. One year ends, another begins – the world is in transition. We make resolutions to stop smoking, drink less, quit bad habits, spend more time with the kids, do better at our jobs and, of course, renew your vow of fidelity to your gym contract. And then all that expires – quickly. Humans struggle with the idea of change. We tend to become stuck in our ways, and often much to our detriment. True change happens in the mind. Altering your environment is merely a trick. Cosmetic renovations to your lifestyle hardly carries any punch. It’s just decorative. Hollow. The shift that needs to happen is a mental one. The body is merely an instrument. We need to commit to the changes we desire. We need to cling to conviction, bolster the belief and render it unassailable. For many, 2013 was like an unruly teenager – drama and more drama. And for many the hope that 2014 is going to be a kinder and more prosperous experience is quite fragile. Perhaps this would engender the needed courage. Mahatama Ghandi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in this world”. It’s not a complicated idea. It just takes enormous courage to commit and execute the desire to have a better life and to yank ourselves from the muck. Don’t pretty up the muck. It’s still muck. Be kind to yourself. Give yourself the boost need to succeed. Knocking your head against a wall and expecting a different outcome is insanity. Change the rules. Change the game. Frustrated? Afraid? Lonely? Change. Have blessed and safe festive season.
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Sassa’s shocking lack of regard for others Thank you for your article on grant reviews in this weeks People’s Post (“Struggle for grant reviews”, 5 December). I would like to tell you of my experience concerning my disabled daughter’s grant review. I received a letter from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in October. It stated my daughter had to have her grant reviewed before 31 December. There was no indication of where or on which day we were to attend the review. There was nothing to say that the offices closed on 31 December either. I, therefore, phoned Sassa head office in Adderley Streeet and spoke to someone called Phillip, who told me as we live in Bergvliet we should go to the Wynberg offices on any day (which is where we have been for reviews in the past). Meanwhile, other friends were telling me that they were being directed to William Herbert! I planned to take my daughter to Wynberg very early the following Wednesday. On that morning I woke to the sound of heavy rain and decided, as previously, we would have to queue outside, I would go following day instead. But, in the meantime, I would phone the Wynberg office to double check that I had all the right documentation. Just before I was about to phone, another friend who was going through the same procedure told me that she had been directed to William Herbert (which is only open Monday ,Tuesday and Wednesday). But that very morning, having queued there since 06:00, she was turned away because they only review the disability grants on Tuesdays. I then phoned the Wynberg office and spoke to a Mr Hendricks, who is the office
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manager, and told him I was bringing my daughter to Wynberg for a review the following morning. He told me that Wynberg no longer does reviews and from whom I got my information. I told him and he said it was wrong, and I was to attend the William Herbert on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. When I told him my friend had been turned away from there that morning, as they only review disability grants on a Tuesday, he was shocked and said that William Herbert had no right to differentiate between the different groupings (disability, pensions and childcare). Anyone could go on any of the three days. He went on to say that he would sort out the misinformation and then gave me his cellphone number, saying when I go to William Herbert I should call him if I had any problems. We went to William Herbert the following Tuesday (arriving at 05:30 ) to begin the process. Two weeks later, after another day at a day hospital for the medical I, (thankfully my daughter was now spared from arriving at 05:15 ) returned to William Herbert this past Wednesday. Lo and behold there was a notice on the side of the building, which could not possibly be seen from outside of the gates – which are mainly kept closed I suspect. It stipulated that reviews would be done on Mondays, pensions on Tuesdays and disability on Wednesdays. At 07:00 I left a message on Mr Hendricks phone asking him to call me and explaining the problem. My husband also phoned, but, surprise surprise, his message box was full. The notice also stipulated that William Herbert would be closed from 12 December – no men-
tion of this on the initial letter. I decided to sit tight in the light of my conversation with the aforementioned gentleman, awaiting his call. When the workers arrived it transpired Mr Hendricks was responsible for the arrangement regarding the days. I am appalled at Shivani Wahab’s attitude as stated in People’s Post. To say that security guards were placed at the centre to assist with crowd control is ludicrous . On the two occasions I was there, I was astounded at how accepting these poor people were of the shoddy treatment. There are no facilities there except toilets – you can’t even get a drink of water. She also states people were not sent away – untrue. Another friend was sent away without being seen at 15:45 despite being there at 07:00. Also, it is untrue that community newspapers and radio stations have informed the public of the schedules. I listen to Cape Talk daily and have never heard it mentioned, except by people complaining. I have certainly never read anything. And where is this magical “local office” that no-one has been informed of that we can all attend on Thursdays? What irks me is the lack of responsibility and accountability by government. No-one seems to have the grace and humility to admit glaring failures within the system. To say “sorry that we have yet again failed the poorest of the poor, “instead people like Shivani Wahab makes excuses where there can be no excuses. Shame on you and shame on Mr Hendricks for moving the goalposts and not even having the grace to return my call. HELEN GARAGHTY, BERGVLIET Sassa was approached to respond to these allegations, but failed to respond at the time of going to print.
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On the sport pages this year LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT
hroughout 2013 the People’s Post sports section brought readers the most compelling and informative news from the southern suburbs. From stories about achievement in the face of adversity to hard-hitting investigative articles, we ensured that sporting highlights and lowlights were brought to you. People’s Post looks back on some of the stories which made headlines this year. Many sportsmen and women achieved on the world stage. In January Retreat’s Byron Wessels claimed bronze medals at the Kazakh Kures Traditional Wrestling tournament and the Asian Kickboxing Championships in Kazakhstan and India. Rondebosch Boys’ High School pupil Craig Emslie claimed silver in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events at the Zone VI Youth Games in Zambia. He was also part of the team who won gold and broke an African record in the 4x50m relay. Kommetjie’s Simone Robb went all the way to Peru to claim her gold, becoming the first women’s champion at the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in October. Not all of the achievers came home with medals. For some, the memories and sense of accomplishment were enough. In March Ram Barkai, Kieron Palframan and Ryan Stramrood, from Camps Bay, Newlands and Constantia respectively, swam a mile in the Arctic Circle, the coldest water on earth. In October, two of the group were at it again. Barkai and Stramrood were joined by Andrew Chin and Toks Viviers as they each completed 13 swims in the icy waters of the Beiring Sea. The four were part of a group of 60 swimmers who completed a world first by swim-
EXPERT AIM: Ottery’s Lyle George, of Grassy Park paintball team Critical, snap-shoots around a bunker at the South African Regional Paintball League (SARPL) Super Cup. The tournament took place in Free State earlier this month and featured over 50 teams from across the country. Critical placed second in Division Five and first in the province. PHOTO: DANIEL COETZEE
ming across the freezing cold stretch of water. That same month Hout Bay teen and Constantia Waldorf School pupil Deva Argue climbed 6 000m to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. People’s Post readers also achieved in spite of adversity. Alex Boettger, an 11-year-old Milkwood Park resident, is an excellent example. The muscular dystrophy sufferer swam 100m across the Silvermine Dam in an attempt to raise funds for his charity, the Alex Boettger Trust.
And Cafda Village resident Sergil January won the Blind Cricketer of the Year award at the annual Western Province Cricket Association awards in June. People’s Post also broke several hard-hitting sports news stories, starting in March with news that the Western Province Softball Association would not participate in the National Provincial Championships. The move left many of the union’s top players disappointed and angered. In the same month we reported on the suspension of Bluebells FC from the Cape District Local Football Association (CDLFA) af-
ter winning an R81 000 settlement in a 18month long legal battle. Bluebells sued CDLFA in September 2011 after failing to win a tender to run the tea room and café at the William Herbert sports grounds in 2010, alleging the tender process was flawed. After finding in Bluebells favour, the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court also served a warrant of execution against the CDFLA’s property in February. The club was suspended two days later. A stand-off ensued until the club and LFA eventually reached an agreement around the end of March. In June, People’s Post was also first with news that Cape Town was set to have a team in the Basketball National League (BNL), the newly formed professional basketball tournament. We also brought you news on an established tournament, with an article announcing a change in the club playing structure of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU). In a step toward getting more structure to women’s cricket, WP Women’s Cricket Association elected an executive committee in September, after the organisation had functioned without leadership for three years. The election coincided with the announcement the 12 centres of excellence in Cape Town would, in line with an instruction from Cricket South Africa, be required to have a women’s section at the start of this season. On the baseball front, the chairpersons of Crusaders and Thistle baseball clubs accused the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport of poor administration after a club with roots outside of the Grassy Park and Ottery areas was selected for a baseball development partnership with a school in the area. People’s Post will continue to bring readers interesting, informative and hyperlocal news next year.
Abrahams reaches milestone million LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT
Rylands Primary raised over R50 000 for the second consecutive year by bringing in R50 100, while Athlone’s HaAfter raising a million rand bibia Primary was the top for underprivileged schools in earner with R88 000. just three years, a Mitchell’s Majidul Bagr was the first Plain teacher has set his sights mosque to participate in the even higher. project and collected R36 000. Irafaan Abrahams, a well All organisations will be alknown community worker lowed to use the cash as they and amateur athlete, raised wish. the money through the Million Apart from the cash, all the Rand Challenge. schools also received paint The initiative saw Abrafrom Sizwe Paints. hams run the New York MaraHabibia Primary, Rylands thon in 2011, the Chicago MarPrimary and Riebeek Street athon in 2012 and the AmsterPrimary in Belhar have also dam Marathon this year. been sponsored by the Green While local pupils used collection cards to source R5 do- RUNNING FOR GOOD: Ira- Shoots Education Services for a year. All three schools will nations for every kilometre he faan Abrahams. receive free maths tutoring ran. Over R250 000 was raised during the first worth over R11 000 as part of the sponsoryear, more than R290 000 in the second year ship. Over R20 000 has also been donated to and over R443 000 this year. Abrahams believes his success is the be- Glendale High to assist with the school’s dream of building the first athletics track in ginning of bigger dreams. “I feel awesome. We had a goal, but many Mitchell’s Plain. “The athletics track will serve the whole people thought we would never reach that community of Mitchell’s Plain,” Abrahams goal,” he says. “What stops us from making it the R2m or says. “The school has raised quite a bit on their R3m or even the R4m challenge? We are true to the title we gave the project now. If we own. As a teacher and neighbour it’s only apcould do this in a short space of three years, propriate that we assist them.” Abrahams’ excellent work has also seen then the sky is the limit. The people involved are all just ordinary people trying to do him become the first ever sports ambassador for humanitarian organisation Islamic something extraordinary.” A total of 15 schools from across Cape Relief. “Islamic Relief is my main sponsor for fuTown were involved this year, with some using the project to raise thousands of rands. ture projects,” he says. “We will also be working on projects with Grassy Park’s Kannemeyer Primary raised R13 000, Tafelsig’s AZ Berman High underprivileged schools – particularly raised R3 000, Schaapkraal’s Jam Eyyatul (projects) involving football.” The organisation has also already paid for Qurra raised R3 000 and Wynberg High Abrahams’ entry for next year’s London School brought in R5 000. Montague Drive Primary in Portlands col- Marathon. The Million Rand Challenge will also inlected R6 100, Rocklands High raised R11 000 Glendale High brought in R30 000, Wyn- volved schools from Gauteng, Durban and berg’s Mohammadiyah Primary brought in the Eastern Cape next year. Any schools wishing to be part of the R35 000 and Mitchell’s Plain’s Harvester Priproject can phone Abrahams on 084 283 9977. mary collected R40 000.
OUCH: Silvertree Baseball Club’s Carl Rossouw (left) takes a ball to the body as Crusaders catcher Aneeq Hendricks keeps a close eye in a Major League match in Southfield on Saturday. Silvertree won 7-6. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
GOOD GENES: Siblings Caitlin (left) and Dannon Siljeur represented the Western Province under-13 A and under-14 A teams respectively at the National Schools Water Polo Championships in East London earlier this month. The Diep River residents, who attend Reddam House, both returned with gold medals. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Galiem stays grounded R ondebosch Boys’ High all-rounder Dayyaan Galiem is taking nothing for granted as he heads into the final matches of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week. The 16-year-old made his Western Province under-19 debut at last year’s tournament. But despite his experience and undeniable talent, Galiem intends to stay grounded and concentrate on the task at hand. “I’ll be concentrating on my own game and not thinking about the Coca-Cola South Africa Schools team or next year’s under-19 World Cup,” he says. The Grade 11 pupil recognises that WP’s strength lies in their batting line-up, with key batsmen like St Joseph’s College player Clyde Fortuin and fellow Rondebosch Boys’ products Hayes van der Berg and Zubayr Hamza. He also knows exactly what is expected from him. “I want to strike early with the ball and get the team on the front foot. I will probably bat at six or seven, but if needed I want to be able to read the situation of the
SHIFAAN RYKLIEF A rising talent from the Cape Flats, Milano United’s Devon Saal has been electrifying in the National First Division (NFD) this season. The 21-year-old is one of the leading goal scorers in the NFD, with five goals in 11 appearances. This is his second season with Milano and he has high hopes of moving to the PSL with the club. “It’s been very easy to settle in at Milano – it’s a family club and the guys treat you
game and bat accordingly,” Galiem says. “Hopefully, by the time I go in to bat the damage will already have been done by the top five batsmen.” Province played two warm-up games in preparation for the tournament, with Galiem taking one wicket against Boland and following up with four against the Western Cape Cricket Academy. His fine form continued on the first day of the tournament, with four wickets for just 13 runs against neighbours Boland. A lot has been expected of Galiem since he first burst onto the scene in 2012, when he took nine wickets in seven overs for just one run in a match against DF Malan. He followed this performance up with 196 runs in a T20 match against the same team. He credits team captain Hamza for his support. “He has been very supportive,” Galiem says. “He believes in my abilities and often helps me and gives me advice. He knows when I am having a good day or a bad day, and knows what to say to encourage me and get me to pick up my game.”
BACK AGAIN: Western Province’s Dayyaan Galiem is currently participating in his second Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Saal dreams of premiership football well,” he says. “If you don’t have that bond in the team, you won’t play well together. This has made it easy for me to stay here. We play well together and the team spirit is quite high.” Saal moved to Milano from Claremont’s ASD Academy. “My time with ASD was a wonderful ex-
perience. It was a huge step up, because they teach you how to be a professional,” he says. Sira, as he is known to clubmates, also spent a short time in Europe. Although things did not work out for him there, he forged a strong bond with Bafana Bafana midfielder and fellow ASD graduate Ayanda Patosi. “I had a very good rela-
tionship with Ayanda, on and off the field – we were like brothers. It’s been really tough staying in contact with him and the rest of the guys since we’ve all gone our separate ways.” Saal says his family motivates him. He dreams of playing in the Absa Premiership and urged Milano’s supporters to back the team. “Stay behind us, keep supporting the team and know that we will do it for you. At the end of the season we will make you proud.”