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Tuesday 29 May 2012

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CREAM OF THE CROP: Designers Ray Hudson and David Dav­ idson are ecstatic at winning gold for the Sanbi Kirstenbosch exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show underway in the United Kingdom. Photo: Supplied

Team bags gold at Chelsea JUBILATION greeted the gold prize the Kirstenbosch team clinched at the Chelsea Flower Show. Designers David Davidson and Ray Hudson, of the SA National Biodiversity Institute’s (Sanbi’s) Kirstenbosch team, say: “Our exhibition is always a popular destination for show visitors and this year by taking them on a journey across the country, they get the sense of how each location has its own iconic attractions.” This year’s exhibit, themed Gateways – a botanical journey, combined nature and the

country’s cultural diversity to create an intriguing combination of rich botanical biodiversity and iconic architectural elements offering glimpses into the land in which we live. The exhibit is much like the diary of a traveller where the visitor is taken on a journey through changing botanical and cultural landscapes, showing off unique fauna and flora against the backdrop of watercolour paintings of picturesque locations. The design duo say while many countries “exhibit their spring flowers, we are in our winter cycle, therefore our display is signifi-

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cantly different. This in itself is a motivation to visit our country and experience the diversity of our seasons, landscapes and cultures.” At the launch of the display, CEO of sponsors South African Gold Coin Exchange and Scoin Shops Alan Demby offered an incentive to the team if they won gold again: each designer would receive a limited-edition gold medallion. Demby says the medallion will feature a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela on the one side and the Kirstenbosch Mandela Strelitzia on the reverse. “Our talented designers will each be given one of the medallions in recognition of their

award.” Sanbi CEO Tanya Abrahamse was delighted to hear the team will bring back gold once again. “Once again our team has done us proud. Our biodiversity is an extremely valuable national asset,” says Abrahamse. Chelsea Flower Show veterans Hudson and Davidson have been creating the designs for 19 of the 37 years South Africa has been displaying at the event. The Chelsea exhibit will be reproduced at Garden World in Johannesburg from Friday 27 July to Sunday 2 September.

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Here’s to running a good race Dear reader, I’m happy to report that I finished my 10km run, with minutes to spare to the cutoff time. While I just about made it, my esteemed colleague, advertising manager Edwin Scott, fared exceptionally well, to finish in 1h22min. Well done Edwin! While completing the race was first prize, the experience itself came a close second. A beautiful Cape Town day greeted the nearly 4 000 runners as they set off on a scenic route, through the Castle of Good Hope and winding along the City, District 6 and Bo-Kaap. I met many interesting people along the way and was inspired by 77-year-old Auntie Julie from Garlandale who has been running for more than 20 years. Despite her track record, I didn’t spot any Transact patches on her, so made sure the three I sported under my long running pants were well concealed when I eventually caught up to Auntie Julie who doesn’t look a day over 60. No excuses, but my run got off to a difficult start after a health setback that forced

me to slow down. I perservered and after climbing Koeksister Hill, got my second wind, and a delicious koeksister as reward. Thank you, mense of Bo-Kaap. It was all downhill from there, literally, and hubby Ardiel, who had finished his run in an impressive 1hr5min, had returned to accompany me to the finish line. For this, he won the praise of many marshals. Now all he needs is mine. Edwin, and other runners (in letters to the Lion of Africa/Itheko Sport Athletic Club who had organised the race), praised the marshals for their inspirational support along what was a gruelling run. While Edwin acknowledges that there was nothing sweet about Koeksister Hill, miraculously all his aches and pains vanished as he saw the crowd at the end congratulating and cheering every runner to the finish. A good half hour behind Edwin, by the time I reached the finish line, the crowd had thinned out, but that did not stop my dramatics. Just metres from the last lap onto the

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fun walkers and runners and the older runners over 70 who embrace sport and the wellbeing and joy it brings them. Thanks you Malcolm from Pinelands Athletic Club who shared some valuable running tips with me after the race. I was shattered by one of your pointers Malcolm; that potatoes are a no-no for my blood type, except on race day. I’ll need to find a race for each week. But for now, I’m giving my running shoes a well-earned break, reducing my intake of junk food and re-committing to a manageable running programme. Till next time, go well! ConnectED is a weekly column, by People’s Post Editor, Feroza Miller-Isaacs who can be contacted on feroza@peoplespost.co.za People’s Post is online. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za.

Any unwanted books? Please donate THE SPCA is seeking book donations for their various book sales. Not sure know what to do with your unwanted books? Please do not toss them out. The SPCA appeals to all

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Tuesday 29 May 2012

Wynberg bypass plans shelved STEFNI HERBERT

THE Wynberg by-pass scheme is officially on a road to nowhere. The City of Cape Town has approved the recommendation to remove the scheme, on the City books since the 1950s. Mayoral committee member for Transport, Roads and Utilities Brett Herron says the recommendation was “first made in February and approved in April”. The scheme has been listed as a new street and, had it been actioned, would have bisected Maynardville Park, affecting 61 properties. “While the proposal to remove the redundant, historical road schemes were already made in 1992, the statutory process had never been initiated,” says Herron. Only two road schemes have been approved for removal to date, but Herron says so far 42 schemes out of 316 have been identified to be abandoned and now “we have to embark on the lengthy process of removing them statutorily”. Ward 62 councillor Elizabeth Brunette says: “I supported the decision by council to withdraw the scheme seeing it dates back to the 1950s. It would have run through Maynardville Park and it is not up to date with the development and transport requirements in Wynberg.” Brunette adds the road schemes are designed to improve the flow of road-based transport. Schemes supporting the City’s Integrated Transport Plan (ITP) will be retained, but those which no longer fulfil the these objec-

tives will be up for removal. “Properties affected by road schemes are owned by the council and have a road reserve zoning. The plan is to restore each property’s previous zoning when the applicable scheme is withdrawn or de-proclaimed.” Brunette says once this is done the City will “reconsider how to dispose of those properties where it is appropriate to do so”, adding it is likely to be done via public tender. While some road schemes would be adjusted, removing these schemes can take up to 18 months.

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FINALLY GOT HIM: Michael Cameron and his partner Donovan Williams from Moun­ tain Men Security. Cameron was out on the road training rookie, Alistair Williams, when they responded to a community radio call­out to arrest the suspect who allegedly masturbates in public. On Wednesday, a resident from Lincoln Drive, Constantia, fol­ lowed the suspect, but handed over to crime watch, who eventually called the Mountain Men to make the arrest at the top of Roscommon Road bridge. During the last month, police and neighbourhood watches have known about the suspect, but were not able to track him. Cameron says: “He resisted arrest, we fought to get the cuffs onto him and I had to sit with him on the back of the van so he would stay put.” Warrant Officer Clive Muller says: “The suspect is 24 years old and from Lavender Hill. He has been charged with public indecency and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Friday 25 May, but was remanded to Pollsmoor until his next court appearance.” Photo: Stefni Herbert

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Tuesday 29 May 2012

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Traffic nightmare takes woman in circles STEFNI HERBERT

A TOKAI resident is fed-up with cars hogging her street – especially on public holidays. Diane Brooks wrote to People’s Post, complaining that getting through Keyser River Drive is all but impossible with Blue Route Mall shoppers resorting to parking on the road. The road passes mall which, says Brooks, is so full that shoppers are parking on residential roads. “It makes it extremely challenging for those living there to manoeuvre around the parked cars,” says Brooks says. “The only access to Keyser River Drive is via Tokai Road.” She has directed her frustration at the police, who said parking in residential areas is not an offence and redirected her complaint to the Blue Route Mall centre management.

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Her attempts at being heard were further frustrated when Brooks called the centre management offices, only to be informed by an operator that she should, instead, speak to the security management. However, they were unavailable as it was a public holiday. The operator could not transfer her call to the security management offices, and suggested Brooks find a security guard. Brooks drove around looking for a guard, but found none. Instead, she found herself trapped in the traffic. She experienced the same traffic congestion the next public holiday. Brooks again tried contacting centre management only to have an operator tell her they were not in for that day. She says Brooks says the operator said nothing could be done about it as the centre’s parking is full. “I find this unacceptable and selfish because the centre management has time away

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NEWS

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Tuesday 29 May 2012

Backs up over prisoner release STEFNI HERBERT

KIRSTENHOF residents barely contained their anger at a public meeting where they heard which prisoners would be eligible for early release.

THERE TO SERVE: Kirstenhof Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel June Cilliers (front) intro­ duces some of her team. Photo: Stefni Herbert

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Some, however, expressed utter shock at the information relayed them by Colonel Belinda Low-Shang, Pollsmoor’s deputy director for development and care. She was a guest speaker at the Kirstenhof Crime Watch (KCW) annual general meeting on Thursday. Low-Shang, however, told the gathering she was “not speaking in her capacity as an employee of the Department of Correctional Services, but as a resident of Plumstead and a crime fighter”. She was speaking about the special remission of sentences, granted prisoners by president Jacob Zuma. “I am as petrified as other ordinary residents are about this initiative, but I am here to clarify everything, to show the other side of the coin,” says Low-Shang. Low-Shang tried to allay fears, adding: “The initiative is not new; it is an international practice, but only certain offence categories will qualify.” She says the process is “managed rigidly and aggressive crimes do not qualify”, but over a 10-week period a number of criminals will be released from correctional facilities countrywide. Low-Shang cautions that “there are criminals among you already” as the releases has been in effect since Freedom Day (Friday 27 April), with the cut-off for the initiative being Friday 6 July. She says some criminals are being monitored electronically in a pilot project for parolees. Launched in February, she says the study has “been successful thus far. We make use of measures of this nature as part of alternate

sentencing, especially for minor offenders because we have to alleviate the overcrowding in correctional facilities”. Following strict criteria to qualify for early release, prisoners are also prepared for their release into society, while, she says, some qualify for a six-month cut in their sentence, while others may have an additional 12 months snipped of their jail term. Others, however, may not qualify at all. These include those found guilty of violent crimes, drug-related crimes and most sexually-related crimes. Resident Anthony Vermeulen, himself a former police officer, was aggrieved at the plan. “I think this is ridiculous,” says Vermeulen. “People who have committed a crime and are locked away for doing the crime should stay in the correctional facility to serve their full sentence. There was enough crime taking place in society without those criminals on the street, but now Low-Shang allegedly clarifies how the procedure works. She tells us we must welcome them with open arms, but lock up your possessions, put your dirt bins in your yard and don’t put your computer by the window. It is nonsense.” Another resident added that they were allowed only three dogs per property, making residents more vulnerable to crimes. Other residents agreed with Vermeulen, some nodding their sentiments. Low-Shang countered that the initiative would not wipe out any prison records on the basis of early release, adding that the initiative would require a welcoming response from society. She says criminals who have failed at programmes in prison, would not be “allowed out”, while those who have passed “are released, but come into contact with temptation in society (and) they need the community for support because they will be out of work and families no longer want them”.

SET THEM FREE: Deputy Director for Development and Care at Pollsmoor Belinda Low­Shang addresses the meeting. Seated beside her is KCW chairperson Peter Key. Photo: Stefni Herbert

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current approved site plan of the blue route mall redevelopment scheme In conjunction with the demolition of the old mall and the building of on-grade parking: 1. Direct access off Tokai Road, opposite Lente Street 2. Access off Vans Road to be moved back by 60m 3. Keyser River Road – two lane circle at intersection 4. Tokai/Keyser River Road junction to be altered with a free-left from the west & the inclusion of Dam Road into the signalised intersection 5. New access directly off Tokai Road includes the improvement of Lente Street, Rose Street & Dam Road signalised intersections 6. Tokai Road - widened to accommodate left & right tum lanes 7. Taxi embayment positioned closer to mall entrance & lengthened to 30m (5 taxis) 8. Railing at the Tokai/Vans Road corner to guide pedestrians 9. Pedestrian crossings 10.New bounday wall (1.8m high) 11. New parking link from service station to Blue Route Mall 12.Screen wall to Checkers Hyper refuse area

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OPINIONS

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Pass the puff? SUMMER JACOBS

SMOKING is banned at most private and public establishments.

STALE: Tammy Adams hopes smo­ kers will give their habit a break on World No Tobacco Day. “Maybe then I’ll have a break from the smell of cig­ arette smoke. It is terrible.”

NO MORE: Simthandile Puweni used to smoke when he was in my teens. “I did it because everyone else was doing it. Thank God I realised how stupid it was.”

NEUTRAL: Thor Rixon wants more days to be tobacco­free. “It’s not good for you, but I respect peo­ ple’s choices. If they want to smoke, it’s their decision.”

WANT TO STOP: Evelyn Arendse says she wants to quit. “I didn’t know about World No Tobacco Day. The prices of cigarettes are getting ridic­ ulously expensive.”

PRICEY: Christopher Rex agrees smoking is “a bit pricey, but I won’t stop right now. I’m getting a pay cheque and I’ve got to spend it on something.”

GIVING UP: Fabian Gapad has been smoking for six years, but says it is “getting too expensive. I can only buy singles. I’m definitely giving it up for World No Tobacco Day.”

SMOKE­FREE: Caroline Festus says: “I stopped smoking three months ago. It’s too complicated. You can hardly smoke anywhere and it’s way too expensive.”

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Newlands: The Lions Club of Newlands is holding its sixth annual wine auction at Western Province Cricket Ground, Ave De Mist, at 19:00. Cost is R120 per person, it includes a meal, sweet, coffee and of course wine served throughout the evening. There will also be fantastic prizes during the evening with all proceeds going to Newlands Lions Club’s local projects. For more information contact Ged 082 202 3217, Mercia 082 578 6281 or email hirsch@intekom.co.za

Wednesday 30 May Constantia: The Annual General Meeting of the Constantia Hills Residents’ Association will take place at 19:30 (registration from 19:00) at the American International School, Soetvlei Ave, Constantia Hills. Guest speaker is Sandra Hollermann from Table Mountain National Parks, Senior Section Manager for Tokai Park. For details email info@constantiahills.org.za or call Joan on 082 852 2923.

Thursday 31 May Hout Bay: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum will have their Annual General Meeting at 18:00 at the Museum in Andrews Road, Hout Bay. A Fireside Chat follows at 18:30 where Ernie Lanz and Audrey Mamacos (nee Lanz) will speak about Lepers, Lunatics and Lanz’s on Robben Island – a brief, nonpolitical, history of family life on Robben Island from the year 1844 to 1910. Soup, gluwein and juice will be served at the Fireside Chat. Members pay a fee of R30 and non-members R40. For more information contact the museum on (021) 790 3270.

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LEADER

Tuesday 29 May 2012

Proud African AFTER World War 2 Africa started reclaiming her identity – and leadership – from European colonial rule. This rebirth is celebrated on Africa Day, each year on 25 May. In 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country to gain independence. A year later, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah, that country convened the first Conference of Independent States. Today, Africa can rightly celebrate the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, forerunner to the African Union. That’s the big picture. During colonialisation, many African countries have adopted foreign languages like French and Portuguese. While some nations have learnt to straddle own culture with those of Europe, smaller pockets have sacrificed clan identity for the greater good of unity and uniformity. Characteristics of cultural identity, like oral history, may have been sidelined in a march on progress. In Africa, the arts and performance have always played a role. The unveiling of the R150 million Soweto Theatre in the so-called cultural heart of Jabulani serves as a hard lesson for Cape Town. Khayelitsha is the second largest township in South Africa, and Mitchell’s Plain the largest “Coloured” township, between them home to hundreds of thousands of young people with creative talent and dreams of a career in the performing arts. Competitions like Idols showcase the bounty of talent our nation has to offer, but there can only be one winner, and for the rest, the show won’t go on. Our city boasts world class entertainment venues like the Baxter Theatre and Artscape and there is a need for such theatres in more areas; a need to merge opportunity with raw talent and professional training. In a sports mad country, the arts deserve the same fighting chance as any other initiative aimed at nurturing young talent.

The Emperor’s Dingetjie

Keep killers behind bars JADE Wyngaard and Nurshad Davids killed Richard Bloom and Brett Goldin execution-style. They are heartless, dangerous criminals. They should stay for the time they were sentenced and not get an early parole. President Jacob Zuma’s amnesty has to be kept for people with petty crimes, not for ice-cold killers. I don’t care if they were on drugs or not, or whatever the circumstances, the fact remains they are brutal

killers no matter their good behaviour in prison. What is happening to the law when people like Zuma can just change the law to suit themselves for re-election? I am worried about the ping-pong politics in South Africa. Bloom and Goldin deserve better. They were butchered for no reason at all. RALPH KRALL Oranjezicht

How have you helped? FOR SOMEONE one who has had all life’s advantages, which the people in Khayelitsa did not have, to write such a sanctimonious letter is appalling (“Don’t come begging to me”). What has he ever done to help the situation? Or is he merely one of those who criticises the efforts of

others? His last paragraph made me puke. Jessica Perrim’s efforts to organise a Golf Day at Mowbray is to raise funds for her organisation’s work because the authorities who should be helping do not do so. MICHAEL MCMASTER Tokai

The Emperor’s Dingetjie or something thereabouts or is it some thing around there in a manner of speaking (in my pigeon Afrikaans) The Emperor’s Dingetjie with all things being equal in the law of the land (though there is plenty of lawlessness about) The Emperor’s Dingetjie has been pinned up as it were that calls him and his person into question (what if he were a she) The Emperor’s Dignity Capitalized E and D like we minions are meant to like voting cattle should religiously every other The Emperor’s Dignity not up for grabs it is not even in the name of freedom of expression artistic or otherwise The Emperor’s Dignity The Emperor’s Dingetjie whatever your language whatever your slant whatever your shade on the nature of life Dignity and Dingetjie The Emperor’s impugned it is said impinging on our psyche speared come another Africa Day or any other “Dignity” is the in-word, as the saga continues, with “President throws down the gauntlet” (Cape Times, Monday 21 May 2012); whilst Mike van Graan adds a touch of soberness to the affair in his “‘The Spear” gives artistic expression to public disenchantment”. DAVID KAPP


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Running slaves hit the tar in Jive Route LIAM MOSES

IT WAS a marriage of fitness and history when close to 4 000 runners laced up for the Jive Slave Route Challenge on Sunday. Hosted in the city centre for the second time, the race saw participants make their way past some of Cape Town’s most significant historic sites, many of which are linked to the slave trade. The host club’s Lion of Africa Itheko Sporting Athletic Club and race founder, Farouk Meyer, could not have been more pleased with the success of the event. “It was way above our expectations,” says Meyer, who adds that “everything went off just great. Even the weather played along.” He is already eyeing the race growth potential. “I think this race can grow into one of the biggest in Cape Town.” People’s Post is the print media sponsor of the race, which has four routes. Of the 3 900 people who took up the Challenge, 1 400 ran the 10km, 1 200 took part in the 21,1km half marathon, 700 did the 5km walk and 600 took part in the 10km walk. Meyer says he was “pleasantly surprised”

by the number of foreign participants. “They just couldn’t stop talking about it.” Since race day he has received several positive emails. For the first time the race lead competitors straight through the Castle, arguably one of the most famous historical landmarks in the city. Another unique aspect to the event was that a canon doubled as the starting gun. Asiphe Skabalanjane broke the tape in the 10km women’s race, while Bulelwa Mtshaei came second, followed by Ursula Frans. Their respective male counterparts were Mathadazo Qhina, Sinethemba Mdzanga and Peter Tsawayo. In the half-marathon, Anthony Godongwana was the first to cross the finish line, while Lindikaya Mthangayi took silver. Sityhilo Diko claimed the last podium position. The top three in the women’s half marathon were Nomvuyisi Seti, Bulelwa Simae and Dianne McEwan. The first, second and third placed runners in the half marathon won R1 000, R750 and R500 respectively, while the top three in the 10km race won R500, R300 and R200. All of the competitors who finished the race received medals.

AT THE CRACK OF DAWN: The half marathon runners were the first to set off at 07:00. The start of the race was signalled by the firing of a canon at the Castle. Photo: Liam Moses

MEDALIST: Michelle Cupido completed the 10km event. Photo: Supplied

PUSHING: A runner exits the Castle while pushing a specially designed wheelchair. Photo: Liam Moses

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Rondebosch Common run raises funds for charity LIAM MOSES

RONDEBOSCH Common was flooded by close to 200 people on Saturday in the inaugural Making Strides 4 Multiple Sclerosis fun run/walk. The event was held in support of multiple sclerosis treatment and research and more than R15 000 was raised through the entrance fees of participants. Amy Stevens, who organised the race, says she was inspired by her own personal experience of the disease. “My mom has MS (multiple sclerosis). She was diagnosed with MS 11 years ago, and as family we were tired of there being such low awareness around it and such little funding. “There was a very negative attitude surrounding it. Our main goals were to raise awareness around it, and to create a day or positivity about MS, and then essentially to raise funds to support research in finding a cure and just to make the lives of people with MS a little easier.” The race started at 08:00 on Saturday morning and saw participants walking or running around the common twice for the 5km walk and four times for the 10km run. All of the participants were encouraged to wear orange, the national colour of multiple sclerosis, and the majority of participants on the day wore at least one orange item of clothing. Stevens says she is amazed by the enormous amount of support and participation the race received.

“I feel fantastic. We are so happy as a family. My mother is totally overwhelmed. We did it for her and she couldn’t believe that we managed to raise that amount of money. “We were completely blown away by the support and the fact that people were willing to get involved.” The funds raised at the event will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Africa and will pay for wheelchairs and treatment, and some will be donated to the University of Stellenbosch to help fund the institutions’ MS research programmes. Stevens says she intends to turn the race into an annual event, hoping to raise further funds and awareness for the disease.

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WRAPPED UP: Riaan O’Neill of Wynberg Boys High School is tackled by three play­ ers from Paarl Gym­ nasium dur­ ing an U19A match played in Wynberg on Saturday. The Paarl side won the game 14­10.Photo: Peter Heeger

FAMILY EVENT: Joanne and Ethan (in or­ ange) and An­ thony and Isa­ bella Chermaly of Hout Bay, all took part in the Making Strides 4 Multiple Scle­ rosis fun run/ walk at the Rondebosch Common on Sat­ urday morning. Participants were encour­ aged to wear or­ ange, the na­ tional colour of multiple sclero­ sis. Photo: Liam Mo­

STEP BY STEP: Tandi Mwambala and Set Zuweni of Upper Wynberg, also took part in the event. Photo: Liam Moses

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