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THEATRICAL HOLIDAY: Muizenberg’ s Jungle Theatre Company presents River of Life – a show and an eMzant si Mapiko maskmaking workshop from 10 to 13 July at 11:00 at the Masque Theatre, in Muizenberg. Or ganisers say this promises to be a fun school holiday activity. It is the tale of a rural tribe and a princess who finds the courage to travel a path alone. The play is performed by Laduma Jungle graduates who cre ated the show under the direction of Vincent Meyburgh. It is best suited to children aged five to 12 years, but promises to be fun for the whole fam ily. Join the maskmaking workshop directly afterwards, where children can make a frog mask. Tickets to the show are R30 and R25 for the workshop. Booking is strongly ad vised. Phone (021) 788 1898 dur ing office hours. Win one of two pairs of double tickets to the show. SMS the word “River” to 34586 by noon tomorrow (Wednesday). SMSes cost R1,50. Photo: Supplied
Glaring lights intrude TERESA FISCHER
QUESTIONS are being asked about who granted permission for floodlights to be installed at the Noordhoek Soccer Club fields, which are within the Conservancy. Several residents of Crofters Valley and Dassenberg object to the lights, which they say shine directly onto their properties as the sun starts to set. They say this spoils the view and destroys the rural ambience. There are no street lights in the area. It appears a solution may be possible, but the City of Cape Town has not yet confirmed this. Michael Eedes who lives and owns the Wild Rose Country Lodge, says the Milky Way, which is striking in the night sky, is dulled because of the effect of the lights. Ships at sea would normally be visible as
silhouettes on the horizon, but he says guests are now faced with the glare of the spotlights. Eedes says he feels “violated” when standing on his deck, watching the sunset, and then the lights “blast” straight into their dining area. He says it negatively affects his business as a guest house, which caters mostly to international guests. Eedes is now compiling a petition to Council. Several neighbours have voiced their support in emails to the Eedes. “The value of our properties is going to be hugely, negatively affected,” says Eedes. “Who wants to buy a R5- to R10 million property when the view is ruined by floodlights?” Eedes pointed out emails, in which one supporter states: “Count us in. If they can stop a paved parking area, then floodlights are a hell of a lot worse.” Another neighbour, Ian Wilkinson, says he is in favour of controlled lighting at the fields,
if it is properly positioned so as not to affect the neighbouring properties. Eedes says he has been trying to resolve the issue for two months. He offered to assist with labour costs if the lights were to be adjusted or moved. However, he says, he was subsequently told by Gascon Human, chairperson of the soccer club, there was “no plan that was feasible” regarding the lights. Rory Sales, the Noordhoek Conservancy committee member, says this issue has not yet been discussed by the Conservancy. But, he adds, the lights could possibly present a hazard to road users, due to the contrast created by the lights in an area without the street lights. Sales says in addition to impacting residents the lights may also affect nocturnal animals and he believes the Conservancy should have been consulted. Peter Snowball, the secretary of the Noord-
hoek Facility Management Committee, says: “We are trying to source longer poles for the problematic lights. These will then be moved to the opposite side of the field, facing away from the mountain.” Councillor Tandeka Gqada, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services at the City, says no public participation process was conducted. Gqada adds there is no legal requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment to erect floodlights. “The Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department will liaise with the committee to explore ways to minimise the impact, if possible,” she says.
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Let the buyer beware Dear reader,
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When it comes to our health, happiness and well-being, we’re prepared to pay any price, explore every option. And when conventional methods don’t work, we consider alternatives, often out of desperation – opening the door to exploitation for monetary gain. I have heard of some bizarre practices, which people are willing to pay good money to partake in, with the hope of being emotionally and psychologically cured afterwards. Ridicule, insults, humiliation and verbal abuse form part of the “therapy” offered by one such programme. Then there’s the plethora of healers that have popped up like weeds all over our city in the past few years. They usually go by names such as “Doctor”, “Chief”, “Queen” or “Mama”, and while the claims they make may seem ludicrous to some, for others who believe and are desperate, they represent a chance at
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Woman dragged by train TERESA FISCHER
A WOMAN escaped with her life after she was dragged by a train when the doors closed on her at Glencairn station. Christine Taljard (48) first helped her husband Lenard, who has only one leg, board the 05:15 train last Tuesday. The couple were on their way to re-apply for his disability grant. Her husband wants to know why both the driver and the guard failed to notice her still embarking. He cannot remember seeing a conductor. Lenard says they made their way to the front carriage to be as close to the driver as possible. He had just managed to negotiate the high step. “Christine had her one leg on the step when suddenly the doors closed, trapping both her hands inside, and the train moved off.” “She was running next to the train,” he says. “I was screaming my head off.” Christine managed to pull her hands free, and then he saw her fall and roll. “That’s the last I saw of her. I went off my head.” He says four people sitting nearby just stared at him. One then came to his senses and pushed the emergency button. The train came to a stop. “I was frantic,” says Lenard, who hobbled down the train to see if he could see his wife. He says he fell as he moved between the carriages and almost lost his crutch over the side. He eventually found his wife in the fourth
LUCKY ESCAPE: Christine Taljard’s shoulder was dislocated after train doors closed on her hands. She was dragged by the train after helping her husband, Lenard, board the train. Photo: Teresa Fischer
carriage. She had been helped onto the train by a guard after she fell. The couple got off at Sunny Cove, as Christine was in much pain. They say the doors nearly closed on them again.
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Should Metro and cops merge? THE Metro Police may be absorbed into the police service – if government gives it the green light. The DA has reportedly vowed to fight this move by the ANC to create a “single police service”, DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said in a statement. People’s Post interns Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn and Luzuko Zini polled readers to hear their views.
LET’S BE SAFE: Mal ickah Leen says safety is important. “It really makes no difference. They are all police and they should be under one banner. If it will not affect the police or Metro police nega tively it is fine. If they will be doing their jobs and pro tecting us from crim inals, I don’t see a problem with it.” Photos: Luzuko Zini and TarrenLee Habelgaarn
IT’S ALL THE SAME: Aviwe Mbitishwa also believes all po lice are the same. “I believe it is fine that they can work together to fight crime; they are all police. Why can’t they get together and fight crime? If government does that, crime will go down.”
BENEFITS ALL: Ip tishaam Hunter thinks they should focus on fighting crime, then everyone will benefit. “My bakkie was stolen two weeks ago. I be lieve if they (the Metro Police and the police) were together at least my bakkie would have been back. I really be lieve if they would work together it would be for the best for everyone – and I’m not saying that because my bakkie was stolen.” CORRUPTION: Lionel Peterson is afraid that if the Metro Police gets absorbed into the po lice they may be influ enced by the corrup tion among police offic ers. “My biggest fear is that the Metro Police will be influenced by the police because the police aren’t always a good example to the youth.”
FULL MOON RISING? While taking a walk one evening last week, a People’s Post reader snapped this photo of the moon rising over the sea in Muizenberg. Photo: David Muller
CHEAPER: Mo nique Ledger says it will be more cost effec tive for the country to have one form of au thority. “In my opinion it will be cheaper to maintain and run one unit than have two separate au thorities. It is less admin and will be better to monitor per formance. VISIBILITY KEY: Patrick O’Shea feels that things should stay as is, but the police can learn from the Metro Po lice, who are “more visible than the police because they patrol all the time”.
Fish Hoek: The Managed Aging seminar at St Margaret’s Church Hall, from 10:00. The cost is R8, with tea at 09:45. Speaker Katja’s topic is Qi Gong – gentle exercise that promotes healthy aging. Audience participation invited. Details: 0 (021) 782 2024 or 2 email@example.com. Simon’s Town: The monthly quiz has been postponed to Friday 27 July at the Country
Club. R40 for teams of four or less. Prizes and fun at the fireplace. Details: 0 (021) 786 1233.
Saturday 14 July Fish Hoek: The South African Cake Decorators’ Guild meets at the Dutch Reform Church in Kommetjie Road at 13:30. A fantastic demonstration by Susan Verwey on foliage will take place. The creative demonstration starts at 14:30. Tickets at R20 each, includes refreshments. Details: Hettie 0 (021) 782 2375.
ENFORCING THE LAW: Bongani Ndlo vu thinks it will be a great way to keep the community safe by combining the strengths of both authorities. “It can be a good partner ship because the police are good at solving crime while the Metro Police are good at enforcing the law.”
POSTCARD ARTISTRY: A quiet day in Simon’s Town had a People’s Post reader snap this illustrative photo of bead work at Bertha’s. Photo: Ian Varkevisser
Simon’s Town: Christmas in July dinner dance at the Simon’s Town Country Club. Details: 0 (021) 786 1233 to book.
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ASSISTANCE: Adri an Williams feels the Metro Police are more helpful than the police when it comes to assisting the community. They are also faster to respond. “The Metro Police are al ways willing to help when we need them and are quick to sort out the problem.”
Fish Hoek: The 1st Fish Hoek Sea Scouts will hold a mini morning market at the hall in Recreation Road (near Valyland) from 8:00 until 12:30. Crafters welcome. Details from Michelle 0 083 407 4363. Muizenberg: The friends of Muizenberg Library invites book lovers to a book sale at 16:00. Glencairn: False Bay Gun Club’s Open Day is from 10:00 until 16:00 at the quarry. The cost is R30 each, plus extra for the different shooting experiences selected. Spectators and juniors enter free. Details from Jimi Glenister 0 (021) 783 0933.
Sunday 15 July Fish Hoek: The Ocean View Association for
People with Disabilities hosts a fundraiser concert at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre. Wellknown artist Jannie du Toit will provide a mixture of humour, music and song – in English, Afrikaans, French and Dutch. Accompanying Du Toit is Clinton Zerf on piano and Susan Mouton on cello. Tickets, at R75 each, is available from AP Jones or at the door. The show starts at 18:00. Details: 0 (021) 785 2219 or (021) 783 1274.
Wednesday 18 July Fish Hoek: Spend your 67 minutes for Mandela Day helping to create a community park in 10th Avenue. Bay Primary School and local community members will plant a garden and clean up the park from 13:00 until 16:00. Donations of soil, compost and any hardy, waterwise plants are needed. Contact Chantal Benade 2 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0 084 359 4749.
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Threat to ‘kill baboons’ TERESA FISCHER
IT IS an offence to maim or injure any animal, warns the SPCA. That goes for baboons, too. People should, therefore, not attempt to shoot, hit or in any way hurt baboons. They ask that residents instead allow the professionals to resolve the problem. This was noted in a press release issued by the Society on Friday. But sitting back and waiting may be asking too much of a Smitswinkel Bay resident who phoned People’s Post threatening to “shoot at problematic baboons”. Braam Spamers says a raid by a large troop left his house devastated. But, he says, the final straw came when a large male baboon, he calls Clive, jumped onto a six-year-old girl, growling at her. “If they don’t take control of their baboons,” Spamer says “we are going to start killing them.” He adds he is an animal lover, but is worried others will do worse. “My family is living in fear,” he says. He warns: “These animals are not safe,” adding others have an even more violent approach than himself. In contrast to the SPCA appeal, Felicity Purchase, chairperson of Subcouncil 19, responds: “You may defend yourself and your family. There is a particularly aggressive baboon – in fact two – in the Smits troop. I have seen this behaviour first-hand and can testify (to it). They have attacked anoth-
FED UP: Braam Spamers who lives near Cape Point says repeated raids by baboons will cause people to take the law into their own hands. Photo: Teresa Fischer er member of the community by jumping on him.” There are no burglar bars on the windows of Spamers’s house, which he rents. Purchase says burglar bars are “irrelevant”, and adds that the baboons have “attacked people on the beach and on the paths”. “They attack people as they get out of their cars. The threat is a real one. People are scared and for a long time nothing has been done to manage the problem animals.” She adds people are trying to protect themselves with whichever means at their
disposal. “I have seen paintball guns, pellet guns and catapults; even pepper guns and tazers and fireworks. You can’t blame them,” she says. “It is not a good solution and people are really afraid for their safety and that of their children.” The SPCA, however, implores all residents who find themselves interacting with baboons to exhibit understanding and tolerance towards the creatures who share their space. They say it is important to remember baboons are extreme opportunists and it is im-
portant to not provide temptation to them. Spamers’ neighbour, Craig Clifton, points out he never sees fines being imposed on people who feed the animals on the road. Clifton feels baboons are becoming more brazen because they have lost their fear of humans. He says the animals try and raid his house about twice a day, but he has made it difficult for them to succeed by putting up burglar bars. Dr Elzette Jordan, the City of Cape Town spokesperson on baboon issues, says if residents were to injure or kill a baboon and there were witnesses a court case may result. The outcome of the court case would determine the penalty as it is illegal to kill or mistreat a baboon. Jordan says it is not unusual for a baboon to jump on a child, adding it “might not necessarily be an act of aggression either”. Jordan says close encounters are always potentially dangerous. She says it is recommended to have burglar bars on windows with gaps less than 8cm should you live in a baboon affected area. Jordan says the newly-appointed service provider will assist in keeping baboons out of all urban areas. This month the SPCA Wildlife Unit expects a rise in instances of human/baboon conflict due to the absence of a baboon monitoring service provider. The City of Cape Town will be utilising its own rangers to provide a monitoring service in the interim.
) Prevention is the key to your personal safety IF YOU live close to natural areas inhabited by baboons, it is important to familiarise yourself and your family on how to react should you find a baboon in your home. Here are some tips from the SPCA on what to do: . Try not to panic. . Back away slowly. . Don’t look the baboon straight in the eye and don’t show them your
teeth, as the baboon may assume you are challenging him or her and challenge back. . Identify an escape route for the baboon which is unobstructed. Do so by opening a window or door for it to escape. . Do not try and corner or trap the baboon. They are strong, powerful animals and will fight back if threatened.
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Cops in crackdown NUMEROUS arrests took place during crime prevention operations in the Muizenberg Cluster at the weekend. A total of 24 people were arrested for crimes, including possession of narcotics (9), theft (4), shoplifting (2), assault (2), house break-in and theft (2), armed robbery (2), dealing in liquor (1), malicious damage to property (1) and common robbery (1). . Warrant officer Peter Middleton, Fish Hoek police
station spokesperson, says there has been an increase in general house break-in compared to last year. Middleton adds there have been incidents of theft off motor vehicles. This is when tyres or rims, for example, are stolen. He advises residents to park inside at night. He says a case of malicious damage to property was opened when a residential intercom system was set alight in Fish Hoek.
. If the baboon has stolen food, don’t try and wrestle this back – the loaf of bread or bag of apples is not worth it. Try and get to a safe place and call for help. . For all baboon-related matters and complaints contact the City of Cape Town’s baboon hotline 071 588 6540. If you witness any cases of cruelty to baboons, report it to the Cape of
Good Hope SPCA Wildlife Unit on (021) 700 4158/9 or after hours and on weekends on 083 326 1604. Store these numbers on your phones. Prevent a baboon from entering your home, by: . Keeping doors and windows closed unless you are in the room. . Storing food out of sight. . Exercising responsible refuse control.
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Jewish bone marrow needed NATHAN ADONIS
MEDICAL deck of cards is stacked against a teenage girl who needs special intervention to save her life. Maike Förtsch (19) is cocooned in an isolation ward at Groote Schuur Hospital. A very rare form of leukaemia puts Maike – who has a 0% immunity – at severe risk of infection. Removing her glasses to rub her thumb across her eyes, Maike’s mother, Carine Förtsch, says: “It’s like she’s empty.” A donation of stem cells with a Jewish make-up will give her a fighting chance of survival. “Her great grandmother fled Germany before the war,” she explains. To see if there is a stem cell match, she says, requires “just a simple blood test”. The closer the match is to 10 the greater the chances of a perfect match. She frequently removes a crumbled white tissue from her pocket. “She can’t be a normal teenager.” The closest this reporter could get to Maike was to stand at an outer door which protects her from any cross-contamination. For Maike, it is the small things that matter. Straining to smile, Carine puts her glasses back on. “The biggest treat for her is feeling the sun shining through the window onto her bed.” Initially misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), the Förtsch fami-
ly was warned the medication would lead to headaches, but “they got worse each day”. “She has always been pale, but I noticed she was paler than usual”. Blue bruises marked her body and she was constantly exhausted. They now believe she may have contracted tick bite fever. After more blood tests, she was diagnosed with leukaemia in November. Maike and her family – from Windhoek, Namibia – sought treatment in Cape Town since then. For three weeks Carine hasn’t been able to kiss, hug or touch her daughter as they wait for a positive match. Previous donor matches have yielded no fruit. “Often you will find a family member who is a match, but I have two sons and neither of them match each other or my daughter.” Maike’s mother looks into the sunlight and wipes away a tear. “There are so many lives who don’t make it.” Support is her lifeline. “The first time she lost her hair, her boyfriend jokingly patted her scalp,” says Carine. “I wish for every girl to have someone like him for support at times like these.” Another cold reality hits. “The worst thing . . . it broke my heart ... my daughter won’t be able to go to her matric ball.” A perfect bone marrow match will give Maike simple pleasures. She wants to dance, feel the wind when horseriding and to kiss her mother.
What is acute myeloid leukaemia? Professor Nicolas Novitzky, of Groote Schuur Hospital’s haematology department, ascribes acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) to the “instability of genomes in the stem cells”. This is when white blood cells – the ‘soldiers’ of the body – are over-manufactured and less red blood cells – which carry oxygen in the body – are produced. The soldiers are produced too rapidly and die off faster, leaving the body defenceless. There is hope, says Novitzky. “Better treatment is available and patients like Maike receive chemotherapy and await stem cell transplants.” But, he adds: “It is still a fatal cancer.” The cause of the instability is unknown, he says. What to do to become a bone marrow donor: Donors need to be fully committed, be in good health and need to meet the basic requirements of a blood donor. SA Bone Marrow Registry Deputy Director Terry Schlaphoff says: “It does help to have representation from all population groups as well as donors with multiethnic backgrounds.” During the bone marrow transplant, the patient’s own bone marrow is destroyed to accommodate the donor stem cells. The body then programmes the matching donor cells to produce healthy bone marrow. As a result, the patient may take on the hair and eye colour of the donor. There are currently about 19.5 million
NEEDS HELP: Maike Förtsch will have a fighting chance if she can gets matching donor stem cells. Photo: Supplied donors registered, but still some patients suffer. “The process is not invasive or painful,” says Schlaphoff. Once a donor is registered they may be called to donate stem cells. One day off work is needed and donations may cover the costs of the procedure. Call the Sunflower Fund to register on 0800 121 082.
Muso with conscience reaches out to others
MUSIC HEALS: Earl Mentor, also known as Nizzel the Reaper, believes music can promote social change. Photo: Supplied
EARL Mentor is inspiring people through music. The hip-hop and R&B artist, also known as Nizzel the Reaper, just released his third album and has two songs on the radio. But his main goal is to use music to promote social change. “I always dreamed of using music as a way of empowering youth and inspiring positive change,” Mentor says. “I try to touch lives and touch people through my own experiences.” Mentor has been in the music industry since 1994. He grew up in Ocean View and used to be involved with drugs and gangsterism. But his life changed dramatically when a friend died in 1997. “It took me about a year to realise that kind of ill life wasn’t beneficial for me,” he says, adding, “It opened my eyes and gave me a new outlook.”
In response he started 4 Corners, a music movement to encourage youth to get involved with music instead of drugs and gangsterism. Mentor also became the music facilitation coordinator at eMzantsi, where he worked to bring different cultures together and breakdown racial barriers through music. Then, in 2009, he started the 783 Hip Hop Movement, an organisation that serves more than 40 local artists. It aims to expose talent from Ocean View and provides a platform to showcase their work. “We’re all going to rise together and unify as one voice for the community,” he says. “It’s difficult because we compete with people over the mountain who have more resources. We have to prove ourselves a lot more.” In addition to the movement, Mentor
works as the sports facilitator for the Desmond Tutu Youth Foundation; he gives inspirational talks at rehabilitation centres, youth groups and youth organisations and he has published three poetry books. “I’m constantly looking at ways to uplift my community – whether it’s through music, the performing arts or sports and recreation,” Mentor said. He said his new album, which took four years to compile, is his proudest product yet. The album is a mixture of R&B, hip-hop, soul and storytelling. It draws on his personal experiences, his community and the divisions in society and has been described as the most commercial of his work. He says he wants to send out a positive message. “I’m using social ills and transforming them into something positive.”
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HIV test failure WHAT message does government send when a banned HIV test kit is used at State hospitals? Two years ago, SA’s HIV/Aids status was cause for alarm. The Country Progress Report on the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/Aids carries a foreword by national Health Minister Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi. It reads that SA is “one of the countries most severely affected by the Aids epidemic, with the largest number of HIV infections”. The report repeated a UNAIDS estimate which put the total number of persons living with HIV in SA at 5,7 million. The primary prevention goal at the time of the report was for SA to “reduce the national HIV incidence rate by 50% by 2011”. This “ambitious target” would be achieved through “prevention” as government’s mainstay and “most sustainable response to HIV and Aids”. Fast-forward to March 2012 when a R22,5 million tender was reportedly awarded to a Durban company for an HIV test kit which was banned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) two months previously. The company, Pantech, would reportedly supply 4,5 million test kits – SD Bioline – over the next two years to government hospitals. The tender was given the green light after the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) approved the kits. WHO found the test kits have faulty results. Media reports indicate the WHO stated in its advisory that governments should “cancel any pending procurement and no new procurements be initiated until further notice”. Saying it was “not necessary to withdraw the product”, a company spokesperson reportedly said there “were only 66 000 faulty tests”. Pantech, said the spokesperson, has a “historical comfort with the product (which) has never let us down before”. The question begs: even if there was only one faulty test kit, who at Pantech and in government would trust the results of that kit?
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My views on baboon issue I WRITE as chairman of the Trust whose purpose is to protect baboons and educate the public with regard to their activities and environment. Jenni Trethowan has been a fantastic advocate for the Trust and the baboons for over 20 years and continues to be our main spokesperson, but I feel that I also have to speak out at this juncture. Continually it is expressed by Professor O’Riain of the Baboon Research Unit at UCT, and by various individuals in the “authorities” involved in managing baboons, that baboons are the perpetrators in attacking humans. These views are constantly expounded in comments to the press, TV interviews, and communications within the baboon-related authorities and to the public. In recent communications among the authorities – that I have seen – I would respond to two continually recurring expressions: . “... to fix a current situation in which a law-abiding tourist finds a baboon on their back seat”.
If the tourist was law-abiding then why is a baboon on his back seat? Is it not the tourist who must have been breaking the law by having his car stationary and unlocked; his doors or windows open; the authorities not monitoring the baboons to keep them away from tourists; the signage instructing the tourists not adequate? My point is either the tourist or the authorities – and not the baboon – were breaking the law. .“ I think we all accept that humans are the problem”. So why kill the baboons? We state categorically that if the authorities would simply uphold the laws and protocols they have been mandated to create and enact then the tourists and other humans would be protected; our heritage would continue to exist; the baboons would remain unharmed; and the area would prosper from greater tourism finances and a more beautiful landscape full of our indigenous flora and fauna. SIMON JAMIESON Baboon Matters Trust chairperson
Lost and found in the Far South A SET of keys and a wallet pouch were found at Long Beach Kommetjie. Please phone Mrs Browning on (021) 712 4443. . In Muizenberg, a car radio face was found at the beach. Phone Beverley on 071 448 1848.
. A set of keys were found in Willow Street, Milkwood Park this week. To obtain the contact number you must be able to describe the two objects linked to the set of keys. The owners can contact People’s Post.
YOU live in Noordhoek and do not have a baboon problem. When did you arrive and why should the fact that you or they arrived in our space first, second or third be criteria for bad behaviour? That’s like saying elephants roamed the peninsula before humans did, therefore they should be introduced here and allowed to live freely. It is utter nonsense. This line of defence is used whenever the baboon issue is raised and you baboon-huggers are so repetitive. It is such a yawn. There is enough space for the beasts to cohabit if they will stay in demarcated areas such as the Cape Nature Reserve which has 50km of coastline where baboons can pluck mussels freely. There is 7 000ha of land for them to cavort in the reserve, where they can dig up Fynbos roots and 250ha in the area around Solole, where they can play happily. But no, this is not what these pests want to do. They want to hang out at the Compass Bakery, in shops and in our homes, raiding from dawn until dusk. They break and destroy leaving a trail of debris and ill-feeling. They hurt our pets and they charge and frighten those homeowners who defend their properties. We certainly have no reason to leave when they are the intruders. When you are burgled do you pack up to live in a densely populated area? I expect a vigilante group will take the law into its own hands, while the monitors are not working for a month and a few more baboon deaths will occur. ANGELA BOTHA Kommetjie
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Your SMSes . Whatever happened to the “Peter Creese Way” sign which was put up in memory of Peter Creese? It was on the road of the beach. I have queried this at the management office before, and was promised it would be looked into. Nothing ever came of it. Peter was a talented athlete and lifesaver on Fish Hoek beach before he was taken young by cancer. A lot of people would like to see this sign back. Tracy London . Who would bother to paint anything in Kalk Bay with jackhammers, dust and torn pavements? MO must be blind. IA . The line “baboons were here before us and if you don’t like it, go and live somewhere else” is becoming hackneyed. Have the writers heard of freedom of expression and the Bill of Rights? . Fed-up from Capri has a wild and vicious side to his or her character. It is people like you – not the baboons – causing the chaos. Humans like Fed-up are showing that humans are incapable of managing the problem without resorting to wild and vicious suggestions and actions. I have lived in Glencairn for 11 years and through my stupidity have had the baboons in my house many times. I have never felt threatened. I just clean up and try to manage the human problem – me – better. There is not one case on record of anyone having been attacked and bitten in this area – so much for dangerous baboons. Look at the number of baboons with missing limbs. This is the result of the actions of dangerous, unintelligent humans. Move elsewhere, Fed-up. Dave, Glencairn . The play park in First Crescent, Fish Hoek needs swings. The chains are there and it has been neglected for years. Please do something about it. What better memory in a child’s life than the happy, carefree days sitting on a swing? Maureen . Fed-up in Capri: you are an idiot wanting to euthanise baboons. Humans have ruined their natural foraging routes by encroaching on their space. You should be the one getting the injection, seeing you think you are the superior species. CF, Lakeside . A raided fridge is the least of my worries. Baboons will injure or kill our dogs and the dogs are only protecting their homes and owners. Other animals get culled for mere overpopulation and they are not vicious. Where is the logic? . Why can’t home owners be told to cut back trees overhanging their walls into roads? It is impossible to walk on the pavement in Promenade Road, where the trees force one to walk in the road. RC . It is so sad that people still think they own the earth and they are more important than others. People are parking in the road, causing motorists to drive in the other lane. When I ask these people to move their cars, they give out a finger. People who walk their dogs at Fish Hoek beach must be instructed to put a leash on their dogs. I was charged by two dogs owned by a woman in her 40s. She just walked by and did nothing, not calling them away from me. When I shouted at her, she said they were just being friendly and that I should not be silly. From what I know about dogs, when they charge aggressively with their teeth out, it’s not good. Millicent, Fish Hoek .Hello to all the people complaining about the bills at False Bay Hospital. All you guys do is complain, but never thank the hospital for helping you when you are sick. Why don’t you go to the day clinics or private hospitals if you don’t like it here? We still try our best and yet you’re not satisfied. . The person who returned the purse was very honest – I salute you. The hospital billing system is quite adequate and there are hundreds of other patients who don’t have problems with their accounts. Mistakes sometimes happen, but nobody is targeted. This happens at private hospitals, too, and can also take forever to be sorted out. I am talking about my experience. I just feel that we should be a bit more understanding. It takes tolerance to get these things sorted out. Maybe if people are a bit more tolerant instead of kicking and screaming then the person will be able to assist you without making more mistakes. How are they going to help you when you are rude and threatening? People who are complaining sometimes need to take a look at themselves and their behaviour.
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TOADALLY BEAUTIFUL: Volun teers are needed to help patrol during the coming Western Leopard Toad breeding season. Toad NUTS holds its annual vol unteer training at Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek on Sun day 22 July, from 17:30. All vol unteers need to be trained, so everyone is invited to become part of the toad community. Call Alison 0 082 771 6232.If you would like to help save the Western Leopard Toad and join the association of volunteers visit www.leopardtoad.co.za or call 0 082 516 3602 Photo: Supplied
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Capital Gains Tax and your property SHOULD your property be sold for a sum in excess of the original purchase price (less all capital improvements, cost of sale and cost of purchase), then this gain will be subject to Capital Gains Tax. But only if this gain has been realised after 1 October 2001. Capital gain or loss is the difference between the base cost of the property and the selling price. The base cost for property bought after 1
October 2001: purchase price plus allowable capital expenditure. The base cost for a property bought before 1 October 2001: valuation date value of the property on 1 October 2001, plus allowable capital expenditure. The valuation date value is calculated as: the market value on 1/10/2001 as determined by a valuation; or 20% of the proceeds after deducting the additional expenditure incurred after valuation date; or time appoint-
ed base cost, as determined by the formula in eighth schedule of the Income Tax Act. Allowable capital expenditure is as follows: cost of acquisition, cost for valuation for CGT purposes, remuneration payable to professional adviser in connection with property disposal, transfer costs, advertising costs and improvement costs. CGT applies to SA residents who dispose of property in SA and overseas and non-residents owning properties in SA.
As of 1 March, for SA residents selling a primary residence up to R2 million of the gain made on the disposal of the property is exempt from CGT. Gain above the R2 million exemption would be taxed as follows: 33.3% of the profit made on disposal of the property must be included in taxable income for the year of assessment in which the property is disposed of, and then taxing that income at an individual’s marginal rate of income tax.
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How best you can market your home LORRAINE Webb, of Fine and Country International Realty in Fish Hoek, was awarded another accolade as a member of the Fine and Country Golden Circle for property sales for the second year running. She has sold nearly R200 million of property in the last five years. Selling a house is a business transaction and needs to be completed without too much emotion and sentiment. Start by trying to see your property as a ‘product’. What are the unique selling features and what may detract buyers from making offers. Call in a reputable property pro-
fessional to help you understand the market, agree a sale price, show you how to market your home to maximum potential and agree a marketing plan. Lorraine’s seven key points when selling property are: . Potential buyers prefer well maintained homes neatly presented. The small repairs needed around the house should be completed before going on sale. . Allow the potential buyer to really see your home. Remove or hide your clutter. In the smaller homes it is important that as much space as possible is created. . Appoint a property professional who knows how to present
your property best and most appropriately to the market. Which agency offers great script writing, good photographs, floor plans, virtual tours, website, marketing exposure and provides innovative marketing ideas to make your home a strong contender in a competitive market? . The way buyers search for properties has changed in the last decade. The younger generation rely on the internet, while the older generation rely prominently on newspapers. Choose an agency which understands technology as it will have an impact on the sale of your home. . You need a good idea of the market – what is your home worth
and what trends are current or outdated. If you are serious about selling you need to know the statistics about what has sold and what isn’t selling. This will provide you with a good indication of an achievable selling price of your home. . When selling your home it is important to plan carefully and have regular meetings with your consultant. Feedback is important in decision-making. . The property consultant will market your property, but you should agree on how your property will be marketed. Contact Webb at 082 675 0725 or email email@example.com.
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Guide to improving your credit score REGARD your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly possess. It is hard to build, yet easy to destroy. Your credit is your financial “good name”. It is your reputation in the eyes of credit – and other service providers – and is one of the most important considerations when deciding if they should lend you money. Your credit score is an attempt to quantify how much risk a lender is taking on by loaning you money. A credit provider will look to your credit score to determine if you are “credit worthy” – the better your score the more likely they’ll grant you a loan. In addition to making loan applications easier, a good credit score is a great bargaining tool when negotiating for a lower interest rate. Experian and Transunion ITC are the main credit reporting agencies in SA. They adjust your score each time you borrow or repay debt. Creditors choose which bureau to use and each one has different information about you, meaning that you have two credit scores. It’s also possible for lenders to produce a unique score for you using their own records. These last few years, banks and other credit providers seem terrified of lending so it is a good idea to work on your credit score before
applying for a mortgage or other loan. Here are tips to do just that: Pay on time This is a vital determinant of your credit score. Your repayment history can contribute up to 35% of your score. Each time you are late, it gets noted and your credit score decreases. To ensure this never happens, set up debit orders or postdate online payments. Remember, it doesn’t matter that you can pay; you must pay on time. Nothing shows you can handle being in debt more than regularly making payments on your own credit cards and keeping their balances down. Don’t end up in court for paying late It’s fairly easy to negate the damage of a late payment by simply being on time with subsequent payments. If, however, you end up in court, your record will be irreparable for many years. Don’t take on too much debt Try to have only one, but no more than two credit cards, and no more than two major debts, such as a home or car loan. Never max out your credit cards and try to keep the outstanding balance below half of your credit limit. The lower your balance in relation to your credit limit, the better it is for your credit
score. Avoid taking on more credit while you are paying off other debts. Aim to cut what you spend on debt each month to less than 30% of your after-tax income. The devil is in the debt ratio Your debt ratio – the difference between what you owe and your credit limit – can make up to 30% of your credit score. Creditors like that gap to be gaping and it will be detrimental to your rating if you, for example, owe R14 500 with a limit of R15 000. If you’re planning to apply for a big loan, first pay off all balances that are close to their limit. Don’t submit your application until all outstanding balances are less than 50% of their respective limits. Never ask your creditors to lower your limits as this will instantly reduce the gap between the balances and available credit. When paying off debt it is cheaper to tackle those with the highest interest rates first. But when you’re trying to improve your credit record it’s best to pay debts closest to their maximum limits. Close idle lines of credit Having fewer lines of credit available to you makes you less risky to creditors. Close all unused credit cards and accounts and have the
creditors notify the credit bureaus that the accounts were closed by you and not them. Keep credit enquiries few and far between “Hunting” for credit can trim up to 10% off your credit score so it’s best not to make any unnecessary enquiries. Every time someone runs a credit check on you, it gets noted and negatively impacts your score. Don’t move balances from card to card Avoid credit repair agencies There is really no need to go to a credit repair agency. You can fairly easily do it yourself by visiting www.credithealth.co.za. These companies charge about R5 000 to repair your record. Revolving credit is bad for your score The nature of your debts can be responsible for up to 10% of your credit score. If revolving credit – those lines which can be used up to a predetermined limit or paid down at any time, such as a credit card – makes up most of your total debt then your score won’t be good. No history, no credit While having too much debt is obviously bad for your record, having
had too little will also count against you. If you have no, or a very short history of credit then credit providers won’t be able to trust that your credit scored is an accurate reflection of your credit worthiness. The duration of your credit history (how long you’ve been a credit consumer), can make up to 15% of your credit score. If you have no credit history, consider getting a credit card and pay it off completely each month. Check your spouse’s rating Creditors have access to your spouse’s credit record and this could impact negatively on yours if it is very bad. Obtain a copy of your credit report from Credit Health and look for errors. About 80% of credit reports contain errors. The most common errors are accounts that aren’t yours (possibly indicating identity theft), incorrect information about your accounts and information too old to still appear on your record. Judgments against you should be removed after five years and unfavourable information can only be kept for two years. Contact your creditors to inform the credit bureaus inaccuracies. Advertorial submitted by Engel & Völkers. Contact the Fish Hoek office on (021) 782 0006.
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Step up knowledge on marine conservation AN INITIATIVE has been launched to educate the public on shark and marine conservation. The Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay has announced the launch of their Marine Conservation Speaker Series. The centre’s Kim von Brandis says: “It is crucial to keep the public informed of local research and its outcomes, to help them understand the threats to our marine environment and encourage public participation.” Influential individuals, scientists and researchers supported by Save Our Seas will take to the podium to share their knowledge and passion for sharks and marine conservation. The talks are free and are held Thursdays at the centre at 28 Main Road, Kalk Bay, from 18:30. The first in the speaker series currently
on will run for five weeks, with 10 speaker contributions. The aim is to host the series bi-annually, to provide updates on current research topics and to introduce new speakers and topics. The following speakers and talks have been scheduled for this month: . Thursday 12 July: Fiona Ayers discusses Challenges sharks face and how we can make a difference; Ryan Johnson will speak on Can shark research save sharks? . Thursday 19 July: Hanli Prinsloo talks on Fear risk and freedom: Freediving in the wild oceans; Sarah Titley will discuss the Uniqueness and value of the Shark Spotters programme. . Thursday 26 July: Claire Janish and Will Lawson talk on Biomimmicary: Learning from nature. Book your seat via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEW BROOM: Sue Swanepoel was inducted as president of the Cape of Good Hope Rotary Club. The Africanthemed event, attended by more than 70 people, was held at the St James Retirement Hotel. Swanepoel took over the presidency from Richard Parsons. At the induction past president Andy Rumbelow was presented with the pres tigious Paul Harris fellowship. Here Parsons presents Swanepoel with her badge and chain of office. Photo: Supplied
FOR THE FUTURE: Kommetjie resident Liesel James has been selected as one of three final ists in the Youth Movers catego ry in the annual Shoprite/ Checkers Woman of the Year awards. James has dedicated the past four years of her life to empowering and uplifting the children of Ocean View. The work is done through her non profit organisation, Creating Change. It has evolved from be ing a children’s environmental awareness group, to one that teaches nutrition, environmen tal education and sustainability, natural gardening, conscious cooking, natural building, prod uct development and environ mental awareness activities. She also facilitates a role model programme for children to en courage them to become posi tive role models. The winners will be announced at a gala evening at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg later this month. Photo: Supplied
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SERvicE bENEFiTS: 13th cheque, employer’s contribution to the pension fund, housing and medical aid allowance. RequiRements: minimum educational qualification: • Senior Certificate (or equivalent). ExPERiENcE: Appropriate office administration experience in a medical environment. cOMPETENciES (kNOwLEDGE/SkiLLS): • Advanced computer literacy: Microsoft Packages • Good communication skills (verbal and written) • Knowledge of medical terminology. DuTiES (kEy RESuLT AREAS/OuTPuTS): • Perform office administrative duties • Reception tasks • Medical Dictaphone/Typing of medical reports and other correspondence • Filing and faxing • Data capturing and database maintenance • Maintenance of time planners and diaries • Take, type and distribute minutes. ENquiRiES: Ms C Barker: 021 404-3177 Please submit your aPPlication for the attention of ms f safodien to the chief executive officer: Groote schuur hosPital, Private baG x4, observatory 7935. iNSTRucTiONS TO APPLicANTS: Z83 forms (obtainable from any Government department or www.capegateway.gov.za) must: Be completed in full, clearly reflect the name of the position, name and date of the publication (candidates may use this as reference), be signed, accompanied by a comprehensive CV, the names of 3 referees and certified copies of ID, driver’s licence and qualification/s. A separate application form must be completed for each post. Applications without the aforementioned will not be considered. Applications must be forwarded to the address as indicated on the advertisement. No late, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. CV’s will not be returned. Excess personnel will receive preference. Applications, which are received after the closing date, will not be considered. Further communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates. If you have not received a response from the Department within 3 months of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful. It will be expected of candidates to be available for selection interviews on a date, time and place as determined by the Department. As directed by the Department of Public Service & Administration, applicants must note that further checks will be conducted once they are shortlisted and that their appointment is subject to positive outcomes on these checks, which include security clearance, qualification verification, criminal records, credit records and previous employment.
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Help at hand for addiction BATTLING with addiction? Narcotics Anonymous will meet at the following places and dates: . Sundays: The False Bay Rendezvous at 57 Promenade Street, the old Lakeside Bowling Club, at 17:00. . Mondays: St Kiarans Church, on the corner of Recreation Road and 7th Avenue, off Kommetjie Road at 20:00. . Tuesdays: The Church of The Holy
Trinity hall at the back in Main Road, St James (opposite Kalk Bay station) at 20:00. . Wednesdays: 6 Flamingo Road, off Milky Way in Ocean View at 19:00. . Fridays: The Methodist Church on the corner of Capella Avenue and Zodiac Road at 18:00. Call 0 083 900 6962 for more information.
Odds and ends for sale BAY PRIMARY SCHOOL holds its giant ‘Moving On’ sale on Saturday 28 July. No longer needed furniture, household goods, ornaments, crockery, games, garden tools, toys, plants, clothes and books will be sold to raise funds for the little school with the big heart.
Drop off your unwanted goods at the Junior Campus in 10th Avenue, Fish Hoek or at the Senior Campus in Clairvaux Road, Kalk Bay. Call Bee Wright-Avis on 0 082 879 8934 or 2 email@example.com to arrange collection.
For the love of animals THE Cape of Good Hope SPCA holds its 134th annual meeting on Thursday 19 July at their premises, the corner of First Avenue and
First Road, Grassy Park. A light lunch will be served. Contact Claudia Kocks on 0 (021) 700 4157 or 2 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you seen this tabby? AN OLD neutered male tabby, with one good eye, went missing on Thursday 28 June in
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Office banter at the Baxter AWARD-WINNING visual theatre company, FTH:K performs their latest production, OfficeBLOCK, at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from Tuesday 10 until Saturday 21 July. Fresh from having won a 2011 Fleur du Cap Award for Innovation in Theatre, the company takes a look at life around the office water cooler, through a series of captivating vignettes that lift the lid on the tyranny of conformity and the culture of corporate greed in OfficeBLOCK. Set in the seemingly familiar world of white-collar workers and dreary office surroundings, everything is business as usual – or is it? “With scenes such as The Boys’ Club and The Art of War, we explore how power, greed, ambition and discrimination can inform and corrupt life within the workplace,” says artistic director, Jayne Batzofin.
The play features seasoned company members Marlon Snyders, Christopher Beukes and Sinethemba Mgebisa, who have performed in productions such as Quack! and Shortcuts. Joining them on stage is Asanda Rilityana, who was most recently seen at the Baxter in Mhla Salamana, for which she scooped a Best Actress nomination in the Zabalaza Awards. The company, whose signature style of non-verbal theatre encourages audiences to “listen with your eyes”, works with both deaf and hearing performers. OfficeBLOCK runs at 19:00 every evening, with a matinee on Saturday 21 July at 14:00. Tickets cost R85 for Friday and Saturday evening shows, R60 to other performances and concessions of R40 for block bookings, students, schools and senior citizens. Book by visiting Computicket on www.computicket.com or 0861 915 8000.
SMOOTH GROOVE: Absinthè performs at Kalk Bay Theatre for one night only on Friday 13 July as part of its Cape tour. Cito and Paul E. Flynn, the band’s powerhouse duo, have been teasing South African audiences with very select shows. Their performance on 13 July is 18:30 for 20:00. Tickets cost R85 with the option to order dinner from 19:00 at R50 extra includes burger, chips and beer. Visit http://www.kbt.co.za for bookings.
THE SUITS: Lead actors, from left, Sinethemba Mgebisa, Marlon Snyders, Asanda Rilityana and Christo Beukes in OfficeBLOCK. Photo: Boniswa Isaacs
NOTHING ODD HERE: The female version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple opens at Muizenberg’s Masque Theatre on Friday 20 July, and runs until Saturday 28 July. Week night shows start at 20:00, while shows on Saturdays are at 14:30 and 18:30. Tickets are R55 for Thursday evening and matinees and R65 for other evenings. Masque Theatre Club members will get a R10 discount. Book through the Masque Theatre on (021) 788 1898 or bookings@masquethea tre.co.za. Photographed are lead actors Liz Roodt, Su Cunningham, Jenny Brandt, Lizanne Peters and Jana Botha performing a scene. Photo: Supplied
PLUCKING THOSE STRINGS: Interna tional Guitar Night with Australia’s Michael Fix (pictured), Tony Cox as well as Alvin and Errol Dyers will be held at the Baxter Theatre on Friday 27 and Sat urday 28 July at 20:30. Tickets cost R185. Book through Computicket on 0 0861 915 8000 or www.computick et.com. Alternatively contact the Bax ter on (021) 685 7880. A donation of R5 for every ticket sold will go to the Kronendal Music Academy, which pro vides music education to the diverse, underprivileged and economically chal lenged communities of Hout Bay. On Saturday 28 July Fix also hosts a 90 minute workshop Acoustic Power with Michael Fix at the drama hall of the Con stantia Waldorf School at 10:00. Partic ipation costs R120. Booking is essen tial. Email email@example.com. Photo: Supplied
Money is not too tight to mention A DOCUMENTARY, Thrive, by Foster and Kimberley Gamble will be screened at Simon’s Town Museum on Thursday 11 July at 11:00.
The documentary follows the flow of money in society. Tickets cost R20. For further details on the film visit www.thrivemovement.com.
ARROW THROUGH THE HEART: Friday 13 July sees The Arrows (pictured) performing live at Zula Bar in Long Street, Cape Town, at 21:00. The evening will also see Habit To take the stage. Tickets cost R80 at the door and R70 presold through Webtickets. (webtick ets.co.za) Photo: Supplied
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Huge waves batter beaches Huge walls of water generated in the stormy Roaring Forties have battered the Atlantic coast of the Far South since Friday producing massive waves and, combined with the Spring high tides last week, completely changing the topography of most of the West facing beaches by sweeping thousands of cubic metres of sand into the ocean. A high profile international crew of the world’s best big-wave chargers flew in for the swell 10 days back and they have been scouring the
coastline of the entire Southern tip of the continent, from Namibia to Jeffreys Bay, chasing the best conditions and epic line-ups. The biggest waves have been surfed at Dungeons and what was described as a ‘wild and woolly’ session on Saturday saw a handful of hardcore crews towing into waves estimated at up to eight metres in height that were unfortunately badly affected by a stiff South West wind. The likes of Mike Schlebach, ‘Mad Mike’ Baleta and others caught some bombs but eventually retired to the safety of Hout Bay harbour where they waited, unsuccessfully, for the wind to abate. Grant Spooner, owner of Marine Scene and acknowledged as the preeminent local boat skipper in heavy wave conditions, took a group of intrepid photographers out to Dungeons to capture the action and regular big-wave lensmen Nic Bothma and Brenton Geach were joined by first-timer and renowned shark
photographer Dr Dirk Schmidt Schmidt, who is in the process of authoring a coffee table book to be named ‘Surfing the Cape of Storms’, due out prior to Xmas, was understandably impressed by the power of the ocean and the ability of the riders, saying that being out in the ocean when the waves are that big is just as ‘exciting’ as trying to record Great White sharks breaching, and that he will be back for more when conditions allow. As mentioned above, there are waves everywhere along the coast at present and plenty of Far South locals have been spending time at the semi-secret Donkey Bay in Namibia. Touted as the best left-hander in the world, this incredibly hollow wave provides tube-rides lasting for 20 to 30 seconds in a single ride. Scarborough’s Michael Grendon reportedly had the international surf and video crews gasping with his attempts to handle the wave on a
WALL OF WA TER: Kom metjie’s Mike Schlebach rides a huge wave during a wild and woolly session at Dungeons near Hout Bay on Saturday. Photo: Dirk Schmidt
standard Malibu longboard. See slide-shows at http://www.wavescape.co.za/photos/featured-slideshows/index.php The Billabong Pro J-Bay gets underway at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay on Tuesday and the first three days of the event are expected to feature epic three metre waves. The Far South will be well represented in this 6-Star rated ASP event with Mikey February, Brendon Gibbens, Matt Bromley and Davey Brand all
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VICTORIOUS: The Great Britain team show off their hardearned silverware after defeating South Africa in the final of the World University Netball Championships at the Good Hope Centre on Saturday. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
Students falter in netball final SOUTH AFRICA was left disappointed after succumbing to a narrow defeat in the final of the inaugural World University Netball Championships at the Good Hope Centre on Saturday. The home team went into the game high on confidence after seeing off Jamacia in the semifinals, making Great Britain work hard for victory. The game was forced into extratime after regular play ended with the teams tied at 46-16. But Great Britain eventually won the game 53-49. Dorette Badenhorst, coach of South Africa, praised her players for their efforts in the game. “I’m really proud of the players. They played their hearts out and they never gave up,” said Badenhorst. “They’re a great team of players and they stood together as a team, even though they had never played together before. I think they were excellent to come second in the world at university level, we can be really proud.” It was a closely contested affair from the start with South Africa scoring the opening goal. Britain’s Steffi Burt, with tentacle-
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TOUGH TUSSLE: SA player Melissa Myburg beats Kadeen Corbin of Great Britain to the ball in the final of the World University Netball Championships at the Good Hope Centre on Saturday.Photo: Rashied Isaacs
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CUTTING IN: Hamiltons fullback Pierre Cronje scythes through the False Bay defence and heads towards the tryline on Saturday. Photo: Liam Moses
Tuesday 10 July 2012
WRESTLE: A False Bay forward is wrestled to the ground by two Hamiltons players, as captain Justin van Winkel arrives to help. Photo: Liam Moses
Bay looks to target SKW FALSE BAY are training their sights on SK Walmers (SKW) as they go in search of much needed log points to ensure their survival in the Western Province club rugby Super League A. The Constantia-based club were on the receiving end of a 33-point drubbing in their match against Hamiltons in Green Point on Saturday, and currently hover just above the relegation zone on the log. Hamiltons outscored False Bay by seven tries to two and slotted two penalties to win the game 47-14, but the victory margin could have been greater had the Hammies kickers not missed three conversion attempts. Despite the heavy defeat, False Bay coach Chris Hewetson was in high spirits after the game, admitting that a victory for his side would have come against the odds. “I’m not upset at all – it’s not one of the games we really focus on. We were plagued by a lot of injuries very early into the game,” said Hewetson. “Generally the conditions made it really, really tough. Our steppers couldn’t step and get off the mark. Our scrum suffered a little
bit, but we are look forward to next week when we actually target SKW as a game we want to win.” A win would definitely have come as a surprise, but Hewetson’s team looked entirely capable of staging an upset at several stages of the contest. Bay were at their most effective when launching daring attacks from inside their own half or spreading the ball to their backline, which kept the heavier Hamiltons pack on the move. However, Hewetson’s chargers were eventually let down by a handful of errors – on which the home team capitalised – and their failure to make first-time tackles. The visitors left Green Point empty handed after failing to secure a bonus point, and they now sit dangerously close to the bottom two places on the log – currently occupied by Villager and Tygerberg. Hewetson said that his team would need to pick their battles if they are to avoid the drop at the end of the season. “I think the bottom four or five in this league need to be worried. At any given time you might just scalp one of the big guys, but you’ve got to play against Durb-Bell, Maties, UCT and Hammies,” said Hewetson.
“They will make sure that you don’t get a bonus point. Of the bottom four, I don’t think anybody is safe. It’s a matter of trying to get bonus points and beating the guys you should beat.” Although Bay are still largely in charge of their own fate, and are confident of maintaining their Super League A status, they will need to gather as many points as possible from their remaining fixtures. SKW are currently in the midst of mid-season revival, having lost for the first time in six games on Saturday. They were defeated 31-12 by table-toppers Durb-Bell. Walmers beat Bay 39-21 in the reverse fixture at Philip Herbstein in Constantia last month, Roofing & Steel Service Centre (pty) ltd. KNIGHT SECURITY SPIKES
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but Hewetson believes that neither form nor recent history will matter when the two sides meet. “It’s always been a gamble between the two. It’s always a bit of an arm wrestle. It’s just one of those games where I know that they lift their game for us,” said Hewetson. “There are a couple of ex-False Bay players playing in that team so it’s a bit of a grudge match here and there, but it’s certainly one where we have shown in the past that we can beat them. We are confident.” SKW and False Bay will meet in Green Point at 16:00 on Saturday.
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