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This little piggy sold in error Pot belly pig vanishes from his new home at Imhoff Farm; previous owner fears the worst TERESA FISCHER
WOMAN, who found a new home for her potbelly pig at Imhoff Farm, says her worst fear is that he was sold for meat. However, People’s Post discovered the pig was sold by mistake. Laurene Sydenham of Faerie Knowe raised George, the runt of
the litter, since he was a tiny, malnourished piglet. He became an adored member of her family. A fussy eater, he liked his vegetables roasted and had a passion for avocado and sweet potato. But Sydenham says her neighbour was not happy with a pig living next door and they were forced to find George a new home. For
FAMILY PET: Sarah Sydenham, right, with George the potbelly pig when he was a piglet. Photo: Supplied
months the family searched for a safe alternative. George’s brother Wilbur was raised by another family and was later taken to Imhoff Farm. Sydenham says she met a married couple and that the man, Adnaan Stringer, worked at Higgeldy Piggeldy farmyard at Imhoff. She says she built up a friendship with the pair. Once she was satisfied that Imhoff would be a safe home she arranged for a vet to tranquillise George so that he could be loaded onto a bakkie. This was in October. He was by then fully grown with long tusks. This took two attempts as the pig panicked. She says she visited George regularly and took him his favourite snacks. She also organised for a local wholesaler to occasionally deliver fruit and vegetables to the farm for all the animals. “I did not just drop him off and drive away,” she says. Two months later Sydenham took George lunch on the Friday before Christmas and he was nowhere to be found. “My husband walked around calling and calling,” she says. She was later told by Stringer that a little girl had fallen in love with George and he let her take him home to Ceres. Sydenham believed this was unlikely because it would have been impossible to just load the pig onto the back of a bakkie. She also questions why the girl would not have chosen a piglet instead. She wants to know why he was sold before she could organise another home. “They knew I loved him. They knew I wanted a safe home for him. He had such a soft little heart and got so scared if the wind blew or the dogs barked... he was not supposed to end up like that.” During her own enquiry she was told George had been sold. “By not telling me the truth they prevented
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FARM LIFE: “Raunchy” behaviour in the pig pen, above, means the males are sometimes separated from the other pigs. Photo: Teresa Fischer me from getting him back from wherever he was if he was still alive,” she adds. Stringer admits he was not there when it happened and that he was trying to save Sydenham more pain, which is why he told her the pig had gone to another home. He says: “I knew Laurie loved that pig. You can imagine what went through my mind when I found out that the pig had been sold.” He says another employee got George mixed up with other pigs that were placed in the enclosure with him. All he knows is that a couple with a child bought George. They had a CW numberplate, [Worcester] which is why he said they were from Ceres as it was in that area. “It was wrong of me to say the girl fell in love with the pig; I was trying to console her but it made the whole thing worse,” he says. “I was trying to make the best of a bad situation,” he adds. Asked if he thought George could still be alive, he says he would “absolutely love to think so”. Stringer says he tried to
help Sydenham by taking George in, as he was supposed to clear it with his boss, Rael Abramowitz. “I tried to help her. It has backfired on me so badly.” He adds that he would like to meet with Sydenham to talk to her about what happened. Abramowitz, the owner of Higgeldy Piggeldy farmyard and several restaurants at Imhoff, says the farmyard serves as their social responsibility programme. Disadvantaged groups are given free access. He adds that they regularly assist individuals who can no longer care for their animals and they accept these as a donation. He adds they often do need to sell animals when there are too many. “Our animals go to people who care and to regular visitors to the farm,” he adds. Sydenham is offering a reward for reliable information take could lead to George’s return. Phone 074 200 5541.
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SNEAK PREVIEW: Karen Peiser, left, from People’s Post visited Longbeach Mall for a tour around the new Food Lover’s Market to find out how the building work was progress ing. Market manager, Janine Davidson, right, says that all building work is on track for the grand opening around the end of June. “It has been a long, noisy, dusty construc tion and difficult for tenants and customers alike, but it’s going to be worth it when finished. Longbeach Mall Management are very excited and cannot wait to unveil this new offering to all our loyal customers.” Photo: Supplied
EVERY STEP YOU TAKE: Shadow Evenings are fundraising events for school sports groups. Players shadow the waiters at Michigan Spur at Longbeach Mall. They say it’s a great way of raising funds for the teams. Ten percent of the turnover between 18:00 and 21:00 goes to the school. The players assist the waiters on the floor without actually serving tables and the players are taught the Spur dance to make things more fun. For further information contact Andre Le Roux on (021) 785 3532. Photo: Supplied
Thank you for your heartwarming, inspirational response to my column last week. As touched as you have been by my story about my mother’s life with cancer, so too have I been moved and inspired by your personal accounts. Your triumphs, challenges and the noble work many of you are doing in raising awareness about cancer, and funds for the treatment of this disease, are truly inspirational. I commend you for the courage and strength you have shown in your own personal experience of cancer and the journey you have walked or continue to undertake with those you love, in the face of a very challenging illness. I have drawn much strength and inspiration from your emails, letters and SMSes and feel humbled by your kind feedback. Enlightened by your prayers and positive thoughts which I have conveyed to my mother, I have learnt much in a short time, and my acceptance around the process of life and loss has begun to grow. The “now” matters more than anything else and realising this, helps to enrich my interaction with my mother and other people who share my life. I continue to regard myself as very blessed to have both my parents. All of us at People’s Post have been so touched by our readers’ responses to “My mother, my hero” that we are publishing them elsewhere in this edition of People’s Post. An issue close to my heart is the welfare and empowerment of women and I am looking forward to attending the 1 000 Women United Against Domestic Violence luncheon, organised by the Wheat Trust this week. This annual event takes place on Thursday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and will see 1 000 women from different backgrounds take a stand against domestic violence; together with the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, Minister of
Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana and poet Bulelwa Basse. Domestic violence is cited as the second biggest pandemic women in South Africa face after poverty, with 90% of South African women experiencing physical or emotional violence in their homes every day. When confronted by this alarming statistic, I believe that it is encumbent on all communities to concern themselves with the safety, security and wellbeing of every woman and child in this country. To this end, the work and continued survival of organisations such as the Saartjie Baartman Centre (SBC) for Women and Children, is of paramount importance. I had the privilege of working at this centre a while back and witnessed first-hand the extent of love, support and empowering opportunities given to the many abused women who find their way find there. Organisations such as SBC are often the only lifeline for countless abused women and their children, most of whom have nowhere else to go. Of the many heartbreaking stories I’ve heard, I was most saddened by the story of an elderly woman whose husband began using Tik and started beating her relentlessly. I’m familiar with the facts around domestic abuse; that it not only affects young, poor and unemployed women, but hearing this woman’s story was particularly painful. How sad to see your golden years out this way. I apologise if my column tends towards more serious issues presently, with my only light observation this week being an admission of guilt: I have not been running for two weeks and know that I’ll be huffing and puffing through my planned 10km race on 27 May. Let the games not begin. Till next time, go well! ConnectED is a weekly column, by People’s Post Editor, Feroza Miller-Isaacs who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org People’s Post is online. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za.
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Furore over cat ‘mercy killing’ Mark Samp son with the culprits who caused all the trouble, his rescue dogs Polly (left) and Spud. Samp son says he was forced to put the cat out of its misery after the dogs severely mauled the an imal. Photo: Sup
CLOSE CALL: The driver of a security firm bakkie was flung from the vehicle in an accident on Ou Kaapse Weg on Saturday, around 09:00. Responding to the accident, Emergency Medical Treatment paramedics found the bakkie perched precariously on its side. EMT’s Robert de Wet says bystanders said the bakkie was travelling towards Westlake before going into a barrier. The bakkie then rolled over the barrier and came to a halt on the edge of the mountain. Lakeside Fire and Rescue Services were quick to stabilise the bakkie while EMT paramedics and Lakeside Fire and Rescue Services attended to the driver and passenger. The driver was stabilised on the scene and transported in a stable condition to Constantiaberg MediClinic. The passenger was not hurt. Photo: EMT
Chapman’s protest update TERESA FISCHER
COMEDIAN Mark Sampson has been accused in recent media articles of beheading his neighbour’s cat. The uproar this week was about an incident that happened in Noordhoek in October last year. SPCA CEO Allan Perrins says it was not necessary for him to contact Sampson for his version of the event. He believes Sampson’s actions were a contravention of the Animal Protection Act. He adds he is not a magistrate. “I owe it to the animals; to ensure that if they are going to be put down, it is humanely done.” He adds that Sampson “can phone him, with the greatest of pleasure”. In the week of the incident, Jeannot Nelson, owner of the cat, emailed Sampson. She wrote that she respects what he did and the decision he made. Nelson explains that since then “further evidence has come to light”. She adds she didn’t want to “overreact” because of her emotional state at the time. Nelson adds she was seeking legal advice and had been advised that she had time to pursue the case. During this time someone recommended she contact Perrins. Perrins says the SPCA receives thousands of complaints every year and he cannot personally investigate each complaint. He explains he was approached by the owner of the cat for his opinion, which he has given based on the facts at his disposal. He says his statements were made in good faith. The SPCA has laid no charges against Sampson. Perrins says the SPCA may be called as expert witnesses if Nelson laid a charge. Perrins says although he did not release any media statement in this regard, the purpose of the media’s involvement was to pre-
vent a similar situation occurring in the future. Nelson says she Sampson had gone against the advice of the SPCA. “He stood there like a victim, like these (profanity) narcissists do,” she says. Nelson says: “The only slack I will cut him is that he is spiritually dead.” She adds that Sampson is from a “farm background” and when he was young he may have been exposed to a different way of relating to animals. “I can understand it in that light and that’s me being forgiving an understanding.” Nelson suggests Sampson should have taken his children with to the SPCA if he really wanted to set a good example for them. She suggests he could even have let them hold the cat. Sampson says he tried to spare Nelson further trauma by not immediately telling her the extent of her cat’s injuries. In the email exchange with Nelson he then wrote: “The poor animal was ripped apart from face to anus”. Sampson denies he beheaded the cat. He says he used a spade to break its neck. “I would have paid R100 000 not to do it. My conscience told me it was the right thing to do,” says Sampson. Sampson’s wife, Sam Pearce, says she was the one who begged Sampson to put the cat out of its misery because it was in complete agony. “He cried like a baby in my arms afterwards,” says Pearce. Sampson adds that he does not consider himself above the law or the SPCA, but the cat was “obviously way beyond help” and would not have survived the journey to the SPCA. Nelson says the matter has been emotionally draining and she hopes it gets people thinking about the correct way to handle an animal.
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Drama and comedy rolled into one TERESA FISCHER
WHERE is Barry Ronge when you need him? Theatre reviews are not this reporter’s speciality, but it is no exaggeration to say if you miss Sie Weiss Alles, you will be missing the best show I have seen in a long time. It is easy to believe this play is a classic that will be performed countless times in years to come. The Cape Town première of acclaimed writer and actor, James Cairns’ latest play opened at Kalk Bay Theatre on Wednesday to a full house and warm reception. The audience was clearly delighted throughout. Cairns was recently seen at Maynardville in The Comedy of Errors.
Winner of a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the 2011 National Arts Festival, the show is set in Berlin during the last days of the Third Reich and an SS officer has his orders to question a young woman.The woman and the officer have a history. Does she know how to get out of Berlin safely? Will she tell him if she does? What will persuade her to tell him if she does know? Sie Weiss Alles (she knows everything). Guests enjoyed a selection of chef Hannah McMahon’s delicious snacks before the show, with chocolate brownies afterwards. Featuring Cairns and Taryn Bennett with direction by Tamara Guhrs, the production runs from Wednesday to Saturdays until 2 June. Visit www.kbt.co.za
WORKING THE ROOM: Director Tamara Guhrs with performers Taryn Bennett and James Cairns. Photo: Christine Skinner
MINGLE: Enjoying the evening was performer and writer James Cairns (centre) with Lynne and Professor Andy Cairns. Photo: Sie Weiss Alles
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Crime unit nets illegal weapons THE newly established Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) at Muizenberg Police Station got off to a promising start, delivering remarkable successes in the two weeks of its existence. This is according to spokesperson Captain Stephen Knapp. He says CPUs have always been used by police to address specific crime threats. The Muizenberg CPU consists of 12 members, who are divided into two groups, which are deployed at various times in the precinct. Group 1 and their squad leader, Constable Patrick Leaner, have already made 17 arrests for possession of narcotics, three for possession of stolen property and three for unlicensed shebeens. In one instance, on Sunday 6 May, while searching a known drug outlet, officers apprehended a suspect for possession of an unlicensed firearm. The pistol had its serial number removed. On Thursday 10 May, members of the same group received information regarding the possible storage of an assault rifle and a large amount of ammunition in Doring Street, Vrygrond. After a thorough search of the shack they discovered 50 shotgun rounds, Parabellum rounds and rifle rounds. During a search of surrounding buildings they located an R4 assault rifle in an outside toilet. The rifle appeared to be fully functional with a loaded magazine of 31 rounds. It was later determined that this rifle was stolen in Lenasia in 1994. Following the CPU’s successes, members of the Crime Intelligence Office under the command of Warrant Officer Andries, raided a premises in Drury Road, Vrygrond, on Friday 11 May. During an extensive search they discovered a large amount of ammunition under the wooden floor in the lounge. Lieutenant Colonel Helena Mouton, acting station commander of Muizenberg Police Station, says that this will be an ongoing strategy to remove all illegal firearms from the community.
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Don’t swallow Zandvlei water BLUE-GREEN algae has been detected in the Marina da Gama canals at the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve. This type of algae (Cyanophyceae) can produce toxins. A green colour was noticed towards the end of the week in some of the blind-ending Marina da Gama canals. This was found to be as a result of various species of Blue-Green Algae Eight samples were collected from various locations around the estuary (mainly the Marina canals and the outlet channel) on 10 May, and analysed to test for the presence of toxins. No toxins were detected in the samples. Although the algal bloom is not toxic, people and their pets should not drink from nor swim in the Marina da Gama canals as an extra precautionary measure. Canoeing, sailing and other non-contact recreation sports are fine and the estuary therefore remains safe for these recreational activities. Zandvlei has experienced various
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How brainy are baboons? PEOPLE are alternately enchanted by the almost human behaviour baboons display as they interact with each other and horrified when they skilfully open car doors or house windows and steal food. Scientists believe very little proof exists that baboons are able to learn by imitation and there is no evidence of teaching. This is according to University of Cape Town researcher Bentley Kaplan. His view was put forward in a statement by the City of Cape Town. Dr Elzette Jordan, a veterinarian at the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department, says knowing how baboons learn can assist in managing baboon-human interactions. The statement acknowledges “little research has been done specifically on baboon learning processes”, but adds that researchers believe that baboons show two types of learning: “trial and error” and “stimulus enhancement”. Trial and error learning requires an individual spending a long time trying out different strategies. Baboons are remarkably persistent and with time will more often than not solve a mechanical challenge – like opening a car door or a waste bin. If a baboon sees another baboon spending a long time at something, like trying to open a bin, he will think that there must be something interesting there and will come over and try his luck – this is called stimulus enhancement. The statement continues that
beyond these two kinds of learning, very little proof exists that baboons are able to learn by imitation and there is no evidence of teaching. “When people say that adult baboons are teaching young baboons how to raid or how to open a bin, it’s not strictly true,” says Kaplan. “Rather the young baboons follow the adults into urban areas and then do their own learning. They see an adult with a bin and become interested in the bin, not in the adult’s behaviour.” Baboons may also come to associate food with certain objects, for example fridges, cupboards and bags. “For now, research has yet to prove that baboons learn at a more complex level than this, but no-one can say what future investigations might reveal,” says Kaplan. Jordan asks: “What can we learn from this? Firstly, if allowed time at our windows and bins, baboons have a good chance of working out how to enter. So we should not give them that time. “Secondly, if other baboons see a troop member being fascinated by your bin, they too will join in, so we should keep the first baboon away if we want to keep the others at bay. And thirdly, if that investigation leads to food, bins will be linked to food in the baboon’s mind. We must not allow baboons to access food from our bins, homes or cars or they will associate our bins, homes and cars with easy food.” The public can report any baboon-related incidents to the Baboon Reporting Hotline on 071 588 6540.
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BANTER: Lionel Petersen shares a laugh with Barry Cohen of Constantia. Photos: Teresa Fischer
UNCLE LIONEL: Tim Dude (13) is one the youngsters Petersen has taken under his wing.
costs, so staff can call one another as regularly and for as long as necessary.” Calls to phones outside of the City’s network are also cheaper. “We now route calls to the network of the recipient, rather than all through Telkom.” He says this eliminates network inter-connect charges, and allows the City to get “competitive tender rates from the various telephone companies”. Besides reduced costs, phone calls and conferencing are now much more cost-effective as they limit the need for travel. Telephone numbers can also be moved between these buildings, allowing staff to retain numbers. Additional municipal buildings will be added to the internal telephone network in the coming months, and 200 more buildings will benefit from this initiative over the next three years.
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THE City has cut out the middle man – Telkom – through more efficient use of technology. Telephone bills at the City is expected to shrink considerably. In a drive to be more cost-effective, many of municipal buildings are now routed via the City’s broadband network instead. This means calls between these buildings – which includes the Cape Town Civic Centre and Wale Street complexes – can be done at not cost to the City. Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Demetri Qually says phone calls between these buildings are now carried by the corporate data network using the City’s fibre optic cables. “Previously calls between City staff incurred a cost for being carried by Telkom, but now we have our own high-speed network and can carry these calls ourselves. The network has no call-length
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BEACH Buddy number 11 has a lot of friends. They know that no matter what, Lionel Petersen will have a smile for them. “I am like a barman. I can’t have problems of my own,” he says. Then he extends his arms wide to include a view of Muizenberg beach, the mountain and the sky. “But I have the best office in the whole world,” he adds. Spending time with Petersen during his shift at Surfer’s Corner is inspiring. Everyone loves him. Sitting at his favourite spot – the rocks in the middle of the traffic circle – he is like an energetic dassie. Filled with seemingly boundless enthusiasm he is always rushing off to lend a helpful hand to his “regulars” and other visitors. His irrepressible laugh fills the salty air. But Petersen wasn't always like this. He says: “I used to be a very rude gangster.” For almost 20 years he was a drug addict. He says: “When I was drugging nobody liked me. I didn’t worry about how other people would feel.
I was in and out of jail; I was throwing my life away. “One day I was sitting by the beach and I became, like, a little bit wiser. I looked at the sea and just thought about ok... where I am going... what do I want to become...what do I want to do with my life...you know.” He started going to church with his mother and leaving his old friends. “It was tough,” he says, but he began to surround himself with people that he could learn from. Petersen was interested in surfing. One day a beach-goer asked him if he could swim and when he said no, she taught him. “It was my first time at Newlands; it’s a big pool and it’s long,” he says. “Now I’m a surfer!” he laughs. Local surf shops allow him to use their boards. Asked how his patrons react to this, Petersen says: “They are like surprised you know...if they see me in the water, out at the back. They are happy for me.” While swimming he realised there was something wrong with his breath. “Slowly but surely I left the cigarettes.” He no longer smokes. When the Beach Buddy project
was launched last year, first aid training was compulsory. “It was my first, my only, diploma – my first aid certificate – I’m like ‘yoh’, I can do something with my life. The more involved I got, the more my eyes opened,” says Petersen. “From Muizenberg, I took it home.” Petersen lives in Vrygrond. A few nights a week he takes a couple of bags, buys some sweets and finds some children to help him clean up the streets. “In our community there are almost no role models. Somebody has to teach the children that you get nothing for free. They gonna get lost; nowadays everyone wants to be a gangster.” “I teach them to be responsible,” he says. He feels it is his turn to give something back. After a pause he says: “I was born to do good.” “Me, Lionel, I just want to take this opportunity to say sorry to the people that I hurt in the past. “When you do good; it will come back to you. If you are positive – that’s the secret, but don’t tell anyone,” he jokes. “That’s the story of me. This is my life as a beach buddy my darling. I like it, I love it.”
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How the buddies came to be MUIZENBERG’S Beach Buddy Project, which formalised the car guards at Surfer’s Corner, was launched in September last year by Safer Together for the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) and Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative (MCSI). The project is the brainchild of Elizabeth Milne, who was elected to the MID board in April. Tasked with the Safety and Security Portfolio, the group had to choose one
project. She says back then the beach was “a mess of drug dealers, muggers and car thieves” and people thought they were insane to take on the challenge of cleaning up the beach. Milne says the Beach Buddies are not car guards or a security force, but more of a welcoming committee that makes visitors feel safe. They have been trained in first aid. Milne says the Beach Buddies
are open to anybody who is willing to put in the work. The team decides whether to take on an individual or not and she is just a facilitator. “Lionel totally embodies what we are trying to achieve,” she says. “It was a life-changing opportunity for him. Beach Buddies offers that opportunity to others.” Contact (021) 788 9121 or email email@example.com.
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HARCOURTS Fish Hoek said farewell to Lorna Stiger who retired after 30 years in the Residential Property Market. Lorna was involved in all aspects of the industry, from Sales Support, Administrative Support, Sales Consultant and Assistant Principal. “Lorna has been a stalwart of the Residential Property Market in Fish Hoek. She has built up an extensive business and social network – her foundation to success, and she has achieved many awards within the industry. Recently she won another Sapphire Harcourts Pin for her sales achievement,” said Denis Quayle, the Principal of Harcourts. “I have enjoyed working with Lorna over the last couple of years, her tenacity and commitment to the job has been an example to us all,” said Tony Cashel, Managing Partner of Harcourts Fish Hoek.
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FOND FAREWELL: Lorna Stiger (far right) retired after decades in the residential property market. She is pictured at her farewell with, from left, Denis Quayle and Colin Stiger.
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PROPERTY POST New face at Noordhoek property brand NO PROPERTY brand epitomises the lifestyle of Noordhoek better than Fine & Country. In the UK the brand is the leading seller of property in the top quartile. To support the brand, Fine & Country are privileged to introduce Trevor Armstrong to Noordhoek residents. Trevor has joined Fine & Country and is fully committed to provide quality
service and a specialised marketing approach. Trevor is a very experienced property consultant with 16 years in the industry – both as a property agent and principal and a very successful owner of a property franchise. When you deal with Trevor you deal with a true property professional who is committed to providing top-notch service.
Trevor hails from Gauteng, but has spent the last 21 years in the garden city of Pinelands. He now resides in the Deep South. Contact Trevor on 082 457 9555 or the office on (021) 782 5934. You can also reach Trevor by email on email@example.com.
Luise Rouessart of Peers Hill/Silverglades took this dramatic photograph in the early evening after an April storm – looking towards the West.
Property Post deadline THE next Property Post will be on Tuesday 12 June. Bookings will be on Thursday 7 June. To book your space, call Karen Peiser on 083 456 9594.
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Arty children make a success of competition ACCORDING to Engel & Völkers, their “Dream House Competition” was a great success. The prizegiving was held on Saturday 21 April at the NG Church hall in Fish Hoek. Michelle Higgins of Engel & Völkers “thanked all the schools for taking part in the event and all the Grade 1 and 2 students for their outstanding entries to the competition.” Higgins says they delivered 3 000 Easter eggs to the Grade 1s and 2s throughout the South Peninsula. “A special thank you to the Trefoil Guild ladies for the catering, and to our guest judge, Paul Dixon, of Simon’s Town Fine Art Gallery, who had the tough job of deciding the winners from more than 110 paintings.” The overall top five winners per grade, who each won an art hamper as well as a R500 voucher for art supplies for their schools, are: Grade 1: Lauren Johnson of Muizenberg Junior School (first place). Stephanie Myers of Bay Primary School (second place). Durotimi Bademosi of Star of the Sea School (third place).
Anica Venter of Paul Greyling Laerskool (Top 5 winner). Milla Bekker of Bay Primary School (Top 5 winner). Grade 2: Alex Green of Fish Hoek Primary School (first place). Leah Daniels of Muizenberg Junior School (second place). Victoria Crouse of Sun Valley Primary School (third place). Tennieve Braaf of Kleinberg Primary School (Top 5 winner). Justine Thomas – Fish Hoek Primary School (Top 5 winner). Higgins adds that all the art was so fantastic that they chose an extra five runners-up, who each received a certificate. They are: Grade 1: Asandiswa Yoko of Ukhanyo Primary School, Shane Hawkins of Marine Primary school, Shane Zaydaan Buckle of Fish Hoek Primary School, Kyle Ball of Fish Hoek Primary School, and Kagiso Sindoni of Simon’s Town School. Grade 2: Lehata Kgothatso of Ukhanyo Primary School, AmyLeigh Daniels of Muizenberg Junior School, Xati Anathi of Ukhanyo Primary School, Lianne Popiel of Sun Valley Primary School, and Phoenix Roux of St James Primary School.
ARTY: Leah Daniels (grade 2) of Mui zenberg Junior School (second place). Photo: Supplied
SMILING: Alex Green of Fish Hoek Primary School was the first place winner in the grade 2 category.Photo: Supplied
COLOURFUL: Lauren Johnson of Mui zenberg Junior School was the first place winner in the grade 1 category. Photo: Supplied.
PROUD: Stephanie Myers (grade 1) of Bay Primary School (second place). Photo: Supplied
SOLITUDE: Daniel Grebe captured this image of a fisherman at Long Beach in Kommetjie on a cold, rainy day in early May. Grebe says as the man cast his line he quickly whipped out his camera, focused, and got the shot.
Pinpointing historic Fish Hoek sites BLUE Plaques that indicate notable historical sites in Fish Hoek Valley are one of the ideas being evaluated by the new committee of the Fish Hoek Valley Historical Association. The association wants to promote the history of Fish Hoek more aggressively. Blue Plaque project manager Steve Perret is calling for community input and asks for ideas on sites, personalities and events worthy of consideration.
Committee member Clive Stadler is searching for speakers who can give 45 minute talks on topics pertinent to historical Fish Hoek. The talks will be published in summary form in a newsletter the first of which will be published shortly. They will be available at the library, online, as well as at The Windsor restaurant. All enquiries to the secretary on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (021) 782 1752.
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People’s Post False Bay Page 11 Friday 18 May Simon’s Town: The Simon’s Town Museum will celebrate International Museum Day with the theme “Museums in a changing world. New challenges – new inspiration”. Topics to be discussed are the role of museums in a “new” society and using the past to build the future. There will be a slide show on “The History of Simon’s Town”. Entry is free. The museum is open from 10:00–16:00. The programme is from 14:00, followed by a tour through the museum. Fish Hoek: International speaker Mark Swinney presents a talk titled “The healing effect of your prayers” at 11:00 at the Christian Science Church, corner of Kommetjie Road and 12th Avenue. For further information phone Charles on 072 578 3281.
Tuesday 15 May Ocean View: The CPF meeting for Ocean View, Kommetjie and Masiphumelele will be at the civic centre from 18:00. Contact chairperson Johann Kikillus at 084 280 2213. Fish Hoek: Notice is hereby given that the 29th annual general meeting of Fish Hoek’s meals-onwheels will be held in the Methodist Church hall, First Avenue, at 10:30. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
Wednesday 16 May Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Garden Club meets in the Minor Hall of the Civic Centre at 19:00. The speaker will be Andrew Russell, a local gardening authority talking on indigenous herbs. All are welcome and visitors pay R10. Refreshments will be served after the talk. For further details contact the secretary on (021) 785 2386.
HAPPY SNAP: Foto First at Longbeach Mall held a “Spend & Win” competition during April. The lucky winner of a Fuji Finepix T200 Cam era was a delighted Wendy Harley. Pictured are Janine Davidson (mar keting manager), Wendy Harley and Adrian Brown from Foto First. Photo: Supplied
Concert tickets on sale TICKETS are on sale for this year’s Valley Christian Church Concert. Simply the Best will take place at 19:00 on Thursday 21 June, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June at Fish Hoek High School and are available
from Fish Hoek High School, Milkwood Pre-Primary, the Paddling Centre and AP Jones. Tickets cost between R50 and R100. All proceeds benefit The Sunflower Fund. Phone Johno Holgate 083 399 9443.
Saturday 19 May Marina da Gama: An art exhibition will be held at the Eastlake Shopping Centre, ending on Sunday 20 June, both days from noon to 17:00. Marina da Gama has several resident artists, some of whom have had international exposure, as well as visiting artists who come to capture the views. They will exhibit a variety of subjects in oils, water colours and acrylic. Among the paintings will be a small selection of sculptures. Part of the proceeds will be donated to animal rescue. Direct enquiries to Maureen Viviers on (021) 788 2936 and 082 417 6672 or via email to email@example.com. Fish Hoek: In the mood dance club’s monthly dance at 20:00 in the civic centre hall. Dress smart/casual. Bring own drinks. Members R20.
Thursday 17 May Muizenberg: Peninsula Ballet School presents Dancescapes featuring original classical ballet choreographed to the music of renowned composers, as well as “Aninals in the Wild”, an African story written by one of their own students. Shows from Thursday 17 to Friday 18 May at 19.15 and Saturday 19 May at 14:00 and 14.15. To book phone (021) 788 1898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-members pay R25. Booking essential, phone (021) 782 4991.
Sunday 20 May Cape Point: Join the Friends of Cape Point on a nature hike. Meet inside the pay gate at 09:00. Go equipped with the usual hiking gear, water, snacks and bring a Wild Card if you have one; otherwise entrance to Cape Point is R85 each. Phone(021) 712 6004.
Tuesday 22 May Muizenberg: The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Public Lecture series presents a talk by Professor Ben Turok (MP). The title is Africa’s Economic Renewal. It is free. It takes place from 18:45 for 19:00 at 6 Melrose Road. Phone (021) 787 9263. Kalk Bay: The AGM of the Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association is from 19:45 for 20:00 in the Kalk Bay Community Centre (opposite Dalebrook Pool). The special interest topic is the Main Road Retrospect and Prospects 2012-2013 phase three. Speakers Andy Rush, Paul Booth and Steve Sutcliffe will present options for managing traffic during construction from Clairvaux to Clovelly roads, and from Casa Labia to York Road, in Muizenberg. Contact Barrie Gasson on (021) 788 1855. Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association will hold their second quarterly general meeting at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre’s Main Hall at 19:30. The speaker will be Darrell Colenbrander, of the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department. The subject will be “Sea Level Rise, Risk Assessments and Impacts”. All are welcome. For more information call (021) 785 1328.
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Save our seas MOST of our country is surrounded by the ocean, making the coastline a precious resource. The shores provide us with pleasure, food and income. Originally traversed by the indigenous peoples – the Khoi and San – it has become a vital revenue source. Historically, our harbours offered a safe haven and replenishing station for seafaring nations, including the Portuguese, English and Dutch who plied the Spice Route. Durban has one of the country’s busiest harbours. Given the sea’s dwindling resources in meeting international demand, the Japanese fishing trawler Eihatsu Maru, stranded at Clifton’s First Beach, brings the ability to protect our maritime border into question. There has reportedly been no communiques between the SA harbour authorities and the captain of the Japanese trawler. When the mist cleared, the trawler was already stranded. The NSRI is investigating how the trawler missed the harbour to get trapped on a sandbank about 35m offshore. Two years ago, the ocean in the US’s Gulf Coast was threatened when an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 men and gushed millions of tons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Attempts – and frequent failures – by BP to contain the spill led to the unfolding of an environmental disaster and a political spat. The spill put the sea out of bounds for humans and animals. With 90 tons of fuel and ammonia and 50 tons of tuna on board the Eihatsu Maru, marine and coastal services have much to contend with.
Your SMSes Hats off to Ms Arends at Fish Hoek licensing department. After unsuccessfully struggling in Mpumalanga for five years to convert my British licence to an SA one, she sorted it out in an afternoon! Viva, Western Cape! David Walker
Surfers not just ‘carefree’ SHARIEF Jaffer’s picture of mourning surfers (People’s Post, “Chumming ‘not to blame’”, Tuesday 24 April) rekindled in me an old concern for the surfing community in Cape Town. Our insatiable desire for stories that lean towards the morbid, sensational and outright ludicrous have prompted writers to neglect casual everyday stories. As a result, the people who add a little glitter to our community (teachers, fishermen, firemen and surfers) are often unnoticed, uncelebrated and underappreciated. Take surfers for example. It has only been 10 days since young David Lilienfeld’s trag-
ic death and no-one seems to be talking about his second family – the surfing community. We’ve quickly shifted our attention to other things. However, this is the community that showed great support to the deceased’s family and who gave us a shining example of solidarity and friendship as they bade their friend and brother a last “surfer’s farewell”. In reality, surfers give us much more than they ask. They contribute in making our city more economically viable and they are a great pull to international tourism. Surfing heroines like Heather Clark bring pride to our nation. And,
yes, they make good backdrops to seafront postcards. All they ask in return is the security to freely engage the next big wave. Let us give them more. Let us give them a well-deserved recognition. Let us stop viewing them as “carefree” people who show off their sculpted bodies in tightfitting wetsuits and embrace them as part of our society. Let us tell them we love them and that we won’t wait for a tragedy before talking about them. “Cape Town surfers, we’ve got your back.” Is that so hard to say? AMBE ROGERS Muizenberg
Noise nothing to crow about A COUPLE of days ago I was awakened at 5:00 by a rooster in front of my bedroom window. We are living in a gated community, with concrete walling and electric fencing, below the officers’ mess of the SA Navy and above the golf course. The navy officer with pink slippers in full uni-
form has nothing on this rooster – which seems to originate from the navy property above us! Who was the past owner of this Bantam(?) rooster? And how do we get it to leave? I don’t want to be woken up at 5:00 after 50 years of working life. DR UTE A SEEMANN
I would like to thank the sweet sweet man, Mr Alfie Whitehouse, for bringing my black lab Frodo, who was wandering lost on the mountain, safely back to me. If only there were more people like you. A big thanks also to all the people who went out of their way to help find him. Mall worker says “shop at another mall”. I have noticed that Longbeach Mall is quieter since the beautiful new Blue Route opened. Perhaps we will, Mall Worker, but then you could be without a job. Tess, Fish Hoek Very intelligent comment “Mall Worker”. Did you ever consider that if people go to another mall maybe the shop you work in might close and then you can call yourself “ex-mall worker”.
Better to improve your service, don’t you think? That is, if you think. You are paid to provide a service, at least try and make it a good service. If you can’t, then maybe you should go work in another mall. It takes one person like you to give other helpful and pleasant shop assistants a bad rap. Thank you to the rest of the shop assistants, you don’t go unnoticed. Mall Shopper I love to shop at Clicks. Always greeted in a friendly way and get lots of smiles. Moaners, try a smile and see what happens. I can’t believe people can be so naive and petty. There are more serious things to worry about than slandering the ladies at Mr Price, so get a life already. False Bay Hospital accounts department is driving me insane. I pay regularly and on time. Yet I am constantly receiving SMSes to settle, final demands, all for amounts I do not recognise . Phone enquiries reveal left hands and right hands, all functioning independently. Am I the only one?
Why state the race? IN your copy dated Tuesday 1 May, you have a photo of an officer recently appointed and the description states he is the first black person. Yesterday, Monday 7 May, there was a debate on the radio as to the merits of naming the race of a rapist who in
this instance was a black person. What is the difference, because it is good to state a good thing with a black person, but we don’t want anyone to know if a rapist happens to be black. MARION WILLIAMS Noordhoek
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Get ready for the new breed of electric buses TONY ROBINSON
ANYBODY old enough to remember those wonderful silent trolley buses that used to operate in cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, will be delighted to know that Optimal Energy plans to build a new breed of battery-powered electric buses in South Africa. The move comes after the decision to abandon the Joule, a very promising and attractive electric car. I’m afraid the odds were always stacked against the Joule. New models are expensive to build and launch because of developmental costs. Then they have to compete with mass-produced cars from established manufacturers. It can be done only with a massive investment and an expensive advertising campaign to overcome the prejudice and create demand for the new vehicles. Another South African, Elon Musk, faced exactly the same challenge at his new home in California. He chose to start small and produce limited numbers of a virtual-
ly hand-built sports car, the Tesla Roadster. They would be expensive but would appeal to the wealthy. He made a deal with Lotus in the UK to supply the bodies and suspension while he provided the motors and the lithium-ion batteries. The result was a sports car that handled superbly and could silently accelerate from 0 to 100 km/ h in under four seconds, to match the performance of Porches and Ferraris. The price tag was a bit over $100 000 but they were snapped up by Hollywood A-list stars like Mat Damon, George Clooney and other environmentally conscious Americans. So far more than 1 500 have been sold and a new sedan car and an SUV are on the way. They will sell at half the price of the roadster and be capable of reaching 0 to 100 km/h in five seconds. The sports car has a range of 200 old fashioned miles and the new car will manage 300. Both Mercedes and Toyota were so impressed that they bought shares in the company. (If you want to know more check
www.teslamotors.com) The big problem with electric cars is that “petrolheads” don’t like or understand them. They smell different and they don’t roar. But, make no mistake, they are the cars of the future. Optimal Energy will have a much easier time with buses. Firstly they are built in smaller numbers so the economies of scale are not so important and highly automated and expensive assembly lines should not be necessary. But the most important difference will be the marketing, no expensive advertising campaign will be necessary to sell the buses. The buyers will not be “petrolheads” with image and status problems but managers and accountants. They will look at the numbers – the carrying capacity, range and running costs. And this is where electric vehicles do well. They don’t need regular oil changes or servicing and they are ideal for stop-start journeys.
Antiques Roadshow The Fine and Decorative Art Society of Cape Town will host its “Annual Antiques Roadshow” at 11 Francaise Avenue in Fresnaye on Saturday 26 May at 14:30. The society asks all its members to attend and “bring their objects d’art” for experts David Booth and David Boddy to discuss and evaluate. Entry will cost R20 for members and R40 for guests. Please call 021 434 4579 to book or for further information.
Platform for budding fashion designers
They don’t have motors idling while they wait for traffic lights to change. And there will be no need for the overhead wires that limited the old trolley buses. Operators and passengers will love the new smooth, silent electric buses.
ALL young designers are invited to participate and register for the WNMSA’s (Why Not Marketing South Africa) Designer Challenge before 25 May. The organisation has created a platform for aspiring fashion designers to showcase their designs and will sponsor the materials, tailors and pattern makers to ensure designers meet the requirements. Each contestant will be required to design three lines: swimwear, casual and elegant wear. Finalists will receive air tickets to Milan Fashion Week, to network and expose their work to a wider audience. Registration is a once-off fee of R550. For more information, call (021) 839 3062. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My mother my hero: readers respond More than just a Cuppa
Celebrate life I AM the mother of a son who, on 3 May 1983, died of cancer of the brain at 18 years old. He developed cancer of the glands (Lympathic lymphoma) when he was 11. He had invasive treatment for a while and was in remission until he was 18. In December 1982 he collapsed and was diagnosed with brain cancer – unrelated to the previous bout. He had five brain operations in five months, but eventually died the
following May. He was an inspiration to all with his courage, attitude and behaviour – always full of fun. We celebrated his life on Facebook a few days ago. You and your family will be in my prayers for your walk in your mother’s trials and needs. We have much to thank God for in giving us these examples in our lives. God bless you. MAGGIE JAMES
Your mom is remarkable Thank you so much for sharing about your mom (My mother, my hero”, ConnectEd, People’s Post Tuesday 8 May). Just yesterday I received a prayer request from someone whose mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I myself am a mother and grandma. I can’t imagine the pain your mom must be en-
during and I agree your mom is a remarkable woman of faith. I will pray for your mom. Love your column and shake off those who misinterpreted your comparisons with Easter (“The joy of being connected”, ConnectEd, People’s Post, Tuesday 10 April). I think it was good. JENNY
Biking for hope I read your column and it really moved me. I am a breast cancer survivor (2000 and again 2010) and I know the fear and pain involved in the cancer spreading. Together with 18 other women (all breast cancer survivors) I am doing a motorbike trip called the Journey of Hope in October. We ride for a week, stopping at disadvantaged communities and teaching them about early detection and how to do self-examination. We also raise funds for people who can’t afford treatment and prostheses. I did it last year (I had to learn to ride a 1 000cc motorbike) and have decided to do it again this
year as it was the most incredible experience giving back to the community. Last year I dedicated my ride to one of my best friends, Jenny Kipling, for her bravery. Her spirit and attitude sounds like your mom’s. I would like to dedicate this year’s ride to your mom’s spirit and bravery in the face of breast cancer. It will be a great privilege and honour. You may visit the website Journey of Hope to see what it is all about. wwwjourneyofhope.co.za All the best and kind regards – perhaps we can meet up soon. KATHY MALHERBE Rondebosch
I AM one of those people who believe in things happening for a reason. I have just finished reading your article in People’s Post and have to compliment you on the deep love and understanding you are showing your mother. I would like to invite you to our Cuppa for Cansa fundraiser at Absa Pinelands. The branch and staff sponsor the coffee, tea and cake for R20. All funds raised will be donated to the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA). The HPCA advocacy officer, Eric Watlington, was featured in an article in People’s Post (“Can you lace up for cancer?”, Tuesday 31 January) around the same time I was planning my second Cuppa for Cansa event. On contacting him, he was excited to participate in the event and we raised double the amount of
money we raised the first time. The most awesome part of the day is interacting with people who have or who know someone who has the disease. Cancer affects every one of us – whether we like it or not. People’s Post played a part in establishing the relationship between Absa Pinelands and the HPCA and I would be very honoured if you would join me in having a cup of coffee and a slice of cake in honour of your mother and everyone battling this terrible disease. ANA DE SOUSA Absa Pinelands Branch Manager Thank you for inviting me to the Cuppa for Cancer last week, which regrettably, I was unable to attend. I wish you all the best in continuing your good work and commend you and Absa for creating awareness and assisting in raising funds for the care of those living with cancer. Editor
Mom was my best friend I READ your article about your mom and was really touched. I lost my own mom a few years ago. Unfortunately I was not living in South Africa at the time, but she was my best friend as well. Your mom sounds like an amazing lady with a real zest for life. I have always been interested in alternative medicines and have read extensively on the subject. I just wondered if
you have looked at the Rene Caisse Herbal Tea. I tried finding it here in SA, but found there were added ingredients to the original recipe. If it is something you would like to look into, there is a non-profit organisation in the UK that would supply the original herbs which make up the tea. Hope this helps. RAYMOND H DAVIDS
Inspiring and sad I LIKE your story regarding your mom – quite inspiring and so sad. My duas are with her. May her days be filled with love and joy. May her strength and belief be her lifeline.
Allah (SWT) is in her heart. She is surely blessed. Shukran. EBRAHIM HULL Lansdowne
Focus on cancer I REALLY enjoyed reading the column in People’s Post (“My mother, my hero”, Tuesday 8 May). I can fully understand what you are going through as I also lost my sister to cancer seven years ago. The article highlights the challenges families face when someone is suffering from cancer. This was one of the main reasons I decided to join a ministry group, called St Francis Fire Flies. Our aim is to train people to counsel survivors of cancer as well as family members. We also actively raise funds for the Cancer Association. I just want to thank you for highlighting this disease as this country seems to be more focused on HIV/ Aids. NIGEL MAART
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Masi scheduled for transport upgrade THE City of Cape Town will upgrade and expand its public transport interchanges (PTIs) over the next five years. There will be specific focus on 25 interchanges, with the improvements costing around R321m. Masiphumelele is one of the locations scheduled for an interchange project. This forms part of the City’s Mobility Strategy, which supports the development of a balanced transport system. It focuses on all elements of the transport system: rail, bus, taxi, cycling, pedestrians, parking management, freight, traffic man-
agement and information and data. Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, says the proposed upgrades will ensure that transport is accessible and inclusive, providing links between the communities and other services. “We want to ensure they become interesting social spaces and a lively part of the city,” he says. The city currently has more than 213 Public Interchanges of different sizes and functionality. These facilities are located along the rail and road-based public transport
network where commuters can change between different modes of transportation. “More than 54% of our commuters depend on public transport and as a result, most of the public transport interchanges are overcrowded due to a growth in demand over the past years. They need to be expanded urgently,” he adds. The 25 projects, including Park-and-Ride facilities at five interchanges to be implemented over the next five years, are in various stages of development. “We are working towards an integrated transport network for the city where the
various modes connect seamlessly in a commuter-focused way. The provision of dignified and safe transport hubs is an essential component of an integrated transport system and the planned upgrade and development of these PTIs will support our promotion and prioritisation of public transport over private car usage”. He added that the community will be consulted throughout the process. A tender will be issued for service providers to keep these environments clean, while there will also be on-going maintenance of the interchanges to prevent vandalism.
Chronic medication delivery not up to scratch DISTRIBUTION of chronic medication is still not up to speed. The Department of Health has outsourced delivery of chronic medication to a private pharmacy company, UTi Pharma. In a statement, the department says, however, the packaging and delivery of chronic medication to health facilities – especially in the Metro – is still not operating at full capacity. These delays have led to long queues at some clinics, says the department. It says the transfer of the chronic dispensing unit which handled around 180 000 prescriptions to a
new service provider UTi Pharma is “an enormous undertaking” posing many challenges, particularly the transfer of patient prescription data from the previous provider to the new provider. Progress is being made, the department says, but it is anticipated that the process will only be fully completed by the end of July. Western Cape health minister Theuns Botha stresses this will be the first province in the country to roll out a medication delivery service. He points out that breaking new ground comes with teething problems. “This is such an exciting
project because it represents our government motto of ‘Better Together’.” Once up to full capacity, says Botha, “the system will create the opportunity for patients to live their life to their full potential instead of waiting hours for medication and free up much-needed capacity in our overcrowded facilities”. To this end, the provincial health department is adopting a hands-on approach and monitoring the process closely. Management receives daily progress updates enabling them to formulate stategies to ad-
dress specific problems. This includes a daily assessment of waiting times. Botha says with the inception of the chronic medication dispensing six years ago there were similar and worse problems which had to be managed in the first year. He instructed the health department to contract further locums to assist the process until all the challenges have been addressed. All health facilities have been affected to a degree, and in some instances clinicians have had to represcribe medicines. Some clinics experienced insufficient stock,
while at others with no pharmacy on-site patients were transferred to alternate sites, adding to the workload. These and other factors have contributed to long patient waiting times. Uti Pharma has put in place additional quality control measures and brought in a team of engineers from Belgium to work on the automated dispensing machine to prevent picking errors made during the automated dispensing process. They have worked extended hours – inclu-ding weekends and public holidays – to address the backlog.
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Exchanging bad for good LIAM MOSES
FOUR years ago, 22-year-old Ocean View resident, Ricardo Monk, was an illiterate, drug addicted alcoholic, living a violent life with no hope of a positive future. Now Monk has turned his life around and has clear goals and plans, thanks, in part, to a Fish Hoek NGO and their use of extreme sports as a tool for social intervention. “I wasn’t going anywhere. I was just sitting on the streets and doing my thing. We’re young, so we like to smoke weed and do drugs, drink(ing) a lot. “I’m off drugs and I don’t do that anymore because my eyes opened to see that it won’t bring me anything. I’m looking after myself now,” he says. Since it was formed in 2007, LifeXchange has helped around 80 young Ocean View residents to bring about positive change in their lives through a long-term, dedicated mentorship. According to Mandy Rapson, chief operating officer at the organisation, extreme sports play several very important roles in the work that LifeXchange does. “How do you form a mentoring relationship if you have nothing in common? And where do you start? “ So we use extreme sports and adventure activities as a platform for mentors and mentees for shared learning experiences.” Rapson added that taking part in extreme sports together helps to create a bond between a troubled youth and a potential mentee. “If you have never been scuba diving before and I have never been scuba diving before, and we don’t know each other but we go scuba diving together and you’re my
dive buddy and the two of us need to stick together to survive, we’ll have something in common when we come out of the pool or ocean. “So we use it as a platform for mentees and mentors to connect and then build a relationship on that,” Rapson added. The organisation works with around 20 youths at a time, taking them away on camps and trips to take part in sports such as diving, surfing, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and ultimate Frisbee. A group of the people currently in the LifeXchange programme, including Monk, recently took part in the South African Flying Disk Association ultimate Frisbee national championships at Brookside in Claremont. Keanan Basson (21), also from Ocean View, ended the tournament as top scorer and says that he enjoys playing the sport because it has helped to broaden his horizons. “Where we go play, we play with a lot of people that came from UCT and people from around the world that studies here. “So we connect with more outsiders and even people from abroad. We learn new cultures. When you come out of a coloured community you never mix with people that are not of your race,” he says. Basson has also managed to make a career from one of the sports he was introduced to by LifeXchange and is now a qualified commercial diver. Rapson added that extreme sports helps to show the young people she works with what their true potential is. “Extreme sports is a thing of, if I can do this, what else can I do? And that realisation of ‘I never thought in my life I would be able to ever go surfing and I actually stood up and surfed’, raises the question of what else can I do, I just need to know how to do it.”
NEW LIFE: Mandy Rapson, chief operations officer of LifeXchange, Keanan Basson, and Racardo Monk. LifeXchange uses extreme sports and adventure activities to help troubled youth. Photo: Liam Moses
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Kommetjie’s Mikey February was the toast of the Far South’s wave-riding community when he trumped the country’s best surfers by winning both the Open and U20 divisions at the recent Bloodscan Jeffreys Bay Surf Challenge held in small half to one metre waves at the Point in J-Bay. February, who matriculated last year and turns 19 on Thursday, continued the form that earned him rave reviews from knowledgeable commentators for his dynamic surfing in Australian events earlier this year. Fellow Kommetjie surfer Tanika Hoffman won the u/20 girls event.. At J-Bay, February employed his trademark aerial manoeuvres to pocket R7 000 for his victory in the boys U20 before defeating the vastly more experienced trio of Greg Emslie (EL), Shaun Payne (J-Bay) and Gavin Roberts (Durban) in the Industry Cup and collecting another R15 000. “Mikey February has definitely been the surfer of the contest,” says veteran Head Judge Mike Ginsberg. “He has been blowing up all day with those big airs, and he has surfed intelligently, knowing when to go for the big moves and when to surf to the next section.” More contest success for Far South surfers came last weekend when the New Balance WP Longboard team clinched the interprovincial team title and six individual titles at the SA Longboard champs at Victoria Bay. Justin Bing (Noordhoek) won the premier Open divi-
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TAKING FLIGHT: Kommetjie surfer Mikey February displays the aerial ability that saw him pocket R22 000 for winning both the Open and U20 titles at the Bloodscan Jeffreys Bay Surf Challenge late last month. Read Paul Botha’s View from the Beach column on page 15 for the full story and other water sport news. Photo: Alan van Gysen
Still running marathons at the grand age of 79 LIAM MOSES
FISH HOEK resident Edward Murdoch believes he has walked more than a million kilometres in his life. On Sunday 27 May he will add another 21,1 to his tally when he takes part in the Jive Slave Route Challenge half marathon. Murdoch will compete in the race for the first time this year, and at 79 he will be the oldest competitor in any of the events which form part of the Challenge. The determined Scot, who immigrated to South Africa with his wife in 1997, is a regular road race competitor and has collected close to 100 medals since he started participating in the sport again in his
early 40s.Murdoch says the secret to his success in road races, and the reason why he is still able to compete at such an advanced age, are his natural talent, healthy lifestyle and competitive nature. “I haven’t driven a car since I was 21, so therefore I have probably walked over a million miles in my life. I have very strong legs. “I am a determined bloke. I train well, I eat sensibly and when I come into a race and get to the start, I say I’m here, it’s mental, I’m here, that’s where I’ll be.” Before moving to Fish Hoek, Murdoch lived in Plumstead and Wynberg and he says he has always loved South Africa. He currently lives a busy and active life, filling his days with gardening, cooking, bowls, snooker
and ballroom dancing, his other favourite sport. In his youth, Murdoch won several major ballroom dancing competitions in Britain and Europe. He no longer competes, but says that regular practice helps him to stay fit and strong. “My other advantage is that I’ve been a ballroom dancer since I was 10 years old, and I was second in the world when I was 30,” says Murdoch. “Over here I use it for the fact that I don’t need to go to a gym because when I’m dancing I’m using every muscle in my body.” Since returning to athletics when he was middle-aged, Murdoch stuck mainly to middle and long distance running, but in his youth his event of choice was the 100 me-
tre sprint. Less than two years ago he went back to his childhood sport when he competed in the 100 metre event at the Western Province master athletics championships and finished third in 16,4 seconds. Murdoch admits that he has always struggled to say no to a challenge, so it makes sense that he could not resist entering one of the unique road race challenges in South Africa. “If somebody challenges me to do something, I’ll have a go. But I’m not daft, I won’t go into danger,” says Murdoch. For more information on the Jive Slave Route Challenge or to enter the race visit www.itheko.org. People’s Post is the event’s media sponsor.
GRAND MASTER: Edward Murdo ch (79) from Fish Hoek will be the oldest competitor in the Jive Slave Route Challenge this year. Photo: Liam Moses
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