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Tuesday 17 January 2012

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Chappies protest planned TERESA FISCHER


RGANISERS expect a large turnout at a protest march against a R54 million office block and toll plaza planned for Chapman’s Peak Drive, world-renowned for its unspoilt beauty and views. Residents believe this two-storey building within Table Mountain National Park will set a dangerous precedent. It will be used by Entilini, the company that operates the toll road. “It is iniquitous and should be stopped. Every member of the National Parks Department and Province who permitted this should be ashamed,” says Len Swimmer, chairperson of the Hout Bay Residents’ Association. He says plans for the building have already been approved by Sanparks. He added the association heard about them “via the grapevine” and accessing a copy required “considerable effort.” Swimmer says there is an abundance of empty office accommodation in Hout Bay to house Entilini staff. He believes the office building may have offered as a sweetener following the renegotiation of the “very flawed contract” between Entilini and the Provincial Government. The agreement resulted in Province having to compensate Entilini

if the road was road was closed for any reason. He says this agreement could be set aside legally as it was totally biased in favour of Entilini. But Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says ending the contract with Entilini would have cost in excess of R100 million and the Department would still have to find another company to run the toll road. He says Entilini can no longer close the road without Province’s permission and won’t be paid when the road is closed. Entilini will also repay R60 million that the road cost the government in the first few years. Carlisle says the location of the building was decided following a long process from 2003 to 2008 involving two “extensive” bouts of public participation and an appeal process which resulted in a Record of Decision by then Environment Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. The toll plaza will be located 2,5 kilometres from the Hout Bay beach car park. The office building’s upper storey has sliding doors on to several terraces. Swimmer adds the new toll plaza is “totally inappropriate”, adding it is “overkill” and a “waste of money”. But Carlisle argues safety is key and that there needs to be provision for a disaster management headquarters to be located in one place.

PLEASED: Kyna Webster, Dallyn McClean, Beaty Willoughby, Aoran Ruffels and Chay Stockdale of Fish Hoek High School collect their matric results. More pictures on page 3. Photo: Supplied

He says the building will take up 400 square metres in an old quarry, although the total size of the site is 8 000 square metres, 2 000 square metres of which are in Park land. Glenn Ashton, of the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group (NEAG), says they support the Hout Bay Residents’ Association. Ashton says the costs of the new plaza will be borne by commuters, and the renewed deal removes public access promised in the original agreement. Free day passes currently allow visitors from the Hout Bay side access to the picnic sites on Chapman’s Peak, without having to pay the R31 toll. Bronwen Lankers-Byrne, of the Civil Action Group (CRAG), expects hundreds of people on the march. CRAG plans to hand over a memorandum to Helen Zille, Dr David

Mabunda (CEO of Sanparks) and Henry Laas, group chief director of Murray and Roberts, a major shareholder of Entilini. According to CRAG, the “unnecessary” building will cost Capetonians R25 million and will spoil the natural beauty of Chapman’s Peak forever. Dr David Mabunda, CEO of Sanparks, has written a letter to a daily newspaper, in which he states that it is the board’s “considered view” that the land in question is of “no significant biodiversity value”. Mabunda also writes that the deproclamation process of this land (2 176 square metres) is now underway in terms of the Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003. Swimmer says this proves his contention that the approval of the plans is unlawful as Ta-

ble Mountain National Park is subject to the National Environment Management Protected Areas Act. Mabunda also writes that Sanparks believes the Western Cape Provincial Government is acting in the interest of the public and country; hence they have the full support of Sanparks. Robert Pomario, of Entilini, referred questions to the MEC’s office. The protest march takes place on Sunday 22 January, at 10:30 for an 11:00 start at the Hout Bay beach car park, opposite the Chapman’s Peak Hotel. The 2,5 kilometre march is to the proposed building site.


Page 2 People’s Post False Bay TAKE­OFF: Gillian Blem tries to keep up with little Zoe as she runs up the A­ frame at the Fish Hoek Agili­ ty Dogs’ recent annual club championships held on the Paul Greyling Laer­ skool fields. The trophies for the Fish Hoek Agility Dog of the Year went to Janet Currie and her dog Kodi (large dogs), Gillian Blem (above) and her dog Zoe (small dogs), and Andrew McFarlane and his dog Pippa (beginner dog). At the end of the day there were fun events for those that had never done agility before, those run­ ning with a dog that did not belong to them and an obstacle course with a difference. Fish Hoek Agility Dogs perform at charity events, fetes and children’s parties. Contact Jackie on (021) 786­2381.

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Groot dag vir klein kindertjies “Lyk my die outjies raak al hoe brawer, want daar was nie trane nie (net die mammas, want ‘n paar van die kleintjies het by die punt van die gang al gewaai en klas toe gehard-

loop sonder ‘n behoefte aan ‘n laaste soen of druk....)” se Salome Du Toit, ondrewyseres by Laerskool Paul Greyling. “Dit is dalk omdat hulle saam in Grade R was en reeds die sk-

MAKING FRIENDS: Juan Oosthuizen and Dwayne Mabe get to know each other as they adapt to the expectations of “big school”.

ool en personeel ken. Hulle was almal baie opgewonde oor hulle nuwe skoolklere en kon nie wag om met die ‘“groot skool”’ werk te begin nie,” sê Du Toit.

DECKED OUT: Anica Venter, Raine Bence, Andrea­Lee Ro­ byn en Tikiesha Daniels on their first day in grade 1 at Laer­ skool Paul Greyling.

PROUD: Pictured here is a group of Masiphumelele night school learners, and their teachers, who have been pro­ viding high school education in Masiphumelele for the past few years. This has helped a number of working peo­ ple to finish their high school education at the group’s evening classes. Mzu­ vukile Nikelo says: “We have students who are at university now because of this programme. The Western Cape Edu­ cation Department, which used to be the main funder, is phasing out this pro­ gramme. This has bad consequences for a good number of Masiphumelele people who have used this programme to uplift themselves. Teachers from Masiphumelele are running this programme on voluntary basis to help people. It is not sustainable without some form of funding.” If you can help, phone Ms Mketsu on 073 240 4125. Kylie Jansen. Booking essential: Email Phone 082 922 8220 or (021) 788 3334.

Wednesday 18 January

Wednesday 18 January Muizenberg: Clem Sunter, legendary futurist, strategist and visionary, will present an insightful analysis on “The World and South Africa beyond 2012 – the latest Scenarios, Flags and Probabilities” at 19:00 at Muizenberg High School, corner Windermere and Dover roads. The event is organised by Safer Together. Clem will speak about how long the global economic hard times scenario will continue and offer the flags for a genuine recovery. Tickets are R60 for adults, R40 for students and pensioners. Tea, coffee, cold drinks and light snacks will be served after the talk and there will be entertainment by the Muizenberg High School Jazz Band and singer



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Fish Hoek: The first meeting of the Fish Hoek Garden Club for 2012 will take place at 19:00 in the Minor Hall of the Civic Centre. The speaker, Alison James, will discuss her time spent at the Eden Project in Cornwall. All members are urged to attend and any visitors would be made very welcome. For further information please contact the secretary on (021) 785 2575.

Saturday 21 January Fish Hoek: “In the mood” dance club monthly dance will be held at 20:00 in the Civic Centre Hall. Dress smart/casual. Bring own drinks etc. Members pay R15 and non members R20. For further information phone (021) 782 3137.

Saturday 21 January

Wednesday 25 January

Fish Hoek: Run, walk, stroll or jog in the 5 km Bay Family Fun Run at 07:00. Registration is at The Fish Hoek Athletics Club (Off Kommetjie Rd) and the run is from Fish Hoek Athletics Club. Fee is R15. Bring along unwanted running shoes for distribution to underprivileged children. Food and refreshments will be on sale. It will be held in association

Simon’s Town: Author Michael Walker presents: “The Roller Coaster History of Kalk Bay” at the Simon’s Town Museum in Court Road. He has written many books on this area. The talk is at 17:30 for 18:00. Entrance of R20 includes a glass of wine or fruit juice. For further information phone Yvonne Mawhinney on (021) 786 4404.









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with the Redhill Marathon (Fish Hoek Athletics Club). Spot prizes will be drawn for all age groups, and medals awarded for the first 500 participants. Contact Bev on 082 412 1571 or (021) 782 2065 for more details.




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School’s scores added up TERESA FISCHER

OCEAN View High School’s pass rate improved from 78 percent to 96 percent. Deputy principal Virginia Truter thinks including teachers in the invigilation process may have contributed to the improved results. She says learners may have felt more at ease, and been reassured by the presence of people they knew present in the examination hall. Their top achiever was Antonio Gambino. Fish Hoek High School’s 166 candidates together achieved 228 subject distinctions, and only two candidates did not pass. Twenty pupils achieved A aggregates, Thirty two achieved B aggregates and 57 C aggregates. There were 109 bachelors passes (former matric exemption) and 52 diploma passes. Aaron Ruffels and Erin Versfeld of Fish Hoek High School achieved straight As. Jared Dobbin, Batia Efrat, Caitlin Spring, Chay Stockdale and Stefan Wahl achieved six

As. Kirstin Botha, Amber GatleyDewing, Courtney Macdonald, Paige Macfarlane, Candice Matthee, Keryn Seyffert, Sean Stacey and Kyna Webster achieved five As. Shanle Baron, Francis Bashala, Nicole Croome, Laurence Davies, Joel Gaffley, Gunther Jacobsen, Kelsey Ledger, Charl Potgieter, Erin Potgieter and Beatrice Willoughby achieved four As. Simon’s Town High School principal, Jean Human, was pleased with the 94 percent pass rate. The school’s top achiever was Kayla Atkins who achieved a 79 percent aggregate. Human says 32 percent of learners achieved Bachelors passes. She says sometimes it is a matter of subject choice, and points out that many of the school’s maritime learners scored very well, but need to do an extra subject in order to qualify for a bachelor’s pass. Masiphumele High School achieved a pass rate of 85 percent, but the principal could not be reached for comment.

HAPPY: Ocean View matrics with deputy principal Virginia Truter. Photo: Supplied

TOP ACHIEVERS: Aaron Ruffels and Er­ in Versfeld of Fish Hoek High School achieved straight A’s. Photo: Supplied

NERVOUS: Buhle Mashiyi of Fish Hoek High School waits anxiously for his results.

EARLY BIRD: Kaylin Carolusen (25) of Kalk Bay gave birth to Logan at 08:00 on New Year’s Day at False Bay Hospital. Caro­ lusen says she was already a week overdue when she felt the labour pains begin while she was dancing at a New Year’s Eve party, but she kept on dancing. By the time she got to the hospital, it wasn’t long before he “popped out”. She says the nurses nick­ named him “New Year” and paraded him around the hospital. “He is very, very sweet,” she says gazing at the little bundle with a mop of thick black hair. Logan weighed 3,08 kg and measured 53cm at birth. Photo: Teresa Fischer

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Sunday Services 08h30, 10h15 & 18h30 Sunday School 08h30

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LEARNING: Ocean View Matrics with Consumer Studies Educator, Ms Cupido. Photo: Supplied

TEAM WORK: Ocean View Matrics with Maths, Geography and Tourism Educator, Mr Johns. Photo: Supplied

ON TIME: Two holi­ daymakers from Zimbabwe and a local swimmer, who wish to re­ main anonymous, have repaired the beach clock on the Galley restaurant building in Fish Hoek. “Well done and thank you, we are all grateful,” says Lorraine Lem­ mon­Warde. The clock had been fro­ zen at half past six for years, as nobody with the expertise could be found to repair it. The clock was donated to the council by the wom­ en of Fish Hoek in 1952. Lemmon­Warde says the man who repaired the clock was modest when he said that it only took a little loosening of the works. She says: “It took a bit more than that.” She says the two tourists, who have been coming to Fish Hoek for years, were quite upset about the clock still not working and got the ball rolling. Photo: Lorraine Lemmon­Warde

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A slamming success DESPITE having their poles stolen and the playing surface vandalised by vandals and criminals, volleyball players from Ocean View continue to reach the top. Of the 48 players representing the Western Cape U13 and U15 teams, Ocean View had 24 players in the teams. All these players started their volleyball at Kleinberg Primary School and are currently attending Ocean View High School, Western Cape Sport School or Kleinberg Primary School. The national youth volleyball tournament between nine provinces took place at the Belhar Indoor Sport Centre in Cape Town from 11-14 December.

The U13 boys team won bronze and the girls U13 team took gold without conceding one set in the whole tournament. The final scores between Western Cape girls U13 and Gauteng were 25-15 and 25-13. In the U15 section, the girls took silver and the boys’ team came from behind to beat Northern Cape two sets to one in the final. The final scores were 18-25, 25-8 and 15-3. Two outstanding players in the match were Teagan Hendricks and Peter “Kentucky” Present. Amongst the accolades, Wayd Schilders (Kleinberg Primary) received the best attacker for boys U13, Byron Adams (WC Sport School) was awarded the MVP for boys U15 and Naseemah Callaghan (WC Sport School) received the MVP accolade for girls U15.

ENTERTAINED: A fundraising Christmas concert was held at Kalk Bay Village Market on Sunday 11 December in aid of the Izivunguvungu Youth Band’s upcoming trip to Germany this month. STAND­ ING PROUD: The Ocean View are seen here with their teacher and manag­ er, Mrs B Trut­ ter.

NOTICE OF MEETINGS OF THE SUBCOUNCILS JANUARY 2012 Notice is hereby given that the meeting of the 24 (twenty four) subcouncils for the City of Cape Town will take place at the time and at the different venues as indicated in the schedule below: Subcouncil Venue

Date Time


Council Chambers, Royal Ascot, Milnerton




Kraaifontein Council Chambers



















3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Council Chambers, Voortrekker Road, Goodwood Parow Council Chambers, Tallent Road, Parow Council Chambers, cnr Jakkalsvlei Avenue and Kiaat Road Bonteheuwel Bellville Council Chambers Bellville Civic Centre Durbanville Council Chambers Strand Council Chambers Strand Moses Mabhida Library Khayelitsha Look Out Hill Tourism Facility Khayelitsha


Athlone Minor Hall




Beacon Valley Community Centre



Browns Farm Community Hall




Zolani Community Centre Nyanga Raven Room, Pinelands Training Centre, Pinelands Council Chambers, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town








Athlone Minor Hall,




Rondevlei subcouncil Chambers, Lotus River 19



Council Chambers Fish Hoek







14 15 16

20 21

Council Chambers, Alphen Centre Constantia Oostenberg Council Chambers Kuils River


Strand Council Chambers




Colorado Community Centre




Khayelitsha Training Centre



Manager Peter Deacon 021 550 1001 Fred Monk 021 980 6053 Johannes Brand 021 590 1676 Ardela van Niekerk 021 938 8050 Martin Julie 021 695 8161 Pat Jansen 021 918 2024 Carin Viljoen 021 970 3002 Izak du Toit 021 850 4149 Thando Siwisa 021 360 1351 Fezekile Cotani 021 360 1267 Kayise Nombakuse 021 630 1600 David Cedras 021 371 4550 Lunga Bobo 021 630 1600 Christopher Jako 021 6301600 Mariette Griessel 021 531 3437 Marius Coetsee 021 487 2055 Edgar Carolissen 021 637 9757 Okkie Manuels 021 700 4020 Desiree Mentor 021 784 2011 Brian Ford 021 794 2493 Pieter Grobler 021 900 1502 Richard Moi 021 900 1508 David Cedras 021 371 4551 Anthony Mathe 021 956 8000

In addition to items of relevance to specific subcouncils, the following item will appear on the agendas for all subcouncils in January: •

Updates to the 2011/12 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for public comment.

Copies are available for scrutiny at subcouncils, municipal libraries and Organisations are requested to submit comment to their subcouncil. The Rules of Order for subcouncils permit any member of the public to address the subcouncil on these or any other matters by prior arrangement with the relevant subcouncil manager. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

Dust off those hiking boots MERIDIAN Hiking Club will host the following hikes across the Peninsula. . On Saturday 14 January from Newlands Forest to Rhodes Memorial. An unusual, interesting path up through the forest to the contour path and then a flat, shady walk along to Rhodes Memorial. For additional infomation email Victoria Wilson on or call 082 295 4451. . Sunday 15 January: The Muggle 1 hike to Spring Girdle Traverse is an exciting route hiking along the Twelve Apostles but is not for those with fear of heights. Contact Karen for additional information on email . Saturday 21 January: The Silvermine Circuit is a pleasant hike for the moderately fit. Email Karen on . Sunday 22 January: A full day’s hike up to Noordhoek Peak, down and up Chapman’s Peak. Contact Evelyn on 072 244 2974. . Sunday 22 January: Muggle 2, a hike “off the beaten track” by Karen Watkins. Some scrambling. Contact Sam on 082 498 0361 . Saturday 28 January: Beaumont family open day. Spend a day in the country hiking, wine-tasting and farm and home-made produce. Moderate hike and about 10km (optional). Email Karen on before Monday 23 January for bookings or visit . Sunday 29 January: Muggle 3 – GrottoCairn-Fountain Traverse is a hike on a moderate pace but not for the unfit or with fear of heights. Some scrambling. Contact . Sunday 29 January: Newlands Forest. A

shady hike along some unusual paths. Contact Dee Young on 083 261 3326 . Sunday 5 February: Camps Bay to Sea Point at 7:00 with a early start to beat the crowds. Walk to Sea Point then back along the beach, swimming if you want. Contact John James on 084 249 9979 . Sunday 5 February: Bains Kloof. Drive to Tweede Tol, then up Witte River from Tweede Tol and back. Contact Sam on 082 498 0361. . Sunday 12 February: TM Adventure. An adventurous, moderate-paced hike going up and down on the cableway and exploring to find a cave and a grotto. Email . Monday 13 February: Orange Kloof disa hike. There are many options of routes to choose from and the route taken will be weather dependent and if raining the hike will be cancelled. There is limited space available, book on Friday 10 February at 9:00. Call Sam on 082 498 0361 . Saturday 18 February: Sunset hike on Chapman’s Peak. Enjoy one of Cape Town’s special sunset venues. Bring a torch, snacks and sundowners. Approximately three - four hours. Contact Colin Blake on 082 532 3124 . Sunday 19 February: Red Disas and Judas Peak. Full day hike up Suikerbossie, up cool Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine for tea at waterfall, then on to Red Disas. Contact Victor on 021 557 4885 or 0729775597 . Sun 19 Feb: Muizenberg to Glencairn. Walk along the coastal path, stopping for a swim and pastry, train back to start. Contact John James on 084 249 9979.

CELEBRATIONS: A Christmas party was recently held for 150 children was held in Masiphumele. Most of the chil­ dren who attended are part of a programme called Vulnerable Children from All Nations, a reg­ istered non­profit organisation, which cares for children who have either lost both parents, or have a remaining parent who is ill and unable to work to support the family. They work with sin­ gle­parent homes, children be­ ing raised by an older sibling, or orphans being raised by extended family already strug­ gling to support themselves. This involves, among others, weekly contact with a family mentor, food packages, school supplies and weekly kids programmes. For more informa­ tion phone 082 897 8575 or go to Photo: Supplied


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Simon’s Town police make abalone bust SIMON’S Town police have arrested two suspects for selling abalone with a street value of R11 500 after receiving an anonymous tip-off. At 07:00 on Friday 14 January, police were told that two men in a car were selling abalone. The information was followed up and police spotted the vehicle described in the parking area of Seven Eleven. Sergeant Chuma Nogemane and Themba Ngele interviewed the two occupants, who denied the allegations. The vehicle was searched and a bag containing the abalone was found. The two suspects, aged 24 and 54, were arrested. They appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s court on Monday on charges relating to possession of abalone. . In Ocean View, officers were conducting patrols in Buffalo street, Ocean View on Thursday 22 January when they received information about two men allegedly dealing in drugs. They secured a search warrant and searched the premises, where they found 10 Mandrax tablets and an undisclosed amount of money. The estimated street value of these Mandrax tablets was R600. They arrested the two men, for dealing in drugs and possession of drugs. Ocean View Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Augus praised his members for this success. “I would like to thank members of the public for their support. The fact that they continuously provide us with valuable information

about crime and drugs means that they are committed to the fight against crime. Let’s continue with our good relationship and spirit that we had last year and aim for greater heights this year. Our aim is to clean our communities and make Ocean View and Masiphumelele a drug-free community. This is only possible with the community’s support. Please keep on providing us with information.” The suspects appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 13 January. In December, Ocean View police searched premises alleged to be selling drugs in Masiphumelele. They found a black plastic waste bag, half filled with loose dagga, 100 parcels of dagga, 234 stoppe dagga and a large amount of cash inside the shack. Police arrested two males aged 27 and 52 for possession of drugs with an estimated street value of R8 000. Earlier in the month, a firearm was reported stolen by a man from Ocean View. Through a good relationship with the public, police received information that the man’s son had stolen the firearm from the safe. Warrant Officer Nkosikho Mzuku says after thorough investigation, detectives discovered the son had given the firearm to a friend, asking him to hide it. It was eventually recovered from the friend’s possession. The father was charged for negligent loss of firearm, his son was charged with theft and the friend was charged with possession of an illegal firearm.

SWIFT ARRESTS: Sergeant Chuma Nogemane and Themba Ngele of Simon’s Town Police followed up a tip off, which resulted in two men being arrested for selling abalo­ ne. Phto: Supplied

Elderly man mugged AN 89-year-old man from Fish Hoek was mugged in Main Road, near the Standard Bank, in December. Frank Barden says the road bends and there is a spot where one is out of sight of nearby shops and businesses. Two men attacked him and stole his wallet. “They found me harder to get down than

they thought. I was shouting for help. The good Lord may have helped,” he says. He held on to his muggers, breaking his fall somewhat, but still sustained injuries from the gravel road. “Elderly people must be very cautious there,” he warns, adding the Fish Hoek police were very helpful.

UNDER THE SEA: David Harrison took these photos on Wednesday 14 December while having breakfast at the Fish Hoek Galley. He says: “They are two of our South African Submarines, SAS Queen Modjadji and SAS Charlotte Maxeke.” SAS Queen Modjadji was later seen sailing past Kalk Bay. Photo:

Eskom warns of possible load-shedding ESKOM has told the City of Cape Town there is a possibility that Cape Town could experience load-shedding in the next few weeks. This is due to Eskom’s inability to meet rising demand for electricity throughout the country. The risk of load-shedding has been exacerbated by on-going maintenance work that Eskom has undertaken as it grapples with boosting supply capacity in order to avoid sustained power outages. As the load-shedding in 2008 revealed, the

process is a difficult one. However, as responsible citizens, we can all do our bit to avoid the negative impact that load-shedding would have on our country by reducing electricity usage. Eskom urged Capetonians to use electricity sparingly in order to avoid power outages. It said switching off all unused electrical appliances or using alternative energy would help to conserve electricity. Eskom said it was putting measures in place to avoid load-shedding.


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Tuesday 17 January 2012

Cape Town a hit with tourists HANRIE BOSCH

THE city was truly packed and fully booked during the festive season. Some residents said it took 45 minutes to drive from Table Mountain Cableway to the Kloofnek intersection, while others jostled for a spot on Camps Bay or endured endless queues at popular eateries. The Waterfront estimates that during December alone it had nearly three million visitors. Table Mountain Cableway recorded a new visitor record: “From 1 to 31 December 116 000 visitors made use of the cableway, beating the previous record of 112 000 in December 2006,” says Collette van Aswegen, Marketing Manager. Table Mountain National Park also saw an upswing in tourists. Boulders beach saw a 29 percent increase and Cape Point a 23 percent increase in tourism, says Park spokesperson Merle Collins, adding : “We still don’t have the stats for the open access part of the park but all indications are that there was an increase this season.” And it was not just the tourists hotspots that where crowded. Getting there proved just as much an adventure, said traffic spokesperson Merle Lourens. “Table Mountain Road proved to be one of the busiest traffic spots, with the road being closed on occasion due to high traffic volumes and no available parking”. The same rang true for beaches across the Cape, most notably Camps

Bay. Lourens said there were apparently fewer motorists on the road, probably because many people made use of buses and arrived by plane. Cape Town International Airport noted a sharp increase in visitors arriving by plane, although actual statistics across the board are not yet available. Cape Town International Airport reported an earlier start to the season with a 14 percent increase in international arrivals compared with November 2010. An 11,7 percent increase was seen in regional arrivals and a 3,6 percent increase in domestic arrivals during November. January and February are traditionally peak months for international arrivals and a steady year-on-year increase in international tourists is expected too. Cape Town Tourism adds that: “Due to increased supply in the accommodation sector, some Cape Town hotels were not running at full capacity. However, many establishments on the Atlantic Seaboard, particularly in Camps Bay, as well as in the City Centre were booked to capacity between Christmas and New Year”. Red City tour buses were running at full capacity in December and rental cars were fully booked. Councillor Grant Pascoe, mayoral committee member, tourism, events and marketing, says that although this season has been busy and an improvement on last year, “Cape Town is still not back to its 2008 boom figures”. He attributed this to a slump in the global economy from main source markets

IDYLLIC: A packed Camps Bay beach in January. like Germany, Britain and America. “The city has learned the importance of the domestic market to sustain tourism numbers. In addition, the growing middle class in South Africa is a very accessible market for focus in the future.” Pascoe adds that Cape Town’s numerous

Photo: Michael Hammond

accolades in 2011 – World Design Capital, One of the New Natural Wonders and being named Tripadvisor’s number one destination in 2011 – meant that “Cape Town is high on the priority list for travellers and those with the resources to do so are making their way to our shores”.

Check the waves from your phone TERESA FISCHER

THIS should get you stoked. BeachWatch, a nifty new mobile app, ensures views from Cape Town’s best beaches are now only a click away. BeachWatch’s high-quality, live-video streams give beach lovers instant access to live streaming views from 14 different beaches around the Peninsula.

The software was originally developed by a Stellenbosch based company for security purposes. Johann Stegmann, CEO of iSee Software Solutions, says they decided to do something more fun. He believes that BeachWatch will revolutionise Cape Town’s beach culture: “Never before has a local solution been provided that supplies real time information onthe-go, and we strongly believe that this appli-

NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Wednesday 25 January 2012 at 10:00 in the Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. Please note that limited seating is available in the public gallery of the Council Chamber, and therefore seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Should you wish to attend the meeting you are requested to contact Ms A Curtis on 021 400 3342 between 09:00 and 16:00. All requests for attendance must be received by no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to provide your surname, initials and contact telephone number. Visitors are kindly requested to be seated by 09:30. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

cation will be invaluable to all eager beach-goers and watersports enthusiasts.” Stegmann says the site is growing quickly and that they have about 10 000 users and attract 100-200 new users every day. The company is now approaching corporate sponsors. In addition to the BeachWatch mobile app, live streaming videos of Cape Town’s hottest beaches can also be accessed via desktop internet. A BETA version of the iPhone app is also available. For more information and to download the BeachWatch app, visit or join the conversation on Facebook and BeachWatchSA on Twitter People’s Post checked it out, and found it quick and easy to download. The live feed of the waves is really impressive. Muizenberg regular Wayne Webster says: “These BeachWatch live video webcams are awesome, and I am so glad that they are available. I will definitely use NEW IDEAS: Johann Stegmann, CEO of iSee them daily! No excuse not knowing what Software Solutions, the developers of Beach­ the sea is doing now, and hopefully far few- Watch. Photo: Murray Williams er wasted trips to see for myself what the sea is doing.” surfing hotspots: Bikini Beach, Strand, MelkBeachWatch is free for download, and is bosstrand, Table View, Clifton, Big Bay, Hout compatible with most non-smartphone Bay, Milnerton, Fish Hoek, Noordhoek, Long handsets. Beach, Kommetjie, Outer Kom, Kommetjie, It provides live feeds from the following Kalk Bay and Muizenberg.

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Marked for life SOUTH AFRICANS were elated to learn about the improved matric pass rate, nationally and provincially, for the class of 2011. The announcement was celebrated on the day of the big reveal earlier this month. Education authorities announced that nationally the number of pupils who had passed the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate examinations had increased from 68 to 70 percent. For the Western Cape the news was even sweeter, with the provincial pass rate increasing to 82,9 percent from 76,8 percent in 2010. The cherry on top is that SA’s top matriculant hails from Rondebosch High School. But how much does SA really have to celebrate when considering the basic requirements for promotion to the world of higher learning? Today, a high school student requires only a 40 percent pass in a home language, 40 percent in two other subjects and a lowly 30 percent in three subjects to progress to the next grade or to matriculate. To what extent does this meagre criteria for a pass rate ensure that students finish their school career with a quality qualification, armed with the confidence they need to flourish in the workplace? This lax standard hardly equips them for success in tertiary studies. In fact, it fails to mould confident professionals, skilled to cope with the demands of modern day industry, and places them at a disadvantage among colleagues with better academic facilities than that typically available at state schools. The message it conveys is that one no longer needs to work hard or strive for excellence because the bare minimum is good enough to pass. The responsibility to address this does not lie with teachers or parents, but the same officials celebrating victories of a seemingly flawed system. Stakes are always high when considering national education policy, and the foundation for any long-term strategy must be in place if you are to expect great rewards.

Farewell to our special Eric

World in a state of madness HAS anyone noticed that as promulgate more laws, we have created a society that has rapidly deteriorated and become more unbalanced, less peaceful, more aggressive and in reality more insane? Has anyone noticed that we attack each other firstly in countless ways rather than try to see deeper into ourselves why it is we feel we must attack? We want vengeance when someone does not do as we perceive they should. An example would be last week’s letter when a rubbish collector asked for a tip from a home owner and the home owner phoned the council demanding vengeance. Or the many people who write in about those who do not always stop at the stop streets but choose to slow down, without stopping. (This is common sense). We have made our lives a reflection of our beliefs and because we believe we are all separate from each other and from nature and from our world we have now a world that is in a state of madness. We have politicians who regard the profits of business above all else, who steal and lie and corrupt and fight for more power, more money, etc. They lay more laws on us so they can control us and we use these laws to uphold our own self-righteousness and an-

ger at our life. So we attack each other in countless ways. But in truth we attack God because we are all created as a part of God. When you attack anyone outside, you attack God within that other person and so you are attacking the god within yourself and so the world goes slowly insane until a time when there is no choice but to change. And here is the crux as we move deeper into this time of great change. Are you going to change or are you going to try and change everyone else around you? If you stop attacking others you will have changed and you will find the world has changed too. If you keep attacking those you perceive as wrong you will not have changed and neither will your world. We are born here on this beautiful planet not to be slaves but to be free. And freedom can have no chains placed around itself. We all know the truth as each of us moves further into the light of God. The world is a reflection of who we believe we are. For a long time we have believed in many things but the one thing that we truly are. MARTYN TAYLOR Glencairn

TO my very special boy Eric, who disappeared on 30 November and has not been seen since. There is a deep sadness in my heart... I know you’re not coming back, because I can feel the empty space you’ve left behind. Who will I seek out to talk to now, when yet another baboon is injured or killed and my emotions threaten to overwhelm me? You were my friend and my inspiration. My promise to you, made all those years ago, to do whatever I could to protect and improve the lives of all baboons will continue unabated. MAJESTIC: Eric on his favourite rock overlooking the Kom­ I hope you’re sitting on metjie lighthouse. Photo: Supplied your favourite rock in Kommetjie, watching the sun set, but wherever that is really important in life. you are now, my beautiful boy, I just want Most of all, I want to thank you for allowyou to know that I love you. Thank you for ing me into your amazing life. I miss you teaching me about the magic of baboons, for terribly. setting me on a path that has enriched my LYNETTE life immeasurably and for showing me all Noordhoek

Thank you, good Samaritans We would like to thank the people who helped arrest the person who stole my son’s phone near St Peter’s Church around 18:00 on Saturday 14 January. A couple and their children chased the thief and radioed Konrad Erickson, who responded swiftly together with his wife and took over the chase. Craig Gerber, a family friend, also rushed to the scene all the way from Capri. Both Konrad and Craig also took their time and drove

to the Fish Hoek Police station. We really appreciate the time you took to help our 14-year-old son. Special thanks to the Fish Hoek Police, who responded promptly and took over from the neighbourhood watch. Thanks also to Margo Wood, a good family friend who gave much care and support. Now we look forward to seeing the law take its course. Lets stay united in fighting crime! LIFE MOYO AND ETHEST NDLOVU Fish Hoek


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Cellphone mast argument continues, lands in bunker Thanks for helping mom MY 90-year-old mom had a bad fall and broke her arm in the Pick ’n Pay Arcade in Fish Hoek on Tuesday 20 December at about 9:00. A lady, whose identity I do not know, sat of the floor with my mom’s head in her

lap until the ambulance arrived. I just want this person to know how grateful I am. The world is a better place with people like you. God bless you. SUE MCCONNELL Noordhoek

RE your article “Mast plan worries locals” (People’s Post, 13 December), I object to the comment made by Dave Gleeson, general manager of the Westlake Golf Club, that “the majority of the surrounding residents will only be in the vicinity of the tower in the evenings, when they return from work’’. How can he speak on behalf of the residents – how does he know who works and who does not? Does that mean if you are a resident not there during the day you will be fine, and if you are a golfer not there at night you will also be fine?

(He said his golfers will only “be exposed to the cellular tower during the day while playing golf”. I do not think he has researched this properly and is obviously only interested in gaining profit from the cellular company, Cell C. It does not matter what colour the mast is painted, it will still emit radiation. The cellphone coverage in the area is not “very poor”, it is excellent! I do not see a need for a mast to be erected so near residential properties. ANONYMOUS Orchard Village


A special thank-you THANK YOU to the very kind people, in particular Felicity and Nick, who stopped to help us after we had an accident near Ocean View Police Station on Sunday 18 December. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop and help. A big thank you also to Heath from Cape Medical Response (CMR) for getting there so quickly and for such professional help. MARC AND KIM EDWARDS Fish Hoek

Five years ago, we managed to convert millions of South Africans to using CFL energy saving light bulbs and saved you money. Now, five years later, we’re back to change your energy savers that have reached the end of their life. Continue to use energy savers to collectively save South Africa’s energy.

An evening of opera AVIVA PELHAM presents the ninth annual Opera in Convent Garden on Sunday 5 February at Springfield Convent School, St John’s road, Wynberg at 17:00. Gates open at 15:00. The performers are Violina Anguelov and members of the Cape Town Opera Studio. Tickets cost R100 for adults, scholars R20 and children under children under 10 free. A delicious picnic and wine are available from the Opera Cafe. For bookings call (021) 797 9637 ext 200, 076 696 4630 or

Accelerating universe talk THE Cape Town Science Centre and AIMS Science Out Loud Public Lecture will present a talk by Professor Robert Nichol from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in University of Portsmouth on Sunday 22 January. The topic will be The Accelerating Universe: Story of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. The talks start at 18:45 for 19:00 at the Muizenberg Pavilion. School groups and students are free, with adults R20. Limited places available; please email to book your seat.

Energy saving lightbulbs have an environmental benefit because they cut your lighting cost by using less electricity and last up to eight times longer, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gases. The small amount of mercury that energy saving lightbulbs contain is almost used up by the time the lightbulb is ready for disposal. So try not to break the lamp and dispose of CFLs at participating retailers.

Everyone looking to renew their spent CFLs for free

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Old CFLs can be exchanged for new ones in two ways: a. There will be a door-to-door exchange (people will come to your door to do the exchange). b. Self exchange points will be set up in certain areas, where you will be able to go and do the exchange.

Cancer support group meets PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT ACTION (PSA) will meet on Tuesday 17 January at 17:45 for 18:00 in the auditorium of Mediclinic Constantiaberg, Burnham Road, Plumstead. The group meets on the third Tuesday each month. Newly diagnosed patients and their partners or carers from all over the Cape Metro are welcome to attend, meet prostate cancer survivors, and share details of their experience. For additional information call or SMS the group on 073 560 3067.

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HAPPY SNAPS: Fo­ to First at Long­ beach Mall ran a competition during December. Taryn Rich from Cape Medical Response was drawn as the winner of a HS20 digital camera. Pic­ tured here are Adri­ an Brown (Foto First Manager) Taryn Rich, Stefan Roodt, (Centre Manager) and Ja­ nine Davidson, Mar­ keting Manager.Pho­ MOTHER GOOSE: Steve Jansen van Vuuren took this photo of an Egyptian Goose with a chick at the Silvermine Reservoir. Photo: Supplied

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WATER BABY: Mandy Lebides of Clovelly completed a successful Robben island crossing on Saturday 17 Decem­ ber. Here she is wel­ comed ashore by Tracy Sassen, also of Clovel­ ly. Lebides has been training for 18 months in preparation for the swim, which was com­ pleted in fairly good conditions, except for a large number of blue bottles.The nearly nine kilometre course took her just over four hours in water temperatures of 14 degrees. She was accompanied by fellow swimmers Tony Sell­ meyer and Lindsay De Kock. Photo: Mark Prowse

MISSING: Bagheera (“Baggie”) is a very large plain grey cat. He is a neutered male, about eight years old, with only one top canine and a white triangle on his tum­ my. He was last seen in Fish Hoek, near the cor­ ner of 17th Ave and Kom­ metjie Road, on 28 De­ cember. If anyone knows his whereabouts, please contact Shan on 072 142 8212. Reward offered for safe return. Photo: Supplied


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Giving love to The Beatles ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE is a tribute to The Beatles. In 1963 a little-known quartet from Liverpool turned the world of music and fashion on its head, creating a cultural revolution that left a lasting legacy admired and respected 50 years on. Paying tribute to the mania caused by mop-haired John, Paul, George and Ringo, the show All You Need Is Love will transport audiences back to the unforgettable sound of The Beatles and the “swinging ’60s”. The group rocked their generation, threatening conservatism to its core and unleashing Beatle-mania. Today they are regarded as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band. Setting the tone for the evening, director Cedric Vandenschrik uses original footage to recreate the public hysteria of the time, such as performances on the Ed Sullivan show and the famous meeting with Bob Dylan. Fans can expect to hear all the band’s best loved hits such as Help, Lucy in the sky with

diamonds, I wanna hold your Hand, Ticket to Ride, Sgt Peppers, Hey Jude, Back in the USSR, Yellow Submarine and many more. Taking the audience on this Magical Mystery Tour are vocalist and guitarist Cedric Vandenschrik, vocalist Chad Zerf, guitarist Aldert du Toit, drummer Adam Coolsaet, bassist Rob Nel and keyboardist Tracy Johannes. Adding a pretty touch and a different interpretation to the music will be Candice Malander-Thorne. The show will run from Friday 3 February to Saturday 17 March at the GrandWest Roxy Revue Bar – Wednesday to Saturday. The doors open at 20:00 and the curtain rises at 20:30. Tickets are available from Computicket at R67. It will be open on Valentine’s day, 14 February. . People’s Post is giving away five double tickets to the show on 8 February. To enter SMS the keyword “Beatles” to 34586 by Monday 23 January at noon. Winners will be phoned. SMSes cost R1,50.

SUMMER NIGHTS: Crowds flooded to Kirstenbosch, voted one of the world’s best picnic spots by National Geographic, to see The Parlotones in December. It’s not too late to catch a Sunday concert, which are perfect family fun. The line­up still featuring blues musicians Dan Patlansky and Natasha Meister on 22 January. See Flash Republic and Foto Na Dans on 5 February and Going Back to the Crossroads on 12 February; Taxi Violence and Machin­ eri on 19 February; The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 February; The Blues Broers featuring Albert Frost on 4 March; Goldfish on 11 March; Freshlyground on 18 March; Hugh Masekela on 25 March and Hot Water and Wrestlerish on 1 April. Online bookings can be made at or phone (021) 761­2866. Don’t forget to pack a picnic basket! Gates open at 16:00. Concerts are held between 17:30 and 19:00. Photo: Wayne Webster

Enjoy an evening of jazz Fifty years of The Hollies EASE into the New Year at Jackson Hall with Urban Groove jazz band and the New Orleans-styled restaurant and cocktail bar in The District at GrandWest. Situated in the heart of The District, Jackson Hall offers visitors the ambiance of a New Orleans jazz club. The venue presents a blend of live entertainment coupled with delicious food and exotic cocktails. Be entertained by a selection of DJs and a live band every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night, as barmen perform impromptu flair shows while mixing your cocktails. But no visit to Jackson Hall is complete without ordering one of their colourful and delightfully wicked cocktails. Well known favourites such as Pancake shooters and Strawberry Daquiri and Margarita cocktails are all available, as are less well known drinks such as Woo Woo, a shaken mix of triple distilled vodka blended with peach schnapps and cranberry

juice. In total, Jackson Hall offers a selection of 16 shooters, nine martinis and eleven cocktails, in addition to the wine menu and dom pedros. Teetotallers have not been overlooked either, and can choose from one of two non-alcoholic cocktails. Urban Groove comprises of saxophonist Marc de Kock, who holds an honours degree in Jazz from UCT’s College of Music and keyboardist Tony Higgins who will be remembered from other popular bands such as Late Final, Brother to Brother and Panama. The trio is completed by TJ Simons on vocals. Simons shared a stage with many South African music icons and needs little introduction to jazz or pop audiences. Sip cocktails while watching live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during January. From 18:00 to 21:00 the Dj spins and from 21:00 onwards the live band and entrance is free at Jackson Hall, GrandWest. .

FLYING HIGH: Soar like an Eagle show­ cases the beautiful dancing ability of both able­bodied and disabled dancers. It should be seen by all dance lovers in order to appreciate what can be done in the face of adversity. Based on true­life events, Soar like an Eagle tells the story of Mukthar Lee who is struggling to come to terms with his disability. With a little inspiration, love, friendship and hard work Mukthar begins to challenge his limitations. Shows are on Friday 20 January starting at 20:00, Saturday 21 January at 14:30 and 18:30. Tickets are R65, Masque Theatre Club Members R55, Matiness are R55 and for Masque Theatre Club Members R45. In picture, Danielle Mathews and Muktar Lee will be performing in Soar like an Eagle at the Masque Theatre.

fortune to secure his services for this exclusive gala concert which will include works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Wagner and Puccini. Doors open at 18:45 and the concert starts at 19:15 and Reserved seating from R500-R750 per person, which includes champagne, wine and finger supper. Dress code is formal (black-tie). For bookings contact the admin office on (021) 788 6068 or email

not to have heard a Hollies song, with perennial hits from ’60s classics such as Just one look, Bus stop, Carrie Ann, Jennifer Eccles, Sorry Suzanne and their smash hit He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother. Later Hollies hits that made an impact on subsequent generations include I can’t tell the bottom from the top, Gasoline Alley bred, Long cool woman in a black dress and The air that I breathe. In 2010 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Hollies will perform in South Africa on Thursday 23 February at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town, and on Satruday 25 February and Sunday 26 February at the Carnival City Big Top Arena in Brakpan. The two-hour show starts at 20:00 and tickets are available from Computicket between R160 and R460.

Il Divo and orchestra entertain THE internationally acclaimed operatic pop group Il Divo has included South Africa in its fourth world tour schedule spanning six continents. The group, first formed in 2004 by reality TV guru Simon Cowell, consists of French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. The foursome was selected by Cowell following a worldwide talent search. Il Divo has since amassed an impressive array of accomplishments, nominations and awards which include worldwide sales of 26 million albums and over 150 gold and platinum awards in 33 countries. In 2011 they were named Artist of the Decade at the Classic British Awards ceremony.

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Tenor of note comes to SA CASA LABIA in association with Citadel present John Treleaven (tenor) – An evening of English and German Love Songs, with Albie van Schalkwyk (piano). Followed by John Treleaven in conversation with Jacky Folley on Wednesday 22 February. John Treleaven is among the most prized Heldentenors in the world. He is currently in South Africa to sing Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio for Cape Town Opera. Casa Labia has had the good

THE HOLLIES celebrates the band’s 50th anniversary with a world tour that includes South Africa. The band, first formed in the ’60s, are regarded by many as one of the most successful British bands of all time and during their heyday they enjoyed more hits than The Beatles. Like fellow British band The Rolling Stones, they have remained a tight knit group and never broke up. Their distinctive harmonies and prolific songwriting talent led the band to produce 19 studio albums, 22 compilation albums and 67 singles. After their first release in 1963, they had 30 songs in the UK singles chart and 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. A further 15 albums have appeared in the UK albums chart and 13 on the Billboard 200. Over the past 50 years few people can claim

HYPNOPOMPIC, a new physical theatre production will be will be coming to Cape Town’s stage from 17 to 22 January. Produced and performed by the Israeli-born South African, Amit Raz with direction by Craig Leo, hypnopompic describes the state of semi-consciousness preceding waking. In this physical theatre performance, the hypnopompic state is expressed through a multi-disciplinary performance work using dance and puppetry, taking the audience on a journey through the many layered and magical world of a sleeper’s dreams. The piece starts with the performer drifting off to sleep in his bed which becomes an everchanging landscape. The set is designed by architect Amir Gazit, and is constructed accord-

In keeping with Il Divo’s multinational identity, they perform in English, Italian, Spanish, French and even Latin. In November 2011 they launched their much anticipated album Wicked Game, and songs from the new album will be included in their shows. The quartet will perform at the GrandWest Arena on Wednesday 8 February and at the Carnival City Big Top Arena in Brakpan on Friday 10 February. The doors open at 19:00 for 20:00. The show runs for 1hr 40min. GrandWest entry fee is from R375 and Carnival City from R320. The tickets are available from Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or visit The promoters are Big Concerts. ing to parametric design, using parameters to define various forms that represent the different states of dream and its attendant motifs in the production. Innovative choreographic devices explore universal dream themes of flight and being chased, of eroticism and nightmare. Stylised puppets, created by Amit Raz and Craig Leo emerge from the bed as archetypal visitors to the sleeper. Contemporary dance elements are brought together by choreographer Ananda Fuchs with physical theatre to reveal the sleeper’s confrontation with his deep fears surrounding self-image, power and women. Catch the show at the Arena Theatre on Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street at 20:00. Tickets cost R75 at the door or at Masala Dosa Restaurant. For info and credit card sales call 082 320 8199.


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Swimmers go to extreme lengths LIAM MOSES

A GROUP of open water swimmers from the Southern Suburbs have been recognised for their incredible bravery, limitless determination and incredible athleticism, after completing a trio of extreme cold-water swimming events last year. Andrew Chin, Ram Barkai, Toks Viviers, Kieron Palframan and Ryan Stramrood secured third place in the Performance of the Year category at the annual World Open Water Swimming Association Awards. Thousands of voters from around the world chose them above several other candidates. Chin has been competing in open water swimming for over 10 years and has never achieved this level of recognition. But the 41-year-old financial adviser says that, although the team appreciates the acknowledgment, the true reward is the swimming itself.“It’s nice to be recognised, but that’s not the reason why we do it – all of us get a lot from swimming,” said Chin.“Hopefully, what we do might inspire other people. It doesn’t necessarily have to be

swimming. It is important that we don’t live in our comfort zones. “Everyone needs challenges and goals in life. And this just happens to be ours. We’re just normal people doing slightly abnormal things.”The team was nominated for the award by completing three epic swims in the icy waters of Patagonia in only 10 days during March 2011.The first swim saw the group traverse 3,5km of water on the Straits of Magellan, the second was a 3km double crossing of the Beagle Channel between Chile and Argentina, and the third was a 3km swim at Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America, where they swam between the southernmost lighthouses in the world.According to Chin, the achievement is a worldfirst in more than one way. “What we did was three cold-water swims in a 10-day period,” said Chin. “The first two of the swims have previously been done by other people, but never in the same year. And the third swim was the first time anyone had tried that.”The swimmers faced extreme weather conditions at all three events, swam in water as cold as seven degrees Celsius and often had to contend with long, uncomfortable and dangerous jour-

neys. “The water was a lot colder (than Cape Town), especially for the last swim,” said Chin. “We had strong winds in all the swims but we did some training in the South-Easter and that was good preparation.” “The thing about the Cape Horn swim was that our round trip was over 43 hours to get there and back. We were on a small vessel that wasn’t exactly built for comfort and we encountered quite rough seas on the way.”The group is set to be officially recognised later this year at the World Open Water Swimming Association conference in the US, but none of them will be attending the event.Chin said they would prefer to save the money they would spend travelling to America, and use it to fund further events. He added that even though there was no monetary prize, the award would help the team by raising their profile.Chin, Barkai, Viviers, Palframan and Stramrood have already planned their next extreme swim, but a lack of sponsorship could prevent them from taking part in further world-firsts.“We’ve been invited to be part of the world’s first crossing of the Berings Straits, which is between Alaska

CHILLY SWIM: A group of swimmers recently received an award for complet­ ing a series of extreme cold­water swims. Here Ram Barkai and Toks Viviers can be seen swimming in the Beagle Channel, between Chile and Argentina. and Russia, in August this year,” said Chin. “We would love to be part of it but we would need sponsorship to make that possible. At this point we have accepted the invitation, but it is dependent on us getting

sponsorship.”According to Chin, the team would need at least R400 000 to make the trip a possibility. Anyone interested in helping the swimmers in any way can contact Andrew Chin at

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