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CREATING AWARENESS South Africa has the highest asthma death rate in the world, according to reports. A pharmaceutical company’s Breathe Free asthma awareness and education campaign, held at a pharmacy in Long beach Mall on Saturday, aims to provide nationwide access to asthma medicine and information for both healthcare practitioners and the public. South African Olympic gold medallist and asthma sufferer Ryk Neethling attended the event. Photographed with him are Jenna Marais, Roxanne Veldhuis and Zoe Veldhuis. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
CENTRALISED PLANNING: ‘UNILATERAL’
Policy will ‘deny’ public voice TERESA FISCHER
bjectors say changes to the role of subcouncils will “virtually shut down the present space for public participation”. The Proposed Amendments to the System of Delegations for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning Matters of the City of Cape Town was due to be tabled as agenda item a recent Council meeting. This policy has been described as the “unilateral” concentration of planning administration in the city in one central office, removing all land use planning decision-making from the various subcouncils. The item was recently removed from the agenda, but Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA) chairperson Len Swimmer fears it could still become a “fait accompli”. The City confirms it is considering an amendment to its System of Delegations for
the Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning matters. The GCTCA, which represents 160 civic organisations, has sent an open letter of objection to Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. The GCTCA writes if these proposals are adopted, they will “virtually shut down entirely the present space for public participation”. Swimmer says: “Subcouncils will no longer have the same role. Previously if we found a planning application undesirable we could ask for an interview at subcouncil, which then refused or approved the application – which could still be taken to province on appeal.” This could now be changed to all land use applications (in the South Peninsula) being decided by the local district planning office in Plumstead. “Only people with a pecuniary (monetary) interest would be able to object to such planning applications, when the
new laws are in place.” Swimmer warns: “Civil organisations will have no say,” he says, adding: “Civic society’s democratic space is in the process of being closed down. We have a big fight on our hands.” Noordhoek resident Glenn Ashton, a researcher of civil society, describes this is an “unprecedented attack through collusion between political and commercial interests”. He says a number of events lead him to this conclusion, including “increasing cosiness” between the DA-led city and province and the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF). The latter’s goal is to become a body that represents development that is recognised by authorities. But, Ashton says: “To even consider having a forum, guided, run and controlled by property developers as a statutory, recog-
nised body should send chills down our collective backs.” He adds the proposed red carpet to smooth planning proposals, while ostensibly sensible, is simultaneously a massive threat to proper integrated planning. Ashton says the “unilateral” concentration of planning administration in the city in one central office, removing land use planning decision-making from the various subcouncils, together with the gutting of the Spatial Planning, Environment and Landuse Management committee by the Mayoral Executive Committee are “even more sinister moves from a democratic perspective”. Ashton says: “What appears to be under way is an unprecedented takeover of the planning and development of our city by developers and building companies which hold massive power through their nontransparent funding of political parties.” Continues on page 3
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POVERTY: DAILY CHALLENGES OF LIFE ON THE STREET
Winter worries for destitute drifters TAURIQ HASSEN
nuggled under a sparse blanket and struggling to find comfort on a wet, dismantled cardboard box, he braces himself for the night ahead. As the rain continues to pour down, Ashley van Bloom tries to keep warm under the bridge he calls home. The coals of the fire he and his “housemates” built with a plastic milk crate and branches glows as they seek heat around the brazier. Ashley has been homeless all his life. Over
the years he has had to steel himself against the natural elements of a Cape Town winter. And, despite August being known as the Cape’s rainy month, it seems the full wrath of the season has come early, and with it several cold fronts moving across the peninsula since the beginning of this month. Ashley and three other homeless people recently made the bottom of a bridge along the M5 highway their home. Homeless since birth, the 23-year-old had been abandoned by his parents in his birthplace of Worcester. “I started off with nothing and I still have nothing – no family, no friends, no money, not even a warm place to sleep,” Ashley says. He’s never lived in an orphanage. Kids By 17, he was Special stabbed for food three times, arrested for stealing clothing from a store and hospitalised for pneumonia and dehydrawith every tion. full-paying adult* “Life on the streets is not easy – I had to learn it the hard way. I try to make the best of my situation, but it’s hard. I am not giving up,” Ashley says. He has never had * Weekends, Public Holiday the opportunity for and School Holidays ONLY. formal schooling Until 31 Oct’ 2013 and his personal documents were destroyed in a shack fire. But this has done every Tuesday & Friday, only from little to curb his Bus Stop1* hunger to learn. * For Pensioners over 60. Ashley would Bring SA Barcoded ID Book to jump over a school qualify. Bus Stop 1 (Tour Office) is situated outside the Two Oceans fence and eavesAquarium. Until 31 Oct’ 2013 drop at classroom windows during lessons. Selwin Adams uses the same bridge to shelter from the rain. He started callBuy Online ing the streets his www.citysightseeing.co.za home after run1-Day Bus Ticket Price: ning away to esAdults R150 cape an abusive or buy online R120 home. Kids R70 “I would have Boat Ticket Price: done anything to Adults R30, Kids R10 get away from my parents. :Being on the
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SEEKING HEAT: Ashley van Bloom (23) seeks warmth under a bridge on the M5. PHOTO: TAURIQ HASSEN
streets made me feel free and happy,” Selwin says. “I experienced so much on the streets. Now I tell myself I am going to die here.” The 32-year-old has spent six years in jail, been hooked on drugs and abandoned life as a gangster. “Living on the streets is no joke, yet there are people who take their lives for granted. We don’t know where our next meal will come from or if we are going to make it through the night,” he says. “On the surface it may seem as if we are happy to live like this, but we are not.” Both Selwin and Ashley go door-to-door asking for food, clothes and blankets. They collect branches from open fields to start fires to keep warm and rely on disposed food to still the hunger pangs. A study conducted by the City of Cape Town this month shows that 7 000 homeless people roam the streets of Cape Town. Hassan Khan, CEO for the Haven Night Shelter, says demand rapidly increases at shelters during winter. He says their shelters don’t close their doors to the homeless. “We obviously cannot take every homeless person at the shelter, but we try our best because we know this is a very difficult time of the year for them,” Khan says.
Field workers at the shelter assess the person for the possibility of re-integration into society. “We speak to them and try to convince them to return to their families or homes,” Khan says. He urges the public to avoid handing out items to the homeless, as this will only keep them on the streets. Suzette Little, the Mayoral Committee member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, says an additional R200 000 has been budgeted for the street people programme in the City’s winter plan. “The issue of persons living on the streets will always be a complex, multi-faceted social problem with diverse precursors and risk factors,” Little says. “Nobody wants to be out in the cold, wet weather during winter and, therefore, the City has ensured that we have the right partners to address the challenges.” She adds the programme aims to “effectively reduce the number of people living, sleeping and seeking substances such as alcohol and illegal narcotics on the street”. “A database of street people will be compiled so that we can effectively reach as many people as possible.” V Phone the City’s Street People call centre on 0800 872 201.
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SKILPADSVLEI: PROGRESS AT WETLAND PROJECT
Toads get a hand up with project G
ood progress is being made on the City of Cape Town’s project to restore the Skilpadsvlei wetland system in Kommetjie, which is currently in its second of three planned phases. Western Cape Leopards Toads are expected to start calling next month, the start of their breeding season. The historic Skilpadsvlei wetland system was drained and filled in during the late 1900s, which also destroyed the only known breeding site of the endangered Western Leopard Toad in Kommetjie. Two erven along Benning Drive, however, remained protected as open space and contained seasonal wetlands and a significant milkwood thicket. The second phase entails the installation of signage and boardwalks, as well as the restoration of the remainder of the degraded area which was subject to the historic infilling. Two people have been employed to construct the boardwalk. Alien grass species were removed and replaced with indigenous species to restore the remaining disturbed areas. A seven-member team from the City’s Department of Environmental Resource Management has been assisting with control of alien plant species on site. Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group (KEAG) director Wally Petersen says
the first boardwalk has just been finished and the second is expected to be completed this week. “To date 4 000 plants have been planted in the new wetland,” says Petersen. “A piece of land that was infested with alien vegetation can be successfully rehabilitated and is now a viable breeding ground for an endangered species – the Western Cape Leopard toad.” Various City departments and external partners, including as KEAG and the ratepayers’ association, have contributed significantly to this project and look forward to the ongoing success of this collaborative effort which will be an asset for future generations. The initial rehabilitation efforts began in April last year after lengthy planning. The first phase saw the excavation of a deeper water body on Erf 3719 that would effectively function as a breeding site for the Western Leopard Toad. The restoration aspect of this phase involved ongoing planting of locally indigenous plant species to restore the ecological functioning of the system as a whole, as well as monitoring of the system. The restoration delivered positive results sooner than expected when a pair of Western Leopard Toads in amplexus were recorded in the water body in September. A successful first breeding event was
SUCCESS STORY: Skilpadsvlei wetland in Kommetjie was successfully rehabilitated and is now a viable breeding ground for the endangered Western Cape Leopard Toad. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
then confirmed after toadlets emerged the next month. Two of the three adult toads recorded at the breeding site were subsequently killed on surrounding roads, highlighting the need for greater awareness among motorists in order to effectively protect this threatened species. The third phase will focus on veld management interventions to enhance the natural seasonal wetland areas on Erf 3720.
Central planning office is ‘good governance’ TERESA FISHER From page 1 But Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, says the proposed revisions are “not designed to diminish the role of subcouncils”. He says they are “designed to ensure that decisions made by sub-councils are grounded in policy”. Bloor adds: “Subcouncils are important actors in the public participation process and commenting on policy and local area plans as representatives closest to the people. We acknowledge and value this role.”
He sums up the argument saying “strengthening policy-driven certainty is critical for an open liberal market economy”. Bloor says: “Uncertainty undermines investor confidence for everyone from the small applicant to large job creating enterprises. An environment where individuals are certain that they are equal before the law and where there are process certainty is an essential part of a democratic and opportunity rich society. “We believe in the principle of decentralising power to communities. Having one head accountable is part of any organisation’s structure and simply equals good gov-
Have your say on outdoor adverts Capetonians are being called to shape the form outdoor advertising will take in the city, by commenting on proposed changes to the bylaw governing outdoor signs. The City is encouraging the public to have their say about the proposed amendments to certain provisions of the Outdoor Advertising and Signage Bylaw, as well as the proposal for a new Outdoor Advertising and Signage Policy. The bylaw regulates and controls outdoor advertising and signage in Cape Town. It seeks to strike a balance between outdoor advertising and economic development, and the city’s visual, tourist, traffic safety, environmental and heritage characteristics on the other. “This draft policy seeks to find a suitable balance between the need for economic opportunities and environmental protection,” says Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning. The proposed policy framework makes provision for technological innovations such as touch screens as well as advertising on City assets. This income will help to maintain the City’s parks and other facilities. The draft policy framework also allows opportunities for informal traders to place advertisements on their stalls, thereby generating additional income. Submit comments on the proposed draft amendments and the proposed policy by Friday 21 June to Debbie.Evans@capetown.gov.za or fax to (021) 425 4448.
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NAME AND SHAME: CAMPAIGN ‘NOT HALTED’
What’s in a name? RICHARD ROBERTS
f Jeff Radebe does not react to a plea from the provincial Department of Roads and Transport, it may result in a court case. Robin Carlisle, the provincial minister for Roads and Transport, said on Thursday that Radebe, the minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, recently halted the department’s Name and Shame Campaign. Through the campaign the names of drivers convicted of driving under the influence will be published. It is run by Carlisle’s department, LeadSA and the Cape Argus. The campaign, which ended in November, was launched to curb drunk driving. Carlisle discussed the decision to halt the campaign with transport minister Ben Martins on Thursday. “I want to ask him to please address this matter with his colleague. If nothing comes of this, we will seek legal advice,” Carlisle said. “We will likely launch an interdepartmental dispute and approach an advocate to advise on the legal options.” Hector Elliot, a departmental official, said the records of drunk driving are no longer supplied to them. These records
were, however, made available to them earlier this year, but the content is vague. “(It only contains) the names and ID numbers, but does not indicate what the perpetrator has done.” It is for this reason that they can no longer publish the names, he said. Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said about 25 drunk drivers were arrested weekly during the campaign. “Since the campaign has stopped, there has been an increase of between 55 and 60 drunk drivers,” he said. But Mthunzi Mhaga, Radebe’s spokesperson, said the department did not “halt” the campaign, as Carlisle alleges. “There are measures which determine that the information supplied be thoroughly scrutinised in consultation with the Department of Transport, and that it does not include cases which could be reviewed or appealed,” Mhaga said. The department’s duty is to supply the names and details of the penalty “which we are doing”. People’s Post took to the streets to hear what readers thought of the campaign. V Share your views by SMSing the word “Post” followed by your message to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
ANTON ODENDAAL says the campaign has po tential. “If people see names in the newspaper, they’ll fear being next. There are other crimes, like corruption, which need more attention.”
NASEEMA HOOSAIN says the campaign has the potential to attract negative attention. “The list could become like a legends list where people would want their names to appear.”
TARQUIN DU PLESSIS says the initiative acts as a deterrent. “Government also needs to think of harsher sentences. By driving, drunk people are putting other lives at risk too.”
GADEAN BRECHT says naming and shaming is needed. “It makes people think twice. When we had the list, the number of drunk drivers on our roads decreased from 100 to 25 each day.”
BARDO FRANSMAN says the list will help drunk driving, but government should also bring the credits system. “If a person is caught drunk driving, their credits become fewer and when they reach zero their license should be suspended for a year or two.”
KHELLY MARAIS says people who end up on the list, deserve it. “The list will make people think before drinking and driving, but not necessarily mean it will make people not drink and drive.”
FAREWELL: Mark Sampson and Sam Pearce and their children Ruby (11) and Zola (8) celebrate their imminent departure for their journey around Africa in their big green truck, which is powered on cooking oil. PHOTO: TERESA FISCHER
Family gears up for road TERESA FISCHER Noordhoek comedian Mark Sampson and his family are almost ready to set off on their journey around Africa. During a press conference the media could explore the big green truck – which is to be their home for the next two years. Sampson, his wife Sam Pearce, and their two daughters are about to undertake an epic road trip of the continent. Their journey is expected to end in 2015. Sampson is on a mission to investigate whether Africa can show the world how to cope with climate change. With our ecological clock ticking, he is setting out to explore 40 countries – one year up the west coast and one year down the east. The truck is kitted out with a top-of-therange water filtration system. Cosy curtains complete the effect. Raising some eyebrows is the proximity of the toilet to the main bed. However, their eldest daughter, Ruby, quips this is no problem as their parents’ heads will be facing the other direction. There is not much space for toys or clothes and each family member has strict restrictions about what they can bring. It seems an exception has been made for
surf boards. Pearce says she has been preparing for their journey away from amenities by cutting her hair short – and not worrying about covering any grey, a “liberating” experience. “We are either really brave or really stupid,” she says, adding they now “have nothing” in the way of cash. Expensive visas have wiped out their savings. “If we had known, we never would have done it,” she says, adding renting out their home will provide enough for them to live on, but if anything happens to the truck, they will be stuck. They hope to re-apply for funding once they are on the road. They will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest journey on alternative fuel as their Big Green Truck runs on cooking oil and solar power. From Cape Town they travel towards Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond. Africa Clockwise is also a quest to investigate whether a future without fossilfuelled luxuries may not be such a bad thing, helping us to focus on quality of life, not quantity of possessions. V Ride along with the family on www.africaclockwise.co.za.
CITY APPEALS TO RESIDENTS TO REPORT ILLEGAL SALE OF STOLEN COUNCIL REFUSE BAGS In an effort to combat the theft and resale of City-owned refuse bags, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department will be printing the letters CCT SWM followed by a serial number in black text on all its blue bags as of June 2013. This will ensure that all stolen bags can be recognised and their source be traced. The City is appealing to residents to please not purchase blue refuse bags bearing this text being sold on street corners as these are stolen property. The printed bags will be used for all of the Solid Waste Management Department’s Cleansing Branch activities and programmes. Report any individual seen selling the printed bags on the streets, at traffic lights, or anywhere else, by contacting the City’s Solid Waste Management branch for Loss Control on 021 900 1689 or e-mail Riaan.email@example.com. If any unprinted blue bags are placed out on the roadside they will be deemed to be illegal dumping and dealt with accordingly. Your cooperation and assistance in this matter is highly appreciated. This action is in line with maintaining a well-run city.
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COASTLINE: EFFECTS OF BEACHSIDE BUILDINGS
High cost of coast development NICOLE MCCAIN
veryone might want a house by the sea, but building along our coast line is coming at a cost higher than the developments being raised. A recent report by the South African National Biodiversity Institute, titled Life: State of South Africa’s Biodiversity Report, found that a fifth of the South African coast is under develop- BUFFER: Shorelines act as a natural buffer during storms, leaving ment within 100m of the buildings within 100m of the sea in danger of damage. shoreline. And Cape Town PHOTO: PHOTO24 is not far off this mark, according to Cheryl Walters, council’s direc- ments is difficult to measure, due to the dytor of Planning and Building Development namic coastline. “Some areas, where there are rocky Management. “Cape Town is an urban environment shores which are relatively protected from with a population of close to 4 million peo- swells and storms, are able to accommodate ple. The City hasn’t calculated exact fig- development with little risk while other arures, but as an urban city one would expect eas exposed to sandy beaches, winter density of development and as such Cape storms and shifting dune systems are not Town is likely to be close to this figure,” she well suited to development,” Walters says. However, Cape Town also retains a large says. Areas such as Clifton and Bakoven on the portion of its coastline as natural coastline, Atlantic Seaboard, as well as parts of the Walters says, with around 65km of the Helderberg, have the highest number of de- 307km coastline falling into the Table velopments within 100m of the shoreline Mountain National Park with no developdue to the nature of the developments ment on the coastal edge. In addition, the which are often apartments of high density, City has a number of regulations governing developments on the coastline, such as the Walters estimates. Developments this close to shore has dev- National Environmental Management Act and the Integrated Coastal Management astating effects on the ecosystem. “Without the buffering effects of dunes, Act. These developments also come at a social mangroves and marshes, people and property close to the coast are directly at risk. cost, says Janey Ball, the project manager The more coastal ecosystems are built up for Seafront For All (Seafa). Seafa advocates for open space along the and paved over, the less they are able to help us cope with the sometimes unpredict- shoreline to remain public space, such as able nature of the sea, like strong storms on the Sea Point Promenade. “The coastline is already so developed, which can damage coastal property,” the and the thought of so much more to come report states. Walters says Cape Town is vulnerable to leaves me in horror. We’re losing open large coastal storms and when they happen spaces which are used by everyone. These there is always some damage to both public spaces are essential to allow communities to develop and grow, as well as integrate,” and private property. She insists the impact of these develop- Ball says.
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CREATIVE SPACE: Zoe Mafham led a group of Muizenberg residents in the creation of a oneofakind collage of a wishing tree. Together over 50 people tore and stuck paper, containing their hopes and dreams for their community, on the leaves. This art piece will remain permanently at The Alive Creative experience hub, a new cafe/arts and music venue opened by Derek Harrison (exSatori and Kitsch Kombuis) and Justin Maxwell. Mafham says the event itself was unique as it involved people with no artistic back ground collaborating to produce artwork from scrap paper. She says the venue will be a creative hub, where working artists will work in a public space. There will also be live music nights, exhibitions, meditation and yoga. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
FITNESS FUN: Dave Obikanyi gets a workout at the outdoor gym on the Sea Point Promenade. This facility has contributed to the Mother City earning the top accolade as the fittest city in the country. PHOTO: YUNUS MOHAMMED/PHOTO24
MOST FACILITIES: BEATS PRETORIA
Mother City is the fittest in the country ELSABÉ BRITS
he Mother City may at times be jokingly referred to as Slaapstad, but it has been crowned the fittest city in the country – beating five other contenders to the title. South Africa’s first Vitality Fittest City Index was compiled by the SA Sports Science Institute and the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) exercise science research unit. The announcement was made on Thursday by Dr Craig Nossel, head of Vitality Wellness, at Discovery in Cape Town. UCT’s Professor Estelle Lambert said inactivity has become a pandemic because people spend their time with technology, rather than being active. “More people will be saved by being active rather than by us convincing them to quit smoking,” she said, adding it is “1.3 million people globally”. Up to a third of non-contagious diseases can be prevented through being physically active, Lambert said. People’s behaviour is largely determined by their environment. Nossel said a previous study found that 70% of South African children spend three
SUSTAINING GROWTH: A long queue lined up at the opening of a new shop called Clothes View at the Ocean View Association for Persons with Disabilities. Father Richard from St Clare of Assisi Anglican Church (far left) opened with words of encouragement and blessings for the people and the new enterprise. Councillor Simon Liell Cock, (far right) who has a special interest in the growth and improvements of the centre, expressed his confidence and hope for further development, which will also profit the wider community in Ocean View. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
or more hours daily watching TV. Cape Town had an advantage over other cities in that it has the best public transport system, while people also use non-motorised transport. Participating cities had to have as little possible reliance on vehicles. In 15 to 25 years there will by a MyCiTi bus stop within 500m of every resident’s front door. The city also has the most parks, sport facilities and areas in which to be active. In Cape Town 68 out of every 100 000 residents have access to such facilities, compared to 58 to every 100 000 in Pretoria (second) and 50 to every 100 000 in Port Elizabeth (third). Cape Town was praised for the outdoor gymnasium on the Sea Point Promenade, the Green Point Urban Park and the cycling route between the city centre and Blouberg Beach. Cape Town received the lowest rating for personal health, but Lambert said this data was taken in 2008. “Facilities and transport have meanwhile improved. The question is: If one establishes the infrastructure, will people use it?” V Share your views. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
WILD AT HEART: Pupils from Muizenberg Junior (above) and Kommetjie Primary schools (below) knocked spots off their competitors to walk away with joint first prizes in the South Peninsula Cape Leopard Trust Calendar Competition. Entrants between Grade 5 and 7 were tasked with designing a calendar portraying facts about the life of Cape Leopards. The first prize was an allinclusive camp in the Cedarberg at the Cape Leopard Trust environmental education facility. Elizabeth Martins, head of the Cape Leopard Trust education programme, says: “Education is key to successful conservation, and inspiring the next generation is essential.” PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
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RED CROSS HOSPITAL: OPERATIONS HELP CHILDREN
A scalpel helps them to smile NADINE MOODIE
rowing up with a defect could rob a child of achieving their dreams. But that’s until the Smile Foundation steps
in. As part of Smile Week, 17 children from sub-Saharan Africa underwent reconstructive surgery at Red Cross Children’s Hospital last week. The initiative was sponsored by the foundation. Functioning since 2000, the NPO has assisted 1600 children in need of reconstructive surgery. Moira Gerszt, the foundation’s operations executive director, says they started out sponsoring operations for cleft palates and lips, but then expanded services to doing any reconstructive surgery for children. Malik Bougaardt spent most of his life lip reading. Malik’s hearing was impaired as his right ear was not growing properly. His mother, Amina, explains: “There was nothing wrong with Malik before birth, but after he was born, I discovered his earlobe was against his face.” He has had two operations – the first as a two-year-old – to reconstruct his ear. He faces two more operations before the reconstruction process will be complete. “He was a carefree child, but as he’s entering adolescence, I noticed he is becoming more aware of his ear and developed a temper as a defence mechanism against his peers who often poke fun at him,” Amina says. “Malik wears hoodies to cover his ears because he doesn’t want to draw attention to that part of his body.” She is excited as the surgeon has informed her that Malik’s operation was successful. “The surgery involved taking a piece of his rib and using it to reconstruct his ear,”
ON THE MEND: Amina Bougaardt with her son, Malik, who is recovering after undergoing reconstructive surgery at Red Cross Children’s Hospital as part of the Smile Week campaign. PHOTO: NADINE MOODIE she says. His third surgery is due in August. Registrar and trainee plastic surgeon Dr Chris Price says the team of doctors working on Smile Week will not only dedicate their time to reconstructing cleft lips and palates, but will also include ear, hand, cranial and facial muscle reconstructions. “Some of these problems are caused by
parent’s genes, medication which mothers took during pregnancy, alcohol abuse or congenital disorders,” he says. “Each patient’s operation varies, depending on the severity of their condition and operations can take between 30 minutes and six hours. Most cleft lip and palate surgeries need up to eight operations before the process is complete. These operations require
specialised instruments, which the Smile Foundation has made possible.” Gerzst says the foundation has an holistic approach when assisting young patients. “Reconstructive surgery is important, but we also have to ensure patients and families receive counselling and support throughout the process, as it can be a traumatic ordeal,” she says.
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BAREFOOT WORKOUT: Maggie Joubert was invited by Ocean View librarian Fatima Kiel to do a Nia demonstration during National Library Week. Many of the women have been doing Nia with Joubert for the last four years. She says although it was an unusual venue to Nia, the library welcomed them most warmly, providing tea and eats afterwards. She offers a free Nia class in Ocean View every Monday at 10:00 at the Roman Catholic Church hall. She adds it is suitable for all ages and all fitness levels – “the most wonderful barefoot workout under the sun”. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
REFLECTIONS: Vic Duggan captured the reflection of the lights on False Bay in this photo which was taken from Runciman Drive in Simon’s Town. She says: “The calm surface of the bay made for some great reflective photography.” PHOTO: SUPPLIED
ARTY CROWD: The launch of the Hildegarde van Zyl Art Studio exhibition at the ArtMark Gallery at Imhoff Farm was a great success, according to curator Irene Oxley. She adds not even the pouring rain and cold wind could stop the more than 100 art lovers from attending. In this picture is Van Zyl (centre) with two of her artists, Karen Hurwitz (left) and Meds Martin. Oxley says the 20 local artists who participated were thrilled by the crowd who viewed the many varied styles, from portraits to wildlife. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
GROWTH SPURT: The Green Guerrillas arrived at Fish Hoek Primary School to collect the week’s organic waste, which had been collected by the pupils. This added up to a quarter of ton, which will become worm food. Later that day, the Green Guerrillas walked into Fish Hoek followed by 120 Grade 1 pupils – kept in line by their devoted teachers and supporting parents. They headed to the central circle of Fish Hoek, an unused space. Less than an hour later they had planted 40 broccoli and 40 spinach plants, using compost and vermicast made from organic waste brought in by the pupils. All the plants were transplanted by the Grade 3 and 4 pupils. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
SUPER SCOUT: Tara Naeser of 1st Fish Hoek Sea Scouts received her Springbok Scout Award Certificate, the highest scouting challenge, at the provincial awards ceremony. She is flanked by her mom Gill Naeser and Brian February, Chief Scouts Commissioner. PHOTO: GAVIN WITHERS LEARNING CURVE: Sue Swanepoel, the president of the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope (centre), had great pleasure in opening two additional classrooms at Green Curtains PreSchool in Ocean View. The extension was built as a result of funds raised from last year’s dragon boat regatta and through donations from other sponsors. Hans Zwets from the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope (left) was the project manager and Lynne Lamb from the Valley Develop ment Project (right) runs the preschool. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
SPACE TO GROW: The Harlequin Foundation, which has an intercultural music programme, a primary schools twinning programme and a recycled art programme (Mapiko), has been granted R1.9m funding by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund. This means next year, the eMzantsi Carnival project’s intercultural programmes – encouraging interaction between the different communities of the South Peninsula – can continue to run. Their new office is across the green from their old one at the Sunnyacres Shopping Centre on Kommetjie Road – in the doublestorey brick building by the Lekkerwater Road entrance, next door to TEARS. If you are interested in getting involved in the music programme, phone (021) 785 1515 or email info@em zantsi.org.za. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 18 June 2013
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Youth at risk
South Africans had a long weekend thanks to Youth Day falling on Sunday. The day commemorates the 37th anniversary of the Soweto uprising on 16 June. In 1975, protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans be used on an equal basis to English as a medium of instruction in secondary schools, says the State website. It says the issue was “not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education”. This was “characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers”. A year later saw more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto beginning a protest march. The protests quickly flared throughout the country in an already politically volatile South Africa. This was a nation on fire and the youth carried the flame of change towards a politically indiscriminate dispensation. In clashes with the police and in the ensuing violence over the following weeks, about 700 people – mostly youths – were killed and property destroyed. The image of a dying Hector Pietersen being carried to safety by a fellow-pupil will remain burnished in the minds of South Africans who choose to remember the ultimate price many paid. Photographer Sam Nzima was quoted as saying he “saw a child falling”. “Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture,” Nzima said, adding later “the police were ordered to shoot”. This year’s theme is “working together for youth development and a drug-free South Africa”. Fastforward to today and the battle has shifted into a social sphere in which other youths may be trapped behind bars of their own making. Again, guns were involved. A case in point: the fatal shooting of Spes Bona High’s Glenrico Martin for which two teenagers were charged. Guns and youths – what a frightening and despairing combination.
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No peaceful death for baboons No thanks for crime news
Regarding the article “Euthanasia is set to continue”, People’s Post, 4 June). Despite officials insisting baboons are being euthanised, for most people and especially when applied to baboons killed under the raiders’ protocols “euthanasia” is a misleading term as the baboons are in good health, not suffering. Euthanasia means “good death”. Death is not “good” for them. Also, the word can give a misleading impression when it is stated – as it does get stated – “that no baboons have been culled”, whereas a growing number have and contin-
ue to be killed. If there is an insistence that culling only applies to a large number of animals being killed at once, as we are told, then perhaps a more satisfactory word to all would be to use the term “destroyed”, often used to describe when animals are put down. Also, given that the baboons are being shot when killed, with reports of Tammy being allegedly destroyed with more than one shot, people tend to see this means of killing the baboon as less humane, more like a hunt, if anything. Lorna Thomas, Welcome Glen
High rental is an abuse of elderly In response to “Twilight time turns to worry years” (4 June). I am a more fortunate elderly person who has managed to keep a home running. However what truly is upsetting is how other people can use and abuse the elderly unfairly. Moira is bathing in cold water to save electricity. How can her landlord charge her R200 for electricity in a tiny wendy house for which she is paying R600 a month, and then she still cannot use warm water? And then when she misses a payment (the landlord) turns the electricity off? The (land-
lord) should examine his conscience and ask for forgiveness. I live in a two-bedroom house and I use only R80 a month for electricity. I run a fridge and my TV all day. My geyser is not on all the time and I do not have a bath every night, but I do have a wash every day with warm water. The abuse of the vulnerable by certain members of the public is a huge problem and there should be a watchdog assisting against this financial abuse. Perhaps Moira needs to speak to the Rental Tribune. Marilyn Mills, Muizenberg
My faith in people is now restored As the years have passed me by, I have got to lose a lot of faith in the human race and its lack of honesty. But recently, I am glad to say, I was proven wrong for once. I had drawn cash at one of the two ATMs in the Arcade at Fish Hoek, but it failed to give me a balance slip, which I particularly wanted as my pension fund had just given me a slice of the surplus payout they were required to do. I went to the other ATM and put in my card and obtained a balance slip. Very happy at what the balance on the slip revealed, off I went, driving to Retreat and then back to Absa Bank at Longbeach Mall to do some other business. But (there was)
no ATM card in my wallet. (After) frantic multiple searches of all pockets and packets the horrible realisation dawned on me: I had left it in the ATM. The very helpful ladies at Absa Bank soon cancelled the card and checked there were no dents in my windfall. On returning home there was a message from Absa Bank in Town Square informing me someone had handed in my card, but left no name or phone number. I hereby wish to thank that person for their honesty and the trouble they took to hand in the card. There are not many of your kind in this world. I salute you. Scatterbrain, Kommetjie
Thanks for providing us with a (generally) decent free newspaper that informs us of things going on in our community. However, I would like to know what you are trying to achieve when you put a crimerelated story on your front page. Many of our friends also don’t want their kids to read about something that just burdens them because there’s nothing they can do about it. I understand that you want people to be informed about crime, but why be sensationalistic like most other papers? People want to feel good about where they live, not embarrassed and afraid. Ulric Conradie, Kommetjie The responsibility of a newspaper is to inform and educate. This relates to whichever topic is relevant to a reader and it often includes crime. Failing to report on these matters will mean People’s Post fails the reader in that it is not “telling it as it is”. – Dep. Ed
A case of lost and found On Thursday 6 June, my ID fell out of my handbag while shopping in Longbeach Mall. I only discovered the loss later. I returned to the mall and called directly into the management office. Imagine my surprise and delight when the management staff produced my ID. It had been handed in by a kind lady who declined to leave her name. I wish to take this opportunity to thank her and tell her how grateful I am to her for her act of kindness.Thank you also to Longbeach Mall management staff for their assistance in the matter. Amanda Matthe, Simon’s Town
Charm bracelet found If you have lost a charm bracelet, one was found in the Milkwood Park area on Thursday 30 May. A description will be needed before being returned. Contact (021) 785 4973 between 16:00 and 17:00. Anon, Email
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 18 June 2013 I don’t know how to get my message across so I think People’s Post could do it best. False Bay Westlake Campus students NATED/ N1/ N2/ N3 courses students have been waiting about a month and three weeks for results. N1 is the name of the course, which could, for example, be engineering. It is now three weeks into the course and only half the results are out. False Bay College told students to start college three weeks ago. Bear in mind this is only a 10-week course. Students who have failed a subject are now forced to go back to the previous course and do it over. It is like a Grade 11 pupil getting their results halfway through the year and, if he/she failed, they would have to go back to Grade 10. A few students have given up and said they will rather de-register because the education department has wasted their time and money. This is not the first time students have been put in this situation. This story should definitely be investigated, because the De-
Your SMSes . When renewing my driver’s licence, Chantelle Solomons was the epitome of gracious efficiency with a sweet smile to go with it. A big bouquet to Chantelle at the Fish Hoek Licensing Department. Kim Huskisson, St James . Regarding the anti-smoking law: you can attack an old lady and steal her pension outside a bank and get away with it, but if she has a cigarette in her hand then she is the criminal? I saw a man relieving himself outside a restaurant. No problem because he was not smoking. Get real. Tess, Fish Hoek . I cannot wait for the smoking laws to come into place. They should add a law against those smoking while driving. Darryl, Kalk Bay . Excellent news about the new antismoking law. Protecting the innocent and health-conscious people from those that don’t care. I believe it is the only good thing this government has done. However, they don’t enforce by sending inspectors out to fine the owners. . Why not make a start by cleaning the beach? I already do when I take a walk on the beach and I’m from Ocean View. . It is wonderful to see all the new businesses opening at the Kalk Bay end of Main Road. Main Road is suddenly more alive, but Fish Hoek is slow on change. . Ocean View police do nothing about the illegal or legal shebeens in Masiphumelele. Our liquor store closes at 18:00, but in Masi they trade the entire night. . Our ward councillor, Pat Francke, is tops! She is not just talking the talk, but definitely walking the walk! Thank you for cleaning the open field in Capricorn Road in Ocean View! Mrs A Daniels . Councillor Pat Francke, thank you for getting the guys to clean our field! You are the best! S Baker . Regarding the train fare hike. In (SA Finance Minister Pravin) Gordhan’s 2013 budget speech, R42bn was allocated to Prasa for 2013/14 and R53.4bn for 2015/16. Yet there is no evidence of how this has been utilised to improve the rail service for commuters. Instead, trains break down, fail and are regularly cancelled – this is just on the Cape Town-Simon’s Town line! Litter, graffiti, damaged seating, overcrowding and unprofessional announcements are commonplace issues. While I don’t condone it, I have little hope for any new rolling-stock being spared the wrath of vandals, unless Prasa is conspicuously seen to be serious about improving it’s service. . About “Green day” and the legalisation of marijuana: please let school children receive clear information and warnings about the dangers – not just about marijuana, but alcohol and drugs. Grace R
Delay in results cost students partment of Education and False Bay College are playing with students’ futures. Chad Jason, Simon’s Town False Bay College CEO Cassie Kruger responds: The NATED exams is a national examination administered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Just as in the case of schools, the college does not have access to the outcome of the marking process and is dependent on the DHET to release the results. It is unacceptable to False Bay College that these results are not published timeously (before the start of the next trimester) and you can only imagine the administrative nightmare it causes the college – not to mention the damage to the image of False Bay College as you can clearly see in the complaint. A media statement from the DHET was released on Wednesday 29 May and this was circulated to all affected False Bay College students. As you will note False Bay College . After reading the local newspapers for some years now, I must conclude there are too many egocentrics in the Far South looking for attention for their own good. . At last somebody in the council with a backbone. Thank goodness for Felicity Purchase. . I am so tired of people trying to claim public open space as theirs. Well done, Felicity Purchase. . Good on Purchase for standing up to Mr Huininck! . Well done to Ms Purchase for standing up to (Mr Huininck). Mr Huininck should move his fence and respect Ms Purchase’s decision. . A bouquet for Felicity Purchase for standing up for the Noordhoek peoples’ rights. RK, Fish Hoek . Felicity Purchase is an excellent ward councillor and truly has the best interests of our valley at heart. HH, Noordhoek . Felicity Purchase grew up and was educated here, and is a fair, honest and well-balanced person. We are extremely happy with the way she carries out her duties. Our councillor is trying to preserve the unique character of Noordhoek. Robert, Noordhoek . Regarding “Above the law”: Don’t you have better things to do than take photos of Metro Police vehicles? Take your time and boredom and go feed a hungry child. Stop criticising the police – those same officers could save your life! Belinda, Muizenberg . Unfortunately cops never receive fines for doing anything illegal. Only motorists are penalised. . Applause for Ocean View FC is in order for bringing a reputable club and decent football back to the community. Let’s ignore those (people) who are opposing their good deeds. Ex-footballer . Traffic gridlock has reached epic proportions for communities on the Far South, yet the City continues to approve developments with no traffic management plan in place. No further developments should be approved until the City develops a plan as a matter of priority, with full public participation. Lorraine, Glencairn . Wow! I’m a retired engineer living in Fish Hoek for the past four years. A lovely town, but I get the feeling I’m living in a community of compulsive complainers. Buck up, Fish Hoek, and open your eyes to all the good things around us, please! G Beukes . Some weeks ago there was an article about the bird feeders for the small honey birds. I couldn’t wait to get them into my garden. I made a feeder and filled it with sugar water and waited. Weeks have passed and no birds have visited. What have I done wrong? Help anyone, please. Dee, Lakeside . Dog lovers, walk the kennelled dogs at TEARS any Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday from 10:00. Phone (021) 785 4482 to book an orientation. V SMS your views to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
Courtesy on road goes both ways Why do some people criticise one aspect of the defensive driving system when all aspects should be done in sequence? Learner drivers must swivel their heads like poppies in the wind, because this is the observation that must be done before they can release the park brake of the vehicle. This is to check that a cyclist or any other vehicle has not moved into his blind spot.
Get into this habit. It will stop you from getting frustrated with the vehicle taking its time to move off. If a vehicle must keep 1.5m from a cyclist, then surely the cyclist must keep 1.5m from a vehicle. This does not mean I do not agree with the 1.5m rule. Let’s try it both ways. I am sure it will be much safer for all of us. VC Downing, Plumstead
is not at fault regarding this matter. False Bay College is not one of the exam centres which were implicated by this investigation, but the release of the results of all colleges were withheld pending the outcome of the investigation. Extract from the Department of Higher Education and Training press release: The department detected irregularities in the Engineering Studies subjects in the 2013 first trimester examinations written in April and immediately initiated an investigation in this regard. A decision was taken to withhold the results of all candidates to allow the department to determine the extent of the irregularities. The preliminary findings indicate that 29 out of the 171 N1-N6 Engineering Studies subjects written were compromised and henceforth the results of the 29 affected subjects at 28 public and 10 private Further Edu-
cation and Training (FET) examination centres were withheld. The department has over the past year reviewed the FET examination process and implemented measures to protect the integrity of the FET examination system. These measures have allowed the department to isolate and identify the 38 affected examination centres in seven provinces. This investigation led to the delay in the issuing of the Engineering Studies subject results which were subsequently released on Friday 24 May. This was done to protect the credibility of the results of innocent candidates. Colleges will be assisting Engineering Studies students affected by the late release of results to register on the next level in trimester two. The department condemns the leakage of question papers and considers these actions as criminal in nature and will take decisive action against any individual identified during the investigation, including the pursuance of disciplinary measures and/or the laying of criminal charges.
Fish Hoek gets even friendlier So many folk at the bowling club said they had read the comment about “Friendly Fish Hoek” (People’s Post, 4 June). They were teasing me and said the bowlers are even more friendly. I walked to the Mica Store in Sun Valley and bought a whole lot of stuff needed for our renovations to the house. (Lorraine) at the cash desk was so busy and when it was my turn in the queue, I put the armful of goods on the counter and explained I had a cutting list in the workshop for wood. Lorraine said to just leave the stuff there and she would sort it out. I told her I was going to enjoy a cup of coffee while I was waiting. I hadn’t even finished my coffee when one of the assistants came looking for me to tell
me my order was ready. In the queue I was chatting to a man behind me – an Afrikaans guy from Pretoria – and he offered to give me a lift home with all the wood. He took me to my front gate and helped me offload the wood. Now, can you beat that for friendliness? I am a member of the SA Association of Retired Persons and, when checking my invoice, noticed I had not been given my discount. I walked back to Mica and told Lorraine it was my fault. In my haste, I had omitted to tender my membership card. In a flash it was sorted. The Mica team are really tops. If I had to give them a score out of 10, I would give them a 12. Thanks again, Friendly Fish Hoek. Ron Clark, Fish Hoek
Calling Angela Lansbury I have sent this request to numerous people/ companies dealing in collectables and antiques, and not one has had the decency to reply to me. I would appreciate it if you could maybe ask your readers where I could take this item to be valued and sold. I would like to sell this typewriter, which belonged to my grandmother. I am not sure of the value, however, or where to take it. Jenny, Welcome Glen
ANTIQUE: A reader would like to value this Corona folding typewriter. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Top service from tax people Hats off to the Cape Town South African Revenue Services (Sars) office for swift and sterling service rendered during the processing of my annual income tax return. My heart leapt with trepidation when I received an SMS from Sars stating that an outstanding payment was due from me, and payable urgently! Telephoning the call centre proved futile when the automated voiced informed me that I was 181st in the queue and prompted me to make my way to the local Sars office. The Cape Town Sars office was jampacked resembling a township day hospital
when I arrived around midday, and the only friendly faces were the security guards. The clerk at the enquiries desk warmed to my friendly chatter, and directed me to the “fast lane”. Within 10 minutes amiable tax consultant Sisanda Kuse handed me a printout which I used to effect an EFT payment. Thank you, Sars for the expedient service. It was a pleasure making the payment due without wasting precious time. I pray that my tax payment is put to good use within the fiscus. Mark Kleinschmidt
Forget religion, bring kissing to schools Peter van Kerwel argued that we should bring back religion into schools to fight gangsterism (“Bring religion into schools”, 4 June). He says at a school in his area pupils are allowed to pray at school and he observes no forms of drugs and violence. He concludes that praying thus stops violence. I think we should all join him in collecting ideas for improving our schools, based on
our own insights of association. I would like to start. When I went to school everything was peaceful and nearly no incident of violence was reported. We had many children kissing each other with joy, it was very accepted. I suggest to encourage our children to kiss each other more, especially in schools, and we will all benefit from it! Michael Schomaker, Email
Have you lost your spectacles? A pair of spectacles was found in Clevedon Road, Muizenberg. Phone Pat on
072 252 3320. Anon, Email
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Broadway favourite hits the Mother City TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
he true-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be brought to life in an energising musical at Artscape this month. Direct from it’s successful seasons in Singapore and Johannesburg, the multi-award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys opens at Artscape tomorrow. The show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the other members of the Four Seasons – Bob Gaudio, Tommy De Vito and Nick Massi. The group dominated charts in the 1960s and became one of the greatest successes in pop music history, selling 175 million records globally before they turned 30. The 19 member South African cast includes Emmanuel Castis, Kirsten MurphyRossiter, Jaco van Rensburg, Duane Alexander and Stephen Jubber. Since their first curtain call on South African soil, audiences have responded with enormous enthusiasm. “Being able to be part of this production is a dream come true. Performing in theatre has always been in my blood and I did many musicals at school,” says Emmanuel Castis who plays bass vocalist Nick Massi. He describes Jersey Boys as not being a typical musical. “Usually in musicals the story is driven by the music, but with Jersey Boys the story
and emotions of where they are in their lives, drives the music,” he says. The well-known soapie actor, says although he loves acting on television, theatre has always been apart of him. “I’ve always been going for theatre auditions, but have been waiting for the perfect role,” Castis adds. He says the show has a great cast who have really embraced the story of this iconic group. “This rock band became each others family and having toured and lived together we are also like one big family.” “I realised early that this was a very special story and group, I love it,” says Castis. The show features popular hits of the band such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and My Eyes Adored You. Although the names of these and other songs in the show might not be easily recognised by many, the tunes become more familiar as the captivating tale of the four musicians unfolds and the audience can be heard singing along. Castis says they have received an incredible reaction from audiences who have seen the show and he looks forward to performing in Istanbul, Turkey, after Cape Town. “It’s all about telling the incredible story of normal people. We want people to walk out with a smile on their faces and a smile on their heart,” he adds.
ICONIC: From left Kenneth Meyer, Grant Almirall, Emmanuel Castis and Daniel Buys tell the truelife story of Frankie Valli and the Four Season. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Trojans at GrandWest In the wake of the Gladiators era, Teen Trojan Warriors will flex their muscles at Grand Arena. You can watch the filming of Teen Trojan Warriors from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 June from 10:00 to 13:00. The Trojan Warriors show is about mortals who, all starting on the same level, fight their way up each level by participating in a variety of games. On their way up they accumulate points which gets them to the next stage, being immortal status, and finally to the ultimate title, that of Trojan Warrior. Both the filming sessions of Trojan Warriors and the TV series itself will provide great
HOUSE OF MYSTERIES: Monica Nyakatya inspires young clowns Sonwabile Mekuto, Sibabalo Zuma and Sinothando Lufutha to share their magic with young audiences at the Traditional Children’s Magic Festival. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Marvellous magical mayhem The Traditional Children’s Magic Festival is back in Cape Town this winter and is set to trick your mind more than before. The festival will take place at College of Magic in Claremont from 26 to 29 June and aims to thrill young ones with dazzling performances and workshops by some of Cape Town’s most seasoned artists. Parents and their little ones are set to escape the biting cold with a magical tour of the College’s mysterious 100-year-old building, marvel at the astonishing acts of more than 50 magicians, jugglers,
clowns, escape artists to learn the art of magic. The college is the only one of its kind in the world and has been training children and adults in magic and illusion since 1980. “The Traditional Children’s Magic Festival is a highlight on our magical calendar and is a fun, affordable experience for the entire family. We cannot wait to welcome you to our historic house of magic this winter,” says director David Gore. V Tickets for the festival are R50, and include a free magical goodie bag on arrival. For more information contact 0 (021) 683 5480 or visit www.collegeofmagic.com.
thrills for all South African fans of spectacular action entertainment. The audience will get so close up to the action that they will hear every groan and scream of encouragement. They will see warriors being made while the less strong will remain mere mortals. The live action will offer fun for the entire family who can be part of the exciting action and not even strain a muscle doing so. The TV series will be screened weekly over six months. For the live shows, Teen Trojan Warrior will take place from 10:00, while the Trojan Warrior sessions will begin at 18:00. V Tickets, at R50, available from Computicket.
COMIC RELIEF: Gaëtan Schmid’s (pictured) brand new comedy The Belgian is a hilarious trip into the mind of a most misunderstood species – Belgians. Directed by Brent Palmer, it shows at the Alexan der Upstairs Theatre, 76 Strand Street. Behind the facade of their clean cut little houses with their neat little front garden and patrolled by smirking garden gnomes, something obscurely wicked is lurking. Schmid’s latest passionate calling is to share with you his wealth of limitless and useless knowledge – “Comic, fascinating, quirky, absurd and surreal stuff that maketh the Belgian and Belgium”. Shows on Thursday 20 June, Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June, all shows at 19:00 and all shows are R80. For bookings and enquiries phone 0 (021) 300 1652. Strictly no under 18s due to the terms of their liquor licence. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Peter Pan takes to the stage Come fly away with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Darling children to the magical Never Land. Get ready to be amazed by all its wonders such as the mysterious mermaids from Mermaid Lagoon, the beautiful Indian princess Tiger Lilly and her brave panther, as well as the fun-loving Lost Boys and evil Captain Hook. J.M Barrie’s much loved classic, Peter Pan, premiers at the Canal Walk Theatre from Sunday 22 June to Sunday 14 July. Tickets cost R70 and are available from Computicket. The show will be directed by award-winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Mey-
er. Peter Pan will be brought to life with breathtaking sets, magnificent costumes, eye-catching puppets, memorable songs and will showcase the talent of some of South African finest up-and-coming musical theatre stars. While Naledi Award winner, Earl Gregory stars as Captain Hook and newcomer, Michael Wallace will play the title role of Peter Pan. V For more information contact or email Vanessa Herbst, PR manager 0 (021) 529 9638 or email@example.com or Wendy Vollmer, marketing moordinator 0 (021) 529 9629 or 2 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 18 June 2013 Tuesday 18 June V Plumstead: The Prostate Cancer support action group meets at 17:45 for 18:00, in the auditorium of Constantiaberg MediClinic in Burnham Road. All welcome. Phone 073 560 3067 for more details. V Muizenberg: Beginners T’ai Chi classes held every Tuesday at 07:00 at Alive Cafe – Creative Experience Hub, 11 Atlantic Road. The first class is free, thereafter classes are R50 each. Call Derek Harrison on (021) 788 9010. V Fish Hoek: Fish Hoek Valley North Neighbourhood Watch meets at 19:30 at the Moth Hall, Central Circle. All are welcome. Call Alan Coetzee on 082 896 1843. V Kalk Bay: Susan NewhamBlake, author of Making Finn, will be in conversation with author, Dawn Garisch at Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, at 18:30 for 19:00. Told with disarming honesty, the book is a warm, witty and moving firstperson account of two women’s quest to create a family. V Muizenberg: Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative hosts their second community family evening at 18:00 at the Blue Bird Garage on Albertyn Road. All residents are invited to an evening of funfilled movies – three short films suitable for children and adults of all ages with homemade soup and bread. R20 for adults and no charge for children. Phone (021) 709 0492 or email join@MCSI.org.za. Wednesday 19 June V Noordhoek: The Dascro Neighbourhood Watch will hold its annual meeting at Wild Rose Lodge in Bodrum Close at 19:30. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Direct enquiries to Ian Wilkinson on 082 550 3532 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. V Fish Hoek: University of the Third Age False Bay presents Claire Barry who will speak on My Journey from the Kalahari to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Back. The talk will be at the civic centre at 09:30 for 10:00. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be on sale. Phone Peter Rickards on (021) 788 9469 or Elizabeth Gets on (021) 788 3368. V Fish Hoek: There will be a series of four lectures, taking place every Wednesday from today, at the Full Gospel Church. Phone Don or Lyn Glass on (021) 782 5726 or email email@example.com. V Fish Hoek: The garden club meets at 19:00 in the minor hall of the civic centre in Recreation Road. Speaker David Davidson will show photographs of SA’s exhibit at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which won another gold medal. All welcome, visitors pay R10 which includes refreshments. Phone (021) 785 2386. V Simon’s Town: Annual trophy event, the “better ball stableford” at the golf club. Civilians versus SA Navy personnel and “land lubbers” versus the “sea dogs” in this annual trophy event. Email Phil or Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday 20 June V Fish Hoek: The Diabetes Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at the civic centre from 14:15 until 15:30. Guest speaker Gerna Conradie will speak on The Living Will. Call Gerald Jeftha on (021) 786 4540. V Fish Hoek: False Bay Hospital Association will hold its annual meeting in the hospital’s boardroom at 10:00 for 10:15. All welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call Kathleen Beukes on 074 551 0558 or (021) 782 9248. V Simon’s Town: Exploring Consciousness series presents a screening of the film Nosso Lar – Our Astral Home concerning the spiritual journey of life between lives. It is a film by Wagner de Assis based on the book by medium Chico Xavier and will be shown at 11:00 at the museum. Tickets are R30. Book on (021) 786 3046. Friday 21 June V Simon’s Town: Psychics Hazel Jeannes and Bev de Meyer will have a demonstration at the country club annex at 19:00 for 19:30. Tickets, at R40, at the door. Phone Jacky on (021) 786 5559 or Bev on 084 686 1467.
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Driven to achieve their goals LIAM MOSES
he dusty streets of Cape Town’s informal settlements and townships have long provided football with some its greatest players. If you possess enough talent and determination, and manage to avoid the pitfalls of drugs and gangsterism, football can provide youth with a better life. However, for most youngsters the sport is little more than a hobby or a pastime their parents hope will keep them away from social ills. But since 2003, a Schaapkraal-based organisation has been using the sport to help the city’s poor, homeless and troubled to better their lives without handing them professional contracts. Each year, South African Homeless Street Soccer and registered NGO Oasis, gives a group of people the chance to travel to and take part in the Homeless World Cup. Clifford Marthinus, Oasis founder, says the point of competing in the tournament is not to simply give the players the chance to travel to a foreign country, but to open participants’ minds to their full potential. “What we hope is that people can realise that these opportunities are possible for
them. They might live in an informal settlement, but they can also better their lives. It’s up to them to take hold of their lives,” says Marthinus. “We can’t guarantee them that their lives are going to change. But we can guarantee that this will make an impact on their lives. They need to use this opportunity to find out how to make it work and count for them.” The Homeless World Cup is an international organisation based in Scotland and has organised the tournament of the same name every year since 2003. This tournament is hosted in a different country annually and can feature up to 70 teams. Last year, the tournament was hosted in Brazil and this year it will take place in Poznan, Poland, from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 August. In order to take part in the tournament players must go through a series of trials and prove to Oasis they are serious about improving their lives, that they will benefit from the programme and that they intend to give back to their communities. Players do not have to be homeless in the traditional sense in order to take part in the tournament, but have to be linked to an NGO in some way.
Marthinus says the point of this is to ensure that the players continue to receive support and guidance once they return from the tournament. One of the players who will be taking part this year is centreback Ebrahim Abrahams from The Kraal, an informal settlement in Bo-Kaap. “I had a friend who was in this programme and went with the team to Brazil last year. He was the goalkeeper and he told us about the programme,” he says “I grew up struggling so I don’t READY TO GO: Registered NGO Oasis will send a group want my child to go through life the of disadvantaged footballers to Poland in August to same way I did. That’s all that I take part in the Homeless World Cup. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES want. I just want to help all the children who are living on streets right now.” cal Football Association and has over 150 Before departing for the Homeless World players. The club has teams in every age group Cup, Abrahams and his teammates will go away on a two week-long camping trip to from under-9 to under-19 and does not train for the tournament and also undergo charge any of the players membership fees as long as they take part in the organisacounselling. Marthinus says although many people are tion’s life skills programmes. Oasis also aims to start a street soccer prosuccessful in bettering their lives, some players also fail and fall back into drug gramme involving 20 different areas around Cape Town. For information about the abuse or crime. Oasis also runs Oasis FC, a football club Homeless World Cup contact Oasis on which is affiliated to the South Peninsula Lo- 0 (021) 704 6815.
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The People’s Team brace for play-offs
ngen Santos FC will face two season-defining moments this week when they take on Mpumalanga Black Aces and Chippa United in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotion/relegation play-offs. The People’s Team did well to fight their way back into contention for promotion after a disastrous start in the National First Division (NFD). But their hard work could all be in vain if they fail to beat Aces and Chippa in the two home games on Thursday 20 and Sunday 23 June. Head coach Ian Palmer admits both matches will be crucial, but says a loss will not be the death of his side’s promotion hopes. “I don’t think this game is do or die, because we still have to play Chippa soon after that. If we lose it won’t be good and it will be huge setback,” he says. “But we are thinking about that. We are going full-out to get one over Aces and put us in the driving seat. Aces are in the driving seat, because they are the only team with a win. The playing field will be levelled as we will be at home.” Santos had an undesirable start to the play-offs last month when their first match, away to Chippa, finished in a goalless draw. Chippa went on to lose 1-0 to Aces in the
OVERSHADOWED: Everton FC’s Tristan Poggenpoel controls the ball, as Crusaders FC’s Valentino Valesco looks on, during an Engen Knockout Challenge match at The Greens in Manenberg on Sunday. Crusaders won the game 31. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
second play-off match. The Mpumalanga side now top the standings ahead of their clash against Santos, who have not had much success against Aces this season. But Palmer will hope recent form and past results are not an indicator of what Thursday’s result will be. The People’s Team drew 0-0 against Aces in their last encounter in Mpumalanga in April, while Aces beat Santos 1-0 at Athlone Stadium in the season opener last October. Palmer says the fixtures has not been kind to his side, but he is confident his troops will recover before their Cape derby against Philippi’s Chippa. “Aces are blessed because all their games are spaced widely. After the match against is, they have six days before they play again. The draw actually favours them,” says Palmer. “Chippa also play us and then have to go to Aces three days later. It’s about how quickly you recover. We have the Sports Science Institute of South Africa on our side to help us regenerate for the next game.” Santos’ fixture against Aces will kick-off at Cape Town Stadium at 19:30 on Thursday 20 June. Chippa United will host Aces on Wednesday 26 June and the final fixture of the playoffs will see Santos travel to Mpumalanga to face Aces on Saturday 29 June.
IN THE AIR: Turfhall United’s Dylon Solomons takes flight as Hout Bay United’s Ray mond Samuels looks on during Turfhall’s 10 victory in the Engen Knockout Challenge playoffs at The Greens in Manenberg on Sunday. PHOTO: ARSHIED ISAACS
DETERMINED RUN: Bellville RFC’s Bolla Conradie heads for the tryline, dodging the tackle of SK Walmers’s Wilton Pe tersen, in his side’s 2443 loss at the Rosina Paarwa ter Stadium in Bellville South on Saturday. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
TEXTBOOK TACKLE: Violets RFC’s Ismaeel Arendse tackles Ebrahiem Adonis of Hamediehs RFC during his side’s 1115 loss at Chukker Road in Lansdowne, in the WP club rugby Division One clash on Saturday.PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
CONTROL: Montague Spurs AFC player Juninho Lombaard shows off his controlling skill, as he holds off the tackle attempts of Helderberg FC player Anathi Mrwata during the sides’ 11 draw in the Engen Knockout Challenge at The Greens in Manenberg on Sunday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
Calling all youth tennis aces THE JBK Tennis Academy will host a holiday clinic at the Fish Hoek Tennis Club from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June. The clinic will run from 10:00 to 13:00 each day and cost
R200 per child. Registration for the clinic closes on Saturday 22 July. For more information phone Jackie Kirkpatrick on 084 562 6335.
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SPOTTING THE GAP: SK Walmers outside centre Danwill Erasmus darts through a gap in the Bellville RFC defence during the WP club rugby Super League A match at the Rosina Paarwa ter Stadium in Bellville South on Saturday. Kloof were 4324 victors. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
New pro basketball league for SA LIAM MOSES
ape Town could have as many as three franchises in a new, nationwide professional basketball league being formed by Basketball South Africa. The Basketball National League (BNL) is set to tip-off in September, with 12 teams across the country playing in two different conferences. Four teams have already been confirmed for the league, with Johannesburg’s Egoli Magic, the Soweto Panthers and Pretoria’s Tshwane Suns set to form part of the Northern Conference and Durban’s KwaZulu-Natal Marlins set to form part of the Southern Conference. Caby Cabanelas, director of the BNL, said three Cape Town teams have already bid for franchises. “There are certain criteria they need to meet and they will need to present their necessary capabilities to BNL. As it’s a franchise basis there will be price of R2 000 000,” he said. “The franchise gives them the right to become a shareholder in the company, the right to appoint a director to the board and the right to participate in the league.” Cabanelas says BNL aims to have at least one team from each province in the league. The tournament will see each franchise play home and away round-robin games, before the top two teams in each conference will battle it out in five games to determine a conference winner. The conference winners will then face off
in five more games and the team with the most victories will be crowned BNL champions. Cabanelas could not could not elaborate on potential teams from Cape Town. Joseph Mangadi, chairperson of the Western Province Basketball Association, welcomed the formation of the league and said it will be a massive advantage to the Association’s attempts to grow the sport. “We are extremely excited because we are trying to get more participants. It’s difficult to convince people to play a sport if there is no professional league,” he said. “It’s also easier to get more media coverage and sponsors if there is a professional league. It will help us professionalise the sport. We have been running on a volunteer basis for a long time. Having a professional league will force us to professionalise at the lowest level.” Basketball is still seen as a fringe sport in SA and, like most other sports, has to play second fiddle to football, rugby and cricket. Cabanelas said the BNL is ready to fight it out with the top three for a slice of the sponsorship, broadcast and match attendance pie. “The global appeal of basketball and its links to family entertainment, music and fashion are about to take SA by storm,” he said. “We have a detailed plan on how we are going to grow the sponsorship base.” Cabanelas added that merchandising deals will also play a large part in making the sport profitable and sustainable in SA.
BOUNCING BASKETS: Neo Khonkhobe of Pinelands Bulldogs holds off the defensive play of GCU Wolves’ Witbooi Riecoleav during the Men’s First League basketball clash at UCT on Sunday. Wolves were 6462 victors after the four quarters. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS