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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: A group of women gather in Masiphumelele on Sunday, ready for a march which saw locals confront alleged drug dealers. Read more on page 3. Photo: Daleen Fouché
Plans for road unfold slowly DALEEN FOUCHÉ
SINGLE change is yet to be made to Kommetjie Road, almost four months after a resolution was reached between the City of Cape Town and Fish Hoek residents regarding an accident zone. Residents understood that officials declared that work would start on the road a week after the second community meeting for a safer Kommetjie Road. The two meetings followed the death of beloved Fish Hoek resident Ray Renaud on 5 June, while on his Sunday walk with his dog Tiger (“Road claims another life,” People’s Post, 7 June 2011). Several other lives has been lost on this road and according to residents living in the road, accidents are a regular occurrence.
According to Uga Carlini, an outspoken activist for safety on Kommetjie Road, City officials who attended the meeting stated that work, which included paint work, would commence one week after the meeting (“Some optimism after Kommetjie Road meeting,” People’s Post, 12 July 2011). But Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, says it was never the Transport Department’s “intention” that the actual work would begin on Kommetjie Road in the week following the public meeting. “The undertaking was given that work would begin on the design of improved road markings and the installation of raised median islands at strategic locations,” says Herron. Herron says that a plan for the narrowing and median islands has
been completed, but is currently being redeveloped to cater for cyclists “as best as possible.” He says road marking improvements will be undertaken within the current financial year with actual work beginning around March 2012. “Funds are actively being sought to implement as many of the raised median islands as possible at the same time.” Work on an overhead traffic signal at Seventeenth Avenue and Quarry Road, however, commenced on Wednesday 19 October, following delays in the purchasing of the extended signal poles. Herron says the concrete foundations for both poles have been cast and must cure for seven days before the poles can be erected. Herron further reports that the design of the traffic signal at Riverside Road has been completed and is in the approval stage. He says
funding for the traffic signal was made available for installation during the City’s current financial year, ending 30 June 2012. “The work is likely to begin early in the new calendar year.” Carlini, however, is adamant that accidents keep happening in Kommetjie Road while the City is busy with “manufacturing issues and delays.” But Carlini praises the City of Cape Town for their response to Fish Hoek resident’s requests for better Law Enforcement on the road. She says that since the meeting she has noticed a definite increase in the number of traffic officers on the road. “I saw them today again, pulling over cars and taxis.”
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Tuesday 1 November 2011
NO MORE DRUGS: Masiphumelele residents show their anger at local drug dealers during a march through the township.
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FINAL WARNING: A protester gives an accused drug dealer a final warning to either stop trading drugs or leave the township. Photos: Daleen Fouché
GAINING MOMENTUM: Protesters sang protest songs and danced down Pokela Road at the start of the march.
‘We are breaking the silence’ DALEEN FOUCHÉ
ROTEST SONGS and anti-drug posters filled the streets of Masiphumelele on Sunday 30 October as parents and children marched through the streets to confront alleged drug dealers. The march, which started at Khoza Square on the corner Pokela and Myeza Roads, stopped at ten dwellings and shops where alleged drug dealers were given three days to either “stop dealing” or “move out of Masiphumelele.” They rammed the message home with threats to burn down houses, shacks and shops, at any new sign of drug dealing. The speaker, who harangued dealers over a loudspeaker, addressed each accused as his “brother” but said that drug dealing would not be tolerated. The alleged dealers were given an opportunity to respond over the loud-
speaker. While some denied the allegations, others shamelessly admitted that their trade is in drugs, and vowed to stop. One dealer told the mob that he only sells drugs to “the whites” at shops and does not pose a threat to local children. However, protesters told this journalist that the accused uses local children to carry drugs for them. One accused man drew a big reaction from the crowd when he told them that he is currently “on leave” from selling drugs. The business owners accused of drug dealing were forced to close their shops. Some of these shops are owned by locals and others by foreign nationals. Protesters, however, denied that the march had to do with xenophobia. They insisted that the people confronted were “known dealers.” “We got the names and addresses from drug addicts who asked us for help,” says one protester, whose child is an addict. Protesters told this reporter that the reason why they are confronting alleged
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dealers, is to save the children of the township. “We, as the parents, are very concerned about drugs.” They further said that the root cause of all crime, was drugs. Protesters said that Masiphumelele used to be a “peaceful place,” currently you cannot walk after dark without getting mugged by drug addicts. “Drugs stretch from corner to corner in Masiphumelele.” One protester said he was “breaking the silence on drugs.” Protesters say tik and mandrax are the most ubiquitous, but that for some addicts cocaine is also a problem. The protest was planned during a meeting on Thursday 27 October by a group of 25 “concerned parents.” The march drew a big crowd that grew bigger as it passed through the township. Members of the Ocean View police attended the meeting and the protest. One protester says the media was invited to ensure that the protest is “transparent.”
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Eastlake craft market THE Marina Da Gama crafters will be hosting a craft market on Saturday 5 November selling a variety of home-made marmalade, with a series of tasters at some tables.
The market will be held at Eastlake Village Centre, Eastlake Island, in Marina Da Gama, from 09:00 till 15:00. For more information call Iona Spalding on 082 896 1499.
Have your book signed WINE writer David Biggs will be at AP Jones in Main Road, Fish Hoek, to sign copies of his new book, In Reasonable Taste on Saturday 5 November from 10:00 to 13:00.
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The book signing will be set up in the arcade outside AP Jones. For more information, contact Bari on (021) 782 6111. Theatre, Muizenberg, on Friday 28 October and runs until Saturday 5 November. For more information contact Masque Theatre Bookings on (021) 788-1898 during office hours.
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Fun at Kalk Bay Theatre THE inimitable comedian and actress Shirley Kirchmann returned to Kalk Bay Theatre with the Cape Town première of her latest hit Catch. At the opening on Wednesday 12 October guests chatted to Shirley after the show. Kirchmann, who was one of the first artists to perform on the Kalk Bay Theatre stage, opened Catch to great acclaim at the National Arts Festival. It tells the story of Tallulah who is 32 and single. Her married friends keep trying to hook her up, not because they care about her, but because they don’t like to suffer alone. “If you are single, or have ever been single; have set up a friend on a
date or been set up on a date, or have done Internet dating, speed dating, blind dating or all of the above, this show is for you,” says Kirchmann. “It’s a light-hearted look at the journey of finding a mate and the comic moments we encounter along the way.” Catch will be performed Wednesday to Saturday until 5 November at 20:30. The age advisory is 14 Years. Doors open at 18:00 when guests can enjoy a pre-show supper in the Kalk Bay Theatre Café upstairs. Tickets cost R115 and can be booked on www.kbt.co.za .Visit Kalk Bay Theatre, Cape Town on Facebook or follow @KalkBayTheatre on Twitter.
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ESIDENTS of Devonshire Court in Recreation Road, Fish Hoek, are challenging the owners of the building to remove a Vodacom 3G mast that, residents claim, has a negative effect on their health.
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prised to find out that the 3G mast is not activated, and has not been operational since it was installed. Richard Boorman, spokesperson for Vodacom, confirms that the 3G tower on Devonshire Court is currently not activated. D’Alton asked the City’s department of health to investigate the levels of radiation in Devonshire Court. D’Alton says the Department found “no noticeable radiation” in the building. Residents of Devonshire Court, however, refuse to believe that the mast is not currently active, but would not comment further on the matter. Tracy Dorny, chairperson for the Electromagnetic Radiation Research Foundation of South Africa (EMRRFSA), says she has previously received complaints from Fish Hoek residents about cellphone masts. She says that the number of cellphone masts has proliferated to such an extent that even if the 3G tower on the building were non-operational, it could be other masts in the area affecting the residents. Dorny says the residents’ reported symptoms are typical across the country of people living in close proximity to masts.
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A SELFLESS ACT: After PR councillor Mzu vukile Nikelo’s appeal for do nations in last week front page article (“Wetlands in trouble,” Peo ple’s Post 25 October 2011), a dona tion of four pairs of gum boots, 10 pairs of gloves, 2 packets of refuse bags, 2 rakes, 1 shovel and 1 spade was donated by Penny Pinchers Hardware in Heron Park. The donations will help residents of the Wetlands Informal Settlement to start their proposed cleanup opperation. Nikelo says the community is very greatful. However, he says more such donations are needed to enable more people to join in the cleanup.
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REMNANTS OF OLD: The skeleton of Kakapo on Noordhoek Beach is pictured here on a clear Saturday morning, 15 October.Photo: Daniel Grebe
ROCK ART: An anonymous artist has been creating rock statues on Kommetjie Beach. Daniel Grebe captured this sunset on Kommetjie Beach, silhouetting the rock statues.Photo: Daniel Grebe
AN EASTERN FLING: In the Mood dance club held a Chinese dinner dance at the Civic Centre on 15 October. Seen here from left is Elizabeth Hood, Eddie Norris, Sylvia Gourley, Toby Taylor, Anna Maria Farraz and Ronnie Gilbert. Photo: Evelyn Lyle
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WORKING TOGETHER: Fish Hoek PrePrimary and Ikhayalabantwana PrePrimary of Masiphumelele made flower windmills from recycled materials at a workshop last week. The crafts are for the eMzantsi Carnival. Photo: Eva AdamsHart VOCAL: Camerata Tinta Ba rocca joins Wits and Zurich trained mezzo Eliz abeth Frandsen (pictured), in perform ance of works by Vivaldi and Caldara at St Nor bert’s Church, Rubbi Road in Kommetjie on Sun day 6 November at 16:00. Tickets cost R90 at the door and drinks will be on sale during interval. For more information, phone 083 684 7318.
JOIN THE CLUB: At the latest AGM of the Si mon’s Town Country Club, Perdita Newman (right), was elected chairperson of the Club. She is the first woman to serve in the chair in nearly 100 years. She takes over the reigns from Brian Brandes. Seen here with her is Peter Daly, captain of the men’s golf team. The Coun try Club, near beautiful Boulders Beach, is equipped with a ninehole golf course overlook ing the ocean and also offers bowls, squash and social membership. Visitors are welcome. contact the club at (021) 786 1233.
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Design destiny THE MOTHER CITY has been awarded the title of the world’s Design Capital for 2014. Perhaps fittingly so, as this will be the year we celebrate two decades of democracy. The win confirms that our beloved “Slaapstad” is boldly taking the global stage, to become a major world player and drawcard in the potentially lucrative tourism industry. In 1994 tourism’s contribution to SA’s economy was reported as no more than 2% of Gross Domestic Product. However, with awards such as this and others filling up our trophy cabinet, tourism is fast becoming one of the top earners of foreign currency. In the midst of a global recession, we have something to brighten our spirits: the promise of greater investment and, we hope, a better life for all. These awards translate into tangible benefits for everyone. Every small business that stays open for a little while longer, means that the cashier, the cleaner, the janitor have jobs for a little longer, and able to support their families: a little foreign spend goes a long way. Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has committed herself to work harder to use design as a tool to clean the remnants of apartheid and bring communities together across the “geographical divide” through improved, innovative design. The award means that future generations of Capetonians will grow up in a city very different to what most of us have known. They will benefit from maximum exposure to other cultures as more flock to our shores. As the winds of change continue to sweep through, Cape Town is fast becoming a city of the world. Hold on to your hats! Today it is good to be Capetonian.
WHILE demographers are unsure exactly when the world’s population will reach the seven billion mark – or whether this might even have already hap-
pened - the United Nations Population Fund officially chose Monday this week to symbolically mark the day. As a result, many parents have
claimed that their new-born baby is, indeed, the 7-billionth human on planet Earth. Sadly, no-one will ever know who finally tipped the scale.
Tourist buses and whale watching Rock-stacker strikes again AS a long-time resident of Kommetjie I enjoy strolling to the lighthouse, along the catwalk and along the ocean’s edge at Outer-Kom. There have always been attempts by people to stack and balance rocks on the boulder beach, some better than others. In the past couple of months this pastime has become slightly more visible. Someone, assuming that it is one person (and excluding the possibility of extra-terrestrial activities), probably male - judging from the size of the rock used - has taken it upon himself to transform the entire section of beach into a shrine of balancing stone figures. Clearly, this person has some talent in using natural materials and defying gravity, but also has a lot of disposable time. I don’t have a problem per se with natural art, or expression of oneness with Nature. Nor do I know what inspires this “artist.” Whether an obsessive compulsion, the phallic shape of the lighthouse, a visit to Helen Martin’s Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda, fascination with cemeteries, or even watching a documentary about Easter island and its mysterious statues. But I think as a selfish endeavour he has taken it too far. I, for one, enjoy walking there be-
cause I enjoy the randomness of natural shapes and systems. If I wanted to see man-made lines and structure I just have to turn my head towards the mountain where there are ample examples of what architects think about at night. While I don’t think stacking the rocks has a major ecological impact compared to some other human activities, they are probably not negligible – the lichens on top of the rocks take centuries to grow and are probably inhabited by a microcosm of mites and springtails (I have studied this elsewhere); overturning them introduces an unnatural and unnecessary disturbance. Personally I find it disturbing, and wouldn’t want to wait for the next one-in-a-hundred year storm to undo these artworks, so I prefer to knock them over, although I regret that I cannot replace the rocks in their original positions. I therefore appeal to our geological landscape artist to practice his art somewhere else, in his own garden perhaps, or maybe speak to the council for a site where he can create a tourist attraction à la Gaudi – he could even generate an income. Or use his time on the beach to pick up rubbish - now that would be useful. JACO BARENDSE Kommetjie
AT 16:30 on Wednesday 12 October, I saw a MegaCoach tour bus driving north along Boyes Drive. It parked illegally and passengers started to disembark. The bus driver parked on a blind rise so that no vehicle apart from a motorcycle could legally pass. All the vehicles behind the coach had to cross the solid white line into oncoming rush-hour traffic to get past. Tourists were being ushered across the road in an ad hoc manner and I witnessed two emergency stops. Cars passing the tour bus from the south had to cross into oncoming traffic approaching a blind rise and dodge the tourists popping out from behind the bus. Vehicles approaching from the north, having just crested a blind rise, were startled by tourists dawdling across the road, showing no sense of South Africa’s drive-to-survive mentality. Motorists had to squeeze between the bus and its passengers on one side and oncoming traffic from the south. I phoned MegaCoach and was put on hold when I stated the reason for my call; then the call was “dropped.” At what level – legal, rational or human – is what this driver did acceptable? Do we wait until a tourist is killed before we do anything, or should we respond with rage and hoot aggressively every time we see a tour bus stopping in the middle of the road? Am I the only person outraged by this mindless insanity? ANONYMOUS
GERHARD VAN HEERDEN, REGIONAL MANAGER FOR MEGACOACH RESPONDS: THANK you for raising this matter and the opportunity to portray our view, after consulting with our driver. This group of overseas tourists was on the last day of their tour and was very unfortunate not to see any whales during their visit to the Cape, not even when they went on a whale watching boat trip. You can therefore imagine the utter excitement when they spotted the whales while on Boyes Drive and pleaded with the tour guide and driver to stop in order for them to watch the whales, a completely unplanned event. The driver pulled into one of the parking spots on the side of the road the best he could, but most of these spaces are fairly narrow, even though there is enough space for other vehicles to pass. The tourists requested to disembark, upon which the tour guide advised the guests of the dangers and to be very careful when crossing the road and also assisted small groups of passengers across. Once all had disembarked, the driver found a more suitable spot a bit further on, once other vehicles had moved out. As the writer of the letter mentioned, it was peak hour traffic and very slow, not only due to volumes, but also because a great number of other people pulling to the side of the road or slowing down to have a glimpse of the whales. Generally, most other road users were very accommodating when they noticed the coach and the passengers wanting to cross the road
and stopped to give them opportunity to do so. Boyes Drive is a scenic drive and is used by a vast number of tourists, self-drive as well as escorted tours. The driver simply wanted to offer the guests the best possible service and, in doing so, provided them with an opportunity to end their tour on a considerable high and most possibly one of their fondest memories of our stunning country. We can only request patience and consideration from other road users at facilities like parking and access roads to various attractions, which are sometimes very difficult to negotiate with a tourist coach. We, as all other companies in the tourism industry, take safety in all its facets seriously. We simply have to, considering we are dealing with overseas tourists and tour operators being subjected to tough European Consumer laws. We dearly apologise for the writers’ phone call being “dropped” and want to assure him/her that it was not intentional. We value all correspondence and criticism, positive or negative and prefer to deal with matters at the time of occurrence and any complaint received will be forwarded to one of the relevant managers to be dealt with immediately. Unfortunately the writer did not call back to inform us that his/her call was dropped and we also did not have a contact number in order to return the call. We trust you will value our view as well, but we apologise for any inconvenience caused to the writer at the time.
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Good ideas! IN response to the letter of Rudi Coetzee (“Dealing with the great white,” People’s Post, 25 October 2011). Thank you Mr Coetzee! What you wrote makes sense, sounds logical, and is by far the best possible solution(s) that anybody has come up with. I hope the City of Cape Town and the powers that be, read your letter, and investigate.
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Open the gifts carefully this year and try to memorise that feeling to last the whole year through. There have been other gifts throughout the year that went unnoticed. . We are still here, a little older and wiser. . We experienced the four seasons of weather, most importantly fresh air and rain. . Nature sent one of the wonders of the world to our bay, scary but awesome. . We ate, slept and shared the year with neighbours who watched over us without expecting reward. . We gained new knowledge. . We have hope for another year bringing new opportunities. If there are other gifts I have forgotten add them to the list for next year. CILLY JIBES Fish Hoek
THE wind is back, so are the sharks and soon the heat will prevail. The children are writing exams, soon they will be able to throw off their uniforms and celebrate the coming weeks of summer. It is a wonderful time of the year if you have something to celebrate. Here are some things to ponder. Holiday makers will fill the shops and the pavements and parking bays will be full. Newspapers will overflow with brochures and adverts. It is the time to be merry and bright and frivolous as the season brings business to the valley. Love it or hate it there is celebration in the air. The message of this time of the year brings hope. We choose and wrap our presents with all the expectations of our past lives.
derside of my car. • Farther along the servitude are two speed bumps of concrete drainage blocks which are quite severe on the suspension and tyres of my car, albeit I travel at a snail’s pace over them. • I am surprised Felicity Purchase says the matter of the speed bumps is a civil matter. The servitude was written into the title deeds and approved by the Council. Surely they should be able to uphold the sanctity of the servitude as a free flowing and uninhibited access road. I feel the Council is dragging its heels on this matter. TERENCE MAGUIRE Lakeside Alderman Felicity Purchase responds: I have asked for clarity from the legal department. This will be provided as soon as it is available.
REGARDING your article about the servitude between Sleepy Hollow and Dunedin Avenue (“Servitude has equal rights”, People’s Post, 4 October), may I add my comments: • I have been visiting Avondrust Farm on a weekly basis, mostly on Sundays, since about 1998, collecting fresh produce and using the servitude. • I tried using Dunedin Avenue but found often there were children playing or riding bicycles, under supervision of parents, and found the street being used as a very communal space, so decided for the safety of the locals I would continue using Sleepy Hollow access and the servitude. • I find the signs to be of a very aggressive and unfriendly nature, and object vehemently to their presence. • The speed bumps are so high that, even at a slow speed, they scrape the un-
I agree that culling is a very last resort to the problem, but should not be ignored, and like all the other suggestions, should be investigated. My only concern is the cost of netting and / or pools. But maybe, for once, this serious problem must be addressed and solved, before this area becomes black-listed as a shark-invested, “do not enter,” non-holiday destination. WERNER SMIT Glencairn
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Your SMSes and rolling the car. I was fuming because I paid a package as well as car hire twice. My second daughter knocked a pole. Some instructors do come late because some students make you late for your next appointment. Think. If the student causes an accident, who’s responsible for the car damage? What about our time spent during the test, standing and waiting where we could have had two to three lessons in that time? A car needs maintenance and petrol. What about our time and effort going into teaching? Just like you earn a wage, so do we and it’s very stressful. We don’t work every day so we don’t always have money. When a student fails, whose fault is that? Anon . What is this about 50 free units? I have never received any free units of electricity. . Lady, you have a problem. Dogs are dogs. That’s why they are not allowed in shops. Adopt a child and see the difference. Dogs are animals and you cannot change that. Shampoo them all you like, they are still animals and don’t belong in a shop. . To all those moaning about barking dogs: The average dog is a better person than the average person. Why is nobody complaining about spoiled kids screaming and crying in shops? Animal lover
Putting the sense in census . If the census is all about statistics and not an invasion of privacy, why did they need to know my name and the name of my business? . To all census field workers: I know what you are going through as my daughter is also a field worker. I just hope that you all receive your salaries on time as stipulated in your contracts. Keep us posted. . I heard that census workers are being harassed and assaulted. I hope Statistics SA covers all your expenses so that you can make a full recovery. The ladies in Sun Valley were a jovial bunch. Keep safe! Something in the water . I have to agree with Michael of Lakeside. There are simply too many of us so-called intelligent humans running around destroying every creature that may be causing us a bit of discomfort. Culling of bad people sounds good to me. Pat H (Shark Hugger) . Cohen entered the water with a red flag flying. This is not illegal and countless surfers do this every day at Muizenberg. The shark was not the bad guy, but nor was Cohen. Just a thought . On Sunday 23 October, every car in Gatesville Road, Kalk Bay was issued with a parking fine of R300 for facing the wrong way.
For the last two years we have had to endure road works, waiting endlessly to get from one point to another. The Main Road is chaos as visitors to Kalk Bay come and park their cars in our road. I don’t think this is fair on us because most of us do not have garages. Traffic cops, be lenient until the roads are completed. Zusie . The kennelled dogs at Tears are walked every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 10:00. Phone (021) 785-4482 if you can help. It is very rewarding! . I have been attacked twice today by a very aggressive baboon. Now I shoot to kill. . Dear Lynn, the World Cup is wrapped up and Bok supporters still cry that they were robbed. If this is the case, report it to the police and move on. The trophy was won so get a life. Well done, All Blacks. Stanley . People who work from home need to consider their neighbours. Why should we have to put up with the extra traffic and noise? If this is what we wanted we would live in a business area and not a residential one. . It’s time for the Department of Social Development to audit NGOs and NPOs who are receiving funding but not providing services. Stealing from the poor? Peter, Cape Town . I would like to congratulate the staff at Aquila Pre-School for the good work they did with the kids. My family and I enjoyed your show. Chantel . To the matriculants of Ocean View Secondary, all the best for the exams. God bless. From your parents
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In response . Well done to the 60 inhabitants of Masi for trying to clean up the fragile wetlands. The real disaster is the raw sewage spewing into the area. We must stop this plague from spreading across the valley. Pat H . Well done to the SAPS who keep Ocean View drug- and illegal alcohol-free. The idea of “sport against crime” is also really good! Taufeeq . I say close the Sunrise market. I was burgled on Friday and on Sunday I recovered most of my stuff at the same market. I don’t call that honest money. Close it. . About dogs and that weekend yapper on the balcony in Simon’s Town: I fully agree with the objection. Very irritating. Thomas . The article “From swept floors to chalkboards” is a fantastic story, which just goes to show that hard work does pay off and dreams can come true. Peter Hendricks, I wish you everything of the very best in your new venture. NJ, Kirstenhof . Talking about spaying animals, the SPCA should reduce their prices. They are so expensive that my dogs are having pups year after year and I just give them away. . Before becoming a driving school instructor, I had the same sentiments that Anon and Heartbroken have. My eldest daughter failed twice after knocking a pole
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Taste the tantalising winelands in the South THE Old Cape Wine Shop Wine Festival has now become a two-day wine festival in the Far South, taking place at Imhoff Farm near Kommetjie on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November. The two-day festival will see one of the largest gatherings of wine producers and enthusiasts in the Far South ever. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample many of South Africa’s best known wines, including some award-winning labels such as Riebeek Cellars, Dombeya, Groot Constantia, and Cape Point Vineyards. Every corner of the Cape Winelands map will be represented, including Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Robertson, Wellington, Con-
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A Christmas appeal to give SINCE December 2000, the Catholic Social Community, together with the Catholic Women’s League and the St John’s Parish, have been putting together Christmas boxes for children who lost their parents to AIDS. The churches are working in association with Valley Development Project (a non-denominational registered charity) that puts them in touch with the most needy of these orphans. This year, the Valley Christmas Project will be helping around 50 children in Masiphumelele and Ocean View. Ages range from babies to 18. They live mostly in informal housing, some with foster families or extended family, who are themselves desperate-
ly poor. Some are looked after by older brothers or sisters, themselves barely out of childhood. They struggle with poverty, and with rejection due to superstition and misunderstanding around the disease that took away their parents. The Valley Christmas Project is collecting non-perishable foodstuffs, clothing, toys or financial contributions. There are no running costs to this project. For more information call Magda on 082 706 6375. Donations can be dropped off at Penny Lane shop at Valleyland and St John Catholic Church in Fish Hoek (when open). Donations are needed before 16 November.
Rock through the ages with Tears JOIN The Emma Animal Rescue Society (Tears) members as they travel through six decades of rock ‘n roll at The Barnyard Theatre Willowbridge on 4 November at 18:00. Take your own picnic basket; a cash bar will be available.
Tickets cost R150 per person. Book with Marge on (021) 785-7014 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Mandy on (021) 557-9056. All funds raised will support the Tears animal shelter.
Wednesday 2 November Fish Hoek: The Women’s Agricultural Association will be holding their monthly meeting at 09:30 in the Minor Hall of the Civic Centre. Barbara Shenfield of the South African Sugar Icing Guild will give a demonstration. Visitors are welcome and the R10 entry fee includes tea and cake. Contact Pat James on (021) 782 2379.
Thursday 3 November Muizenberg: University of the Third Age presents a talk by Jenny Trethowan entitled “Baboon Matters” at 09:30 in the Muizenberg Pavilion. All welcome and entrance is free. Refreshments will be available. Enquiries to Peter Rickards on (021) 788 9469 Marina Da Gama: Upper Crust hosts its first Summer Night Market for the season in Eastlake Village Square from 17:30 to 21:00. A wide range of stalls will be on display. For more information or to book a stall, phone Elaine on 021 788 7765 or 072 896 0690
Saturday 5 November Muizenberg: There will be a free talk on health issues at Café Closer in Palmer Road. “Spring is the best time for a detox” will be from 10:00 to 11:30. For more information phone 074 139 1491. Muizenberg: The All Saints Anglican Church in Main Road Muizenberg will host their annual International Food Fair from 13:00 until 18:00. Food Coupons are available at the gate
Celebrate Guy Fawkes safely THE City of Cape Town appeals to Capetonians to be cautious and sensible when participating in fireworks displays or discharging shop-bought fireworks when celebrating Guy Fawkes. The City has designated eight areas where members of the public may discharge shop-bought fireworks. These sites will be closely monitored by public safety authorities. It is illegal to discharge fireworks anywhere other than at designated sites and law enforcement authorities will have a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who discharges fireworks illegally. The City has designated the following
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Wednesday 9 November Plumstead: Join Associated Seniors on a trip to Simonstown Naval Museum, Cape Point and Imhoff Farm. Tickets cost R80 and the bus leaves Gabriel Road at 09:00. Limited seats available. For more information contact Ursula Schenker on (021) 761 8774 or 078 382 4668.
Thursday 10 November Fish Hoek: The St Lukes Hospice, False Bay, will be holding its monthly book sale from 09:00 to 12:00 at the False Bay Hospital. Donations of books are welcome. For more information contact the Hospice Office on (021) 782 7696.
Friday 11 November Fish Hoek: Mymoeba Isaacs will talk to the Fish Hoek Valley Historical Association on “The fishing villages of the Western Cape” at the Fish Hoek Library hall at 18:00. All are welcome. Enquiries to Mieke on (021) 782 5864. Fish Hoek: The next Managed Aging Seminar will be held from 10:00 to 11:15 in St Margaret’s Church Hall in Kommetjie Road. A medical doctor will speak about “Healing Hands for Health” focusing on chiropractic and similar techniques for pain relief. R5 donation to enter and all are welcome. Tea is served at 09:45. For more information phone (021) 782 2024 or email email@example.com.
in sealed packages, as received from the suppliers. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed by law to purchase or discharge fireworks without adult supervision. Residents are encouraged to keep their pets indoors where possible. Before you leave your home on Guy Fawkes, ensure that your pets are safely secured on your property, in familiar surroundings, and out of harm’s way. The telephone number to call to report a fire is 107 from a landline and 021 480 7700 from a cell phone. Members of the public with information relating to the illegal sale or use of fireworks can report the information to the Metro Police Call Centre on 0860-POLICE (765-423) or to the SAPS on 10111. For more information about thedesignated sites, contact the City’s Disaster Operations Centre on 080-911-HELP (4357).
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WELVE years ago goalkeeping legend Farouk Abrahams had a burning passion to start a goalkeeper’s academy. His aim was to produce only great goalkeepers. He feels the position is neglected and, speaking as a former goalkeeper himself, he thinks specialised training is needed. However, there is a lack of sponsorship. “All we want to do is provide hope for the future,” he said. In 2002 Abrahams was appointed goalkeeper coach for Bafana Bafana at the Soccer World Cup in Korea and Japan, and worked with the likes of Andre Arendse, Hans Vonk, and Calvin Marlin. “It was my greatest honour to represent my country, it didn’t matter that I didn’t play on those levels, but the fact that I was part of coaching World Cup goalkeepers, was a huge achievement and money can certainly not buy such glory,” he said. When asked who he regards as highly rated, he said: “Itumeleng Khune is a highly rated player. It’s just a pity that he had faked an injury against Sierra Leone. It just showed bad character. Nonetheless, he is good.” He believes Moeneeb Josephs is also a highly rated player. Abrahams played for Cape Town Spurs, Maritzburg United, Jomo Cosmos, and Bush Bucks. He coached for Santos, Ajax Cape Town, and Hellenic. Farouk Abrahams Goalkeeper Academy (FAGA) has been sponsored for eight years by Metropoli-
JUGGLING: Football legend Farouk Abrahams and his coaching protégé Em manuel Mbango from Khayalitsha go through their paces at the goal keeper academy. Photo: Rashied Isaacs tan, but since they merged with Momentum, Abrahams is unsure whether the sponsorship will continue. The academy coaches about 80100 children, without any disappointments, from 7 to 25 years old. The academy also teachess life skills. “On many fronts, and it became clear to us that the needs of the young people in the Academy extend beyond merely that of acquiring goalkeeping skills. Those living in disadvantaged communities are particularly vulnerable, as they live in poverty and must often survive harsh and difficult experiences in their young
lives,” he said. “Many of the boys and girls attend the training sessions hungry, and lack simple life skills.” FAGA is free and is based at the corner of Wynberg Sports Club, Rosmead Avenue. Abrahams feels that the 2010 World Cup legacy is not benefitting academies such as his. They still struggle with funding and he appeals to corporates for help with sponsorship for sustainability. “Danny Jordaan and I spoke over the weekend, and I was told that in the new year relevant World Cup funds will be made available, but criteria will apply and it will probably be region-bound.
Catch up with 1950s cricket stars TWO members of the South African Coloured Cricket Board of Control’s cricket team, who toured Kenya in 1958, are on holiday from Australia and Canada respectively and would like to meet friends and former opponents. Owen Williams and Sydney (Solly) Solomon will be at the St Augustine
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CONGRATULATIONS: People’s Post once again proved to be tops in the community at SAFA Cape Town’s annual awards dinner held at Ath lone Stadium on Saturday 29 October. For the second consecutive year photographer Rashied Isaacs was elected Best Photographer for the CocaCola Cup. The tournament received coverage from all community newspapers including the Son. Rashied dedicated the prize to the memory of the late Brian Gaffney (sports reporter). “Brian Gaffney taught me community media, may his legacy live on and serve as an inspiration to others,” he said. Pictured here is Isgaak Davids, general secretary of SAFA Cape Town handing over the gift to Rashied Isaacs.