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Dreams in the dust TERESA FISCHER

WHAT was lauded as a groundbreaking land restitution deal appears to have collapsed. At the site in Sea Point there is only dust and a large crater in the ground, symbolic of the aching hollow in the hearts of the 34 remaining beneficiaries of the Tramway Road Community Trust. Internal conflict plagues the trust, whose members are divided by an alternative deal which involves swapping their Sea Point land for two apartment blocks in Muizenberg. The beneficiaries were originally part of a group of 150 Coloured families who in 1961 were forcibly removed from their homes under the then Group Areas Act. Most of the original residents have died. The land was bulldozed and turned into a park. In 2001 the City of Cape Town handed over the land, at the corner of Kings and Tramway roads, to the trust. Many of the beneficiaries chose to receive the R17 500 compensation each from the Land Claims Commission. For years the trust struggled to raise finance for the development. Eventually Investec provided funding for a suitable development, to have been undertaken by Novabuild. The first brick of The Orchards, upmarket apartment blocks valued at R350m, was laid on 31 May 2011. The development was to include 75 luxury apartments – priced between R2,5m and R12m – landscaped gardens and citrus orchards. Of these, the trust was to own 15 units in The Orchards. They planned to sell 10 of the units, divide half of the proceeds and reinvest the balance. It is understood selling these units off-plan proved difficult. Novabuild declined to comment. In documentation given to the Tramway Road Community Trust trustees and dated Monday 6 August, Amdec Property Development writes that Novabuild had approached Amdec to build a retirement facility at the site. Their proposal – which it is believed may not come fruition – was to develop an Evergreen Village, similar to others already built in suburbs such as Noordhoek. But, on 10 October Julian Apollos, a lawyer for Novabuild director David Bunce, wrote to Investec regarding the “absence of consensus

LOSING HOPE: Nelson Oriel Isaacs, one of the beneficiaries of the Tramway Road Community Trust, at the land in Sea Point where a development project has collapsed. Photo: Teresa Fischer between certain beneficiaries and trustees”. He said Amdec had withdrawn its proposal because it had not been met with unanimous support. He wrote this is “regrettable”, but added if the impasse was not resolved immediately there was “a real risk” the trust faces foreclosure and so there was “no other alternative” than to proceed with the Solly Group proposal – a land swap. It involves two 38-unit completed apartment blocks in Muizenberg, which is part of the Lakeside 1 complex, be given to the beneficiaries in exchange for the Sea Point land. Nelson Oriel Isaacs, one of the beneficiaries, likens the land swap to being given a “bicycle in exchange for their Mercedes Benz”. Isaacs claims the apartments are built on a wetland and during a wintertime visit to the complex he says he saw water “deep enough for a child to drown in” against the back of the units. He says the complex was built in 2010, but Isaacs alleges the developer from Devaro Investments, part of the Solly Group, has been unable to sell any of the units. However, agent Russell Pearson of Leap-

frog Properties, says they are waiting for the sectional title registration to be approved before they sell units, which are completed. Several roleplayers, including the beneficiaries, were reluctant to speak and some refused outright. These include David Bunce. Devaro Investments declined to comment at this stage. Eventually speaking to People’s Post, trust chairperson Leonard Lopes said the Amdec deal fell through because in any land restitution deal there “should not be money on the table” as it violates the spirit of restitution. Lopes says 22 of the 34 trust members are in support of the Muizenberg proposal. “We are still trying to get another five or six people on board (to agree to the Muizenberg deal),” says Lopes. He says they would be exempt from rates payments for 10 years from date of occupation. Lopes says drainage at the Muizenberg properties will not be a problem as a trough was being built to divert the water. He adds there will be a two-year guarantee on the units. “This is a package they cannot refuse,”

Lopes says. Isaacs says he has not seen a copy of the trust’s constitution, which would ideally stipulate if a majority rule would apply. Former ward councillor and Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith has been closely involved in the process for 10 years. He points out the City’s involvement ceased when it gave the land back to the beneficiaries. However, Smith says he attended a meeting with some of the beneficiaries who requested advice from Mayor Patricia de Lille. Smith says the mayor’s legal advisor undertook to examine the Muizenberg deal. Solly Malatsi, spokesperson for mayor Patricia De Lille says: “The mayor’s office was approached to assist the group. Subsequently, the mayor offered to get the legal advisor to assist the residents in whichever way we can, taking into consideration that the City has no jurisdiction on the matter.” Sea Point ward councillor Beverly Schafer says she feels “terribly sad” for the beneficiaries. Sea Point residents also face the challenges associated with vacant land, she says.


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IN CHARACTER: Jody Abrahams (Boet Pieterse) and Leon Kruger (John Smit) star in an upcoming TV series based on the Trek Net cartoon. Photo: Teresa Fischer

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Trek Net is being turned into a 13-part TV series by Kyknet and the cartoon characters are as alive as the film crew surrounding them. Jody Abrahams plays Boet Pieterse and John Smit is played by Leon Kruger, who also wrote the script. The character Wiseman Sithole will be played by Mbulelo Grootboom. Down at Kommetjie Beach, it is the third day of filming and conditions are perfect. It is warm and still with no sign of rain. The crew say on the first day’s filming in Kalk Bay, they had to contend with an unexpected lightning storm. Some are decked out in wetsuits, and they still need to be on their toes today. Someone’s cellphone plunges into a rock pool with an

ominous splash and soundman Luyolo Dambuza slips on the kelp and he, too, takes an unwanted dip. Filming is expected to continue for a month. Shoot locations include Simon’s Town, Ottery, Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. Dave Gomersall, creator of the cartoon, is on set. “I feel incredibly honoured; it is so humbling. It is a dream which is becoming a reality,” he says, adding the actors are naturals. Each episode will be a story, featuring the typical banter between Boet and John. Gomersall says it will be a mixture of action, comedy and drama, but adds the humour contains meaningful messages – it is not just slapstick. The cartoon was born in pages of People’s Post eight years ago. Gomersall and artist Gavin Thomson accidentally went to the wrong office and former People’s Post editor Annelien Dean seized the chance. Gomersall says: “We were enthused by her delight. She loved the concept, but asked us to give the strip a local theme in keeping with

the newspaper’s character.” Originally the cartoon characters were to be travelling the world. The name Trek Net was chosen to encompass “everything which falls within the net of life”, says Gomersall. The strip now appears in 18 publications in Africa and also a Norwegian newspaper. Asked if he ever suffers from “writer’s block” Gomersall says: “Every day is a struggle. I stare at a blank screen; it is the hardest challenge in my life. I try to write two a day, sometimes it can take me hours.” As he searches for subjects he says he is aware one cannot be funny to everyone all the time. He says being a cartoonist is not well-paid and Gomersall (58) has to multi-task. The part-time musician and sailor has written 11 children’s stories – sea-related adventures which he is hoping to get published in the future. .The series is being produced by Penguin Films, creators of Madam and Eve.

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Family mourns gunshot victim TERESA FISCHER

WHEN she saw her nephew lying in a pool of blood, Jill Petersen put her head in her hands. “I didn’t know what I was going to do,” she says. Jonathan Layters (22) was shot in the head in the early hours last Sunday at Uiltjie Court in Ocean View. His mother died years ago and he was raised by his grandmother, who died last year. Petersen says: “When he was alive few doors opened for Jonathan, but now God has opened doors for him.” All the money for the funeral and burial were provided by the community and sponsors, she says. “He was a man alone; he had it hard in this life, he fought his way through. He never used a knife, but he used his fists.” Speaking at his funeral on Friday an aunt shared how Layters had gone to her the Saturday before he died. He had told her he wanted to turn his life around. He was tired of struggling. “Die oggend toe hy vir my sê ‘aunty, ek wil my huis bou’, het die Here klaar sy huis gebou. Saterdag oggend het hy vir my gesê ‘ek het my lewe vir die Here gegee’. Ek glo vandag die Here het vir Jonathan ’n huis kom gee.” Petersen shares how Layters used to play his trumpet in the mornings, entertaining residents in Callisto Road. He played in the Two Oceans band and wherever he could join in.

A friend of the family recounts how Layters’ dog, a pitbull named Kyo, reacted to his master’s death. “When his body was taken away that dog just lay there, watching.” For days the dog would not eat. As mourners packed into the community hall, Kyo was held up to the open coffin by Layters’ cousin, Tevin Springhall. Petersen holds no hatred in her heart for her nephew’s killers. “I am a child of God. I must forgive them. I can’t hate them, I give it to God; it is in His hands now.” Pastor Raymond Katts, of the House of Praise Church, conducted the service in which he lamented the scourge of violence in the country. “I believe God wants to do something great in Ocean View. The time for change is now,” he declared. Petersen says she “walked through Ocean View for days” asking for donations for the funeral. “The police advised me what to do.” On the third day her aunt Dorothy Finck told her to rest, as she and her husband Albertus would pay the balance. “I don’t know how to thank everybody. To know I could (bury) him (meant) everything to me. I can just say ‘thank you’.” Petersen thanked Compass Bakery and Pep for donations. She is also grateful to ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock and PR councillor Pat Francke for allowing the family to use the hall. The youngest of three children, Layters is survived by a brother who is in prison, and his sister Natasha Layters.

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THERE is an old story about an Irish politician who left a celebration to join a protest march. “Excuse me,” he said, “but there go my people. I must find out what they are protesting about so I can lead them.” The modern version of this story is the politician who watches the opinion polls to see what people think or want and then makes the necessary promises. And this, in a nutshell, is why the world is in such a mess. The principle goes back to Roman times when the politicians knew they could keep the peace by providing free bread and circuses for the people of Rome. It worked, but they had non-voting slaves to do the hard work and the wheat for the bread was shipped in from their conquered territories, mainly Egypt. In the modern world we have had a succession of politicians promising more and more to gain votes and the spoils of office. In France they have reduced the working week to 35 hours and now they wonder why they can’t

GIVE THEM UP: Catherine Rabie says: “I think they should give the children up for adoption because prison is not good for the baby.”

WHY PUNISH THE CHILD? Allistair Muller says he feels a child should not grow up in a prison environment as it would be taking their freedom away as well. He says it might leave scars for the child to grow up in such an environment. “To take away a child’s freedom is the biggest crime.”

Where have all the leaders gone? compete with South Korea which still has a five-and-ahalf-day working week. So they have moved a lot of their manufacturing off-shore and parts for their cars are made in low-wage or hard-work countries. Some models are even assembled in India. They export jobs and wonder why there is an unemployment problem. In Greece the retirement age was reduced to 58 when it should have been increased to 68 because people live longer and have become a greater burden on pension funds and the health care system. In the US (former president) Bill Clinton pushed the financial institutions into lending

money for new homes to people who were bad risks and would not qualify in the normal way. No doubt it won him votes, but it also lead to the sub-prime crisis and a financial melt-down. In the UK people have become expert at milking the social benefit system and they are finding that it is hard to take away benefits granted in more prosperous times by shortsighted politicians. All this has happened because real leaders have been replaced by opinion-pole politicians who are actually followers of the mob, like that Irish politician I mentioned. And no wisdom ever came from a mob. We have seen some astonishing attempts to

appease mobs in this country in recent months. All this is why there is so much talk about a lack of leadership. Real leaders are concerned about the long-term future of their countries, not short-term political gains. They are prepared to do unpopular things because they are the right things to do. And, most important of all, they are able to make people understand why it is necessary to take tough measures now to ensure a better future. They move ahead of the opinion polls and lead. The new president of France wants to lengthen the working week. If he can sell the idea it will be an example of good leadership. In this country we face some outrageous demands from workers. A real leader would make them understand they are pricing themselves out of the market and machines can do many of the jobs and work 100 hours a week without complaint. And that appeasement creates greater problems for the future.

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BETTER HOME: Shandray Lewis believes there should be a more suitable alternative for the child. “They can put the child in a home where someone else can take care of the child.” Photos:

DEPENDS ON TIME: John Thomas says it depends on the sentence the person is serving. “If the mother is serving a long sentence then the father or a family member should have the child. If the sentence is under two years then they should be allowed to keep the baby.”

NO EASY ANSWER: Philip van Niekerk says he isn’t sure whether or not mothers should have their babies with them in jail. “If there are 100 women in jail and all those babies have to be given to social workers, the homes will fill up. On the other hand it could also be that the children don’t get adopted and then it would be better to have left them with the mother.”

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Sea rescues keep NSRI on their toes SUNDAY was a busy day for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), who assisted with three rescues in the Far South. There were two near-drownings in Simon’s Town and a rubber duck capsized in Kommetjie. A child was among those rescued. NSRI station commander Darren Zimmerman says at 17:00 the Simon’s Town volunteer sea rescue crew received reports of a drowning in progress at Seaforth Beach. He says they found an eight-year-old child from Bridgetown on the beach in a critical condition. Zimmerman says it was reported the child’s parents were putting up a tent on the beach and they had left the child near the water’s edge. He adds they hadn’t seen their child for about 15 minutes prior to the incident. People’s Post reporter Nurene JassiemMarcus says someone pulled the child out the water. Her husband, Nasrodien Marcus, performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the child who was not breathing. “After about 10 minutes he coughed out water and chips. The father was standing there crying; he didn’t know what to do to help his son, who was turning blue.” Paramedics continued with artificial ventilation and the boy, still in a critical condition, was airlifted to hospital in the EMS Skymed helicopter. . Earlier that day, at 12:55, the Simon’s Town NSRI crew received reports of a

ON TRACK: Metrorail has almost finished replacing 11 500 old wooden railway sleepers with concrete versions between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town.Photo: Lorraine Lemmon-Warde

End in sight to train delays TERESA FISCHER

TRAIN commuters travelling on the southern suburbs line are being promised a more punctual and reliable train service as two major maintenance projects draw to a close. Metrorail reports he replacement of 11 500 old wooden railway sleepers with concrete versions between Muizenberg and Simon’s Town is “virtually complete”. Work is still underway at the last two curved sections. Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz says the benefits of concrete are greater stability, improved rail fastening and increased lifespan resulting in reduced maintenance costs. He adds wooden sleepers were prone to rot, required more frequent maintenance and were more vulnerable to fire. The second project was the replacement of severely corroded rails, which rest on the new concrete sleepers. According to Metrorail, the rail replacement project between Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town was significantly more

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drowning in progress at Windmill Beach. The volunteers found a 30-year-old man on the beach where a stand-up paddle-boarder, who had rescued the man from the surf, was performing CPR. Zimmerman says it is believed the man, who is reportedly from Pretoria, had been face down in the surf for at least 10 minutes before the stand-up paddle boarder reached him. Witnesses said he had gotten into difficulty while swimming. NSRI medics and metro paramedics took over CPR. After 50 minutes the man began breathing again. He was airlifted to hospital in the Skymed helicopter. .At 10:00 the NSRI Kommetjie crew received reports that a rubber duck with three men on board capsized in the channel in front of the slipway. Tom Coetzee, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, says NSRI rescue swimmers headed to the scene and a sea rescue craft was also launched. NSRI rescue swimmer Ian Klopper found the rubber-duck about 200m offshore. Three people were in the water, two of whom were trapped under the boat. A third man had managed to swim free, but was still in difficulty. In the meantime a wave turned the capsized boat, over freeing the two men. Klopper assisted all three men to the rocks where additional NSRI rescuers and Cape Medical Response paramedics assisted with medical treatment. Two were treated for hypothermia. One, who sustained a lower back injure, was taken to hospital. The fishermen had been returning from a fishing expedition.


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Tuesday 20 November 2012

W alking away Walking from the pain TAMMY PETERSEN

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Artists hit junk for six A BURGLARY at the eMzantsi mapiko (mask) recycled art workshop in Fish Eagle Park left the crew distraught. Thieves stole tools worth around R25 000. The crew was halfway through a year-long training programme supported by the Unesco International Fund for Cultural Diversity. The burglary put the programme in jeopardy for the 20 apprentices – young single mothers from Masiphumelele and adults with learning disabilities from Ocean View, who were being trained by senior mapiko artists. “We were devastated,� says mapiko manager Yandiswa Mazwana. “We couldn’t understand how anybody local could do this, but we vowed we wouldn’t give up.� Their persistence has been rewarded. In October they were approached by Monique Fagan and Wally Petersen of the Kommetjie Environmental Action Group to create quality beach cricket sets from recycled materials for the

Kriki For Shore initiative, part of EnviroServ’s Play Clean CSI project, in partnership with SuperSport’s Let’s Play. Kriki for Shore encourages local communities to use beach cricket sets that help clean up beaches, while educating young South Africans on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling waste. The eMzantsi mapiko apprentices have produced 200 cricket sets using 6400 bottle tops, 400 plastic lids, 6 000cm of Port Jackson and 20 000cm of pipe. Each Kriki for Shore set generates two days of work and retails at R185. Profits are used for making more sets. To order email or phone 076 656 8370. The mapiko crew will host free mask-making workshops at the eMzantsi Carnival Chillout on Saturday 1 December from 10:00 until 15:00 on the green in front of the eMzantsi office at the Sunnyacres Centre, on the corner of Lekkerwater and Kommetjie roads. Phone (021) 785 1515, see

Police need your help POLICE ask witnesses to the brutal murder of a Malawian man in Masemola Road, Masiphumelele, on Sunday 11 November to come forward. The deceased and his two friends were on their way home from a tavern at 01:00, when they were approached by a group of men, who demanded their cellphones and cash – which the victims did not have in their possession. The suspects attacked the

men, fatally stabbing the victim in the chest. The 37-yearold man was declared dead on the scene. One of the other victims also sustained stab wounds and was taken to False Bay Hospital. Ocean View police are urging witness to come forward and assist solving the crime. Anybody with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Moeketsi Raphala on 0 (021) 783 8325.


Sheila had been married to Tony for less than a year when they had their first heated argument. “He didn’t like what I was wearing,� she says. “I ignored it because he had never been violent towards me before.� That was 10 years ago. Today, Tony is in jail for assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm after he nearly beat her to death with an iron. The iron was still hot. Sheila’s story could be that of thousands of women around the country, but one mostly only whispered by those who hear their neighbours’ terrified screams at night. Sunday saw the launch of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, an annual event which aims to spread the message that abuse is a scourge which shouldn’t be swept under the carpet. Sheila, a perfectly groomed secretary in her late 20s, doesn’t strike one as a victim. She is confident, intelligent and independent with a defiant, strong air about her. “Looks can be deceiving,� she says, with a wry smile. “I went through hell with that man, but I came out stronger thanks to what he put me through.� She married the diesel mechanic when she was only 19; two months after taking the plunge, she fell pregnant with their eldest daughter. “I was a housewife; Tony believed women were meant to be homemakers and bear children. Money was sometimes tight and although I wanted to contribute to our income, I had to stay home and do my ‘female duties’.� She was about seven months pregnant when her husband found out she had started applying for work. “I was interested in temp jobs or ‘work from home’ offers. Tony found my CV and accused me of wanting to find ways to meet men. He came pretty close to smacking me that night. I dismissed it; I told myself he had probably had a bad day at work.� About a month after their daughter was born, he shoved her down the stairs. “We had a stupid argument about supper and he lost it. He grabbed me and tossed me down the eight stairs at our back door. When he realised what he had done, he cried, said it was an accident and begged me to forgive him. I did – I didn’t know any better.� But the abuse escalated. “He started smacking me, and later he would beat me with his fists in front of our children. The worst beating came after I spoke to an elderly neighbour and he told me he could see we were having an affair,� Sheila says. “The man was old enough to be my father.� Despite family and friends pleading with her to leave Tony, she blamed herself for what she was going through. “This wasn’t the man I married,� she says. “I would always tell myself I was wrong and I was the cause of his behaviour. Who else could make such a good man so angry that he would do such terrible things?� The beatings continued for years – for everything from missing socks to looking at another man – until that day he came after her with the iron.

DESPAIR: Each day women are abused, damaging them physically and emotionally as this posed image illustrates. “He wanted a sandwich and I asked him to give me a few minutes to finish ironing his shirts. When I looked up, he charged at me like a raging bull, grabbed the iron from my hands and started swinging it at me,� she says. Sheila woke up the next day in hospital. “My arms were burnt and I was black and blue. I don’t know why it took me so long to see I had married a mad man. He was deranged. My children were traumatised and I was a shadow of who I used to be. That was the day I decided I would never be his punching bag again.� She laid a charge and Tony was arrested. “He apologised for his behaviour about 100 times, but I had made up my mind. When that didn’t work, the threats started. I knew I would probably lose everything, but this wasn’t about me any more. It was about my children and what they were being taught. What example would I be setting? That it’s okay to be a man’s rag doll? I knew better,� Sheila says, fighting back tears. More than a year after taking a stand, Tony was convicted of the assault. “I don’t know and don’t even care what the sentence was. I got a divorce and told myself I would rather be a single parent than be dead.� Although she doesn’t live the comfortable life she once had, she is happy to have a place to sleep – peacefully. She now works as a secretary at a manufacturing firm and lives with her elderly parents. “And I have met a new man,� she says. “He is good to me and my children and wouldn’t even think of hurting me. He shouldn’t consider it either – I learnt karate!� Sheila laughs. While she now knows how to hit back, she advises women who are in her “old shoes to buy a new pair�. “No man is worth your pain or tears,� she says. “There are so many good, kind gentlemen out there. All you have to do is find him.�

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and “hoppers� who deliver the meals to the homes of the recipients. Meals consist of soup, meat and vegetables and pudding. The meals are distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, except on public holidays and a short break over Christmas and New Year. The cost is kept as low as possible. Recipients pay according to their means; the maximum being R300 for 12 meals (a month’s supply). MOW operates within the Fish Hoek municipality. The boundaries are the Silvermine River (Clovelly would be outside the area), the mountainside on the west, and Sun Valley up to Kommetjie Road. Those who feel they might qualify for meals may contact Brigid Lawrence on 0 (021) 785 5455 or Anneke Smith on 0 (021) 782 7261.

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Hard pressed IT WAS ONLY a matter of time before farm labourers would throw in the towel. Or strike. That hour has arrived. Farmworkers in this province have for ages been scurrying at the bottom of the labour legislation pit, subserviently accepting the scraps from many a wine farmers’ table. They have been ignored, treated with indignity, and “paid” with the produce of grape farms. The so-called dop stelsel has ensured slavery of another kind: to the bottle. It has also, in another sense, managed to ensure farm labourers remain just that: farmworkers, with little or no chance to escape. And so, for centuries, they have been denied basic human rights – a roof over their heads which does not leak, a decent, living income and dignity – to keep turning the wheels of the wine industry. On the outside, this is a glamorous industry which produces the goods for the enjoyment of the upper classes. There is no harm in this. The harm comes when this industry expects its workers to be contented with a menial day wage. It is not only the wine industry which employs labourers. All the produce on the retail shelves have been planted, cherished into growth, plucked, packaged and carted by farm workers. They deserve more than the R80 daily rate some are paid. Not all labourers are getting the short end of the salary stick. Some farmers have admirably gone out of their way to ensure their workers are living in creature comforts taken for granted by the consumers. These actions are to be commended. While some farmers are worried at how they will stay afloat paying labourers R150 a day, the question to ask is rather: in a world where every person had a right to choose their work, who would remain to work for such a rate? One suspects few hands would be raised at such an opportunity.

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SA needs leaders with integrity THE anarchy, which has been so cynically exploited by political opportunists, has detracted from farm workers’ legitimate grievances. In the midst of the turmoil, I attended a meeting with a couple of hundred school principals. Much indignation was expressed at our being expected to indicate our race on the attendance register. People felt we needed to move beyond race to common humanity and that we should respond to need, to achieve redress, rather than to racial profiling. As a white South African, I regret not having been a more courageous and outspoken opponent of apartheid. My lack of struggle credentials then, however, in no way exclude me from today’s struggle. Our struggle today is to inspire a new generation to rise above the quicksand of crime, unemployment and self-interest. I am not proud to be living in the country with the world’s highest disparity between the rich and the poor. Nor in one where some seem to be beyond the reach of the law. I find that sinister. As a principal, it is increasingly challenging to equate adult authority with integrity, difficult to counter the nay-sayers and the tiresome

Generosity is misplaced GLENCAIRN Heights residents: What kind of person complains about all the litter and leaves large cardboard boxes, half a computer, large broken laundry baskets, unusable and general trash from their houses for vagrants? Why are you not looking for bins? Are you

I-told-you-so brigade, when each day has its litany of crimes, committed by those entrusted with redress. I am unconvinced that lasting change in South Africa will come from the seat of government. The political revolution is failing the very people in whose name it was fought. Change will come from within schools, places of worship, NGOs and civic organisations. Eighteen short years ago we held the international moral high ground. The global community must shake their head in dismay at the laughing stock we now seem to be routinely making ourselves. Mamphela Ramphela observed recently that history has shown that liberation movements do not translate into stable, functioning democracies. Before that historical truth is borne out in our midst, we desperately require leaders who can rise above self-interest, roll up their sleeves and serve. We are in need of a new loyalty; to leaders who can inspire and impress us with their vision, work ethic and integrity. GAVIN FISH (PRINCIPAL) Fish Hoek High School aware of how many people are sleeping in the bushes around you? How many people watch you? How many drunkards are being kept drunk by your generosity? Wake up, Glencairn residents, our area is degenerating because you don’t (care). P GUSH Simon’s Town

I AM not a driver, (but) a passenger. Although I do agree that most cyclists obey the road rules, there are many that don’t. They expect motorists to stay 1,5m away, but they cycle next to each other. At that distance the motorist will be in the other lane. They don’t stop at stop streets and when the motorist hoots, you get flashed a middle finger. I’m not saying all motorists are innocent, but it seems that some cyclists believe they rule the road (and) have more rights. My suggestion is that bicycles should be registered and have some sort of identification. When a cyclist breaks the road rules, they can be identified and should be fined. What counts for motorists should count for cyclists. I believe this would ease tension between all road users. SUZAAN BENEKE Fish Hoek

Dogs still unleashed AFTER signs (were) posted on Seaforth Beach in Simon’s Town, dog owners still walk their dogs on the beach – most without leashes. A gentlemen walks his robust Alsation dogs on this beach. How many signs will it take to protect the swimming beaches? ANONYMOUS Email


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Happy to have their dog back I WOULD like to thank People’s Post for placing the notice of our missing dog, Ruby. Because of it Ruby was returned to us. A man saw the notice with the photo and informed me he has my dog. He apparently bought the dog from children who were selling her for R350. He was surprised they were selling the dog for that sum of money. He thought it was a bargain and bought the dog. The children told him they found the dog running around in Southfield. I assume whoever was selling the dog were the ones who stole Ruby from our home. Our house is secured with a high fence around and Ruby was playing with her ball. They must have jumped the fence and stole her. She was taken about 11:30 and the man said he bought her around 15:00

on Tuesday. He lives in Steenberg, so the children travelled from Southfield to sell our puppy. My family and I are so grateful to People’s Post – from the editors to staff delivering the newspaper – and to the man who called. We had flyers, drove up and down looking, and asked all the neighbours if they didn’t see anything. Not one person saw a thing. If it wasn’t for the article we would never have found our dog. Family and neighbours couldn’t believe we found our little puppy. Words cannot explain how overwhelmed and happy we are as family now that Ruby has been returned. Keep up the good work. God bless you. SHEREE HENDRICKS Email

Thank you for publicity LAST week I submitted a notice for the Out and About column in People’s Post. Instead, you published a complete article advertising our dog walking programme. Thank you so much. The kennelled dogs live for their walks. It calms

them and makes them more home-able. The more volunteer help we can get through advertising, the more we can improve the lot of the animals in the kennels. BARBARA CUNNINGHAME

TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: “Following the front page article “History’s hefty price tag” (People’s Post, 6 November) I thought your readers may like to see this photo, dated 31 March 1911, showing the builders completing what was then Muizenberg’s first Post Office. The builder was William Delbridge, well-known resident of Seaview Road in Muizenberg. He built many major buildings in the area, including Muizenberg Station. The contract for the Post Office was for the Public Works Department and the architect was AG Howard,” writes reader Steve Herbert. Photo: Supplied

Thanks for helping when I fell MY APPRECIATION to the gentleman in the white car who kindly came to my aid when I tripped and fell in Orchard Avenue on Tuesday 6 November. The (nursing) sister at Lakeside Pharmacy did her magic cleaning and dressing my

scrapes. (I am) still very sore and stiff, but my thanks again to the gentleman. (I am) glad there are still some of those out there. MAUREEN HENDRIKSE Lakeside

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tion to the library on entry. Phone Jen Strickland on (021) 782 7337.

THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER Fish Hoek: The judges of the Keep Fish Hoek Beautiful Service Excellence competition have made their final decision. All finalists will be invited to attend the award ceremony, which will be held at 18:00 at The Galley Restaurant. The public is welcome. Contact Vanessa Husband on 083 444 6815 to book. Ocean View: The 0cean View Community Police Forum’s general meeting takes place at 19:00 at the civic centre. All are welcome. Phone Johann on 084 280 2213.

WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER Fish Hoek: The Garden Club will meet at 19:00 in the Minor Hall of the civic centre. All are welcome. For more information phone Sally on (021) 785 2386. Fish Hoek: New Generations Fundraising Network will host a training programme for NGOs at the Clovelly Country Club from 09:30 until 15:30. Direct enquiries to (021) 782 8816. Fish Hoek: Highway Mountainside Neighbourhood Watch will hold its annual meeting at the Dutch Reformed Church in Kommetjie Road at 19:30. Phone Norman Greenfield on (021) 782 2309. Fish Hoek: Join the library for a glass of wine and an amusing master class of how to commit the almost perfect crime with two of the most chilling local writers, Sarah Lotz and Joanne Hichens. Organisers implore you not to miss this chance to eavesdrop on the creative process and the glorious fun of being vicariously evil without consequences. Dona-

Muizenberg: The AIMS Public Lecture Series presents a talk on Renewal in Basic Science Education in France and Worldwide by Pierre Lena at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, 6 Melrose Road, at 19:00. Phone Linda Camara on (021) 787 9263 or 2 or

FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER Ocean View: The Uniting Reformed Church will hold a domino tournament and potjiekos sale at the NG Kerk hall from 18:00. Call Suzette Farmer on 083 583 1437.

SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER Capri Village: The Cottage Club in Kommetjie will present Jenny Eaves and band at 19:00. Tickets cost R80 and soup will be on sale for R20. Call (021) 785 5052 for bookings or email or visit for more information. Ocean View: The Uniting Reformed Church will hold a bazaar from 09:00. Call Suzette Farmer on 083 583 1437 for more information.

SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Ladies Choir will host a concert at the Fish Hoek Methodist Church in 1st Avenue at 15:00. Tickets are R20 each. Fish Hoek: The Magnificats Choir will perform well-loved sacred, secular and Christmas items at St Margaret’s Anglican Church

MAN’S BEST FRIEND: It’s that time of the year again! The annual Pick n Pay SPCA Wiggle Waggle takes off from the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology in Firgrove Way, Tokai, on Sunday 2 December. The popular 4,5km charity dog walk attracts thousands of walkers and their dogs in support of the SPCA. A discounted entry fee of R35 per person and R25 per dog will be offered to entrants who enter before Friday 30 November, while entries on the day will open at 07:00 and will cost R40 per person and R30 per dog. Registration is essential. Enter online at; via email 2 or fax on 0 0866 743 356. Entry forms will also be available at selected Pick n Pay stores, local vets, the SPCA in Grassy Park and SPCA Vet Shop in Plumstead. Photographed at last year’s walk, from left, are Courtney Hanslo from Lakeside with Duke and Lucinda Holdridge from Constantia Hills with Jessie. Photo: Supplied at 15.00. Tickets are R50 at the door in aid of St Margaret’s Church Benevolent Fun. Glencairn: A live five-piece band will perform at Stoep and Swing at Glencairn Hotel at 17:00. Entry is free. Call Gareth on 076 964 3320.

MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER Ocean View: The Uniting Reformed Church invites all to join their family week with about drugs, alcohol abuse and domestic violence until Thursday 29 November at 19:00. Call Suzette Farmer on 083 583 1437.

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KOMMETJIE will be transformed from a laid-back seaside village into a hive of activity for the second Kommetjie Festival on Saturday 24 November. Visitors can start their Christmas shopping while strolling through the village, sampling wares of more than 100 crafters, or enjoying a bite to eat and a cappuccino while taking in the scenery down at The Kom. For the more competitive visitor, activities for the day include a scenic 10km fun run or 4km family walk, a surfing competition with a twist, an anything-that-floats competition, a skateboard competition, Miss Kommetjie beauty pageant and a talent competition – all with great prizes up for grabs. Well-known extremist Andy de Klerk and his team will be blowing minds with some high-octane sky diving, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) will be demonstrating their life-saving skills, the Harley Club will be descending on Kommetjie en masse, professional skateboarders will leave youngsters in awe, and the eMzantsi Carnival will parade through the village. Pubs and restaurants throughout the village will host live entertainment from the afternoon into the night. Artists include Dave Gomersall, Crimson, Lancaster Band, the Hell Fire Blues Band and more. Tickets cost R75 for entry into all venues. Festival organiser Gary Froud says: “Following the great success of our first festival last year, our community is really getting behind the event and visitors this year can expect something bigger and better. We’re pulling out all the stops to showcase Kommetjie and the spectacular environment we live in, and, of course, to raise funds for local projects and charities.” For information on the craft market contact Julie Godley on 0 082 379 0350 and for details about the festival visit

Lost your sunglasses? A PAIR of black Puma prescription sunglasses was picked up on Fish Hoek Beach near the sailing club. If anyone has lost them, please call 0 083 297 4805.


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Thrill­a­minute Landy experience The course, at Simonsig Wine Estate, is a thrill that will test both your sense of adventure and endurance. More advanced courses are offered – like intermediate, advanced and sand driving courses – but for rookies like myself and People’s Post advertising manager Belita Randall the introductory course was the way to go. The team at Land Rover Experience do not sell vehicles; they simply offer 4x4 enthusiasts and owners the opportunity to learn to use their vehicle to its full potential. Wynand Bohnen, our instructor at the Land Rover Experience, says: “Knowing the capability of your vehicle is important. Land Rover has found that when you understand how your vehicle works you are already 50% there with regards to 4x4

driving.” Knowing your vehicle’s capability and function will help you know which function to apply in any situation or terrain, he adds. Whether it be mountain terrain, snow, sand or ruts you will be trained to apply the necessary function so that your vehicle can function at optimum level. “It was a hugely exciting experience,” says Randall, herself a 4x4 owner, as it “forces you to trust the vehicle that you are in. It was scary, going up these huge inclines and not knowing what’s on the other side and from your vantage point all you see in front of you are blue skies.”. Wilma van Wyk, events coordinator, sales and marketing representative at Land Rover Experience, says: “Driving 4x4 off-road becomes a lifestyle since it challenges you to go beyond your comfort zone and increases your self-confidence.” WIN! Register on People’s Post’s website ( and you could win a 4x4 experience. The prize is valued at R1 600.

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CIVIC-MINDED: The volunteers of the Emergency Control Centre (ECC) held their general meeting at Nerina Gardens Hall. Nearly 40 volunteers turned out to take part in some lively debate followed by drinks and snacks, says the ECC. A main concern for the organisation is the lack of new volunteers coming forward to help man the control centre. The ECC is run by residents for the benefit of everyone in the Far South. No previous experience is necessary so if you can spare a couple of hours a week phone them on (021) 782 0333. The newly-elected committee are, from left, David Brown, Graham Edwards, Jude Kendrick, Bob Thynne, Aidan Shannon, Janice Lihou and Dudley de Vaux. Photo: Supplied

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GOING TO BIG SCHOOL: On Saturday December 1 the Grade R class of Red Hill Preschool will be graduating. Their teacher Vuyiseka Lombo (back, left) says all the children are in a hurry to move into Grade 1. Photo: Supplied

YOUNG ARTIST: Grade 2 pupil Courtney Poole, from Star of the Sea Primary School in St James, was the overall winner of the Marine Week colouring-in competition. Children ranging in age from 5 to 12 years took part. She receives her prize from Paul Miller of Save Our Seas. The competition was organised by the Save our Seas Shark Centre in collaboration with the WWF Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Photos: Supplied

DRUMROLL, PLEASE: Samara Heathcote-Marks, Daniel Barnard, Jayden Themistocleous, Tegan Nel, Alexa Chipps and Zac Barge from Honeybunch Playschool in Noordhoek taking part in drumkids for the first time. Photo: Supplied

CATCH OF THE DAY: The photographer says after doing the school run on Monday 12 November he came across this amazing scene on Fish Hoek Beach of fishermen hauling their catch of yellowtail to shore. Photo: Keith Muller

SOLITARY MOMENT: Ian Varkevisser snapped this beachgoer soaking up the sun at Kommetjie lighthouse.

THRILLED: Grade 5 pupil Siya Gola from Fish Hoek Primary School won the second prize in the Marine Week colouring-in competition, which was organised by the Save our Seas Shark Centre in collaboration with the WWF Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

DANGEROUS LIAISONS: Elizabeth Janse van Rensburg says she went on an afternoon ride on her bicycle when she saw these two puff adders courting on the side of the road. She says she had a couple of “real frights” when they moved towards her. “With some cars passing by I was having a hard time deciding which side was the more dangerous one,” she says.

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Night of nostalgia DARLINGS of the South African cabaret stage – Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson – join forces and hands to bring you an evening of fun, humour and fabulous songs.

Minnie and Johnson will be performed at Kalk Bay Theatre for seven shows only from Wednesday 28 November until Friday 7 December at 20:30. Fleur du Cap winner Johnson and SAMA award nominee Minnie will perform hits from the sixties to the naughties with just a piano, a clarinet and a wine glass for percussion. These two captivating artists light up the stage with their humour and energy as they rouse the crowd with songs such as Love is a Stranger by The Eurythmics, Holding out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler and Putting on

SOUNDS OF SUMMER: British pop singer Daniel Bedingfield will take to the stage of the Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert on Sunday 25 November at 17:30. Tickets cost R110 for adults, R80 for youths aged six to 21 and R100 for Botanical Society members. Gates open at 16:00. Tickets can be bought on Photo: Supplied

IN TUNE: The electrifying Alistair Izobell (right), together with singing sensations Nur Abrahams, Edith Plaatjies and Aleshia Solomons as well as an amazing seven-piece band will perform Radio Classics chosen by Clarence Ford (left) as the popular Sunday evening radio show host and Heart 104.9 veteran goes live on stage at the Baxter this festive season. The show, which runs from Thursday 22 November to Saturday 5 January, will have fans on their feet and offers a great night out for young and old. Tickets cost between R125 and R150; special previews will take place on Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November with all seats at R110. People’s Post is giving away five sets of double tickets to the Wednesday 5 December extravaganza. To enter, SMS the word “radio” to 34586 by Thursday at 12:00. SMSes cost R1,50. Photo: Jesse Kramer

the Ritz by Irving Berlin. For that something extra they will also be performing popular French love songs, a Gaga-Madonna medley, as well as an original Afrikaanse treffer or two. Tickets cost R75 for the show only, R225 for the show with a two-course meal, or R275 for the show with a three-course meal. For all bookings and further information visit

SING ALONG: Godfrey Johnson and Emile Minnie will perform hits from the sixties to the naughties with just a piano, a clarinet and a wine glass for percussion. Photo: Supplied

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Three decades of Twilight Team Run

BEING quick off the mark isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for the Twilight Team Run, but the first entries are already streaming in for the 30th anniversary of the running of the event. The first Twilight Team run, organised by former Springbok centre Dave Stewart, attracted 600 runners. Last year 20 000 people participated. “The Twilight Team Run is much more than just a fun fundraising event, it’s community philanthropy in action with Capetonians coming out in their thousands to offer a helping hand to their fellow citizens,”

GOLDEN GIRL: South African Navy Rear Admiral Robert Higgs hands over tokens of appreciation to Olympic silver medallist Caster Semenya at the SA Navy sports awards in Simon’s Town on Friday evening. Photo: Supplied


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Mixed results in SAB League LIAM MOSES

BATTSWOOD FC fought their way off the bottom of the SAB League table when they claimed a narrow victory over Du Noon Academy at Johnson Road Sports Complex on Saturday. Battswood went into the match in last place (16th), on one point, after losing all but one of the six games they had played. The Wynberg club have now climbed up one place after scoring late in the second half to bag a 1-0 win and all three points. Manenberg side Orient FC have also moved up the table following their own moraleboosting victory. Orient beat a youthful Engen Santos FC side 2-0, to move up from ninth to sixth. Orient have now won three games, drawn two and lost two. Oriental Gunners held on to third place despite a surprise 2-0 defeat against Junction Rovers. Gunners, from Athlone, went into the game having suffered only one loss, while Rovers had lost two, drawn one and won three matches. The game finished with Rovers as 2-0 victors and saw them climb from fourth to third. Lotus River side Heath Athletic also succumbed to defeat on Saturday, losing 2-0 to

log leaders Zeesha FC. Heath went into the game in third after three wins and two draws, but has now dropped down to seventh after suffering their second loss. Zeesha now lead the log on 19 points, with a draw earlier this season as the only blemish on their otherwise perfect record. Leeds Lentegeur have jumped up from fifth to fourth after a 1-0 win over Silver Spurs, who held onto 12th place. The Mitchell’s Plain side have now drawn one, lost two and won four this season, while Spurs record stands at three losses, three draws and a solitary victory. RC Athletico lost 3-1 to Durbanville FC and dropped from eighth to ninth, while their opponents moved up from 15th to 13th. Shockwaves FC remained in 14th place despite their 1-0 win, while their opponents X1 Express clung on to 10th position. The victory was the first this season after three draws and three defeats, while Express have lost three, drawn two and won two. Tribes FC moved up two places to seventh on the table after their 2-0 victory over Young Idols, who remained in 11th place. The next round of games will take place today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) at Johnson Road.

CHEST CONTROL: Battswood player Sadwin Braaf controls the ball during a match against Du Noon Academy in Rylands on Saturday. Photo: Liam Moses

Walmers wrangle in Community Cup LIAM MOSES

READY TO ROLL: Alan Winde will compete in the Coronation Double Century on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

Back to bicycle for Winde LIAM MOSES

PROVINCIAL minister for finance, economic development and tourism Alan Winde will take to the streets on Saturday when he participates in the annual Coronation Double Century. The race will be the first time that Winde participates in a cycling event in almost 20 years and he has had only two months to prepare for the gruelling trek through the Cape farmland. Winde (47) first considered entering the Double Century in June after a challenge by a group of cyclists. He says he decided to take plunge, because he wanted to improve his own health. “For me it’s also about out how I find a mechanism to get fitter and healthier with the hectic lifestyle that I lead,” says Winde. “If you want to convince the public they need to be healthier you need to led by example.” The race will see Winde start in Swellendam and traverse some of the Cape’s hilliest roads, including the R60, R324, R62, R317 and R318, in a rough oval, before finishing in the rural town. During the last two months Winde has practised for the race by cycling the 30km

distance from his house in the northern suburbs to his office in the CBD whenever he can. Two weeks ago he also covered 120km in a single training session. Winde also hopes to inspire more Capetonians to cycle to work instead of driving. “It’s exciting that there are more and more people cycling to work. It’s not only about health, it’s about a modal shift,” says Winde. “If people are able to shift from cars to bicycles or public transport, it shifts the load from our roads and moves us to a greener economy and friendly environment. It also lowers carbon emission.” Winde states he has enjoyed training for the race and his goal to finish. “It’s in excess of 200km – that is a long way. Yes, of course it does (scare me),” says Winde. “It’s not only the distance. We have to cycle over the Tradouw Pass. My goal is not to break a speed record, it’s just to finish.” Winde will be cycling with 11 other riders in the Barely Moving team, who will be riding to raise funds for cancer. David Bellairs, director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, will also be part of this team.

SK WALMERS have hit back at their detractors after the club’s selection for the South African Rugby Union (Saru) Community Cup raised eyebrows amongst local rugby fans. SKW were selected ahead of Hamiltons for the tournament, which replaces the National Club Championship next year, even though they finished below their neighbour on the 2012 Super League A table. Durbanville-Bellville qualified for the tournament automatically as the highest open (non-university) team on the log after finishing second. Many believe Hamiltons, South Africa’s oldest rugby club, should have been selected to join them as the city’s representatives at the tournament However, Moneeb Levy, vice-president of SKW, says the team’s performances the past season should be looked at in context. “You must look at what we have and what Hamiltons has. With the amount of money they pump in, a team like Hamiltons should win the league every year,” he says. “This year alone SK never played one game at home. The Track was unavailable all year. Even if they have the Green Point Track, they only get it from 1 April. (During) pre-season we must train everywhere. “Maybe Hamiltons are more consistent but the challenges they have are different to what we have. Under the circumstances we do extremely well.” Hamiltons finished the league in third place this season, with 62 points, after 12 wins and six losses. SK Walmers, meanwhile, were fifth at the end of the season, on 48 points, after nine victories and nine losses. In head-to-head competition this year, the teams have each won one of the two

games played. Hamiltons won their home game 27-22 in May, while SKW won their home game 15-12 in June. Hamiltons president David Kagan says his club do not feel hard-done by the decision. “We wish them well and may it be a wonderful tournament,” he comments. “We have no problems, because we obviously didn’t meet the criteria. It’s not up to us to question whether criteria is right or wrong – they were awarded a spot.” Levy did not know Saru’s criteria for selection to the tournament, but believes his side deserves to be there for several reasons. “If you look at the Super League A now, if you take away Maties, UCT and Victorians, we have been competing in the league the longest,” says Levy. “It will be our eighth year in succession; people don’t know that. What people tend to forget is that we have played in the National Club Championships thrice and we won the plate trophy for two years.” A Saru spokesperson, whose name is known to People’s Post, says several factors were taken into account when selecting the teams. “Unions were asked to nominate, but the decision on wild cards was taken by the games and policies committee and the executive committee,” he said. “The criteria used were not strictly on league position, but on a range of factors such as a team’s ability to add value to the tournament through their general appeal, their ability to draw crowds, to promote and develop the game among all South Africans, to ensure the Community Cup is commercially viable and sustainable, to take the game to new markets and areas of the country and to serve the transformation objectives of Saru.” Levy adds the tournament will also help to secure possible sponsorships for the club.

CHAMPIONS: The Fish Hoek under-7’s won the Queens Park FC Joey Lawrence Junior Tournament at Queen’s Park Sports Fields in Salt River on Sunday 4 November. Fish Hoek beat Elite Academy 4-3 in the closely-contested final. The players at the back, from left, are Christian Kapp, Kei Lalor, Jody Ahshene and Sashin Eaves. In front, from left, are Daniel Middleton and Cyngen Osborn. Photo: Supplied

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BOUNDARY BOUND: Fish Hoek Cricket Club batsman Derek Pedersen smashes a delivery to the boundary during a 1D League match against Gugulethu Cricket Club in Fish Hoek on Saturday. Photo: Jason Bland


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The squads were named in May, after a lengthy selection process which started in October 2011 and will reassemble soon to take part in the provincial youth tournaments in December. Southern suburbs schools traditionally dominate in the player selection stakes – which draws criticism and allegations of bias from across the province – and cricketers from those schools are again the vast majority this year. However, Nabeal Dien, head of amateur cricket at the WP Cricket, says players from all schools in the province are given the same consideration by the union’s selectors. “Our boys schools have the resources to offer bursaries to good cricketers from all areas. If you look at the make-up of the sides and the history of their boys, you will find they came from townships and all areas,” Dien states. “If you take Wynberg or Rondebosch, the Wynberg first team has more players of colour than white players. It’s not a question of that any longer.” Dien adds the “independent” and “comprehensive” selection process starts with 22 000 youth players from across the Peninsula, and is then whittled down to A and B sides for the under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19 age groups. He says criticism of team selections is normal at any level and will not affect the process in any way. “As long as we believe we are doing the right thing, then that criticism must come. It’s normal and will continue.” This year players from Pinelands High , Fish Hoek High, St Joseph’s Marist College and SACS have all been selected in under-17 and under-19 teams, but the vast majority of the 13-player squads are made up of cricketers from Wynberg and Rondebosch Boys’ High School. The under-19 side is made up of four Wynberg and five Rondebosch players, and the under-17 team has three and five players


THE general manager of Western Province Cricket has defended the make-up of the union’s junior teams ahead of their participation in a major national tournament.

from each of those respective schools. Wynberg and Rondebosch have produced some of the country’s best cricketers, and can boast legendary Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis and current coach Gary Kirsten. Dien comments the schools’ financial resources and ability to attract players from other schools with bursaries will ensure they stay on top, unless schools in previously disadvantaged areas can start to match their facilities. “We can’t stop it. The only thing we can do – and it’s not in our hands alone – is to create schools with those facilities,” says Dien. “We must get schools that are equivalent to those schools. At the moment I can tell you there is an attempt to do that at Spine Road High.” Dien adds players from schools in previously disadvantaged areas still make it into the system despite the imbalance of resources and gave Vernon Philander, JP Duminy, Rory Kleinveldt, Qaasim Adams and Farhaan Behardien as examples.The under-17 youth tournament will be hosted by the WP from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 December, while the under-19 tournament will take place in Potchefstroom from Sunday 16 to Wednesday 21 December.





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