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MASIPHUMELELE: LAND ‘UNSUITABLE’

Move to dump site halted MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

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n investigation into the relocation of Masiphumelele residents to Noordhoek has been halted. This comes after the land earmarked for the relocation, owned by the City of Cape Town, was deemed not feasible as it was previously used as a dump site. During protest action over land Disaster Risk Management trucks were stoned in Masiphumelele at the weekend. Proportional representative councillor Mzuvukile Nikelo says a land audit was conducted in the valley by the City. Following a call for better living conditions by residents living in the Masiphumelele wetlands, the City has opted to look for alternate land. “Over the years, the population of Masiphumelele has grown significantly and people have settled in the wetlands,” he says. Due to the condition of the land, it is inhabitable as there is no firm ground for people to build their shacks, Nikelo explains. In recent months residents have resorted to using builder’s rubble to make the land more sturdy. Resident Pamela Makhuphula says people living in the wetlands are desperate for suitable land. “Masi is over-populated and we don’t have a choice but to live here. The land is problematic – during the winter months the water rises and runs straight through our homes,” she says. Living in the wetlands results in children getting sick and taking long to recover as a result of stagnant water, Makhuphula says. At night the area is completely dark and residents are often too scared to fetch water, she comments. “You can’t even see your hand in front of your face. Fetching water at night is like a death sentence,” she says. Makhuphula further claims criminals are using the wetlands to their advantage as they often “hide out” in the area. “Everyone – even the police – are afraid to go inside there. Some officers refuse to

FOUNDATION: Masiphumelele residents resort to stabilising the foundations on which to build their shacks with rubble. chase criminals into the wetlands because they know their lives are at risk,” she says. In a letter to the South Peninsula Subcouncil, Mary Turok from the Fish Hoek Valley Older Persons Forum raises questions about the progress of the relocation. She queries the land audit, the available land and the use of a 148ha municipal site in Noordhoek. The letter was written in response to questions raised by senior citizens at a meeting earlier this month.

Nikelo says officials were shocked to discover the available land belonged to the City. Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says the City investigated four sites, one of which was found to be owned by the City. “This was the Noordhoek site, but because it was used as a dump site, it is not feasible for the relocation,” she says. Due to legislation governing dump sites, the City has to wait for the land to be cleared of harmful gases, Purchase explains.

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Chaos erupted in Masiphumelele on Saturday 16 November when residents protested for land. Purchase says stones were thrown at Disaster Risk Management trucks bringing aid to those affected by the inclement weather. She agrees the wetlands are unsuitable, but emphasises finding appropriate land for the relocation will take time. V Share your thoughts! Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

CHILD ABUSE: PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS HESITANT TO GO TO POLICE

Sins of the mothers

LAILA MAJIET @laila_newsie

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he very people meant to protect their offspring are the ones who are keeping quiet as their children are hurt. The number of rape cases involving children is on the rise, says child protection organisation Safeline’s director Rochelle Philander. Safeline has already treated over 390 children this year, compared to the 250 minors assisted at the facility in 2012. Alarming statistics indicate children between the ages of two and eight years old are abused for up to four years before it is reported. “The justice system has failed the people. Children younger than five are not able to testify and as a result many cases of child rape are withdrawn. The child is put back into the environment where the perpetrator is and the abuse continues,” Philander says. Disclosure of the rape causes significant distress for the child and his or her family. But, it should not be a deterrent from seeking justice, experts say. Six out of seven children referred to Safeline never come for counselling due to parental complacency, Philander says. “Mothers or caregivers often do not acknowledge the problem when their child reports being sexually abused. They do not believe their children as the perpetrator is either a relative or the mother’s boyfriend. This results in secondary trauma. The child will then either become abuse reactive, bed

POSITIVE ABOUT CHANGE: The friendly faces of Safeline councillors go a long way toward convincing children to open up about their trauma. PHOTO: LAILA MAJIET wetting may become more frequent and the child may even have nightmares.” Safeline’s Blanche Olivier says with most child rape cases, the perpetrator is often a relative. “This is why parents struggle to come forward. In the instance

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where the perpetrator is the mother’s boyfriend or husband, she may worry about the impact reporting the case will have on her family’s financial stability when the perpetrator is the sole breadwinner,” she says. But nothing should take prece-

dence over a child’s safety, Olivier stresses. Unemployment and overcrowding are two of the possible contributors to sexually inappropriate behaviour among children. Philander says: “Cases of backyard dwellers’ children being

raped by the landlord is becoming more prevalent. Because backyarders use the toilet inside the main house, it provides landlords a window of opportunity to rape unsuspecting children.” Parents, especially mothers, are being urged to become more protective of their children. “As mothers we often become so consumed in our work and our problems that we forget to take the time out to listen to our children. Communication between a parent and child is essential. It allows you the opportunity to get to know your child better, making it easier to see the signs should your child be sexually abused,” Philander says. Safeline’s Patricia Williams says the children should be the parent’s first priority. “Value them and if they disclose they are being abused, take the necessary action to protect them,” she encourages. Helena Martin, statistics officer at Safeline, says too often parents hear their children, but fail to listen to them. “There is no one a child trusts more than his or her parents,” she insists. Knowing what to do when your child discloses that he or she has been raped is essential, Philander says. “Report the matter at your nearest police station. A docket will be opened and victim support officers will refer the child to a hospital for medical intervention before the child is referred to Safeline or any similar organisation,” she says. Call Safeline’s toll-free number on 0800 35553 or the after hour crisis line on 072 367 4588.

Time to ruffle those eMzantsi Carnival feathers It is eMzantsi Carnival time again! The ninth annual eMzantsi Carnival will take place in the Far South on Saturday 7 December. This year the colourful carnival will tell the story of eMzantsi Wonderful, which tells the tale of a child journeying with the harlequin hare and discovering the magic and mysteries of the Cape Peninsula. The parade will commence from the corner of Longboat Street and Ou Kaapse Weg extension at 10:00 and will proceed up Ou Kaapse Weg to the four-way intersection where a performance will take place. It will then move up Kommetjie Road to Sunnyacres Shopping Centre, where it will end.

Traffic flow in Kommetjie Road will be managed to ensure minimum disruptions, while Lekkerwater Road will be closed until all participants, puppets and floats have entered. This is expected to be completed at 11:15. Jazz artist Chris “Marvellous Mouth” Tokalon will host a show, featuring an array of Far South performers, from 11:30 until 14:00. It will also see collaborations of youths from the eMzantsi inter-cultural music programme. V For more information phone the eMzantsi office on (021) 785 1515.

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Theatre production will Walk through the Far South A Walk With Jesus, a street theatre production, will be staged at various venues in the Far South from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December. The series kicks off in Masiphumelele at Pokela Road and Khoza Square from 16:30

until 18:30 on Friday 29 December. On the Saturday 30 November it will be staged at the Holy Trinity Church rectory gardens from 11:00 to noon, in Ocean View on the corner of Taurus Way and Leo Road from 14:00 until 16:00 and at Fish Hoek

Beach from 18:00 until 19:00. A grand finale performance, ending with music, carols and the Christmas lights ceremony, will be held at Living Hope in Kommetjie Road, Sun Valley from 17:00 to 20:00. Families can picnic at the event.

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Why the need to rain on somebody else’s parade? KEN BRIDGENS

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While wandering around the suburb of Fish Hoek either by foot or in a motor car, one is occasionally struck by the necessity of some people to sully the surroundings. This particularly struck me on seeing the large collection bins situated at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre parking area reduced to blackened molten plastic.

Somebody had the whimsical need to throw a match into a collection of recyclable paper. What is it that makes one human being have such scant regard for somebody else’s possessions or livelihood? Are they deficient of a few caring genes? I think we all want to live in a clean and safe environment and, by and large, we have that in the Deep South. So, if perchance, you are about in the

early hours, and nobody is about, please suppress your base instincts and do not rain on somebody else’s parade. Who knows, one day I might return the favour when I pass your parade in the early hours. V This article was submitted and appeared online at www.peoplespost.co.za. Submit your stories by clicking in the “Tell your story tab” and logging on to the site using your user details or your Facebook log-in.


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

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he management of domestic pets is under the spotlight in Marina Da Gama. This comes after a resident was injured when she was attacked by a neighbour’s dogs last week. Resident Mary Lou Qually says while walking her dog, Oliver, on Tuesday 12 November she came across a man walking two big dogs. “I was about to ask him to wait for me to pass, when one of his dogs pulled away and came straight towards Oliver,” she says. The second dog followed suit, Qually says, and in the ensuing force she was pushed to the ground. She was in pain and sustained injuries to her foot and elbow as she fell. “I was terrified and immediately screamed – very loudly – which scared the dogs off. I very angrily asked the young man why he wasn’t holding on to the dogs more securely,” she says. The man did not apologise and merely said she was walking on the wrong side of the road, Qually alleges. This infuriated her as she believes pet owners should be more aware of how domestic animals interact with each other. She was assisted by a private security guard. A contractor working in the area helped her home. Qually, who had meanwhile heard of a previous incident involving poor animal control, reported the issue to the Marina Da Gama Association. Chairperson Bob Craske says they are thankful the injuries were not worse. “It could have been very serious had an elderly or frail person, or a child been involved. Appreciation must be given to those who assisted at the time,” he says. Pet owners are responsible for ensuring

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

VRYGROND: A STEP UP

New hope for children MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

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FUN STUFF: Pupils from Capricorn Primary School at the afterschool classes.

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overty, poor living conditions and malnutrition are all in the past for four Vrygrond children. Last week, the children were moved from their homes to a safe haven to help them excel at school. The children are part of a scholarship programme run by the Homework Enrichment Life skills Programme (HELP). The programme, which is aimed at assisting young children with homework, is based at Capricorn and Heathfield primary schools. HELP founder Anna-Marie Kaars-Sijpesteijn says since the inception of the project at the schools, facilitators have been working with children in need of a better environment. “Many of these children are so gifted, but due to the social ills in their communities they struggle to excel,” Kaars-Sijpesteijn says. “With the programme we offer them a safe place where they can come, have something to eat, do their homework and get assistance with from a facilitator.” To this end the organisation bought a house in Marina Da Gama where the children will get a second chance. Each room accommodates two children of the same gender, who will be supervised by house parents.

The hallways are filled with the laughter and chatter of happy children, who greet politely as they enjoy their new home. Facilitator Jean Mackenzie says many of the children live in appalling conditions and this, in turn, affects their ability to thrive at school. “We often find that, because the parents have not finished school they are unable to guide their children,” she says. Facilitators Langton Muyani and Carol Sawyer tell the grim tale of an 11-year-old boy who spent several hours at the afterschool programme. “I noticed he wasn’t keen on going home and spent several hours with us each day. One day it was raining and I offered to take him home,” she says. “He asked me to stop when we reached a gravel road and warned me I would be at risk if I entered his community.” Muyani says the boy came from the poorest area in Vrygrond and was embarrassed by the holes in his clothes. “He had no confidence and wasn’t even sure if he was going to high school,” he says. “We are glad he is in the house and hope being here will help him.” Kaars-Sijpesteijn says after identifying the children most in need of a stable home, they approached the parents for permission. “One of the little girls was given a bursary from an American funder to attend Wynberg Girls’ School,” she says. “Due to the requirements, she had to be placed in an environment to help her thrive and so we moved her into the house.” V For more information visit www.help-eduprogramme.co.za.

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Cape Consumers shares R37-million annual bonus Cape Consumers announced last week that it will pay a whopping R37 million into the accounts of its 42 000 cardholders in its much anticipated 2013 bonus payout this month. “While this means cardholders will have additional money for Christmas and holiday shopping, the payout should bring further cheer to stores in the Western Cape and beyond over the festive season.” So says Monty Stephenson, acting managing director at Cape Consumers. He says that cardholders’ spend grew by 4% during Cape Consumers’ financial year, which ended on 6 July 2013. Cardholder turnover, which broke through the billion rand barrier for the first time in 2013, reached a total of R1.03 billion by the company’s financial year end. “The highest bonus to be paid into a cardholder’s account is R30 023 and the bonus for the top 100 cardholders is an average of R8 941 this year,” says Stephenson. “The latest bonus brings the total of the annual bonuses paid to cardholders over the past five years to more than R186 million.” Annual bonuses are shared among cardholders every November in proportion to the amount they spend during

Cape Consumers’ financial year at any of the 5 600 stores nationwide that accept the b-Smart card. With the bonus comprising up to 5% of cardholders’ expenditure at these stores, the more one shops using the b-Smart card, the higher the bonus is likely to be. In addition, consumers don’t have to be cardholders for a full year to qualify for a bonus. Speculating on next year’s bonus, Stephenson believes cardholder turnover should break another record. “We have recently seen encouraging results posted by Shoprite and Pick n Pay of turnover growth of between 8% and 10%. This suggests South African consumers are possibly seeing an upturn in the economic environment,” says Stephenson. Cape Consumers seeks to increase cardholders’ spend over the next five years to achieve its vision of developing a supplier network and product offering tailored for the family. It has also sought to delight cardholders through a new web-based customer relationship management and transaction system. “This, combined with an experienced team, enables Cape Consumers to drive efficiencies and deliver quality service,” says Stephenson.

Thursday 21 November V Seawinds: The Muizenberg Precinct Neighbourhood Watch Association will host its annual meeting at the Mothers Unite Training Centre on the corner of St Stephen Avenue and St Swithin Road at 19:00. For further details phone Frank Bokhorst on 073 683 3218 or email secretary@mcsi.org.za. V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association will host their next general meeting at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 19:30. There will be an illustrated talk on the 2013 Whale Season by David Hurwitz, as well as reports from the chairperson, treasurer and ward councillor. For more information phone Janet Holwill on (021) 785 1328. V Muizenberg: The Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society will host a talk by Ian van Oordt on the Battle of Blaauwberg at The Stables in Main Road at 17:30. The cost, at R20, includes snacks and drinks. For additional information phone George Hill on (021) 788 5542 or email music@casalabia.co.za. Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 November V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Dutch Reformed Church will host a Christmas market in the church hall. Various handmade crafts, home bakes and jams will be on sale. Phone Sandy on 082 451 8448. Sunday 24 Novemeber V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Ladies’ Choir will present an afternoon of song at the

V Clovelly: False Bay Hospital will host a charity golf day at the Clovelly Country Club from 11:30 until 13:15. Entry is R200 for unlimited Clovelly Club members, R400 for other members and R450 for non-members. To book your place phone (021) 784 2100. There are special packages available for sponsored holes. For further details phone Allen Rose-Innes on (021) 782 4279 or 073 559 6097. V Fish Hoek: A literary tea will be held at Fish Hoek Library at 10:00. Michele Rowe will speak on her book What Hidden Lies and there will be a bumper book sale. Phone Jen Strikland on (021) 782 7337. Saturday 30 November V Scarborough: Hot Water will perform at the Cape Farmhouse at 15:00. Entry is R65 and free for children under 12. Phone (021) 780 1246 for more information. Thursday 5 December V Fish Hoek: A talk on how to survive the holiday season after losing a loved one will be hosted at the Fish Hoek Methodist Church from 10:00 until noon. Entry is R25. Phone (021) 782 1569 to book. Saturday 7 December V Sunnydale: King of Kings Baptist Church will host a family market from 09:00 until 13:00. Crafts, Christmas gifts, home bakes and other items will be on sale. For more details phone (021) 785 4200. V Simon’s Town: St Francis Church will hold a summer market from 09:00 until 14:00. Food, crafts and books will be on sale, while there will also be entertainment by the Lavender Hill Marimba Band.


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

OCEAN VIEW: WAIVER DENIED

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lans to legalise spaza shops in Ocean View have been delayed as business owners have requested a waiver on the requirements. Ocean View Civic Association (OVCA) chairperson Oliver Castro says business owners in the area are unhappy about some of the requirements set out by the City of Cape Town. Officials attended a workshop held in Ocean View last week, where they explained the zoning regulations which affected the running of businesses from residential properties. Earlier this year several owners were issued with notices from City inspectors informing them of their non-compliance with land use departures. For this reason a business forum was established to assist spaza shop owners. Castro says the biggest concern was the need for a conveyancer’s certificate in the application for zoning. “In our research, we found that it could cost up to R1 800 for a certificate. The shop owners in Ocean View cannot afford this,” he says. The forum has now written a letter to the City’s spatial planning department to request a waiver of the certificate. “It’s a very sensitive matter and we hope the City will be able to help us,” he says. “There are many business owners

who want to ensure they comply with the law, but the income they get from their shops isn’t much and they cannot afford the certificate,” Castro says. Cheryl Walters, director of Planning and Building Development Management, confirms receipt of the letter and says she would be responding shortly. Walters explains a land use application must be made to the planning department to operate a house shop from property which is zoned Single Residential 1 (SR1). She says if the property is zoned Single Residential 2, shop owners need not apply for land use departures to operate a spaza shop. “A copy of the title deed is also required, which the City official can use to determine whether or not a conveyancer’s certificate is also required,” she says. Conveyancer certificates are only needed for SR1 properties and the City is unable to waiver the conveyancer certificate due to the its legal framework, Walters says. “A title deed condition is an applicable law which needs to be taken into consideration for an application,” she says “In some instances the application cannot proceed without the restrictive condition being removed, which is a separate application in terms of the Removal of Restrictions Act.” V Share your thoughts! Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516 at R1.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

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unset Boulevard recenlty opened to a standing ovation at Theatre on the Bay, where it runs until Saturday 4 January. Sunset Boulevard won seven Tony Awards in 1995, including Best Musical, and boasts one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable and haunting scores. Based on the Billy Wilder film, the play weaves a moving tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition.

Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by Tinsel Town with the advent of “talkies”. Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.

STAR OF THE SHOW: Angela Kilian, the lead actress in Sunset Boulevard, with theatre producer Pieter Toerien. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

SMILES: Brent Adams and Eugene Yiga.

THEATRE LOVERS: Natalie Becker and Allison Foat catch up.

HAIR PAIR: Actors Kyle Grant and Rhys Hewitt-Williams.

COOL HUNTING: The official launch of Monkey Shoulder Whisky on in October drew in the hip and happening crowds. The South African launch was held at a new coffee spot in Shortmarket Street. At an event packed with surprises, guests were treated to a one of a kind tasting. The interactive evening was attended by the international Monkey Man, Dean Callan, who went around to guests answering various questions about the whisky. Nicole Smith and Van-lee Johnson look cosy at the Monkey Shoulder launch. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

RAZZLE DAZZLE:Sunset Boulevard cast members Mila De Biaggi, Anton Luitingh and Bronwyn Reddy relax after the show.

STAR STUDDED: Alan Committie with Sunset Boulevard lead actor Jonathan Roxmouth

WHISKEY LOVERS: Evan Lee Courie and Dylan Koning at the SA Monkey Shoulder launch in Cape Town.

COOL TIMES: Emilio Hutire and Max Batty chill out at the event.

FOR THE LOVE OF WHISKEY: Chris Buchonan and Nyle Mckee.

ALL SMILES: Lauren Kuhlmey and Simone Burns enjoy themselves at the Monkey Shoulder launch.

HAPPY TIMES: Nick Corbett and Cayleigh Bright having fun at the Monkey Shoulder SA launch.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

MUIZENBERG: SOME PLANS ON HOLD

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he impact of boundaries on the implementation of projects took centre stage at a Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) meeting this week. The annual meeting, held at the Muizenberg Bowling Club on Wednesday evening, gave members an overview of the year and upcoming projects. In his report, chairperson Tony Smith said there has been significant changes to the board. He explained each director is now responsible for a portfolio and the MID has employed a full-time manager. Smith also said the camera network has continued to expand, as more streets have opted to have cameras installed. “Street committees have started to raise funds and are eager to join the network,” he said. The crime situation in Muizenberg is often distorted by the annual crime statistics, Smith commented. “The Muizenberg police precinct also covers areas like Vrygrond and Seawinds, so the statistics do not tell us what is happening in our area,” Smith said. In the budget report, governance director Elizabeth Milne explained while projects like the mural for the civic centre and sculptures for the pavilion were planned, it could not be executed. Due to issues with the MID operating

boundary, the organisation were informed the park, beach and footbridge fell outside of the demarcated area, she said. Milne further explained the MID has now approached the City of Cape Town about extending their boundary (“Plans to extend MID’s boundaries”, People’s Post, 24 September). “It doesn’t make sense for us to manage one side of the street and not the other,” she said. Smith also raised issues regarding the cleaning contract and said after seven years the MID has a new contractor. He explained after re-evaluating the needs of the area and, under the advice of City officials, the organisation tendered for a new contractor. “The previous service provider opted not to apply for the tender and it was awarded to a new contractor.” Smith further highlighted plans to assist homeless people in the village and plans to tackle derelict buildings in the area. He said the organisation will continue to work with the Muizenberg police, Safer Together and the Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative (MCSI) to find solutions to matters of concern. Resident George Hill said safety at Muizenberg Park has improved, but was adamant a community initiative is needed. “The park is in a better condition but we need the community to take ownership of the park,” Hill says. “It’s a real asset (in Muizenberg).”

FESTIVE FAIR: Bay Primary School in Fish Hoek will host a Festive Fair on Saturday 30 November from 10:00 until 14:00. There will be a tea garden, plant sale, food and games galore. Everyone is welcome. Entry is R5 and free for children under 12. To book a stall or for more information phone Bee WrightAvis on 082 879 8934 or the school on (021) 782 2065. Pictured getting ready for the plant sale are Cathy Lacey and Jade and Arun Bothma. PHOTO: NIC BOTHMA

VINTAGE STOCK: Nicky Thorp (far left) addressed members and friends of the Fish Hoek Valley Historical Association. Two members of the Crankhandle Club brought their cars to the event, namely a 1938 Chevrolet (owned by Harvey Metcalf) and a 1948 Chevrolet in original condition. Posing with the cars are, from left, Thorp, Clive Stadler, Gené Clarkson, Steve Perrett, Alan Lindner, Robert Thorp, Linda Hardman, Hilton Franz and Peter Spargo. PHOTO: EVELYN LYLE


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

Safety’s sake

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ith 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children looming, the safety of vulnerable members of society is again highlighted. The horrific circumstances in which Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen and a female student in India died speak volumes about how safe women are in society. Both were raped and murdered. And they’re not alone. Charmaine Mare (16) was murdered and dismembered in Kraaifontein; Thandeka Mandonsela (14) was gang-raped and murdered in Johannesburg and Ge-Audrey Green (15) was found murdered and stuffed in a drawer under a bed in Kraaifontein. People’s Post readers speak up about how to fight crime.

ALISON VAN DER MERWE believes the justice system needs to raise the bar. “There are too many police officers who are corrupt or are lenient to the guilty (parties). I can’t depend on them.”

NOMAZULU NJEMLA says the wheels of justice are either too slow or don’t turn at all, leading to some being too scared to speak out. “If you report a rape today, the rapist is out again tomorrow.”

PETRUS SNELL says police have to up their game and clean up the streets as crime escalates in the holiday period. “We are approaching the festive season and we will hear of more rape cases.”

CHERYL COTTON believes the death penalty needs to reinstated. “If the criminal knows what will happen to them they might stop. They rape because they try to prove superiority.”

ARNOLD CHIKWIRA says women must look at how they dress as it might “tempt men”. “Women know there are crazy men out there who rape. The justice system has failed to protect them.”

KIM MITCHEL believes the unemployment rate needs to decrease to minimise crime. “If people are busy at work they won’t have time to think about crime. The law needs to improve.”

ENRICO KOORDOM says alcohol and drug abuse play a major role in violent incidents. “Some people don’t think when they drink. The death penalty must be brought back.”

Win! Have fun with Flip and his friends Children’s author Charlotte Ewins has a passion for writing creatively for children. And from her pen was borne the colourful series Flip, Flippie and Friends. The series is in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa and teaches young readers number recognition, as well as how to identify the letters of the alphabet and shapes and colours. The easily-recognisable and lovable characters will quickly endear themselves to their readership, with some help from parents and teachers. With her background as a writer and producer of children’s plays at the Market Theatre and working for a publishing house, Ewins believes she was ideally placed when “a four-year-old boy happened to enter my life” and re-ignited her desire to write for children. “I realised I was in the perfect position to go ahead and run with a dream project.” She decided to produce a series of books that brought early-learning concepts to children through visual appeal, while introducing “a sense of fun and with a broad story line”. Ewins says: “We worked towards interaction ideas to draw the young readers into the learning experience.” The first titles in the series 1-2-3, Shapes and Colours and A-B-C are targeted at twoto six-year-olds. Illustrator Riaan Retief, a web designer and developer since leaving college, admits to “always having had an interest in art and illustration”. He says: “This project was my first illustration job and a massive learning curve.” V Five People’s Post readers can each win a set of Afrikaans books and a sticker page. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. Winners will be notified by phone. V Visit www.flipflippieandfriends.co.za.

UP FOR GRABS: A series of Afrikaans children’s books can be won. PHOTO: TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

HOME LOANS: RECORD MONTH

Bonds are within reach

October was a record month for the country’s biggest mortgage origination group. More than 3 600 home loans have formally been granted to homebuyers for whom the group had submitted applications to the banks, a statement states. “And that brought the total number of families we have helped to acquire their dream homes over the past year to more than 36 000,” says the group’s CEO Shaun Rademeyer. What is more, the total value of the bonds granted through the group in October was just over R3bn – or about 25% of the total monthly value of bonds currently being registered in the Deeds Office. This puts the mortgage originator well in the lead among SA’s originators, he says. “It also reveals a very healthy recovery in the property market since the 2009 recession, when bond approval rates plummeted and we were only able to secure around R1bn worth of bonds a month for our clients.” At that time, the total value of bonds registered nationally – according to the Deeds Office – was only around R5bn a month; down from a high of around R32bn worth of registrations a month during the boom years, when the group was achieving around R6bn worth of grants a month. Now Deeds Office figures show that the value of mortgages registered has totalled

more than R10bn a month and has been trending upwards for the past two years. And, Rademeyer says, all indications are that October’s final registered number will be a new high for the past five years. However, the rate of growth in total household mortgage balances is currently only around 2.7% a year, so the group is well ahead of the curve, having achieved a 21% year-onyear growth in the value of grants secured in the 12 months to end-August – and a 23.85% year-on-year growth the 12 months to endOctober. “The successes we have had in the past three months are not only indicative of the current higher demand for property, higher property prices and the banks’ greater willingness to lend, but also of the efficacy of our home loan origination procedures,” he says. “Our latest statistics show that our initial decline rate – the percentage of applications declined by the first lending institution to which they are submitted – showed a yearon-year drop of almost 9% at end-October, to only 38% of applications submitted.” Rademeyer adds the “ratio of applications declined by one bank but approved by at least one other showed a year-on-year increase of 18% at end-October, resulting in a 9.5% year-on-year increase in (the mortgage originator group’s) average approval ratio to just over 75%”.

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PROPERTY24 The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) has made it clear that all estate agents – whether they operate as sole proprietors, close corporations, Pty Ltd companies or partnerships of any kind – need to adhere to the audit requirements as set by the EAAB’s legislation. According to a statement there is an audit report format which has to be followed. It includes an audit report forms and all estate agencies should make sure their accounting records are audited within four months of the last day of their financial year. This is according to Annette Evans, regional manager of the Institute of Estate Agents, who says while this seems to be a confusing and complicated process, all the steps are listed and agents should go through them meticulously. The auditor must be registered with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors and the records which are to be included are documents showing all

monies received and paid out, whether to a trust account or invested in a savings or other account, all assets and liabilities, all financial transactions and the financial position of the business. The statement adds that audit reports are to be submitted by the appointed auditor via email and not the agent or agency, as the EAAB would prefer to avoid duplications. Evans adds agents are responsible for making sure their auditor submits the relevant report in time. She says while the Institute will be running an Audit and Statutory Regulations Compliance workshop, which will also include further information on audits on Thursday 23 January, it is also advisable to email Pierre Olivier, the audit compliance manager at the EAAB, so that they can deal directly with queries regarding audits in the interim. Evans also suggests that agents log in to the MyEAAB section of their website so that they can check and confirm all the details the EAAB has on record, the statement states.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

SECURING A HOUSE: KNOW WHAT TO DO

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arcourts in Fish Hoek gives useful tips when buying a property.

Get pre-qualified before you start looking Getting pre-qualified for a bond is simply getting an idea of the price range you can afford. Using a recognised bond originator for pre-qualification costs you nothing, your information is not verified and the home loan you are pre-qualified for is not guaranteed. With your permission, credit checks are done, eliminating possible setbacks when applying to financial institutions once you have made an offer on your chosen property. Keep your expectations realistic Buying a new home can be emotional, complex and time-consuming. And remember no house is perfect! Try to be rational rather than emotional when considering your needs and wants. If you find a property that suits you but are worried about certain building aspects, have an inspection done. It may cost some money, but it is worth it for peace of mind. Do your homework If you find a suitable home in a neighbourhood that you’re not familiar with, make sure you ask your agent the right questions. These include what kind of schools are in the area; what is the crime like; and if there is a neighbourhood watch. Check out the location of shopping facilities, police and fire stations, as well as hospitals and medical clinics. These are all things which might affect the property value and quality of life. Be prepared to pay market value for the right home.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

ART: AND A BRAAI-OFF

Surf’s up at festival

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he Wavescape Surf Festival, presented by Pick n Pay, runs in Cape Town from Wednesday 27 November to Monday 16 December. This year’s line-up includes the Wavescape Film Festival, which screens the world’s best surf, adventure and ocean conservation films at Clifton 4th Beach, The Labia Cinema and The Brass Bell. Wavescape also presents a surfboard art exhibition and charity auction (Art Board Project), an evening of talks by ocean thought leaders (Slide Night) and a surfboard market and party (Fish Fry). This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Wavescape Surf Festival, which is supported by the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), WWF’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi), Jack Black Beer and Glacéau vitamin water. The annual Wavescape Art Board Project showcases top artists such as Brett Murray, Mikhael Subotsky and Roger Ballen. Comedian Rob van Vuuren will auction the art boards at a charity auction at Superette on Wednesday 4 December. Proceeds go to the NSRI, Shark Spotters and the Isiqalo Foundation. Wavescape Fish Fry brings the surfing community together in a surfboard market – the Fish is a surfboard shape – at the Blue Bird Garage in Muizenberg, where educational entertainment activations will take place featuring Sassi and the SOSF, while two Ultimate Braai Master teams will compete in a fish braai using sustainable fish species. DJ Cath Grenfell from 5fm will be spinning the decks. Wavescape Slide Night moves to the Cape Town Aquarium on Tuesday 12 December for an evening of 10minute presentations by 10 ocean thought leaders. Included this year, among others, are Juliette Ball from the Ocean Love project, shark scientist Alison Kock, Mike Markovina from Who moved my sushi, and veteran white shark expedition leader and photographer Chris Fallows. V For more information on the festival lineup, visit www.wavescapefestival.com.

GOOD, CLEAN BIRTHDAY FUN: Kai Pfister celebrated his ninth birthday by hosting a clean-up at Muizenberg Beach. Along with his friends, they picked up rubbish off the rocks and did their bit to keep the beach clean. Kai enjoys surfing and is passionate about marine life. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 21 November 2013

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Hit pause

You would be excused to think the world is in decline – even more than it is. Floods in the Philippines, flash floods in the Cape, an earthquake in Johannesburg. In Cape Town CBD, a building collapsed after the heavy rains and in Durban a mall reportedly caved in, killing one person. Added to the apocalyptic weather, there’s Christmas barging its way into our collective psyche. So it’s a mad flurry of making mental notes of essential must-haves (which clearly aren’t), double-check bookings for getaways and doing a 007 manoeuvre to figure out what gifts to take your hosts. And as the big day looms, frustration mounts. There’s filling Christmas stockings, checking those ever-lengthening lists at least twice to make sure all bases are covered. Then there’s social media adding to the chaos we simply can’t live without. Constant posts slipping into your Facebook newsfeed about road death tolls and the escalating crime rate, and the gnawing worry if loved ones are safe. The expected road death tolls combined with the persistent escalating crime rate would play on the mind when making sure your loved ones are safe. There’s a sane, sensible part of your mind quietly observing your lunatic behaviour and it’s going: “Tsk! Tsk!” Yes, it disapproves of your manic behaviour this season. So, be kind to yourself. Please. What possible reason is there to try rearranging the world because it’s been negatively reinforced since childhood. Hit pause – you’ll find you will like it. Reflect, take stock and give yourself some time to be at peace with yourself and your world. Think of the less fortunate, think of those trapped in dire poverty. Think. Have a calmer holiday. You need it.

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The article “New plans in pipeline for parking space” (People’s Post, 31 October) refers. The owner of this property shows a complete lack of regard for the needs of his own employees and clients for safe parking when at work or visiting this business. One of the best craft markets operate one block away from this parking space, so the noble idea of a market to raise funds for the homeless may or may not work. His future plans of building an apartment block with underground parking consisting of one- and two-bedroom flats with penthouse loft apartments is most ambitious. One can only hope a proper environmental assessment is done – taking into account the position of this parking lot, existing business and property, and traffic flow. Once the property has the car gate in place it will be safer at night, as sensor lights would alert any one to movement. An idea that could work for the owner is to rent out a secure parking space at night to tenants in the surrounding buildings as safe parking is in high demand. JANINE VAN VUUREN, Muizenberg

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Owner Clive Hingston responds: I have traded in Muizenberg for the last 25 years (and) would like to see (the area) reach the heights it was at before. My staff and clients regularly use the parking area, so the statement of a lack of regard is unfounded. I strongly believe the informal trading sector contributes to the growth and renewal of areas. As the parking area is zoned GR2 the rights to develop the parking area are defined in the Zoning Regulations of the City of Cape Town. All necessary processes and approvals will be followed as defined. The security gate will be installed in the next couple of weeks with security included. I provided the body corporate of Doreena Court with a proposal to rent the parking overnight to tenants and owners in Doreena Court. This was done because I recognise the parking shortage for residential property owners. Unfortunately there was no response to the proposal. I am more than happy to reopen the discussion if there is interest in such a proposal.

Shooting pets is not a solution This is to bring to the attention of people living in the block bordered by Corsair Way, Brigantine Road and Caravel Street that there is someone shooting animals with a pellet gun. I have had two cats with pellets embedded in their skin. The latest cat had become so ill that I took her to the vet, who removed the pellet. She had lead poisoning. I have spoken to a police officer and been

advised that shooting a pellet gun in a builtup area is illegal. Should I ever find who the culprit is I will be laying a charge. This shooting must be happening during the day, as my cats are kept in at night. If a cat is annoying you, just spray them with water – they will run away fast enough. Shooting them will not solve the problem. SANDRA KNOTT, Sun Valley

Scenic drives: time to clean up railways In response to “All eyes on scenic drives” (People’s Post, 14 November). I fully agree with Simon’s Town Civic Association chairperson Lorraine Holloway and her comments in the article. I would only like to add an urgent request to Metrorail to put clean train sets on the

line to Simon’s Town. It is all very well improving the scenic drives, but what about the terrible state of the trains on this line? Lastly, what about the awful rusty fencing between Fish Hoek and Glencairn? TERRY, Email

Your SMSes Skate park in Kommetjie . The skate park should be built! . The skate park idea is better than more housing! . Yes for the skate park. Check out the one they built in Richard’s Bay. . As a matter of interest why should there be a debate when kids’ entertainment – good – should be our be all and end all. Give kids a chance and just do it. . Yes, go, Greg! Why worry about noise when a skate park can provide a safe area to skate and kids can be kids? We were all young once, right? Drunk driving . I think it’s an excellent idea. If you want to have a drink at a party, a designated driver who will abstain must be decided on before going out. An alternate solution will be to hire a minibus and driver, get a few friends to club together and a party can be had by everyone. J Curtis, Faerie Knowe . No, those who drink have no inkling of the state they are in. The result of this proves otherwise. Try talking sense to a drunk person and you may as well be trying to make sense to a chacma baboon. Neville Hickman, Simon’s Town CCTV cameras . Cameras in our community definitely assist in combating crime. . Yes, it will help the community, assist police and stop robberies, break-ins and drug trading. . Regarding CCTV cameras: yes, it is a good thing. Just get the right police officers and neighbourhood watch, then it will work. . Yes, it is effective, but what’s the use? If the criminals get caught, their punishment is R500 bail and they are free to carry on with the crimes. Harsher punishment should be implemented. . I strongly support cameras to assist in fighting crime. Michelle General . Will Moxie feel the same if a few of her family members are murdered? It is obvious that she is a member of the upper crust, safe from the real world. . Regarding the boat on the beach. Truth is, why put it there in the first place? . Why don’t they break up (the boat) and carry it off in pieces? Problem solved.


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Invitation to try out for Flat Spin Auditions for Flat Spin, a comedic farce by Derek Royle, will be held at Rendezvous in Promenade Road, Muizenberg on Wednesday 27 November at 19:30. Directed by Wendy Goddard for the Muizenberg Dramatic Society, the play will run at the Masque Theatre in March. The play tells the story of a mouse, an aspirant model, an incompetent electrician, an Italian film director who can’t

speak English and a walk-in cupboard. Mistaken identities and cover-ups abound revolving around the efforts of a young couple to keep their marriage secret. Auditions will be held for four women aged 20 to 80 and six men aged 20 to 80. Rehearsals for the play will commence on Saturday 7 December. Contact Goddard on 083 414 7003 or wendygoddard@xsinet.co.za.

NOTICE OF MEETINGS OF THE SUBCOUNCILS: NOVEMBER 2013 Notice is hereby given that the meeting of the 24 subcouncils for the City of Cape Town will take place at the time and venue indicated in the schedule below: Subcouncil Venue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Highlight the date of the subcouncil meeting, choose the subcouncil you require and download the agenda. Please report any difficulties to the relevant subcouncil manager. The following policies and plans are open for public consultation during the month of November 2013. These policies and plans are available for scrutiny at subcouncil offices and interested parties may comment on these policies: • • •

Draft Universal Access Policy Naming of seven unnamed footbridges crossing over Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Rhodes Drive. Second amendment of Informal Trading By-law

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THE PERFECT MURDER? The Muizenberg Dramatic Society will present Rope, a story based on a play by Patrick Hamilton and adapted by Arthur Laurents for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie, at the Masque Theatre from Friday 29 November until Saturday 7 December. The play tells the story of two talented, young men who commit “the perfect crime” to prove their superior intellect. They invite their victim’s family and friends, as well their former teacher Rupert, to supper at their upmarket New York apartment where events build up to a shocking climax. Directed by Alastair Duff, the play stars Richard Higgs and Gary Green (both pictured). It will run at 20:00 on weeknights, as well as at 14:30 and 16:30 on Saturdays. There will be two gala performances on opening night and Wednesday 4 December. Tickets cost R60 for matinees and Thursday evenings, and R70 for all other performances. Book your place by calling (021) 788 1898 or emailing bookings@masquetheatre.co.za. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

SUMMER VIBES: Music fans are gearing up for the 22nd annual Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concert Series at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The series kicks off with a concert by one of South Africa’s favourite bands, Prime Circle, on Sunday 24 November. Fresh off two European tours, the band has been on the local music scene for the past 11 years. They have released five albums, with a string of chart-toppers, including their latest album Evidence – released last November. They have shared the stage with rock giants such as 3 Doors Down, Alter Bridge, Metallica, Seether, Good Charlotte and Simple Plan. The concert will run from 17:30 until 19:00; gates open at 16:00. Tickets cost R120 for adults and R85 for children aged six to 21. Book your place at www.webtickets.co.za. For more information phone (021) 799 8783 or (021) 799 8620. Alternatively visit www.sanbi.org. WIN! People’s Post readers stand the chance to win one of five double tickets. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. PHOTO: CHARL PRETORIUS/PRETOGRAPHY.COM

TREAT: The Cape Dance Company’s annual end-of-year season has become a highly anticipated event on the Cape Town dance calendar. Artistic director Debbie Turner has commissioned two new works for this season, KeepCover by Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish and Bolero by Christopher L Huggins. The Cadence season will be performed at the Artscape Theatre from Thursday 28 November to Saturday 7 December at 19:30 and also at 15:00 on the final day. Tickets range between R120 and R140, and are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695. People’s Post is giving away two double tickets to the show. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Just for laughs Cape Town comedians are teaming up for a show at the Ocean View Civic Centre on Saturday 30 November at 20:00. The show is aimed at raising funds for Children A’loud, an NGO which runs various educational programmes in the area. There will be performances by Westley Cockrel, Lungelo Ndlovu (pictured) and Werner Weber. Tickets cost R30. To book your seat phone Renee on 084 607 9998. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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SA’s best fighters collide at UMF LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT

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lory, national titles and a shot at international gold will be on the line when the national muaythai championships crash into Cape Town next month. The Ultimate Muaythai Fight Night (UMF) will see several of South Africa’s top Muaythai exponents battle it out. Two titles will be up for contention on the night and top performers could also be selected to participate in the inaugural African Championships and World Championships next year. Sifu Quinton Chong, founder of Dragon Power, says only the best will be selected to the SA team. “We like to have full teams (for international tournaments), but it’s not just about going there to represent (South Africa) because we want to get medals,� he says. “We want the strongest guys to go; the guys who we think are going to make it. Most of the guys we take have a chance to win medals.� Chong adds all fighters will assemble at Dragon Power, head camp of the South Africa Amateur Muaythai Federation, for a month-long course before the international tournaments. The top-billed fight will see Jarred “Rothwieler� Rothwell facing off against Ceeh Khuboni for the national professional title. Rothwell, an Observatory resident, recently returned from competing against the world’s best at the SportAccord World Combat Games in Russia. Widely considered to be the best muaythai fighter in South Africa, he says the experience made him a better fighter. “I feel like it has matured me in the sport; it has (prepared me) mentally. Being physically ready is the easy part,� Rothwell says. “It makes you believe in yourself; that you can challenge the people at the top. That’s where I feel where I now have the edge. I fought at that level and did so well. It gives me a lot of confidence.�

TRAINING HARD: Jarred Rothwell (left) trains with Quinton Chong ahead of his national title fight next month. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES Rothwell beat Khuboni on points last year, but is treating the fight as if he’s facing the former SA champion for the first time. “I can’t underestimate him just because I’ve beaten him before,� he says. “He has obviously studied me, so he will know what to do and not to do – the same on my side. I want to beat him again, but I also want to beat myself. I want to put on a better performance than the last time we went head-to-head.� UMF will take place at Dragon Power in Paarden Eiland on Saturday 7 December. Fighters from the Eastern Cape, Durban, Johannesburg, Free State and Western Cape will participate. The African Championships will take place in Morocco from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 January and the World Championships will take place in Langkawi, Malaysia from Thursday 1 to Saturday 10 May.

EXPERIENCE: YMO St Luke’s player Ian Lang (left) shields the ball from Hanover Park FC’s William Bowers during the final of Hanover Park’s annual over-40s tournament at the Downberg Road Sports Complex on Sunday. Hanover Park won 6-0.PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

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aseball officials have accused the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) of poor administration. DCAS selected Devonshire Baseball Club to partner with Fairmount High and Montague’s Gift Primary schools as part a sport development programme, leading to the club’s junior ranks swelling as a result. But the chairpersons of Grassy Park’s Crusaders Baseball Club and Ottery’s Thistle Baseball Club have questioned why their clubs were overlooked for the programme. Thistle chairperson Garth van Eeden says the club has been developing the sport in the area for many years. “Last year Devonshire had one senior and one junior team. They haven’t been doing de-

velopment at any of the schools in those areas, while we did. I hold coaching clinics at those schools,” Van Eeden says. “Montague’s Gift Primary knows about baseball because of the clinics. The head coach at the school told me he has been mandated to send the kids to Devonshire Baseball Club.” Crusaders chairperson Clinton Fortune believes either Thistle or Crusaders should have been selected as the club to head the programme. “Devonshire moved into a area where there have been clubs for 30 years,” he says. “Now they are depleting other club’s playing resources.” Devonshire’s partnership with the schools forms part of the DCAS Mass Participation, Opportunity and Access, Development and Growth (MOD) Centre programme.

The MOD centre programme see schools provide recreational sport and other extramural activities to pupils. It also allows schools to focus on particular sport codes or activities. Baseball was selected as the focus code for Montague’s Gift and Fairmount and, as per procedure, the closest club to the school was selected as the partner. The schools are then provided with all necessary equipment for the sport, while coaches from the club coach at the schools, either on a voluntary basis or as employees of DCAS. Players from the school can then join the partner club or other clubs. Van Eeeden believes the club should be selected based on its history of development, while Fortune believes the club that has been in the area longer should be given preference. He also suggests clubs should be allowed to apply to head the programme in a

tender process. But DCAS spokesperson Daniel Johnson says the process does not allow for this. “The strategy is to link local schools to local clubs,” he says. “The strategy determined the outcome of the process. Tender processes are generally linked to procurement and the Public Finance Management Act.” Johnson adds the pupils at schools with focus codes are allowed to join any club. “While there is a relationship between Montague’s Gift and Devonshire, (pupils) may join any club of their choice,” he says. “This message will certainly be communicated to all our coaches.” The procedure does also not allow for the best suited club to be selected, he adds. Crusaders currently play in the Major League, while Devonshire play in the Promotion League.

Rowing to nowhere for a worthy cause LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT Two southern suburbs men aim to row themselves into the history books when they attempt 48 hours of non-stop rowing next month. Noordhoek resident Greg Hunt and Graeme Colman from Plumstead plan to use one fan rowing machine and take one to two hour turns rowing and resting. The pair hope to raise money for charity with the event Rowed to Nowhere. But the original idea was to prove anything is possible, they say. It was during a hike in Noordhoek that the idea came to mind, Colman says. “We were talking about people, optimism, pessimism and being realistic and unrealistic,” he says. “The whole unrealistic thing came from a Will Smith quote: he says being realistic is the most commonly travelled path to mediocrity and that you have to be unrealistic and challenge yourself to overcome hurdles. So we decided to do something that is completely unrealistic to us.” The pair aim to row the equivalent of 648 km during the planned period and are currently hard at work in training. The event will not only test Hunt and Col-

man’s strength and fitness, but also their determination, willpower and mental strength. Hunt says the event was designed to be mentally and physical exhausting. “It’s brutal and monotonous; that’s what we wanted – something that is going to be as mental as it is physical,” he says. “That monotony of sitting on a rower inside, rather than being outside, and the sleep deprivation will be tough.” He adds the little sleep they will get is what sets Rowed to Nowhere apart from other extreme endurance events. “During many of these multi-day events people will sleep at night, be refreshed in the morning and continue,” Hunt says. “I know that once you start introducing a little element of sleep deprivation, the wheels start falling off. You really have to focus and motivate yourself.” Hunt and Colman will also have to eat while on the machines, so to use their breaks for nothing but resting. They plan to overcome the monotony and sleep deprivation with good music and have invited anyone interested in assisting to the venue, to join in and match them stroke for stroke or just cheer them on. The charities which will benefit from the event are the Goodsport Trust and Pink

READY TO ROW: Graeme Colman (left) and Greg Hunt aim to row non-stop for 48 hours for charity. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES Drive. The Trust provides sports to underprivileged communities in the Southern Peninsula, while Pink Drive is a breast cancer awareness charity. Hunt and Colman hope donors will split the amount they want to donate between the two organisations.

Donations can be made at www.givengain.com. Rowed to Nowhere will take place at the Porter Estate in Tokai from Friday 20 December at 19:00 until 19:00 on Sunday 22 December. For more information or to assist call Colman on 082 468 3943.

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