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PRIME PROPERTY: The Glencairn landmark and centuryold building boasts uninterrupted sea and mountain views.
Glencairn hotel under hammer Glencairn Hotel (Pty) Ltd, while the businesses are held by the operating company, Southern Right (Pty) Ltd. The property owned by Glencairn Hotel (Pty) Ltd is up for auction on 18 March by Greeff Properties. Frans Hollenbach, the majority shareholder in Glencairn Hotel (Pty) Ltd and Southern Right (Pty) Ltd, says the liquidation is a separate matter from the auction. “This is not a forced sale.” Hollenbach says Southern Right (Pty) Ltd applied for liquidation, because the business “did not make money”. “We tried hard, but could not make it.” The lodgings, restaurant and bar are currently operating under the names The Glen Lodge and the Glen Pub, subject to the liquidators’ approval.
HE company responsible for the operations of the Southern Right Hotel, bar and restaurant, Southern Right (Pty) Ltd, applied for final liquidation earlier this month. The owners say the business is not profitable. The hotel, a landmark in Glencairn, is over a hundred years old with heritage rights protecting the building from being demolished. The Southern Right Hotel property and surrounding property are in the name of the holding company,
Hollenbach says Glencairn Hotel (Pty) Ltd is auctioning off its properties because there are development rights on the properties with development potential, which he will not be utilising. “I am no developer,” he says. Hollenbach says Glencairn Hotel (Pty) Ltd will consider taking on new leases to operate the restaurant, bar and hotel. The Southern Right Hotel property and surrounding properties, were placed on the market in October last year for R24 million (“Southern Right Hotel for sale”, People’s Post, 5 October 2010) . The land includes four distinct development opportunities. Portion A is the hotel, which is 2 254 m² and is zoned for business. This includes a large parking area. Portion B measures 1 399 m² and is zoned for 10 residential apartments.
Portion C is zoned for business. Six apartments and 400 m² of retail space could be created on the 1 074 m² property. Portion D consists of five separate single residential sites of between 558 m² and 654 m². The selling price for the properties is R24 million, with the hotel and the vacant land going for R12 million and the commercial node for R12 million. The land is packaged to be sold as a whole, but the owners might consider selling off the two pieces separately if offers are satisfactory. The property was put up for auction in 2008, but the owners did not accept an offer of R18 million at the time. The hotel has been a prominent feature of the False Bay coastline since 1904 and has over the past century been known as the Glencairn Hotel and the Just Nuisance Inn.
In 2004, a century after it was built, it was reopened as the Southern Right Hotel . . Meanwhile, the building in First Avenue, Fish Hoek, previously known as the Avenue Hotel, is also going under the hammer on Wednesday 23 February at the ballroom in the Mount Nelson Hotel. The auction will be handled by the Claremart Auction Group. The Avenue Hotel was liquidated on 30 September last year when the landlord of The Avenue Hotel terminated the existing lease in the name of The Avenue Hotel (Pty) Ltd (“Avenue Hotel in liquidation”, People’s Post, 9 November 2010). Mike Baigel, the auctioneer from Claremart Auction Group, says there has been a lot of interest in the building, previously known as the Avenue Hotel. Baigel would not comment on the going price of the building.
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FIGHTING ON: The past two weeks has seen Muizenberg po lice and the com munity forming a solid partnership in the fight against crime. These drugs, in cluding tik and mandrax, have a street value of R97 000, while eight illegal fire arms, a .303 hunting rifle and a large amount of ammunition were also seized as a result of in formation re ceived from the public. Colonel Martin Swanepoel, cluster commander of Muizenberg, is pleased by the successes. “The confiscation of the narcotics and firearms has ultimately kept an untold number of people, especially our young, from falling prey to these poisons and by extension, benefits our community greatly in our ongoing battle against drugs and abuse,” he says. Documenting and filing the confiscated goods is Constable Cheslyn Jansen. Photo: Supplied
Tuesday 22 February 2011
Carjacking goes wrong A MAN narrowly escaped a carjacking after the tyre of the vehicle he was travelling in burst, forcing his hijackers to flee on foot. Kirstenhof police spokesperson, Constable Deidre Solomon, says the incident occurred on Wednesday 16 February at 12:30 when a driver of an Isuzu bakkie was making deliveries at the Harry Goemans Garden Centre in Kommetjie Road. The passenger of the bak-
kie was waiting for the driver in the parked vehicle when he was approached from both sides by two men. Solomon says the suspects overpowered the passenger and, as the key was left in the ignition, drove off with him in the car. However the tyre burst close to Firgrove Road in Constantia. After robbing the victim of his cellphone
and clothes, the suspects abandoned the bakkie and fled on foot. The passenger sustained only slight cuts to his arms. A case of carjacking is being investigated by the Kirstenhof detective branch. No arrests have yet been made, says Solomon.
You can make a difference DO you have two hours’ spare time each week? Do you feel a need to involve yourself in community safety matters? Would you describe yourself as “reliable and committed”? If you answer “yes” to the above, the Emergency Control Centre would love to meet you! The ECC is a community-based, registered non-profit organisation run by and for the residents of the South Peninsula and surrounding areas. It offers a free 24-hour-a-day, seven days a week emergency response service for any type of emergency, from crime and medical emergencies, to snake collection, electricity failure, fires and motor accidents. Its motto is “One call does it all”.
The ECC’s control room operates from the first floor of the Fish Hoek Police Station, where volunteers serve on shifts of two hours per week. No previous experience is necessary. The ECC has a very comprehensive, easy-to-follow manual of contacts and procedures and all new volunteers will be accompanied on their training shifts by an experienced operator. This service has been in operation for more than 10 years having been made possible by the ongoing participation of community members who are committed to making a difference to the residents in need of emergency assistance. Would you like to be part of the ECC? Phone the ECC on (021) 782-0333.
Crime meeting THE Muizenberg police invites all community members from Muizenberg, Lakeside, St James, Kalk Bay, Marina Estate and Marina Da Gama to attend the Sector Three anti-crime community meeting. The meeting takes place on Thursday 10 March from 19:00 at the Muizenberg Civic Centre.
The purpose of these meetings is to elect new forum committees as well as to discuss all issues related to crime prevention and the formulation of strategies to combat any problems that may arise. Any queries can be directed to the Sector Manager, Constable Salinda Mdana on 082 522 1216.
FORMING FRIENDSHIPS: After the Meander many of the walkers stopped in at local eateries, meeting interesting people. Here are Heinz and Truida Prekel from Cinnabar (3rd from left), Latifa Cozyn from Wynberg (second left), Marius van Niekerk from Gardens, Gitty Marx and Heidi Harm from Austria (and Marina Da Gama), Jutta Lenz from Switzerland (and Kommetjie); and Sindiwe Magona, well know writer from Marina Da Gama Photo: Supplied
FAMILY FUN: Verity Bester and her children Xavier and Jamie were among the walkers. In the background are Mary Henderson, Safer Together member and es tate agent Glendyr Dade, and Chris Rowe. Photo: Supplied
A marvellous meander A RECORD number of over 150 people of all ages joined the Safer Together Moonlight Meander on Muizenburg beach on Saturday night 12 February. Besides the many regulars, there were also several new walkers – mostly families and friends sharing the event. Several of this month’s walkers were also from “elsewhere” – Fish Hoek, the City Bowl, Wynberg or visitors from Durban, the UK, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. After the walk, many people enjoyed supper at various local restaurants. Although Knead is usually closed in the evenings, they opened specially for the Moonlight Meander, and had a full house. The community organisation Safer To-
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gether started the Moonlight Meanders in December 2008, “to take back the beach for the community”. Walkers are accompanied by members of the Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative and sometimes other neighbourhood watches. There have been walks every month – despite the weather and wind often not being very favourable – with only one exception (when both weather and major sport events competed). The walks take place on the Saturday closest to full moon. People meet at 18:00, and the walk starts at 18:15. The next dates are 19 March, 16 April and 14 May. 19:30 on 1 March at the Moth Hall, situated at Central Circle in Fish Hoek. All members are encouraged to attend and we welcome nominations for office bearers.
Tuesday 22 February 2011
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Fire threatens Kommetjie DALEEN FOUCHE
OMMETJIE businesses and residents escaped a near disaster after a vegetation fire fanned by a south-easterly wind gusting at 95 km/h spread through the area on Thursday 17 February. The fire forced the evacuation of the Imhoff Waldorf Primary School and the Imhoff Caravan Park. Fires came dangerously close to some properties, but none were damaged. A daily newspaper reported that several people had to be treated for smoke inhalation. Philip Prins, fire manager for Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP), says the fire broke out next to Kommetjie Road, close to Imhoff’s Gift, and spread all the way to Klein Slangkop and burned approximately 25 hectares of privately owned land. The Imhoff Waldorf Primary School, next to Imhoff farm, evacuated their pupils when the fire threatened the school. Diana Lloyd, the school's administrator, says the flames were about 20 metres away from their premises. “It was very scary,” she says. Lloyd says the fire started small but spread quickly due to the strong wind. The school evacuated all the pupils and took them to Imhoff’s Gift, where they waited for their parents to pick them up. Lloyd says the smaller children were “scared and upset”, but adds that no-one panicked. “They knew what to do, because we have two fire drills every term.” She says parents and the German volunteers at the school helped to dowse the fire. Ann Anderson, manager of the Imhoff Caravan Park, says the caravan park was “engulfed” in smoke. “The fire came right up to our fence.” Anderson says they could not wait for the fire to jump the fence
before evacuating, because all the buildings use gas bottles for heat and power. “This place would go up like a tinder box.” Management helped the visitors and residents, including a few elderly people, out of the caravan park. After the evacuation, Anderson went back to her office and paid all her staff’s wages over the internet, “just in case everything was lost”. Anderson praises the firefighters for their hard work. “They did an absolutely stirling job. Without them, we would have lost everything.” She is also grateful to the staff at the park, who connected all the borehole pumps. Rob Erasmus, from Enviro Wildfire Services, a non-profit organisation which provides integrated wildfire support services, says fire fighters from TMNP and City Fire and Rescue Service battled for five hours to bring the fire under control. He says the good cooperation between the TMNP and City Fire and Rescue Service saved the situation, along with a professional helicopter refuelling landing zone at the Ocean View High School, that saves helicopters from having to go back to Newlands Fire Base or the airport to refuel. Prins says about 30 firefighters from TMNP were sent to help extinguish the fire after the city called for assistance. He says TMNP later sent two helicopters to help. TMNP also left 12 firefighters on duty during the night to ensure no more fires flared up. Theo Lane, station commander for the city’s Fire and Rescue command and control centre, says the cause of the fire is still unknown. He says city firefighters have responded to 12 vegetation fires in the Kommetjie area since 1 November 2010.
UP IN SMOKE: Firefihters battle through thick smoke to dowse the fire.
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BLAZING: Firemen battling the fire which broke out on Thursday near Imhoff’s Gift and destroyed about 25 hectares. Photo: Rob Erasmus
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Gardening with love IF you love gardening, and you love your community, why not combine the two by doing some community gardening at False Bay Hospital in Fish Hoek? The flower gardens at False Bay Hospital have been lovingly revived and maintained by volunteer hands over the past nine years. The current group of regular and dedicated gardeners comprises only three individuals, who would love to be joined by anyone who wants to work with them on this project. No special skills are needed – just loads of enthusiasm. You could even adopt a patch of your own! If you would like to get involved, phone Jandy Jaques on (021) 782-7556.
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Cyclists still defaulting DALEEN FOUCHÉ
CYCLISTS travelling against traffic on Main Road in Kalk Bay remain a problem, despite the City of Cape Town urging peddlers to obey the rules of the road. People’s Post reported on the growing concern from the City as well as Chand Environmental Consultants, who are managing the public participation process for the Main Road rehabilitation (“Cyclists urged to stick to road closure rules”, People’s Post, 23 November 2010). The city urged cyclists not to travel northbound on the temporary one-way road, and only to use Kalk Bay Main Road, in a southbound direction. But Councillor Demetri Qually, chairperson of the South Peninsula subcouncil says, that by request from the city, the Traffic Department have been monitoring these roads over weekends and sporadically during the week, especially now during the preparation time for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.
He says the department reported at a quarterly report back meeting to the local subcouncil on Friday 18 February that many cyclists are still disobeying the rule of the road. Qually says he is “very concerned” that this remains a problem, despite the subcouncil’s requests. He explains that cycling on the road, directly into on-coming traffic, is “highly dangerous”, because the road is very narrow due to the road works. He adds that the Traffic Department has also been issuing fines to cyclists ranging from R500 to R1 000. Qually says the city has requested that an additional “No cycling” sign be erected at Clairvaux Road. The one-way system was implemented on 4 October as part of the Main Road rehabilitation project between Muizenberg and Clovelly. A southbound (towards Cape Point) oneway traffic system has been implemented on the road between St James Station and Clairvaux Road.
Two ‘intriguing’ book launches IF you are interested in psychoanalysis or want to learn more about exiled Liberians living in New York, then the launch this week of two new books will appease your literary hunger. Kalk Bay Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the launch of Jonny Steinberg’s “Little Liberia” on Thursday 24 February at 18:30 for 19:00. This “compelling” book tracks the effect of the war in Liberia on its exiled citizens who have fled their country’s brutal civil war. On Park Hill Avenue in New York City, almost everyone is Liberian, with most knowing one another by name or by face. Steinberg tells their “extraordinary” personal stories with clarity and compassion in “Little Liberia”. To attend the launch, RSVP to Jonny Steinberg at Kalk Bay Books to email@example.com. Alternatively, call (021) 788-2266.
. Then, on Friday 25 February, at 18:30 for 19:00, an “unusual” book on psychology “Music and Psyche”, will be launched. Edited by Paul Ashton and Stephen Bloch, the book is an exploration of the interface between music and psyche. The diverse contributors to the collection of essays – from Jungian and other analysts, to performing artists, to music therapists – all share an involvement with music, from Beethoven to 20th century compositions, to blues and contemporary song (samples of which are provided on the CD accompanying the book). RSVP by 22 February to Music and Psyche at Kalk Bay Books to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (021) 788-2266. Other events at Kalk Bay Books, at 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay, include “Off the Wall” poetry with Antonia Lassar tomorrow (Wednesday) at 19:00. Visit www.kalkbaybooks.co.za
Tuesday 22 February 2011
OV residents say no to housing project design DALEEN FOUCHÉ
ORE than 200 Ocean View residents have signed a petition objecting to the design of 412 low cost houses meant for the area’s poor. The residents gathered on Saturday 19 February to add their names to the Ocean View Civic Association’s (OVCA) objection list against an infill housing project planned for Ocean View. The City of Cape Town intends to build 412 single residential houses, 19 public open spaces, a commercial node and 10 public roads on 12 erven within Ocean View (“Confusion over OV housing”, People’s Post, 23 November 2010). But about 250 people have added their name to an objection list, which will be presented to the city in preparation for the final design brief of the development. During the meeting, community leaders gave feedback to residents on how far along the housing project is in the development process. Community leaders reported that the housing project is currently in the first round of a public participation process after the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was completed. Oliver Castro, chairperson of the Ocean View Civic Association, says residents who own houses neighbouring the housing project, are objecting to the low cost houses, because they fear it will devalue their own properties. Castro explains that homeowners of free standing houses pay rates,
while inhabitants of low cost housing do not, which residents fear may affect the market value of the free standing houses. The OVCA have approached Mellon Housing Initiative, an initiative of People’s Housing Project (PHP) to discuss alternative designs for the housing project and this will be discussed at the next housing meeting. Castro says the Mellon Housing Initiative has agreed to get involved with the project. Castro says residents do not object to the housing project in its entirety, but are objecting to the type of houses earmarked for the project. Ward councillor Nicki Holderness, who also attended the meeting, says the residents’ objections will be forwarded to the city’s Planning and Building Development Management Department. She says many of the objections can be addressed through adapting the design of the houses. Holderness says the City has used Mellon Housing Initiative in other projects, including a development in Masiphumelele. “There will definitely be more discussions with the Mellon Housing Initiative in the near future.” She says the city is working towards providing houses to as many people as possible.
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Have your say about improving journalism THE Press Council of South Africa starts a series of public hearings this month in its review of its system. The review is intended to help improve the quality of journalism in the country. All people and organisations that would like to give oral evidence on ways in which the SA Press Code, the Press Ombudsman’s Complaints Procedures and the Constitution of the Press Council could be strengthened, are invited to the hearings which will be conducted in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Bloemfontein. Cape Town hearings will take place on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 February on the 26th floor of the Naspers Building, 40 Heerengracht Street. At least three members of the task team reviewing the system, will be at each venue. Those who would like to give evidence should phone or write ahead to be scheduled. The invitation is also extended to those who have already made written submissions since the process started late last year, and who want to add oral evidence to their submissions. Those who merely wish to observe the process are welcome to attend, but note that seating at each venue is limited. The task team will continue to accept written submissions until Tuesday March 15. For more information contact Taryn Mackay on (011) 4843612/8, (fax) (011) 484-3619. Alternatively, email Tarynm@ombudsman.org.za or write to PO Box 47221, Parklands 2121.
Memorial lecture THE first annual Dumps Willis memorial lecture will be held in the Simon’s Town Museum on Wednesday 23 February at 17:30 for 18:00. Willis was a founder member of the Simon’s Town Historical Society 51 years ago, and was responsible for an enormous amount of research into the early history of Simon’s Town. The lecture will be given by the president of the society, Alderman Nicki Holderness, who will be retiring from council this year. The entry of R15 will include snacks and a glass of wine or cooldrink. For more details, email Boet at email@example.com.
Talk on architectural conservation THE Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society is holding an illustrated talk by Hans Fransen entitled “A practical look at changing perceptions in architectural conservation” in The Stables at Het Posthuys, Main Road, Muizenberg on Thursday 10 March at 17:30 for 18:15. Drinks and snacks will be served. Entry costs R30 and members are reminded that annual membership fees of R50 are now due. For more information, email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospice book sale ST Luke’s hospice will hold their monthly book sale at the book container on the False Bay Hospital grounds on Thursday 10 March from 09:00 to 12:00. All donations of books are welcome. Books can be left at the container on the day of the sale or dropped off at the Hospice office at False Bay Hospital. Contact the Hospice office on (021) 782-7696 between 09:00 and 13:00.
Book for bridge drive ST JOHN South Peninsula in Fish Hoek will hold its annual fundraising bridge drive on Wednesday 2 March in St Margaret’s Church hall on Kommetjie Road, from 13:45 to 16:45. Entry is R40 per person and there will be a tea for the players as well as lots of prizes and meal vouchers to be won. Book a table with Eve Anderson on (021) 785-3039 or 076 689 7904.
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GUEST OF HONOUR: Seen here is Alder man Nicki Hol derness, local ward council lor, with Lesley Shackleton, deputy chair person of the Simon’s Town Civic Associa tion (STCA) and the portrait of Holderness, painted by Tim Johnson, in the background. Photo: Claire Ryan
Holderness bids a fond farewell DALEEN FOUCHÉ
SIMON’S TOWN’S “beloved” councillor, Alderman Nicki Holderness, delivered her final address before her retirement, at the Simon’s Town Civic Association’s (STCA) Annual General Meeting last week. The town hall was packed with local residents who came to hear the ward councillor at the helm of the third biggest ward within the metropole on Wednesday 16 February. Holderness is retiring after 30 years’ service to Simon’s Town and surrounding communities as a local government official. She related some of her fondest memories, biggest achievements and frustrations during her years of service. She spoke about her early years, when she served as one of six councillors in Simon’s Town, and recalled the situation when only eight law enforcement and traffic officials worked in the area in 1982. At the time, Holderness was assigned to the Planning Portfolio Committee, where she was responsible for driving the plans of the popular tourist attraction, Jubilee Square. The interior design of the Simon’s Town Town Hall can also be attributed to Holderness, who worked closely with the architect on this project. Both Holderness and the architect won architectural awards for the design, but she quipped that the curtains were looking a bit “drab” after all these years. Holderness was also one of the driving forces behind the Architectural Advisory Committee for the City of Cape Town, which aims to ensure that buildings are in accordance with their surroundings and the heritage of the location. In 1987 Holderness was elected Mayor of Simon’s Town and served four terms. She said she still remembered the day when a few pupils from the Simon’s Town
School approached her to create a penguin sanctuary for the four breeding pairs at Boulders Beach, which was later handed over to Table Mountain National Park and currently boasts an entire colony of penguins. Throughout her speech, Holderness shared slides of memorable clippings she collected and “kept on her fridge” for comic relief, and shared some words of wisdom. “It is easier to get into something, than to get out,” was one motto. Most clippings were cartoons such as Madam and Eve, comics from Zapiro and a note saying: “There is no food in the fridge.” In 1996 Holderness embarked on the waterfront development for Simon’s Town. She shared memories of the amalgamation of the City of Cape Town when it became a metro council. With a hint of sadness, she told of how the 2006 election was the “worst period of my life”. Holderness told how a developer even offered the DA a large sum of money if Holderness was not chosen to stand for elections. “But I stood in the elections,” she says. Holderness became ward councillor for ward 61, the third largest ward in the city, which includes Simon’s Town, Glencairn, Scarborough, Red Hill, Misty Cliffs, Ocean View, half of Fish Hoek and parts of Table Mountain National Park. “It is an area with diverse communities and is in conflict with nature. It is an expensive area to build and space is in short supply.” Being a ward councillor, she said, was like “working in the trenches”. “Ward councillors have a big workload,” she says. Holderness says her biggest regret was that she did not achieve her goal of creating a platform for a middle income group to live in Simon’s Town She thanked all present at the meeting, the Navy and all the friends she met during her time as councillor. The STCA presented her with a portrait, painted by Tim Johnson.
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LOVE JUNGLE: Jungle Theatre Company hos ted “We love Jungle” at the Masque Thea tre on Valenti ne’s Day, on Monday 14 Fe bruary. The event brought together peo ple from envi ronmental, community and arts and culture sphe res to learn about the work of the organi sation. Special guest Louw Venter (Corne from The Most Amazing Show) gave a talk about his involvement as founder member of Jungle in the mid 1990s and the uniqueness of Jungle Theatre Company’s work, which produces art that speaks to the needs of the community. Seen here is the Laduma Jungle Trainees (funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund) performing “A Dog’s Life”. Photo: Eunice Doyle
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Tuesday 22 February 2011
Taming the Teenager GAVIN FISH
I TOLD the school in assembly last week that I am colour blind – that to my eyes, all grass is red; rainbows have only two colours, and identifying the colour of robots at night is scary. It has its pluses: I see more game in wildlife parks than most, because what is camouflaged to your eyes is not to mine. As a youngster it embarrassed me. Now it is just a good dinner table conversation line. My “disability” in no way affects my self-esteem, my friendships or physical health. Not necessarily so with the stutterer, the obese, the person with acne, the epileptic or the wheelchair confined. I must confess, in my younger years, to having been guilty of teasing such people. It’s such a cheap shot, an easy target; good for a laugh at the expense of others. “I was only joking. Relax! Don’t get so tense!” is the quickly sprouted cover-all when challenged. I suggested that one of the better definitions of friendship I’ve heard is that the true friend walks in when everyone else walks out. The definition reminded me of the school teacher who overheard a girl in her class being mocked about her chemo-induced hair loss. She had said
nothing. The next day, ma’am arrived at school with her magnificent head of blond hair shaved clean. Within a day, two others in the class had done the same. In a short time, the entire class was bare headed in silent solidarity with their classmate’s suffering. It is said that the Danish King confronted the Nazis’ orders for Jewish Danes to wear a yellow Star of David by putting one on himself and appearing in public. There, too, his people latched on and did similar – at considerable peril. Their message was clear – all Danes are equal in value; we will not tolerate discrimination. Empathy in teenagers has to be applauded and cheered from the rooftops. It is the end point of emotional maturity. It is the ability to see and feel beyond our own needs and to live the experiences of others. Incidentally, it is said that no teenager cares about how much you love until he knows how much you care. The stuck record says that teens will only display as much empathy as is modelled to them. . Gavin Fish is principal of Fish Hoek High School and writes Taming the Teenager columns to help parents and teenagers navigate through the interesting and often challenging teenage years.
Car boot sale THE St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, on the corner of 6th Avenue and Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek, hosts a fundraising food court and car boot sale on the last Saturday of every month. The fund-raiser starts at 08:00 to 14:00.
There will be boerewors rolls and cake and tea on sale, breyani, curry and rice as well as many interesting stalls. Car booters are asked to register beforehand and pay the stall donation of R50. Call Maggi-Mae on (021) 7829263 or 082 892 4502.
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VALENTEINS PRET: Laërskool Paul Greyling het hulle leerlinge na Vishoek strand toe geneem vir ’n sandkasteel kompetisie op Maandag 14 Februarie, vir Valenteinsdag. Op die foto is Brandon Swanepoel, Tamia Julius, Ashanti van Eeden en Dwayne Mabe. Foto: Verskaf
SPECIAL DAY: Nadia de Klerk, of Ocean View, married Ridwaan Wadvalla, of Johannesburg, on 27 December 2010. The photo was taken at the Amlay Gardens in Simon’s Town. Photo: Supplied
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Natalie Robertson (left) from Fish Hoek High School was inspired to help others after taking a leadership course for teens. Natalie launched a project helping out the House of Safety and several other children’s homes. She appealed to the community for help. (“Help Natalie make a difference”, People’s Post, 1 February 2010). Alexandra Oxley (right), a newcomer to Grade 7 at the school, stepped forward and donated a box full of clothing. Photo: Supplied
TWINKLE TOES: The “In the Mood” dance club have selected a new committee. From left is Marnie Jooste, the outgoing chairper son, with his wife Elizabeth, Gladys Currie, the new club secretary, with her partner Trevor Simpson, the newly elected chairperson
No more market days at Longbeach DALEEN FOUCHÉ
MARKET days at Longbeach Mall, previously held every second Friday, were cancelled just before Christmas last year. Forty traders selling wares not readily available at any of the stores in the mall were informed, allegedly, without any notice, that they would no longer be able to trade on tables lining corridors inside the mall. The only other market of its kind for locals is held at the Sun Valley Mall on Saturdays. Janine Davidson, the mall’s marketing manager, says the market was a “promotional tool” for a 12-month period. But Neill Marsilio, from
Triangle Square Markets (TSM), which helped Longbeach Mall management host the market, says the market was closed following complaints from retailers in the mall, even though the market focused exclusively on items not found in retail stores. “We understand from the mall’s management that one or more retailers made complaints to their head office, and as one might expect, their head office felt obliged to heed the complaint of their tenants.” Marsilio says the “public outcry” over the market’s closure has been strong. “A strong loss in visitors to the mall on Fridays is evident,” he says. Davidson, however, claims that “there was no particular
reason or management decision to end the market”. “It was purely a promotional exercise we ran over a 12-month period. We are continuously looking at bringing in new, fresh and exciting promotional ideas and this is what we are working on at present. “ The mal l did not hav e any contractual agreement with the traders and it was purely a casual agreement for the 12 months,” she says. Lynne Ford, who owns Main Ingredient with her husband, John, had a stall at the market. She says they were given no notice that the market
would be closed and were told on 17 December that it would be the last market at Longbeach Mall. She says TSM did not tell the vendors that the market would only last for 12 months, but says they did know that TSM did not have a contract with the mall. For d says she does not blam e TSM for what happened, but said the vendors believed that the market would continue for longer. Main Ingredient sells unusual and rare food ingredients not readily available in the shops. Ford explains that Main Ingredient trades only over
the internet and through markets. “This is our main income, not a hobby. People loved the market, it was very popular.” She says most market traders are “at the mercy” of mall management, when there is no contract. “Sadly, the Triangle Square Markets organisers had no contract with the centre management, so we are the ones to suffer,” reads an extract from an article on the Main Ingredient website. Marsilio says the Longbeach Mall market provided a platform for “purveyors of fine foods, local farmers and organic merchants” to sell unique products not found in retail stores. “The market was brought about when surveys done by Longbeach Mall revealed a
unanimous demand for this kind of event,” he says. Marsilio, says since “opening shop” they have accommodated about 40 vendors two to three times a month. “Many of these vendors are from the Southern Peninsula, and we were able to earn a small income from this. The consumer, in turn, provided great support.” He says Triangle Square Markets assisted Longbeach Mall to set up the market because of their experience in running similar events at other retail centres. “Cavendish is an example of one of our most successful markets. We understand that they need to put their tenants first, but our disappointment is mainly due to the obvious public disappointment,” says Marsilio.
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Acclaimed violinist returns
TIGHT: Andile Vellem, Apollo Ntshoko and Chuma Sopo tela in “Memory of how it feels”, on at the Baxter Theatre Centre until March. Photo: Mark Wessels
THE brilliant young violinist, Zoë Beyers, has returned to her roots – and will give one concert in Cape Town. Beyers is now the associate leader of the prestigious City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the United Kingdom. She will perform in an all-Mendelssohn programme, at the Baxter Concert Hall on Thursday 24 February
‘Memory of how it feels’ will leave lasting imprint WELL-KNOWN musician and composer, Neo Muyanga, makes his debut as a writer in the world premiere of “Memory of how it feels”, at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio until 19 March. Inspired by the traditional Zulu practice of exchanging beads encoded with secret messages between lovers, “Memory of how it feels” gently weaves together three tonal short stories, using elements of myth and folklore from Uganda, Egypt and ancient Sumeria. Narration, dance and chamber music (which combines classical and traditional music) are craftily strung together to create a work which reflects both romantic and platonic new love. Muyanga penned the new work and composed the music for the production. He is also the musical director. Ina Wichterich-Mogane makes her directorial debut and doubles up as choreographer, with Patrick Curtis responsible
for lighting design. The cast comprises 2007 Fleur du Cap Best Actress winner, Chuma Sopotela, and Apollo Ntshoko as narrators, with Andile Vellem from Remix Dance Company as dancer. The seven-piece chamber orchestra consists of Galina Juritz (violin), Thandi Ntuli (piano), Mpho Bopape (violin), Benjamin Jephta (bass), Anna Telford (vocals), Natalie Mason (viola) and Nicola du Toit (cello). “Memory of how it feels” opened last week and will run until Saturday 19 March at 18:30 or 20:15 (with no performances on 2 and 3 March). Tickets cost R120 (Tuesdays to Thursdays) and R130 (Fridays and Saturdays). Book through Computicket on 083 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at Shoprite Checkers outlets. For discounted block, schools or corporate bookings, charities and fundraisers, contact Sharon on 021 680 3962 or Carmen on 021 680 3993 during office hours.
Fretting about GUITARIST Derek Gripper plays music by Brazilian composer, Egberto Gismonti, and Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, alongside his own compositions and some of the guitar’s great masterpieces. Gripper is one of South Africa’s most innovative guitarists. His con-
Trio of masters at the Fugard STEVE Newman, Errol Dyers and Hilton Schilder perform together at the Fugard Theatre as their band All in One, from Tuesday 1 March to Saturday 5 March. The trio of masters, all respected musicians and composers in their own right, pay homage to centuries of music practice in Africa and around the world. Their styles are distinct, and their mastery is displayed in the collaborating ways that they blend to create a new sound.
Opera open day CAPE TOWN OPERA (CTO) welcomes the public to a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Carmen at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Saturday 26 February from 10:00 until 15:00. The public will get a chance to look at all aspects of the production, from costume manufacture, set design and musical rehearsal, to lighting sessions.
Get your groove on IVY LEAGUE, one of Cape Town’s top night clubs, hosts a solo freestyle dancing competition at the club in Long
Return of a music icon POPULAR South African music icon, Jeremy Taylor, returns to Cape Town for a limited season from 2 to 19 March at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Taylor, who now lives with his wife in France, is famous for his hit song Ag Pleez Deddy and has a special place in the heart of South Africans. The acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and humorist has recorded extensively – on 78s, EPs, LPs and CDs – and has entertained audiences on four continents and 15 countries with his unique brand of music and stories. He has just returned from a fifth tour of the United States, where he was described as “a THE STAR: Jeremy Taylor teller of truths, stranger – and funnier – than fiction”. After setting South Africa alight in the sixties with Ag Pleez Deddy, Taylor was banished from South Africa for ridiculing apartheid. He moved to the UK and after two years on the West End stage in “Wait A Minim”, a South African musical revue, he became a leading entertainer on the British folk circuit with songs like Jobsworth, Red Velvet Steering Wheel Cover Driver and Prawns in the Game.
Other highlights of his career include his Piece of Ground being recorded in the USA by Miriam Makeba. With John Wells he wrote songs for the West End musical satire Mrs Wilson’s Diary, and was Spike Milligan’s stage partner in For One Week Only for two years. He wrote a Latin lyric (“O Caritas”) for Cat Stevens, made frequent concert appearances with Donald Swann and Sidney Carter, and performed his own one-man show at Soho’s Boulevard Theatre. “A performance is as much of a discovery for me as it is for the audience. From 50 years worth of written songs, monologues, poems and reflections, I shall choose the menu that seems right for the night. It might be caviar, it in action. Photo: Supplied might be pap en sous, fish ’n chips or ratatouille; most probably a bit of each. I am really looking forward to performing in South Africa again,” says Taylor. Taylor will perform on Wednesday to Sundays from 2 to 19 March at 20:30 except Sundays when the show starts at 19:30. There will be a matinee performance on Saturdays at 14:30. Tickets cost R125. Doors open at 18:00 for the evening shows and theatre-goers can enjoy a meal and drinks before show. For bookings contact 073 220 5430 or visit www.kbt.co.za
Tuesday 22 February 2011 starting at 20:15. She last played in Cape Town itself at least seven years ago. She will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and, with Luis Magalhães, the Concerto for violin and piano. The Stellenbosch Camerata string ensemble, led by Suzanne Martens, will accompany. Beyers is on a South African concert tour at the moment, which is showcasing the release of her debut CD of the works which will be played at the concert. Tickets are available from Computicket at R80. certs have taken him to Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Britain, Denmark, South Africa, and Namibia. He will next perform at the Erin Hall on Friday 25 November starting at 20:00. Tickets are R50 and can be booked by email: email@example.com. For more information on Gripper’s music and performances visit www.derekgripper.com With Dyers and Newman on guitar and Schilder on percussion, they will perform their own compositions, and will also add a few more unique instruments to tell musical stories that originated in Cape Town’s District 6 and, like them, have made a journey all over the world to defy categorisation. The shows start at 20:00. Tickets cost R150, with balcony seating at R130 per ticket. Bookings are though the theatre’s box office on (021) 461-4554 or with computicket on www.computicket.com At Unwrapping Opera Open Day, you can learn how to hold your own in a stage fight, or get some pointers on singing (even if you only sing in the shower). Learn about stage design and lighting from the experts. Watch the orchestra and cast rehearsing, meet Cape Town Opera’s young artists and see Artscape’s backstage facilities. Activities cater for all ages and entrance is free. There will also be a range of workshops and sessions.For bookings and inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org Street, from Saturday 19 February until Saturday 19 March. The grand prize includes a goodie bag, as well as R2 000 in cash. Judges for the dance-off include Nature Boy and Bradley “Cool” Birch. Interested dancers can contact AB on 084 476 9331.
Rotary Club concert ROTARY Club Cape of Good Hope will be holding a concert featuring the Quarry Men Choir, along with guest artists Commander Mike Oldham, Ed Backhouse and the Dixie Swingers, Lainey Boonzaier and Len Ward,
on Sunday 27 February at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 15:30 for 16:00. Tickets cost R40 and can be booked through Marlene on (021) 782-6111 or Ursula McCabe on 083 685 5157.
Have a laugh and support the spotters FOLLOWING the sold-out success of last year’s event, the Shark Spotter comedy fundraiser returns on Friday 4 March from 19:00 at the Fish Hoek High School. Mark Sampson and Nik Rabinowitz are
back, along with up coming artists Leo Letsape and Van Die Blokke. Tickets cost R100 and all proceeds go toward the Shark Spotters. Booking is essential at 078 174 4244 or email@example.com.
Navy band ready to entertain THE South African Navy band will be hosting their annual garden concert at Admiralty House, Simon’s Town, on Sunday 27 February. The gates will open at 15:30 and the proceedings will start at 17:00. Tickets can be purchased for R60 from the Simon’s Town Information Centre at Jubilee Square, the Simon’s Town Museum, the Naval Public Relations Department or the Naval Museum at West Yard in Simon’s Town.
The South African Navy Band is internationally acclaimed and the premier band of the South African National Defence Force. The band has performed in various countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, Burundi, England and Scotland. Spectators may bring their own picnic baskets, refreshments, blankets and chairs. For reservations or more information contact Warrant Officer Martini or Leading Seaman Baloyi on (021) 787-4791/4620.
Simon’s Bay art exhibition THE Simon’s Bay Fine Art group would like to thank all those who supported the raffle of paintings, donated by Peter Ford, Benitia Eglington and George Eglington, in aid of the Fish Hoek Meals on Wheels. The draw was held at the Christmas exhibition and the winners were Marlena Listel, Peter Cooper and Steven van den Merwe. The next exhibition will be held at the Simon’s Town Library Hall, opposite the
police station, on 25, 26 and 27 February from 10:00 to 17:00, closing at 15:00 on Sundays. There will be art on show, as well as ceramic sculptures and painted ceramics. “Art in progress” will also be done by various artists, with music by Ray Potter. Tea, coffee and cookies will be available, with donations to the National Sea Rescue Institute. For more information, please call Maureen on (021) 788-8897.
Tuesday 22 February 2011
People’s Post False Bay Page 11 tion until 27 February in the Simon’s Town Library Hall from 10:00 to 17:00. Sunday it closes at 15:00. On Saturday at 12:00, live music will be provided by Ray Potter. Contact Maureen on (021) 788-8897 or Pieter on 082 784 5235.
Saturday 26 February Noordhoek: Experience the magic of what’s in your kitchen with a demonstration of scientific experiments at The Bandstand, Noordhoek Farm Village from 10:30 to 12:30. Call (021) 789-2812 or visit www.noordhoekvillage.co.za. Red Hill: Cape Farmhouse Restaurant will be hosting a live music gig, featuring The Plastics at 15:30. Entrance is R50, under 12s enter free. Regret no picnic baskets – food off the braai and cash bar is available. Call (021) 780-1246 or visit www.capefarmhouse.co.za.
Tuesday 22 February Noordhoek: Every Tuesday is Quiz Night at the Toad at Noordhoek Farm Village at 19:30 for R20. The quiz master will challenge teams on current affairs, geography, science and nature, history, sport, art and literature and an absolutely almost impossible question. Double up on your strongest category and take on the challenge to win great prizes. Contact (021) 789-2973 or visit www.thetoad.co.za.
BEWITCHING PLAY: Tamara Richards, Dean Howarth, Jonathan Duguid and Zakie Johnson in “The Crucible”, which opens next month at the Masque Theatre. Arthur Miller’s play tells the story of a group of religious bigots in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, who used the villagers’ fear of the devil and damnation to achieve their own ends. Living on a new continent, this small Puritan community relied on narrow religious authority for its unity and survival. Abigail Williams (Angela LeeWright), a classic case of “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” resorts to devil wor ship to “get her man”, John Proctor (Howarth). When rejected she turns to false accusations of witchcraft, with the devastat ing effects of mass hysteria, violence and hatred. With all hell breaking loose, the unscrupulous villagers take advantage of the ensuing mayhem to settle old scores. Within a few weeks, doz ens of innocent people are in jail on charges of witchcraft. “The Crucible” has become Miller’s most frequently produced play and a classic of the 20th century. It offers wonderful acting op portunities to a very large cast. It opens on Friday 4 March and runs until Saturday 12 March (excluding Sunday to Wednesday). Week night shows are at 20:00 and Saturdays at 14:30 and 19:00. Tickets cost R60 for evening performances and matinees are R50 (Masque Theatre Club members enjoy a R10 discount). Book through Masque Theatre on (021) 7881898. Photo: Supplied
Wednesday 23 February
Fish Hoek: There will be a WAA meeting at Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 09:30 and the topic is “Art and Craft”. All ladies welcome. Visitors pay R5, tea and eats included. Contact Pat James on (021) 7822379. Fish Hoek: The Two Oceans Toastmasters meet on the first Wednesday of every month in the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 19:00. Learn to speak with confidence and acquire leadership qualities. Contact Marge Kruyt on (021) 782-2666, 084 805 8185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 24 February Fish Hoek: The monthly Astronomy Club meeting will be held in the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 19:30. Thinus van As will give an illustrated talk on “The History of the Space Shuttle, current and future plans.” Members pay R5 and visitors R10. Star charts and refreshments will be provided. Call (021) 785-3713. Noordhoek: Every Thursday is Braai nights at Café Roux at Noordhoek Farm Village from 18:00. There is live acoustic music and you can choose your braai meat. From R15 for chicken kebab to R35 for sirloin steak and fresh fish. Contact (021) 789-2538 or visit www.caferoux.co.za.
St Patrick’s Day dance THERE will be a St Patrick’s Day celebration dance, featuring music by “Shanty”, on Thursday 17 March at Simon’s Town Warrior Room at 19:00 for 19:30. The cost is R125 per person
Wednesday 2 March
Noordhoek: Learn more about worms and how you feed and care for them. Learn more about the work they do and how you can help reduce waste through worm farming and vermicompost, at the Children’s Playground, Noordhoek Farm Village at 15:00. Call (021) 789-2922 or visit www.fullcycle.co.za.
and there will be a cash bar available. Raffles and prizes are up for grabs. Proceeds of the evening will go towards NPO Anchors Away Village. To book call Fran on (021) 7861321 or 083 357 5822.
New art exhibition at the Casa Labia THE new exhibition of paintings by Jill Trappler, “Long distance to familiar places”, opened at the Casa Labia in Muizenberg on Tuesday 8 February with a cocktail evening to mark the occasion. Guest speaker, Baylon Sandri, owner of the SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, paid tribute to the Tamboerskloof artist, who works in several media, including painting, weaving, and installation. He said the new collection reflected the integrity of her creative talent. Join the artist for a walk-about and an overview of her work. Two sessions are planned – Friday 25 February and Friday 18 March at 11:00. In addition, Marilyn Martin, Director of Art Collections at Iziko Museum in Cape Town, will give two lectures on abstraction in South African art, with particular focus on Trappler’s work on 12 March at 11:00 and 23 March at 16:30. For further enquiries call (021) 788-6067.
Thursday 3 March Muizenberg: University of the 3rd Age in False Bay will be hosting a presentation by Jacqueline Clayton titled “The Glories of Florence” at the Muizenberg Pavilion at 09:30 for 10:00. All welcome and entrance is free. Contact Peter Rickards on (021) 788-9469.
Saturday 5 March Simon’s Town:The Homemade Shoppe morning market will be held in the old library hall from 09:00 to 12:00. Cakes, food and crafts will be on sale. Contact Susan on 073 213 8887 or (021) 783-2244.
Friday 25 February Simon’s Town: Simon’s Bay Fine Art will be hosting their monthly Art Exhibi-
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Tuesday 22 February 2011
Deadly tracks A COMMUNITY is in mourning after the death last Thursday of two toddlers knocked down by a train close to their home. Still just babies, the lifeless little bodies of brothers Salie (2) and Faiek (3) were found by their young mother Faieka Smith along the railway tracks between Nyanga and Heideveld stations. The devastated parent says she was cooking supper in the family’s Manenberg kitchen while her two boys were happily playing within earshot – until they found a way out of the property and wandered off towards the railway tracks. In their carefree, adventure-filled world, the innocent pair could not distinguish between danger and safety. The children were Faieka’s whole life. Now all that awaits her in her modest home, once filled with her children’s laughter, are silence and sadness. If the young mother could have turned back the clock, what would she have done differently? Would she have insisted that her precious sons play inside, ensured that the gate between her house and the street was fully secure, not chosen a house that close to the railway tracks? No parent would deliberately endanger their children’s lives, yet the foremost question asked when news of the toddlers’ death broke, was: “Where was the mother?” This raises the issue of responsibility, which in this instance should be ashamedly shared by the toddlers’ guardians, an apathetic community, vandals from the same community who make holes in fences for easy access to their homes and destructive thieves who steal life-saving fencing. Should the onus not rest on Metrorail’s shoulders as well? Despite vandalism and theft costing the rail operator millions of rands each year, they cannot neglect to repair and maintain fencing that is crucial in safeguarding the lives of the people living in the areas their trains plough through. No amount of remorse or hindsight can bring back the two little boys, but a lot can be done to prevent further loss of life on dangerous railway tracks.
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Theatre bistro with a side of comedy PIETER Toerien, owner of Theatre on the Bay, introduced Andrea Foulke’s new restaurant – the SideDish Theatre Bistro – and simultaneously launched the hit UK show Fascinating Aida (featuring a British satirical female singing trio) last Wednesday. The show runs until Saturday 5 March. Tickets cost from R100 to R250 and can be booked at Computicket.
LOVELY: From left, Anna Scott, impresario Pieter Toerien and Bianca Coleman. Photos: Allison Foat FANTASTIC: Food critic Clare Mack and Eamon McLoughlin.
GREAT: From left, Lindy Abromowitz, Anton Luitingh, Liza Pulman from Fasci nating Aida and Du ane Alexander.
LAUGH OUT LOUD: From left, comedians Shimmy Isaacs, Alan Committie and Anne Hirsch.
Tuesday 22 February 2011
From the left are Nomajeyisi Jeke with her son, Anikiwe (6); Nokonwabo Ntinjana with her daughter, Okuhle (7); and Zoleka Magobozi with her granddaughter, Tina (6). All the children are attending Sun Valley Primary School.
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Children who are having their education sponsored by the ETE Trust are seen here with Zanele Bontshi (back), principal of the Masakhane Educare Centre. From the left are Nokulela Nqanaba with her son, Philiso (7), and Rona Masiza with her daughter, Cindy (7). Philiso and Cindy are attending Sun Valley Primary School.
Nobuntu Lolwa with Zubenathi (8), who is at tending Sun Valley Primary School thanks toEmpowermentThroughEducation.
Announcement brings hope for the future AN unexpected – but very welcome – surprise announcement was made at a dinner to celebrate the progress of the Empowerment-Through-Education (E-T-E) project on Saturday night when it was confirmed that the Metropolitan Foundation would donate R150 000 to the cause. The commitment was confirmed on behalf of the CEO of the Metropolitan Foundation, Dr Chan Makan. It was also announced on the night that Ensight, a web and marketing solutions company, had just recently donated R25 000 to the ETE Trust. All this money will go a long way towards creating a more hopeful future for deserving children from Masiphumelele and Ocean View who have qualified to have their education costs – from primary to tertiary level – sponsored by the E-T-E fund. On Saturday night, children on the E-T-E programme sat down to dinner with benefactors of the project to celebrate the progress made so far. The dinner was held at the Galley
Restaurant on Fish Hoek Beach and sponsored by the Galley’s owner, Herbie Eichel, an E-T-E Trustee and driver of the programme. Eichel was overwhelmed when he received confirmation on the night that the Metropolitan Foundation was to commit R150 000 to the project for 2011. Fourteen children, selected from the Masakhane Educare Centre in Masiphumelele and the Green Curtains Preschool in Ocean View, are already on the programme and attending Sun Valley Primary School and Laerskool Paul Greyling. Under the programme, their full education costs, through to tertiary level, will be covered, giving them options for their future that they may otherwise not have had. The project arose out of the Valley Development Project and Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope’s establishment of the Masakhane and Green Curtains preschools in Masiphumelele and Ocean View. Eichel became very involved in supporting the schools financially and wanted to see the best pupils at the schools receive the best edu-
cation possible. “There is no alternative to education,” Eichel said on Saturday night. “Education is the fabric of society – without it, there really is nothing. We can keep trying to fix things, but we won’t be dealing with the overall problem. “Only education will help us get there. The children here tonight, in 12 to 15 years’ time, will be the generation that takes everything we have achieved or tried to achieve into the future.” The ETE Trust is governed by a board of four trustees that includes Eichel and key Rotary member Hans Zwets, who drove the Masakhane and Green Curtains projects with fervour and passion. Eichel again called on companies and individuals to get involved in making a difference to the future through funding the education of the present generation. Pledges can be made on a one-off basis or on a continuing basis of contributing monthly to a child’s education. To find out more, go to www.e-t-e.org.
Dorothy Stober with her grandson, CJ Swartz (6), who is attending Sun Valley Primary School.
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NEW DRAFT BY-LAW RELATING TO THE USE AND CONTROL OF RECREATIONAL WATER AREAS AND BOATING, 2010 The City of Cape Town has released a new draft By-law Relating to the Use and Control of Recreational Water Areas and Boating, 2010 for public comment. The City provides for the public as well as organised sport clubs to access certain recreational water areas and to practice various boating and water sports activities thereon. An amalgamation of the old by-laws which make provision for these activities, as well as several changes and additions in a new draft by-law, were required in order for the City to uniformly and consistently manage its recreational water areas. One example of an addition is a provision that written permission may be given to certiﬁed water sport clubs to allow persons under the age of 16 years to pilot power boats up to 15 horsepower during approved events such a youth training academies. The draft by-law also aims to align with the Merchant Shipping Act (57/1951): Merchant-Shipping Regulations of 2007.
Trustees of the Empowerment Through Education (ETE) Trust are seen here with key roleplayers and donors. From the left are, back: Joe Diener, who was a key participant in the Rotary Cape of Good Hope Club’s project to build the Masakhane and Green Curtains preschools in Masiphumelele and Ocean View; Alan Ferguson (of Private Client Holdings, a trustee); Paul Anthony Davids (Community Outreach Project Manager with the Metropolitan Foundation); Grant Alexander (MD of Private Client Holdings), and Robin Dauncey (director of Ensight, a web and marketing solutions company that donated R25 000 to the ETE fund). ETE trustees in the front are, from the left: Hans Zwets (Rotary Cape of Good Hope Club); Herbie Eichel (owner of The Galley Restaurant); and Sandy Dowling (founder of Valley Development Project and an NPO expert). Photos: Annelien Dean
Sigi’s Hair Design turns 11 SIGI’S Hair Design in Fish Hoek are bringing out the candles to celebrate their 11th birthday on Saturday 26 February. It is essential to book an appointment if you would like to
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Blame drivers, not cyclists THE article “Cyclists pose danger during race”, 15 February, refers. A more appropriate title would have been: “Impatient drivers pose danger to cyclists.” The three photographs above the article were placed there in a desperate attempt to justify the subject matter of the article. However, they do no such thing. The captions were in fact erroneous and misleading. A photograph captures one brief moment in time and a photo-attempt to show cyclists riding two abreast could merely represent a faster cyclist passing a slower cyclist. This is not illegal and a motorist travelling behind the cyclists must treat the cyclist as he would any other road user. The motorist would not try to pass a truck, bus, motorcycle or another car without waiting for the appropriate road markings and passing sight distance, so why does the driver think he/she is entitled to pass a cyclist without slowing down and showing the necessary caution? The photo titled “Bunched up” was in fact taken on the Main Road opposite Clovelly Station and not on Boyes Drive [This was not the fault of the journalist. The caption was changed during editing and the error is regretted. – Ed.] The photo attempts to show that a 4x4 was forced to cross the white barrier line to overtake a group of cyclists.
Nobody forced the driver to illegally cross a barrier line. The driver should have exercised the necessary patience to wait for a passing opportunity. Every cyclist shown was exercising his legal right to occupy the left lane on the road and no cyclists were riding two abreast. The photo titled “The white line” purports to show a cyclist riding next to the white line and leaving no space for cars to overtake. There is in fact no sign of a single motor vehicle in both directions and it must be remembered that these races are deliberately staged early on Sunday mornings while most late-risers are still lying in bed. The photo shows a faster cyclist passing three slower cyclists in a safe and legal manner, bearing in mind the complete absence of vehicular traffic. The photo titled “From both ways” purports to show cyclists riding on both sides of the road. There are in fact four cyclists riding northwards on Boyes Drive and one cyclist riding southwards, all in single file. For Pete’s sake, what is illegal or unsafe about that? The two months before the Argus Cycle Tour are, without fail, every year accompanied by hysterical outbursts against cyclists exercising their right to practice a healthy sport. My plea to all drivers is to exercise the necessary patience, caution and maturity which is expected of you when you apply for a licence to operate a motorised lethal weapon on a public road. The solution to a temporary inconvenience is to show respect for your fellow road users. DOUG CALVEREY Traffic engineer and cyclist, Lakeside
Be part of the traffic solution I AM compelled to respond to two articles in People’s Post, 15 February. I refer to the front page article on the “New speed limit for Ou Kaapse Weg” and the page 8 article “Cyclists pose danger during race”. The articles are inter-related as they stem from the same traffic problem. Let us deal with Ou Kaapse Weg first. I travel this road almost every day and I cannot remember when I last was able to maintain a speed of 90 km/h on this road. Maybe, if I was into clubbing and came home at 04:00, I may find the road clear enough to maintain 90 km/h. The reality is that when I travel this road I am lucky if I can maintain 70 km/h. The new speed limit will not change anything for me or thousands of others who suffer the congestion on this road, nor will it contribute anything to road safety. The problem with Ou Kaapse Weg, and most of our road network, is that it is inadequate for the traffic volumes. This leads to frustration that makes normally sane, law abiding people take suicidal chances in overtaking on blind corners, jumping red lights, etc. I commute on a powerful motorcycle so I do not experience the stress that motor car drivers experience. I can wait for a safe overtaking opportunity, knowing that I can make steady progress even when the traffic is at a standstill. Not so drivers of motor cars, bakkies and taxis, whose stress levels degenerate into road rage at the least provocation. I know – I witness it on a daily basis. The real villains are the inconsiderate
slow drivers who, for no reason, travel at 40 km/h and hold everybody up. Now, consider the poor cyclist who is the last straw for the stressed motorist. It is natural that motorists will vent their frustrations on cyclists; even when the cyclists ride so close to the curb that they put themselves in danger. Ask me, I occasionally commute from Fish Hoek via Hout Bay to Cape Town as part of my training for the Argus. Given the level of aggro, I would not even consider riding over Boyes Drive. Now, onto the photos on page 8. The cyclist close to the white line is not holding up the traffic. There is not another vehicle in sight. For all we know he might well be travelling at the legal speed limit anyway. Then there are the cyclists “riding abreast”. The cyclists nearest the camera are not riding abreast and given the angle from which the photo was taken there is no evidence of riding abreast. Note that cyclists may legally overtake one another. The third photo shows cyclists riding legally and responsibly. Since when are cyclists prohibited from using both sides of the road in the situation shown in the photograph? So what is to be done? Get people out of cars. Take the train or if that is too slow get yourself a motorcycle, relieve your stress and get a large dose of adrenaline into the bargain. Become part of the solution to our traffic problem. ANDREW CUNNINGHAME Fish Hoek
Alternatives for Ou Kaapse Weg I HAVE just unfolded my newspaper to read “New speed limit for Ou Kaapse Weg”, (People’s Post, 15 February 2011). Having read the article, I don’t disagree with the speed limit change but have serious concerns about the other measures that the councillors and engineers are looking at. A traffic circle will never work as the speed limit is too high, and I think will cause more accidents as not all motorists use them correctly. Traffic lights will aggravate the problem and cause major backlogs in traffic. Why can’t a right turn only lane and a straight on
lane be constructed? There is plenty of space to do that. Also, what about putting down rumble strips on either side of the intersection as motorists approach, making them physically aware that they need to slow down? If the council kept the shrubs cut back, motorists would have better visibility when turning right into Ou Kaapse Weg. I really think other measures need to be tried before traffic lights or a traffic circle are implemented. EMMA WINGROVE Capri
Cycle races . If a People’s Post’s photographer spends time on Kommetjie Road at 16:00, he will run out of film or gigabytes. One event has been blown out of proportion. Toni . It is about time that the traffic department does its work, and fines cyclists who don’t obey rules. Where are the traffic cops? Stop covering up for the rude cyclists who use our roads. Cycle race organisers must do it somewhere else and not in the southern suburbs. Rather try the Boland and see how rides can be hosted there. . I agree, cyclists are often inconsiderate of other road users. Secondly, notifying the public of races in advance would prevent a lot of frustration as you’d be aware of possible delays. Please publish lists of races and routes. Ou Kaapse Weg . In response to “New speed limit for Ou Kaapse Weg”: a reduction of the speed limit on this road is a cheap way out. Let’s do it right the first time. I say, let’s vote! I vote for a traffic circle at the Silvermine and Ou Kaapse Weg intersection.HR, Sun Valley . The problem with Ou Kaapse Weg are the people who hack at 50km/h and do not pull over to allow others to pass. Mark . Why is it that so often decision-makers keel over and apply blanket rules in response to isolated issues, such as changing the speed limit overall of Ou Kaapse Weg, when only one or two sections require attention? . The new speed limit on Ou Kaapse Weg is ridiculous. As usual everything else is at fault and the real problem is overlooked – the drivers! This road is one of the best roads to drive. The road is well maintained and relatively smooth. Rather introduce a restriction on both sides of the intersection. Take the unroadworthy cars off the mountain as well as the drivers who cannot cope. They must take Main Road. . This is great news about the reduced speed limit on Ou Kaapse Weg. Now what about the mountain coast road from Kommetjie to Cape Point? This should have happened already. What’s news? Fran, Scarborough In response . You’ve run two stories representing a single, private organisation’s attempt to erode a woman’s constitutional right to abortion and not presenting the other side of the story. This unbalanced reporting and is poor journalism. Meg Samuelson, Muizenberg . Well done and thank you to Harry Croome. I walk through the old cemetery often and I am pleased that it is now clean and tidy. It is no longer embarrassing to watch tourists enter the cemetery and the absence of vagrants is notable. I’ve wondered who was responsible for these changes for quite some time. Thanks to People’s Post for the article and to Mr Croome for tackling this problem. Jodi, Simon’s Town resident Baboons . Baboons as pests? Why not introduce a couple of leopards and rooikatte? . Wat is Steve van Vuuren van Sun Valley se probleem met bobbejane? Bobbejane is nie daar ’n probleem nie. Dave, Glencairn ’n vriend van die bobbejane en alle diere . Like every decent human must be, I am appalled that someone could lock an innocent animal in a bin. In the UK it was a pet
Tuesday 22 February 2011 cat, and here a wild baboon. It is clear that this psychopath needs to be locked up for education. Ros Raubenheimer, Fish Hoek . That’s it, Welcome Glen people. Stand up for wildlife. We should line up the same people who shoot baboons with a pellet gun and give them back a taste of their own medicine. Sure they will enjoy it. Ani General . Regarding Kalk Bay road works, how much longer is it going to take? Five men watch, and one man digs. They work half days on Friday. Please speed it up already. How come the railway works in Simon’s Town go on until well after 18:00? The road could have been finished if they stopped stuffing around. Uncle Bones . From Glencairn to Simon’s Town, the coastal dunes need rehabilitation now! . It is pleasing to note that work has resumed on Le Diamante flats in Muizenberg. Let’s hope that all the building plans, and finances have been sorted out. . I would like one of these taxi drivers to sleep in Fish Hoek for one night. He will be killed because of the loud music they play in the morning at 04:00 in Site Five. This makes me sick! I wish I could just stay in Fish Hoek. Nomalizo, Site Five . Forgive me, either this country survives on double standards or I’m a pampoen. China Towns are given the green light and will mushroom in South Africa. a) We are not permitted to employ children – they do and those are their goods on sale, and b) our manufacturers are struggling – enter China! Maureen, Fish Hoek . Many times I have watched and monitored the male prostitutes walking up and down Beach Road and near Marius Olver Roads. They parade around at 01:00 and 02:00. They are mainly foreigners and I have confronted a few of them. They have an attitude. . Bring back teacher training colleges and the apprenticeship system. Teach different trades. People must learn first before having a job! M.Trevor, Muizenberg . The dog walking at Tears is ongoing. Please join us any Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 10:00. Phone (021) 785-4482 to book an orientation course. See you there. Dear Motorist .To the person driving the silver Porsche over Ou Kaapse Weg, you are no better than the rest of the people who have to sit in traffic. Please try and be patient, it is your kind of driving that causes accidents and possibly even road rage. Jason, Fish Hoek . Will the two pensioners who drive blue and white Golfs respectively please refrain from parking in the “for mothers with babies” parking bays underground, next to the lift at Longbeach Mall? I am a mother with a newborn and watched in amazement on Monday morning as one lady parked and the other man packed his groceries in his blue Golf and then left. I have your registration numbers. Mom Just a thought . Has anyone noticed how capable the drivers of those huge, heavy rubbish collection trucks are? Narrow, steep roads full of parked cars notwithstanding. Trevor, Muizenberg Thank you . To Dr Oakley and staff, thank you for the caring, compassionate way you handled Spotty last year. You are a very special vet. Miss Heuer Hats off .I really enjoy reading your moaner’s section. Ming, Seaforth
Uniforms the perfect fit AS principals of Fish Hoek Primary and High Schools, we need to correct the impression being created by some of the published SMSes around the new uniform: 1. The decision was reached after a massive consultative process with parents, staff and pupils. All the Board of Governors members are working parents, so these meetings were held after hours to ensure that all could participate. We also had meetings for all the parents to view, question and make suggestions. This too was held after hours and produced some great input. 2. The new uniform was designed with larger pupils in mind as well, the cut and pleating being specifically designed with them in mind. The uniform received the thumbs-up from all pupils, including those who will be buying the larger sizes. 3. The uniform is better suited to summer heat. Sweat absorption sports tops have
been brought in; the tie has been done away with, and short sleeve shirts and blouses will be available. 4. The purchase price of the entire uniform will be cheaper than in the past. The standardised shirt/blouse is incredibly attractive and whatever the extra expense, it is counteracted by the blazer only becoming part of the uniform from Grade 10 and a guaranteed minimum mark-up. 5. The intention from the outset was for the two schools to cooperate in creating a new uniform that was more modern, more feminine for the girls, standardised and affordable. We are confident that we have achieved just that. GAVIN FISH (FISH HOEK HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL) AND GRANT WILLIAMS (FISH HOEK PRIMARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL)
Tuesday 22 February 2011
Unending Navy problems IN response to the letters of Mark Jennings, Linda Jansen, Greyling van den Berg and others. We totally understand the situation of Mark and Linda. We live across the Navy Training Centre in Simon’s Town. I have just returned from the Navy Officer on Duty, to raise another complaint with him, but the response is always the same. After working hours, when we want to have calm and peace, the Navy personnel make a lot of noise. This happens every evening, during weekends and on public holidays from early in the morning. We are affected by the Navy’s negligence. The fence in front of our houses
in Seaforth is rotting away. Last year we, together with some neighbours, met at Admiral JG Louw’s office. We wanted to build a good relationship. We proposed to repeat the meeting every two months to discuss problems. But the Navy is not interested. The action they proposed on repairing the fence still has to be taken. Last year in December 2010 we wrote a letter to Admiral Louw, copied to Greyling van den Berg and Nicki Holderness. We had no answer from anybody. I think the main issue is that the Navy does not accept that we live in a democracy and we have rights, and that it needs to find some solutions for problems affecting the neighbourhood. Maybe this is new to the Navy, but that’s the only way to live in a
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community where there is respect for one another. The Navy always argues that they were the first in Simon’s Town. A completely stupid argument; it is our tax money that funds the Navy. KARLA VAN DEN HEUVEL Simon’s Town NAVAL BASE SIMON’S TOWN PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER: LIEUTENANT COMMANDER GREYLING VAN DEN BERG RESPONDS: The South African Navy takes cognisance of the recent complaints in the press. We would like to invite members of the public to engage us formally with regards to any and all complaints that may have bearing on the SA Navy. This can be done by the following methods: . Send an email to Commander
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Thanks for the speedy service I WOULD like to thank all the people who assisted at my son’s motorcycle accident in Fish Hoek on Wednesday night, 9 February. The speed with which all the emergency services got there is outstanding. You are all stars! I would like to personally thank the kind lady who comforted him before the paramedics got there; please contact me on 082 353 7531. S. JAMES Fish Hoek
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Tuesday 22 February 2011
Sharks scrum down in Far South SPORTS STAFF
WATCH out for the Far South Sharks – they are growing in number and quite difficult to catch. They’re not those feared predators, of course, but rather an enthusiastic group of little barefoot rugby players who carry dreams of rising to the top in the sport. The hunting grounds for these young Sharks – aged seven to 12 – for the second consecutive year will be the development leagues of the Western Province Rugby Union. Jayde Laufs, the head coach of Junior Rugby Academy – known as the Far South Academy – in Fish Hoek, says the sharks operate independently of schools in the area. “Our focus is on coaching play-
ers safe rugby, good discipline and developing well-trained players to be an asset to the sport,” says Laufs, a certified IRB coach who serves as the head coach of the WP Rugby Kidz programme in the southern peninsula. The academy that was launched in 2010 uses the Paul Greyling Primary School sports field for practices and matches. Laufs said the academy includes children from Fish Hoek, Masipumelele and Ocean View. He added that moves are afoot to get children from the Red Hill settlement to join the academy – once transport requirements are addressed – this season. Anyone keen on assisting the academy or able to help with sponsorships may contact Laufs on 072 688 0284 or email@example.com.
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Peninsula Marathon draws record entry
MARATHON MASTERS: Celtic Harriers chairperson John Bush (centre) congratulates Pieter Koopman of Maties and and Julia JansenVan Rensburg of Acsis VOB, after their wins in the Peninsula Marathon on Sunday. Photo Supplied
Some off the Far South Sharks members are, from left: Front Row: Brannon Miller, Adam Klop pers and Jacques van der Westhui zen. Back Row: Li am Peyper, Saul Pitout, Max Elsworth, Liam Br ijlal, Lucas Botes and Phillip Mouten.
A RECORD field of just under 3 000 athletes competed in the Peninsula Marathon from Green Point to Simon’s Town on Sunday. Running into a strong south-easter and completing the last 20km entirely on his own, 36-year-old Maties runner Pieter Koopman was the first to cross the line in 2hrs 36min 15sec at the SA Navy sports field in Simon’s Town. Koopman finished almost five minutes ahead of his nearest rival Laban Ponco (2:36:55) from Nedbank. Adidas runner Zolani Bhitane placed third in 2:37:59. Acsis VOB runner Julia Jansen-Van Rensburg won the women’s marathon in
3:09:13, after being in fourth position at the halfway mark. Van Rensburg went on to pass Kutlwano Ramaboa (3:14:06) and Busisiwe Matiwane (3:16:52) in Fish Hoek, winning by a similar margin to that of Koopman. Comrades gold medallist Johan Oosthuizen finished fifth, eight minuted behind Koopman. Mr Price WP athlete Lindikhaya Mthagayi won the half-marathon from Bergvliet in a time of 1:11:58. Nomvuyisi Seti won the women’s half-marathon in 1:28:00. The marathon was raced by 2 205 athletes, while 1 472 runners entered the halfmarathon.
African rendezvous at Rondebosch RONDEBOSCH will be the meeting place for the second Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) cross country championships on Sunday 6 March The cross country will follow a course at the Western Province Cricket Club sports complex and adjacent Rondebosch Boys High field. Fourteen countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo, Mozambique, Nambia and hosts South Africa will be taking part in the event. Senior men and women will compete over 12km and 8km repectively, while junior men and women will run 8km and 6km distances, with the course including a loop through Keurboom Park to the finish at the WPCC. A 4km fun run is included in the programme for local runners who want to experience the event. Runners will need to pre-enter this fun run by calling the WP Athletics office on (021) 699-0615 to secure entry. No entries will be taken on the day of the event.