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Peter Daniels has been repairing shoes at the Ocean View Associa­ tion for Persons with Disabilities since 1976. He has Rickets and found it difficult to find employ­ ment in the formal sector. The NPO provides work for up to 65 disabled people. It has recently been awarded an Owl Award from World Wildlife Fund/Birdlife for its work constructing bird scaring lines. These lines can reduce needless deaths by up to 90% in the SA longline and trawl fisheries. See story on page 4. PHOTO: PIERRE VAN DER SPUY

SIMON’S TOWN: THREE ALTERNATIVE SITES

Cell mast at Navy base TERESA FISCHER

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HERE is no quick fix to the issue of poor cellphone coverage in Simon’s Town, an emotive topic according to residents. One possible site, approved by the City of Cape Town, is still under appeal, but three alternative sites have been identified – none of which have received formal objections. It includes the site of the dead tree above Frank’s Bay at the southern end of the golf course. Roy Burnie, of the Simon’s Town Community Police Forum (CPF), says he was tasked with contacting Vodacom to try and improve poor cellphone coverage in 2008. In 2011, he says, a few Murdoch Valley residents objected to the mast being erected on the reservoir. An appeal process – which is

still ongoing – commenced after approval was granted for a two-year installation of the mast, which would then be reviewed. At a meeting at the Country Club last September it was agreed all interested parties would identify possible sites that would not have an adverse effect on residential properties. But, he says, only eight residents took up the invitation. Three of the six sites suggested were found to be suitable by Vodacom. Other locations are the SA Navy barracks inside the southwest perimeter security fence at Seaforth and the roof of the Job Masego Naval Wardroom. Burnie says this was relayed by email to all residents who attended the meeting and he has received no objections. On Tuesday 8 January the City’s Planning Department sent an application for consent

notice to residents in Seaforth adjacent to the navy barracks of the intention of erecting a 15m mast. “I understand there have been no objections to this notice,” he says. He says many elderly and frail residents rely on being able to contact family or emergency services in Froggy Farm and Murdoch Valley. Burnie adds many people also earn their living from being able to communicate while being on the move. The chairperson of the Simon’s Town business association, Keith Alcock, says: “The main concern from the business view is mainly for the accommodation businesses south of Seaforth. “Obviously cellphone contact is essential. Even more so as more people are using smart phones for their communication, including email and social networks. The police also require cellphone services.”

Resident Dom Parker says: “The objectors to the proposed site in Watsonia Road are not in any way opposed to better cell coverage in and around Simon’s Town. However, this should not be at the expense of people’s health, property values or livelihoods.” He adds: “Just because certain government departments are failing in their ability to process potential cell station sites does not constitute a good enough reason to build a mast right next to someone’s house, purely out of convenience for cell companies. They should not always target the easy build sites of council and private land.” Burnie says the next stage is for Vodacom to submit an official application to the Department of Public Works who are the custodians of military land for the erection of the transmitter at the barracks. Plans would have to be submitted to the City.


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VISITORS OF THE DEEP: David Hurwitz of Simon’s Town Boat Company on Thursday shared the exciting news that a pod of Orcas had been spotted in the bay. Orca sightings in the bay are said to be exceptionally rare. Hurwitz says there were about nine, including two males and a young calf. He says it is the first time they have seen males in the bay. “They were first spotted hunting dolphins at about midday just east of Roman Rock Lighthouse. They killed one and then lost interest and headed off towards Seal Island.” He followed them for 11 miles as they continued towards Rooiels. In May a pod of four whales stayed much longer than usual, as Orcas are generally transient. Boats may not approach whales or dolphins without a permit and Hurwitz says False Bay is closely monitored by authorities. He is the sole permit holder (Ocean View Masiphumelele (Pty) Ltd) for whale and dolphin watching in False Bay – from Kalk Bay to Cape Point. PHOTO: DAVID HURWITZ

OCEAN VIEW: LOTS TO READ

A feast for all the bookish TERESA FISCHER

STUDIOUS: Denovan Geldenhuys, Nico Rudolf, Emiko Blouw and Laverne Plaaitjies browse at Ocean View Secondary School’s new library.

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OOKWORMS at Ocean View Secondary School can now satisfy their craving, following the opening of the school’s new library. Deputy principal Virginia Truter says they also hope to attract new readers. Books have been specially selected to appeal to the pupils. Stephenie Meyer’s vampire series provides some light reading for when educational titles lose their appeal. Truter says they even have the Harry Potter series in Afrikaans. The library was officially opened last week, and last year’s top achievers were among the invited guests. Truter says the library was revamped to try and improve literacy levels. She adds being able to read provides the foundation for all other learning. The library, which will also provide a quiet place to study, was set up in what was the school’s old woodwork classroom. She says years ago there was a library at

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the school, but it became the “pupil affairs” office. Truter says they have received donations of books mainly from residents of Fish Hoek and Rotary, but adds they also bought new books using R10 000 from the Woolworths Trust and funds awarded to the school by the Department of Education for its matric

success last year. There is still space on the shelves for more donations, which Truter says they would be most grateful for. It is preferable to drop these at reception at the school in Hydra Avenue, but they may be able to collect. V Phone (021) 783 1623 for more information.

ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INTERRUPTION The City of Cape Town’s electricity department will be upgrading electrical apparatus at their Sun Valley main substation in order to cater for the growing demand in the Sun Valley CBD and Ocean View areas. The planned interruption is from 22:00 on Saturday 4 May 2013 to 08:00 on Sunday 5 May 2013 and will affect Capri Village, Sunnydale, Sun Valley, Fairie Knowe, Noordhoek, Lake Michelle and Monkey Valley. Customers are advised to treat electricity installations as live for the full duration of the interruption as the electricity supply may be restored at any time without warning.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 23 April 2013

BUS STRIKE: AN ‘INCONVENIENCE’

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LONG WAIT: Bus commuter Nokuthla Bulana was stranded waiting for a bus at Fish Hoek station. PHOTO: TERESA FISCHER

T IS day five of the bus industry strike and commuters are bearing the brunt, as they have to look for alternative means of getting to work. The strike, which began on Friday, was called after unions and bus companies could not reach an agreement during the bargaining stage of wage increase negotiations. Companies have offered a 6.5% wage increase, but unions are demanding an 18% increase, with a minimum salary of R8000 across employee categories, a housing allowance of R1800 a month, 90 days sick leave and additional contributions to medical aid and retirement funding. Golden Arrow Bus Services (Gabs) employees are participating in the strike, which means all Gabs services have been suspended until an agreement is reached. The nationwide strike sees members of SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) and the Transport and Omnibus Workers Union (Towu) are taking part in the industrial strike action. A Gabs press release says: “These excessive and unrealistic demands are way beyond the means of the road passenger commuter sector, which has managed an average income growth of 5% a year over the past four years and which expects revenues to increase by around 5% for the period April 2013 to March 2014.” Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga reportedly said: “We have demanded an 18% wage increase and the employers offered only 6.5%. Those two (figures) are too far apart.” On Friday, Nokuthla Bulana was stranded in Fish Hoek while waiting for a bus to Bell– ville. “Golden Arrow does not fulfil its services. Each year they increase the cost of the tickets, but we arrive late at work. Now, we are suffering. ”

She has a gold card, which costs R506 for a monthly ticket. She adds the company does not make use of a stable driver on their routes. Jade Balckler was also stranded, waiting for a bus which was not going to arrive. She says: “It is inconvenient and is going to delay me. I got home late last night and now I will have to take a taxi to Sun Valley.” Taxi driver Thandile Leve did not have much time to speak to People’s Post as his taxi had filled up fast. “We are working and we are busy,” Leve said.

Quota crayfish boat helped A QUOTA crayfish boat, the Dabula Manzi, had to be towed to Kalk Bay Harbour after reporting loss of steering, caused by mechanical failure. Darren Zimmerman, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Simon’s Town station commander, says at 13:00 on Thursday

18 April volunteer sea rescue duty crew received a request for assistance from the boat. “There were a crew of five local fishermen onboard.” The boat was recovered two nautical miles off Cape Point.

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OCEAN VIEW: AWARD FOR DISABLED

Lauded for saving birds TERESA FISCHER

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T IS much more than a job for the people who work at the Ocean View Association for Persons with Disabilities. The NPO has recently been awarded an Owl Award from World Wildlife Fund/ Birdlife for its work constructing bird scaring lines. These lines can reduce needless deaths by up to 90% in the SA longline and trawl fisheries. Manager Deborah Gonsalves explains the lines stop albatross flying into fishing nets for fish. If the birds do this, they are often trapped in the nets, causing them to drown. The lines are made using yellow rope and sections of hosepipe. It is also adorned with synthetic tape, which flutters in the wind and scares off the birds. “We have got this down to a fine art,” she says. The 58 adults at the workshop are given an opportunity to gain work experience and also socialise while earning a nominal wage to supplement their disability grants. She says this results in improved self-esteem and independence for the workers, who are often their family’s breadwinners. They are transported daily from their homes in Ocean View, Grassy Park, Retreat, Seawinds and Steenberg to the centre, which provides them with protected employment. Crafts, computer literacy and dance and movement classes make up a weekly routine.

The employees also do subcontracting work for factories, including assembling, packaging and mail-related tasks, such as putting notices in envelopes. She says the adults have a range of physical or intellectual disabilities, but they all have work suited to their abilities. One such large project is the preparation of clothing hangers for recycling. All the labels must be removed, together with the metal hook. Huge bags filled with these hangers are in the hall where the group is taking a lunch break. Shoemaker Peter Daniels has been at the centre since 1976. He has Rickets, a childhood bone disorder, and says it was impossible to find work elsewhere because of his disability. He says Gonsalves is “like a mother to us”. Gonsalves says a team of three dedicated staff assist the adults. Volunteers help lighten the load, but more are always welcome. A marketing-minded person, who can promote the NPO, is at the top of their wishlist. Her father was one of the founder members of the NPO, which started in 1990 with six adults. They now have place for up to 65 people. Golsalves says the centre fills a need, as despite legislation in favour of disabled people, finding employment is difficult, due to challenges such as being unable to access public transport. V Phone (021) 783 1274 or email oceanviewapd@telkomsa.net.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 23 April 2013

FISH HOEK: OBJECTIONS

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TERESA FISCHER

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ISH HOEK residents insist on their right to be heard in their objections to a cellphone mast at the Valyland Cen-

tre. They are vociferously opposed to the 20m mast being erected opposite an old-age home, Nerina Gardens, and close to four schools (“Cell tower gets go-ahead”, People’s Post, 9 April) and “Mast stopped for now”, People’s Post, 16 April). The City of Cape Town has ruled no public participation was required as it was approved by the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. But ward councillors Simon Liell-Cock, David D’Alton and Felicity Purchase have undertaken to take City officials to task for the decision, and for deviating from the Cellular Telecommunications Infrastructure Policy (2002). Liell-Cock says this policy specifically mentions there should be no antenna support structures within one kilometre of each other, but adds there are already structures at the Fire Station and at Silverglades. At a crowded public meeting at the civic centre on Wednesday night, Liell-Cock said: “In my opinion, they deliberately bypassed the councillors.” He says the City’s Heritage Department recommended the councillors be consulted, but he says they were as taken aback by the erection of the mast as residents, who discovered a construction site on their doorstep one morning. Purchase said she would put forward a vote of no confidence in the officials for making the decision that a reasonable person would not find the mast objectionable. Invited officials from the Planning Department did not attend the meeting organised by the Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association.

Association chairperson Janet Holwill said she did not think suggestions the shops at Valyland be boycotted was a solution. “Don’t take it out on the shops, it is not in their power to control it,” she said. Shopkeepers from the centre echoed her sentiment, adding they are already feeling the impact, in terms of the number of people visiting their stores. Another shopkeeper said they had received an offer to advertise on the mast, but Purchase noted this would not be allowed. In response to a suggestion the residents approach the landlord, Liell-Cock said: “The landlord is driven by profit and the interests of the community are supposed to be looked after by the City.” He added objecting on health grounds would only result in residents being seen as the “looney fringe left”, and said people’s arguments should be based on the fact the City is supposed to “work for them, not in spite of them”. Purchase noted alternative sites, such as the crematorium at False Bay Hospital, could have been suggested if public participation had been undertaken. Recreation Road resident Leon Laing believed that by building on that particular corner of the erf, the owners of the centre (Proud Heritage Properties 76) violated conditions stipulated when the rezoning was approved in 2010. He said the section was only meant to be used for parking and trees. Liell-Cock said on Friday the question was which law takes precedence – the 2009 provincial gazetted notice on Telecommunications masts or the conditions of the rezoning approval. Chris Hyland, director of Proud Heritage Properties, said they were never formally invited to the meeting. A meeting was scheduled to be held by the City’s Planning Department and the councillors yesterday.


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MUIZENBERG: COP SHOP

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READER took these photographs of Metro Police officers he says were allegedly obstructing traffic to do their shopping. The reader asked that he not be named for “fear of being dragged behind a police van”. He says on Sunday 17 April he spotted three Metro Police officers parked on a red line at the entrance to the Muizenberg markets. He adds: “I know there are thousands of good police officers, but there seem to be the few who think they are above the law.” However, the City of Cape Town’s execu-

tive director of Safety and Security, Richard Bosman, responds that this matter would be investigated. Bosman says: “The City of Cape Town views any complaint against its officers in a very serious light. “A thorough investigation into the parking violation will be conducted, including interviews with the officers concerned to ascertain their side of the story.” Bosman adds that pending the outcome of the investigation, the City will take the appropriate disciplinary action if the complaint is found to be valid. V Do you have something to say? SMS your views and news tips to 32516.

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EDITORIAL COMMENT

Love lost

THERE may be a whole lot of love, but no marriage for South Africans who have fallen in love with foreigners. If a South African-foreign couple are planning wedded bliss, they had better know their partner well. In an attempt to curb fraud, the Department of Home Affairs has reportedly introduced new rules for foreign couples wanting to wed in SA. Lunga Ngqengelele, spokesperson for Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, says in the five years to January 2012 there have been 8 883 fraudulent marriages or marriages of convenience. Home Affairs will be introducing a system in which couples will be interviewed by immigration officers. They will want to know how long the foreigner has been in the country and if they have a valid permit. These requirements have, to date, not prevented a couple from getting married, Ngqengelele said. The new rules would not apply in cases where both are foreigners. Foreigners wishing to marry in SA would have to have valid passports and a permit. In turn, the couple would be issued an abridged marriage certificate, with which they would register their marriage in their country of origin, says Home Affairs. Marriage officers and wedding coordinators have reportedly been up in arms as, they say, many foreigners were not prepared to tie the knot here any longer. However, in a country that may be considered a mecca for refugees, asylum seekers and immigrant foreign nationals, many may say the action by Home Affairs is long overdue. Many South African women have discovered they are “married” to foreigners they’ve never even met. These women have had to endure the legal roller coaster that comes with having to undo the legal wrangle as a result of these illegal unions. This plan by Home Affairs to throw a spanner in the works of deviants who see South Africa as a land of opportunity and misappropriation should be put into action with haste.

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I AM totally distressed that a cellphone mast is rapidly being built smack bang in the middle of our school zone, without any consultation process being entered into. I am beside myself with the knowledge that both Towerlink and Proud Heritage Properties 76 have sold our children and elderly out for profit. There is no evidence that conclusively proves the safety of cellphone masts. In fact, much suggest the opposite, yet we have not only a monstrosity of a structure being built in the middle of our suburb, but in direct range of four schools, the retirement homes – which is a double-storey building and directly in line with the mast – and a protective employment centre. (These are) our most vulnerable members of society and yet the permission seems to have been granted. Surely the authorities should err on the side of safety? How has this happened? How can we stop it? What happened to our constitutional rights and those of our children? I am devastated and distraught. How do I allow my children – the youngest being severely epileptic – to go to school each day, knowing their health and safety is in no way guaranteed? Is there any way you are able to draw some attention to our plight? The mast is being constructed at the rate of knots, as Vodacom and the property own-

Preference will be given to letters of fewer than 350 words. The deadline is Thursday at 13:00. Please give your full name, address and phone number (for our records, not for publishing).

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ers know this was going to cause outrage and, I believe, are banking on the fact that once a done deal it is going to be very difficult to overturn. Gillian Zannos, Email Chris Hyland, of Proud Heritage Properties 76, owners of the Valyland Centre, responds: We see little value in responding to the two letters as the issues, particularly regarding safety, have been well aired in the media, both written and radio. We are also currently obtaining independent verification that the levels of emission from the proposed mast will be well below the internationally accepted levels. Doep Muller, director of Towerlink, responds: We followed the processes as stipulated by the various governing bodies such as the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning as well as the City of Cape Towns’ Scheme Regulation (LUPO) and received both the approvals after a very lengthy period. The Department of Health: Radiation Control made a very clear statement that there are at present no health risks. We are also very sensitive towards health and public safety. So, to further ensure that we addressed the concerns of the public, an independent company (also used by the City) measured output of the mast and, in general, the mast output is more than 40 times lower than the prescribed limit for the general public, according to the World Health Organisation.

Need help to revive gardens I HAVE been a volunteer gardener at the (False Bay) Hospital grounds for the past 12 years and have been witness to several attempts by different groups who had the shining idea to create a vegetable garden to both supply the hospital kitchen and to train gardeners. In 2003 I joined a group who banded together to improve the flower gardens which, in past times I believe, were blooming lovely. Unfortunately volunteer gardeners drifted away for one reason or another. Several appeals for help have been featured in the local press over the years, but there have been few responses. My comment is that most folk in Fish Hoek

are either too busy or too apathetic to become involved in uplifting their hospital. From personal experience I can tell you that it is hugely satisfying work. Apart from creating something worthwhile for the community of the sick, it is therapeutic work. The aching back and unwilling knees soon recover, the fresh air and appreciative comments far more enjoyable to sweating it out in a gym. So, come on, stop complaining and join those who are trying to make the world a better place. I desperately need help in the flower garden. Jandy Jaques, Email

shopping centre I AM writing to express my disgust at the proposed erection of the cellphone tower at the Valyland Centre. How dare Proud Heritage Properties 76 and Towerlink assume public participation is not required when it affects the very people who live around and attend schools within a 100m radius of the proposed tower? I can only assume the Valyland Centre is to be handsomely paid and has agreed to lease the land to the cellphone company with complete disregard for the safety and opinion of the very people who keep them in business.I know three members of the same family – my aunt and her two daughters-in-law – who have contracted unrelated forms of cancer. My aunt and her daughter-in-law have tragically lost the battle to the disease and the second daughter-in-law is still fighting for her life. All three lived on the same property in a rural town within 100m of a cellphone tower! The cellphone companies will assure you there is no “confirmed” risk and the beneficiaries of the rental income are blinded by account balances. But not enough is known about the possible links to cancer to risk over 1500 school children, who spend up to eight hours a day in close proximity to the centre – not to mention the old age home residents and the residents in the area. I, for one, will boycott the centre. I will not allow my child to patronise the shops in the centre and I will encourage everyone I know to follow suit. If there is a petition to sign to stop this, I will be the first on the list! Come on, Valyland Centre, take care of the people who keep your businesses afloat and protect our children! Kelly Croeser, Noordhoek

Thanks for coffee MY husband and I would like to thank the kind gentleman who paid for our coffee at the Wimpy on Good Friday morning. It is greatly appreciated and may our Lord bless you for your kindness. George and Nerina, Email


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Your SMSes False Bay Hospital . My father-in-law fell ill last Wednesday, while I was at work, and went to False Bay Hospital with his friend. When he arrived, they asked for his name, age and ID. They refused to help him without his ID. His friend had to go home to fetch his ID. What if he had died while waiting? Lizozo, Masiphumelele . The hospital grounds are a complete and utter depressing disgrace. So many people are unemployed, while they could be employed to maintain the grounds. K Cronje . I find the grounds at False Bay Hospital pleasant, despite the grass being a bit overgrown. . The False Bay Hospital grounds don’t look too bad to me. If this is going to be a community garden, then well done, and may it soon provide good food. Janis . Forget the hospital grounds, go into the hospital and you experience filth and the rudest staff I have ever come across! I would rather die than go back to that disgusting hospital. . I applaud the efforts of Captain Matt Steyn with regard to what is but a tiny picture of what is very wrong with the exterior of False Bay Hospital, and I add the official reply to all my own efforts: “They must do it themselves.” Peter Voges . Skype is open to the world and it’s scary. I received an email from Brisbane, Australia asking what happened to all the lovely greenery in front of the main entrance to False Bay Hospital. Who started the rubbish dump and added a recycling container? Now SA appears to be going backwards, but that is the limit. What about the health hazards? There is so much vacant land away from residential areas. A Rayner . Never mind the hospital grounds – are the doctors on a go slow strike (and) is there a shortage of some medications? . The hospital gardens are a disgrace and give the impression of a squatter camp. This is the view we have to face every day. Loads of dead plant material were scattered all over the place and it is definitely a fire hazard. They have been planting for the last two to three years, but everything goes into seeds while lots of water gets wasted. This my own view. B Roughley Sven Huininck . Mr Huininck’s right of use and title are contained in his Title Deed. Mr Huininck seems to not understand the difference between “his rights” and “his requests”. He behaves as if he is “entitled” to have his requests approved. . Well done, Felicity Purchase. Stand your ground! Public open spaces should be kept just as that, not incorporated into properties. . Sven Huininck has disregard for all municipal laws unless it is beneficial to him. He should not be allowed to get away with it any more. He needs to be prosecuted! Michael, Noordhoek Anthea Torr . In response to the article and various idiotic letters that followed the arrest of Anthea Torr. The arrest was made for her failure to appear in court and not for erecting structures. People like her and the ones encouraging her behaviour, are the reason the system can’t function properly. Chris Cloete, Fish Hoek . Well done, Martyn Taylor! My greatest concern regarding the current economics and disrespect for all living things is our combined future on earth. But just what do you intend to do? Janis Valyland cellphone mast . Regarding the Valyland cell mast. What disappoints me is that Proud Heritage Properties haven’t considered the longterm effects on the children attending the four schools nearby. Their heritage could be marred and would be nothing to be proud about. Think again, Mr Hyland. Scientists still don’t know the long-term effects of cell masts. The financial gain to the company could be to the detriment of our children. Surely our constitution defends the rights of children to a “proud heritage?” Robyn Davies . Cellphone masts should be banned in all residential and business areas. V Do you have something to say? SMS your views and news tips to 32516.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 23 April 2013 family fun with lots of activities and delicious food. Entry is free, on­site parking is available for R10. Phone Fi on (021) 782 2065 or email secretary@bayprimary.co.za or contact Bee Wright­Avis on 082 879 8934. V Ocean View: The Ocean View Association for Persons with Disabilities will hold a mini­market on the corner of Draco and Castor ways from 09:00 to noon. Portraits and group or family pictures will be available, at a reasonable price, on request. For more information phone (021) 783 1274.

Tuesday 23 April V Kalk Bay: Kalk Bay Books, in partnership with Umuzi, will host the launch of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes at 18:30 for 19:00. Entry is free, but RSVP for catering purposes on (021) 788 2266. Wednesday 24 April

QUENCHING FIRES: The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) is establishing a South Peninsula station to allow a faster response time to fires in the south. They are recruiting new members and will hold information meetings where you will be able to learn more about the VWS. You will also hear about the different roles you could fulfil as a member, such as driving, logistics or fund­ raising and/or being a firefighter, as well as the requirements of these roles. This will take place on Monday 29 April at 19:00 at the Zandvlei Sports Club in Lakeside/Muizenberg. Organisers say: “It is vital that you attend one of the information sessions as the full application process will be explained to you.” If you are interested send an email to Allan Roy at southpeninsula@cape­ fires.com to be added to the mailing list. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

V Simon’s Town: A presentation on the restoration of The Martello Tower by WM Bisset will be held at the museum in Court Road at 18:00. It will be followed by the annual meeting of the Simon’s Town Historical Society. Call Yvonne Mawhinney on (021) 786 4404. V Muizenberg: The Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative invites Muizenbergers to enjoy a fun evening and to share ideas about ways to make Muizenberg a better place to live. Meet at the Bowling Club on Main Road at 18:00. Entry is R30 for adults and free for children. This gets you a glass of wine, snacks and a movie. Raffle tickets for some great prizes donated by businesses to raise funds for security cameras. Call (021) 709 0492 or 081 425 0683. V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Art Society will meet at the Nerina Gardens hall at 19:00. The meeting will include a short video screening on pastels, while Sue Green will talk on various aspects of pastel work and the equipment used. All welcome; visitors pay R10. Call Ann Zwets on (021) 782 6297 or Cindy Bath on (021) 785 5033. Thursday 25 April V Seawinds: A talk on domestic violence will be held from 11:00 to 13:00 at the Italy Sports Grounds in St Patrick’s Road. Muizenberg Police have embarked on a campaign to educate and inform the community about domestic violence and the rights of victims. Call Captain Knapp on (021) 787 9000 or 071 604 8348. Friday 26 April V Fish Hoek: St John­Fish Hoek will hold a fundraising jumble sale in the garden of its Centre on the corner of Kommetjie Road and Seventh Avenue from 08:30 to 10:30. There will be bric­a­brac, books and clothing on sale. Enquiries on (021) 782 3306.

REELING IN: People’s Post reader Dale Carter captured this father and son fishing at Kalk Bay Harbour on Saturday 13 April. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Fish Hoek: Literary Tea at 10:00 at the Library, with Georges Delpierre, Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, who will speak about fulfilling his dream of publishing a novel. All welcome. R20 donation on entry includes tea. Enquiries Jen Strickland (021) 782 7337. Saturday 27 April V Fish Hoek: Bay Primary School hosts a Freedom Day Food and Fun Fair from 15:00 to 20:00 at the school’s Junior Campus on 10th Avenue. Enjoy good old­fashioned

Prospective vendors are invited to apply for a stall in the following categories: Home & Décor, Craft & Design, Christmas Goods, Clothing & Accessories, Fresh Produce & Deli, and Food & Beverage. Preference will be given to locally produced goods.

Please Call: 083 899 7312 or email:

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Event dates: 14 to 30 December 2013 (Excluding 25 & 26 December) Venue: The Company’s Garden, Cape Town City Centre

Closing date for completed applications:

17th May 2013

V Silvermine Reserve: Friends of Silvermine sponsored walk is being held to raise funds for the Riverine Rovers. It is organised by a small band of enthusiastic members who care for the wetlands at the lower end of the Silvermine River. The walk is scheduled to start at 10:00 at the reservoir, the main source of the river, and will end at the car park near the railway bridge in Clovelly. Participants can walk the whole route or part thereof. The entire walk takes the average walker about four hours. If you do not want to get sponsors then just make a donation. Take lunch/water and remember sun cream. Meet at the reservoir parking, enter through Gate 1 of Silvermine, and drive to the reservoir. Use a Wild Card or pay R30 per adult to enter park. Sponsorship forms can be obtained from Terry Rothwell on (021) 782 6144 or 084 711 5416 or email terry@marques.co.za. Tuesday 30 April V Ocean View: The community police forum will hold its monthly meeting at 19:00 at the Police Station. Contact Johann 084 280 2213. V Simon’s Town: John Homewood, empowerment coach, presents a talk on Lucid Living – the golden key to stress­free living at the museum from 11:00 until 12:30. He will share some powerful and insightful tools to help heal in all areas of life. Cost: R40 a person at the door. Book through the museum on (021) 786 3046. Wednesday 1 May V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek branch of the Cape Women’s Agricultural Association (CWAA) will hold its monthly meeting at the Civic Centre Minor Hall in Fish Hoek at 09:00. The speaker will be Lorna Farrow, from the South Peninsula Craft Club, who will be exhibiting and talking about her woodcarving and patchwork. Visitors are welcome, at a cost of R10 per person, which includes tea and eats. For more information call Pat James on (021) 782 2379. Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May V Kommetjie: The Kommetjie Pop­up Shop will host Madness in May, at Kommetjie Community Hall. The market will run from 08:00 until 18:00 the Friday and from 09:00 until 13:00 the Saturday. There will be toys, clothing, bric­a­brac, books, DVDs and much more on sale. For further details phone Dian on (021) 783 2973.

Fun walk for the birds

Call for Vendors The City of Cape Town is once again staging the Cape Town Summer Market at the Company’s Garden.

VSun Valley: In celebration of her eleventh birthday, Alice Whyle and her friends will hold a fundraising event for Tears. A cake sale will be held outside Mr Price from 10:30 to 12:30. Tears representatives will have puppies on exhibition which can be adopted subject to a favourable home visit. Phone Marilyn on 083 651 6343.

HAVE YOUR SAY! URBAN DESIGN POLICY The cumulative effect of thousands of individual development actions may have an impact on the public domain and change the way the city is structured over time. The City of Cape Town has formulated a draft Urban Design Policy to help guide how development is conceived. The aim of the draft policy is to ensure that we continue to build a city that is economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable and a place where people choose to live, work and invest. The City of Cape Town invites you to comment on the draft Urban Design Policy. The policy will be available from 1 to 31 May 2013 at www.planning.capetown.gov.za (click on the “have your say” tab) and at all subcouncil offices, libraries and district planning offices. Written comments (for the attention of Cedric Daniels) can be submitted in the following ways: • • •

By post: City of Cape Town, PO Box 4511, Cape Town 8000 By fax: 021 421 6209 By e-mail: Future.capetown@capetown.gov.za

The closing date for public comment is Friday 31 May 2013.

ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

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A FUN family walk and Birdathon will be held at the False Bay Nature Reserve on Saturday 4 May from 10:00. There are three routes – 3.8km, 4.4km and 5.5km – none of which are strenuous. The first 500 participants to register and complete the event will get a free lunch. Entry fee is R5 a person (maximum R20/family). All profits will go towards conservation activities. Registration is on the day, from 08:30, at the Headquarters Building of the False Bay Nature Reserve. Email Dale Wright at westerncape@birdlife.org. za or phone (021) 671 3714.


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break-up with longstanding partner and father of her children, and continues with her life to its present day. Friend and co-musician Robin Auld produced Supernova in South Africa and did the mix in the UK. Oldfield first made a name for herself on radio performing the hit This Boy with rock outfit The Sweatband in the early ’80s. After much success with songs like Tonight, Shape of Her Body, This Boy and years of touring and performing, she left the group to start her solo career.

She is currently working on dance remixes with some of the country’s talented DJ producers. Catch Oldfield at Red Gallery Restaurant, Steenberg Centre, Reddam Avenue, Steenberg on Friday 26 April from 19:30. Cover charge is R80. She will also perform at the Monkey Valley Resort, 1 Mountain Road in Noordhoek on Sunday 28 April. V Win! Five People’s Post readers can win a copy of the CD Supernova. Enter online at www.peoplespost.co.za.

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POWER PLAY: Bishops eighthman Justin Holiday tries to hand­off Paarl Boys’ High School flyhalf Dante van der Merwe during an under­19 match at Bishops on Saturday. The visitors were 22­18 victors. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

SLIPPING THROUGH: Primrose RFC player Henry Wolhuter is caught by Villager RFC head coach and former Western Province lock Rito Hlungwane during a Super League B game in Claremont on Saturday. Primrose were 53­0 victors. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

SOCCER: BLUEBELLS MAY PLAY SOON

Plan to end stand-off

LIAM MOSES

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HE Cape District Local Football Association (CDLFA) has entered into negotiations with one of its clubs in hopes of ending an 18-month legal battle. Bluebells AFC, an amateur club from Wynberg, won an R81 000 lawsuit against CDLFA in December, but were subsequently suspended indefinitely from all football in February for breaching the organisation’s constitution by taking them to court. Despite the victory, the organisation has not paid the money and previously stated its intention to appeal the decision. However, the LFA’s senior vice president Ivan Williams says the organisation will now assemble for a special general meeting in hopes of settling the matter out of court and allowing Bluebells to play football again. The meeting will be held tomorrow (Wednesda). “We sent a committee to Bluebells to look at how we could resolve this matter, so that they can play football again. The committee needs to report back to a special general meeting on Wednesday 24 April. We are going to look at Bluebells’ proposal and see if it’s acceptable to Cape District.” Williams adds that the club has “made a few requests” which the CDLFA will need to fulfil if Bluebells are to withdraw the case from court. However, he did not want to ex-

pand on the requests. Rashied Cloete, president of Bluebells, also refused to list the requests, but described the meeting with the committee as an “open discussion”. “The club will be happy if the agreement is actually ratified. We are trying to find a solution for both parties and that is embodied in the agreement,” says Cloete. “It was an acceptable agreement. There is give and take in any agreement. They have to give and we have to give, and eventually you find a middle road. That’s the way agreements are entered into.” Bluebells sued the CDLFA in September 2011 after failing to win a tender to run the tea room and café at the William Herbert sports grounds in 2010, alleging that the tender process was flawed. After finding in Bluebells favour, the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court also served a warrant of execution against the CDFLA’s property in February and the club was suspended two days later. Bluebells failed in their attempts to have the suspension overturned and hosted a protest at William Herbert sports grounds on Saturday 13 April (“Legal clash at Cape District”, People’s Post, 16 April). The club was then banned from entering the premises by the Municipal Field Management Committee. The LFA’s executive committee met with

the delegation that engaged with Bluebells on Sunday, to discuss the requests ahead of the special general meeting.

Williams says the LFA is “committed” to resolving the problem and getting Bluebells back on the pitch as soon as possible.


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