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RESCUE ATTEMPT A TOTAL of 20 Pilot whales beached at Noordhoek Beach on Sunday morning. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and volunteers covered them with wet blankets which were continu­ ously doused with water to keep them cool and to reduce stress. Five of these died on the beach and nine whales that were suffering were humanely euthanised. One whale managed to swim back into the surf and five others were loaded onto trailers and transport­ ed to the SA Naval Dockyard. They were released at sea by two Navy tug boats. During the night three of these five whales were found beached on Long Beach, Simon’s Town, at 23:30. At about 02:30 yesterday vets humanely euthanised these three whales, which were found to be in poor and deterio­ rating health. According to the NSRI, the False Bay coastline is being monitored to determine if the remain­ ing two whales may also beach. The NSRI says all emergency agencies, private companies and individuals and the media are commended for their efforts. PHOTO: YUNUS MOHAMED/PHOTO24

Ships come in for fishermen TERESA FISCHER

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ISHERMEN from Ocean View and Masiphumelele on Friday celebrated the delivery of six slick new speedboats. This was part of a joint initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry(DTI) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The 5.38m long vessels are named after several cooperatives formed over two years ago. Ocean Waves, Rooi Roman, Sea Breeze, Smart Catch, Sinathemba and Cape Point Fishing will soon take to the water. Buoyed by much more than the dreams of the fishermen, these vessels are equipped with all the necessary safety and navigation equipment.

“Not a lot of fishermen would be able to purchase their own vessel,” says Louisa Hendricks, chairperson of the Ocean View Community Fishing Forum. The forum was formed to help develop policy for the upliftment of fishermen. “Some of them didn’t even have words,” she says. “Everything is new. This is very beautiful and good.” Adding some people said “it would never happen”, Hendricks says: “I admire them (the fishermen), they believed in themselves when they heard the possibility of government funding was available.” Talks began over two years ago. Skills development has been included in the R350 000

budget for each cooperative, which she says is essentially a small business. The DTI committed R11m in support of the Fishing Cluster Project in the West Coast region. Cooperatives are made of subsistence quota holders, who she says are trendsetters.“You can’t be an island on your own; you will accomplish much more as a group,” says Hendricks. At the end of next year long-term fishing rights come to an end, and the small scale fishing policy will come into effect. Hendricks says this initiative was part of the preparation stage for the new policy, around which there is still some uncertainty.

A ceremony took place at the multi-purpose hall in Ocean View, attended by DTI Minister Rob Davies. Hendricks made a tribute to the late Leonard “Boeta Len” Daniels. One of the oldest traditional fishermen in the community, she says he had always been positive about the project, convinced the boats would arrive. His legacy of positivity will live on, she says. Hendricks adds: “Fishing is a tradition, an inheritance. One must also think about the future and the sustainability of the resource.” Shelene Apolis, a forum member who also fishes, says: “It is a stepping stone to a brighter future.”

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 26 March 2013

SOCIAL GRANTS: YOUTHS DRINK WHILE PREGNANT

‘Breeding’ disabled children TAMMY PETERSEN

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MBER is three, but is hardly able to walk. Her vocabulary consists only of “Mama” and “no”, and she can’t be left unsupervised for even five seconds. Chantelle gave birth to her a month before her 16th birthday. The toddler has Foetal Alcohol Syndrome – something her teen mother had hoped for. “I needed her to be born this way,” she says as she wipes her daughter’s runny nose. “I needed the money.” Government spends billions on providing financial assistance to poverty-stricken mothers unable to take care of their children. But community organisations in poorer

SPECIAL: Children born with disabilities qualify for a Care Dependency Grant which allows mothers to qualify for R1 200 per month.

communities say there is a new breed of mother eating at this budget: teen mothers who deliberately abuse drugs and alcohol to ensure their babies are born with disabilities. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) confirms that financially strained parents qualify for a child support grant of R280 – a far cry from the R1 200 Care Dependency Grant given to those caring for disabled children. And while some praise government’s efforts to relieve the plight of parents battling to provide for their children, others argue that it’s leading to “breeding” for a steady income, specifically among cash-strapped teenagers. Chantelle receives a Care Dependency Grant of R1 200 every month. But most of the money goes towards supporting her alcoholic mother and eight-year-old half-brother. Her mother raised them on her own since her father “disappeared” in 2001. The single parent then raised her children on child support grants and by selling loose cigarettes at Nyanga Junction. “But there was never enough money in our house,” she says. “We lived in eight different hokkies in people’s yards and were kicked out on five occasions for not being able to pay rent. We had a budget of about R750 a month. It lasted about two weeks and, once that was exhausted, it was elke man vir homself.” She describes herself as “not very bright” and has little aspirations. “I went to school because there was nothing else to do. It was there that I heard from a friend that her mother receives over R1 000 for her crippled brother. To me, that was a fortune,” she says. When her mother sent her baby brother to beg at robots near Turfhall Road to help her make ends meet, Chantelle started coming up with her own ideas to put food on the table.

“I didn’t want him standing around and waiting for handouts like a dog. I was too young to get a job, but was also sick of living like a bergie who never had anything,” the teen says. She decided that a baby – hopefully a deformed one – would help her contribute to her family’s income. “You don’t even get R300 for a healthy child. What can you do with that money except buy nappies?” After three months of trying, Chantelle fell pregnant. Her boyfriend was 14 at the time. She knew alcohol abuse could lead to the baby she was carrying being born mentally disabled. Ironically, she remembered this from biology class. “I used to have a few beers with my friends at parties so I was no stranger to drinking,” Chantelle says. “I just started drinking a little more, usually about three days a week.” She applied for a grant when Amber was a few days old. “At the time the doctors could not confirm if she was disabled or not. I used to struggle with the little money I initially received. I had no idea raising a child was so expensive.” When the child with the blue-green eyes was nine months old, her mother qualified for the Care Dependency Grant. “Financially things are a little better now,” she says as Amber tugs at her shirt. She is still being breastfed because it’s “the cheapest”. “I look after Amber myself so my expenses are minimal. Her daddy also gives me R150 a month so we are quite comfortable.” And while her daughter is “quite a handful” she doesn’t regret her actions. “I’m sad that she will never be like other children, but she is my little gogga,” Chantelle says as Amber chortles while other youngsters chase a ball down the street. “It’s not only about the money. I love her. She exhausts me, but she has brought so much happiness into my life.” The “handout mentality” is prevalent in impoverished areas missionary worker Rose Arendse says. The mother of two hosts parent support groups at churches across the Cape Flats; the majority of people she speaks to are underprivileged single mothers who receive government grants to raise their children. “The sad reality is that most of these caregivers believe they have no future. They are really breeding to keep the pot going while clutching on to taxpayers’ purse strings,” Arendse says. Poverty and a negative attitude lead to a cycle which will probably see them never make it out of the situation, Arendse explains. “It’s the easy way out. Most will spend the rest of their lives depending on grants and living in the same situations they grew up in. While government provides an essential

MAKING A LIVING: Teens are purposefully drinking and using drugs to fall pregnant with deformed babies, community workers say. PHOTOS: TAMMY PETERSEN

service and great assistance to people who are honestly struggling. The grant system also leads to a generation of people who will never learn to help themselves.” Annually, 2 000 pupils in the Western Cape fall pregnant, the provincial education department recently confirmed. Only a third will return to school to finish their education. To turn this around, more should be done to help youths realise the consequences of their actions, children’s activist and community worker Shane Lentoor says. “Children have to be taught that, no matter how dire their circumstances may be, there is hope for them to get out of the abject poverty they find themselves in. There has to be an end to the cycle of socio-economic entrapment,” he says. As a young woman who has not yet fully grown up herself, a teen mother will battle even more than those who have planned for parenthood, Lentoor explains. “A life dependent on the state for an income is not as easy as it sounds. Empower yourself so that you know the long-term results of what you think is a bright idea today. There is nothing more satisfying than achieving great things while maintaining your independence.”


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 26 March 2013

DISTURBANCE: NOISE GOES ON FOR HOURS

Mountain ritual ruckus continues TERESA FISCHER

acts of house break-ins, theft from motor vehicles and vandalism,” Babb says. He adds residents suspect the men descend from the park at night, and during the day, to commit these offences. “None of us who use the trail between Kalk Bay and Silvermine has ever seen a ranger on this stretch,” says Babb. He says night patrols are essential as this is when the disturbance is at a peak. According to Babb, several residents have called the police to stop the “clamour” and “caterwauling” of the rituals, but he says they have “never been able to induce the police to send a patrol”. He says some residents have gone up with torches to confront the men, but their appeals have not been heeded. Muizenberg police spokesperson Captain Stephen Knapp says: “We take cognisance of the concerns raised by Babb and we find it very difficult to reply to generalisations about police not wanting to patrol.” Knapp says they require details such as dates and times to investigate such complaints/allegations. He adds the police encourage Babb to contact him, so a meeting with the sector manager can be facilitated. This would be to plan an operation with TMNP. Ward councillor David D’Alton says Peck’s Valley falls outside his City controlled boundary but suggests residents set up a meeting with the police and TMNP, which he would attend. At the time of going to press, comment had not yet been received from TMNP.

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OUNTAIN rituals involving “choruses of shouting, clapping, banging and yelling” are disturbing the peace of Muizenberg residents, living in the vicinity of Peck’s Valley. This is near the Kalk Bay hiking trail. Over 20 residents have submitted a petition to the CEO of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), Paddy Gordon, as they say appeals to rangers and police have not brought any relief. Advocate Glenn Babb says the disturbance, with accompanying criminality, has been an issue for three years. He says in view of all groups of “medicine men” strip vegetation and descend the slopes with black bags filled with plants. A sign at the trail stating groups of four or more need special permission to enter has had no effect on the groups of “up to 100” that congregate on the mountain. “The participants deposit excreta freely and copiously in the vicinity,” says Babb. According to the residents, the commotion starts before 06:00 and continues sometimes until 03:30, without respite. This is erratic, but often occurs on a Saturday. In addition he says groups of young men with rucksacks and camping gear move up from Boyes Drive to the hiking trail. “These are not your traditional hikers but people we suspect of felonious intent. Our area is under siege from thieves and vandals who have carried out uncountable

STONEY RECEPTION: Peck’s Valley residents are uninpressed about the illegal activities of “medicine men” and thieving hikers on the mountain. PHOTO: WALKTHECAPE.BLOGSPOT.COM

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 26 March 2013

CONTRIBUTORS: SOARING TO THE TOP

Top honours for People’s Post lensman, cartoonist

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WO People’s Post contributors have been awarded top accolades for their craft. Freelance photographer Rashied Isaacs won the Media Award of the Year at the District Two sports awards on Tuesday 19 March. He was nominated by the William Herbert Municipal Facility Management Committee (MFMC) for the award for photographic coverage of different sport codes in District Two, which includes Fish Hoek, Claremont, Wynberg and Constantia. Isaacs says: “People’s Post has provided me with a platform for my work and to showcase the community achievements for five years. That’s what people want to see and read in their favourite local newspaper.” People’s Post editorial cartoonist Gavin

Thomson has been commended for his work at the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards PDMSA (Print and Digital Media South Africa). People’s Post is the only free local newspaper to have made the commended list. The finalists in the editorial cartoons category are Brandan Reynolds (“Dignity Restored”, Business Day), Jonathan Shapiro (“Corruption Charges”, The Times) and Wilson Mgobhozi (“Bridge too Far”, The Star). Thomson says: “This is the first competition I have entered and being selected for commendation in the Sikuvile Journalism Awards is an incredible feeling. I am a great admirer of Wilson, Reynolds and Zapiro’s work, so just being included in a group with such great talent is an award in itself.”

View Thomson’s cartoons for People’s Post on www.peoplespost.co.za or go to his Facebook page at Gavin Thomson Cartoons and Illustration. PDMSA CEO Ingrid Louw says: “We are simply delighted with the number of entries this year”, adding the “quality of the work submitted was most encouraging”. Judges convenor Paula Fray says: “Despite a challenging news year, the entries confirm a consistent standard of excellence at the top. We were pleased with the strong competition being offered from coastal newspapers and all the major regions are well-represented among the finalists.’’ The editorial cartooning category drew more entries this year and the standard of drawing has continued to improve, says the organisers. Entries from young cartoonists from smaller newspapers are showing “considerable polish”. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Wednesday 8 May.

WINNER! Rashied Isaacs, freelance sport photographer for People’s Post, accepts his Media Award of the Year at the District Two sport awards evening on Tuesday. With him is District Two Sports Forum chairperson James Mills. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

PENMAN: Cartoonist Gavin Thomson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 26 March 2013

MAIN ROAD: COMPLAINTS CONTINUE TO FILTER IN

Roadworks a snore for drivers TERESA FISCHER

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HE ability of drivers to remain focused is being tested at a Main Road stop-go. Chand Environmental Consultants has compiled a report detailing regular incidents of drivers falling asleep while waiting for their turn to drive through the stopgo. Other driver-related issues include frequent vehicle breakdowns and vehicles stalling in the queue. The rehabilitation of a 4.5km portion of the Main Road – from Atlantic Road in Muizenberg to Clovelly Road in Clovelly – has been underway since March 2008. The traffic system is constantly being monitored via CCTV recordings. The stop-go traffic control system was reinstated on Monday 4 February, following a break during the December and January holidays. The report states traffic flow has been identified as extremely variable with no distinct pattern and, therefore, the system is operated almost exclusively on manual mode.

It adds since re-implementation there has been several complaints of “longer than usual” delays from the public. Good weather causing an influx of visitors to the area is believed to have contributed to the delays. The area is also believed to be experiencing an increase in the number of tourists, likely due to the recent Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. Another contributing factor is that the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance is extremely difficult to manage due to the railway level crossing. Limited queuing space and people tending to ignore flagmen, advising them the harbour is full, all contribute to the tailbacks which have been experienced. Other factors causing delays include right of way having to be given to emergency services vehicles; refuse removal vehicles obstructing traffic; and some motorists failing to keep up with the vehicles in front of them, thereby reducing the number of vehicles passing through each green phase. V For incidents of traffic flow, phone the Traffic Management Centre on (021) 812 4583.

WANTED: An elderly woman was attacked while walking along Muizenberg Beach on Monday 25 February at noon. She was assaulted and dragged toward the dunes, where her assailant allegedly attempted to rape her. The woman managed to fight off her attacker, who fled the scene. An identikit has been compiled and the police needs help to identify and find the suspect, who is described as being of average height and build, and is about 28­years­old. At the time of the attack he was wearing a khaki jacket and carrying a khaki backpack. Anybody with any information can phone Warrant Officer Henry Abrahams on (021) 784 2736 or 082 522 1080. All information is treated with the strictest confidence.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 26 March 2013

MENTORS: HELP TROUBLED YOUTHS TO REACH FOR THEIR DREAMS

Take a young person under your wing TERESA FISCHER

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F YOU have a passion to help young people, LifeXchange wants to hear from you. The NPO needs 30 mentors to help at risk youth from Ocean View. You could create miraculous changes in the lives of youths aged between 15 and 25 years. LifeXchange uses extreme sports to make initial connections with troubled youth and develops one-on-one mentorship relationships. Mentors have the opportunity to try an extreme sport – such as rock climbing, scuba diving or kayaking – at no cost. Training courses are offered to mentors. LifeXchange project founder Cobus Oosthuizen of Noordhoek says the holistic life mentoring process selects young people with potential from high risk areas and invests in them. This year’s intake will focus on youths from Ocean View. The project was borne out of Oosthuizen’s PhD research into mentoring at risk youth. The project has helped 74 people over the last five years during the development process. They are now ready to roll it out. Oosthuizen says each person is assessed to determine how their specific needs can be met. Their success stories illustrate how hope has been restored to those who have given up and dreams realised by others who had not even dared to dream.

REACHING OUT: LifeXchange project founder Cobus Oosthuizen and mentees Keanan Basson and Ricardo Monk share a lighthearted moment on the beach. PHOTO: SUPPLIED “We don’t give up on a person,” says Oosthuizen. At 18, Ricardo Monk was involved in a gang and addicted to tik. He could not read, but within three years became the first intern in SA to complete a Media24 internship

without having a matric qualification. He was also nominated as the best intern in nine years. Oosthuizen says they are still working with Monk (22). Artistic and good at maths, carpentry was a good match for Monk’s tal-

ents. They persuaded local kitchen design company The Wood Chef to take him in for an internship, which he recently successfully completed. He is now looking for work. The NPO does not receive government grants and is self-funded through networking, local support and fundraising drives, but every month their budget falls short. “We survive,” says Oosthuizen. “It’s the craziest thing – we see miracles happen.” Potential mentors need to be over 21, live in the South Peninsula or be willing to travel, and be willing to commit to a two-year process. Mentors should commit to 45-minute slots for three weeks of the month, but this can be scheduled around the mentor’s routine. “We know time is the biggest issue,” says Oosthuizen. Male mentors are particularly in demand. And you don’t have to be a scuba diver, says Oosthuizen. “Once you are both rigged up and thrown in the ocean, as dive buddies, you are both so terrified it is a bonding experience.” The training will take up two full weekends and there will also be four workshops. Oosthuizen is best reached on email at cobus@lifexchange.co.za or phone on 073 303 8533. V In December, LifeXchange won seven out of eight categories, including best music, for a public service announcement advert created for the MNET Television Awards for Good. Go to www.peoplespost.co.za to watch the advert, which was produced on a shoestring by people willing to share their expertise.


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Search still on for Clovelly woman TERESA FISCHER

Kraak says it took several days before she was reported missing. ACEBOOK photos of He says Theron was also a Rosemary Theron (39), model-maker who made a often made up like a life-size horse for the Cape clown, smile back at her Town Carnival in 2011. friends who are desperately Kraak is using Facebook to searching for her. drive the search and says this Theron, from Clovelly has yielded leads. Road in Clovelly, was a proTheron is about 1.5m tall fessional clown and stiltwith shoulder-length brown walker. hair. She has a gap between Friend Richard Kraak says her two top front teeth. Theron was last seen getting Theron has three children, into a Mercedes-Benz with aged between nine and 18. someone on Thursday 7 STILL MISSING: Rosemary Anyone with information March, when she left her Theron (39). of Theron’s possible whereahouse between 19:00 and 21:00 bouts can phone the investigating officer, to join a friend for drinks. The last time she made contact with her Captain Lungu Damoyi at Fish Hoek Police friends was on Friday 8 March. Her cell- Station on 082 469 2563 or Warrant Officer Peter Middleton on 084 843 1145. phone has since been switched off.

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Tuesday, 26 March 2013

AISING the legal alcohol drinking age from 18 to 21 was one of the proposals to be considered at a summit on eradicating alcohol and drug abuse. People’s Post asked readers their views about the legal drinking age being raised and what impact it would have on underage drinking. This is what they had to say.

RICARDO THOMAS: Gives the idea two thumbs up. He also adds it will only make a differ­ ence if nightclubs raise admission age. “If they change the drinking age to 21 they have to change the admission age for clubs to 21 as well. Only then will it make a difference for the youth.”

DANIELLA MUGNO: She says raising the legal drinking age is a waste of time as children need to be educated in responsible drinking. “Instead of changing the legal age to 21 they should educate people, especially teenagers, on responsible drinking. They will know how to control their drinking.”

VINCENT CASPER: Feels it is a good thing because the consumption of alcohol among youths is getting out of control. “Where I live there is so many young children (drinking). If they raise the drinking age it will make it harder for them to purchase alcohol because they will be too young.”

ANITA NGCELWANE: Although she thinks it is a good idea she says it will not stop people from drinking. “The legal age is 18 at the moment, but you still find 16­year­olds drinking and 17­year­olds entering clubs. They can raise the age to 21, but only when clubs and shops become more strict with identifica­ tion, will it make a real difference.”

KARL­HEINZ BERTHOLD: He thinks it is a good idea and feels it will have a positive effect on the behaviour of youths. “It will not only be healthier for young people, to not consume alcohol, but it will also help with aggression (we often find in youths is society). Drinking too much leads to a lot of fights amongst young people.”

JOHAN CARSTENS: He says there is no need to change the legal drinking age as accidents aren’t caused because underage drinkers or people, in general, are drinking. “Accidents are caused by people who don’t drink responsibly and don’t stick to the limit. Changing the drinking age won’t stop young people from drinking.”

CHRISTOPHER MAJODINA: He thinks raising the legal age of consuming alcohol from 18 to 21 is a good idea, although he doubts it will make a difference to underage drinking. “It won’t really make a difference because shebeens will still be selling alcohol and they barely ask for identification.” PHOTOS: TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

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BIG DAY: The trek net fishermen assist with the deployment of the exclusion net at Fish Hoek Beach on Friday, signalling the start of the trial. PHOTO: LORRAINE LEMMON­WARDE

Shark net finally hits the water G

OOD weather on Friday provided the final green light for the long-awaited trial of the shark exclusion net at Fish Hoek Beach. This type of net and the way it is deployed has not been used anywhere else in the world. Exclusion nets used in Hong Kong and, more recently, in the Seychelles are fixed nets which are not removed daily. The net at Fish Hoek Beach will be placed in the corner near Jager’s Walk, partly enclosing the space between the City of Cape Town Law Enforcement offices and Jager’s Walk, including the area in front of the Galley Restaurant. It will extend about 300m out to sea. The net will be deployed and removed dai-

ly. This globally unique project is being monitored by a number of governments around the world. If it proves to be successful, it is possible it may be replicated in other countries. The City of Cape Town stresses this is a trial and there are still many lessons to be learnt. One of the frequently asked questions about the net is how safe swimming will be when the net is deployed. The City’s Environmental Resource Management Department says it is important to note the aim is to create a safer swimming area, but points out the City “cannot guarantee the safety” of anyone using the netted area. However, the City is of the opinion the

net will “considerably reduce” risk to swimmers. The deployment of the net will, however, at no time replace the existing Shark Spotting Programme. In addition, the Shark Spotters will manage the net for the City. It was determined leaving the net unsupervised at night would pose an unacceptable risk for entanglement of marine life, such as whales or dolphins. The mesh size and configuration also significantly reduces the risk of entangling large marine animals and small fish. Nets similar to those used in KwaZulu-Natal would not have been acceptable to the City. It is intended the net will ultimately operate according to the same hours as the

Shark Spotters – from 07:00 to 18:00 in summer, and 08:00 to 17:00 in winter. The netted area will be primarily for the use of swimmers. No motorised or non-motorised watercraft will be allowed within the netted area. Inflatables will be permitted. Body boards will be allowed within the netted area. However, at peak times users may be asked to leave if they are posing a risk to other water users. Initially swimmers will still be required to leave the water if a shark is spotted. This decision will be reviewed at a later stage, after research on the response of sharks to the net has been analysed. If successful, the net could become a permanent safety measure.


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the minor boardroom of Constantiaberg MediClinic in Burham Road at 18:00 for 18:30. Beth Cockcroft will speak on Hearing loss: what am I in for? Everyone is welcome. For more information visit www.hear2day.co.za or email Fred Benning on hello@hear2day.com. Monday 1 April Tuesday 26 March V Kommetjie: The library will be closed for stocktaking from today until Tuesday 2 April. V Muizenberg: The Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society will hold an open meeting and art exhibition by Peter Jander at Rhodes Cottage in Main Road at 17:30. Member Chris Taylor will talk on The Rhodes Scholarships. Refreshments will be served. A donation of R20 is payable at the door. Book with George Hill on (021) 788 5542. V Kalk Bay: The Kalk Bay Historical Association will hold its annual meeting at the Bible Institute in Main Road at 20:00. Guest speaker Mike Walker will speak on his latest book Early Cape Architects and their Buildings Expressed in Postcards. For further details phone Derek Stuart­Findlay on (021) 788 2502. Wednesday 27 March V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Art Society will hold a meeting at the Nerina Gardens Hall at 19:00. Local artist Tim Johnson will give a talk on Digital Art. Everyone is welcome; visitors pay R10. For further details call Ann Zwets on (021) 782 6297. V Simon’s Town: A presentation titled Travels Along the Nile in Egypt with David Woods will be held at the Simon’s Town Museum in Court Road at 17:30 for 18:00. Entrance, at R20, includes a glass of wine or fruit juice. Phone Yvonne Mawhinney on (021) 786 4404. V Plumstead: Hear2day, an NPO for hearing impaired persons, will hold an open meeting in

V Simon’s Town: Celebrate the birthday and life of Simon’s Town’s remarkable Great Dane, Just Nuisance, during the annual dog parade. Register and start at Cole Point parking area outside the False Bay Yacht Club from 09:30. Entrance is a tin of dog food or a cash donation – both of which will be donated to local dog charities. For the more energetic dogs and owners, walk up the steps to Just Nui­ sance’s grave. Meet at the bottom of the Klaver Steps at 07:45 to start at 08:00. Bring water and poop bag. Dogs need to be kept on a leash and under control. Phone Niki on 083 977 9182 (parade) and Fiona on 072 972 2047 (walk to grave site). Tuesday 2 April V Muizenberg: The library will be closed for maintenance from today until Saturday 1 June. Wednesday 3 April V Fish Hoek: The Cape Women’s Agricutural Association Fish Hoek branch will hold its monthly meeting in the Fish Hoek Civic Centre minor hall at 09:30. The guest speaker will be Kay Price­Lindsay from Toastmasters. Visitors are welcome at a R10 entrance fee. Refresh­ ments will be served. Phone Pat James on (021) 782 2379. Saturday 6 April V Muizenberg: A four­week Divorce Recovery Course, by author Helen Phillips, will be held at CCFM Radio in Main Road. Topics to be discussed include Regaining your Self­esteem, Breaking Soul Ties, Forgiveness and How to Move on. For more information phone Jackie on (021) 788 9492 or Helen on (021) 788 9554.

NEW LOOK: As of Monday 1 April the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay will be closing its doors to the public for at least six months, while it undergoes a massive refurbishment. The team will be working on new teaching materials and curriculum, while at the same time putting together a new and exciting shark and marine exhibi­ tion. During this period the centre will continue to welcome school visits and other group bookings, as marine education remains a key priority. A grand reopening is planned for November. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

V Simon’s Town: The Homemade Market will be held at the Simon’s Town Library hall from 09:00 to noon. Delicious homemade bakes and great crafts will be on sale. Enquiries to Sharon James on (021) 785 5322. Tuesday 9 April V Fish Hoek: False Bay Volunteer Emergency Medical Services will hold its annual meeting at False Bay Hospital in 17th Avenue. Wednesday 10 April V Fish Hoek: The South African Association of Retired Persons’ (Saarp) Fish Hoek branch will host a talk on food safety and quality, foods

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EDITORIAL COMMENT

Cross roads

ABOUT a decade ago the roads leading through the Eastern Cape were atrocious. Littered with the rusty remains of cars that had landed in dongas, it was a scrap metal dealer’s dream. That is, if they had the wherewithal, never mind the equipment, to reap the rich pickings left behind by car owners who had no inclination of carting their wrecks back to civilisation. Fast forward to more recent years and the drive through the Eastern Cape is a pleasure. Travellers can pull over at rest stops to admire the scenery. A particular spot near a waterfall is a favourite stop over. The N1 has, in parts, had a welcome makeover. But it is nearly Easter, and the death toll on South Africa’s roads continues to defy all attempts by the government to stymie these figures. There is precious little any government can do about driver fatigue and those individuals who insist on driving vehicles which are not roadworthy, or others who fail to see the danger of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Drivers do strange things while they should be focusing on the road. One could seriously question the fear factor of the threat to confiscate driver’s cellphones. Some, unfortunately, take longer to get the message than others. No pun intended. Hit them where it hurts most – in the pocket? If a driver is travelling on the roads while drunk and does not even care for his or her own life, who is to say they would spare a thought for the lives of pedestrians or fellow road users? It all comes down to enforcing the law. Bring out the boys in blue to do spot checks on vehicle roadworthiness. Start with the buses and taxis ferrying people long-distance every weekend, especially over the big days like Easter and Christmas. Do not spare the drivers of luxury vehicles. No driver should think they’re above the law. Perhaps it is wiser to simply stay at home and count your blessings.

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Set circus animals free AS AN independent animal activist who participated in the circus protest I totally distance myself from Amelia Carthy’s comments (“Turnaround at circus protest”, People’s Post, 26 February). I believe she spoke for herself, not the protest. There is simply no “rewards based” only training of wild animals. If there was, every trainer will go in the ring with a bag of treats, and not with whips and poles. The animals will also not be snarling and have their ears flattened when they perform – they only do that when they anticipate attack/pain. None of the tricks performed by the animals are “natural” as claimed by McLaren. The animals used by the circus are doomed to a miserable life of captivity, primarily in travelling crates, 365 days a year. No animal, domestic or otherwise, should be subjected to that kind of life. The cruel exploitation of animals for entertainment should be banned outright. Humans choose to perform in the circus and have freedom of movement. The animals are locked up, and have no choice – set them free! Nikki Elliot, Email Amelia Carthy responds: I would like to share a humbling experience recently where I learnt the valuable lesson of “ask first, shout later”. On learning the circus was in town, I expended oodles of energy, denouncing this atrocity. I arranged two protests and annihilated my friends with an evil look if they mentioned going to the circus. Saturday, armed with posters and fliers, I stood on the opposite side of the road with friends who had rallied to join me in ridding us of the evils of this world. A war of words between activists and the circus ensued, flying across the road from both sides. From their side: “Hey, blondie, I bet your hair dye is tested on animals.” And from ours: “Animals are declawed, doped and electric shocked.” All angry, emotive, unscientific and irrelevant statements with no bearing on the issue at hand. In the midst of the vitriolic flying spittle, Casey McCoy the Big Cat trainer came across to chat and offer some rational information to those of us who would listen and offer a visit to see first-hand how the animals lived and were trained.

I took him up on his offer – to get my facts straight on the training methods and lives of the animals before I was to continue to fight the fight against this circus. McCoy (armed with a cup of tea) went in among his four juvenile tigers to take them through their tricks. Did they show fear, aggression, submission? Not from where I sat. They sidled up, rubbing themselves against him, rolling around on their backs looking completely relaxed, their main focus, the treat on the end of his stick. I was shown around the site, the routine of each animal explained. I thought of all the emails I had sent to venues in the past where I had tried to convince them to not host the circus and kicked myself for my hot-headed and ignorant actions. A venue with huge grassy fields means the ponies and camels are able to stretch their legs and graze, and the big cats can lie on the grass outside in their play enclosure. Activists sabotaging venues ahead of time is only detrimental to the animals as they end up on a small tar parking lot, the only venue which will have them. Is everything black and white? For some it is. For some there is only one outcome, but this can also be seen as fundamentalism. Have I turned to the dark side? No. Have I changed my mind about animals in circuses? No. Can one make general sweeping statements about how circus animals are treated? No. Do I believe these animals are enduring incredible suffering? No more so than a (herd animal) racehorse stuck for hours in a stable to ensure the safety of his million dollar legs or a (pack animal) dog left alone at home all day with no companionship while we are at work so we have a pet or guard dog. Are there far more worthy causes than these animals? Yes! You just need to drive for five minutes anywhere in this country to see incredible animal suffering. Will I be protesting again? No, I will try and make less of an impact at home in my community and choose my battles more carefully. And, as my boyfriend gently points out to me, I can start with walking my dogs – who have been neglected in favour of this cause – more often.

Who is responsible for accidents? IN RESPONSE to “All I want to do is drive” (People’s Post, 19 March). As a former centre manager of Sun Valley Shopping Centre, I fully understand where your plea is coming from, and I understand the centre management’s position. Centre managers are employed to manage the property on behalf of the owner. They steward the building as a whole. They are there to ensure the well-being and safety of staff and all customers who use the centre. Should a learner driver have an accident on private property, who is responsible? Does the owner of the centre take care of the injured or do you? Who pays out if the injured sue? I never allowed learner drivers on site. It is irresponsible of any centre manager to do so. All shopping centres are privately owned – you would not like it if someone came onto your property and did just as they please. Hence the owners of centres have to ensure the safety of all who use their car parks and buildings. This has been an age old problem and I have always felt it should be addressed by the City of Cape Town. They need to provide space for learner drivers in the valley. I agree, Mike Boyle is an excellent teacher and a nice man. All the best with your venture. Louise de Bruyn, Email

Get a reliable housesitter IN RESPONSE to the letter “Be careful when using a housesitter” (People’s Post, 19 March). I suggest when needing a housesitter, that one goes to their local vet who can advise on a reliable and trustworthy housesitter – with whom they are acquainted and not someone who nobody knows. Frances Bowring, Kalk Bay


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Improvement about more than about making a quick buck EVER noticed how many plans to “improve” Muizenberg are centred around getting rid of the homeless? Being pestered at work and harassed when going anywhere in Muizenberg I can understand these sentiments, but considering we live in a country where more than half of adults are unemployed, I’m not sure how well these plans will work. So many organisations claim that for only a small sum a day they can “help”. When someone, who used to be on the streets, comes to me sober, and tells me how he’s found work because the people at such a place helped him out, then I will donate my small amount. Until then, I can only suspect we are not dealing with charities, but businesses, and worse still, ones which exploit the poor for their own gain. Business concerns also appear when people bring up their plans for “improving” Muizenberg. We hear of how disgusting Muizenberg has become and how we are all at risk even in our homes, followed by plans to fix it all by turning Muizenberg into a modern lucrative business district where property values will be far higher. If the only solution to crime and homelessness (which are actually different things) is to “improve” Muizenberg to the point where my rundown block of flats is demolished to make room for an office building which will make the property owner rich and me homeless, I’ll take my chances being knifed in (chainstore) parking lot. I’m not standing up for all homeless peo-

ple or saying they’re not a problem, but not all of them are. And of those who are, there are those who are sometimes a small problem and those who are a menace. We know who these people are; it is not like they’re hiding from us. With the economy as it is, I feel it is naive and stupid to even mention getting homeless people out of Muizenberg. Where would you send them? Among these people there are some who love Muizenberg and see it as more than a giant garbage can they can raid for food. The sad thing is that if they were ever consulted on how to “improve” Muizenberg they might be eager, helpful even. For some on the streets, actually improving Muizenberg would be improving their lives as well. I’m not sure turning this place into a huge office block and shopping centre district will make anyone’s lives safer or happier. Sadly most plans for “improvement” don’t even go that far. They are aimed at painting over the cracks and making things pretty so that they can be sold to some idiot. There are a number of con artists at work on the beachfront, some better dressed than others. Perhaps next time someone tells you how you can fix everything – whether they be the chairperson of whichever body, a charity or some drunk hanging onto your arm – ask: Do they live in and love Muizenberg, or are they out to make a quick buck? Patrick Gill, Muizenberg

‘Trusted friend’ is our housesitter glars”. We subsequently discovered that she had hardly ever been at the house. Our neighbour told us her car was seldom seen and our little dog had been left crying day and night, while locked in a bathroom. It cost us a lot of money to replace the door and, unfortunately, we had paid up front for the sitter’s services. Fortunately a trusted friend now takes very good care of our home and, more importantly, our pets. So, as Marcia points out, be very careful who you leave in charge of your home. Linda Ray, Simon’s Town

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else. And that means I would have to be dependent. It would have required blind faith on my part in the person helping me. Pardon the pun. I could hear others talking, but could not distinguish which side of me the person was sitting. While my other senses were heightened, I was still unable to concentrate on what they key note speaker was saying because the confusion of being blind controlled my every thought. I panicked and felt like screaming: “Please let me take off this blindfold now.” A voice nearby said: “I would not be able to cope with this. Can’t we take the blindfolds off already?” The anticipation was killing us. Then I thought about how, for blind people, there is no way out, no escape route back to light, no way of getting back their sight and there was no blindfold that could be taken off later. I immediately gained respect for those who have the courage to face blindness. My favourite poem, John Milton’s On His Blindness came to mind. I felt a deep sadness and realised I never understood the poem until I was blindfolded. Five-and-a-half minutes later my world lit up. I sat there in that same chair admiring the sunlight which I take for granted every day. If colours were cookies I would devour them until I felt sick. I have never been more appreciative for the gift of sight.

ONE – every little bit of colour and light as I am subjected to five-and-ahalf minutes of utter confusion. Blindfolded, I sit among 40 other people in a large room at a League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob) conference, and I feel completely isolated. My heart beats so fast I begin to think it might tear out of my body and burst into a million pieces. Darkness consumes me. Being blind is something unimaginable to so many people. For just those few minutes in a room full of people I experienced what it would feel like to be blind. Blindfolds were handed out and we were not allowed to take them off until the allotted time had passed. Wishing for it to be over, I desperately wanted to see who the person was talking on the other side of the table. I felt so frustrated. Questions rushed through my mind. What if I had to walk to the other side of the room on my own? Dreading the request from the key speaker to do anything but to sit down in a chair, I was afraid I would hurt myself by walking into, stumbling over, slipping on or falling over something. What if I was asked to eat something that was placed in front of me? What would I taste? Would I know what I am eating? Would I mess on my clothes? Where would the knife and fork be? How do I find a serviette? I would most likely have to ask someone

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MASQUE THEATRE: LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Marriage made in heaven?

LATE FLOWERING, directed by John Chapman and Ian Davidson, will take to the stage of Muizenberg’s Masque Theatre from Wednesday 3 to Saturday 13 April. The play tells the story of Constance Beauchamp, an elegant spinster who runs a marriage bureau in a fashionable area of London. She is assisted by a diligent secretary, who is set in her ways and prefers an oldfashioned filing systems. Nevertheless, Constance insists on installing a computer. A bachelor is sent to train

them and adds his own details into the system, in the hopes of finding an ideal mate. The play features Nigel Sweet, Sheila Inglis, Bernie Jacobs, Pat Boothman and Jane de Sousa. Shows run every day, expect Mondays and Tuesdays, at 20:00 on weeknights and 14:30 and 18:30 in Satursdays. Sunday shows will be staged at 15:00. Tickets cost R55 and R65. To book your place phone (021) 788 1898 or email 2 bookings@masquetheatre.co.za

LOVE PREVAILS: From left, Sheila Inglis, Pat Boothman and Nigel Sweet in Late Flowering. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

MUSIC MAN: Pedro Espi­Sanchis returns with another fun­filled children’s show, Cowbells and Tortoise Shells, at the Kalk Bay Theatre from Wednesday 27 March to Sunday 7 April at 11:00. The production of interactive storytelling takes children on an African adventure. Espi­Sanchis tells stories of hunters, ruthless chiefs and tortoise tears, using his gift as both a musician and a storyteller. The tales feature an interesting array of instruments. The show is suitable for children aged four to nine. Espi­Sanchis grew up in Spain and France and came to SA as a professional musician at the age of 19. He was soon introduced to African music and began his lifelong career of learning and teaching in this field. He established the African music programme at UCT and has run extensive teacher­training programmes across southern Africa and internationally. Tickets are R50. For bookings and further information visit www.kbt.co.za. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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All the world is a stage AUDITIONS for Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca, will be held at Rendezvous in Promenade Road, Muizenberg, on Saturday 13 April at 14:30. Call back auditions will be held at the same venue on Wednesday 17 April at 19:30. The play requires a woman in her late 60s and another in her late 20s, as well as a man in his late 60s. The play, directed by Barbara Basel, is based on the life of Helen Martins and looks at the impact of ignorance. The play will run at the Masque Theatre from Friday 26 July until Saturday 6 August. Rehreasals will be held at Rendezvous on Mondays and Thursdays from 19:30 until 22:00, and on Saturdays from 14:00 until 17:00. V For more information or a copy of the prescribed audition contact Basel on 2 barbara.basel@gmail.com or 0 082 651 1695.

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CONTINGENCY plans are in place so the show will go on while UCT’s Little Theatre is to close for maintenance work to the roof. An investigation found that the support beams were unstable, hence the closure. Performances will, meanwhile, continue in other venues. Luke Ellenbogen, production manager of the Little Theatre Complex, says: “We have reached out to the Cape Town theatre community and management, who have been very sympathetic and helpful in looking at possible spaces and slots to offer us.” As the Little Theatre is used regularly for teaching, UCT’s Drama Department is working hard to ensure that teaching productions and work are not jeopardised. V For further information on the Little Theatre contact Ellenbogen on (021) 480 7128 or e-mail luke.ellenbogen@uct.ac.za.


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Alex aims for aqua glory LIAM MOSES

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N 11-year-old Milkwood Park resident is set to tackle the biggest challenge of his young life on Monday 1 April. Alex Boettger, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, aims to swim 100m across the Silvermine Dam in an attempt to raise funds for his charity, the Alex Boettger Trust. Boettger, who is wheelchair-bound, says he decided to take to the waters to challenge himself. His enjoyment of the sport also played a pivotal role in his decision. “I didn’t come up with the idea myself. My mom kind of encouraged me. I like swimming because I’m free in the water – I can stand and (do so much more),” he says. “I have been training in our home pool and at school. I visited Silvermine Dam on Thursday to get used to the water. It’s the same as swimming in the pool, just the water is darker. I’m not scared because lots of people swim in the dam.” Alex will be accompanied by his caregiver and a trained lifeguard during the swim, but he aims to complete the challenge without any assistance. The Sun Valley Primary pupil says his family and friends have been “very encouraging”, treating him like they would any other person taking on a challenge. The swim is a first for Alex, who has participated in other herculean challenges. Last

year he completed the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon with his mother, Andrea, pushing him in his wheelchair. A proud Andrea says tackling challenges has become a tradition in the family. “It’s important to know that Alex is just another 11-year-old who just happens to be in a wheelchair. He likes challenges; this is why he is doing this,” she says. “His 100m swim is probably equivalent to another child his age swimming a mile swim. Society isn’t really geared to challenge people in wheelchairs, so we have to figure out our own challenges. At school a normal child is challenged to try to (be selected) for the rugby team, but for Alex there isn’t anything (like that). That’s why we are creating our own challenges to test the limits like any boy would want to do.” All proceeds of the challenge will go to Trust, which was started by a group of parents whose children attend Sun Valley Primary with Alex. It ensures that he receives the care he needs. Boettger says her son would not be able to have a full-time carer – a necessity – if it were not for the fund. Anyone interested in watching the swim are welcome to attend. The family hopes the event will encourage people to donate small amounts to the Trust each month. V For more information on the Trust or to donate phone Ali Bell-Leask on 082 306 8877.

READY TO GO: Muscular dystrophy sufferer Alex Boettger (11), from Milkwood Park, Sun Valley, is set to swim 100 metres in the Silvermine Dam on Easter Monday. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES

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HE’S GOT THE MOVES Kommetjie’s Michael February dominated the inaugural RVCA Junior Series event at Jeffrey’s Bay on the weekend, winning the under­20 boys’ division, the ‘Fly Away’ award of a trip for two to J­Bay for the best aerial manoeuvre and an Apple iPad with Nixon accessories for the highest heat total of the event – an incredible 19.50 out of 20 which included a perfect 10 point ride. PHOTO: LUKE PATTERSON

Fish Hoek dominates at national champs DEFENDING CHAMPIONS Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club showed why they are such a feared unit as they continued their dominance on the third and final day of the 2013 South African Surf Lifesaving Championships. Fish Hoek SLC won their second consecutive national title in both the senior and junior divisions of the tournament in Dur-

ban on Saturday. The Far South outfit arrived in Durban as favourites and with a single goal on their minds – to claim both titles. However, few would have predicted how far ahead of their competitors they would be at the three-day competition, hosted by Marine SLC at Addington Beach. Having lead in both divisions at the close

RUNNING HARD: Micro nippers from the under­6 age group race in a beach sprint at Fish Hoek beach on Sunday in the second annual Micro Nipper Carnival. LIAM MOSES OVER 115 young lifeguards in training attended the second annual Micro-Nipper Carnival at the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club on Sunday. The tournament saw boys and girls in the under-6 and under-8 age groups from Clifton, Big Bay and Strandfontein, as well as the hosts compete in beach sprints, board dashes and surf dashes on the Fish Hoek beach. Penny Brouckaert, nipper coach and pub-

the first two days, Fish Hoek continued to grab podium finishes on the final day. Final day stand-out performances from the senior section’s overall victors included a monumental effort from under-16 Kirsten Flanagan, as she claimed the senior women’s Ironwoman title. Pairing up with Lisa Cowling, Flanagan also won several team events, including

ON YOUR MARKS: Micro nippers from the under­8 age group assemble at the start line of the board run at Fish Hoek beach on Sunday in the second annual Micro Nipper Carnival. 115 under­6’s and under­8’s from the Fish Hoek, Big Bay, Clifton and Strandfontein surf lifesaving clubs took part in the event. PHOTOS: LIAM MOSES

Aspiring lifeguards do battle in Fish Hoek lic relations officer at the host club, says the inaugural event was hosted by Clifton last year. “The micro nippers are not officially a competition age group. They are just doing it for fun because the competition only starts at under-10, when they are eight or nine years old,” she says. “Clifton hosted the first micro-nippers

the senior women’s taplin, board rescue, double ski, single ski relay and surf swim events. The Fish Hoek Seniors team ended on 433 points, with Durban Surf coming in second on 321 points. In the junior division the club ended on a mammoth 799, with hosts Marine coming in second on a mere 446 points.

carnival last year just for the kids to participate against other clubs. Lifesaving Western Province prefers participation rather than competition, which is why we call it a carnival.” The beach sprints pitted the youngsters against each other on a short track. The board dash saw them run from the sand into the water before paddling around

two markers and running back to the finish line on the beach. The surf dash course lead them from the beach through some of the shallow water and back onto the finish line in the sand. Brouckaert says all participants received a medal, a t-shirt and a backpack from the event sponsors DHL. “The first-placed person in every event received a ball, swimming cap, box of chocolates and other prizes.” V More photos on www.peoplespost.co.za


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