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THURSDAY 27 February 2014 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: email@example.com | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za | Mobisite: ppost.mobi MURKY: The water quality at Fish Hoek Beach displays an alarming increase in Ecoli. Monthly tests will be conducted. PHOTO: FILE
FISH HOEK BEACH: SHARP INCREASE IN ECOLI LEVELS
T roubled oubled w wat aters ers Troubled waters MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval
uestions about the water quality at Fish Hoek Beach have arisen. Following an increase in E-coli levels, officials from the City of Cape Town’s Department of Water and Sanitation say stormwater outlets are being negatively affected. South Peninsula Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase said the bacteria in the water is a result of dirt bins being washed and the water entering drains. “The E-coli levels are not from sewerage, but from the dirt being washed out of bins. There are harmful biodegradable products being filtered into the stormwater system, which, in turn, are affecting the beach,” Pur-
chase said. Speaking during the subcouncil meeting last week, Andrew Taylor from the City’s water and sanitation department confirmed sewers were not the cause of the E-coli levels and urged residents and businesses to not clean bins or food particles run into stormwater drains. “The system in Fish Hoek is old, but functional. If the community wants Fish Hoek Beach to be a Blue Flag beach they will have to earn it,” he said. Purchase explained the Blue Flag status of Fish Hoek Beach was taken away a few years ago after the City “spread out” the Blue Flag beaches across the peninsula. According to the City’s website, Blue Flag status indicates that beaches and marinas are clean, have adequate ablution facilities
and parking, are environmentally sound, are safe and secure to visit, and adhere to international safety and tourism standards. In Cape Town, there are eight Blue Flag beaches: Bikini, Camps Bay, Clifton 4th, Llandudno, Mnandi, Muizenberg, Silwerstroomstrand and Strandfontein beaches. Purchase said the stormwater outlet near the lighthouse is mostly affected. She added officials will conduct monthly tests to examine water quality. “This will reveal where the high concentrations of E-coli are. There are ways to determine the area where the water is being affected,” Purchase said. The cleaning of bins or draining food into the stormwater system is illegal, she warned. Purchase further suggested residents and
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businesses drain the dirty water from bins on grass or soil to prevent harm to the water. Giving an update on the construction of the Clovelly pump station, Brian Thompson said building work is 70% complete. He said due to delays the project is expected to be completed in November. In her chairperson’s report, Purchase also raised concerns about the low bacteriological pollution levels in the Fish Hoek wetlands. “In an algal analysis, officials found the presence of certain algae species which have led to dogs who drink the water getting sick,” she said “Until this is sorted, we ask that people please do not let their dogs drink the water.” V Share your thoughts. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
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ROAD SAFETY: TAXI ASSOCIATION AND DEALERSHIP ENTER AGREEMENT
Safer public transport – at a steep price TARRENLEE HABELGAARN @LeeLaVidaLoca
axi drivers say safer minibuses are coming at too steep a price. The newly-launched Impendulo taxi is geared at creating the safest journey for public transport users as well as those behind the wheel. Translated to “the answer” in Zulu, the Impendulo costs R306 900. It boasts seat belts on every seat, a smart working cockpit, ABS brake assist and balanced layout which seats an equal amount of passengers on both sides. While the creators of this “newly improved public transport model” feel it is the answer to improving road safety, taxi drivers and owners feel the answer comes at a steep price. This initiative is a joint venture between the South African National Taxi Council and Group 1 Nissan. According to the agreement, the profits from sales of the new Nissan NV350 taxi will be split equally. This will provide funds for taxi owners to maintain their vehicles and also pay their drivers better wages. Taxi owner Justice Marobele says he is ecstatic about the features of the Impendulo and thinks all taxi owners would invest in the minibus if the price were adjusted. “I met with some taxi owners last week and we all feel that it is a lot of money to spend on new taxis. We don’t know how much was spent on manufacturing the minibus, but if we could reach an agreement to lower the price it would be ideal,” he says. There are many features of the Impendulo that will improve the journey for both drivers and passengers, Marobele agrees. “It is better designed than the Quantum.
IMPROVED: Group 1 Nissan managing director Marcel Swanepoel and SANTACO deputy chairperson Nazeem Abdurahman test the new Impendulo minibus. PHOTO: TARRENLEE HABELGAARN
I think mechanically and safety-wise they have produced a good product. We just need a better price,” he maintains. Deputy chairperson of SANTACO Nazeem Abdurahman says despite popular belief, the high and constantly rising costs of running a taxi means the owners are left with extremely small profit margins. “Fuel, service and tyre costs are increasing all the time. As a result, and in order to keep the very small margin between income
and costs, the taxi drivers are under enormous pressure to carry as many passengers as they possibly can every day,” he says. “As we know, and from some tragic events, this situation means that road safety is sometimes compromised. We believe that this deal is a big step towards involving the industry in helping to address the province’s commuter safety crisis,” he says. “Group 1 Nissan is making a bold statement on behalf of the industry and we applaud the dealership for helping us meet some of our biggest challenges in this way.” Provincial minister of transport Robin Carlisle reminded all involved that it is essential that the taxi industry strengthens its bonds with other associations.
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“The roleplayers are leading an experiment that is hugely important to the taxi industry,” he says. “Transparency will be key in the success of this project. If this initiative fails it will be difficult to convince other companies to come on board in similar collaborations.” Nissan Group 1 managing director Marcel Swanepoel says the only way that the taxi industry can be empowered is to have the proper means to deal with their issues. “We’re very proud to have carved this deal. While it is a big step, it’s actually only the first small move towards helping the taxi industry help more than a million people a day. It will help people rely upon a more supportive and safer taxi industry.”
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NOORDHOEK: LAND ZONED FOR APPROPRIATE USE
Farm given the thumbs up MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval
he Docke family in Noordhoek can breathe a sigh of relief as the controversy over their horse stables has come to an end. This comes after their application to have their farm rezoned was approved by the South Peninsula Subcouncil last week. Prior to the meeting, one of the objectors sent a lawyer’s letter asking for the application to be deferred to the City of Cape Town’s Spatial Planning, Environmental and Land Use Management (Spelum). The letter read by subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase questioned the impartiality of the councillors, stated the objector is out of the country and asked that the item be withdrawn from the agenda. The objectors requested their lawyer to be present while the item was being heard, but after receiving word from him that he was unable to attend, councillors sought advice from City of Cape Town speaker Dirk Smit. “We were told that we would be allowed to make a ruling on the application. The correction of the zoning was a mistake made by the City and postponing this item will severely prejudice the applicants,” Purchase said. According to the report the farm was previously zoned as amenities under the old zoning scheme and consisted of riding stables. Under the new Cape Town Zoning Scheme, all properties zoned as amenities were converted to Limited Use and objections about the presence of stables were raised by two neighbours in this regard. In the application, the Docke’s state the bulk of their property has been used for agri-
HORSING AROUND: The South Peninsula Subcouncil have approved an application to correct the zoning of the Docke Farm in Noordhoek. PHOTO: SUPPLIED culture since 1853. The report states the current owners have been farming there since 1975. According to the objector’s report, both the old and new zoning schemes do not allow for the commercialisation of a property zoned as amenities of limited use. It says the illegal stables cannot be regularised without due process. “This requires
the correct zoning permitting the unauthorised uses be put in place,” it reads. The application, which received a joint objection from two neighbours, also received more than 100 letters of support. An official from the City’s planning department said their recommendation was that a portion of the land be zoned agricultural and another as limited use.
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ith the constantly rising fuel costs, public transport is the cheapest means of travelling in the province. Commuters travel via train, taxi and bus daily, but gripe that is is unreliable and not always the safest means of getting around. Unreliable public transport also negatively affects the economy and the work force. People’s Post readers share their thoughts on what is needed to turn things around.
COLIN PHILANDER feels public transport can be improved. “It’s easier for me to travel to work by train, but they need to upgrade it and create bet ter ventilation. Windows don’t open halfway and there are so many people squashed in a carriage.”
CARLA WILSON does not take public transport at all. “I travel with my own car daily because I don’t think public transport is safe. I would rather pay a lot of money for petrol for my car.”
SCHALK LOMBARD takes the train occasionally when he doesn’t have a lift to get to work. “Trains are cheaper but not reliable. They come late or sometimes they don’t even pitch.”
DANIEL BOONZAAIER occasionally uses public transport, but is unimpressed with the service. “I don’t take the train every day as it’s always full. If I had the money I would travel by car everyday.”
LIESL AVONTUUR says she only makes use of pub lic transport when push comes to shove. “I usually drive to work but petrol prices continue to in crease. Public transport is cheap and convenient, but then I’d be faced with overloaded vehicles.”
ZAMA SIMBOSINI says he doesn’t have his own car and is forced to use public transport. “I’m un employed so I can’t afford a car. I use the train but it is very unreliable. The trains are always full and regularly delayed.”
COLLEEN STARKE says she does occasionally use public transport. “ But I don’t like taking a taxi because the drivers don’t care for others on the road. I don’t think government cares enough to improve the public transport system either.”
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Prepare for an ink fest of note this weekend at the Cape Tattoo Expo. Now in its sixth year, the festival that showcases all aspects of tattoo culture has become a staple on local calendars. It was from wanting to bring her overseas convention experiences home that Manuela Gray, of Wildfire Tattoos, decided to start the Cape Tattoo Expo. “There was no platform to promote our industry at that level at all,” she says. “So after meeting a lot of awesome tattooers around the world and convincing them to come to Cape Town, the first international Cape Town convention was born.” This year’s expo will run from 28 Febru-
ary to 2 March at the Cape Town City Hall. Apart from the local and international tattoo artists who will be showcasing their work, attendees can also look forward to a “Victorian Oddities” themed art exhibition and live entertainment on the Saturday night. “The idea of the expo is to provide the public with an environment where they can get tattooed by great artists of their choosing,” Gray explains. “It’s also a platform for tattoo artists to showcase their artistry, skill, and creativity in an open and social environment and for the public to see how varied and evolved the industry has become.”
Gray believes that the convention has helped remove some of the stigmas around tattoos. “The event is of a very high standard, which of course helps to change perceptions,” she explains. “But overall the stigmas are pretty outdated. We are living in a different world now, and personal expression is encouraged.” Gray says the traditional style of tattoos is currently very popular. Should you consider getting inked, she advises: “Do your research on artists, ideas and sterilisation.” There will also be a ‘tattoo-athon’ over
the coming months in aid of the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of SA. “The same good quality tattoos being done by awesomely talented artists from around the world,” is what Gray says expo fans can expect this year. A “killer” art exhibition, showcasing a book by Queen’s Brian May, and a night of rocking to top musicians are other highlights she lists. V Tickets cost R100 per day or R250 for the weekend. Book through www.quicket.co.za. Weekend passes include free entry to the live music show on Saturday night. V Doors open at 17:00 on Friday and at 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday. V For more information on the tattoo expo and events on the weekend visit www.capetattooconvention.co.za.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Carpenters are working on the fishing boat, Sea Pride, in the dry dock of Hout Bay Harbour. The woodwork of the boat, which is older than 50 years, has started to rot and is being replaced. PHOTO: JACO MARAIS/FOTO24
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KALK BAY: ALLOCATION PROCESS REVISITED
Probe into fishing rights MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval
plea on behalf of fishermen from faith leaders across Cape Town was handed to Tina Joemat-Pettersson, national minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries this week. The plea, written by religious heads from Kalk Bay, Hout Bay and Plumstead, asks the minister to consider the role of heritage in the granting of fishing rights. Joemat-Pettersson announced the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) will launch an audit into the Fishing Rights Allocation Process (Frap). She made the announcement during a press conference on Sunday, where fishermen gathered outside the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Kalk Bay. Joemat-Pettersson said following the concerns raised by line fishermen regarding the Frap, the ministry has appointed Harris Nupen Molebatsi Attorneys to advise on the appeals process. “They will undertake an urgent independent audit of the rights allocation process to ensure it was compliant with all relevant policies and legislation. They have considerable experience in the fisheries sector and in the field of administrative law. They will commence work immediately,” she said. Fishermen gathered outside the church and waited for her to leave the venue. Here crewmen made an appeal
OPEN DIALOGUE: Joao Simoes questions national minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina JoematPet tersson about the rights of crewmen and asked her to have a firsthand experience of their daily routines. PHOTOS: JACO MARAIS/FOTO24
for Daff to take note of their concerns. Fishermen associations said they were not impressed and said two months was not enough time. According to the appeal, Kalk Bay Harbour is the last harbour where traditional wooden-hulled fishing boats can be found. “They represent a history that is fast disappearing,” it states. It further says there needs to be a policy which gives recognition to heritage, history and tradition.
The department says 3490 application rights across all fishing sectors were received and 593 granted. In the traditional linefish sector, there were 1566 applications, while only 215 could be approved. Commenting on the Frap, Joemat-Pettersson said because many did not receive quotas, they will protest. “People must accept that is the nature of rights over a limited resource, as we do our best to sustain our fishing stocks for future gener-
ations,” she said. In addition to the audit, Daff has extended the deadline for appeals to April. “This will also mean an extension to the interim relief provided to those who previously held fishing rights,” Joemat-Pettersson explained. Daff will also embark on a “listening exercise and communications campaign”. This, she said, will give people who have grounds to appeal an opportunity to speak to Daff directly before the new cut-off date.
UNDER SIEGE: Tina JoematPetters son visited the Kalk Bay community to allay fears. South African United Fishing Forum (Sauff) chairperson Pedro Garcia says the extension would make no difference. “The audit won’t make a difference either. The heritage of fishermen should have been part of the Frap criteria in the first place,” he says. V If you have enquiries about the Fishing Rights Allocations Process, phone (021) 402 3576. V Share your thoughts on fishing rights. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
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CHRONIC PATIENTS: STUDY REVEALS ACCESS TO MEDICATION
Living hope for sick in Far South MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval
ith the effective dispensary of medication, patients suffering from chronic illnesses in the Far South are receiving everything they need to treat their illnesses. A recent study by a group of students from the University of Cape Town Medical School reveals the successes in the public health sector across communities. While completing their public health block at Living Hope, the group say they were pleasantly surprised to see the progress made in the Far South. The study, conducted last month, focused on home-bound patients in Masiphumelele, Capricorn and Ocean View. There were 95 patients receiving care from Living Care, a division of Living Hope which provides health services including home-based palliative care and community-based support groups, during the period. Patients below the age of 18 and those physically and psychologically unable to provide informed consent were excluded from the study. In total, 88 patients were interviewed. There were 21 from Masiphumelele, 24 from Capricorn and 43 from Ocean View. Student Sobhaka Chrisenduth says they investigated the circumstances which affected patients not having access to their medication.
WHITE COATS: A group of medical students have completed a study on patients with chronic illnesses in the Far South. Pictured, from left, are Lerato Masenya, Moba Lelahane, Sobhaka Chrisenduth and Nicholas Darch. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL “We were surprised by the results. We found that 94% of the 88 patients interviewed had no problems getting their med-
ication,” she says. Chrisenduth further explains that, of this total, patients in Ocean View had the
highest rate of access (100%) followed by Masiphumelele (95%) and Capricorn (83%). The group has attributed this to the short distance patients in Ocean View and Masiphumelele have to walk to get their medication. However, patients in Capricorn are not as fortunate. Here the study reveals only 12% were able to walk to the Retreat Day Hospital, while 88% relied on motorised transport. Student Nicholas Darch says other issues such as waiting times affected the statistics. The study reveals patients from Capricorn waited in line for more than four hours for their medication, while patients in Masiphumelele and Ocean View waited up to one hour. “It was a statistic that really stood out for us. When you compare the three communities, you find that patients from the Far South are better off because these dispensaries cater directly to these communities,” he says. Darch adds the wide area covered by Retreat Day Hospital meant more patients and longer lines. Student Lerato Masenya says working in the Far South has shown how the public health sector could be improved by nongovernmental organisations. “Living Hope has shown how effective this partnership can be and I think it’s a model that could work in other communities across the country,” she says.
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Thursday 27 February V Fish Hoek: Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association will hold its annual meeting at the civic centre at 19:30. The guest speaker, Matthew Gray from Matthew Gray Architects and Urban Design, will speak on Safe Streets Fish Hoek – What the neighbourhood should watch. All welcome; refreshments will be served. Phone Janet Holwill on (021) 785 1328 or Allen RoseInnes on (021) 782 4279. V Muizenberg: The Friends of Muizenberg Library will hold its annual meeting at the library at 10:00. All welcome. Friday 28 February V Fish Hoek: Author Claire Robertson will speak on her book Spiral House at the next Literary Tea at Fish Hoek Library at 10:00. Entry is R20 and copies of the book will be on sale. Phone Jen Strickland on (021) 782 7337. Saturday 1 March V Simon’s Town: The Homemade Market will be held at Simon’s Town Library hall from 09:00 to noon. Homemade food, preserves, cheeses, plants, clothing, soaps and candles will be on sale. Phone Sharon James on (021) 785 5322. V Glencairn: There will be a car boot sale at the Phoenix Lodge at 06:00. Entry is R30 per car. Phone Mike on (021) 782 3426. V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Methodist Church will host a craft market from 08:00 to 12:00. Call Yvonne on 082 685 2099 or (021) 782 2687. V Kalk Bay: The 29th annual Fish Fare will take place at the Holy Trinity Church in Main Road at 10:30. There will be food stalls, including braaied yellow tail, tradi
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ALL SMILES: The children from the Sinothando Creche in Masiphumelele will soon have more to smile about. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Sale set to upgrade a local creche To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Longbeach Craft Market will hold a charity sale from today (Thursday 27 February) to Tuesday 4 March. Owner Jenny Radcliffe says the market has had a wonderful 10 years of operating and now plans to give back. Funds raised will be donated to the Sinothando Creche in Masiphumelele. “It is now our turn to give back to those who are underprivileged. The creche is privately owned and one of many in Masiphumelele which do not receive much funds,” she explains. There are 53 children aged between two
and five years, in a small space with four teachers. Radcliffe says she will match the money raised from the sale and upgrade the creche by adding synthetic grass to the outside play area, put up umbrellas for outside classroom activities and add a CD player for the children to listen to nursery rhymes and children’s music. “We appeal to the public to support this worthy cause of social upliftment. Thank you to everyone, including my staff, for a wonderful 10 years and the very best for the next 10 years to come,” she says. V For more information phone (021) 785 7259.
Church bazaar in Fish Hoek The NG Church Fish Hoek will hold its annual Fish Festival and Bazaar at Laerskool Paul Greyling on Saturday 8 March from 08:00 to 13:00. There will be various stalls selling delicious treats, including a homebakes stall,
boerewors stands and a seafood stall. There will also be a great entertainment including a tea garden, jumping castles, a slip and slide and a car wash. V For more information phone Wilma on 082 651 0289.
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 27 February 2014
OCEAN VIEW: SIBLING ACCUSED OF ARSON
Fiery family feud MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval
ing bricks at their dwelling. “Some of the bricks came through the window and nearly hit our children. So I got my n Ocean View man appeared in the Si- children and escaped,” she says. While his family escaped, Arendse stayed mon’s Town Magistrate’s Court last week after he tried to burn down his behind to gather their valuables. “I was looking for our identity documents, brother’s home. Sitting in the lounge of a relative, Rashied my son’s school bag and other belongings Arendse and his partner Bilquees Jenkins when I smelt something burning,” Arendse hold their six-month-old son and tell their says. Jenkins says the brother started burning story of horror. The couple were living in a wendy house a broken plastic bucket which he used to set in Canary Street when, after a fight with their home alight. “I tried to kill the fire, but he threatened Arendse’ brother, the couple and their chilto hit me and I backed off. I ran away and dren nearly died. Arendse says he returned home and got somebody to call the police,” she says. Meanwhile, Arendse was trapped inside “walked into an argument”. “My brother and Bilquees were fighting and he demand- the burning house looking for a way to escape. ed we leave the property,” he says. Without the knowledge of onlookers, The couple refused to do so and went into their dwelling when they heard a loud bang. Arendse escaped. His brother was later arJenkins says they saw the brother throw- rested. Ocean View police confirm the incident, but cannot explain why the charge is arson and not attempted murder. The couple are undergoing counselling at the station’s victim support room, where counsellors are helping them deal with the trauma and rebuild their lives. Counsellors are appealing for donations of building materials for the couple. They have received permission to build a shack on the grounds of a property owned by a relative. V If you would like to help, call the Ocean Victim Support Room on UP IN FLAMES: A Ocean View couple are trying to rebuild View their home which was gutted in an arson attack. (021) 783 8320 from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00. PHOTO: BERNADETTE CREWEBROWN from
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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 27 February 2014
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: PAYING TRIBUTE TO HARD WORKERS
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PUIK PRESTASIES: Leerders van die Laerskool Paul Greyling Kian Thomas (links) en Werner Voges het met die bal en kolf, onder skeidelik, op die krieketveld teen Wynberg Boys’ Junior School se o.12C span uitgeblink. Thomas het 60 lopies aangeteken, terwyl Voges ’n driekuns met die bal behaal het. Beide het ’n kolf en bal vanaf die skool ontvang. FOTO: VERSKAF
EVERLASTING NUPTIALS: Fish Hoek locals Tim and Nicola Hudson tied the knot at Constantia Christ Church in December last year. The newlyweds now live in Mokopane, Limpopo. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Comedy for a good cause Comedians Mel Jones, Dalin Oliver, Siv Ngesi and Carl Weber will team up for a laugh-athon at the Kalk Bay Theatre on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 March. The show will be held to raise funds for rising soccer star Andrew Fortune (12) from
Plumstead. Fortune has been granted the opportunity to attend the AFC Ajax training camp in Sweden. V Shows start at 20:00 and tickets are R120 and R100 for gallery seats. To book visit www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za.
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he Simon’s Town Civic Association has thanked representatives of their communities for their dedication. At their annual meeting last week Yvonne Mawhinney was named the Simon’s Town Citizen of the Year. Outgoing chairperson Lorraine Holloway says Mawhinney has been an active participant in civic and community organisations in Simon’s Town for decades. “She is the person whom every organisation dreams of having on board. Over the years she has tirelessly given of her time, experience, wise advice and skill,” she says. The association also commended Warrant Officer Nicholas Spreeth from Simon’s Town Police Station for his efforts in fighting crime. Spreeth was born in Simon’s Town and has served his community for many years. “ His job entails the inevitable paperwork, meetings, administrative tasks, training and mentoring of students and dealing with crime and the public, often in distress. Regardless of these pressures, Nicholas remains cheerful and optimistic and his interactions with the public are always positive and constructive,” Holloway says.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Lorraine Holloway (left) congratulates Yvonne Mawhin ney on her award.
TOP COP: Mark Wiley (left) thanks Warrant Officer Nicholas Spreeth for his role in fighting crime. PHOTOS: ANNELIEN DEAN
GALLOPING GRAN NY: Mavis Hutchison (right) from Fish Hoek met with pro vincial minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport Ivan Meyer last week, where she was acknowledged for her contribution to sport. She is a South African Mas ters athlete and has won five medals. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
TIME TRAVEL: Pupils from Si mon’s Town School recently participated in a Time Travel at the Simon’s Town Museum. The pupils dressed up in vin tage clothing from the 1960s and focused on historic events and sites. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Teeoff for charity at Clovelly Country Club The Sunflower Fund will host its 10th annual golf day at Clovelly Country Club on Thursday 22 May. The charity event aims to raise money for the organisation, whose sole purpose is to pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors for inclusion on the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). The more donors on the registry, the more hope leukaemia patients
have of finding their lifesaving donor match. The Sunflower Fund hopes to rally enough support and generosity so they are able to add 100 donors to the SABMR this year. This is expected to cost the organisation R200 000. The Sunflower Fund invites individuals and companies to support the special golf day. Donors can contribute a four-ball
prize or sponsor a hole. The cost of a four-ball is R3500 and there are some exceptional prizes on offer on the day. This includes golf vouchers, meal vouchers, weekends away and much more. V For further details on bone marrow stem cell donation phone. 0800 12 10 82. To enter the golf day or to sponsor a hole contact Adi Phillips on (021) 701 0661 or email@example.com.
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 27 February 2014
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 27 February 2014
PROPERTY INDUSTRY: NEW ERA FOR HARCOURTS
Bargain home: be on the alert
Harcourts enhances it rental business A
dvertorial: Harcourts Maynard Burgoyne in Fish Hoek has rebranded the Rentals Division under the Harcourts RentalsDotCom banner. This brings a number of key business and operating benefits. Under RentalsDotCom the office will introduce System enhancers that will assist in managing the growing portfolio and in turn bring information benefits to both the landlord and the tenant. The Rental Management System, which integrates the back office aspects with webbased systems, allows for easy work flow and prompt access to information. The system provides for uniform lease management from new leases through to renewals allowing the agents to process quickly and thoroughly. It also allows for efficient planning of renewals and advance communications with tenants and landlords, which in turn gives them the ability to plan accordingly. The system also caters for property management, once again combining key elements of inspections, defect history and maintenance of the properties. At the front end of the system, the tenant application process and tenant procurement are covered, to ensure no steps are missed in this vital up front aspect. This Rental management System combines with the Tenant Profile Network system, which is linked in via the internet to provide a credit check/history of tenant applications. To further enhance the RDC Rental Package, the system is linked into the Payprop Financial System which gives the landlord
R1 395 000
Quaint child-friendly home with outdoor entertainment area consisting of built in braai and solar heated pool. Open plan kitchen with laundry area, lounge and dining room. Fully walled garden and single carport.
Carol Croft 071 351 4977 Bed 3 Bath 2 Lounge 1 Gar 0
ASSISTANCE: Jacquie Wolfaardt is also of Harcourts Maynard Burgoyne in Fish Hoek.
and tenant peace of mind in the most important aspect of financial management. Payprop allows for full audit trails of tenants, utilities and landlords payments. The Payprop system also holds the deposits in trust on behalf of the tenant. “The property rentals business is essentially a simple business of obtaining properties, finding the right tenants, placing the tenants and managing the landlord and tenant during the lease period,” says Lisa Dewey. She comments further: “The hard bit is keeping the clients happy with constantly providing the required information quickly. Our RentalDotCom package gives us the ability to do this.”
Lisa has been tasked with the objective of growing the rental portfolio under the RentalsDotCom package. Jacquie Wolfaardt will be assisting Lisa in the growth plan by providing administrative backup and ensuring tenant payments come through on time and are paid out to the landlords promptly. Jacquie will also provide statements of account to both the landlord and tenants. “What I really like about the RentalsDotCom package is the integrated approach and the ability to provide information to our clients quickly, whether it be of a financial, property maintenance or lease nature.” V For further information call Lisa or Jacquie on (021) 782 6202 or visit www.fishhoek.harcourts.co.za.
Vic Duggan 083 626 0383 Bed 3 Bath 2 Lounge 2 Gar 2
R1 750 000
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Distinguished residence in harmony with its beautiful mountain setting offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area from the large covered patio. A unique property which must be seen to be believed
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R2 795 000
Ideal family home situated in quiet cul-de-sac in upmarket gated complex with sea and mountain views. Lounge with fireplace, dining area, enclosed patio. Modern fitted kitchen with separate scullery and enclosed drying yard. Double garage with direct access.
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R4 795 000
350m² home on large erf in secure estate. Executive home with many features including secluded, sheltered pool, small vineyard, fully self-contained flat plus guest room, solar heating, irrigated garden and double auto garage with workshop.
64m² apartment immediately available! This first floor single bedroom unit is close to all amenities including the railway station and beach. Large well fitted kitchen open to lounge area - very neat condition and well priced!
Wolfie 076 416 8069 Bed 1 Bath 1 Lounge 1 Gar 0
Spacious upmarket apartment situated in secure complex with swimming pool. Lounge with sliding doors leading to balcony, dining room and open plan modern kitchen with granite tops. Single garage with direct access plus carport.
Carol Croft 071 351 4977 Bed 4 Bath 2 Lounge 1 Gar 1
Modern three bedroom house set in the lovely location of Glencairn Heights. Overlooking the sea with magnificent view of Simons Town and the peninsula. Offers Welcome!!!
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THERE TO HELP: Lisa Dewey of Harcourts Maynard Burgoyne in Fish Hoek.
Buying a “fixer-upper” can save you money, and possibly put you in a preferred location less than you thought. This is according to Shaun Rademeyer, CEO of a mortgage originator. And, he says, they are definitely worth looking at because it is much better to purchase the worst home in a good neighbourhood than to buy the best home in a bad area. But Rademeyer cautions that you need to be especially careful when you consider buying a “bargain” home, because you could easily end up having to deal with much more renovation and repair work than you thought. “If the property is simply ‘tired’, it may take only a coat of paint, some modern fixtures and fittings and some landscaping to bring it up to the standard of the surrounding homes and increase its value. “But run-down properties often require quite a lot more than that, and potential buyers would be well-advised to have the ‘bargain’ property they are thinking of buying thoroughly inspected by a professional before they sign an offer to purchase.” Once you have the inspector’s report, he says, it will be much easier to be realistic about what it will really cost to renovate the home properly, and then to consult with an experienced estate agent to work out whether this expenditure would mean overcapitalising for the area. “Buyers usually find it is not worth taking on a major renovation if their plan is to complete it and re-sell within two or three years. You need to live in a renovated home for an extended period ... to recoup your purchase price and renovation expenditure.”
R1 295 000
R2 595 000
Brand new stylish home with rustic feel and many special features. Well designed open plan living area with easy flow and great entertainment capability. Lock up garage with direct access. Close to Clovelly Golf Club, beach and nature walks.
Vic Duggan 083 626 0383 Bed 3 Bath 2 Lounge 1 Gar 2
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Well finished home with fully fitted modern kitchen, open plan lounge flowing onto the sun room leading to the decked heated pool. Easy to maintain garden with access to large fully automated garage and covered carport for two vehicles.
Paul March 071 153 3558 Bed 2 Bath 2 Lounge 1 Gar 1
Carol Croft 071 351 4977 Bed 2 Bath 2 Lounge 1 Gar 0
L O S R2 950 000
Secure spacious apartment situated in a gated complex offers spacious open plan kitchen and living. On one level - no stairs! Communal pool. Short walk to beach and village. Automated single garage an optional extra. WMF6762
R1 095 000
Spacious family home - 3 beds (bic) with en-suite baths. Modern fitted kitchen with scullery, large open plan living area with flow to large timber deck & fabulous views. Enclosed heated pool and entertainment area, Dble tandem garage with direct access.
Built on a corner plot overlooking the Welcome Glen valley. Well fitted kitchen open-plan to lounge, double doors to timber deck, automated tandem garage with door leading onto veranda - great potential for a 3rd outside bedroom. Little TLC required.
Vic Duggan 083 626 0383 Bed 3 Bath 3 Lounge 1 Gar 2
Wolfie 076 416 8069 Bed 2 Bath 2 Lounge 1 Gar 2
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 27 February 2014
Weigh up cost of security measures
SECTIONAL TITLE: ‘RIGHT TO EXTEND’
It usually costs just a few hundred rand a month to help pay for measures to increase neighbourhood security, such as guarded booms, cameras or dedicated security patrols, and this is a small price to pay if you consider how such measures protect home values as well as lives and property. So says Jan Davel, managing director of an estate agency group. Davel notes that in the past year, prices in limited-access areas and those known to have active community security measures in place have risen by as much as 25%, compared with an average national house price increase of around 9%. “Security is without doubt the number -one concern for most current homebuyers, and those who would prefer not to live in a sectional title complex or a gated estate are seemingly prepared to pay quite a premium now to live in suburbs where a strong residents’ or ratepayers’ association has successfully instituted neighbourhood security measures,” he says. Statistics from property data company Lightstone show, for example, that the average home price in the fenced-off Pretoria suburb of Wapadrand has risen by 13% in the past year, while that in neighbouring Die Wilgers has remained unchanged from 2012. “And in Menlo Park, where the comprehensive security initiative instituted several years ago by the ratepayers’ association is well supported by residents, the average home price has risen 25%, compared with 13% in neighbouring Brooklyn.” Consequently, he says, those who already live in a secure suburb should not begrudge the cost of contributing to initiatives to keep it that way. “The more families that support such measures, the lower the cost for each of them – and in any case, the amount spent is bound to be much less than the cost of selling up and buying a new home in a security estate to achieve the same end.”
What to look out for W
hen a new sectional title (ST) complex is launched, the developer can elect to build fewer units than may be allowed on the site, and reserve the right, for a certain period, to develop the rest at a later stage. This, says a statement, is known as a “Section 25 right to extend”, and those buying homes in both new and established ST schemes should always check, before signing an agreement of sale, to see if such a right exists – and when it is due to expire, says Berry Everitt, managing director of an international property group. Writing in the latest Property Signposts newsletter, he notes that the Sectional Titles Act does set out very strict conditions under which a developer can exercise a Section 25 right. Among other requirements the developer must: V Reserve the right to extend at the same time as making application to register the original sectional plan; V Specify the timeframe within which the extra sections could be built; V State exactly how many extra sections will be built; V Show where and how they will be built; V Show the size of those sections and the effect that they will have on the existing participation quotas; and V Show the external appearance of the new sections. “The Act also stipulates that after the original body corporate has been established, the developer cannot alter any of the above specifications without the consent of every single member of that body corporate,” says Everitt. And to further protect buyers and owners, he explains, the Act also requires that
FINE PRINT: When buying at a sectional title complex, familiarise yourself with the ‘right to extend’ clause in the contract. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES for as long as the right to extend lasts, every new purchaser must be made aware, in writing, of that right, failing which the buyer is entitled at any time to cancel the sale. “The reason for this is that the effects of a developer deciding to exercise his right to extend could be very significant for existing owners in both personal and financial terms. “Imagine, for example, the building dust and mess that a well-settled community might have to endure if builders were to move back on site. Or the shock when you
realise a new building is about to obscure the lovely view that is one of your home’s best features. Or the distress when you realise that a new floor of units is about to be added above your top-floor flat.” Meanwhile, he says, it is worth noting that reserving the right to extend a scheme on an undeveloped portion of land does not confer ownership of that land on a developer. Rather, the land forms part of the common property and is owned in undivided shares by the members of the body corporate.
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Shortly after the advent of democracy, South Africa’s borders were turned much more into turnstiles and the floodgates were opened for foreigners. This was facilitated in no small measure by the words, paraphrased, by the late Nelson Mandela who told the Western world in no uncertain terms he would choose his friends. Thousands of true refugees risked life and limb to cross crocodile-infested waters to seek safety in this land of milk and honey. Many more flock across our borders for jobs, while others flee from oppressive governments who hound them for political, religious or tribal reasons. People who once were friends and even intermarried suddenly find themselves at opposite ends of political and religious spectrum. These relationships are often cut short by a hand wielding a gun or a machete. In parts of Africa, as on other continents, sexual orientation is no longer a private matter. In some countries sexual relations between same-gender parties are outlawed and laws are being introduced to criminalise people who know, but don’t tell. South Africa has become a safe haven for many refugees, immigrants and people with nowhere to call home. Or is it? And how does this bode for born and bred South Africans? In the words of home affairs minister Naledi Pandor, the country’s progressive law and a failure to stem the tide of illegal migrants from working in SA is a “challenge”. In short, she says, our country’s asylum system is being abused. To break the neck of this abuse, Pandor aims to make recommendations which would seek to redress this anomaly. On the one hand is the question of jobs being taken away from locals. On the other the abuse by locals towards foreigners through low wages and other violations. Some foreigners have escaped one stick in the hand of the powerful for another. Not to mention the nastiness of xenophobia which fires the pyre of human indecency. SA must take a stand.
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I would like to add to some of the concerns regarding people living in the bushes near to the Glencairn Railway Station. We live in Hopkirk Way, one road back from the area in question, and almost directly in line with the dense bushes where the people are supposed to be living. Frequently in the last couple of months we have heard loud voices coming from this area and sometimes even very angry shouting as though there is fighting going on. One evening, about two weeks ago, while it was still light, I saw a young couple pull up in their car and go down to the rock pool (the one closer to Simon’s Town), and actually feared for their safety as there had again been horrible loud shouting and arguing just minutes before that. I was wondering whether to call the police, when the couple quickly came back up and got in their car and left, which I was very thankful for as the arguing did not sound at
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People’s Post is published by WP Newspapers, a subsidiary of Media24. FALSE BAY 30 972 copies distributed Thursday to the following areas: Marina da Gama, Lakeside, Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Welcome Glen, Da Gama Park, Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Glencairn, Glencairn Heights, Glen Marine, Glen Ridge, Fish Hoek, Clovelly, Sun Valley, Sunnydale, Faerie Knowe, Imhoff’s Gift, Capri Village, Kommetjie, Simon’s Town and Noordhoek. OTHER EDITIONS People’s Post also has the following nine stand alone editions: Woodstock / Maitland (16 391) Mitchell’s Plain (83 340) Retreat (23 423) Grassy Park (21 838) Lansdowne (21 130) Athlone (30 252) Constantia / Wynberg (30 069) Claremont / Rondebosch (30 843) Atlantic Seaboard / City (29 246) Total print order: 318 495 WHOM TO CONTACT NEWS EDITOR: Mandy King Email: email@example.com SPORT: Liam Moses Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING MANAGER: Garth Hewitt Email: email@example.com MAIN BODY ADVERTISING: Michael Roberts Tel: 021 910 6500 Classified Advertising: 0860 117 520 PRESS CODE, CORRECTIONS People’s Post subscribes to the South African Press Code and we are committed to journalism that is honest, accurate, fair and balanced. Under our editorial policy, we invite readers to comment on the newspaper’s content and we correct significant errors as soon as possible. Please send information to the news editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 910 6500. Alternately, please contact the Ombudsman of Media24’s Community Press, George Claassen at email@example.com or 083 543 2471. Complaints can also be sent to the SA Press Ombudsman on telephone 021 851 3232 or via email khanyim@ombuds man.org.za or firstname.lastname@example.org
all friendly. The trains also often sound their sirens more frequently when passing this section – where people cross over to go to the rock pool – but these siren warnings happen later when there is nobody at the pool, which might indicate that there are people around the railway line. We have also experienced an increase in crime, with a motorcar being stolen in our street . We have had no serious incidents like this in all the two years that we have lived here and maybe it is not linked, but we do not know for sure. Thankfully we are moving to a quieter area and while we are very mindful of the terrible plight of homeless people, it would also be very sad to see this beautiful stretch of the False Bay being destroyed by informal settlements. DOREEN CARRINGTON, EMAIL
Road widening in Noordhoek explained Last year the City of Cape Town spent a large sum of ratepayers’ money changing the road markings at the robots opposite the King of Kings Church and widening the road just before the turn-off to Noordhoek. Shortly after passing the mall turn-off robots, two lanes of traffic converge into one and this right on top of the left turn to Noordhoek. If the idea was to assist traffic flow and/or safety issues council failed dismally. L. VAN MINNEN, FISH HOEK Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, responds: I want to thank Mr Van Minnen for taking the time to write. The road was not widened to create a slip lane into Noordhoek Main Road. The objective of the widening of Ou Kaapse Weg, between Buller Louw Drive and Noordhoek Main Road, was for capacity improvement to create an additional northbound lane to enable double the number of vehicles, northbound, through each green phase at this intersection. The full length was widened in anticipation of the Noordhoek Main Road/Ou
Kaapse Weg intersection being improved, and possibly signalised in the near future. A temporary taper was introduced using delineators, which forces those turning left to slow down into a single lane thereby creating a gap for vehicles leaving Noordhoek Main Road and turning right to do so. A dedicated left turn into Noordhoek Main Road, implemented prior to signals or intersection improvements, would result in a continuous straight-through movement up Ou Kaapse Weg, thus significantly reducing opportunities for right turns leaving Noordhoek Main Road. This would impact significantly on those turning left because there is only room for about two cars in each lane currently on Noordhoek Main Road. A more physical barrier was considered, however delineators were used in the hope that the imminent redevelopment of the Sun Valley Mall may result in the intersection of Ou Kaapse Weg and Noordhoek Main Road being improved sooner rather than later. Should this not happen in the foreseeable future, the construction of temporary kerbs on their backs will replace the delineators.
Safer option for bicycles I refer to Robin Day’s letter (“We need a safe place to park bicycles ”, People’s Post, 13 February). I agree with him that there are no secure bicycle parking facilities in the village. If the City of Cape Town were to agree to putting up bicycle stands, I would suggest that they bought in Sheffield bike stands or “toast-rack” stands to which the frame can be locked securely, and not the “wheel benders” which are provided at the civic centre and Longbeach Mall. Many modern bicycles have quick release wheel nuts, thus enabling the more expensive frame to be stolen, leaving a useless (and possibly bent) wheel behind. In addition, if cycle storage facilities were provided, more people may be encouraged to travel the short distance to town on the bicycle, thus saving petrol and reducing congestion in town. The reduced traffic on the roads may encourage more people to cycle. Many cars often only hold one passenger. The space of one car’s parking space can hold about six Sheffield bicycle stands. This equates to 12 secure bicycles. C PROSSER, FISH HOEK
Thank you for your kindness To Eileen Smith, thank you for the kindness and compassion you have shown to our kitten, Miss Lily, who was the victim of this hit and run. Miss Lily was born in January last year and we adopted her from Tears in April. We were devastated when Tears phoned on Wednesday 12 February to inform us of the death of our beautiful kitten. Our family would like to thank you very sincerely for the kindness and compassion you showed to Miss Lily in her final moments. She is sorely missed by us all. LYN, NATHAN AND MYRTLE BALL, EMAIL
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 27 February 2014
Your SMSes . Even if I was in dire need of a transfusion, I wouldn’t want Trouncell’s or any other homosexual person’s blood. Trouncell needs to read Leviticus 20 verse 13. Dave, Lakeside . I was so aghast at reading about gay discrimination until I read further, although I still think it’s discrimination against gay men. The minister must pull up her socks and make the changes happen; we are supposed to be a democracy. Come on! . These squatters are endangering their own lives. It’s so easy to fall under the wheels of an oncoming train while under the influence of addictive substances. Not only are they a danger to the environment, but to tourism as well. J Curtis, Faerie Knowe . The City, Prasa, Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlement and Metrorail all have the politically correct words, but no one does anything about these illegal squatters who foul the area and shouldn’t be living there. If it’s private land, allow and encourage the owner to clear the squatters off. Julie . Regarding “Safety on the line”. Why not cut all the bushes? It’s the easiest solution to a growing problem. . Motorists have enough to deal with avoiding pedestrians and other motorists without having to look out for people’s pets. The owner of the cat run over in Sun Valley should be prosecuted for not keeping it off the streets.
Election: call for tolerance, calm Tolerance and calm [should be practised] during electioneering, reminding South Africans of the need to act with dignity and restraint. The Salvation Army calls on voters to use the period prior to the elections on Wednesday 7 May to prayerfully consider how their vote can help build a just and equitable society for all. Tensions are already rising in the country around the upcoming elections. We are disturbed at the rising number of service delivery protests that degenerate into violence, as it would be deeply distressing if electioneering ended up with people being killed or injured and property damaged. As electioneering in the country gets into gear with the announcement by the president of the election date, we remind all voters they have a responsibility to exercise their votes for the good of their fellow citizens. This means all citizens who are eligible to vote should register to do so and use their right to vote. South Africa has travelled a long and difficult road to get to the point where everyone now has the democratic right to cast their vote. Failing to register as a voter, or withholding your vote, is to be uncaring about your future, that of your children, or that of your fellow citizens. In spite of the progress made over the last 20 years since the first democratic elections, many underprivileged South Africans still lack their basic human right to decent housing, water, education, health care, safety and security, as is evidenced by the many service delivery protests we are witnessing at this time. In getting ready to place our crosses on the ballot box, we need to prayerfully consider which of our political parties is most able to bring about the improvements in the lives of the underprivileged in our society. Many Christians would use the period in the run-up to Easter to reflect on their lives, and that some would fast during this period as a way of listening to God’s voice. As we approach the elections, we need to listen carefully to God’s voice as to how we should vote. MAJOR CARIN HOLMES THE SALVATION ARMY
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 27 February 2014
FIREFLY: A PERSONAL REFLECTION
Actors riding ‘The Perfect Wave’
PJ Powers back from darkness
Surfing movie The Perfect Wave, which opens in cinema’s countrywide on Friday 28 February, tells the story of a rebellious young man’s journey as he searches for the meaning of life. At the heart of the film is Ian McCormack’s near-death experience, which changes his life forever. The film tells the story of 24-year-old New Zealander McCormack (Scott Eastwood) and his cousin Greg (Jack Halloran) who, having dreamt of finding the perfect wave, make a spur of the moment decision and embark on a quest that takes them to the best surf spots in the world – from Australia to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Mauritius. It also takes McCormack, a Christian evangelist and former atheist, to the very brink of death. McCormack is in South Africa for three weeks leading up to the release in cine-
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outh African icon PJ Powers is showing fans another side in her new production Firefly, currently on at the Roxy Review
Bar. “In order to see your firefly, there has to be darkness,” PJ says. “I’m a recovering alcoholic, and it was in that blackness that I saw my firefly.” Her addiction is one of the very personal parts of her journey that PJ explores in her intimate new show. “Cape Town is an area that I haven’t exposed myself to for a couple of years and the Roxy is a fabulous theatre,” PJ says of her decision to stage the show in the Mother City. “Also, I am very nervous of smaller audiences. A sea of 10 000 people is much more comfortable for me. “
Exposed “I just decided if I was going to expose myself in the way that I am, I wanted to do it in a more comfortable environment than Johannesburg,” PJ says. While busy with the production, she is also in the process of writing a book with Marianne Tham as a ghost-writer, which is another reason for her Cape Town visit. She had been flying to and fro between Johannesburg and Cape Town so far, but PJ says: “The truth is, the writing has to be done by the end of March.” Comedian On her days off, PJ is spending time with Tham working on the book, which is the story of her life. “But it’s not just the story of my life,” PJ says. “It’s a story about South Africa. It’s about this young, white, apolitical, middleclass human being who suddenly was embraced by the whole of Africa.” PJ also discovered her inner comedian along the way. In her fifth year of sobriety, PJ says she has watched how the “disease of addiction has pulled many families apart and is busy pulling our country to pieces”. This is what made her want to tell her story. Her relationship with the late Nelson Mandela, which she has never spoken about before, is one of the highs that PJ looks at in Firely. “I was very lucky to have a close relationship with him and he was a constant guide,” she says.
mas. Alongside Halloran, Bruce Macdonald and Matt Bromley, who is one of the Billabong International Surfing Team and plays a role in the movie, they have been travelling up the East Coast, through Pretoria and Johannesburg and Cape Town, speaking at churches, doing radio interviews and even appeared on a live broadcast on TBN. In partnership with Connections Church and Pastor Hamilton Stephenson they plan to take a group of previously disadvantaged teenagers to a cinema for the first time. They have raised the money to take 400 teenagers from Ocean View and Masiphumelele to watch The Perfect Wave. Their aim is to take 1000 children. V For more information visit www.theperfectwave.co.za.
BACK WITH A BANG: PJ Powers on stage in her new show, Firefly. PHOTO: STEVEN BOOTH He even wrote to her from prison. The lows she talks about is where her career “hit the skids”. “I lost my house, lost my car, lost every material possession I had and had to start again,” she says. “Most of my show is done with quite selfdeprecating humour. I don’t mind laughing at myself.” Last year, PJ released a new album called Destiny. “I do believe that we create our own destinies. I think that our thoughts become our destinies. Those songs came from pain and hurt and happiness,” she says. From a lyrical point of view, each song is “like a little book”. “Lyrics are very important to me,” PJ explains. “Each song has a whole story.” Firefly includes PJ’s well-loved hits along with some of the songs off her new album. The show runs at GrandWest’s Roxy Review Bar from Wednesdays to Sundays until 29 March. V Tickets for the show cost R90 and are available at Computicket. V PJ’s new book will be published by Penguin and is set to be released in August. V For more information about PJ Powers, visit her website at www.pjpowers.co.za. V Five readers can each win double tickets to watch PJ Powers’ show, Firefly, on 20 March. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter this competition.
SURF MOVIE: Actors Scott Eastwood and Rachel Hendrix.
Top pianists head to Cape Town World acclaimed piano duo Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov are set to dazzle local audiences. In a much anticipated return to Cape Town, the pair will perform their virtuoso four hands/one piano playing on Sunday 2 March. The performance marks the first concert presented by the Hugo Concert Series this year. Described as “the piano duo of the younger generation”, Genova and Dimitrov have established a stellar reputation as two of the world’s most highly regarded musicians. The concert takes place at the Hugo Lam-
brechts Auditorium in Picton Street, Parow, and starts at 15:30. Before interval the duo will play Johannes Brahms’ charming 16 Waltzes (op. 39) and Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (op. 46). After interval, Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly Suite (op. 66), Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Piano (1918) and Maurice Ravel’s electrifying Rapsodie Espagnole will follow. This highly sought-after duo was formed in Hanover in 1995 and have since then scooped all the major piano duo competitions, including the 1996 ARD Music Competition in Munich, the 1997 Murray Dranoff Piano Duo Competition in Miami, the 1996 Tokyo Piano Duo Competition and the 1995 Bellini Music Competition in Italy. V Tickets are R130, but R100 for seniors and R70 for students and pupils. Children under 12 years enter free. Conditions apply. Book at www.webtickets.co.za or call (021) 461 3816 during office hours. V Five People’s Post readers can win double tickets to the event. Go to www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. Winners will be notified by phone.
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Karateka to live their dreams LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT
tern instructions, shouted responses and the sound of fists and feet slamming into leather pads echo across the Crystal High School hall. The noise from the building can be heard metres away and its jarring once inside. The Hanover Park school may be more well-known as a target for theft and vandalism, but every evening it morphs into one of Cape Town’s toughest martial arts schools: the Shinkyokushinkai Dojo. Lead by sensei Deen Daniels, the dojo has grown into one of the peninsula’s top schools in the Kyokushin style of karate. In 2012, four of Daniels’ students participated in an international tournament on Reunion Island, bringing home two gold medals, one silver and a fourth place ahead of fighters from five other countries. Now nine of the dojo’s best could be travelling to Japan to trade blows with the best young full-contact fighters in the world, at the Karate Dream Cup in Tokyo. “The Dream Cup is an international tournament held every second year; what makes it special is that almost every other nation affiliated to the World Karate Federation will participate,” Daniels says. “I selected only kids who per-
formed well at the Shinkyokushinkai National Championships in Rustenburg last August; they placed first or second.” An intense desire to succeed seems to permeate from the entire club, so it’s no surprise the dojo is packed with national and provincial champions. The secret behind the success is hard work and dedication. The students train four to five times a week, for between 90 minutes and two hours at a punishing intensity. Surrey Estate’s Mikhail Hicks joined the club just last year after taking a four year break from karate. He went on to win the under55kg category in under-17 age group at the national championships, was selected for the Dream Cup team and received his black belt just two weeks ago. “It was tough at first, because your body has to go through all the different changes again,” the 17-year-old says. “You have to do physical training and become conditioned. It was hard, but as you progress you see that you can withstand it and handle more. All my life I have been working to reach my black belt and to represent my country at a world tournament in Japan. I am proud that I have been selected to go.” The dojo’s achievements fly in the face of the adversity the students face in Hanover Park every day.
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Wynberg batter ’Bosch in T20 final LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT
ynberg Boys’ High School’s under-19A team produced a brilliant all-round performance to beat arch rivals Rondebosch Boys’ High in the WP Coca-Cola T20 Challenge final on Tuesday. The rivals met at the Vineyard Oval in Newlands in a repeat of last year’s final – one of the matches ’Bosch won on the road to claiming the national title. The defending champions won the toss and selected to bat, but were bowled out for just 81 with four balls remaining. Wynberg chased down the target in just 16.1 overs, posting 82/3. ’Bosch went into the match without the services of strike bowlers Dayyaan Galiem and Jay Stevens, meaning they needed a healthy total to defend. However, they had nothing to match the Wynberg bowling attack and went on to collapse in their innings. Openers Matthew Christensen and Murray Commins were removed for 4 from 14 balls and 15 off 18 respectively. Dayyaan Galiem, playing with the injury which prevented him from bowling and forced him to withdraw from the SA under-19 World Cup squad, topscored with 20 off 32. ’Bosch managed just three boundaries in the innings, with Galliem scoring a four and a six and Commins hitting one four. Wynberg’s top order did not suffer the same fate. Opener Kyle Verreyne hit an impressive 32 off 34 balls, building the platform for his side’s victory. Though Raythaan Addinall (7) and Tyla Sylvester (1) were removed cheaply, the fourth wicket pairing of Mitch Lotz and Matthew Goles saw Wynberg home. Lotz scored 29 from 39 balls, while Goles hit a useful 11 off 13. Wynberg will now face Boland champions Paul Roos Gymnasium at Stellenbosch University or Boland Park next week to decide which team will represent the Cape Cobras at the national finals. The national finals will take place at the University of Pretoria’s LC de Villiers Complex from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March. The current instalment of the T20 Challenge tournament started in October, with nearly 12 000 players from 650 schools participating.
CLEAN BOWLED: Rondebosch Boys’ High School batsman Ryan Klein is bowled by Wynberg Boys’ High School player Nicholas Scott in the CocaCola T20 Championship final at the Vineyard Oval in Newlands on Tuesday. Wynberg won by seven wickets. PHOTO: MATTHEW WITHERS/ACTION PIX
Ikeys’ title hopes dented by defeat to log leaders LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT The Ikey Tigers’ chances of securing a Varsity Cup home semi-final were slashed after a loss to log leaders Tuks on Monday. UCT were defeated 26-16 at home, slipping out of the top four and possibly out of contention for the knockout rounds. Ikeys went into the crunch encounter high on confidence after two morale boosting wins against arch rivals Maties and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University over the last two weeks. After five minutes of play, it looked as if the home side were set to make it three out of three. Once a short, initial period of Tuks dominance ended, the strong wind at UCT’s backs started to influence the game. Flyhalf Dean Grant sought the touchline from a penalty and his kick carried deep into the defending champion’s half. UCT chose not to drive from the resulting line-out, electing to move the ball away from the powerful Tuks forward pack and on to muscular flank Vince Jobo lurking in midfield. Though UCT scored from the move, many would argue they were fortunate. Jobo got the go-forward as planned, but the ball was ripped loose and scrumhalf Liam Slatem was on-hand to pick up and race clear. Grant goaled the conversion to hand UCT 8-0 lead. Grant’s booming boot, the Ikey’s solid line-out and an effective maul looked set to
THROUGH THE GAP: Ikey Tigers scrumhalf Liam Slatem races towards the tryline in Monday’s Varsity Cup match against Tuks at the Green Mile. The visitors were 2616 victors. PHOTO: GAVIN WITHERS/ACTION PIX
be a regular route to the try-line while the wind was at their backs. But poor decision-making meant the home team failed to make use of the advantage. The Tigers were guilty of tapping and running from penalties in their own half, when booting Tuks back into the 22 and building from the set-piece would have served better. Effective kicking from open play could also have allowed the Ikeys to play in Tuks’ half and feed off the errors which were
bound to follow. UCT failed to score any further points in the first-half and were eventually made to pay for their poor choices in the 42nd minute. After winning a scrum penalty in the opposition 22, Tuks loosehead prop Juan Schoeman tapped and barged over before the UCT pack could retreat. Tian Schoeman pulled Tuks level with the conversion. With no wind to help stem the Tuks attack
in the second half, UCT were up against it. Though the Tigers attacked the gain line with gusto and defended bravely, they failed to alter the score board and could not keep Tuks out. The visitors scored their second try in the 55th minute when fullback Warrick Gelant finished in the right corner after aggressive carries sucked in the UCT defence. Schoeman missed the subsequent conversion, but Tuks scored again just 10 minutes later. Prop Neethling Fouche intercepted a wayward pass on the right and the ball was spread left for Duncan Matthews to take advantage of the overlap and score. Schoeman was struggling in the wind and again failed his conversion attempt, but the miss had little effect on the result. Tuks sealed a bonus point in the 78th minute when, after several phases on attack, replacement hooker Arno van Wyk took a short pass at a ruck and surged through a defeated UCT defence to score. This time Schoeman goaled the conversion and took the score to 26-8. However, the scoring was not done. UCT replacement centre Huw Jones picked up a loose ball and sped away from the Tuks defence to score under the posts in the final minute. Grant added a touch of respectability to the scoreline, converting the try before the final whistle sounded. UCT will hope to restore their title charge when they face the University of Johannesburg (away) on Monday.
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