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CLOVELLY: DERELICT AREA ATTRACTS ‘UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS’
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he train station at Clovelly has been earmarked for a commercial development, but the proposal is still being considered by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). This was revealed by Prasa Corporate Real Estate Solutions regional manager Lindelo Matya amid concerns about crime at the derelict station. Prasa has received a proposal from a cellphone company for a commercial development, Matya says. The station was closed in 2000 due to dwindling commuter numbers. “Planning is underway, but there are many factors to consider. At this stage we have not decided whether or not it will go ahead,” Matya says. Last week contractors working on a nearby home raised the alarm about illicit activities at the train station. Cathy Delcarme says her team has been working in the area for four weeks and have watched drug deals, drug use, poaching and prostitution take place. “In the first week we started to noticed people stopping off at the big rock. They either jump over the railings or the man living there comes out and exchanges are made,” she claims. Delcarme says the smell of dagga fills the air in the morning as people can be seen smoking and loitering at the station. “Because the station isn’t used by commuters, it has been allowed to fall into neglect and is attracting all sorts of unsavoury characters. Metrorail should really do something about it,” she says. Fish Hoek Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson Tony Bullock confirms the crime concerns. He says residents and the neighbourhood watch have continually raised concerns about activities at the station. Bullock explains the CPF submitted a crime report to Metrorail on the issues affecting the station. “Drug dealing, poaching and muggings are the biggest concerns. Because of the state of the station it attracts undesirable elements to the area,” he says. This week the CPF met with Metrorail to find a solution.
DERELICT: The Fish Hoek Community Police Forum and Metrorail are working together to address crime concerns at Clovelly train station. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL
They requested security be provided or the station be demolished, Bullock says. “Metrorail has been very helpful in trying to find a solution. We have asked for security officers and cameras or for the station to be demolished,” he says. Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz says, due to limited resources, Metrorail had to focus on operational stations. The deployment of security guards, he adds, is linked to the number of incidents reported to the police. “Every incident reported contributes to a bigger picture which enables the police and
Metrorail to respond appropriately,” Swartz says. “Every piece of information helps the police to proactively identify strategic areas of concern and develop appropriate responses. All reported incidents are taken into account when deploying resources.” Swartz further says deployment is done in consultation with Metrorail Protection Services and the Railway Police. “Deployment strategies which consist of static, mobile and undercover security officers, are prioritised and based on security intelligence. It is a reactive measure in response to reported incidents,” he adds.
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Bullock further expresses concern about the people living in the station precinct. With the help of ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock, the City of Cape Town’s Displaced Peoples Unit (DPU) recently visited the area. “We were concerned about a woman who was living there with a newborn baby. The DPU has now compiled a list of people at the station who need help,” he says. Matya says Prasa has agreed to install cameras at the station in the interim. The cameras will form part of the Fish Hoek camera network. V To report crime at the train station phone Metrorail Protection Services on (021) 449 4336.
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BATTLE GROUND: Experts say abuse at the hands of women is not as uncommon as many people think, as this illustration shows. ing to more arguments and abuse.” While he can handle the assaults, it is the emotional abuse that hurts most, he says. “Many people may think I am crazy claiming to be abused by my wife, but no one sees the deep emotional scars left behind by the words she says to me. “I have unconditional love for my family and children so to be hurt in this way is not something anyone can say I deserve.” John attempted to get help from the police, but says officers were apathetic to his pleas. “One officer said I should move out of the house. The sector commander said he was busy with paper work and was not available to attend to my complaint.” Community worker Beatrice Leng assisted John by referring him to Mosaic, a shelter for victims of abuse. Leng expressed disappointment at what she calls police complacency in dealing with domestic violence. “The police have failed us. Officers always highlight domestic violence as a serious crime, but all the officers John went to for help refused to assist,” Leng seethes.
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MANAGEMENT: JURISDICTION AT ISSUE
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urisdiction and management issues at Kalk Bay Beach will take centre stage as the community vows to tackle problems at the popular spot this summer. The beach, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), is known for drunk parties, litter and misuse by beachgoers. Speaking at a harbour meeting last week, Kalk Bay St James Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association chairperson Tony Trimmel raised concerns about the safety at the beach and called on authorities to take action. He branded the activities at the beach as a public nuisance for many years and said he feared the annual onslaught of beachgoers over the festive period. When People’s Post visited the beach on Sunday 24 November, the beach was filled with beachgoers who consumed alcohol in public and started open fires. Men were seen urinating against the walls. Trimmel said this was normal during summer. He suggested access control needs to be improved. Committee members raised questions about the enforcement of bylaws by City of Cape Town officials. Kalk Bay and St James Neighbourhood Watch member Bert Stafford believes jurisdiction issues between the City and the DAFF sees the beach slip under the radar. “We should look at sorting out these issues and get the City on board to sort out the beach. It is the only beach which does not fall under their jurisdiction and it is causing major problems,” he said. The Metro Police and Muizenberg police will conduct adhoc patrols over the coming
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Kommetjie rescue: a different account Discrepancies have arisen in the account of two Tokai men who were said to have been rescued off Kommetjie Beach. Following a report in People’s Post (“Tokai pair rescued off Kommetjie”, 14 November) one of the men, Jonathan Tucker, says they were not rescued by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). A report by the NSRI at the time said they had. On Facebook Tucker says they managed to flip their boat and collect their equipment, after it capsized the first time. “When a third wave hit us, the boat capsized again and the equipment was spread far and wide. I caught the boat and hauled up the crayfish nets, which had fallen out and swam,” he says.
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They then “paddled to shore without the help of the NSRI”. NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon says the men have approached the NSRI to address discrepancies in the report. “They capsized in the kelp and a call was made by bystanders to Law Enforcement who activated NSRI. NSRI Kommetjie, at sea at the time and nearby, responded to assist and found both men in the water among the kelp,” he says. Lambinon says the NSRI crew sent a rescue swimmer to assist the men and monitored their progress. “They appeared to not be injured while they were swimming to shore and it was simply a case of getting out of the kelp to the nearby shoreline.”
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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 28 November 2013
SUNRISE CIRCLE: AGREEMENT TO LEGALISE TRADING
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n agreement between the Muizenberg Trader’s Association (MTA) and the City of Cape Town to legalise the Sunday market is underway. A report was sent to the South Peninsula Subcouncil last week, but was withdrawn due to technical issues. The report, compiled by the City’s Property Management Department, lists several conditions for the approval of the agreement which includes an R8 000 fee to be paid to the City. Another condition is that the agreement stands for a period of two years and 11 months. The property must only be used as a fleamarket. Ward councillor Dave D’Alton is keen on legalising the popular market. “It’s been coming on a long time and I hope a lease agreement can be put in place soon,” he says.
MTA chairperson Yusuf Adams explains the association has been registered as a non-profit organisation and are awaiting the certificate. A number of traders are managed by the association to ensure the market runs smoothly. “They fall in three categories, namely casual, permanent and semi-permanent. We have strict rules and casual bays are assigned on a first come first served basis,” he says. The association is keen on the lease agreement for the market. Mayoral Committee member for Community Services and Special Projects Belinda Walker says technical aspects of the agreement need to be addressed. “The agreement will be drafted once all City processes have been completed. The flea market is still in operation and monitored by the City’s Department of Sport, Recreation and Amenities,” she says.
TRADING SPACES: A lease agreement for the Sunday market is being compiled. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 28 November 2013
Summer Festival makes Muizenberg Beach a hot venue The annual Safe Summer Festival will take place at Muizenberg Beach on Saturday 30 November. The festivities will run from 10:00 until 19:00. Hosted by the City of Cape Town, the festival aims to showcase the City’s plans for the festive season. Entertainment will be provided by Amy Jones, Gift Gwe, Che-V, Ignite and Salome Damon. There will also be various activities including beach soccer, volleyball, surfing lessons, giant games, kite surfing, obstacle courses, a jumping castle, facepainting, action cricket and other recreational activities.
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Entry is free and the festival is open to all. The festival forms part of a weekend of exciting activities launching the summer season in the city. The events will culminate in a free public concert at the Grand Parade on Sunday 1 December, followed by the switching-on of the festive lights in Adderley Street later that evening. Safety at beaches and public swimming pools will be a major focus this year. Mayoral Committee member for Community Services Belinda Walker will deliver an address at the festival.
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Waves of fear
t’s the season of fun in the sun. But along with trips to the beach come dangerous currents which could cost you your life. This past weekend, an outing to the seaside took a turn for the worse for two families. Two teenagers drowned along the False Bay coast on Sunday. An 18-year-old boy from Lower Crossroads drowned at Mnandi Beach on Sunday while swimming with four friends. The search continues for the body of a 14year-old boy who is presumed to have drowned at Monwabisi Beach that same day. And these unfortunately won’t be the last. Here’s what readers have to say.
AMANDA BLOWS hates seawater because she’s afraid of sharks. “In a swimming pool I won’t have to worry about sharks. I know how to swim but I always panic when I’m in the ocean.”
ZINTLE JITA says she prefers swimming in shallow water as opposed to the open sea. “The chances of drowning are very slim. I would like to advise parents to watch out for the kids when they go to the beach.”
ASHLEY LUSTER says even though he was once a lifeguard, he prefers swimming in a pool than in the ocean. “I know how to swim and I also know that beaches can be dangerous. A pool is much safer than the sea.”
KARL HARTNICK says he knows how to swim but prefers splashing around in a swimming pool. “I’ve been swimming since my primary school years, but a swimming pool is best because it is a lot smaller.”
STEPHANIE ONTONY says she doesn’t like the ocean’s waves and prefers the pool. “The pool is much smaller and safer. And I don't have to worry about any wild waves.”
GRADWIN MACFARLANE says he taught himself to swim. “I learnt because I want to able to help myself if I got caught in a riptide. Everyone should know that the sea is very dangerous.”
GARY CUMMINGS believes swimming pools are safer. “ I don’t know of anyone who drowned, but I do know that the sea is not as safe as the swimming pool.”
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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 28 November 2013 Police Forum will hold its annual meeting at the civic centre at 19:00. Nominations for positions in vacant offices will be requested and voted on. Call Frank Bokhorst on 073 683 3218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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V Capri Village: The Cottage Club will host Christine Weir and The Flying Lizards at 19:00 for 20:00. Admission costs R150; take own refreshments or indulge in a bowl of soup at R20. Booking is essential. Call (021) 785 5052.
V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Philatelic Society will meet at the civic centre minor hall at 19:00. The themes are President’s Evening and Christmas Celebration. Brian Franklin will showcase modern stamps from Malta. Take refreshments for the Christmas party. Call Volker Janssen on (021) 786 1548.
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V Scarborough: A craft market will be held at Scarborough Community Hall from 16:00 until 19:00. Phone Pat on (021) 780 1432.
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V Fish Hoek: A literary tea will be held at Fish Hoek Library at 10:00. Michele Rowe will speak on her book What Hidden Lies. For further details phone Jen Strikland on (021) 782 7337. Saturday 30 November
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Friday 29 November V Clovelly: False Bay Hospital will host a charity golf day at the Clovelly Country Club from 11:30 until 13:15. Entry is R200 for unlimited Clovelly Club members, R400 for other members and R450 for non-members. Book on (021) 784 2100.
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V Muizenberg: The Masque Theatre will host a performance of Rope in aid of the Sinethemba Care Centre at 20:00. Tickets, at R100, include refreshments. Phone the theatre on (021) 788 6999. Thursday 5 December V Fish Hoek: A talk on how to survive the holiday season after losing a loved one will be hosted at the Fish Hoek Methodist Church from 10:00 until noon. Entry is R25. Phone (021) 782 1569 to book. Saturday 7 December V Sunnydale: King of Kings Baptist Church will host a family market from 09:00 until 13:00. Crafts, Christmas gifts and home bakes will be on sale. Phone (021) 785 4200. V Simon’s Town: St Francis Church will hold a summer market from 09:00 until 14:00. Food, crafts and books will be on sale, with entertainment by the Lavender Hill Marimba Band. V Simon’s Town: The Homemade Market will be held at the library hall from 09:00 until noon. Food, cheese, preserves, crafts and Christmas gifts will be on sale. There will be no market in January. Phone Sharon James on (021) 785 5322. V Marina da Gama: Marina da Gama Crafters will hold a Christmas market at Eastlake Island square from 09:00 until 14:00. Call Amelia on (021) 788 8717 or 083 209 0422. V Glencairn: A car boot sale will be held at the Phoenix Lodge. Refreshments will be on sale. A trading spot costs R30. Phone Mike on (021) 782 3426 for more information.
BEST FRIENDS: While you may not be able to take your dogs with to gym, you can take them on the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA Wiggle Waggle Walkathon on Sunday 1 December. Radio personality Tracy Lange (pictured) makes friends with Katie ahead of the popular 4.5km walk, which will be held at the School of Science, Maths and Technology in Firgrove Road, Tokai. The walk starts at 09:00. Before and after the event there will be a wide variety of food and drinks available, including the return of the Wiggle Waggle Christmas Market. Also a discount fee of R35 per person and R25 per dog will be offered to entrants who enter before 17:00 on Friday 29 November. Entries on the day of the event will open at 07:00 at a cost of R40 per person and R30 per dog. Children in prams participate at no cost. For more information visit www.spca-ct.co.za or phone the CoGH SPCA on (021) 700 4141/80. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 28 November 2013
KALK BAY: ENTERTAINING BROTHERS RETURN
Big Boys are taking over
ig Boys 2, the smash hit sequel to Big Boys Don’t Dance, is set to rock Kalk Bay Theatre this festive season. It will be performed from Wednesday 11 December to Sunday 5 January and there’s an extra special evening planned for New Year’s Eve. Not only will Big Boys Ash and Bradley Searle be astounding audiences on stage, they will be dazzling diners in the Kalk Bay Theatre Kitchen and Bar upstairs, as the multiple award-winning Follow Spot team takes over the restaurant. Follow Spot, who have recently returned from touring Europe and Australia, are known for their slick, power-packed and high energy entertainment, and they’ll be transferring that superlative style to the dining experience. Kalk Bay Theatre owner Simon Cooper says: “Audiences have enjoyed previous Follow Spot shows on our stage, such as Love @ First Fight, Face The Music and Absolucy and it is great to welcome them back for Big Boys 2.” Big Boys Don’t Dance scooped a number of local awards and was invited to the Brighton Fringe Festival in England, where it also won an Angel award. In Big Boys 2, Ash finds himself in a predicament when a stripper at his bull party steals his (father-in-law-to-be’s luxury) car. Brad steps in and devises a plan for the brothers to enter a reality dance competition, win the prize money and buy a new car. But the plan to save the wedding doesn’t unfold as easily as that. Mayhem ensues as the dancing duo find themselves on their way to London, where they think the bride has gone when she is actually still in South Africa. It’s adventure with a laugh-a-minute
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COMING HOME: Matthew Mole will return to Fish Hoek and perform at the Rocking the Valley event on Saturday 30 November. Mole made history earlier this year when he became the first South African to debut at number one on the SA iTunes chart with his debut album The Home We Built. He is a former guitar teacher at the School of Rock. Tickets are R50 standing and R70 seated, and the show starts at 13:00. Phone Heidi on 082 820 9052 for more information. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 28 November 2013
People are innocent until proven guilty. That’s the law. There are a number of courts at the disposal of the justice system where, based on evidence, innocence or guilt is determined. These include the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, high courts and magistrate’s courts. There are also maintenance courts, the Equality Court and children’s courts. These are recognised, legal and constitutional avenues through which the justice system operates. No person or group has the right to work outside the jurisdiction of the courts. That’s what lawyers and judges are there for. We live in hope that the wronged will find justice and the guilty be brought to book. A shocking YouTube video clearly depicting the vicious beating of a suspected biscuit thief at the hands of what appears to be a security guard is a new low to taking the law into one’s own hands. The man sits prone as he is slapped about the face and punched, while his alleged assailant – wearing gloves – metes out his brand of justice. On a moral platform, how does one begin to compare the cost of a packet of biscuits to the flagrant disregard for the wellbeing of another man? The average human being would like to be treated with some respect and have their dignity remain intact. It certainly goes beyond the call of duty for one man to beat up another, even if a theft has taken place. No one has the right to be judge, jury and executioner. The newSouth Africa is not the Wild West. Anything does not go. How do we justify bad behaviour parading as doing good? Where is the moral compass that should guide us? Why does reason escape us when we think we can get away with wrong? Best leave justice to the legal system. There is no place for vigilantism in this democracy.
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Faerie Knowe: gate is ‘illegal’ ‘Scenic’ options Further to “The road to nowhere” (People’s Post, 31 October) I must draw your attention to certain facts. The gate between Sunny Acres Shopping Centre and Faerie Knowe is illegal and seems to have slipped under the radar. Andre van Heerden is aware of this, having been told by (the City of Cape Town’s) planning (department). He states he has been notified to close the gate to the public. It was never his right to have it there in the first place. Earlier this year Van Heerden erected a sign stating “exit via traffic lights” pointing to Faerie Knowe, causing traffic to access into the suburb. The inconvenience caused by this – and leaving the gate open for over 12 hours a day – was unbelievable. When crimes were committed the nearest access was through the open gate. Delivery vehicles accessed Faerie Knowe through (the suburb of) Faerie Knowe. Muggings increased along with opportunistic trespassing. But, he says, people compliment him on opening the gate. I undertook a petition to close this offending access from the shopping centre which was submitted to the City’s planning department. There were very few people who found it convenient to pop through. The majority in the direct locality and surrounding areas were extremely upset, and wanted the gate to be kept shut permanently. When the shopping centre was first opened, Van Heerden made a verbal promise a number of years ago to Faerie Knowe residents, along with the neighbourhood watch at the time, that he would never open the gate to vehicular traffic. He had an access gate put in, handing out keys at R60 each. A grandiose scheme, but for the fact that the gate was illegal it seems.
Since Thursday 1 August, Faerie Knowe has enjoyed a return to a quiet suburb. The gate is illegal. DALE HARRIS, EMAIL Andre van Heerden responds: The unnecessary road was constructed at the expense of previous owner Tony Southy and myself as transfer of the property (Erf 944/14). I had purchased this property and the transfer was halted until such time that a servitude had been registered and construction of the road had been completed. The road to nowhere was never used in any way whatsoever. When approval was granted for Sunny Acres Shopping Centre I was informed that I would need to buy the road which belonged to me. As there could be no transfer, the City imposed a compensation sum to my municipal account. The ensuing time delays caused me to approach the City Ombudsman to obtain a ruling on whether it was ethical or legal to be made to pay compensation after suffering massive damages due to delays incurred. I await response from the Ombudsman’s office to my correspondence dated 2007. The gate (open or closed) is not the root cause for crime in the area. Since I have closed it there have been more incidents. Our community has been very active with the City trying to persuade the authorities to improve policing in the area. For instance, to install a satellite police station near the corner of Lekkerwater and Kommetjie Main Road. A traffic solution for the intersection is also long overdue. It is a bit steep being threatened with a fine of R100 000 and or five years’ imprisonment if I do not close the gate, which I opened due to safety concerns in order for people to exit Sunny Acres through a traffic light and for the convenience of people living in Faerie Knowe. If it is illegal I will gladly remove it.
Find a solution for relocation I don’t believe none of a huge area of 148ha in Noordhoek is “unsuitable” for homes (“Move to dump site halted”, People’s Post, 21 November). Find a way to settle a small group on part
of a vast track of free land, plus there’s no traffic there. Kommetjie Road is a traffic disaster, we have had enough! CRAIG LUCKE, EMAIL
The article in People’s Post (“All eyes on Scenic Drives”, 14 November) refers. I believe the time is now right, and I am excited at your intentions and investigations. I recommend we have 100-year vision for this project. These are my suggestions: Scrap the existing train lines from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town. The trains are scruffy, unsightly with the graffiti, noisy, dirty and insults the beauty and quiet of our scenic coastline. Using the space made available from the train lines, on the seaside of the space from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town, we can provide a designated lane for pedestrians, a cycle lane and lanes for electric trams on rails, which would take over the existing train passenger service. Trams, such as one sees in Europe, would be a tourist attraction and would use less space than the train lines, would complement the scenic beauty, and would be quiet and efficient. Another suggestion is that Kirstenbosch could be roped in, and a fynbos garden could be created along the pedestrian path from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town, with a turnstyle paying entrance gate on either side. It’s only once in a lifetime that an opportunity like this comes up and we should grab it! GAVIN DURR, FISH HOEK
Remove structure While councillor Garreth Bloor and the City of Cape Town are to be commended on their efforts to protect views (“All eyes on scenic drives”, People’s Post, 14 November), this will not be an easy task. The latest abomination on the Fish Hoek to Simon’s Town scenic drive has recently been put up, barbed wire and all, by the City itself. Perhaps Bloor can get it removed! GEOFF BRUNDRIT, SIMON’S TOWN COASTAL FORUM Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning responds: The City would like to thank Brundrit for his vigilance. A building inspector was sent out and the department that erected the structure will be asked to rectify the situation.
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 28 November 2013
Headline puts dogs in a bad light As a dog owner and someone who works with dogs professionally and full-time, I immediately took note of the headline “Woman injured in dog attack” (People’s Post, 21 November). I read the article with concern. My concern soon turned to extreme annoyance when I realised that nowhere in the article is there any indication that the person involved was “attacked” in any way, shape or form. Despite the word “attack” being used in the headline and body of the article, the account of events seems to indicate that the woman involved was injured when she fell over after two dogs came running up to her dog. Whether the dogs knocked into her and caused her to fall over or whether she simply panicked is not clear, but there is certainly no indication that either dog intended to cause her any harm; or to cause her dog any harm. If the dogs had been intent on attacking her or her dog, screaming and falling over would certainly not have deterred them. In fact it would likely have provoked the dogs even further. While I do not condone the irresponsible behaviour of the person walking the two dogs and agree that he should have held onto his dogs and not allowed them to run up to another dog owner who was clearly trying to avoid him, to call this an “attack” is blatantly sensationalistic. This kind of irresponsible reporting does great harm to public perception around dogs and dog walkers in general and People’s Post should know better than to allow such misleading headlines. TARYN BLYTH, SCARBOROUGH Thank you for taking the time to make these salient points. While, in hindsight, we accept a different headline would have sufficed, this newspaper group does not pander to sensationalism. News Ed.
Urgent need to find other sites It appears as if the City of Cape Town is not taking the housing needs and relocation of residents in Masiphumelele wetlands seriously (“Move to dump site halted”, People’s Post, 21 November). Of the 9 000 people in the city affected by the recent flash floods, 3 500 were from the Masi wetlands. As Monique Duval’s report in People’s Post points out, conditions in the wetlands are desperate. I would, therefore, like to respond to the following alternative land options mentioned at the recent subcouncil meeting. The municipal site in Noordhoek is 148ha in extent. Felicity Purchase, chairperson of Subcouncil 19 and ward councillor for Masiphumelele and Noordhoek, told the meeting this land had been used as a dump site and could not be built on for 20 years. In addition, part of it was wetlands. This is a very large piece of land and a survey must be done to identify those parts which are suitable for housing. Another privately-owned but undeveloped site had been proposed to Purchase. She reported that it was unsuitable for low-cost housing, because of the high cost of foundations due to kaolin deposits. A survey should also be done on this site to establish where the kaolin deposits are and where they are not. If necessary this land could be expropriated. The land audit by the City to identify alternative sites apparently considered two other options, but these too appear to have been rejected. We cannot accept that “finding appropriate land for the relocation will take time”, as Purchase is reported to have concluded. The search must be treated as urgent and proper inspections or studies must take place. MARY TUROK, FISH HOEK VALLEY OLDER PERSONS FORUM
PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 28 November 2013
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clubs involved in the Community Cup,” he says. Moolman’s team qualified for the tournament as the highest placed open club in the league, after finishing second in Super League A this season. Hammies finished behind Maties and ahead of UCT, after 14 victories in 18 games. The club returned to training last month and though the current focus is strength and conditioning, Moolman says two key areas will need to be improved ahead of the Community Cup. “There are certain positions where we have lost critical players. Dustin Jinka has signed with Griquas for two years and he was a big part of play-making and understood our pattern,” he says. “Our second choice scrumhalf Vaughn Botha retired, so its big void to fill. We also need to focus on our finishing. If we continue with the momentum we built up in second round of this season, I am confident we will be up there challenging for the trophy.” Hammies will kick off their inaugural Community Cup campaign at home against Sishen on Saturday 15 March.
he Community Cup holds several unknowns for Hamiltons, but head coach Anton Moolman is confident his side can challenge for the title. Hammies have been pooled with Rustenburg Impala (Leopards), Sishen (Griquas), Shumba Ferros (Mpumalanga) and Wesbank (Boland) in Group D of the tournament. All four sides fall far short of the “devil you know” category. “I don’t know too much about those clubs, but I think the games against Sishen at home, Wesbank away and Rustenberg Impala away will be tough,” Moolman says. “You don’t know what to expect. We are just going to focus on what we do and on building on the areas where we were lacking last season. “We are just trying to ensure that we peak at the right time.” Hammies will not underestimate any of their opponents, Moolman says. “Certain big unions are supporting universities, while the smaller unions have put a lot of their Vodacom Cup players at
SHARP SHOOTER: People’s Post freelance sports photographer Rashied Isaacs (right) was honoured for his contribution to community sport at the annual Western Province Sports Council (WPSC) awards on Friday 22 November. Rashied, a self-taught photographer and a City of Cape Town employee, received the Print Media Award from WPSC chairperson Elton Davids. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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Cricketers ready for nationals LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT
estern Province’s best under-13 cricketers will take their first steps towards potential professional careers next month. The Province under-13 squad will take part in the Cricket South Africa under-13 inter-provincial tournament (IPT) from Friday 6 to Tuesday 10 December. Team manager Nathier Gamieldien believes the players will make a name for themselves at the tournament. “(The tournament) is very serious, as under-13 is the start of your professional cricket career,” he says. “Once you make it here, the under-15 selectors monitor you. It’s the start of professional sport for the boys and we approach it holistically. The players need to watch what they eat and improve their fitness.” The WP junior squads were announced in May and Gamieldien’s under-13 team has been training since June. The squad focused on fitness and conditioning when they first assembled, transitioned to cricket-specific skills such as fielding and hand-eye coordination and then started their work in the nets. Province have played five warm-up matches, beating sides such as Western Province Cricket Club, DF Malan High
READY TO LEAD: The captains of the Western Province age group teams will lead their sides into battle soon. They are, from left, Wynberg Boys’ High School pupil Dillon Matthews (under-17), Rondebosch Boys’ High School pupil Gavin Kaplan, Wynberg Boys’ High player Tendai Shuttleworth-Richardson (under-13) and Rondebosch’s Zubayr Hamza (under-19). PHOTO: YUSUF MAGED/OMAR IMAGES School and invitational teams. Gamieldien says he can see definite improvement in the team’s play. “Once they started to get to know each other, they started playing better because they
know (their teammates’) strengths,” he says. “I have been working with a few boys in the gym on their strength, speed and balance; you can (already) see the change.” The tournament will see Province play
both T20 and 40 over matches, with two games taking place on some days. They will face Limpopo and Eastern Province in their first two matches. Though the tournament does not have a final, and therefore no winner, WP will still be playing to win. “We obviously want to make sure our preparation pays off. We want to be unbeaten and want to win our games convincingly,” Gamildien says. “We want to make a name for ourselves, so that the other teams remember us and the players in the future. But the most important thing is for the boys to enjoy themselves. It’s their first tournament, so they will get a taste of cricket in the future.” Gamieldien believes several of his squad have what it takes to make it all the way. He has tipped team captain Tatenda Shuttleworth-Richardson, vice-skipper Josh Schippers, batsman Johnathan Bird, swing bowler Ali Akhbar Shaik and leg-spinner Nazeem Noor to make a splash at the IPT. V Western Province under-13 squad: Josh Schippers, Chase Hermanus, Nazeem Noor, Riaz Paleker, Brent Johnson (all Wynberg Boys’ Junior School), Aadam Tomlinson (Darun Naim Islamic), Tatenda Shuttleworth-Richardson (Tafelberg Junior), Gabirle Gad (Reddam House), Ian Smit (Bastion Primary) Ali Akhbar Shaik (Rondebosch East Primary), Michael Mondry (SACS Junior), Guy Sheen (Hertzlia Junior), Johnathan Bird (Bishops Primary).
CUT AWAY: Western Province Cricket Club’s Siya Sibiya angles a delivery to fine leg during the WPCA 1A League match against Western Province Cricket Club at the Wally Wilson Oval in Rondebosch on Saturday.PHOTO: PHOTO BY PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
DREAM TEAM: The Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School under-13 team brushed aside all challengers this year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Dream season in the pool for ’Bosch LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT After an astounding season the Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School (RBPS) water polo team have set their sites on provincial glory. The ’Bosch under-13A and B, under12A and under-10A teams went unbeaten this season. As a result, the entire under-13 squad has been selected to the Western Province A and B teams for the Inter-provincial Tournament (IPT) in East London next month. Head of water polo Sandy Stevens, who is also under-13 team manager, says the success is the result of hard work and dedication.“They have very enthusiastic coaches, while both the players and coaches have a passion for the sport,” she says. “The players are not allowed to miss a session. They practice about three hours a week, play matches on Fridays and also have swimming practice, so there is a lot of time spent in the water. They spend about six or seven hours a week in the pool.” The ’Bosch under-13 team won four of the most prestigious tournaments this year – the Slabbert Cup, the Grey Junior School national tournament, the SACS tournament and the Cannon’s Creek water polo tournament. A total of 20 teams from around the country competed at the SACS tourna-
ment. RBPS comfortably won all of the tournaments and scoring 81 goals while conceding just one at the Cannon’s Creek tournament, the biggest co-ed waterpolo tournament in South Africa. “We haven’t just fought for victories – we have won all the finals convincingly,” Stevens says. “The type of water polo we play has been admired throughout the country. We have been the team to beat at every tournament.” She credits coach Jeremy Hanson for the success. Hanson also lead the Rondebosch Boys’ High School under-14 and under-15 teams to wins in their respective tournaments. The RBPS under-13 squad has been together and undefeated since they played in the under-10 age group. Stevens believes the players will lead the Western Province teams to comfortable wins at the IPT. “Last year WP A played WP B in final and won through a goal in the dying minutes,” she says. “I suspect the same will happen this year. WP water polo is extremely strong, while Rondebosch are, without a doubt, the strongest team.” The highly talented squad will now move onto high schools, with most players moving to Rondebosch Boys’ High next year. Stevens believes the next under-13 squad have what it takes to emulate their predecessors’ successes.
Students to do battle in Camps Bay Varsity Sports will take over Camps Bay this weekend when the second annual Varsity sevens rugby and beach volleyball tournaments take place. The volleyball tournament will see women’s teams from eight different universities from across the country vie for the title. Defending champions the University of Western Cape (UWC) will be wary of the University of Johannesburg, who took silver in 2012. However, the University of Limpopo, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria, University of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will also put in strong challenges. The 2013 event will see a few changes from last year. This time around teams will have squads of four players instead of three, with one tactical substitution allowed in each match. Besides the best SA university teams, South Africa’s top two women’s teams will go head-to-head with two top Camps Bay teams in a mini tournament. Not too far away from the sand and sea of
Camps Bay Beach, the Camps Bay Sports Club will host the very best of university sevens rugby. The eight universities in the beach volleyball competition will also be represented on the rugby field, together with the North West University (Pukke) and defending champions Stellenbosch University. This year teams will vie for even bigger incentives than in 2012. On the rugby field the tournaments top try scorer and the scorer of the best try will both win a cellphone and vouchers from a local cellphone network. The best defender and best striker in the volleyball tournament will receive the same prizes. The respective players of the tournaments will both receive R1 000 and two MVPs will be awarded vouchers from a popular fast food outlet. The Varsity sevens and beach volleyball tournament will take place from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December. V For more information and fixtures visit www.varsitysportssa.co.za.
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TAKING RISKS: Chris Bertish rides a 20m wave to win the Mavericks Invitational big wave event in 2010. Bertish will return to California for this year’s tournament. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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ig wave surfer Chris Bertish is an unrepentant thrill seeker. The Kommetjie resident regularly risks death by charging some of the biggest waves on earth. Now he is set to return to the scene of his biggest triumph – the Mavericks Invitational. Bertish road a 20m tall wave to clinch the Mavericks title in 2010 and is set to attempt the feat again. Not for fame, glory or fortune, but simply for the rush. “There were a lot of the guys who didn’t want to compete in that event in 2010,” he says. “There wasn’t one guy who can say he wasn’t scared for his life on multiple occasions – myself included. But it’s part of what
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drives and motivates us. Some people jump out of planes – this is what I do. I don’t need to take drugs; (this is my drug). It’s also about pushing your limits and redefining what is possible.” Bertish became the 12th surfer and second South African to win Mavericks. The story of his triumph is legendary. The Mavericks Invitational takes place between November and March, when the tournament organisers feel the waves will be suitably monstrous. Invited participants are notified 48 hours before the start. While most spend the entire period in California waiting for the call, Bertish had to rush to catch a 32-hour flight from Cape Town. He will have to do so again this time. Though he arrived on time, his luggage did not and he went on to win one of the most famous and dangerous surfing events with a borrowed board and wetsuit.
Bertish says his mind was clear when the stood up on his wave, despite all of these challenges. “I was thinking about survival. All the preparation and all the training you do is for that one moment,” he recalls. “You have gone through it so many times before and you have all the knowledge and experience. You have the confidence that you’ll get through it even if you fall. You have no doubts. Everything slows down to slow motion; it’s a complete sensory overload. “With 60 tons of ocean chasing and trying to eat you, you have to pretty confident, calm and sure you can get through that situation or else you shouldn’t be out there.” Bertish was invited to the 2010 event based on his performances in the Big Wave World Tour, but he has since left the tour due to financial constraints. He cracked an invitation this year because of his 2010 perform-
ance. The first South African to win Mavericks, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, will be one of the other 23 surfers trying to survive Mavericks this year. Another Cape Town local, Frank Solomon, is an alternate and could step in if one of the 24 surfers fail to compete. Bertish says the South African involvement speaks volumes for the determination of local surfers and people who participate in other fringe sports. “The guys are so hungry and driven; when they get the opportunity they will do whatever it takes to succeed,” he says. “We don’t get the opportunities or things on golden platters. You have to make the most of every opportunity you have.” Ocean Driven, a movie based on Bertish’s 2010 victory, is currently in production. V For more information on Bertish or the film visit www.chrisbertish.com.