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More remains unearthed TERESA FISCHER
MYSTERY surrounds the discovery of three more skeletons which have been unearthed inside the Police Museum in Muizenberg. A source, who has seen the remains and refuses to be named, described them as “two bodies in coffins” and “one (skeleton) lying next to the coffin”. Another source says these were removed in “three black buckets” on Wednesday. In December, workers renovating the premises, built in 1910, made the first discovery of a single skeleton. Employees of Bambana Management Services, the company completing the multi-million rand renovations at the museum, said they were not allowed to comment. People’s Post has reliably learnt the remains are believed to date back to post-1600, the Colonial era. Brigadier Srini Govender, the police’s section head of corporate communications, said the bones date back many years (“Scientists to verify bones find”, People’s Post, 22 January). Govender would not speculate on the origin of the remains, but said the bones have been sent to an archaelogist for verification. Govender says it is difficult to pinpoint the area where the bones were found, but says the find was made during excavation work undertaken inside the building. He says excavation has been temporarily halted and adds the police is not in a position to speculate further until more information is made available. Troy Phili, Unit Manager of Burial Grounds and Graves at the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), confirmed the matter had come to SAHRA’s attention. Adding the matter is “of a very sensitive nature”, he says detailed information on the history of the burials would be established through further investigation by UCT’s Department of Human Biology. This is also where the remains will be stored prior to consultations and identification of a suitable space for re-burial and commemoration. Phili says, to his knowledge, this is the first such discovery in Muizenberg, compared to the Greenpoint/Prestwich Place
area where, he says, the roads and buildings seem to have been built over a large burial plot. He says it remains to be seen whether the discovery at the museum will remain an isolated case or reveal a more widespread burial site. He says the application for a permit for the exhumation of the remains had first been submitted to Heritage Western Cape, which deals with pre-colonial human remains as per agreement with SAHRA. Phili says it was subsequently established the remains were more recent than originally believed and, therefore, the case was referred to SAHRA. The permit will allow for further removals, provided they are not more than 10. He says in such an instance a new permit application would need to be lodged with SAHRA. This would require a public consultation process to ascertain the site’s historical background and the identities and descendants of people buried there, who, in turn, need to give consent for the exhumation, relocation and re-burial of remains. The archaeologist conducting the analysis on the remains was unable to comment at this stage. Phili notes in areas where there had been forced removals, such as Ndabeni, the question is what could have happened to the community cemetery. “There are other incidences where forcefully removed residents came back after the demise of apartheid and found graves having been built on or relocated without any consultations,” Phili says. Peter Harrison, vice-chairperson of the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society, volunteers at Het Posthuys, which is adjacent to the museum and the oldest standing building on the False Bay coastline. He says the museum, in two sections, consisted of a Magistrate’s Court, complete with cells, and a police station. The police station was previously used as a library and the courthouse as a post office. Harrison would not be drawn to comment about the discovery. Chris Taylor, a specialist on the Battle of Muizenberg (1795), says it is unlikely the remains would be casualties of this battle between the British forces and the De Vereenigde Ost-Indische Compagne (VOC).
HISTORY PROBED: Workers at the Police Museum in Muizenberg where three more skeletons, be lieved to be dating back to the Colonial era, have been discovered. Photo: Teresa Fischer
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Love sewn into every stitch HOW to make an American quilt? With love.
That’s the message a group of American women brought with them when they donated quilts to orphaned children at six foster homes. The quilts – given to foster homes in Masiphumelele, Ocean View and Vrygrond – carry with them a message of love. It is the handiwork of women who are parishioners at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia. They developed the St Peter’s Love Quilt Project as a result of a mission trip to Masiphumelele in 2011, during which they brought quilts for children in foster homes. Each quilt included individual artwork created by children from St Peter’s that expressed what love meant to them. This year’s love quilts were displayed at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre this month. Organisers say the wealth of rich colours and pleasing designs were greatly admired. Coordinator Gretchen Ginnerty gave two talks on the background to the project and the far-reaching aspects of this remarkable outreach programme. The Log Cabin pattern chosen for the quilts has American traditions, which can be traced back over 200 years. The design encompasses contrasting light and dark colours representing happy and sad times. In each pattern block there is a centrepiece denoting the “hearth” of the
home. Each quilt has 20 of these small squares. The humanitarian aspects of compassion, equality and giving is also a part of the lessons which the children learn. Ginnerty used the analogy of “the threads that bind”, saying the communities are linked through the creation of the quilts, as are the recipients of the gift. Ginnerty’s mother Roberta Poellein, also a talented quiltmaker, accompanied her daughter. During the exhibition Poellein shared the finer points of quiltmaking. She designed her quilt using rustic, bold colours and using children’s drawings as centre pieces, thus following Gretchen’s design. The organisers say it is a quilt that reflects strength of character and say it was fitting it went to the eldest teenager at one of the handover ceremonies. The St Francis Outreach Trust – which is made up of volunteers from St Francis Church in Simon’s Town – along with the Homes from Homes organisation in South Africa have since identified 24 more orphanages and foster homes at which children could use the gift of a quilt. Ginnerty plans to return in 18 months with about 100 quilts to offer children. Trust chairperson Monika du Sautoy joined other members and the St Peter’s Love Quilt Project at the handover ceremonies. “The ceremonies are moving events,” she says. “The community spirit along with the love and good wishes imbued in the quilts are handed on.”
HEIRLOOMS: At the quilt exhibition are Annette Fella, Roberta Poellein, Michelle Daly and Rene van Eck. Photos: Supplied
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Shark net: permit required TERESA FISCHER
DESPITE another delay in the installation of the shark exclusion net at Fish Hoek Beach, the City of Cape Town is confident the latest hurdle will be ironed out within days. Although everything was running smoothly last year, (“Net still on track”, People’s Post, 27 November), the City was subsequently informed it would need to complete a full environmental impact assessment (EIA) – a process which could take nearly two years – before it could issue a permit. This news was delivered to the City by the National Department of Environmental Affairs, which jointly issues the required permit, together with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The EIA would be necessary if the net’s mooring was to be anchored to a platform. However, the net is not a fixed structure as it will be deployed and retrieved daily. The head of the City’s Environmental Resource Management Department, Gregg Oelofse, says the City is confident the issue has been resolved and adds there “appears to be
no legal reason why we cannot proceed”. Meanwhile, the City is ready to test the net as soon it receives the permit and weather conditions allow. Oelofse says: “We are hopeful that the permit might be issued before the end of January, but I cannot be sure of that.” Last year, the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club expressed dismay at a delay in the net’s deployment, originally planned for October (“Frustration at net delay”, People’s Post, 18 September). Negotiations were also held between the City and the trek net fishermen, who maintained the net would impact their ability to catch fish. They have been catching fish in the area for over 70 years. Their concern was the net would scare away the fish, especially schools of valuable yellowtail. Once the permit is received, the testing of the net will also depend on favourable weather conditions, says Oelofse. The 285m net, which is designed to act as a shark barrier, will stretch from Jager’s Walk to the Law Enforcement offices on the beach.
VIEW SITE: This photo of Fish Hoek, where the exclusion net is planned, is taken from the top of the mountain – where the Sharkspotters are situated. Photo: Teresa Fischer
Hiker saved in daunting night rescue TERESA FISCHER
IN WHAT has been described as a “dramatic technical rescue” lasting almost 12 hours, a hiker was carried off the mountain in the Silvermine Nature Reserve, near Elephant’s Eye. The victim, a 22-year-old man, tripped and broke his leg while traversing a steep slope during a hike with friends, says Robert de Wet, spokesperson for Emergency Medical Treatment (EMT). Paramedics from EMT were called at 16:30 on Thursday. De Wet says paramedics determined it would be too difficult to access the patient in the prevailing weather conditions and with dusk approaching. Metro EMS were then contacted to initiate a “full-scale technical rescue”. A medical response helicopter was unable to reach the man due to low-lying fog so a medical team was deployed on foot and paramedics reached the patient at 19:30. De Wet says Metro EMS rescue technicians managed
the patient in difficult wet and rainy conditions for almost 12 hours. Additional rescuers, including members of the Critical Care Retrieval System, Wilderness Search and Rescue, Mountain Club SA, Parks Board and the Hikers Network assisted throughout the night. The hiker was placed in a rescue basket and a rope rescue system was set up to pull him up and out of the mountain. He was eventually carried off the mountain shortly after 05:00 on Friday and taken to hospital in a stable condition. De Wet says the rescue took so long because the man was about 100m from the nearest footpath in a steep rocky area. It had taken long to reach him and by then the light was gone. The dark and rainy weather meant conditions were extremely challenging. De Wet says without the joint technical support and assistance of all the groups involved, rescue efforts of this magnitude would not be possible.
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Peace vs protests VIOLENT protests about service delivery have in recent months marred the political landscape. People’s Post interns Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn and Luzuko Zini took to the streets and asked readers if the violence is justified or it is a sign of desperation.
DESPERATE: Steve Fraser says while he doesn’t condone violence, when people are hopeless they get desperate. “If people can’t get their point across what other option do they have? Something needs to be done, but it all boils down to education; it allows you to decide what is right and wrong.” Photos: Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn and Luzuko Zini
UNACCEPTABLE: Stirling DamainHarris says violence is never justified. He thinks people protest when they have come to the end of their patience. At that point, he says, there is no other way but violence. “I feel particularly sorry for the farmworkers who work in rain and sun, but get R50.”
NEVER VIOLENCE: Thelma Harris says vio lence should never be an option. She says it is particularly frustrating when protesters don’t think of the inconvenience caused to themselves and others. “If you take the farm orkers: when they go back to work the stuff (property) is broken. It is unfair towards them selves and the farmers.”
OTHER MEANS: Zach Simpson believes there are other ways of dealing with the protesters’ concerns. “The violence may be a sign of des peration, but there is no need for it. They should use peaceful methods of protest that have served this and other countries well.”
NOT IDEAL: KayLeigh Meistre believes pro testing is a way for protesters to get attention, but believes violence is not the way. “Protest ers need to speak up and voice their concerns instead of being violent. Violence has never solved anything but only makes things worse.”
UNJUST: Andiswa Sam says: “Violence is not the way because it only makes things worse. Violence is not a sign of desperation, but an opportunity (for some people) to ruin what has already been done for them. The only way for ward is to address issues in a civilised way.”
ELECT LEADERS: Taariq Samuels says: “That’s their way of getting what they want, but it does not always go their way. Protesters should elect someone who will speak on their behalf to the people, company or government so that things can be resolved in a peaceful way.”
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Baboon group wants answers
SANParks has come under fire from the Baboon Matters Trust, for what it calls “unlawful actions” by its officials. But the group has made an attempt at conciliation which, if successful, it says “will go a long way” to promote dispute resolution outside of court. Baboon Matters, a non-profit baboon conservation organisation, this month sent an urgent letter to SANParks, seeking to address the latter’s actions late last year related to the deaths of chacma baboons Peter and Carpenter. Baboon Matters contends the actions of SANPark’s officials were unlawful and stand to be reviewed by the High Court. Prior to the killing of Peter and Carpenter, Baboon Matters’ lawyer, Mark Nixon, urgently requested SANParks halt the killing of baboons until such time as relevant data and documentation had been made available for scrutiny and inputs. According to the NPO, this letter met with no success, and Peter and Carpenter were killed shortly thereafter. Baboon Matters says it understands SANParks killed the baboons for having previously raided property on land which is not within their jurisdiction. Jenni Trethowan, of Baboon Matters, says they chose the cases of Peter and Carpenter because “so much went wrong” when they were killed. She adds their deaths “exemplify” why they want the policy regarding baboons to be re-examined. Trethowan says the “Big Momma” troop from Welcome Glen were left without males, after these two males were killed. According to authorities, Carpenter
joined the Da Gama splinter group in 2010 and became an aggressive raider. The Baboon Technical Team (BTT) – comprising City of Cape Town, Cape Nature and SANParks – had believed his removal would encourage the females and juveniles from his splinter group to re-join their original Da Gama main troop. This, it was said, would allow the two field ranger teams to work as one unit to more effectively monitor a single large troop. But Trethowan says the females would not willingly go back to their original troop, as they would lose their place in the troop’s ranking system. She adds it makes more sense for males to join their troop. Trethowan adds the two were also killed “within weeks” of the new service provider taking over. Nixon says SANParks is the recipient of the letter, as opposed to the BTT, because the actions of the SANPark officials “stand to be reviewed by virtue of their unlawful actions”. In order to avoid a court application, however, Baboon Matters are proposing to send a letter to the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs requesting a facilitator to conduct meetings of interested and affected parties with the purpose of reaching agreement over the killing of these and other baboons. But the letter states SANParks must first agree to extend the 180-day time limit, legally available to the NPO, [in terms of section 9 of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, 3 of 2000] during which it may approach the court for review. The 180 days began to run late last year after the first killing and is set to expire soon. SANParks spokesperson Merle Collins confirms they have received the letter.
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Sewage spills at Zandvlei TERESA FISCHER
A SEWAGE spill into Zandvlei has been going on for several months, says a Marina da Gama resident. And, according to Zoë Durbach, nobody has been informed, including visitors or those wanting to fish or swim. But the Director of Water and Sanitation at the City of Cape Town, Philemon Mashoko, says the spillage was not continuous. He says the first spill (14 January) was one from a local sewer and the subsequent one (21 January) was from a pump station failure. Durbach says the spill is in the canal on Wildwood Island, which feeds into the vlei. “You can imagine the sight, the smell, the birds caught in it, the dead fish, dead animals and of course the threat of disease,” she says. Mashoko says a blockage caused by an illegal object caused the first spill. The second was due to the malfunction of the Sand River Pump Station, which overflowed for about four hours. Durbach says the Marina Association “refuse(s) to take any action” to inform residents “even though they have an electronic and hardcopy newsletter”. The chairperson of the Marina Association, Bob Craske, says the Association is not the primary point of contact for such reports. In an email to Craske, Durbach
writes the Association has a duty to inform residents, saying it is an act of negligence if it does not do so. However, Craske says it is the City of Cape Town’s responsibility to publish such a warning and adds it is not within the Association’s mandate to do so. He adds if the City asks them to publish a warning, they will do so – as was the case with the algal bloom last year. Craske points out the Association is made up of unpaid volunteers. Mashoko says both spills were “timeously treated” with a biological substance that rapidly breaks down the solids, removing the immediate risk of toxic algal bloom and the food source for e. coli and similar bacteria. “This therefore rapidly reduces risk for recreational users to normal risk levels,” he says. The results of samples taken will only be available by Wednesday. Zandvlei Estuary Management Forum (ZEMF) chairperson Sandra Fowkes says Zandvlei is at the end of a large catchment and what finds its way into the catchment’s seven rivers and canals ends up in the vlei. She says ZEMF has to focus on both short-term and longer term initiatives. Fowkes says in addition to an emergency response plan, the forum is working to go “beyond responding to symptoms and to establish root causes of problems” in the vlei. She says residents can report any problem to the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089.
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MORNING HAS BROKEN: Donald Gill snapped this glorious sunrise at Fish Hoek beach. He adds there is a large community of dawn walkers who traverse the beach every day. Photo: Supplied
PRICKLY BEAUTY: Jenni Ren nie says after a graffiti artist defaced an historic stone wall they decided to plant these beautiful pink rose bushes. They now cascade down the wall and she says they have al most covered the graffiti with blossoms. She adds they may also be a way to prevent anoth er “socalled artist” from de stroying property that does not belong to them. Photo: Supplied
Fish Hoek: The White Heather Club hosts a Valentine’s Dance with a red and white theme at 20:00 in the civic centre hall. Dress smart/casual. Take a plate of eats and your own drinks. Non-members pay R20. Phone (021) 782 1558 for more details. Fish Hoek: Craft Market at the Methodist Church in First Avenue from 08:30. For further information phone Yvonne on (021) 782 2687 or 082 685 2099. Clovelly: Wellness Day at the Country Club. This is a free event from 10:00 until 17:00 which organisers say will be packed with more than 20 innovative health and wellness exhibits to help you live a happier, healthier, more vital life. Phone Robyn on (021) 782 8816.
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SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY Kommetjie: Country and Western music comes to Kommetjie when line dancers Die Country-Chix and BootScooters headline at the Kommetjie Primary sports grounds, supported by local band Los Hombres. Doors open at 15:30 and spit roast lamb and chicken, as well as a vegetarian option, will be on sale from 16:00. Tickets are R50. Children under 13 free if with their parents. There will also be pony rides. Free beer or glass of wine with every R15 raffle ticket bought. Take a rug or deck chair. All event proceeds will go to the refurbishment of the Kommetjie Community Hall. For further information or tickets contact Caroline on 079 616 4143, Gary on 079 615 1707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GRANTING HOPE: The Masonic Lodge in De Goede Hoop sponsored a Christmas party in December for women and children from the Jones Safe House in Sun Valley. It is operated by Donovan and Berna det Jones and is a place of refuge for more than 21 children and six women. The party was organ ised by Sharon Jenliffe, Marejka Jager, their hus bands David and John, and their children. Mason Ron Kessler says: “Every child received their Christmas gift wish. It was wonderful to see the children enjoy the pool, the water slide, and have an opportunity to ride a horse provided by the neighbours.” Santa arrived without reindeer at 15:00 and gave out presents. Kessler adds: “What a wonderful day for those who had nothing at all. Relying on a few grants and community donations the Safe House manages to survive. A special thanks to all of the people involved in helping this most important charity to service the needs of the abused and underprivileged.” Photo: Giles Ridley
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AN APPRENTICESHIP is on offer to last year’s matriculants or those between 18 and 25 years. The 36-month apprenticeship is with Mellon Housing, says FarSouth Sustainable Development in Ocean View. It is for electrical, plumbing and/ or carpentry skills training and pays the successful candidate R1600 a month. Requirements include a certified copy of highest qualification, a CV, certified copy of your ID, proof of residence and proof of banking details. “All you need is commitment and a dream,” says Mastoera Esterhuizen of FarSouth Sustainable Development. Direct enquiries to Esterhuizen on (021) 783 1416 or 079 528 2761 or email Farsouth.email@example.com.
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THE Cape Town rag trade is being honoured through an exhibition of the Spring Queen extravaganza. The exhibition is on at the new District Six Homecoming Centre in the former Sacks Futeran Building in Buitenkant Street. Old newspaper clippings of past winners who participated in the pageant between the 1980s and 2012 can be viewed. Lumka Vumendlini (20), who was crowned in November, also attended the opening. Interesting facts and photos of every past winner forms part of the exhibition, as well as a photo of how they look today. Carolie Roberts, who was crowned Miss Spring Queen in 1985, became emotional
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Healthy food for thought TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN
You are what you eat. For years people have been obsessed with phrases such as “healthy body, healthy mind”, and it’s true, says a dietitian. What children eat have a major impact on their brain. “Your brain is dependent on a normal blood sugar level, so any people or children with low or high blood sugar cannot concentrate properly. Therefore it is of utmost importance to eat regularly to help keep your blood sugar at a normal level,” says dietitian Magdalene Pieters. And, says Pieters, you don’t need expensive or exclusive foods to achieve this. A healthy combination of food groups in either a meal or snack will suffice. Brain boosting foods do not have to burn a hole in your pocket, but, more importantly, she says, the best thing to do is to avoid foods that affect the brain negatively. Focus instead on foods that are beneficial to the brain. “It has nothing to do with affordability and more to do with trying to eat natural foods, the way nature intended us to eat,” she says. When looking at food you need to decide if it is natural, wholesome and healthy or if it is only the nice tasting part of a natural food like sugar, oil, fat, cream and white refined starch. A good guideline is to try and avoid foods that are dyed, changed or fried. Certain foods, such as fried foods, sweets, sugar and sweetened cooldrinks, have a negative impact on the brain. “Bought fried fast foods are the worst because the oil might be boiling for many hours. Trans fats replace the good essential Omega-3
fats in the brain, and may cause Attention Deficit Disorder and mood disorders like depression because of a lack of Omega-3 fatty acids,” says Pieters. “Fried fast foods are one of the reasons so many young people feel depressed these days.” Sugar is digested very quickly and spikes blood sugar levels. According to Pieters, a lot of insulin must be secreted to lower the blood sugar again. “A child with a high blood sugar will not feel full of energy, like most people think. They will feel drowsy and tired. If their sugar drops too low after the spike they will feel nervous, edgy and jittery. They won’t be able to sit still, can’t concentrate and everything around them will draw their attention away from their work,” she says. Water with a meal that combines protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and healthy fat is very good at empowering the brain. Pieters says children should be encouraged to drink water whenever they feel thirsty or hungry. “A dehydrated body and brain cannot function properly and sometimes children get overweight because they confuse thirst with hunger and eat too much,” she says. With the new school year having just started, a good eating habit could help improve a child’s performance. Pieters says good foods to include in your child’s lunch box are low GI bread (which decreases the sugar spike), and a protein that suits your pocket such as meat, cheese, peanut butter or egg and a fruit. “Apples are low GI fruits and travel well. Buy different types and colours,” says Pieters.
HEALTHY OPTIONS: The variety of choices to give your day a healthy kickstart include yogurt and fruit. Photo: Google Breakfast is also very important to kickstart a day, says Pieters. She lists low GI toast, egg, peanut butter, low GI oats or muesli, yoghurt and a fruit or few raisins as good breakfast choices for children. She adds that pilchards are excellent food. “It is packed with good Omega-3 fatty acids, is an excellent source of protein and minerals from the sea and calcium from the soft bones
in the fish. The tomato added to most tins is also very good, filled with anti-oxidants that protect against many diseases,” says Pieters. She highlights that it is also affordable and you can stock up and keep some. “I combine it with wholewheat pasta, onions and spices, then add a thin layer of grated cheese on top for a lovely fast dish for the family,” she adds.
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A ILLUSTRATED talk on fynbos will be held in Newlands on Monday 4 February, from 20:00. Dr Dave McDonald will talk on Fynbos Flora of the Southern Langeberg and will include an illustrated discussion of the vegetation (and its patterns of endemism) of the Langeberg Range around Swellendam, Heidelberg (Boesmansbos Wilderness Area) and Riversdale. The venue is The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, next to the WP Cricket Club, Campground Road, Newlands. Visitors pay R20 and there is no need to book. Obtain more details from Glenda Thorpe on (021) 531 5713 or go to www.capehorticulturalsociety.co.za.
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JAZZY: Pedro EspiSanchis, Madosini, Johnny Blundell and Hilton Schilder make up the group MadoJazz. Legendary bow player Madosini’s music is said to have an “ancient and mystical beauty about it, which before you know it takes you away to a place of blissful peace and absolute tranquillity”. Madosini’s music embodies the earliest roots of jazz. They play the earliest string (Uhadi musical bow) and wind (Lekgodilo flute) instruments created by humans. The instruments work well with the jazz piano and guitar. Don’t miss the rare opportunity of these musicians playing together at Kalk Bay Theatre on Sunday 3 February. Tickets cost R65 for the show or R180 for the show, cheese platter and a glass of house wine. Book on www.kbt.co.za. Photo: Supplied
EASY ON THE EAR: Freshlyground, one of the most popular South African bands, will perform at the Summer Sunset Concert on Sunday. Photo: Supplied
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Their new CD will be sold at a cheaper price at Pick n Pay and is bundled with a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt. The album is also be available for digital download from the band’s website freshlyground.com, as well as iTunes and Amazon.com. The Summer Sunset Concert is from 17:30 to 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. For more details or ticket prices, call (021) 799 8783/8620 or visit www.sanbi.org. Bookings at www.webtickets.co.za. WIN! People’s Post readers can win three double tickets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday at 13:00, with the word “Freshlyground” in the subject field. Alternatively, go to www.peoplespost.co.za and stand a chance to win three double tickets. Winners will be notified by phone.
THEY won a world of fans with Doo Be Doo. With a string of hits and a growing fanbase, Freshlyground will again wow fans when they take to the stage at the Summer Sunset Concert at Kirstenbosch on Sunday February 3. As one of the most popular bands in the country and following the release of their fifth studio album, Take Me To The Dance, recently, they will be performing new sounds and old favourites. Their ascension was rapid – they became a household name in South Africa in 2004 with the release of the smash-hit album Nomvula, and every album released since has generated at least one radio hit: Doo Be Doo, I’d Like, Pot Belly, Fire is Low and Waka Waka, the 2010 hit with Shakira.
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CIVIL society places certain expectations upon a country’s legal system. So it is expected, for instance, that people whom the courts find guilty end up in prison. There, it is hoped, offenders will serve the required time for having been found guilty of whichever crime. Perhaps it is also hoped that they would make amends and perhaps become reconciliatory towards those whom they’ve offended. Many prisoners say they’ve found religion while in prison. If prison is hoped to be a corrective facility, what then can be said for crimes taking place in prison? Fights which broke out in Pollsmoor Prison last week are reportedly as a result of attempts to control illegal items which were being smuggled into the facility. A daily newspaper report indicates 10 inmates were injured in two separate battles between rival gangs. Five inmates were taken to hospitals. The items in question are drugs and cellphones. While people on the “outside” may take cellphones for granted, drugs in a prison is understandably a dangerous combination. Correctional Services regional commissioner Delekile Klaas has reportedly told the media they were investigating whether officials could be working with inmates. Two rival gangs have are said to have been separated, while gang leaders have been identified and placed in another area. Many questions can be asked as to whether prisons really serve a purpose. But in the absence of any other recourse, correctional facilities remain the only answer as to what to do with offenders and those who break the law. Research indicates many offenders, unfortunately, return to prison. Some, because they see little way out than to survive by committing crime. Others, because their attempts at reintegration into society are foiled as a result of the mark against their name. Until we’ve walked a mile in a prisoner’s shoes, who is to know? Perhaps crime never sleeps. Not even in prison.
Remember who pays Call for help is quietened I’M SHOCKED because today I saw one of the FNB adverts under the heading “You can help”. In it, Kelly Baloyi, a 17-year-old from Soweto, eloquently pinpoints not only the issues facing our nation, but also her idea for a solution. She is not calling for student boycotts, protest marches or strikes. She’s not calling for burning of municipal buildings, looting of shops or destruction of schools. She’s not calling for barricading roads, burning tyres or the stoning of the police. She’s not singing songs that call for a machine gun or the destruction of white farmers. She is simply asking for people to help each other. She says: “When you help someone, you lift them up. When you lift them up, they can help other people, too.” So why am I shocked? I am shocked be-
cause FNB has bowed to pressure from the ANC and the SACP and has now withdrawn the advert. These two political parties believe that this advert amounts to treason and undermines the government. This approach is reminiscent of the past apartheid government’s approach to those who opposed their views. No doubt FNB has realised that it needs to heed (president) Jacob Zuma’s call, where he stated: “Business that support the ANC will prosper.” Perhaps they should rather look at some of the statements made by (former president) Nelson Mandela, who said: “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.” ROGER WOOD Diep River
A bouquet for great service I RECENTLY had occasion to take my car for a little panel beating. When it was suggested to me that I take my car to Lekkerwater Road I hastily replied “no”. On thinking it over I decided I would find out more about the business concerned. I duly contacted Graham Ross at Southern Panel Beaters and went to see him in the business park where he conducts his business. I was most pleasantly surprised to find this company and the people there all very professional and polite.
It was an immediate decision on my part to give my business to Graham. The business park there (Pine Tree Park) certainly impressed me. The work carried out on my car by Graham was great. Not only was he efficient, but prompt, business-like and courteous. Thank you, Graham. I am now confident there must be many good businesses running from the area mentioned. SALLY Fish Hoek
MY LATE dad instilled in his children the basic principles of treating others as you want to be treated, always greeting and always saying “thank you”. I have, in turn, taught this to my children and grandchildren. What I and others have experienced lately is the way staff at some businesses treat customers. When entering these shops or businesses you are greeted by a silence so loud it is quite deafening. The looks and attitudes of the staff gives one the impression you are actually trespassing. When, out of desperation, you address these staff the reaction is that you have disturbed some sort of unseen meditation. Where are the days when a valued customer – the pillar on which the owner and staff placed their future and survival – was given red carpet treatment? No sooner has a customer entered a business premises when they were overwhelmed with customer courtesy. Every pamphlet we are sent or every advert is a message from a business inviting or imploring us to grace their business and spend our monies on their wares. But the staff need to be trained on how to receive and direct the invited customer – whether they purchase or not. Those who show customer courtesy are to be thanked. A quote from Henry Ford comes to mind: “It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.” KEITH BLAKE
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Parking plan would help ON A RECENT Saturday, my wife, daughter and I decided to a spend a hour or two at the beach surfing. Needless to say parking was at a premium. The only parking available was at the bottom circle near the pavilion. We were greeted by a young woman who directed us to a parking area on a yellow line. This area is a small dead-end road that leads to the back of the pavilion. When I questioned the possibility of a fine she assured me she was a former Beach Buddy, (another contentious matter) and she could guarantee me that we would not be fined. On our return, only two vehicles were fined who, out of desperation, had parked on a cobbled island. In no way were they creating an obstruction. Each received a R300 fine. Muizenberg is a huge drawcard for visitors and locals, and instead of Law Enforcement working with Tourism by suggesting these areas be reallocated as parking bays, they issue tickets turning a lovely day at the sea into just another bad day in South Africa. Cars parked in the bottom section were parked in an orderly fashion, albeit illegally on yellow lines. One vehicle was parked on a yellow grid indicating a fire hydrant and none of those cars received a ticket. So what gives? Selective ticketing. The (people) who decide on where yellow lines should be should think: “Hello! This is a recreational area. Let us make some changes that will make it easier for people to enjoy themselves. Let us put parking bays on the wide pavements where there is no pedestrian traffic.” A good example is Boyes Drive where the parking bays are half on and half off the pavement. MAX RENNIE Muizenberg Councillor Brett Herron, Mayco Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, responds: The small dead-end road that leads to the back of the pavilion, in which Mr Rennie parked, is in fact a loading area for the pavilion itself. A loading bay is marked adjacent the building and the remainder of the road within the turning circle is marked with yellow lines to permit larger delivery vehicles unobstructed passage into and out of the loading area. The loading area may not have been in use at the time of Mr Rennie’s visit, but had it been needed, those vehicles parked on the yellow lines would have presented a problem. The 15 parking bays were marked straddling the Boyes Drive roadway and sidewalk at the start of the Echo Valley mountain trail because no other safe parking could be provided. These bays were marked only after it was determined that the remaining sidewalk was adequate to cater for other pedestrian movement along the road. Similar action is not recommended on the Muizenberg beachfront promenade where as much space as possible should be provided for pedestrian movement if the beachfront is to remain an attractive amenity. Provision for cycling, similar to that on the Mouille Point and Sea Point promenades, would further enhance the attractiveness of the area and the space available to do this should not be surrendered to motor vehicle parking. Wayne le Roux, Acting Executive Director of Safety and Security, responds: Different agencies from the City of Cape Town such as Metro Police, Traffic and Law Enforcement from various stations and units work in Muizenberg during the season. The City’s Metro Police and Law Enforcement staff checked their records for Saturday 6 January and no fines were issued in the said area. The area mentioned in the letter is a problem area as vehicles that park there cause obstruction to pedestrian traffic.
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OCEAN EXPLORERS: Paul Millar, educator at the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay, facilitat ed the threeday Holiday Club for children aged between six and 11 years earlier this month. The popular club provides a handson learning experience for children keen to know more about the oceans and shoreline. Among the activities they enjoyed were an interactive discussion on sharks, swimming in the Dalebrook tidal pool, a coastal hike collecting marine treasures and snorkelling at St James tidal pool. For educational enquiries contact Paul Miller on Paul@sa veourseas. Phone (021) 788 6694.
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THUMBS UP! Tom Schilperoort won Sunday’s race at Seaforth Beach. Photo: John Hishin
Dramatic conditions in Seaforth contest A TOTAL of 75 paddlers were tested to capacity as they set off from Seaforth Beach, Simon’s Town, in the Best4 Surfski race on Sunday. They had to negotiate tricky rocks, reefs and kelp, and into the wind and swell for the first lap of the 12km race. Constant concentration was required to navigate the upwind section to the first turn mark as a wrong routing could quickly result in a swim over a shallow reef, as a few paddlers found out. The downwind section was fast paced and it was here that experience and some risk taking helped make up a few positions. The nine races in the season’s Best4 Surfski Series have been characterised by a quality field of women paddlers. Sunday’s race was no different with 20 women taking to the water to race. It was extremely close racing in the front end with Donia Kamstra narrowly edging out Kim van Gysen mere metres before the line. Right behind them was Bianca Beavitt who
was not giving the women behind or ahead of her any quarter to rest. The top three women were separated by only 30 seconds. The men’s race was equally exciting. Early on it seemed that Tom Schilperoort had sealed yet another victory, but junior paddler Kenny Rice reeled him on the second lap and they were soon joined by Simon van Gysen. The race was on again. Schilperoort, however, skillfully pulled onto a few successive swells leaving Kenny to battle Van Gysen for second place. In the end Rice took the second place and Van Gysen third. The last race and prizegiving in the Best4 Summer Surfski Series will be on Sunday 3 February at Clifton 4th beach at 9:00. Amateurs, novices and Stand Up Paddlers are invited to paddle with three of the world’s top five surfskiers including Van Gysen (Euro Championship title holder) and current world champion Dawid Mocke and current SA Woman’s Champion Nikki Mocke.
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The Epic Kayaks Glen McGregor Finale, as the race is known, is the final race in a series of 10 races that saw enthusiasts enjoying some of the best paddling at Cape Town’s finest beaches. The course is a two-lap route around Fisherman’s and Barker’s Rocks (weather dependent) with the day’s proceedings and series prizegiving happening at the Clifton Lifesaving Club. Cape Town series coordinator Nikki Mocke says: “The series has been a phenomenal success. It’s not just for the professionals. It’s a great way for anyone to get fit while having fun on our beautiful beaches across the Peninsula. We run the series to be able to enjoy Cape Town’s glorious summer days. Surfski and ocean paddling is an adventure-driven sport and it’s all about getting out into the ocean wherever and whenever you can.” Race day entries can be done at 8:00 on the day for those wanting to “pitch and paddle”. For entry fees and more information visit www.surfski.co.za, www.paddlingcentre.com or call (021) 782 4311.
It’s Tens time! THE annual Castle Cape Town Tens rugby tournament will take place at Hamiltons Rugby Club in Green Point this weekend (Friday 1 and Saturday 2 February). The popular tourney, which will celebrate its five-year anniversary, promises to be one a fun outing for the entire family. With topclass music acts such as Goodluck, a children’s play area, a beer garden, and plenty of rugby action, this an event not to be missed. It’s also an opportunity to see former Springboks Bob Skinstad and Rob Fleck, and other international legends, take to the field in the veteran’s division. People’s Post is giving away five double tickets to the tournament on Friday and five double tickets for Saturday. To enter, SMS the name of the sponsor of the tournament and your name to 34586 by Thursday 31 January at 13:00. SMSes cost R1,50.
Sporting fraternity to be honoured THE District Two Sport Council will host its first Annual Sport Awards in February. District Two covers the southern suburbs areas of Ocean View, Hout Bay, Retreat, Lavender Hill, Steenberg, Wynberg, Grassy Park and Lotus River. Sports clubs using community facilities and members of Municipal Facilities Management Committees (MFMC) are requested to submit nominations for the awards. The categories for nomination include Administrator of the Year, Coach of the Year, MFMC of the Year, Local Sports Council of the Year, Lifetime Achiever, Roll of Honour, Media Award, Sportswoman with a Disability of the Year, Sportsman with a Disability of the Year, Junior Sportswoman of the Year, Junior Sportsman of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year. For more information or to make a nomination contact Roscoe Jacobs on roscoejacobs@hotmail or call (021) 797 9935.
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PIETIE POWER: South Africa’s record goal scorer Pietie Coetzee celebrates after completing a hattrick in a World League round two match against Az erbaijan at Hartleyvale Stadium on Saturday. South Africa won the game 70 to qualify for the semifinals of the competition. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
Tuesday 29 January 2013
SPEEDSTER: Shelley Russell outpaces Nicola Gorbe of Austria during South Africa’s 20 victory at Hartleyvale Stadi um on Sunday.
Winning weekend for SA hockey JONATHAN COOK
SOUTH AFRICAN women’s hockey stalward Pietie Coetzee scored two goals to help Investec South Africa to a 2-0 win over Austria in their final World League round two match at Hartleyvale Stadium on Sunday. SA went through to the World League semifinals on Saturday when they beat Azerbaijan 7-0 and Sunday’s match had no bearing on that outcome. However, the host team still played to win
and the result was ensured by two sizzling drag-flick penalty corners from world record goal scorer Coetzee. The first goal came in the 10th minute after Bernie Coston’s pace down the right won South Africa their first penalty corner and Coetzee rifled a flat astro-burner into the bottom of the backboard. Six minutes later it was Shelley Russell’s turn to use her pace and stick-ball control at high speed to outflank her would-be tackler and set up SA’s second penalty corner. Coetzee aimed for the top shelf this time
Peninsula set their sights on promotion LIAM MOSES
PENINSULA RFC will be gunning for promotion when the 2013 Western Province club rugby season kicks off in April. The Lakeside team currently languish in Division Three – the seventh tier in the nine divisions of Cape Town rugby – but their newly appointed head coach believes small changes could see the club climb to a higher league. Creighton Bentley, who was elected as head coach in October, believes the secret to turning the club around is attracting local players who chose to play their rugby outside of the area. “I can’t see why we shouldn’t pull players from this region instead of players having to travel to other clubs, when we can build a
club that can play in the Super League in five years. We have the right ingredients,” says Bentley. “There are definitely a lot of players in this area, but at present they prefer to get in their cars and travel other clubs.” Peninsula RFC was formed in 1976, when two Kalk Bay clubs, Marines and Excelsior, amalgamated. The club played at City Park in Athlone and was made up of only Coloured players during apartheid and, Bentley says, the team has struggled to attract white players since the dawn of democracy and their move to Lakeside. Currently Peninsula draws most of its players from Lavender Hill, Steenberg and the ranks of the South African Navy, with very few coming from the more affluent areas in its immediate vicinity.
and beat Austrian goalkeeper Jasmin Anderle with ease. The double took Coetzee’s international tally to 258 goals in 258 test matches. Although SA dominated the rest of the match, further successful strikes didn’t materialise. South Africa’s pace on attack was one of the most impressive aspects of their play, and forwards Russell, Coston and Sulette Damons were just three of the frontrunners who burned their markers away. The second team to qualify for the World League semi-finals were Belgium, who beat The club came close to losing their Division Three status last year, finishing eighth, just above the relegation zone, in the 10-team league. Bentley attributes their poor performance to a lack of funds and appeals to companies in the area for support. “A lot of the players come from disadvantaged areas. They come from areas where gangsterism, violence and drugs are rife,” he says. “If we can have some sort of sponsorship, we cannot only feed them before games, we could possibly give them something to take home as well. I believe Peninsula can make a difference in these people’s lives with the help of a company and sponsorship.” Bentley hopes to attract players from the Far South, as well as across the southern suburbs. Anyone interested in joining or assisting Peninsula RFC can contact Bentley on 084 7011 361.
Azerbaijan 1-0 on Sunday. Fixtures for the third round will be announced when all second round fixtures are completed in March. The women in green and gold now focus their attention on the prestigious Investec Challenge, which also involves world number one and 2012 Olympic gold medallists Holland, as well as England and Australia. The Investec Challenge kicks-off at Hartleyvale Stadium in Observatory on Monday 4 February. It culminates in the medal matches on Sunday 10 February.
GOALS: Neil van Schoor (left) and Creighton Bentley, the public relations officer and head coach of Peninsula RFC respectively, are hop ing the help the club to promotion this year. Photo: Liam Moses