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THURSDAY 3 April 2014 | 0021 910 6500 | Fax: 021 910 6501/06 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za | Mobisite: ppost.mobi GOODBYE: A plan to demolish Clovelly Sta­ tion is on the cards. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

Farewell arewell to station? station? MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

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esidents could soon bid farewell to Clovelly train station and all the problems it brings. This, however, will depend on whether or not national transport minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters gives the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) the green light to demolish the unused station. The demolition proposal was revealed at the Fish Hoek Community Police Forum (CPF) public meeting last week. CPF chairperson Tony Bullock says the area around the station has been a bone of contention for several years. “Muggings of pedestrians and other

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 3 April 2014

FINANCE: GRANT RECIPIENTS IN A PANIC

Loan ‘scam’ hits Sassa clients hard NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

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ash-strapped residents believe they have been hit by a scam targeting those already living on the breadline. Scores of grant recipients applied for loans from what they believed was a South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) accredited company. However, no other company has permission to operate under Sassa’s name. Thelma Classen says she had told her son she had no money for food only moments before she heard she could get a loan from Sassa at her local civic centre. “I went to the community centre and it was full of people getting loans. The people from the loan company said they were from Sassa, and because I have a disability grant, I can get a R300 loan,” she says. The money was available on her grant card the next day. Sassa regional spokesperson Shivani Wahab says the agency has no affiliation to loan agencies. “Sassa can confirm that we are aware of the fact that various companies are providing loans to social security beneficiaries close to some contact points. Sassa is in no way linked to or associated with micro-lenders,” she says. Collen Jacobs says most of the community members would not have taken out a loan if they thought it was not Sassa offering the cash. “If Sassa’s name wasn’t used, we wouldn’t have gone. What will happen now? Will they take the amount owned or will they keep deducting? People feel there is a scam on the go.” Lending money to grant recipients can have dire effects, Wahab warns. “We are not in support of the loans that are granted to beneficiaries as it deepens the cycle of poverty with the loans that must be repaid at very high interest rates. The impact of this is that people are trapped paying back the loans and taking out new loans,” she says.

“Social grants remain one of government’s main poverty alleviation initiatives and Sassa has repeatedly warned beneficiaries against entering into any loan agreements with money lenders or financial institutions.” Pensioner Andrew Willams took out a loan against his better judgement. “I took an R800 loan on my pension. I know it is illegal to take out loans if you are a Sassa grant recipient and would never have applied for the money if it was not a Sassa organisation,” he says. Taking out a loan as a grant recipient is prohibited, Wahab says, and there is little Sassa can do to intervene in loan agreements. “No social grant beneficiary may use their social grant as a guarantee to obtain a loan. Deductions are not made from the Sassa social grant and the full amount is paid into the bank account of beneficiaries. “Money lenders/financial institutions effect these deductions within the rules of the banking sector and once the grants are paid into the bank accounts of beneficiaries, the deductions are made. We unfortunately do not have any control over these deductions and beneficiaries need to engage the money lenders or financial institutions in this regard.” Moneyline has been offering loans to beneficiaries since 2000, says CEO Serge Belamant, and has never “used Sassa’s name or influence to market, offer or sell loans”. “I do not believe that Sassa has stated that such loans are illegal. Sassa knows that these loans are provided under the credit and banking acts and are, as such, 100% legitimate,” he argues. “Sassa may, however, view the offering of any loan to beneficiaries as illegal. On the other hand, it is poor people that need credit! We believe that if managed responsibly, financial assistance can be the difference between life and death for many beneficiaries or can certainly improve their lives.” V Should grant recipients be allowed to take out loans? Starting with the word “Post”, SMS your thoughts to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

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Fax: 086 576 0441 E-mail: cityparks.feedback@capetown.gov.za Written Submission: Private Bag X298, Cape Town 8000 (For attention: City Parks) Have your say page: www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay

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The City’s Public Participation Unit will assist people who cannot read or write, people living with disabilities and people from other disadvantaged groups who are unable to submit written comments to have their comments, recommendations and input recorded and submitted to the City. Contact the following persons: For general public participation: Frederick Venter at 021 400 1768 or frederick.venter@capetown.gov.za For disadvantaged groups: Anele Viti at 021 400 1652 or anele.viti@capetown.gov.za The draft policies will be available for viewing at www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay, at all subcouncil offices and at municipal libraries. Direct enquires to City Parks Management at fax 086 576 0441 or e-mail cityparks.feedback@capetown.gov.za. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER 61/2014

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 3 April 2014

TRANSPORT: SEWERAGE SPILL AT STATION

Poo while waiting for choo-choo MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

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ewerage spills at Glencairn station have residents and commuters gagging in revulsion. Last week they reported broken toilets and sewerage spills onto the platform to the City of Cape Town’s health department. Sarah Mbewu, who travels between Glencairn and Retreat daily, says she is fedup with the “disgusting state” of the station. She explains last week while waiting for her train she noticed dirty water leaking from a pipe where the toilets are. “It came out and spilt onto the platform. There was so much water that it drained onto the railway line,” she says. Mbewu explains she was stuck standing in the dirty water for almost an hour while waiting for her train. A Glencairn resident, who does not want her name published, informed City Health of the incident and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) was instructed to see to the problem. “I was told the pumps were broken and the toilets were closed. The water continues to spill onto the station and stinks up the whole place,” she says. The resident also raised concerns about sewage spilling into the sea, saying “this would be devastating”. In addition to broken pumps, Mbewu says the toilets are seldom open. “We stand here and wait for the train and are unable to relieve ourselves. Many of us travel far distances and its not like we can jump off a train just to use the toilets at oth-

er stations,” she adds. Prasa Corporate Real Estate Solutions (Cres) regional manager Lindelo Matya confirms the pumps are broken. He says repair work is expected to commence this week. Matya says Prasa is unaware of sewerage running into the ocean. “The toilets are closed, so I am not sure of water running into the sea. We will have to look into this urgently,” he says. Dr Zandile Mahlangu, the City’s executive director for health, says they are aware of the situation and have asked Prasa to provide alternative toilet facilities until the matter is resolved. She explains the toilets at the station use a submersible pump in an inspection chamber to pump sewage up to the City’s sewer in the Main Road. “Since the matter was reported, City Health has liaised with Metrorail, which conducted temporary repairs and eventually replaced the pump,” Mahlangu says. However, the replacement pump has also failed and the City will be conducting weekly follow-up inspections. This is to ensure the toilets are closed and no sewage flows onto the platform and into the surf zone. Despite reports from commuters, Mahlangu says there is no indication of sewage spilling into the sea. “The likelihood of this happening is very remote, given that the overflow has been minimal and also the distance between the affected platform and the ocean,” she adds. V Share your thoughts on the station. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.

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COOKING UP A STORM: Pamela Sarai, Happy Banjwa and Dolly Mpongo completed a cooking course hosted by Fish Hoek resident Nikki Green. Here they are pictured with some of the treats. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

SUPERHEROES: Conservationists and nature­lovers raising funds for the Restore the Roodeberg cam­ paign celebrated Earth Hour Blue on Saturday. In keeping with the international news that The Amazing Spider­ Man 2 stars are supporting the crowd funding ini­ tiative, a group of youths dressed up in Spider­Man costumes to show their support.PHO­ TO: MICHELLY RALL/ GETTY IMAGES

PAYING TRIBUTE: Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu (left) walks through rows of South African Navy officers during the change of command parade in Simon’s Town on Monday morning. Mudimu was in command for eight years, during which he played a major role in putting the Navy at the forefront of several international treaties and pro­ grammes. He was also instrumental in establishing the Sea Power for Africa Initiative and is currently the outgoing chairperson of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium. His deputy, Rear Admiral Samuel Hlongwane, will take over the SA Navy reins. PHOTO: BERTRAM MALGAS/FOTO24

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 3 April 2014

CRIME: COMMUNITY SAFETY ROLE PLAYERS MAP PLAN OF ACTION

Persistent worry over quarry MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

CONCERN: The City of Cape Town is looking into demolishing these structures at the Glencairn Quarry. :PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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olding cells, Glencairn Quarry and displaced people took centre stage at the Fish Hoek Community Police Forum meeting. The public meeting, aimed at giving residents an update of crime trends in the Fish Hoek police precinct, was held at the King of Kings Baptist Church in Sunnydale last week. In his presentation CPF chairperson Tony Bullock gave an overview of the oversight project by the provincial Department of Community Safety. CPFs are required to visit police stations at various times and give a report on the findings. Bullock said while the station was in good shape, there were concerns about the condition of the holding cells. “People leave all their mess just laying there and you won’t believe the stench,” he explained. Bullock says the CPF came up with a plan to install a high pressure water hose to help keep the cells clean. Glencairn quarry also came under the spotlight. Bullock said the people living in the quarry were a concern and this issue had been raised with City of Cape Town ward councillors. Ahead of the South Peninsula Subcouncil meeting in March, Bullock and Aliet Pelt, chairperson of the Simon’s Town CPF, wrote a letter outlining their concerns about the quarry. It states the quarry has been a

problem for three years and the derelict building is “frequented by street people and drug addicts and is a filthy mess”. “The CPF has been told that the loading bay falls under the roads department and are aware the ward councillor has met with various officials to attempt to find a solution to the problem. “To date no solution has been found and the crime and grime continues daily,” it reads. The letter asks the City to investigate and find a solution to the quarry. South Peninsula Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says the department has ruled out bricking up the area and instead will be investigating the possibility of demolishing the structures. In a crime report, Warrant Officer

Willie du Plessis, a crime intelligence officer, said crime had stabilised in the last month. He said while theft of motor vehicles had dropped, theft out of motor vehicles had increased. “There were no murders or rapes and common robberies also decreased,” he said. Warrant Officer Chris Cloete, acting branch commander, said there had been several convictions in the last quarter. With the help of the community, Cloete says the precinct has managed to reduce crime. “Neighbourhood watches in this area are very impressive. They respond quickly and respect and do not disturb crime scenes,” he said. V Share your thoughts on these issues. Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.


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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 3 April 2014

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hey are advertised on lamp posts, in train carriages and are handed out on street corners. Promises of quick – illegal and very dangerous – abortions are made by so-called doctors. Operating with impunity and a flagrant disregard for the letter of the law, the pamphlet of one such “doctor” promises to have the abortion process over “in just 15 minutes for women carrying foetuses between three weeks to eight months”. People’s Post readers share their views of this practice.

SHANNON GEORGE says: “The police should stop these immoral and inhumane practises. If these ‘doctors’ can perform abortions up until eight months, then something is definitely amiss.”

ADELE BASSON doesn’t understand why “police don’t care as strongly about illegal abortion as they do about drugs. I wish they would do more to put unregistered facilities out of business”.

HENRY BAARDMAN says abortion is “a life being thrown away and because government gives the green light to these activities, they are actually setting a timebomb to our human race”.

ERIN WINDELL says abortion is a private matter. “More policing should be initiated to prevent ille­ gal abortions. The more people see these pam­ phlets, the more they will think it is legitimate.”

CINDY FISHER says there are too many illegal abortion facilities. “A friend considered an illegal abortion, but quickly came to her senses. I can’t even begin to imagine how dangerous it is.”

AZIZA FRIESLAAR says “unregistered doctors are endangering the lives of young women. They are getting money from desperate people. These doc­ tors should be ashamed of themselves”.

TERRY HAIKEL says: “Someone could be killing a great man or woman who could contribute posi­ tively in this world, but they wouldn’t know be­ cause of their selfish actions.”

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 3 April 2014

LAKESIDE: RESIDENTS BEG CITY FOR ACTION

Weary of traffic chaos MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval

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peeding cars and screeching tyres are becoming a norm along Main Road, Lakeside. With one serious accident every month at the intersection of Lincoln and Main roads, residents are concerned about motorists not obeying road signs. However, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron says no accidents have been reported at the Main Road access to the car park in the last six months. But a resident, who spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity, says since the establishment of a new development along this intersection, accidents and other incidents have increased. She has raised her concerns with ward councillor Dave D’Alton and has requested the City investigate the possibility of providing additional traffic calming measures. Two road signs indicating motorists are not allowed to make a right turn are ignored as vehicles make their way into the intersection. The resident says in addition to vehicles, pedestrians have a hard time crossing the road. “There is nothing but a painted island

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he story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift who seeks a better life for his family comes to the stage in Undermined. This new production presented by KBT Productions and Here Manje Productions is directed by multiple award-winning Tara Notcutt. Undermined premieres at Kalk Bay Theatre on Wednesday 9 April and runs until Saturday 3 May. Written by Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi and Luke Brown, with choreography by Cleo Notcutt, Undermined mashes up comic book and African storytelling to tell the true tale of Madlebe, who came from Mozambique to find a job and take a better life home to his father and wife-to-be. But his unique talent of a finely tuned sense of hearing leads to some interesting developments along the way. Told against the backdrop of urban Jozi and the deep of the mines, it is a story of hope, perseverance and an unexpected hero. The cast features Luke Brown (Below my feet), Mkhwanazi (Orpheus; A man and a dog; Mama Tembu’s wedding, My low-fat almost Italian wedding) and Stefan Erasmus (Lie). “We are proud to be premiering this new South African production on the Kalk Bay Theatre stage,” says Kalk Bay Theatre owner Simon Cooper. “It is a touching and inspiring story, told in a fresh, fun and fast-paced way, creating a delightful and unique theatre experience.” Tara Notcutt is a seasoned and internationally acclaimed director and producer. Her works such as Mafeking Road and A town called Fokol Lutho have captivated Kalk Bay Theatre audiences, while the multiple productions she has produced, co-writ-

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TALENT SHOWCASE: The Peninsula Ballet School presents The Toy Box at the Masque The­ atre from Thursday 10 to Sunday 12 April. Directed by Leilani Beer van Rooyen and Tracy Davis Chaston, this is the school’s second pro­ duction. The production has been written by the school and choreographed by Beer van Rooyen and Davis Chaston. Together they have created a visual feast of colour, beauty and classical lines which promise to encapsulate the art of ballet. Tickets range from R50 to R65. For more information phone (021) 788 7911. Pictured are dancers from the Peninsula Ballet School. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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member), FTHK, Third World Bunfight, Artscape and Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre, where he was Roy Sergeant’s joint artistic director. Mkhwanazi has toured the SADC regions, the US, England, Europe and Asia, performing and facilitating theatrical workshops and he has helped build four theatres. He is artistic director of Here Manje Productions, which he established with Luke Brown and Sammie Davies, and Mkhwanazi currently appears in the SABC TV series Traffic and 90 Plein Street. Luke Brown was born in Cape Town and found his way into the arts after his first Shakespeare performance during his school days. He is passionate about and has experience in various disciplines in the arts, including dance and acting on stage and film. He runs Here Manje Productions with Mkhwanazi and also BMF Productions, a young company formed with co-director Ciara Baldwin after their work, Below my feet, was invested in by Arts Education, Assitej and recently ended a three-year run. Stefan Erasmus trained at UCT and has been directed by Sandra Temmingh, Geoffrey Hyland and Luke Ellenbogen. In 2012, he worked with Philip Rademeyer, in one of two starting productions for Rust Co-Operative, playing Anna Jones in Lie. Erasmus has worked with exciting theatremakers such as Roy Seargent, Kim Kerfoot and Gabriella Pinto. V Tickets cost R80 and R70 for Gallery seats. To book visit www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za. The performance starts at 20:00. For information and to book a table for dinner, call 079 361 8275. V Five People’s Post readers can win double tickets to the show on Tuesday 15 April. Go to www.peoplespost.co.za to enter. Winners will be notified by phone.

Surf’s up at Muizenberg’s Big Jol The Big Jol to launch the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame landmark will be held on Saturday 5 April at the Pavillion. This gathering of hundreds of surfing luminaries and local celebrities will feature live music and audio visual presentations, reveal the details of the country’s first national surfing landmark, announce the names of the first 12 surfing pioneers to be honoured in the Walk of Fame and disclose the selection criteria for future honourees. With the effervescent Deon Bing as master of ceremonies, lucky draw prizes totalling more than R20 000, great food and drinks on tap and plenty of camaraderie, the Big Jol will go down in the annals of surf folk lore as a night to remember. Long-time surfer Robin Auld heads the music bill with his internationally renowned blues, folk, reggae and African influences given a rock steady feel by

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PEOPLE'S POST | FALSE BAY Thursday, 3 April 2014 Saturday 5 April V Simon’s Town: The Homemade Market will be held at Simon’s Town Library hall from 09:00 to noon. Homemade food, cheeses and preserves and crafts will be on sale. Phone Sharon James on (021) 785 5322. V Kommetjie: Friends of the Kommetjie Library will hold a morning market at the library from 09:00 to 12:30. A variety of items will be on sale. To book a stall phone (021) 783 1693. V Fish Hoek: The next White Heather Club dance will be held at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre hall at 20:00. The dress is smart/casu­ al. Take your own refreshments. Entry is R20 for visitors. Phone (021) 782 1558. V Marina Da Gama: The Marina Da Gama Crafters will hold an Easter market at Eastlake Island Square, off Prince George Drive, from 09:00 to 14:00. Cards, baked goodies, fibre art, PewterArt, jewellery, cards and other items will be on sale. Phone Amelia on (021) 788 8717 or 083 209 0422. V Glencairn: There will be a car boot sale at Phoenix Lodge from 08:00 to 11:00 – R30 gets you a spot. Phone Mike on (021) 782 3426. V Fish Hoek: There will be a craft market at Fish Hoek Methodist Church from 08:30 to noon. Phone Yvonne on 082 685 2099. V Muizenberg: Cliff Richard and The Shadows will perform at the Masque Theatre at 20:00. Tickets are R85; theatre club members pay R75. To book phone (021) 788 1898 or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za. Sunday 6 April V Muizenberg: Chris Taylor will host an historical walk at 10:00. The walk includes Rhodes Cottage, Battle of Muizenberg and Het Posthuys. Entry is R100. Call 082 908 3456 or info@desertart.co.za. Tuesday 8 April V Fish Hoek: False Bay Volunteer Emergency Medical Services will hold its annual meeting at their base at False Bay Hospital at 19:30. Phone Lucy Price on 082 371 3850. V Muizenberg: The Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) invites the public to give input into MID’s draft greening policy at a meeting at the Muizenberg Bowling Club at 19:00. Email manager@mid.org.za for more informa­ tion. Wednesday 9 April V Glencairn: The monthly Simon’s Town Sector 1 Crime Sub­forum meeting will be held at The Bay Cafe at 18:30. Residents of Glencairn Valley, Red Hill, Scarborough, Misty Cliffs, Neptune’s Close, Bayview Heights, Glen Marine, Da Gama Park and beyond are welcome to attend. Phone Aliet Ray­Pelt on (021) 781 0028. V Fish Hoek: The next Flame Lily tea will be held at Fish Hoek Bowling Club at 09:30 for 10:00. Entry is R10 for members and R20 for visitors. Phone Priscilla Rees on (021) 782 4573. Sunday 13 April V Cape Point: The Cape Point volunteers will host a hike at 09:00. Meet inside the pay gate. Contact John (021) 782 2379 or 084 249 9979 for more details. Monday 14 April V Marine Estate: The Marine Estate Neigh­ bourhood Watch will hold its next meeting at Muizenberg High School in Dover Road at 19:00. Phone 083 947 6972 for more informa­ tion. Thursday 17 April V Fish Hoek: The Diabetes Support Group will meet at the civic centre at 14:15. Phone Gerald Jeftha on (021) 786 4540. Thursday 24 April V Fish Hoek: Fish Hoek Methodist Church will hold its next Alpha course at 19:00. Phone the church on (021) 782 1569 or Barry on 072 954 3045 for more information.

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Winter is upon us as she shows off her nasty wet and windy sting. And the bad news keeps coming. Citizens have to contend with increases in everything: from the petrol price to food costs and other necessary evils like car licences. The list is endless. Entertainment options are slim on the ground when Sassa grant beneficiaries queue up to take out loans. Not everyone can live in the splendour that is Nkandla. Let’s hope the politicians are actually listening to the masses while they’re out wooing the voters to make their cross next to their faces on those ballot papers come Wednesday 7 May. The people are hungry and fed-up; two decades into democracy many are still waiting for those electioneering promises to materialise. So it should hardly come as a surprise that MyCiTi bus drivers have joined the fray of the striking workforce. It takes a single match to light a big fire. Is it already strike season? Or have these just rolled into one big, stewing snowball of discontent to land in the laps of a government who should care? It took a simple strike for the MyCiTi system to grind to a halt. The jewel in the crown of the local government needs a bit of spit and polish for politicians to wax lyrical about this transport initiative. Commuters are frequently at the mercy of the machinations of strike action. They are the unfortunate victims of demands for better working hours and wage increases. Rail and bus commuters are equally left stranded when these drivers shift down a gear and decide en masse to down tools. This is the only time that taxi operators are left smiling, but even they can often not keep up with the demand during strikes. To be fair, MyCiTi is good when it works – until the strike, that is.

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People’s Post is published by WP Newspapers, a subsidiary of Media24. FALSE BAY 30 972 copies distributed Thursday to the following areas: Marina da Gama, Lakeside, Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Welcome Glen, Da Gama Park, Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Glencairn, Glencairn Heights, Glen Marine, Glen Ridge, Fish Hoek, Clovelly, Sun Valley, Sunnydale, Faerie Knowe, Imhoff’s Gift, Capri Village, Kommetjie, Simon’s Town and Noordhoek. OTHER EDITIONS People’s Post also has the following nine standalone editions: Woodstock / Maitland (16 391) Mitchell’s Plain (83 340) Retreat (23 423) Grassy Park (21 838) Lansdowne (21 130) Athlone (30 252) Constantia / Wynberg (30 069) Claremont / Rondebosch (30 843) Atlantic Seaboard / City (29 246) Total print order: 318 495 WHOM TO CONTACT NEWS EDITOR: Mandy King Email: mandy.king@peoplespost.co.za SPORT: Liam Moses Email: liam.moses@peoplespost.co.za ADVERTISING MANAGER: Garth Hewitt Email: ghewitt@tygerburger.co.za MAIN BODY ADVERTISING: Michael Roberts Tel: 021 910 6500 Classified Advertising: 0860 117 520 PRESS CODE, CORRECTIONS People’s Post subscribes to the South African Press Code and we are committed to journalism that is honest, accurate, fair and balanced. Under our editorial policy, we invite readers to comment on the newspaper’s content and we correct significant errors as soon as possible. Please send information to the news editor at mandy.king@peoplespost.co.za or phone 021 910 6500. Alternately, please contact the Ombudsman of Media24’s Community Press, George Claassen at george.claassen@media24.com or 083 543 2471. Complaints can also be sent to the SA Press Ombudsman on telephone 021 851 3232 or via email khanyim@ombuds­ man.org.za or johanr@ombudsman.org.za

Taxis: bus is a safer alternative Regarding “Route to give hiking the boot” (People’s Post, 27 March). “Route to increase car accident rate” is a more appropriate (headline) for allowing taxis to use Ou Kaapse Weg. While I obviously seem negative to the proposal it is with good reason. I cycle from Sun Valley to Tokai and use Kommetjie Road. The taxis use that road like a race track, and only slow down when they approach the robots by the new cameras; then, once passed, they open up again. (There are) no traffic officers patrolling that stretch of road. Ever. I am sure many people will attest to this. And this is the same throughout. Allowing this kind of reckless driving over a dangerous pass is looking for trouble. I know they are trying to (eke out) a living, but at what cost? Taxis racing over

Ou Kaapse Weg full of children is a recipe for disaster and I will hold (ward councillor Felicity) Purchase responsible for this. A safer alternative would be to add a bus route that would run two to three times a day; two trips in the morning and the same in the afternoon. I am sure schedules could easily be worked out. There are enough idiots using Ou Kaapse Weg as a personal racing track; adding the way taxis drive to that mix is looking for trouble. If the education department is being asked to help finance this, why not pay for a school bus? This would be safer. I feel for the kids, I really do. But history doesn’t lie. Are we going to be so arrogant to say it won’t happen again? CHRIS SCOTT Email

Surfers’ landmark: work ahead Justin Ford’s letter (“Questions over surfers’ landmark’”, People’s Post, 20 March) regarding the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame in Muizenberg refers. The concept was first proposed in 2010 and, thanks largely to the perseverance of Peter Wright, Tessa Moore and the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID), permission has been granted for the landmark to be built on the traffic circle at Surfers’ Corner, the beach where Heather Price became the first South African to ride waves standing on a surfboard in 1919 and recently acknowledged as one of the world’s top 20 Surf Towns by National Geographic. The considerable research and planning demanded by the authorities before granting permission has revealed that bronze is the best material to use for the statue given the environmental conditions and longevity expected for such a landmark. Hardy indigenous flora capable of withstanding the local elements will be used in the landscaped gardens that surround the walkways embedded with plaques honouring the country’s past, present and future surfing legends. However, Mr Ford’s envisaged “... sculpture in the middle of a skatepark designed to look like a dune field ...” is not what the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame is all about.

The forward-thinking MID team has driven this project to celebrate the pivotal role surfing has played in encouraging economic growth, cultural diversity and international recognition of Muizenberg as a destination of choice in South Africa while also improving the aesthetics of the beachfront environment. While the MID has budgeted to maintain the landmark and include it in their network of CCTV cameras and security patrols, every cent used to design and build it will come from donations and fundraising efforts conducted by the hardworking and passionate committee members. The four-year journey to this stage has created an ideal blueprint for skateboarders, and any other interest group, to approach the MID for assistance in obtaining permission to create a landmark to honour their particular constituency. Much work remains before this landmark becomes a reality and everyone interested in surfing and the upliftment of Muizenberg is encouraged to attend The Big Jol at Muizenberg Pavilion on Saturday 5 April for the historic launch of the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame and to get the next phase of this project successfully underway. PAUL BOTHA, Kommetjie

Use beaches where dogs aren’t allowed I really take exception to the tone and attitude of Kevin Baker’s letter regarding the behaviour of dog owners on Clovelly Beach (“Dog owners out of control”, People’s Post, 27 March). It’s people like this that cause undue problems for dog owners who are simply trying to give their pets a bit of free reign activity. I agree dogs should be kept under control. However, this is easier said than done when a dog is having a wonderful time exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the beach. For me the answer is simple, Baker and his wife should simply avoid Clovelly Beach and use Fish Hoek Beach where dogs are not allowed. Just give us dog lovers the opportunity to spoil our dogs from time to time. And if he is not prepared to have dogs come over and say “hello”, don’t attack the dog owners; simply go somewhere else where (you) will not encounter this problem. BRIAN FRASER Email

Farewell Rosemary Although it happened a year ago, I have only recently learned through a Facebook friend of the discovery of Rosemary Theron’s body. From the same source I heard her sister had died recently and her mother is very frail. May I, through (People’s Post), convey to her our heartfelt condolences on her tragic loss. She is in our hearts and in our thoughts. May she find the strength to cope with the grief she must be experiencing. BEE MUNDY-CASTLE Manchester, UK

Plant identified (In response to) Wendy Manser’s question about the plant (“Full bloom”, 20 March). It is a Tillandsia – an epiphytic Bromelia. They like warm climate and should not be kept in lower than 15°C conditions in winter. It was probably a kindle (cutting) from the mother plant that bloomed after two years. ANONYMOUS Website comment


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Your SMSes Taxi route over Ou Kaapse Weg . We need (a) new route. Ambrose . (It is a) nice idea; I am just very concerned about the taxi-related accidents that will happen on an already dangerous road. . I’m glad to see attention is focused on public transport. It’s not just Masiphumelele and Ocean View residents (who) are cut off when they reside in (the Far South). We can’t go to Westlake or Tokai to find employment, as there are no trains or buses. . Opening a new taxi route from Masiphumelele to Westlake is a wonderful idea as it may alleviate some of the pressure on Metrorail as well. Charmaine, Fish Hoek . Do you want to put taxis on a mountain pass with children? Please think again. Anonymous . A definite “no” to taxis. There is a bus

service at 06:30 and 18:30 – rather increase this to another one at 07:30 and 17:30. (It’s) safer, (has a) bigger capacity and (it’s) cheaper. . This new route is going to increase accidents and the risk to other motorists. . Upgrading roads costs thousands of rands per kilometre; surely obtaining a bus for the 76 children who have to make the commute over Ou Kaapse Weg makes (more) sense? Traffic is already a problem; adding taxis to the mix sounds counter productive. Eugene, Kommetjie . Taxis are already so dangerous along Kommetjie and Noordhoek roads, now you want to send them over Ou Kaapse Weg. Where are the buses? . Build schools and colleges in or near Masiphumelele so that these students will not need to travel over an already traffic burdened mountain pass by taxi. Loraine, Noordhoek

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jax Cape Town strolled to victory in the under-15 division of the 14th annual Kensington AFC Youth Cup on Sunday. The Urban Warriors were unbeaten throughout the tournament, topping Group C after the round-robin stages and dispatching all challengers in the knockout rounds. Ajax started the tournament with a 5-0 win over Atlantis FC, then dismantled George FC 10-0 and finished off the group stage with a comfortable 2-0 win over Mitchell’s Plain’s Standards FC. The quarter-finals pitted Ajax against Rygersdal FC, who qualified as runners-up in Group D. Ajax knocked-out the Rondebosch club with a 2-0 win, and went on to edge Fish Hoek AFC 1-0 in the semi-finals. Old Mutual Academy, perennial title contenders in any junior tournament, also arrived at the final unbeaten. Mutual beat Fulham FC 3-0, Fish Hoek 1-0 and Project Play-

ground 1-0 to top Group B. They went on to eliminate Strandfontein AFC 5-0 in the quarters and All Stars 2-0 in the semis. However, Ajax had too much for the Pinelands club and took the final 1-0. Firefighters were the surprise victors in the under-11 division of the tournament. The Khayelitsha side qualified for the quarters as runnersup in Group A, after just three wins, a draw and a loss in first stage. Firefighters beat Fulham 4-1, Blackpool 3-1, lost 2-0 to Leeds, drew 1-1 with YMO St Luke’s and were awarded the three points after their match against Standards was abandoned. The top two in each group progressed to the semi-finals and Firefighters went on to beat Group B winners All Stars 2-1. Project Playground, Group B runners-up, booked their place in the final after beating Group A winners Leeds 4-3 on penalties, after the a goalless match. The final also finished in a stalemate, but Firefighters won 5-4 on penalties to take the title.

BEATEN: YMO St Luke’s player Kolby Noon (left) beats Fish Hoek AFC’s Jaydon Silber in the under­11 division of the Kensington AFC Youth Cup in Kensington on Sunday. Fish Hoek won 2­0. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

TIME TO REPRESENT: Seven nippers from the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club will represent Western Province at the Surf Nipper National Championships in Port Elizabeth from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 April. They are, from left, Alex Rattray, Georgia Warrin, Idris Noordien, Amy Hodgkinson, Jamie Venter, Luke Durr and Sophie Rodseth. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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Hammies close in on quarter­finals

Hamiltons RFC are a single victory away from securing an easier route to the final of the Community Cup. The Green Point side have notched up comprehensive victories in their three Group D games thus far and will seal first place with another victory against Rustenberg Impala (Leopards) on Saturday. The two sides are currently tied on 15 points each, with Hamiltons leading the standings thanks to their greater points difference. The eventual group winner will face the runners-up in Group C, while the second-placed side will face the winners of the group. Hamiltons coach Anton Moolman says

victory is important, but for a completely different reason. “It’s important that we keep on winning from a confidence perspective and for the self-believe of the players,” he says. “You want them to carry on believing in what you are trying to achieve. For me, the most important thing is not who we face in the next round, but about being the best we can be. If we continue doing what we have been doing the results will come.” Hammies kicked off their inaugural Community Cup campaign with a hefty 48-9 win over Sishen (Griquas) on Saturday 15 March in Green Point, scoring seven tries, five conversions and a penalty. They conceded just

three penalties. South Africa’s oldest rugby club secured an equally impressive win in their next fixture against Wesbank (Boland) in Malmesbury on Saturday 22 March. Hamiltons ran in seven tries, converted twice and goaled a penalty, while conceding just a converted try and a penalty to win 4112. The most recent fixture was Hamiltons’ most impressive. They scored 10 tries and eight conversions, while conceding two tries and a conversion, to beat Shumba Ferros (Pumas) 66-12 at the Stephen Oval in Green Point. Moolman says his side will be looking to treat the fixture against Impala like any oth-

er, despite the high stakes. “Impala were the top seed in the group before the tournament; both (teams) have all to play for to secure a easier route in the draw. But we are just going to go there and do what we do to carry on progressing,” he says. “It’s all about ensuring we hit our straps by Easter Weekend, when the knockout rounds start. We will look to just take it game by game from here.” Roses United (Boland) currently lead Group C on 13 points while Centurion (Bulls) hold second on 12 points. The Boland side can seal first place with a bonus point victory against Noordelikes (Limpopo). Centurion will be looking to claim five points against Brakpan (Falcons), if the Roses slip up.


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