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Noordhoek legal battle TERESA FISCHER
THE issue of a summons on the owner of Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek is imminent.
The 36th version of the J&B Met, themed ‘Made to Fly’ took place at the Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 2 February, where around 40 000 attended the event. In pic ture, ‘Catwoman’ was amongst thousands of people who came out dressed to impress. The race was won by Martial Eagle, ridden by Aldo Meyer. See more on page 4. See more on page 16. Photo: Supplied
This is according to Cheryl Walters, Director of Planning and Building Development Management at the City of Cape Town. Walters says: “The property is zoned for rural purposes and not commercial.” But owner Sybrand van der Spuy says: “The market will definitely continue indefinitely.” Up to 2000 people visit the market held on Thursdays from 16:30 until 20:30. The “overwhelmingly” popular market has been held since November, and picnics on the property were advertised from November 2011. These are also held at the vineyard on Wednesdays and from Friday to Sunday. Walters says the City submitted a document detailing the transgressions to the City’s prosecutors on Thursday 13 December. She says the City issued a notice instructing the activities cease by Friday 11 May last year. A follow-up inspection found the picnic area had been closed. “The City monitored the property, and on (Friday) 22 June 2012, closed the file,” says Walters. She adds on Monday 29 October last year, a second complaint was received. At two site inspections the inspectors observed the picnic area and kitchen had been reopened. “Unauthorised activity such as the sale of alcohol and a food market was observed and then escalated,” says Walters. But Van der Spuy says there is “no fundamental difference” between the vineyard’s zoning and that of “numerous markets conducted on Council property”, such as those held at the Company Gardens and Greenmarket Square. He adds agriculture is by definition a commercial activity. Van der Spuy says he has a valid liquor licence and adds he has been advised the pic-
nics are allowed by the zoning scheme. He adds the vineyard has committed to take steps to mitigate noise generated by its weekly market. The chairperson of the Noordhoek Conservancy (NC) Committee, Bridget O’Donoghue, says it has received “numerous” complaints from neighbours. The Conservancy commented on the events application, adding “certain adjoining neighbours” objected due to noise impacts and to “the threat of increased commercialisation of the farm”. Van der Spuy says he has not personally received a complaint from his neighbours, adding he has emails of support from his four closest neighbours. The large property has about 20 neighbours. He adds 600 people have signed a petition in favour of the market. He says he has written to O’Donoghue “numerous times” since June last year requesting a meeting, adding she has replied only once, and has “ignored several follow up requests”. On Monday (yesterday) O’Donoghue could not be reached for comment on this point. Van der Spuy, who describes himself as the “largest single employer in Noordhoek”, says the market directly employs 30 vendors who together employ about 60 people. He goes on to say the vineyard is running at a loss and requires the market/picnics to help with sustainability. He adds: “Noordhoek is not only a place for retirees and trust fund babies. Some people need to earn a living. Some people require entrepreneurs to create a living for them.” Van der Spuy goes on to say it would be “selfish not to share Noordhoek’s wonderful sites with the public”. He says the market is “overwhelmingly” supported and enjoyed by the community, with “at least 2000 for, perhaps 10 or less against”. “The benefits to society dwarf any inconvenience to a handful, which in the short term would be mitigated,” says Van der Spuy.
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Alert: cops warn of spike in car thefts
INFERNO: Firefighters are silhouetted against the slopes as a fire raged in Simon’s Town. They had to work through Tuesday night to put out the blaze. Photo: Pierre van der Spuy
No cause for Simon’s Town blaze
THE cause of the extensive fire which ravaged the slopes of Simon’s Town on Tuesday night has not yet been established. Nobody was injured and no property was damaged in the blaze, which erupted just after 20:00. Firefighters worked through the night to put out the blaze by 11:00. Theo Layne, spokesperson of the City’s Fire and Rescue Service, says it is difficult
to determine the cause of vegetation fires. He says speculation that the inferno was sparked by flares or firecrackers could not be proven. A Happy Valley resident, who does not want to be named, says “nearby residents shoot flares to scare the baboons off their property”. She believes this is what had happened a forthnight ago when she heard a “whooshing” sound and then saw the smouldering remains of a flare where it landed. “I knew the baboons were visiting (on Tuesday), because the dogs were bark-
ing,” she adds. The first resident says the troop of baboons – led by Bongo and includes Skollie, Tripod and Disability – “know when it’s pay day”. “I just saw a big pall of smoke,” she says. Then the fire (raced across) the mountain.” Firefighters from several stations battled the fire, which Layne describes as “major”. Relief crews were later brought in from Epping, Khayelitsha and Ottery fire stations.
THERE has been a “huge spike” in theft of cars in the Fish Hoek police precinct. This is according to spokesperson Warrant Officer Peter Middleton who says this is compared to the figures from January last year. He adds many of the cars have been stolen from mall parking lots, including Longbeach Mall. He adds cases of bank card cloning have also increased and he warns people to be very vigilant with their cards – either when paying with them or while inserting them into ATMs. In the latter instance, he says to ensure the machine slot, where one inserts the card, is not covered by a cloning machine. . Muizenberg Police recovered stolen goods following a theft at a house in Sandhurst Street, St James on Saturday 26 January. Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Knapp says police attended the complaint at 20:00, where it was reported a laptop, Blackberry, an iPod and other items had been stolen. He says constables Shaun Essex and Siyabonga Ntozini received information the break-in had been committed by youngsters, who were frequently seen in the Muizenberg mountains. The information led them to a café, where the supposed stolen goods were stashed. At 21:15 police recovered the stolen goods and arrested a 29-year-old man. Further investigation led to the apprehension of a 15-year-old youth, who had allegedly also been involved in the crime. The next day the officers arrested a 23year-old suspect at a flat in Alexander Road, Muizenberg. Further patrols in Church Street then led to the arrest of a 27-year-old man, who was found in possession of the stolen iPod. Another suspect (23), who had allegedly sold some of the stolen goods, was arrested later that evening. Police are still trying to recover various stolen goods, which include a Swatch watch, gold cufflinks, various pieces of jewellery, Zeiss binoculars and a Panasonic camera. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Warrant Officer Neville Viljoen on (021) 787 9000.
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JOINT EFFORT: The team responsible for the upgrade of the Myeza Road Park in Masiphumelele. Photos: Bruce Sutherland
Park spruced up
A DISUSED park in Masiphumelele has gone from drab to fab after a R393 000 revamp. The Myeza Road Park is said to have had a “large hole in the middle”, “play equipment was badly vandalised” and there were “piles of illegally dumped household waste” cluttered the area, says the City of Cape Town. The upgraded park, officially opened on Tuesday, features refurbished play equipment, while additional equipment, fencing, rubber mats beneath the play equipment, benches and bins were installed.
Also, 20 indigenous trees were planted and plentiful sods of kikuyu lawn were laid down. Six people from the surrounding community were employed to assist with the upgrade, and the park will be maintained daily by a caretaker from the area. Mayco member for Community Services Tandeka Gqada says the City “recognises the importance of partnerships with our communities in ensuring that upgrades can be implemented and maintained successfully”. She adds the City “will work diligently to ensure this positive relationship is maintained”.
ALL ABOARD: Proportional representation councillor Mzuvukile Nikelo, councillor Grant Twigg, councillor Felicity Purchase, Sharlot Swartbooi from Masiphumelele and councillor Montgomery Oliver test out the merrygoround. In the background are councillor Patricia Francke and Mziyanda Mphikwa.
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AND STREEEETCH: The Nia Technique is said to be a wonderful fusion fitness, suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. It deliv ers a full body workout, increases joint mobility, strength, bal ance and gets your heartrate up. Join Maggie Joubert every Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 at the Roman Catholic Church hall in Ocean View for a free community outreach class. She says: “It’s the most fun you’ll ever have getting fit.” Phone Mag gie at 072 425 5990. Photo: Supplied
Gerhard Slabbert took this photo of the beach dressing rooms at St James, adding he loved the colourful houses and the reflections.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE LAND USE PLANNING ORDINANCE, 1985 (ORDINANCE 15 OF 1985): AMENDMENT OF GENERAL STRUCTURE PLAN IN TERMS OF SECTION 4(7) “GENERAL STRUCTURE PLAN TO AUTHORISE MUNICIPALITIES TO GRANT OR REFUSE REZONING APPLICATIONS” The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning intends to, in terms of section 4(7) of the Land Use Planning Ordinance, 1985 (Ordinance 15 of 1985), read together with sections 5(2) and 42(1) of the same Ordinance, amend the General Structure Plan for the Western Cape Province, to authorise municipalities to grant or refuse rezoning applications in terms of sections 14(4), 16(1) or 18 and to determine, in terms of section 16(2)(a), an extended period after which a rezoning shall lapse, subject thereto that the said authorisation shall not be applicable in the following cases, namely: (a) Any rezoning where, because of the nature and scale of land use to which it relates, has or will have a substantial effect on the order or co-ordinated and harmonious development of a region or the Province or on the general welfare of the inhabitants of the region or the Province, or (b) any rezoning where a state institution is not in favour thereof. Any comments should be lodged in writing at the office of the Director: Environmental and Spatial Planning, Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Private Bag X9086, Cape Town, 8000, or e-mailed to Chrizelle.Kriel@westerncape.gov.za on or before 5 April 2013. Should you have any queries relating to the above, please do not hesitate to contact Mr CK Rabie on 021 483-4796.
Get buzzy on ‘hive’ WE CAN learn a lot from bees.
This is the buzz from Muizenberg group One Day Art. To get their message across, they will stage their fourth outdoor exhibition with the theme Bees Work in Teams. The exhibition takes place on Saturday 23 February in the Muizenberg Park, parallel to Camp Street. “This theme aims to explore the notion of community through the lens of the tiny little insect and its hugely industrious network systems,” says One Day Art in a release. They hope to open up discus-
sion about people having much to learn about working collectively and positively as communities – and how bees set a perfect example of this. The exhibition will be open to the public and include a range of artists and media, including sculpture, site-specific installations, street art and painting. All are welcome to participate in this “hive of creativity” and to support the local art community. Artists who want to join can submit works by email before Sunday 10 February to email@example.com.
Call to support victims NEW volunteers are desperately needed for the Ocean View Victim Support Room. They render a free debriefing service to all victims of crime in Kommetjie, Ocean View and Masiphumelele. This service is offered by volunteers from these areas. Volunteers will be trained in debriefing victims of crime. Applicants must not have a criminal record for any forms of abuse and must be available to
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a trip for one (two sharing) to Mossel Bay on the MSC Opera from the 26th Feb returning to Cape Town on the 1st March 2013.
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Man’s body found at beach TERESA FISCHER
A PARTIALLY decomposed body was discovered in the bushes above Noordhoek Beach on Tuesday afternoon. The body was discovered by a woman who was walking down a mountain trail and who had wandered from the path. Fish Hoek Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Peter Middleton says the body of a man, believed to be about 30 years old, was found about 20m into the bushes from the beach’s wooden walkway.
ON THE HORIZON: Reader Tex Murray – who keeps his eyes on the ocean – emailed to say there was a wonderful sighting of a semisubmersible ship carrying a huge eight legged oil rig. He spotted the vessel in False Bay last month, adding it had apparently taken refuge in the Bay because of the large swells out at sea. Murray adds it was there from Tuesday 2 January until Friday 6 January. He writes it would have made a wonderful little story if he had a picture. Photographer Craig Wilson later posted images of the vessel on Facebook (“Surfer’s Corner”) remarking “it provided an awesome back drop while the waves cooked”. And Twitter @shipspotterCT provides the final puzzle piece with the post that it was the heavy lift vessel Xiang Rui Kou bearing the load of an 118 ton oil rig Ensco 5003 on the way from Walvis Bay. Photo: Craig Wilson
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Middleton adds police are waiting for the pathologist’s report to determine when he had died. He says there was a rope around the man’s neck and this was attached to a tree. The body was lying on its back. Middleton says police have opened an inquest docket and are investigating death by hanging. Police cannot yet say if there were other injuries on the body. Police require assistance to identify the body. Anyone with information is asked to phone Detective Nicky Damons at Fish Hoek Police Station on (021) 784 2700.
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Electricity price hike a turn-off
HOUSEHOLDS are expected to fork out a 16% increase in electricity annually over the next five years.
Business Unity South Africa (Busa) reportedly estimates if Eskom is allowed to implement this price hike, households will spend R10bn more on electricity by 2018. People’s Post interns Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn and Luzuko Zini polled readers about the cost of electricity and what measures they’re using to keep down costs.
DOING HER PART: JamieLee Deal thinks the increase is too high and people will not cope. She says her family does all they can to save electricity. “We switch off the geyser when we’re not using it, the lights are off when there is noone in a room and we wash (small loads) by hand.”
CAUTIOUS: Justin Neff says he spent about R1 800 a month on electricity and wants to bring that cost down by saving electricity. “I have energy saving light bulbs. I also switch off appliances that are not in use, including the geyser.”
POSITIVE: Shanice Brookes believes there may be an upside to the increase as it might go to making sure other people get access to elec tricity. “At home we do our best to save elec tricity. We have energy saving bulbs and switch off appliances that we are not using.”
NO CHOICE: Mabhuti Mkoko feels with Eskom being the sole provider of electricity they can do what they want. “I think the increase is un fair, but the best way for people to deal with it is by going green. You can invest in solar pan els and other things to help cut costs.”
CAN’T AFFORD: David Mbombo believes every one will be affected by the increase. “The price is already high and most people can’t afford it. People need to make sure they don’t leave ap pliances on after they are done using them. That will will save them a lot of money.”
NOT FAIR: Lisa Poggenpoel says those who can’t afford the increases should be taken into consideration, adding unemployment remains an issue. “People already can’t afford their wa ter bill and now electricity increases. When people get desperate it leads to crime.”
PAY MORE, GET LESS: Although she does not deal with the bills herself, Chenique Tamboer says the price increase will affect households. “Everything gets expensive and when the elec tricity goes up the units decrease. We already have to buy electricity every third day.”
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All for love
IT IS that time of year when those in love start thinking of chocolate hearts, teddy bears in mugs, heartshaped jewellery, candy and pink champagne. This Valentine’s Day (Thursday 14 February), join Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro for lunch or dinner and their show Kaapse Stories from the Mother City, and you could win an amazing prize package. The venue is in Main Road, Sea Point, with shows at noon and 19:00 for 19:30. There are two options. The show from noon onwards is R150, which includes a glass of sparkling wine and a three-course set menu. Or, for R400, take in the show at 19:00 for 19:30. This cost includes the show, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a four-course buffet and
a rose for the lady. One lucky couple who books a show and meal at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro stands a chance to win double tickets to Metallica, double tickets to Cirque de Soleil and pamper vouchers. The winning couple will be selected through a draw on the day. To book, call 076 144 4809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. WIN! One People’s Post reader can win two tickets for the show and a meal at Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro on Valentine’s Day. The competition runs until 13:00 on Thursday 7 February. To enter, go to www.peoplespost.co.za and follow the prompts to enter the competition. The winner will be notified by phone.
Water main shutdown, City warns DESPITE a shutdown of a water main supplying all the Far South suburbs, residents are not expected to be short of water. The Water and Sanitation Department will ensure that all the local service reservoirs are filled to capacity prior to the planned shutdowns so there is a sufficient water supply. Residents are, however, requested to use water sparingly during each of the shutdowns and for a number of days thereafter
to allow the service reservoirs to reach and maintain full capacity. The work requires a shutdown between 08:00 and 16:00 on Tuesday 12, Tuesday 19 and Tuesday 26 February and Tuesday 5 March. These new connections, which will assist in pumping water to the reservoir, form part of the Clovelly Pump Station and infrastructure upgrade project. This project aims to meet the future water demand needs in the Far South.
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MAKING A STATEMENT: Janusz Zukowski, of the NGO Family Up lift Programme, submitted this photo in response to the article “Peace vs Protests” (People’s Post, 29 January). The opinion poll asked readers whether they believed violent protests were justified. Zukowski says they held a peaceful and successful demonstration, entitled More Jobs, Less Crime, in Ocean View on Saturday 19 January. He adds as a group they decided to estab lish an anticrime unit, which will cooperate with the police. Ac cording to Zukowski they also proved they are an organisation which will protect the interests of the community and that more action would follow. Photo: Supplied
Bodies: find still being probed
THE process to determine the origin of skeletal remains unearthed at the Police Museum in Muizenberg continues unabated. This follows the discovery of four skeletons found by workers during renovations inside the building. The first skeleton was found in December (“Scientists to verify bones find”, People’s Post, 22 January), followed by another exca-
vation two weeks ago (“More remains unearthed”, People’s Post, 29 January). Brigadier Srini Govender, the police’s section head of Corporate Communications, says there is no new information as the anthropologist is busy with the “lengthy process” of analysing the bones. He adds this may take up to a month. Meanwhile, Mayoral Committee member for Community Services, Tandeka Gqada, says the City does not have a detailed record of defunct cemeteries in Muizenberg. She says prior to the establishment of the
municipal burial ground, people would be buried in church cemeteries or on farms. “All old farms would have had their own burial places and some of these continued to be used well into the 20th century,” she says. Gqada points out there are many examples of informal burial grounds scattered along the Cape Peninsula, including Wildschutsbrand Farm near Red Hill, in Noordhoek and outside Ocean View. She says information of burials in the church cemeteries would be held by the rele-
vant church authorities. Gqada adds the Kalk Bay burial ground is well-known and the St James Cemetery, although very small, was still recorded on the 1930s topographical map. She says the Muizenberg Cemetery on Prince George Drive was opened in 1933. The first burial recorded at Muizenberg Cemetery was on 15 March 1933. “This cemetery was probably opened after the church burial grounds filled up. This is the general pattern and one can assume it applied to Muizenberg as well.”
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Love is in the air
HAPPY COUPLE: Tim Hudson and Nikola Raath, both from Fish Hoek, are proud to an nounce their engagement. Photo: Supplied
HE’S MY BROTHER: Twins Benji and Hudson Paul proudly wear their new bags to Rocking Horse play school in Kom metjie. Photo: Supplied
HUMAN TOUCH: John and Barbara Doyle, of Cape Missions In ternational, shared photos of the relief gifts provided by people from the Fish Hoek Valley for victims of the recent fire in Khay elitsha. The charity collected car loads of donations. In this pho to Jan Bolton hands over some of the donations, especially packed for mothers with babies. Photo: Mike Hitler
IMPORTANT NOTICE LAND USE PLANNING ORDINANCE, 1985 (ORDINANCE 15 0F 1985) AMENDMENT OF ZONING SCHEME REGULATIONS IN TERMS OF SECTION 7(2), SECTION 8 AND SECTION 9(2) The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning intends to amend in terms of section 9(2) of the Land Use Planning Ordinance, 1985, (Ordinance 15 of 1985) (LUPO), the zoning scheme regulations approved in terms of Provincial Notices 1047 and 1048 of 5 December 1988 as amended by Provincial Notice 177 of 2009, regarding the powers of municipalities in terms of the Ordinance to grant or refuse applications for departures and subdivisions, including instances where restrictive title conditions are involved, as follows: 1 DEPARTURES 1.1 Regulation 2.1 of the Scheme Regulations made in terms of section 7(2) of the Ordinance and published in Provincial Notice 1047 of 5 December 1988 to supplement the Scheme Regulations relating to the zoning schemes set out in the Schedule thereto as amended by P.N. 177/2009 of 29 May 2009, shall be amended to read as follows: “A Municipal Council may in terms of subsections (1)(b) and (5) of section 15 of the Ordinance respectively grant or refuse an application for a departure, or determine an extended period after which such departure shall lapse: provided that, where the Council authorises the utilization of land on a temporary basis as contemplated by section 15(1)(a)(ii), such concession shall be granted for a maximum period of five years, with the exception of a departure for a mining activity, in which case the concession may be granted for such number of years as is related to the expected lifetime of the mine concerned.” 1.2 Regulation 5.1.1 of the Scheme Regulations made in terms of section 8 of the Ordinance, published in Provincial Notice 1048 of 5 December 1988 as amended by P.N. 177/2009, shall be amended to read as follows: “A Municipal Council may in terms of section 15(1)(b) section 15 of the Ordinance respectively grant or refuse an application for a departure, or in terms of section 15(5) determine an extended period after which such departure shall lapse: provided that, where the Council authorises the utilization of land on a temporary basis as contemplated by section 15(1)(a)(ii), such concession shall be granted for a maximum period of five years, with the exception of a departure for a mining activity, in which case the concession may be granted for such number of years as is related to the expected lifetime of the mine concerned.” 2 SUBDIVISIONS 2.1 Regulation 3.1 of the Scheme Regulations made in terms of section 7(2) of the Ordinance and published in Provincial Notice 1047 of 5 December 1988 to supplement the Scheme Regulations relating to the zoning schemes set out in the Schedule thereto as amended by P.N. 177/2009, shall be amended to read as follows: “A Municipal Council may grant or refuse an application for the subdivision of land in terms of section 25(1) of the Ordinance within, and subject to the conditions applicable to a sub divisional area, as well as an application for the subdivision of land involving no change in zoning.” 2.2 Regulation 5.2.1 of the Scheme Regulations made in terms of section 8 of the Ordinance, published in Provincial Notice 1048 of 5 December 1988 as amended by P.N. 177/2009, shall be amended to read as follows: “A Municipal Council may grant or refuse an application for the subdivision of land in terms of section 25(1) of the Ordinance within, and subject to the conditions applicable to a sub divisional area, as well as an application for the subdivision of land involving no change in zoning.” 3 REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIONS 3.1 Regulation 4 of the Scheme Regulations made in terms of section 7(2) of the Ordinance and published in Provincial Notice 1047 of 5 December 1988 to supplement the Scheme Regulations relating to the zoning schemes set out in the Schedule thereto as amended by P.N. 177/2009, shall be amended to read as follows: “Notwithstanding regulations 2 and 3, all conditions restricting subdivision, the number of buildings that may be erected or the utilisation of land or any other restrictive conditions which may have a bearing on the rezoning, subdivision or departure applied for and registered against the land unit shall, where applicable, first be removed prior to an application being granted.” 3.2 Regulation 5.3 of the Scheme Regulations made in terms of section 8 of the Ordinance, published in Provincial Notice 1048 of December 1988 as amended by P.N. 177/2009, shall be amended to read as follows:
“Notwithstanding regulations 5.1 and 5.2 of these regulations, all conditions restricting subdivision, the number of buildings that may be erected or the utilisation of land or any other restrictive conditions which may have a bearing on the rezoning, subdivision or departure applied for and registered against the land unit shall, where applicable, first be removed prior to an application being granted.” Any comments should be lodged in writing at the office of the Director: Environmental and Spatial Planning, Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Private Bag X9098, Cape Town, 8000, on or before 5 April 2013. Should you have any queries relating to the above, please do not hesitate to contact Mr CK Rabie on 021 483-4796.
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WEDDING BELLS: Cecil Robinson and AnaMaria Ferraz were married in St Joseph’s Chapel in Kommetjie recently. They are members of Fish Hoek dance club In the Mood. The intimate wedding, attended by close family, was followed by a reception in Noordhaven. Three club members have tied the knot recently. They all met at the club. Member Evelyn Lyle says: “Wonderful – love is in the air!” Photo: Helen Robinson
For the record
PEOPLE’S POST apologises to the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group (NEAG) for incorrectly stating it as fact that it wanted to kill squirrels and the insinuation that it wanted to indiscriminately cut down oak trees. We also apologise for misleadingly stating it as fact in the headline that the group wanted to kill squirrels. This comes after NEAG lodged a complaint with the Office of the Press Ombudsman about a column on page 8 on 24 April 2012, headlined “Now bunnyhuggers want to kill squirrels”. The column (called Free Range Thinking), written by Tony Robinson, said a small group of Noordhoek environmental activists wanted to chop down oak trees and get rid of squirrels at Noordhoek, at the foot of Chapman’s Peak drive in Cape Town. He wrote that these activists wanted to get rid of this community playground and turn it into an indigenous nature reserve complete with indigenous mole rats and snakes “so the oaks, planes and squirrels have to go”. Robinson referred to the people who want to chop down oaks and kill squirrels as “cultural louts”. He ended his column off by asking: “Are the unwanted aliens oak trees and squirrels or those who would axe and butcher them?” Deputy Press Ombudsman Jo-
han Retief found the column was untrue, out of context and unreasonable, and that it presented comment as fact – which was in breach of the Press Code. He added that the report on which Robinson based his views contained statements to the effect that no squirrels would be killed and that oak trees would not indiscriminately be cut down. Robinson omitted to mention these facts and instead created the opposite impression. He also said the headline was misleading and without foundation. However, Retief dismissed the complaint that the column was one-sided, as Robinson had the right to be such as a columnist; reflected only the views of the other side and that his comment was not asked for – which he was not obliged to get as he was commenting on a report; and had defamed NEAG (although he did state it caused the organisation unnecessary harm – hence his decision that we should apologise). He also dismissed the complaint that the headline was sensationalistic, as this is allowable in a column. Retief commended People’s Post for trying to solve the matter by affording Glenn Ashton an opportunity to write an environmental column in our newspaper. Visit www.presscouncil.org.za (rulings, 2013) for the full finding.
Tuesday 5 February 2013
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Funny fest hits comic spot â€œI SEE you are carrying a semi-concealed weapon...â€?
GIDDYâ€™UP: The cast of the Wednesday Western at the Improv Festival at Kalk Bay Theatre.
LADIES ONLY: Tarryn Steyn and Poppy Mathobela flank acÂ tress Tandi Buchan. Photos: Christine Skinner
Master of innuendo, comedian Anne Hirsch delivers her line with characteristic deadpan expression. It steals the show. Something about the way she rolls her eyes has the audience rolling in the aisles. Hirsch was one of the performers taking part in the opening of Cape Townâ€™s first Improv Festival at Kalk Bay Theatre on Wednesday. Hosted by ImproGuise, the team that presents the award-winning TheatreSports, the Improv Festival offers a different show every night, with the team improvising the action as they go along. And they really do make it up as they go along â€“ itself a remarkable achievement. There is a different theme each night, with classic TheatreSports on Tuesdays, Wednesday Westerns, period drama fun with Thursdays at Thornton Hall, Friday Family Musicals and Super Scene Saturdays. The festival runs until Saturday 9 February. Tickets cost R60 and R40 for students. There is a family special of R180 for four. Bookings on www.kbt.co.za.
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Raze the alarm
IT IS fire season in the Cape – and every person should be on the alert. Some years ago a British national was taken to court for allegedly starting a fire in Cape Town. The tourist is believed to have flicked an incendiary device. He was found not guilty and could return home. But most locals cannot simply walk away from the disaster that remains in the wake of a raging inferno. Homes in informal settlements are burnt to the ground, while possessions and important personal documents are swept away by the leaping flames. The worst legacy, by far, is the lives lost in fires. People trapped by blazes, brave firefighters and beloved pets often succumb to the flames. The past week fires flared on the slopes of Simon’s Town and elsewhere in the Cape – Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Clanwilliam. It is said to have caused a ring of fire. Closer to home, seemingly smaller fires cause as much devastation. In Mitchell’s Plain a six-year-old girl and two women died in a fire in Tafelsig. And, in Ottery, a business was damaged in a fire. For many, the prospect of having to start from scratch is in itself daunting. How do people who, in some instances already have little earthly possessions, start over? Many of them have had to flee fires with only the clothes on their backs. This city can pride itself on having people with big hearts. When appeals for donations are made, many of the “haves” do reach out to the “have nots”. This is to be commended. The bokkie adverts at the city’s natural spots are a fading reminder that we are the caretakers of our natural and built environments. That, rather than the misery of loss, should be the legacy for future generations.
Road rules: where’s the line? ON MONDAY 21 January at 06:40 I drove with my bakkie on Kommetjie Road (in the) direction (of) Sun Valley. There were (a) few cars driving in the left lane at a speed of 78km/h led by a police car. The speed limit is 60km/h. Suddenly a red Nissan and a minibus taxi overtook us at high speed on the right-hand side. They managed to squeeze in front of the police car at the uninterrupted lane shortly before the turn-off (at) Corsair Way. Even they overtook the police car with an estimated speed of 90km/h and ignored the uninterrupted lane. There was no reaction from the police officer. At the robot I managed to catch up to the po-
lice car, only to see he was on his cellphone. Dear police officer in the bakkie (BSR462 B) – you’ve got a job and you’re on the road for our safety, but not to disobey the road rules. Be ashamed and go for (a) job (where) you can fulfill the requirements. AXEL Fish Hoek Ocean View Police Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel JJ Augus responds: I am the official driver of that vehicle. In an emergency police sometimes have to answer their phones while driving. Regarding the drivers of the other vehicles, police officers cannot monitor everyone who exceeds the speed limit, as traffic offences are not our primary responsibility.
Navy anchor cable goes missing IN RESPONSE to the article “Under the radar” (People’s Post, 22 January), in 1992 I was informed that the Simon’s Town Naval Dockyard was in the throes of making the position of Head of Dockyard Security a civilian post. At that time, I had been working for Pick n Pay for 11 years and I had friends who were employed at the dockyard as specialist artisans in a civilian capacity as although former navy personnel. I had an interview at the dockyard and was given an extensive tour of the dockyard. Upon completion, I was asked to write a summary of my visit, with any suggestions on security. The powers that be decided against making
the position civilian, but implemented some of my suggestions anyway – albeit too late. While I was at the dockyard on my tour, I had seen a minesweeper in dry dock for a re-fit. When the re-fitting was nearing completion, they found that someone had nicked the anchor cable; a specialised piece of equipment weighing many hundreds of kilograms – gone. The complete cable was found in Pretoria at a scrap yard. How’s that for a “breach of security”? TRACY PICTON Noordhoek SA Navy spokesperson Lieutenant Leverne Benjamin says the Navy does not wish to comment.
ON SATURDAY 26 January, around 16:00, my husband was walking the dogs and found an apparently abandoned motorcycle behind the radio airfield below Peers Cave. The number plates had been removed. The last time this happened, the motorcycle had been stolen and secreted there for later removal. My husband called me and asked me to report it to the police. Between 16:00 and 16:20 I called the Fish Hoek Police Station on the well-publicised number (021) 782 6333 four times. There was no answer. In the end I called my neighbourhood watch representative and left the matter with him. We would like to know why the police station was not answering its phone? Given the above, phoning and asking is not an option. Can anyone in the greater community clear this matter up for us? LINDA KOTZÉ Silver Glade Warrant Officer Peter Middleton, spokesperson for Fish Hoek Police Station, responds: This is the old number, which was replaced with (021) 784 2700 about four years ago. However, the old number is still answered if there is a switchboard operator on duty. People should rather use the new number, which will ring in the charge office.
Tuesday 5 February 2013
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Ex-cons boxed in by society’s bars TAMMY PETERSEN
ACH morning before dawn, Roger Wentzel puts on his beaten-up takkies, packs a lunch box and starts his two kilometre trek to the nearest main road.
There, he walks from car to car as motorists wait for the robot to change. He is begging, but not for money. He wants a job. Wentzel is one of thousands of former convicts unable to find employment, despite turning over a new leaf. Studies conducted by the Community Law Centre finds that two thirds of previous offenders are unable to find jobs four months after release. Of the one third that do, 33% are employed in family businesses, 33% return to the jobs they held before imprisonment and the rest find work through social networks. But for the vast majority, formal employment remains elusive. For the past five years Wentzel (35) has been just another man on the side of the road, sometimes picked up to do an odd job. He is willing to do gardening for R20 or work on construction sites for R30 a day. But he is hamstrung by a conviction 10 years ago of house burglary for which he was sentenced to three years in jail. A drug addict at the time, he broke into a neighbour’s house and stole a TV. The homeowner caught him and he was arrested. Besides using drugs, he says, the break-in was his only offence. “But I changed my life in the cells,” he says. “I knew I never wanted to end up there again. As I counted down the days before my release, I made big plans for myself: I was going to provide for my two children, be a better husband to my wife and become a decent, law abiding member of society. I never knew how hard it
would be with that criminal record on my back.” The day he walked out of Pollsmoor Prison a free man, he set out to find a job. He went from factories to small businesses, handing in his one-page CV which includes the fact he has a criminal record. “I never got one call back,” he says, defeated. “As the head of my family, it is the worst thing to admit your wife is the breadwinner. She earns R300 a week working behind the counter at a fisheries. The money she earns isn’t enough to cover our rent and expenses.” When he started standing at the side of the road, he would earn about R150 a week; most days he wouldn’t get picked up at all. “In the beginning, I kept thinking about going back to a life of crime. It’s not nice seeing your children walk with broken shoes because you can’t afford new ones, or making them eat dry bread because there’s nothing to put on their sandwiches. “But I always remembered that promise I made to myself – to be a family man. And I would rather be there to help find solutions to our financial situations than be locked up and missing milestones in my children’s lives.” The most common cause for offenders’ inability to secure employment is the blot on their criminal record, says Professor Lukas Muntingh, a co-founder and project coordinator of the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative. “This in itself is a form of discrimination, as the criminal record system businesses use is structured in a blunt and categorical manner – either you have one or you don’t,” he explains. An applicant for a position as a computer programmer can therefore be scrapped from the running for a dagga possession conviction 10 years before, Muntingh says. “Clearly the offence is not linked to the type of work applied for, but because of the mark
on the record, the potential employer already removes you from the candidate list. It is for this reason that most don’t add this section to their CV in hopes it will not come up in the interview process or in future.” Usually young offenders who have spent extended time in jail have a skill and educational deficiency. “The economic situation and high unemployment rate already sees people battling in the unskilled market, and owing to there usually being no formal application or CV necessary, this is also the sector which most ex-offenders opt for.” After serving 20 years in jail for five counts of armed robbery, Dudley, too, dreamt of turning his life around upon his release four years ago. “I applied for work all over, willing to do odd jobs or even be a cleaner, but nobody would give me a chance once they found out about my record. Eventually I tried to do my own thing and start a grass-cutting business. I charged half the price that similar companies asked, but nobody wanted me on their property,” he says. Prison tattoos cover his arms, legs and parts of his face. “I know I look like a scary guy, but I am not the man I was before. I want-
Education is a lifeline TAMMY PETERSEN
WHILE most enter the prison system with a limited education, opportunities are available for inmates to further their studies. Koos Gerber, spokesperson for the Department of Correctional Services, says offender skills development is one of the key strategies the department uses to facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into communities. “While in prison, offenders who meet entry requirements are offered training opportunities in entrepreneurial skills, computer skills, basic occupational skills, such as hair dressing, carpentry and welding as well as electrical and mechanical training,” he says. They can also enrol for Further Education and Training college programmes. In the Western Cape, offenders receive accredited training in various fields such as food services, agriculture, business skills, carpentry, computer skills and electrical training. But in the past year, only 316 offenders signed up and completed courses. Offenders wanting to pursue a Higher Learning qualification through distance ed-
ucation fund their own studies. The department provides only administrative support to the inmates who registered for Higher Learning. A number of organisations have formed partnerships with government to equip offenders with skills. “These include the Primary Sector Education and Training Authority. “The Department also obtained funding from the National Skills Fund, which falls under the Department of Higher Education and Training to train offenders in various fields,” he says. In conjunction with Project Literacy, offenders with a Grade 12 qualification were trained as Abet facilitators last year. The funding for this came from the National Youth Development Agency. The provincial Correctional Services Department also worked with another agency, called Readucate, to train offenders with matric as Readucate facilitators who can now train other illiterate offenders to read and write. The department only funds studies up to Grade 12. Qualifications beyond that has to be financed by the offender of their family or educational organisations.
ed to make a fresh start, but that’s impossible when everyone knows you’re a tronkvoël. It took me two months to realise that nobody was going to give me a hand.” Today, he runs an illegal shebeen and sells dagga to smaller drug merchants. He looks after his mother, a double amputee with Alzheimers, and every month he sends R1 000 to his three-year-old daughter who lives with her mother in Swellendam. If caught, he knows he could be carted back to jail, but he says that isn’t good enough reason to stop him from running his business. “We all do what we have to do to survive. Those who point fingers don’t know what it’s like to go sleep hungry or to have your landlord threaten to throw you out because you can’t pay your rent. They don’t know what it feels like to be chased away like a dog and called a skelm even if you didn’t even steal a thing. “I don’t believe I’m a criminal. I’m an entrepreneur because I am supporting my family. When you have a record, nobody wants to touch you. The Lord forgives, but society doesn’t.” Too little funding and focus on social reintegration is the cause of convicts battling to find their place in a free society, Muntingh says. “Of the R18bn allocated in the budget for Correctional Services, a mere 3% of this funding goes toward the parole system or social reintegration programme,” he explains. “While more money should logically be spent on supporting and reforming prisoners to live a crime-free life, the bulk of the finance goes towards the offender’s prison stay.” The parole system is nothing more than a form of policing as a released convict is expected to fend for himself, Muntingh continues. “Not supporting someone after their release or informing them of resources to assist them while they adjust to freedom will inevitably see government funding the offender’s next stint in jail.”
IMPORTANT NOTICE INVITATION TO PUBLIC WORKSHOP AND TO COMMENT: DRAFT WESTERN CAPE LAND USE PLANNING BILL, 2013 The Western Cape Government, Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in collaboration with the municipalities, were, over the past couple of years, involved with the drafting of integrated Planning legislation for the Western Cape. The publication of the Draft Western Cape Land Use Planning Bill was approved by Cabinet on 28 November 2012. The draft bill was advertised in the Provincial Gazette Extraordinary No 7080/2013 for comment on 18 January 2013. It is available on the departmental web page: www.westerncape.gov.za/eadp. You are invited to submit written comment by no later than 8 March 2013 to Chrizelle Kriel via e-mail: Chrizelle.Kriel@westerncape.gov.za or fax: 021 483-4527 or to the address listed below. Note that the draft bill is currently only available in English and Afrikaans, however, a copy in isiXhosa can be accessed at a later stage. In this regard, it must be kept in mind that when the draft bill is to be advertised by the Standing Committee for comment, it will be made available in all three official languages of the Western Cape. The Department will also be conducting special workshops within the province on the draft bill during February 2013 in different towns and on the dates as listed below. Interested persons wishing to attend a workshop must communicate their details to Marlin Williams at e-mail: Marlin.Williams@westerncape.gov. za or tel: 021 483-2800. Advanced early registration is required to confirm attendance at the public workshops. The public workshops will be held on regional level as follows: District
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Friday 8 February 2013 09:00 – 16:00 Registration by 1 February 2013
Council Chambers West Coast District Municipality 58 Langstraat MOORREESBURG
Monday 4 March 2013 09:00 – 16:00 Registration by 12 February 2013
Council Chambers Cape Winelands District Municipality 51 Trappe Street WORCESTER
Eden and Central Karoo
Monday 25 February 2013 09:00 – 16:00 Registration by 12 February 2013
Banquet Hall George Municipality Cnr York and Victoria Streets GEORGE
Tuesday 26 February 2013 09:00 – 16:00 Registration by 12 February 2013
Auditorium Overstrand Municipality Magnolia Avenue HERMANUS
Cape Town Region
Thursday 28 February 2013 09:00 – 16:00 Registration by 12 February 2013
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TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY Fish Hoek: The Philatelic Society meets at 19:30 at the Minor Hall at the civic centre. John Cheminais will show his gold medal collection, Postal History of South Africa – The Interprovincials, which was one of the highlights of the National Stamp Exhibition in Port Elizabeth in October. Phone Volker Janssen on (021) 786 1548. WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY Fish Hoek: The Women’s Agricultural Association meeting is at 09:30 in the Minor Hall of the civic centre. Three members will show their interpretations of flower arranging using the same materials. Visitors will be charged R10 to cover refreshments. Phone (021) 782 3907. THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY Simon’s Town: Artists of the South exhibition in the Library hall from today until Sunday. Meet the artists at noon on Saturday and enjoy refreshments. There will also be a sale of donated art books and materials in aid of Sinethemba Special Needs Care Centre in Masiphumelele. The exhibition is open from 09:00 until 17:00 (except for Friday when they are closed for a private function until 13:00). Phone Pauline Fine on 082 831 1578. Fish Hoek: Astronomy Club meets at 19:30 in the Minor Hall at the civic centre. The new chairperson, Thinus van As, will give an illustrated talk on the use of computers and software in astronomy. The club will also
FREE SPIRIT: A solo art and sculpture exhibition by Nigel Hewett takes place in the Simon’s Town Li brary Community Hall from Friday 15 to Thursday 28 February. The Barrydale based artist trained at the Ruth Prowse School of Art, but organisers say “his in herent abilities came to the fore when he put aside the intellectualisation of the art world and just painted what he saw and felt”. His work features fe male forms, portraits and landscapes. He paints in various mediums and cre ates sculptures in bronze, wood and stone. The open ing will be a cheese and wine at 18:30 on 15 Febru ary, where Hewett will present a live study of sculpture and portraiture. Here he is captured work ing on one of his sculp tures. Photo: Supplied
start with a monthly short input for those new to astronomy to explain the science in simple terms. Entrance of R5 will include a star chart for February and refreshments. Phone Wolf Lange on (021) 785 3713. FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY Simon’s Town: Quiz Night at 20:00 at the Country Club. Cost is R50 for a team of four. Jacky’s Kitchen will be open. To book phone Phil or Denise on (021) 786 1233 or Jacky on (021) 786 5559. Fish Hoek: Managed Ageing Seminar will take place at St Margaret’s Church hall from 09:45 to 11:15. Tea or coffee and biscuits will be served. Donation R8. Dr Neil Burman, specialist physician, will discuss Mental illness and violence. Phone Val or Evelyn on (021) 683 1465 or (021) 671 7415 or 083 438 5248. Burman will also speak on non X-ray screening of bones and breast, and appropriate hormone replacement for postmenopausal women. This will be at noon in the seminar room on the first floor of War-
rens’ Pharmacy. Places are limited. Book with Loretta to avoid disappointment. Phone (021) 782 1101. Fish Hoek: The Girl Guide annual meeting is at 18:30 at the Guide Hall in Abbington Circle. Phone Sharon on 082 852 8894. Fish Hoek: Friends of Music concert, with acclaimed pianist François du Toit, is at the civic centre at 19:30. His programme will include works by Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Debussy. Obtain tickets, at R50, from Kleinjan’s Biltong Bar on Fish Hoek Main Road or in Longbeach Mall, and Valley Boutique, Valyland or at the concert. Book via email to email@example.com or phone Carol on (021) 782 2282 or David (021) 782 3946. Plumstead: Hear2day, an NPO for Hearing Impaired Persons, meets in the Main Boardroom, Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic, Burnham Road at 18:00 for 18:30. Audiologist Gail Jacklin will explore tinnitus. Visit www.hear2day.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Fish Hoek: South African Cake Decorators Guild first meeting of the Junior Sugarcraft Guild at 08:30 for 09:00 until 11:00 at the NG Church Hall in Kommetjie Road. The workshop will be icing biscuits for Valentine’s Day. Cost R30. For more details contact Michelle Thomson on 083 212 6999. Fish Hoek: The South African Cake Decorators Guild meets at the Dutch Reformed Church hall, 1 Kommetjie Road at 13:30 for 14:00. Demonstration by Sanli Albertze on Vintage Valentine. Visitors welcome. Visitors pay R20. Contact Hettie on (021) 782 2375.
es up for grabs. Participants will search for visual clues, while driving around the town. Meet at the Bowling Club at 09:00, with the event starting at 10:00. At noon, there will be a bring and braai. Park at the civic centre. Open to members and visitors. R10 gets you in. Phone Jimmy Morgan to book on (021) 785 7415. Cape Point: Join the Cape Point volunteers for a hike. Meet inside the pay gate at 08:00, then proceed to Olifantsbos and walk the shipwreck trail. Hikers should wear boots, have water, snacks and hat. The hike is expected to finish at noon. There is no charge for the hike, but take your wildcard or pay admission. Phone Ian on (021) 782 8552. TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY Fish Hoek: Hazel Soan, a professional artist, will show a video clip of some of her work and discuss “colour in all its diversity”. This will be at the Art Society meeting at Nerina Gardens Hall, Recreation Road at 14:00. Entry is R15. The event will include a lucky draw. All welcome. Phone Iain Lamond (021) 782 5353 or Ann Zwets (021) 782 6297. THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY Fish Hoek: The Historical Association’s annual meeting and monthly member’s talk is at 17:30 for 18:00 until 19:00 at the Library Hall. Afterwards, Dave Hurwitz of the Simon’s Town Boat Co, will give a slide presentation on The Whales and Dolphins of False Bay. Free for members, non-members pay R5. For further information phone Jean Newport on (021) 782 1752 or Clive Stadler on 072 225 5983. Simon’s Town: Cave in the Snow, the official film on the life of Tenzin Palmo, will be screened at 11:00 at the museum. It is the story of Englishwoman Diane Perry, daughter of a fishmonger from London’s East End, who become a Buddhist legend. She secluded herself in a cave in the Himalayas where she spent 12 years doing intensive spiritual practices. She faced unimaginable cold, avalanches, blizzards, wolves and grew her own food. Tickets are R20. Booking required. Phone (021) 786 3046. Simon’s Town: Andre Smit and Rohuan de Jager will do a Valentine’s show at 20:00 at Cafe Pescado. Entry is free. Bookings at (021) 786 2272. Simon’s Town: The Simon van der Stel Foundation has organised a guided tour of the Dockyard at 10:00. Eddie Wessels, of the Simon’s Town Historical Society, will lead the group. The tour includes a visit to the Pumphouse, the Drydock, the old Magazine and the Martello Tower. Tickets cost R70. To book phone Andrew on (021) 433 0383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday 5 February 2013 FANS of folk and acoustic music are in for an audio feast. The third Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival forms part of the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. The performance is on Sunday February 10. The line-up includes Ard Matthews, Steve Newman, Wendy Oldfield, Farryl Purkiss, Guy Buttery and Nibs Van Der Spuy, Robin Auld, Digby and The Lullaby, Tombstone Pe-
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Get folk(sy) at sunset concert te and Andrew James. The afternoon promises to be unforgettable for an audience of acoustic music die-hards and curious newcomers. For some of the artists it is a first at Kirstenbosch, while others have performed regularly at this botanical treasure.
The show is styled on a ’70s folk concert, where all artists perform solo or duo sets – completely acoustically. Under the banner of personal story-telling – it offers a close look into the journeys from South Africa’s finest musicians – all in a beautiful open air setting. The Summer Sunset Concerts are from
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HAVE YOUR SAY! AMENDMENTS TO 2012/13 INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLAN The City of Cape Town hereby invites comments from communities on changes to the 2012/13 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Corporate Scorecard, which resulted from adjustments to the 2012/13 City’s Budget as highlighted in the tables C3 and C5 listed below. Capital expenditure The total capital budget included for the three-year MTREF period is as follows: Table C3: City of Cape Town total capital adjusted budget – 2012/13–2014/15 Capital funding
2012/13 Adjusted budget R millions 3 683,9 709,6 43,4 1 784,9 6 221,8
Capital grants and donations Capital Replacement Reserve Revenue External financing fund TOTAL
2013/14 Adjusted budget R millions 2 786,7 541,9 16,7 1 984,9 5 330,3
Draft 2014/15 Adjusted budget R millions 2 570,9 503,4 15,9 1 865,7 4 955,9
Grants from Province and National Government remain a significant funding source. The external financing fund targets for the three-year MTREF were set at R1,78 bn, R1,98 bn and R1,86 bn for 2012/13 to 2014/15. Table C5: Major budget parameters 2012/13
OTHER Capital expenditure (external financing fund component) Midyear adjustments to the 2012/13 Corporate Scorecard: Strategic focus area
Key performance indicator
Change in annual target as at 30 June 2013
Ensure mobility through the implementation of an effective public transport system
Number of passenger journeys on the MyCiti public transport system
2 450 000
A Caring City
Ensure innovative human settlements for increased Number of housing opportunities provided access to those who need them per year
11 128 The total represents the following: Sites: 6 071 Top structures: 3 833 Others (CRU & services): 1 224
Improve basic services
A Caring City
Provide for the needs of informal settlements and backyard residences through improved services
Number of water service points (taps) provided Number of sanitation service points (toilets) provided Number of informal settlements receiving a doorto-door refuse collection and area cleaning service
1 000 3 000 378
For information purposes note that the following quarterly changes were made to the 2011/12 Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan to improve accountability: Percentage spending of capital budget: 50% Percentage spend on repairs and maintenance: 70,2% Percentage of people from employment equity target groups employed in the three highest levels of management in compliance with the City’s approved employment equity plan: 72% Midyear adjustments to the 2012/13 Corporate Scorecard definitions INDICATOR
Number of outstanding valid applications for water services expressed as a percentage of total number of billings for the service
This indicator reflects the number of outstanding valid applications expressed as a percentage of total number of active billings for the service (where down-payment has been received) for water services (where valid applications translate into an active account) for domestic customers as extracted from the City of Cape Town’s SAP database. Proxy measure for National Key Performance Indicator.
Number of outstanding valid applications for sewerage services expressed as a percentage of total number of billings for the service
This indicator reflects the number of outstanding valid applications (where down-payment has been received) for sewerage services (where valid applications translate into an active account) expressed as a percentage of total number of active billings for the service. Billing equates to active contract accounts (sewerage services) for domestic customers as extracted from the City of Cape Town’s SAP database. Proxy measure for National Key Performance Indicator.
Number of outstanding valid applications for electricity services expressed as a percentage of total number of billings for the service
This indicator reflects the number of outstanding valid applications (where down-payment has been received) for electricity services (meter and prepaid) (where valid applications translate into an active account) expressed as a percentage of total number of active billings for the service. Proxy measure for National Key Performance Indicator.
Number of outstanding valid applications for refuse collection service expressed as a percentage of total number of billings for the service
This indicator reflects the number of outstanding valid applications (where down-payment has been received) for refuse collection services (where valid applications translate into an active account) expressed as a percentage of total number of active billings for the service. Billing equates to active contract accounts kerbside refuse collection service) for domestic customers as extracted from the City of Cape Town’s SAP database. Proxy measure for National Key Performance Indicator.
Number of informal settlements receiving a door-todoor refuse collection and area cleaning service
This indicator reflects the number of informal settlements receiving a weekly door-to-door refuse removal collection service and ongoing area cleaning (litter picking and illegal dumping removal) for the period under review. The cleaning and collection of domestic refuse in informal settlements is done through contract services, employing local labour. Three-year contracts are awarded to a legitimate main contractor through the procurement tender process.
The approved IDP and Corporate Scorecard are available at www.capetown.gov.za/en/IDP. All comments must reach the IDP office via fax to 021 400 4909 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by not later than the closing date which is 26 February 2013.
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Classical piano star heads for Mother City
LIGHTEN UP: McLarens Circus is in town and will be at Sun Valley, opposite Pick n Pay, until Sunday 17 February. Performances are 15:00 and 19:30, depending on the day. For years, the performers have been travelling with a col ourful array of charismatic circus acts, costumes and treasured an imals. These include lions, cam els, horses, snakes, dogs, goats and a miniature donkey. They say whether the audience is made up of the young at heart, sullen teen agers or young children, each show is designed to amuse, en tertain and amaze. The group promises an all new international cast from four continents. This is Miss Fau Yu, also known as The Human Chandelier, from Hong Kong, balancing 100 candles. Ticket prices are between R70 and R110. Bookings and enquir ies from 0 082 747 5726 or email 2 bookings@mclarencir cus.co.za. Photo: Supplied
THE world’s youngest left-handed piano prodigy will showcase his talents at a single performance at the Cape Town Convention Centre on Saturday 9 February. At only 23, McCarthy is an accomplished pianist who enjoys international recognition. He has played piano at the Offices of the Prime Minister of Malta, he was awarded the prestigious international AMI Award for his creative excellence in music and he played piano at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics alongside the Paraorchestra and Cold Play.
PIANO MAN: Musical genius Nicholas McCarthy will perform for one night only. Photo: Supplied
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Rapson puts pedal to the medal LIAM MOSES
NEITHER danger, intense weather nor a month of punishing exercise could stop a Far South resident from achieving her dream of cycling from Cape Town to Kwa-Zulu Natal. Mandy Rapson (29), from Noordhoek, crossed three provinces and more than 2 000kms in her journey from Imhoff’s Gift to her parents home in Amatikulu, Kwa-Zulu Natal. When questioned about why she chose to embark on the journey, Rapson simply says she “wanted to”. “I really felt like taking on a challenge. I wanted to achieve something and step out of my comfort zone. I wanted to do something that was out of the ordinary,” she says. “I believe we are not born to live ordinary lives. It’s inherent for us to live extraordinary lives and break out of the ordinary.”
Rapson works as a operations manager at Life Exchange, an NGO which uses sport to bring about positive change in the lives of youths in the Far South. She says she also wanted to be example to the young people who are mentored through the organisation’s programmes. Rapson’s 33-day journey in October last year took her through Somerset West, Hermanus and Betty’s Bay; on to Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape and through Durban to her destination. Unlike many other cyclists, runners or walkers who take on similar challenges, Rapson completed the trek without the help of a support crew. She has also not cycled for over two years, since taking part in her first and only Cape Argus Cycle Tour in 2010. Her desire to complete the journey and reach her parent’s home was what helped through the 100km she cycled on average each day. “The goal has to be yours; you can’t
do it for anyone else. People can support you and they can help you to a point, but at the end of the day it’s your goal and you have to do it,” she says. “I generally really wanted to finish. I was cycling from home to home. Getting home to see my family was a driving factor. The biggest challenge was the mental part, because there was nothing physically stopping me. It’s just a matter of challenging myself to get my mind right.” She adds although the mentees at Life Exchange didn’t understand the journey at first, they have started to grasp the moral of the story. “I am not a cyclist, I didn’t have a bike, I didn’t have money and I hadn’t done it before, but I had a goal and a dream and really wanted to do it. I didn’t know how, but I made it work – I made it happen. “This is a big message to them (the youths). It’s quite symbolic of the journey they go on.”
PEDAL POWER: Mandy Rapson, from Noord hoek, cycled over 2 000km from Imhoff’s Gift to KwaZulu Natal. Photo: Supplied
Extreme sports at the Waterfront THE V&A Waterfront will again play host to the country’s biggest extreme sports lifestyle event – The Hunter’s eXtreme Ultimate X Festival. The event is takes place at the Gateway Canal at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday 16 February and will showcase the best that extreme sports has to offer, with national and international BMX, FMX, skate and wake boarding champions participating. Markus Museler, owner of host Old School Productions, says he hopes the event will help increase local interest in extreme sports. “We are very excited that Hunter’s eXtreme has joined the Ultimate X family and will be working alongside us to help grow action sports within SA,” says Museler. The country’s best riders, as well as international competitors such as Alastair Sayer (FMX), Greg Illingworth (BMX), Louis Taubert (skateboarding) and Aaron Hadlow (wakeboarding) will transform the Gateway Canal into an extreme sporting paradise with death-defying stunts and record-breaking attempts – all for a piece of the R100 000 in cash prize and the prestigious title of the Hunter’s eXtreme Ultimate X Gold 2013 South African champion. Mike Silver, of experiential marketing compa-
ny Stretch, says this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever before. “Ultimate X has grown massively both in terms of numbers attending and on site experience,” he says. “We expect to smash previous numbers with new features including multiple international riders competing, staging of the inaugural Ultimate X Gamer competition presented by Mountain Dew and the Inner City Muscle car show.” The festival will be giving back to the community through its Reach for a Dream initiative, which will see the dreams of four extreme sport-loving children from the Reach for a Dream Foundation fulfilled by giving them and their families a full VIP experience on the day. Over 6 000 extreme sports-loving spectators are expected to attend the day-long festival. Gates open at 10:00 and close at 20:00, followed by an extreme concert at The Dragon Room in Harrington Street. Pre-bought tickets from Computicket cost R100 and includes free entrance to the after party. Tickets are also available at the gate at R120 for adults and R50 for children under 10. Children under four enter free. For more information visit www.ultimatex.co.za.
ALL HANDS ON DECK: Alliance Française, skippered by Alexandre Monat, on the windward leg of the second an nual Mid Summer Fling Regatta in Table Bay. The race was hosted by the Royal Cape Yacht Club on Sunday. Photos: Trevor Wilkins
FLYING QUAD: Wayne Lester, South Africa’s top Quad FMX athlete, pulls of a jump at last year’s Ultimate X 2012 Festival. Photo: Supplied
LAND AHEAD: Cape Fling, skippered by Irvine Laidlow, sails towards Cape Town in the second annual Mid Summer Fling Regatta in Table Bay on Sunday.
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CLOSE FINISH: Martial Eagle, ridden by Aldo Meyer, wins the 2013 J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday 2 February. The annual race celebrated its 36th anniversary. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
SA brace for Oranje onslaught LIAM MOSES
HOLLAND will pose the biggest threat to the women in green and gold when the South African women’s hockey team take to the field in the Investec Challenge, This according to the team leadership, who selected the Dutch – the top ranked international women’s team and Olympic champions – as their toughest opposition in the tournament. At tournament launch in Newlands on Sunday, SA coach Giles Bonnet picked Holland as favourites to come out on top ahead of his side, Australia and England. “They (Holland) are far further along than the other teams at this stage. The Dutch were very impressive against Australia (in a warm up game at Hartleyvale Stadium on Saturday), from the start and all the way through,” says Bonnet. “When the tournament starts I’m sure we will see a very different England team and I hope we will see a very different South African team. We have everything to play for and I think the competition level will rise by maybe 15 to 20 percent when the competition starts.” SA have been in red hot form recently, beating Belgium, Ghana, Austria and Azerbaijan in consecutive matches in round two of the
International Hockey Federation World League last month. The hosts also pulled off an impressive 3-1 victory in a warm up match against England on Saturday, while Holland thrashed Australia 6-1. SA co-captain Marsha Marescia said it would be dangerous to read too much into the warm-up matches’ results, but echoed Bonnet’s sentiments about the Dutch. “I think from the Dutch team we are expecting a high intensity performance and a high paced game. Just judging from the warm-up games – from all the four teams they have the most Olympic team players still part of their group. So we are expecting quite a good match,” she says. “Like us, England and Australia are in different phases, building new teams. It will be a lot more competitive and closer. I’m not saying we won’t be too close to the Dutch, because we have proved that we can (play at that level).” The Investec Challenge kicked off last night (Monday 4 February) when the Holland faced Australia and SA took on England at Hartleyvale. Holland take England tonight, while and South Africa will face Australia. Investec SA team: Sanani Mangisa, Lisa Deetlefs, Pietie Coetzee, Marsha Marescia (co-captain), Bernie Coston, Shelley Russell,
READY TO GO: Investec South Africa women’s hockey team coach Giles Bonnet responds to questions at the launch of the Investec Challenge in Newlands on Sunday. Next to him is the team’s cocaptain Marsha Marescia. Photo: Liam Moses Jade Mayne, Quanita Bobbs, Tarryn Bright, Marcelle Keet, Lilian du Plessis, Phume Mbande, Dirkie Chamberlain, Nicolene Terblanche, Lenise Marais (co-captain), Kelly Madsen, Sulette Damons and Celia Evans. Matches: Tuesday 5 February: The Netherlands vs. England (18:00), South Africa vs. Australia (20:00)
Thursday 7 February: England vs. Australia (18:00), South Africa vs. The Netherlands (20:00) Saturday 9 February: Semi-final One (14:30) Semi-final Two (17:00) Sunday 10 February: Bronze medal match (11:30) Sunday 10 February: Gold medal match (14:00)