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PROPOSAL to install a Vodacom cellphone mast in Murdoch Valley, Simon’s Town, will be decided upon by subcouncil on 19 September. The City of Cape Town’s Department of Planning and Building Development Management has provisionally approved the application to install the 11,5m mast – with two antennae – near the Watsonia Road water reservoir. Affected parties sent 13 objections and nine endorsements for the mast to the City by the end of the public participation process on the matter in March. Objections are mostly concerned that electromagnetic radiation in the frequency emitted by cellphones and masts may be harmful to people living near the stations. In a press release, Vodacom cites a World Health Organisation (WHO) fact sheet in response. “A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk,” the sheet reads. “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.” Even so, the WHO, in a precautionary move, has classified cellphone technology as “possibly carcinogenic”. Vodacom’s press release goes on
to claim cellphones emit less radiation in the presence of a good signal. “By ensuring a good base station signal, the exposure from cellphones can be reduced,” said Vodacom spokesperson Richard Boorman in the release, which fails to mention the fact that base stations themselves emit a powerful electromagnetic field. The Electromagnetic Radiation Research Foundation of South Africa, like the WHO, encourages a “precautionary approach”, stating on its website that several international studies have found that people living close to cellphone masts suffer from illnesses. But supporters of the Murdoch Valley mast – among them the Simon’s Town Civic Association and the Community Policing Forum – argue that better cellphone reception is urgently needed, especially by business owners who struggle with poor reception. Janine Genade, operational manager for the Boulders Beach group, says Boulders lost a big customer and revenue of R15 000, because of a lack of cellphone reception at its lodge. Another Simon’s Town businessman had to move his business to Fish Hoek due to poor reception and trouble with internet connectivity. The CPF also supports the celphone mast due to the security and health threat that faces residents who are left without cellphone re-
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ception. A survey to determine the actual demand for the mast is being conducted by David de Jager from Southern Cape Engineering. The survey will target residents and businesspeople in all of Murdoch Valley, as well as Seaforth and Froggy Farm. Flyers will be sent out to inform those affected, and the survey can be filled in at goo.gl/vsePm. The results will be tabled at a subcouncil meeting on 19 September, and the issue will be put to the vote. Residents in other parts of the City have shown strong protest to-
wards proposed cellphone masts in their areas. A total of 250 Constantia residents marched in protest last month, brandishing placards bearing slogans like, “We don’t need no radiation.” The Green Point Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association, meanwhile, is taking a stand against a third cellphone mast set to go up on the Romney Park Hotel and Spa in Green Point, citing health risks as a main concern. All this is set to come to a head after the end of October, which marks the cut-off point for public
comment on a new policy to regulate cellphone masts. The policy aims to take “precautionary measures” around all telecommunication infrastructure. According to the City’s website, “the aim of the policy is to facilitate the growth of new and existing telecommunications systems in the city in an efficient, environmentally appropriate and sustainable way”. The policy further aims to implement stricter regulations around cellphone masts in residential areas.
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Your country is your success THE pursuit of patriotism as part of the Proudly South African campaign’s key mandate to create jobs in South Africa is a factor itself for attracting competent and passionate talent. “We pride ourselves in having some of the biggest and best recruitment companies registered as Proudly SA members,” says Vusi Sithole, executive manager for human resources and administration for the Proudly SA campaign. “This makes it easier to attract and recruit the right candidates from the market. Our market-related salaries, with additional value propositions to the right candidate, support our recruitment strategy.” Sithole says Proudly SA invests deliberately in its staff as they are seen as partners in the organisation’s work. “We insist that our personnel are patriotic about South Africa; they must have an internal drive and passion to serve our company and, subsequently, our country. “We look for people who take initiative, and who strive for excellence. We value excellent communicators and diligent team players who have potential to grow within our organisation.” He says the most important attributes preceding formal qualifications include a productivity-driven approach, a hard-working attitude, good people skills and above-average computer competency. Relevant postmatric qualifications and experience are required for most positions. “Take the time to thoroughly research the industry in which you pursue a career place-
ment,” Sithole advises. “Do the same with specific companies in that industry; explore the entrance opportunities they have, including their internship openings. “Package your CV so that it clearly outlines your skills, abilities, attributes, growth potential, aptitude and personal strengths. It is equally important to sell this package together with your personality traits and other achievements. “Proofread your CV thoroughly before sending it out anywhere, and always include at least three contactable references and your correct contact details. Remember that HR departments get bombarded with loads of CVs. It is therefore important to send a neat, legible and self-explanatory CV to attract their attention – nothing too fancy or cluttered.” Candidates, Sithole continues, need to research the company’s vision and key objectives, and take the time to get a sense of its organisational culture before they can sell themselves. For a candidate even to be considered for the next round of interviews, they should be passionate and patriotic about the Proudly SA campaign’s mission. Sithole says Proudly South African has “not really been affected by the skills crisis”. “The Proudly South African internship programme has always given us a competitive edge to respond to immediate personnel losses as a stop gap measure. Ninety percent of our all our former interns have either been fully appointed internally or elsewhere, again showcasing our contribution and commitment to create jobs in South Africa.”
HAVE YOUR SAY! ADVISORY COMMITTEE: NAMING POLICY OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN In accordance with Paragraph 9.1 of the Naming Policy of the City of Cape Town, nominations are invited for suitably qualified persons to serve on the Advisory Committee for the period of office of the Cape Town City Council. Written nominations on the prescribed form, with the consent of the nominee, and supported by three persons must be received no later than 30 September 2011. Nominees should possess knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the following: cultural customs and history; faith and belief systems; local, regional and national history; language and literature; town planning; geography. The Executive Mayor reserves the right to augment the Advisory Committee where insufficient nominations have been received, where there are concerns about demographic diversity or insufficient expertise in the required fields. Other provisions, the nomination form and the Naming Policy may be found at www.capetown.gov.za/namingprocess Further information is available from: Frederick Venter Public Participation Unit Tel: 021 400 1768 Fax: 021 400 1465 E-mail: email@example.com
HAT happens when underprivileged children who have never before seen the world from behind a lens are told to capture Cape Town’s culture with disposable cameras? You get I Was Shot in Cape Town, an NGO providing a creative outlet and job skill development to children in need. The first phase of the organisation’s 2011 programme in Cape Town ends with a REFLECT: The youngsters involved in the project give the month-long exhibition of the photographer who took this shot a dose of his own medi children’s interpretations of cine. the Mother City at The Grand Café and Beach in Granger Bay, opening on “As Capetonians celebrate the beginning Thursday. of a new season, we celebrate the end of a For this, I Was Shot In Cape Town has fantastic chapter of new beginnings,” says worked with 19 youngsters from Mamelani project coordinator Sivo Gluck. Projects in photographing key landmarks “We have seen growth in every child, throughout the city, motivating them to with each one learning not only valuable channel their hardships through photogra- photographic skills, but also interpersonal phy. and social skills, independence and, most Project head Bernard Viljoen, who is an importantly, hope for an improved future.” architect and photographer, says the proI Was Shot in Cape Town consists of two gramme enriches and empowers the lives training periods spread over weekly sesof poorer youths with marketable skills. sions. The second training phase continues until the end of December. “We harness photography as a tool for expression and an opportunity to nurture hidden talent among the youth,” Viljoen says. “Life’s moments are significant to an underprivileged child but perhaps forgotten to us, and it can remind us to appreciate the simple by looking at our beautiful city through their eyes.” All proceeds from the photographic exhibition will go towards future empowerment endeavours. For more information contact Sivo Gluck on 076 543 5708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact Bernard Viljoen CONTRASTS: “Our Table Mountain” juxta on 082 922 5674 or at email@example.com. poses the rundown with the pristine. To reserve a table for the grand opening Photos: Supplied call (021) 425-0551.
Help save the penguins SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) has chosen the theme of “Looking Back to the Future” for this year’s Penguin Festival to remember all the people who have worked tirelessly to conserve African penguins. SANCCOB members wish to recognise the many donors who have supported the Simon’s Town Penguin Festival over the past 10 years. With African penguins on the Red Data “endangered” list, SANCCOB is committed to ensuring the species has a chance to recover. You can help by joining SANCCOB, SANParks and The Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant, as they again prepare to host the annual Simon’s Town Penguin Festival on 8 October. Funds raised during the festival will go towards the Burghers’ Walk Restoration Project to ensure a suitable and safe habitat for penguins, as well as to SANCCOB to rehabilitate oil-covered, injured and abandoned
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Road to better business DALEEN FOUCHÉ
ALK BAY business owners have launched a brand new association to work around the challenges they face with the upgrade of Main Road, which has now progressed to the area’s central business district.
QUICK RESPONSE: This ER24 helicopter sliced through the air to get to Boyes Drive on Friday, after a 64yearold motorcyclist was involved in a headon collision with a Honda hatchback just before 09:00. The motorcyclist, whose legs and feet were injured, was stabilised on scene by paramedics from a host of emergency response groups. The road was temporarily closed to provide a spot for the rescue helicopter to land, and the elderly man was airlifted to Groote Schuur Hospital for further treatment in a stable condition. The driver of the hatchback was not injured. Photo: Supplied
Burglar behind bars A 37-YEAR-OLD burglar will be spending the next fire years of his life in prison. Mzwandile Sana was arrested for housebreaking and theft in 2009, and this year he was linked to five housebreakings. His photo was circulated throughout the Muizenberg Cluster, which includes, Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Simon’s Town, Ocean View and Hout Bay. On Tuesday 12 June, Sana, back on the streets at the time, was arrested in Simon’s Town. He appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court shortly thereafter, and bail was refused. Constable Nontobeko Sithole, spokesperson for the Simon’s Town police, says his charges have been keeping the court busy since June. But it wasn’t much longer before Sana was convicted on three cases of housebreaking and theft, earning himself five years behind bars. He still has two cases awaiting him in court. •With the help of the public, Con-
stables Davin Lotriet and Shaun Essex confiscated an illegal gun in Capricorn near the end of last month. A young woman warned the officers of two men she had seen handling the weapon. The constables followed up on the tip-off and found the men on an open field next to Prince George Drive. They were searched, and the police came upon a .38 Special revolver and five rounds of ammunition. Neither suspect could provide a good reason for being in possession of the gun. Two people, both aged 18, were taken to Muizenberg Police Station, where a case of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition was registered. They appeared in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Monday). The Muizenberg police encourage the community to continue helping them stop crime with valuable information.
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KALK BAY PRIDE: The False Bay Business Association’s logo, depict ing Kalk Bay Harbour, was painted by John Stein. phase, stretches from Dalebrook pool to Kalk Bay Harbour, and is anticipated to continue until the end of March 2013. Phase three, which covers the stretch between Kalk Bay Harbour and Clovelly, will then start. In a bid to stimulate business, the KBBA has already initiated its first project, which aims to make Kalk Bay more “user friendly” to visitors amid the roadworks. Van Vuuren says the association approached the City of Cape Town with an innovative way of promoting Kalk Bay businesses and beautifying the village at the same time. The City and its contractor have agreed to place a 156m barrier along
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The new Kalk Bay Business Association (KBBA) was given life when its steering committee – comprising Bart van Vuuren, owner of Cape to Cuba, Ryan New, owner of Tribeca, and Jeff Ross, owner of Railway House – was established in a meeting on 16 August. Over 20 members were recruited on the spot, and Van Vuuren says more have been joining ever since. Van Vuuren says the KBBA will meet every three months to “test and discuss” business matters in the area, and to take a proactive approach to challenges. For now, the association’s main focus is to work with the City of Cape Town and its roadwork contractors to open communications between them and Kalk Bay’s business owners. Van Vuuren says the collective turnover for the Kalk Bay business district is about R100 million per year. During the Main Road upgrade, however, an estimated loss of 30% to 40% is expected per year. The upgrade, now in its second
Main Road in the business district. The barrier will be covered with images promoting Kalk Bay businesses and celebrating the area’s history; the promotional imagery will face traffic, and the barrier will obscure the roadworks from shoppers and pedestrians. Van Vuuren says all the costs will be covered by the contractor and the City. An upgrade of parking areas, with the aim of beautifying the area and making shops more accessible, is also on the cards. Beyond this, the KBBA has many plans for the future. For one, members are exploring the possibility of holding a festival next year to celebrate the unique “magic” of Kalk Bay. Van Vuuren says that although the Main Road upgrade presents a number of difficulties, business owners acknowledge its necessity. Both the City and the contractor have an “extremely” difficult job to complete, he says, adding that they have been very approachable and helpful. “We choose to remain positive and proactive,” he says. “We all need to know that the village needs continued support to maintain and add to the magic of Kalk Bay.” If you’d like to join the Kalk Bay Business Association, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MORNING MAGIC: The famous colourful changing rooms on Muizenberg beach contrast brightly with the mountain ous backdrop. Photo: Gwen Rea
ADDICTED TO COLOUR: A colourful kite spins in the wind in last year’s kite festival. Photo: Supplied
Tuesday 6 September 2011
THE CHALLENGE: A total of 340 surfers took part in the Earth Wave world record attempt in 2007. Photo: Garth Stead
‘Surfing saved Muizenberg’ cant changes in the mindsets and actions of those who call Muizenberg home. It is also evident in how new businesses are slowly streaming into town. The unified civic effort started a few years ago, when organisations like the False Bay Business and Tourism Association, the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID), Muizenberg-Lakeside Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association, the Historical Society and The Stern Masque Theatre Association formed the Muizenberg Umbrella Group. This group launched a website to keep residents abreast of village activities and initiatives, and the group continues to meet once a month to share ideas and pursue common goals. And, since its establishment, others have taken up the cause of improving Muizenberg. Gerald Musikanth, chairperson of the False Bay Business and Tourism Association, has lived in Muizenberg for most of his life, and reminisces about the changes it’s
NEW era has dawned in Muizenberg with a joint community effort to improve safety, beautify the seaside village, and preserve the historic gems of the area. Key stakeholders living and working in the village are positive about future growth in the area, as civic organisations and like-minded individuals come together to share their vision for this “postcard perfect” village. New projects to promote the village, such as the innovative postcard initiative, which aims to collect and collage Muizenberg images, is an example of how residents and civic organisations are reviving confidence in Muizenberg. Information on how to submit images for postcards are available at the Dassenberg Pharmacy on the beach front and at Kitch Kombuis in Palmer Road. Proof of the “Muizenberg revival” can be seen in small but signifi-
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door enthusiast, and Casa Labia for a classical taste. On the civic side, organisations like the Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative (MCSI) and the MID have focused on safety issues with the introduction of CCTV cameras and official parking attendants at the beachfront. Musikanth says there are still problems in Muizenberg, such as vagrancy and crime at the Muizenberg park, but he feels the community effort is providing a much better chance of success. On the other hand, Musikanth points out a couple of big upcoming events in the area, such as the City’s Kite Festival on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October, and the Earthwave Beach Festival on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October, during which wave enthusiasts will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers on one wave. •If you have any Muizenberg success stories you’d like to share with People’s Post readers, please send them to email@example.com.
Taming the Teenager: beyond carrot and stick GAVIN FISH
I SPENT my first 10 years as a teacher dangling the carrot, and the next 10 wielding the stick. Which is preferable? Which will better produce great teens? In that first decade of heady enthusiasm, I cajoled with the lure of a Coke, a sports tour, a camp or a joke in class. I tried to incentivise everything. “If you do X, then I will do Y.” Novelty, excitement and reward motivate teens, but they have their limits. I slowly realised that my teens had devel-
oped a sense of entitlement, a “What’s in it for me?” mindset. My approach had created many fair-weather friends, keen while the volume was up and vibey, absent when not. My hype was not translating into self-motivation and self-discipline. Clearly, I was missing an ingredient. Then I was promoted, and suddenly found myself occupying the discipline portfolio. Now I was the stop sign and not the go-at-fullspeed sign. Maddeningly, I discovered that being the stop sign was no guarantee that teens would stop, no matter how I fortified the sign. I discovered, as well, that detention was absolutely powerless to modify the behaviour of at least 20% of teens. In fact it makes them worse. Punishing harder and creating layer after layer of rules didn’t seem to change things much either. So, now in my third decade of working with teens, I have a growing belief that, if you have no relationship with the teen in question, then neither the carrot nor the stick will produce great teens. I caught an old customer of mine smoking recently. He confessed and agreed to his punishment, and the conversation then progressed to him asking me where I bought my jersey, because it was his favourite colour. Would that I could establish that sort of rapport with more of my teens! We all need a daily reminder that when teens deserve love the least, they need it the most. It is in those “unlovely” times that our response is critical to the success of our intervention. An inconvenient truth, if ever there was one. Of course there is a time and a place for both the carrot and the stick, and the wise parent or teacher will know when to apply which. I am adamant, however, that without relationship we will quite simply not grow great teens.
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Tuesday 6 September 2011
Name game WHAT’S in a name? Well evidently here in South Africa, a lot. Last week full Council unanimously approved a motion put forward by Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille to change the name of Western Boulevard to Helen Suzman Boulevard. Most Capetonians may be content that the breathtaking Eastern Boulevard now boasts the new name and sign to match, “Nelson Mandela Boulevard” which ushers motorists to a panoramic view of the city and Atlantic coastline. But last week the ANC voiced their dissatisfaction that names such as Hendrik Verwoerd Drive – after the father of apartheid – remain on street signs. Yesterday, a university lecturer fuelled the flames when he revealed that the City had not responded to his requests to change other outdated road names such as Hertzog Boulevard, DF Malan roads, Hans Strijdom Road and Oswald Pirow Street. It seems puzzling though, that 17 years into democracy we still have street names honouring apartheid leaders. While some groups feel that renaming streets is an expensive, pointless exercise which only places added pressure on taxpayers and the private sector, it has been argued that changing street names could actually serve to further entrench racial divide. Some Afrikaans communities hold the view that past political figures are part of their heritage, and deserve to be honoured through means such as having streets named after them. But this sentiment could serve as a painful reminder of South Africa’s turbulent past. Street names should reflect our heritage, and if they are used as a tool to honour, then it is probably best to have them honour those who have positively impacted the growth and development of our country. Wise of the City to leave it up to the residents to make these weighty decisions.
Sun always rises over Muizenberg PEOPLE’S POST of 30 August has a beautiful photograph of the sun and Muizenberg beach on page four. The caption reads: “The sun sets over Muizenberg Beach”. The sun never sets
over Muizenberg Beach – it rises over the beach and sets behind the mountain, hence this was a sunrise picture. PETER MILLS Muizenberg
The quandary of the setting sun REGARDING the sunset photo in People’s Post on 30 August on page four. A unique photo indeed. Sunset in the east! Really? Stand on Muizenberg (Sunrise Beach) Beach, with the sea on your right side and face the Hottentots – and you will be facing east. Always. Without fail you will see only the sunrise in the east at dawn. It is a natural law. Indeed, Muizenberg beach is named “Sunrise Beach” because of this habit of the sun to rise over the Hottentots. For the ill-informed, the sun habitually rises in the east – and sets in the west. With or without Photoshop.
Kudos for you, Shane ONCE again, one reads about good service provided by a breakdown operator (“Thank you all!”, People’s Post, 30 August 2011). All too often one is confronted by heartless breakdown drivers in their quest to get your business. Shane Meyer of Shane’s Towing
Keep the photo for 1 April 2012. GERALD GOODERHAM Muizenberg Once every 109 years or so, a series of quantum interference patterns converge on Muizenberg Beach, causing all manner of temporal paradoxes and occasionally feeding the seagulls. Notably, the sun can be seen to set in the east at this time, but only when one stands on exactly the right spot. The photo under discussion is, as it happens, the only piece of direct evidence for this remarkable event. Mr Gooderham’s mastery of the sun’s usually-invariable routine is still to be commended, however, and People’s Post thanks him for ensuring this vital information does not get forgotten. has once again served unselfishly. I too, was once on the receiving end of Shane’s good nature after an accident. You need roadside assistance? You can’t go wrong with Shane. His track record is there for all to see. TOMMO Marina da Gama
Dangerous dogs . I own a pit bull and I walk him on a lead. With their reputation, they don’t get a second chance, and this puts their breed at risk. If you love your dog, keep it on a lead and clean up after it. Lynne, Lakeside . In response to Pam Gloster’s letter, how many more dogs and people have to be attacked by uncontrollable dogs before someone is taken to court? Pam should find this inconsiderate woman’s name and lay a charge. There are too many of her kind in Fish Hoek. We don’t walk on the wetlands in fear of a dog biting us. Magda . Pam, take everyone who owns vicious dogs to court. Angela . Dogs may only be walked on the beach or the wetland on a leash. This will eliminate all unnecessary injuries. Patrolmen should issue fines. . People walking dogs in public places need to consider others. Recently I took my five-year-old son to walk on Fish Hoek beach and I was frightened as big dogs were running around chasing other dogs everywhere. You just never know if the dogs might turn on you and your child. And, what can I say, I can’t even walk in Welcome Glen with my children in case of baboons. Authorities need to consider the freedom of people, just taking a walk these days is dangerous. . Me and my daughter live alone and my dog prevents many break-ins. When he barks, we know thugs are around. It also protects my neighbour’s homes. Animal lover Eternal sunshine . About last week’s photo on page 4: This is definitely the first time that the sun has set over Muizenberg! . Am I just stupid, or can someone explain how you get sunset over Muizenberg beach? Sunrise is over the eastern Muizenberg side and sunset is on the Atlantic side. HR . That photo of the sun over Muizenberg beach featured last week is beautiful, but it
cannot be sunset as labelled but sunrise. Local thoughts . Motorists, let’s start a peaceful campaign to drive next to each other at 60km/h and force speeding taxis to slow down on Kommetjie Road’s dual roadway. I am sick of speeding taxis! In response . To sit at home is a disgrace, but it’s different when the men are trying to get jobs. . I am a rehabilitated drug addict and have a great job. What’s more, my boss knows my history and he is proud of me. . To Sleep Deprived and other people who have a problem with the annoying barking of dogs: Don’t take nonsense from such people! Do what I did and phone Law Enforcement or the Metro Police on (021) 710-8305 or (021) 596-1999. You will see results! . Name and shame drug dealers like drunk drivers. It seems they are protected. . To the person who witnessed the school kids misbehaving: You can’t blame the parents for that. The children were in the bus, and the parents were at work or at home. If you are a parent, you should have a talk with your kids. A parent in Masi By the way . I have been trying to get my name from the blacklist for years. I could not get a decent job or a house. Now I’m cleared and I am 45 years old. Companies mostly take on youngsters, so how do you win? Something really needs to be done about blacklisting. . I am looking for the family of the late Tommy. He was a postman in Hout Bay for years. I am his brother. Please contact George Solomon on (021) 701-6201 or 082 533 4959. George, Steenberg
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Farewell uncle Sam
ON Saturday morning, 13 August, I was taking my three-anda-half-year-old son and my 12week-old baby to the park in Peers Hill. We stopped and looked for cars and started to cross the small road. Halfway across I realised there was a white bakkie screaming around the corner at a very high speed. The bakkie had to swerve to miss myself and my children. I shouted at the driver to slow down and saw it was a South City Glass bakkie. I went home and reported it to the manager of South City Glass, who said he would look into it and took my details. I also reported it to the police. The manager never called me back. I would like to know that the driver has been given some sort of disciplinary action. LINDSAY TURNBULL Fish Hoek Chris de Lange, owner of South City Glass, responds:
I have questioned the driver and his colleague about what happened. They deny driving fast, because they were going around and slowed down to do so. In the year that my wife and I have had the business we have not had one complaint about our driver, nor a speeding fine. I find it highly unlikely that the allegations against him are true, and have spoken to him only to caution him to be more aware when driving in that vicinity. The reason we have the company name on the vehicle is so that people can identify the company and report bad driving. Our driver is aware of that. I apologise to Turnbull if she feels that they were driving too fast, but both passenger and driver said that no excessive speed was involved. Therefore I could only caution the driver to be more aware when driving in that road.
Silvermine is a disgrace THE Silvermine reserve is always a pleasure to visit and ideal to go hiking. On Saturday 20 August we, however, had a disappointing experience as we arrived with the hiking group at the upper dam. Loud music was playing from one braai spot and, as
we walked along the perimeter of the dam, numerous intoxicated people passed us. After we sat down to enjoy the surroundings, a person on the other side started shouting, stripping and exposing himself to his party friends.
hand and we all appreciated it. He was ready to greet you with a smile and a joke, even in dark times. He’s not really gone, as he will continue on through his wife, his children and in our hearts and memories. May uncle Sam rest in peace. SAM DANIELS VILLAGE OF HOPE SHELTER RESIDENTS AND BOARD MEMBERS Sunnydale
SAM, you were a wonderful husband, father and friend. You were so suddenly taken away from us. You’ll always be with us, even though you are no longer among us. We will never forget you. DANIELS FAMILY Sunnydale
Everybody does it... PAT H, I’m sorry that you are annoyed, but I don’t think you clearly understood what I was trying to say. I said “be reasonable”, and not merciful. I meant look at the intensity of the crime and fine accordingly. Give me one driver that stays within the bounds of the law. I’ve tried driving less then 60km/h in a 60km/ h zone, and guess what, all the drivers overtook, and some still flicker their lights at me. Good example: from the traffic lights at the hospital to the “four-stop traffic light”, everybody goes more than 60km/h. You’re obviously not a driver, or maybe a learner driver! MARILYN
It seems to me that there was a lack of control at the dam that afternoon, and it is a pity if a beautiful place like this gets ruined. I am disgusted by the unruly behaviour, and as this forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, I look forward to hear about the action that will be taken… B ANNAS Vredehoek
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ON behalf of the Sam Daniels Village of Hope Shelter, with regard to the recent passing of Sam Daniels, we dedicate this poem: In the love of God May you find Strength and peace In the prayers of friends May you find Comfort and love. We will all miss Uncle Sam. He was always ready to lend a
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A largerthanlife laugh Going ape at the Baxter CAPE TOWN’S On Broadway Theatre is set to pay homage to its famous New York namesake with a production of award-winning Broadway show “Fat Pig”, which premieres tonight (Tuesday). “Fat Pig”, produced locally by South African actress LeeAnne Summers and directed by Tamryn Spiers, boasts a local all-star cast, including “Egoli’s” Chanelle de Jager, Colin Moss, known for his work in feature films such as “Number 10” and “The World Unseen”, and theatre veteran Clayton Boyd. The play tells the story of Tom, a thirty-something professional who finds himself EAT YOUR HEART OUT: The cast of “Fat Pig”, from left: Clayton unexpectedly falling in love Boyd, LeeAnne Summers, Channel de Jager and Colin Moss. with Helen, a “plus-sized” librarian. The show follows the unlikely cou- quo. “Audiences worldwide, irrespective of ple’s budding relationship, and the obstacles their cultural backgrounds, will be able to they face in a society preoccupied with ap- find meaning in the message, and I expect pearances. South African theatregoers to embrace the “‘Fat Pig’ is, on the surface, a hilariously show with the same enthusiasm that the rest comical play about the way society values ap- of the world has.” pearance,” says Summers. “But, on a deeper “Fat Pig” runs until 24 September, with 15 level, it reveals how people have surrendered shows starting at 20:30. Tickets are R125, and their right to choose what they really want can be booked through Computicket or On out of life for the purpose of satisfying the Broadway directly. For more information public perception of the acceptable status phone 083 630 0566.
PROGRESSIVE: “Dance Progres sion”, a kinetic show that encom passes the spec trum of modern dance – from folk to hip hop – will be presented by the youngsters of Ricardo’s Modern Dance Studio at Gardens Commer cial High School on 15 and 17 Sep tember. A high light of the show will be a perform ance by WeDFy Productions. Guest choreogra pher and artist Thabo Spelman will bring the talents of former street children to the fore. Spelman appeals to the community for financial backing in their endeavour to take chil dren off the street and introduce them to the exciting world of dance. Tickets cost R90 from Computicket or any Shoprite Checkers store. Visit www.ricardosdancestudio.co.za. FLOWER POWER: Jane Cohen, Bar bara Basel, Pamela Burg er, Carey Wallace, Clara Mach ado and Den ise Dubber in “Steel Mag nolia’s”, opening at the Masque Theatre on Friday 16 September.
‘Steel Magnolias’ in full bloom ROBERT HARLING’s well-loved play, “Steel Magnolias”, hits the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg on Friday 16 September. Based on a significant period in the playwright’s life, the heartwarming comedy-drama centres on Truvy’s, a beauty parlour in a small town in Louisiana, and the very different women who gather there. As the title suggests, the six leading women are as “delicate as magnolias, but as tough as steel”.
Directed by Angela Lee-Wright for the Constantiaberg Theatre Players, “Steel Magnolias” runs until Saturday 24 September, excluding Sundays to Wednesdays. Weeknight shows are at 20:00, and Saturday shows run at 14:30 and 18:30. Tickets are R50 for Thursday evening and the Saturday matinees, and R60 for Friday and Saturday evenings. To book phone Masque Theatre Bookings on (021) 788-1898 during office hours.
CAPETONIANS will He is also obsessed soon have the opportuwith entering all sorts nity to experience the of competitions, and it hilarious antics of mulis this obsession that ti-award winning actor sparks off the madcap Matthew Ribnick when story that is “Monkey he returns to the Baxter Nuts”. stage for a month with The show received “Monkey Nuts”, startthe prestigious Naledi ing tomorrow (Wednesaward for Best Comedy day). Performance earlier “Monkey Nuts” is the this year, and enjoyed latest offering from standing ovations at Ribnick and acclaimed every performance writer and director during the 2011 NationGeraldine Naidoo, the al Arts Festival in Gracreators of the hugely hamstown. popular “Hoot” and “Monkey Nuts” runs “The Chilli Boy”. at the Baxter at 20:15 The new show sees from Tuesdays to SatRibnick portray nuurdays until 1 October. merous characters Tickets cost R100 for from diverse back- HILARIOUS: Matthew Ribnick ex shows from Tuesday to grounds in the story of cels in the highly acclaimed “Mon Thursday, and R130 for eccentric bank teller key Nuts”, which apes its way into Fridays and Saturdays. Edgar Chambers, the Baxter tomorrow. Photo: Supplied Book through Comwhose only friend is a puticket or at the Baxmonkey, and whose main hobby is moni- ter. For more information visit www.mattoring the prices of grocery items in vari- thewribnick.com or www.monkeyous stores. So skilled is he at his hobby nuts.co.za. that he can tell you the price of any gro• The show is not suitable for children cery item, anywhere and at any time. under the age of 16.
MUSOS: The Izivungu vungu Youth Band has been invited to Germany.
The sweet sound of success THE Izivunguvungu Youth Band is back from a triumphant appearance at the Knysna Festival – and already it’s been invited to cross an ocean to play in Germany. The young musicians stand in for the Navy Band when necessary, and are quickly following in the footsteps of that very famous group. Conductor Mike Oldham says he regularly receives requests to take the band around the country, and has now been invited to travel with some of them to the Musikschau der Nationen in Germany, where he has previously appeared with the Navy Band itself. This is by far his biggest challenge, Mike
ANOTHER DIMENSION: Marc Lottering is seen entertaining throngs of people at Fish Hoek High School with his hit show, “Not in 3D” – all in the name of raising funds for the Shark Spotters. The coast al guardians extend their heartfelt thanks to their sponsors – Fish Hoek High School, Something Different Décor Company, Soundworks Audio Equip ment, Mach 1 Security, Grafix4U and Blue Bottle liquors – and all those who donated prizes for the raffle (Espres so.kom, Vees Videos, Fintale Books, The Green Room, Sunscene Adventures, Ba boon Matters, Imhoff Farm Stall, Kom metjie Surf Shop and Chip Snaddon). All the money raised will go a long way in helping the Shark Spotters keep swim mers safe. Photo: Sarah Titley
says – not least because of the cost involved – but it will be a life-changing experience for the young musicians who have been selected from the 300 or so Mike teaches in local schools around Ocean View. He will take just a small group on this first overseas venture in January next year, although he hopes to receive further invitations, as happened with the Navy Band itself when Europeans experienced the infectious mix of African and martial music. If you can help make this dream come true, please call Mike directly on 082 445 6857, or try Admiral Koos Louw at the Naval Base on (021) 787-3831.
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BIG SPLASH: This year’s Spring Splash, held at Fish Hoek Beach on Sunday, saw about 50 peo ple – some of whom were seriously dressed to impress – brave the cold Atlantic Ocean. Mean while, the attempt at breaking a record in line dancing attracted a few more, with 347 people giving it a twirl. The winner for bestdressed woman went to Claire “Superwoman” Lackenby (centre). Photos: Nikki Green
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Connecting through art THE Connections Art Group is presenting a host of events as part of the Connections Art Experience at Longbeach Mall until 17 September. The exhibition, hosted in the old “Brothers” shop (next to the cinema), puts on show the inspired works of invited local artists, and runs concurrently with Longbeach Mall’s own “We Love the Far South” art competition. “Everyone, from the tinytots to our valued pensioners, will be invited to take part in a fun community project” from 09:30 to 12:30 this Saturday, organisers say. The Connections Art Group
will encourage shoppers to leave their mark – whether a colourful handprint or a beautifully executed drawing – and Longbeach Mall will use the collaborative community artwork to board off sections of the mall during its refurbishing project. A music evening will be held at the mall by Guy and Heidi Mitchell on Friday from 18:00 to 20:00. Heidi composes music inspired by Guy’s art, and they will offer this combination as an artistic presentation. The event is not suitable for children under 12. There will be no charge, but booking is essential. Another highlight will be a pair of lectures by professor
Daniël Louw Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September. On Friday, Louw will speak on the understanding of suffering as expressed by art through the ages, while the Saturday lecture will explore the depiction of Christ in art. Admission is free, and booking is advised. The lectures are not suitable for children. The Connections Art Group will talk about their exhibited work and creative processes on Friday 16 September between 18:00 and 21:00. “Do join in and learn what it is that motivates our local artists,” the group says. To find out more, or book a spot, visit www.connectionschurch.co.za.
Historical Association hosts Dereck Taylor, who will talk about his “Memories of Steam Radio” at 18:00 in the Fish Hoek Library hall. All are welcome. For enquiries contact Mieke Gordon on (021) 782-5864.
Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Friends of Music will present highly accomplished pianist Pieter Grobler at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 19:30. The programme will include sonatas by Scarlatti and Mozart, a Liszt ballade and a Schumann humoresque. Tickets cost R50 (children pay R10), and can be bought at Biltong Bars in Main Road or Longbeach Mall, Valley Boutique in Valyland, or at the door. For more information phone George on (021) 788-5542 or Carole on (021) 7822282. Sunnydale: Synergy School, on the corner of Kommetjie Road and Fish Eagle Park, holds an open day
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at 18:00. The walk starts at 18:15. Dress warmly. Dogs on leads are welcome, but take along a plastic bag to clean up after them. For information about walking dogs on the beach contact Law Enforcement on (021) 788-1148, or call Cape Town Tourism Muizenberg on (021) 7879140.
Sunday 11 September Cape Point: Join the Cape Point Volunteers for a walk from Gifkommetjie to the Cape of Good Hope. Meet inside the pay gate at 09:00. The walk should finish by 13:30. Wear boots and rain gear, and take water and snacks. For more information phone (021) 782-2379.
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Tuesday 6 September 2011
TELLING TACKLE: Villager RFC player Calvyn Kotze attempts to bring down Jaco Roux of False Bay RFC during the Western Province Super League A clash between the two sides on Saturday. The match was won 3513 by False Bay. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
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ROADWORTHY: In a bid to raise R1 million for a legacy project in Mitchell’s Plain, Rocklands High School teacher Irafaan Abrahams (second from left) will participate in the annual New York City marathon in Novem ber. The NYC Million Rand Challenge will create a platform for youths in the community acquire the skill of running, and will encourage pupils from 10 local schools to collect R100 000 each, with Rocklands High, Trafalgar High, Darul Arkam High, Rylands High, Glendale High, Sea Point High, South Peninsula, Chapel Street Primary and Parkhurst Primary Schools standing the chance to win R200 000. Photographed at the launch of the challenge are, from left: Yusuf Fisher (AlAnwar Travel and Tours), Abrahams, and Cader Tregon ning (Sea Point High School principal). For more information visit www.irafaanabrahams.com or call 076 209 5630. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
Local sailing crew wins gold THE CENTURY-OLD Lipton Challenge Cup, contested in the beautiful waters of Mossel Bay, was won this year in dramatic fashion by False Bay Yacht Club’s Team Intasure of Simon’s Town. Sailing their L26 class yacht, the full crew, led by co-skippers Andrea Giovannini and Markus Progli, consisted of crew leader Ian Mac Robert, Olympic sailor Penny Alison as sail trimmer, and Nick Baigrie and Ollie Van de Pitte handling mast and bow positions respectively. In a nail-biting charge to the finish in the final race of the event, the crew crossed the line three boats ahead of defending champion Greg Davis, sailing Colorpress for the Knysna Yacht Club. To win the event the team needed to make sure they finished with at least two boats between themselves and Colorpress in the final race.
For most of the race they remained just ahead of Davis, but in the penultimate leg they made a huge push and assured victory. On the final beat to windward, and with the finish line in sight, Davis managed to claw back one position, but this was not quite enough. Giovannini and Progli crossed the line with the required two-boat safety margin to become the new Lipton Cup champions. With their win, the crew have brought the highest of honours in South African sailing onto themselves and their club. This year’s cup, it was said, was arguably the tightest and closest regatta in the event’s 100-year history. Five different winners emerged out of six races. On points, the top two yachts and their crews tied for first place, but, on breaking the tie, Team Intasure grabbed the win. In 2012 the event will sail through False Bay, which is considered an ideal location, with superb sailing waters.
CHAMPIONS: Photo graphed with the coveted trophy, from left: Andrea Giovanni, Ol iver Vande Pitt (13), Penny Alison, Markus Prog li, Ian Mac Robert and Nick Baigrie.
The game and rules of rugby 101 LYNN PRINS
WITH just four days to go before the Rugby World Cup 2011 kickoff, the excitement left over from the championship four years ago still lingers among Springbok supporters. Springbok and other teams’ paraphernalia adorn the windows of stores, while everywhere you go you hear people talking about P Divvy, John Smit and Victor Matfield. That said, many people who have never before showed an interest in rugby will now camp out in front of the television – even though many won’t know the rules and laws of the game. Scrums, penalty tries and offside lines will become heavily debated concepts.
Yes, for the next seven weeks, even housewives will be tuning in to watch 30 grown men running after an egg-shaped ball with the hope that Ard Matthews won’t butcher the national anthem, and despite the fact that they’ll be missing out on their morning soapies – all the matches will be played in the morning. People’s Post has decided to introduce the game to the many who, though they don’t know their way around the rules, are committed to supporting the Bokke in New Zealand. Hopefully these tips will assist you in becoming a rugby fundi – the next Hugh Bladen, perhaps – and assist you in joining the arcane conversations that will surround the tournament.
RUGBY GURU: Lynn Prins. Photo: Tammy Petersen
Rugby for dummies •Each team consists of 22 men, of whom 15 will be on the field most of the time.
•The teams are divided into backs and forwards, with the backs likely to be the lighter in weight. In rugby, numbers 1 and 3 are the prop forwards; number 2 is the hooker; 4 and 5 are the locks; 6 and 7 are the flankers; 8 is the so-called “eighth man”; 9 is the scrumhalf; 10 is the flyhalf; 11 and 14 are your wings; 12 and 13 are your centres; and 15 is the fullback. •The forwards – from 1 to 8 – are known as the pack, as they do the hard work in the scrums and lineouts •A scrum happens when the eight forwards go head to head with the eight forwards of the other team. This is where you will often hear the referee say “crouch, touch, pause, engage”. The scrumhalf (9) – the link between the backline and
forwards – puts the ball at the feet of both teams in the hope that his team wins the ball. •A line-out involves the forwards, with the tallest players, often the lock forwards (4 or 5), trying to capture the ball from the air. The ball is thrown in by the hooker (2), while the jumper is supported by other players, usually the props. Next week, People’s Post will give readers an introduction to rucks and mauls. Don’t forget to watch the world cup opening ceremony and match between New Zealand and Tonga at 10:00. The Boks take on Wales in their opening clash in Wellington on Sunday at 10:30 – don’t forget to wear your green and gold and show your support for the boys!
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Tuesday 6 September 2011
SWIMMING WHIZZ: Natha Marais of Vinyards Swimming Club glides her way to victory in the girls’ under12 200m breaststroke swim during a gala hosted by Extreme Swimming Club at the Long Street swimming pool on Saturday. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
View from the Beach PAUL BOTHA
WHILE enormous waves caused havoc along the Atlantic coast of the peninsula at the end of last week, snapping the Seli 1 shipwreck on Tableview beachfront into three pieces and spilling the remaining oil onto the beach, the Far South’s red hot contingent of junior surfers were waiting for the waves to subside to manageable proportions at Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape. After watching the fury of the ocean for most of Friday and the whole of Saturday, the organisers of the Billabong Pro Junior Vic Bay
event had to cram two days’ surfing into one to complete the event on Sunday. Kommetjie’s Jarred Veldhuis was the top performer in the internationally rated Pro Junior men’s event, taking equal fifth place when he was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Jordy Maree, the 13-year-old from Tokai, surfed backto-back finals and finished third in both the under-16 and under-14 divisions, while Kommetjie’s Ethan Fletcher grabbed the runner-up spot in the under-12s in waves that reached three metres at times. And a stoked Mikey February from Kommetjie earned a coveted invitation to this year’s ASP World Junior Tour by placing ninth at Vic
Bay to earn the 79 points, which saw him finish fourth overall on the season-ending ASP Africa rankings. The top four in the rankings, plus the top two SA juniors on the ASP World rankings, will represent Africa in the three junior events in Bali, Brazil and Australia, with the highest rated boy and girl crowned the respective ASP World Junior Champions in Sydney in January 2012. Staying with juniors, Western Province Surfing, the controlling body for the sport in Cape Town, announced a team packed with Far South representatives for the Hurley SA Junior Championships, which will be held in Durban at the
beginning of October. The Wichmann family from Marina Da Gama provides three members, with dad Eddie the manager of the team, and brothers Donovan and Dylan in the under-13 and under-15 age categories respectively. The Armstrongs from Scarborough also provide two members via Max in the under-15s and sister Ruth in the under-13s. Kommetjie’s Ford van Jaarsveldt (under-13), Benji Brand (under-15) and Amy Bosworth (under-17) are joined by Muizenberg’s Dillon Fernandez (under-15) and Benjamin de Castro (under-17) while Ethan Pentz (Kalk Bay) is the top seed in the under-17 boys’. The team
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will be coached by Kommetjie’s Josh Salie and will be determined to defend the interprovincial SA Junior team title they won last year. Following the flurry of big wave episodes in August, it looks like spring is arriving early this year, and there is virtually no swell forecast for the week ahead. That provides the ideal opportunity for everyone in the Far South to dust off their longboards and get some practice in at Muizenberg, where the Earthwave Beach Festival will include another attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave on 1 and 2 October.
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