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City building ‘houses criminals’ 2011, adding that no arrests have been made. DILAPIDATED buildSöderland believes that the ing owned by the City vagrants living in the dilapiof Cape Town, located next dated buildings are responsito the Marine Oil site in Dible for these thefts. do Valley, has become the Sithole says two cases of cause of much concern for house break-ins in the viciniresidents living in the area. ty of the Marine Oil site were reported in mid-June, and Residents say the building two suspects were subsehouses several vagrants, who quently arrested, two days afare stripping them of all copter the case was opened. per cables and filling the site “We are aware of vagrants with rubbish. staying in the municipal arAnd to make matters worse, ea, but there is nothing we residents say, the vagrants LITTER: The entire site is filled with rubbish and can do unless there are crimiare stealing from surround- litter. Photo: Daleen Fouché nal activities,” says Sithole. ing properties too. Söderland says that police The building, which used to steel or copper fittings in the grave- are doing a good job, but adds that house the old Works Depot from yard. a long-term solution must be found which various repairs in the area Söderland says he has contacted by the City, which owns the buildwere managed, has been vacant for the City several times, requesting ings. “many years”. action to “at least” lock up the propWard Councillor Simon LiellWhen People’s Post visited the erty, but has received no response Cock says City buildings should not site on Thursday 30 June, the gates regarding this matter. be left “like this”. were open,and the property was Andre de Wet, a resident in the arHe says that the City should have easily accessible to anyone. ea, says he has seen the vagrants placed tenants in the building “a The site is littered with random jumping his fence and trying to long time ago”. objects such as clothes and the rem- steal garden equipment, which he “When buildings are left empty, nants of old fires, and the stench of was able to stop. it will suffer from vandalism,” he human excrement lingers in the But De Wet says he has heard that says. But Liell-Cock says that the air. the owners of the Marine Oil site problem goes much further than No window has been left unbro- suffered great losses when va- just these buildings. ken. grants stripped expensive equipHe says there are many City Arne Söderland, the chairperson ment used to purify soil. buildings in the Far South that are of the Simon’s Town Civic AssociaHe explains that the equipment is not being utilised properly. “We tion (STCA) who also does volun- situated on the Marine Oil site just must find an innovative way to utiteer work in the Dido Valley ceme- above the empty City building. lise these buildings.” tery, says the vagrants use the On Sunday 26 June, residents say It is believed that the City of Cape building as a base from where they they heard gunshots from the Ma- Town is currently negotiating with break into surrounding sites, such rine Oil site, and suspect the va- shareholders of the Marine Oil site as the Dido Valley Cemetery. grants of firing a gun. regarding the sale of the property. He says the work shed in the cemBut the Simon’s Town police say This, however, could not be conetery has been burgled several they have received no reports of firmed. times. The vagrants also steal any gunshots at the site. The City of Cape Town had not reConstable Nontobeko sponded to a query regarding the Sithole, spokesperson for run-down building by the time of the Simon’s Town police, going to print. says break-ins at the Dido People’s Post could also not gain Valley Cemetery have comment from Marine Oil managebeen reported since March ment before going to print.
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Tuesday 12 July 2011
Happy birthday Madiba TERESA FISCHER
ELSON MANDELA, or Madiba as he is fondly known, turns 93 on Monday July 18, and will spend his birthday quietly with family and friends. Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Foundation spokesperson, says this is part of making Mandela’s retirement a reality. Mandela Day on 18 July is recognised as an annual international day of humanitarian action in celebration of his life and legacy. Hatang says the best way for people to celebrate is to make a commitment to spend 67 minutes of their time making a positive change in their community. This honours the 67 years Mandela devoted to the service of humanity. Kensington’s Dawood Khan, community activist and humanitarian, shares his favourite memory of Mandela. He says on the day of Mandela’s release from prison, it was his job to organise the cars. “Hundreds of people lined the road. There were lots of white people; this one woman had a baby. He went over and picked the baby up. SHAUNA STACK
ABOUT a month ago, “Long Walk to Freedom” was just required reading in the form of an autobiography about a historically significant man by the name of Nelson Mandela. Almost three weeks later, that name has grown in meaning tenfold. From a foreign perspective, it is fascinating to see how much South Africa’s history is raw and fresh. Underneath the inevitable problems that any emerging country will face, lies a country that fosters one of the most cultural and
It really touched me; I will never forget that. “That is the way South Africa should be … black, white, pink together.” Khan says he would like to sing for Mandela and wishes him many more years. Ahmed Kathrada spent 26 years in prison, 18 on Robben Island. He says one thing Mandela has repeated over and over again is: “I am not a saint; I have shortcomings like anyone else.” He says: “Mandela always looks at the good in human beings; that’s how his whole life has been lived.” About their time in prison Kathrada says: “One longs for many things, there are many deprivations; you long for near and dear ones, others miss food or sport – but the one thing every prisoner would miss is children. “I saw a child for the first time in 20 years by accident. She was the daughter of a lawyer that came to see me, and she refused to wait in the car. It was a thrill out of this world. “I was so overwhelmed by little Priya (3) that I couldn’t concentrate on what the lawyer was saying; I was just stroking her hair.” He says that’s why Mandela donated one third of his salary, when he became presi-
dent, to the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund. “Freedom did not just fall from heaven, many people went to prison, many were hanged, many were tortured to death ... freedom had a price,” says Kathrada in reply to whether he thinks the youth appreciate the struggles that were made. “The biggest challenge is ignorance,” he says, adding that he is not blaming young people, but wants them to think about the responsibilities that come with their freedom. Blanche la Guma says her contribution to the struggle against apartheid was working under the guidance and direction of Mandela, carrying out his instructions. With her husband, Alex, she participated in various campaigns to bring about an end to apartheid laws. “We celebrated Mandela’s release, after 27 years in prison, in Trafalgar Square in London with all the other South African exiles, the British Anti-apartheid Movement and all the organisations that were formed against apartheid. All of us in the exile community, packed up to return home.” La Guma adds: “I wish Madiba a very hap-
A history fresh in the memory diverse parts of the world. This diversity now has the opportunity to be celebrated, after so many years of ingrained suppression. The people I have encountered embody disparity amongst socio-economic classes. However, they have inherent tendencies that unknowingly unite them. I’m curious to know if Nelson Mandela himself uses the terms, “now now” and “just now”. When my peers and I visited the District
Six Museum, I found myself discussing the emotional impact on the people with a native Capetonian. The way he elaborated made it clear – he had spent the first 27 years of his life in District Six until he was relocated because of his ancestry. As a genuine history enthusiast, I have visited my fair share of museums, but never have I interacted with a victim of the historical events at hand. That is what makes South Africa so unique in its current politics.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Nelson Mandela turns 93 on Monday 18 July. Photo: Theana Calitz
py birthday.” Quotes from Nelson Mandela’s new book, “Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations”: . “My wish is that South Africans never give up on the belief in goodness.” . “It is ordinary people – men and women, boys and girls – that make the world a special place.” There are true witnesses to the past looking over a new generation who can be guided by previous mistakes towards the future. In celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, I commend his people for continuing to celebrate the efforts of a man who has forever changed the face of this beautiful nation. So I conclude by wishing Madiba a very happy birthday, and thank the people of Cape Town for making my fellow peers and I feel welcome as an integral part of the diversity that South Africa offers. . Shauna Stack is an American intern at People’s Post.
OCEAN COMPANIONS: This pod of dolphins was seen on Sunday in False Bay for most of the day, giving pleasure to thousands who stopped at the side of the road to watch. Seen here is a kayak surrounded by dolphins. Photo: Derek Goldman
OCEAN VIEW HOUSING PROJECT The City of Cape Town’s New Housing Department will be displaying the housing database (from 1997 – December 2009) for the Ocean View Housing Project in Ocean View to the public from Monday 18 July 2011 to Friday 22 July 2011 at the Ocean View Housing Office and the Ocean View Library. If your name appears on the list, visit the Ocean View Civic Centre, Carina Road, Ocean View with your spouse/partner from Monday 25 July 2011 to Wednesday 27 July 2011 between 09:30 and 15:00 for screening as a potential beneficiary in the project. The following documents must be produced on the day: • • • • •
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Tuesday 12 July 2011
Man dies after car tumbles from mountain DALEEN FOUCHÉ
69-YEAR-OLD man from Llandudno died of his injuries while in hospital after his car tumbled down the cliffs of Chapman’s Peak Drive near Noordhoek on Sunday afternoon.
THE Simon’s Town Museum staff are volunteering 67 minutes of their time in honour of the 67 years Nelson Mandela dedicated to making the world a better place. Anyone is welcome to drop off any soft toys (not broken). Museum staff will be visiting False Bay Hospital’s maternity and children’s wards on Monday 18 July, and spend 67 minutes handing out the soft toys. Contact Suzette Farmer, the project coordinator/education officer, on (021) 786-3046 for more information.
FENDER BENDER: This accident took place on Thursday 7 July when this sil ver car allegedly collided with a bakkie turning from the Simon’s Town Main Road into Dido Valley. There were no seri ous injuries. Photo: Gwen Rea
The man, whose identity has not been made public yet, was freed from the wreckage of his Mercedes, which fell hundreds of metres and stopped 10m from water’s edge. After finding the vehicle far below the roadway and close to the water’s edge, Cape Medical Response (CMR) asked the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Kommetjie to respond and transport NSRI medics and additional medical equipment to the scene from the sea side. The man was treated for lacerations, a fractured tibia and fibula, immobilised and secured onto a stretcher for protection against any possible cervical spinal injuries, and AIRLIFT: Rescue personnel do their best to stabilise the 69year treated for shock. old man whose car plunged down the cliff from Chapman’s Peak “The Metro Red Cross Drive. Photo: Cassie Carstens AMS helicopter airlifted a Metro EMS doctor and a Metro EMS paraProvincial police confirmed that a “culpamedic to the wreckage of the car and treat- ble homicide docket” has been opened to inment was initiated on an adult male suffer- vestigate the circumstances of the accident. ing multiple injuries,” says Craig Chapman’s Peak Drive was closed during Lambinon, spokesperson for the NRSI. the rescue operation, which resulted in a The man was airlifted back to the road- traffic backlog. way, where he was transferred into a waiting Steven Otter, spokesman for Transport Metro EMS ambulance and transported to MEC Robin Carlisle, apologised for the inhospital, where he died. convenience. The road was reopened at The cause of the accident is unknown and about 18:00. several questions remain, like the direction Otter warned motorists to be careful when in which he travelling, what caused the acci- driving on the toll route, and implored modent, whether another car was involved and torists to rather stop at viewing points than whether there were any witnesses. to try and view the area while driving.
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Tuesday 12 July 2011
Some optimism after Kommetjie Road meeting DALEEN FOUCHÉ
A STRONG community effort to make Kommetjie Road safer, attracted a sizeable crowd consisting mostly of Kommetjie residents at a meeting on Thursday evening. The meeting was called to discuss the problems and possible solutions to this “dangerous” stretch of road. The meeting follows the death of Ray Renaud on Sunday 5 June (“Road claims another life”, People’s Post, 7 June), who was killed, allegedly by a speeding car, while walking his dog. The workshop was driven by the Scenic South community website creators, Viv von Heyden and Kim Kruyshaar, along with Kommetjie Road resident Uga Carlini. Residents started compiling a priority list for Kommetjie Road to help officials with the task of making the road safer. Shaun Glass, head of Transport Network Development for the City of Cape Town and Mark Harding, a traffic official, were in attendance to listen to complaints, suggestions and to respond to the community. Both Carlini and Von Heyden gave moving speeches that turned cold statistics into harsh reality through sharing accounts of the many accidents, injuries and fatalities on the road. The point was further driven home by the presence of three residents who lost family
members in fatal accidents. Carlini told the meeting that the quest for safety on Kommetjie Road goes back as far as 1992, and even though there was public outcry, media attention, protests and meetings after almost every fatality on the road, the status quo remained more or less the same. Residents made some suggestions to make the road safer. Changing the road from an arterial road to a suburban road, traffic islands, raised pedestrian crossings, speed cameras, visible policing and zero tolerance of traffic offenders, were some of the suggestions. A debate about the use of robots versus traffic islands ensued, while another resident suggested the closure of some of the avenues into Kommetjie Road, or turning some avenues into one-ways. One resident suggested that taxi routes needed to be revised and taxi ranks in the area upgraded, but was answered by another resident who lives on Kommetjie Road who claimed that most traffic violaters are not taxi drivers, but rather “young mothers”. A question was raised about a “long forgotten” proposal to build a bypass route. The proposal was that the road would be built with money from the builder’s tax. Developers pay a developer’s tax which is used towards infrastructure upgrades within the area of the development. A frustrated businessman pleaded with the authorities not to forget about the dangerous Lekkerwater Road intersection, which had been discussed at previous meetings (“To do
ADRIFT: Birds settling in for the night on a sunken boat in Kalk Bay harbour. Photo: Gerhard Slabbert
nothing is no longer an option”, People’s Post, 8 February). Glass said a plan drawn up in 2002 identified 17th Avenue, 13th Avenue, Highway Road, Hillside Road and Quarry Road as areas that needed attention. And since then the 17th Avenue intersection had undergone upgrades and parts of the road were made narrow to encourage people to abide by the speed limit. But most residents questioned why nothing more has been done in the nine years since the report came out. Glass explained that the plan was always
THIRD SUPPLEMENTARY VALUATION TO THE 2009 GENERAL VALUATION ROLL (SV03) FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2011/2012 Notice is hereby given in terms of section 49 (1)(a)(i) of the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 (Act no. 6 of 2004), hereinafter referred to as the “Act,” that the Third Supplementary Valuation Roll to the 2009 General Valuation Roll (SV03) for the financial year 2011/2012 is open for public inspection at the venues as stated below as from 21 July 2011 until 30 August 2011. The forms for the lodging of objections are obtainable at these venues. In addition the valuation roll is available on the Council website as from 21 July 2011 (the address is provided below). Properties were selected to appear on the Third Supplementary Valuation Roll to the 2009 General Valuation Roll (SV03) Roll in terms of section 78(1) of Act if the property a) was incorrectly omitted from the Valuation Roll; b) has been included in the municipality after the last general valuation; c) has been subdivided or consolidated after the last general valuation; d) has undergone a substantial increase or decrease in market value since the last general valuation; e) was substantially incorrectly valued in the last general valuation; f) must be revalued for any other exceptional reason; g) of which the category has changed. In terms of Section 49(1)(a)(ii) of the Act, any property owner or person who so desires may lodge an objection with the municipal manager in respect of any matter reflected in, or omitted from, the SV03 valuation roll within the abovementioned period. Objections may be lodged in respect of these properties only. The owners of these properties will be notified of their SV03 valuations in writing at the postal address currently held on the City’s database. Attention is specifically drawn to the fact that in terms of section 50(2) of the Act an objection must be in relation to a specific individual property and not against the supplementary valuation roll as a whole. The forms for lodging an objection can be obtained from one of the venues listed below, and can be downloaded from the website. A separate objection form must be completed per property. NO. NAMES OF VENUE
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meant to be implemented in phases, and discussed some of the improvements that have been completed. Glass asked the community to identify important pedestrian crossings that would be added to a priority list for Kommetjie Road. Glass confirmed that the closure of some avenues or the implementation of one-ways would be possible, but would require “broad consultation” with the community. He says the City intends raising the painted islands, but added that the cost would be over R1 million. “We would have to implement this plan in chunks.” In the meantime, road studs would be placed on the islands. Harding also addressed the meeting, and announced that a speed camera for 17th Avenue has been approved. He says it still needs to be “signed off”, but told the meeting that he is “confident” that the camera will be installed in about four months. Harding told the meeting that the traffic department suffers from staff shortages, but assured all present that people are currently being trained as traffic officers, and will be joining the department as soon as their training finishes. Anyone wishing to add their priorities may submit them at the Fish Hoek council offices, where the 2002 plan of the road is on display. Residents can also add their comments to the Scenic South’s petition athttp://www.scenicsouth.co.za/2011/07/action-on-kommetjierd/. A follow-up meeting is planned for next month.
Discover your inner wild “WILD WITHIN”, a collection of baboon photographs by Liz Hardman and curated by Margie Murgatroyd, will be exhibited at the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg from 26 July to 4 September. Portraying aspects of baboon life, the photos also show the negative impact of human interaction along the scenic route near the Miller’s Point area. The winning art work from three local schools, Simon’s Town Primary, Kommetjie Primary and Star of the Sea Convent in response to a “Being Baboon Wise” competition, will also be on display. Two talks, to be held at 10:30 on 24 and 31 August, will be presented by Tali Hoffman on “Primate Neighbours: managing man and monkey at the interface of urban and wild”. For further information, contact Liz at (021) 786-2274 or the Casa Labia Cultural Centre on (021) 788-6068.
Volunteers needed FISH HOEK Meals on Wheels is urgently in need of volunteers to assist with the delivery of meals. Drivers and shoppers deliver on average once a month – either on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. There are two routes – one lower and one upper, comprising about 20 meals for each route. Deliveries take one to one-and-a-half hours. Anyone able to offer assistance is asked to contact Mr P Cooper at (021) 783-5394.
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Beware of high selling price AT any given time there are buyers in the market looking for newly-released properties. It is vitally important to price it correctly from the start. Sellers are often tempted to market their property at a price slightly above the current market valuation in the hopes of increasing their profit margin. Buyers purchase property by comparison. If the seller is asking too much compared to other available properties, buyers will either discard the idea of making an offer on the property or make an offer far below what it is actually worth. Overpriced properties stay on the market for far too long. As buyers see the property advertised over and over again, they will begin to wonder if there is something wrong with it.
The seller will now either be forced to reduce the asking price drastically to reactivate the market or hold out until the market picks up, or inflation catches up and the inherent value of the property increases. The outcome of this fiasco is that the seller loses faith in the agent and company. Buyers then see the same property on the market, again reduced. Now looking for a bargain, they make a low offer and it is sold at far below the original true market value. . Please feel free to contact the Engel & Völkers Fish Hoek office property consultants Dawn, Glenn or Inge for a realistic market assessment of your property in the Fish Hoek Valley. We are situated in the Green Parrot Building, corner Main and Recreation Roads. Telephone (021) 782-0006 or email: email@example.com.
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Scores jobless after local Spar closes tion order legally, and at considerable cost secured legal counsel to oppose the matter ORE than 45 people were left un- in the Cape High Court. Regrettably, from employed last week and a local our perspective, the court supported the retailer faces bankruptcy after landlord’s case and has now ordered that the Lakeside Spar was forced to close fol- Paulson vacate the premises by 30 July lowing a legal battle over the rental of 2011,” says Nesbitt. premises. Nesbitt says that the store has been a member of the Spar Group since 1992, and under The shop officially closed its doors on Sun- the present owners Shaun and Tanja Paulday. son since 2006. Shaun Paulson, the co-owner of the Spar Michelle Beckerleg, a local resident who franchise, says the Spar Group’s contract regularly shopped at the Lakeside Spar, dewith the landlord, Inscribes the events as a framax Investments, “David versus Goliaexpired at the end of th” story. May. “On Sunday at He says the Spar 13:00, our Spar doors Group did not renew finally shut amidst the contract with the crowds and tears both landlord. from the staff who no When Paulson aplonger have a job, and proached Inframax to us, the angry local renew the contract, residents.” he was told that anShe also says she other retailer was alintends to boycott the so bidding to rent the “offensive new space. store”. Paulson submitted CLOSED: Shopper stands at a closed door John Weaver, a dihis offer, but In- of lakeside spar Photo: Gerhard Slabbert rector of Inframax Inframax Investments vestments, says the decided to offer the space to Pick n Pay in- Spar Group had indicated through a letter stead. that they “would not exercise their option to Paulson, along with the Spar Group, then renew the lease when it expires at the end applied to the Cape High Court to renew the of May 2011”. Spar lease agreement, but found out on FriWeaver says they then entered into a disday 1 July, that the judge had ruled in favour cussion with Paulson and with Pick n Pay. of the landlord. “Both parties submitted their best offer to Dean Vincent, the former manager of the this office,” says Weaver. Lakeside Spar, says he has been helping the He says that Inframax Investments acceptstaff to type CVs to find new jobs. ed Pick n Pay’s offer because it was a “more “They do not have computers at home to attractive offer”. type up their CVs,” says Vincent. Weaver explains that both parties knew Conway Nesbitt, spokesperson for the that the other had made an offer, and they Spar Group, says that a Social Impact Study were in a “competitive situation”. commissioned by Spar and Paulson as part He says it would not be “fair” to go back of their legal defence to retain the site, re- to one of the parties to make another offer. vealed that 275 members of the local commu- He explains that it is similar to a tender procnity would be negatively impacted by the clo- ess, where all interested parties must submit sure. Employees mainly live in Steenberg, their best offer. Capricorn and Seawinds. Nesbitt says the Izak Joubert, Pick n Pay’s Property and closure will be “financially devastating” to Store Development director, confirmed that Paulson, his family and partners. Pick n Pay intended to open a store on the Paulson contacted Pick n Pay regarding premises. the 45 Spar employees who will now be with“We can confirm that we will be opening out an income. a store at 38 Main Road in Lakeside in the Nesbitt says that Pick n Pay advised Paul- near future. Since we are currently in the son that his staff may apply for jobs through process of working through the logistics and the “normal channels”. timing of this opening, we cannot disclose He says the Spar Group began the process anything further at this stage.” of securing jobs for “as many as possible” People’s Post asked Joubert: “Will Pick n staff at other Spar stores in the Western Cape Pay consider hiring people who lost their job and at its distribution centre. at Spar?” Joubert, however, declined to an“We then jointly agreed to oppose the evic- swer this question. DALEEN FOUCHÉ
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SA’s greatest NEXT week, on Monday 18 July, scores of South Africans will come together and celebrate the life of one of the world’s most celebrated and renowned leaders. Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president turns 93 years old. And in contrast to traditionally sharing his birthday with scores of adoring young fans, this national hero will retreat from the public eye this year to celebrate with family and friends at an undisclosed venue. From humble beginnings, born in a small Eastern Cape village decades ago, this esteemed leader has come to represent what all South Africans should arguably aspire towards becoming. And what is truly remarkable is that after 27 years in a Robben Island jail cell, he was released to want nothing more than to sit around a table with his oppressor, and thereby encourage a nation to exercise the power of forgiveness. His sheer generosity of spirit, gentle nature and empathy is something which remains unrivalled by any one key leadership figure in South Africa. This “Madiba magic” manifests in the fact that all sorts look up to him. His fans are not limited only to those who share support of the same political party he had helped to mobilise in the fight for freedom and equality. Madiba magic transcends politics. It has allowed people to look past the political figure, and identify with the man. While celebratory and commemoratory campaigns roll out nationally this month, a number of campaigns to commemorate this joyous occasion from the unveiling honorary artworks to others committing 67 minutes to make a positive change within their community, in his honour. Perhaps the most lasting gift we can give is to appreciate each other and what the country has achieved. Along with the rest of South Africa People’s Post salutes a legend, who will forever be the benchmark we South Africans should strive to attain. Happy Birthday, Madiba!
Other factors affecting business
The guarded council house THE house, situated at 21 First Avenue, Fish Hoek, (which I gather belongs to the City) was tenanted about 12 months ago; the tenants moved out and it stood empty for a further 10 months. It was then renovated and restored over a period of three months and since January has stood empty. All the time it was “guarded” by a security company. My questions are: Who is paying for the house to be guarded,how much has it cost the ratepayers over 18 months of being guarded and when does the City intend actually placing a tenant in the premises? Further what did the renovations cost as a matter of interest? Who did the renovations? Was it put to tender? I am aware of a lady who is qualified (financially) to rent the home, but she has not been replied to after she contacted someone at the City. Answers please, Alderman Councillor. WINSTON FRYER Fish Hoek AHMED PARKER, acting director of Property Management
responds: This property is in the final stages of refurbishment and will be completed by Friday 8 July after which tenanting will commence. The City is obligated to protect its property assets against vandalism, hence the need to secure it until it is ready for occupation. The City will therefore bear the cost of securing the site until this time. Security costs to date amount to approximately R202 600. Refurbishment of the property was undertaken at a cost of R51 850 and the contractor was selected using the City’s standard Supply Chain Management process. Any person interested in leasing a City-owned property under the management of the Property Management Department, is free to apply to the City of Cape Town, Property Management Department, Improved Property Portfolio, Attention: Donavon Geysman, 13th Floor, Civic Centre, Cape Town. Applicants can indicate an area of preference, but cannot demand a specific house. The awarding process is rigorous and applicants have to conform to set criteria.
YOUR article (“Crunch time for business owners”, People’s Post, 28 June), appears to be based on the demise of a few casualties and input from your experts Robyn Erasmus and Dave Hurwitz. It is obvious they have had very little contact with the real issues that are affecting the Far South businesses, and I am dismayed as to why none of these experts have not taken the trouble to do a proper survey before they open their debate publicly. I have been in business in the South for the past 10 years, and have found the vast majority of the businesses to be run on a highly-professional basis. As an owner of an antique outlet in Muizenberg for the past six years, my personal experience is that international tourism dropped off soon after 9/11, and that current tourism to the Far South is largely made up of South Africans. International tourists only account for about 5% of our turnover, and we experienced even less during the World Cup. Purchases are mostly for small, low-priced items or keepsakes such as curios. About 20% of customers are out-of-town visitors or holidaymakers, and the balance, 75%, are local residents from within a 50km radius and in a higher-thanaverage income bracket. This is a typical profile who are not necessarily affected by the economic downturn. Our turnover is usually consistent throughout the year, and winter is the time that interior decorating activity gets
into motion, so business actually picks up. December and school holidays are generally average months for us – we peak in October. What is apparent and missing is the hundreds of showhouse seekers that used to visit the South in abundance, which has reduced the size of the pie. But any good business person in the area would have adjusted their product range and downscaled his pricing to meet demand, or looked for alternative marketing solutions like adding new products, new fashions or even diversifying to make them attractive to a potential market out there. Look no further than Kalk Bay, that over the past 10 years has had revolutionary changes from what was once a quaint fishing village to a restaurant and shoppers’ paradise boasting a bigger and more comprehensive range of clothing, antiques, and touristy lines than ever before. There is nothing wrong in having a string of similar businesses like curio and antiques concentrated in one area. Direct competition is healthy, and buyers find it convenient to stay put in one area. Car or tile outlets have pockets of competitors concentrated throughout the country. The real issue is that I have seen an almost overnight decline in shoppers since the initiation of the Far South roadworks in Main Road, which started more than two years ago. At first the road was a stop-go system, which in itself scared people away. Recently this has been converted into a
one-way system, whilst it re-establishes the normal flow southbound, deviates north-bound or returning traffic, and what could be a potential customer over Ou Kaapse Weg or Boyes Drive and into oblivion. Flashing road signs and redesigning roads are first aid to take care of bottlenecks but makes little difference to customers out there who are looking to drive down South for a pleasant day of shopping, only to find that they are stuck in traffic for most of the day. Word gets around quickly to avoid the inconvenience. The City of Cape Town is largely to blame for the status quo. Three commercial banks and many other businesses, including supermarkets, convenience store, restaurants and liquor outlets have had years of goodwill stripped from their businesses over the past two years, and they face the daunting challenge of another two years or more ... if they survive! Very little marketing or effective tourism initiatives to counter this heavy burden has been put in place by the City. My suggestion is that your influential newspaper do a comprehensive survey with all businesses on the south-bound strip and approach the City, not the local councillors, for their comment. Failing which the South could end up with a string of “ghost towns” such as Muizenberg and Simon’s Town. LOU SCHOLEY Muizenberg
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Your SMSes Harbour issues . Well-done Mark Wiley! They are a disgrace, and mismanaged to say the least. A Van der Merwe, it is clear you couldn’t be fishing for 32 years, as recreational boats are checked all the time so don’t live in a glass house and throw stones! . Snoek brings fish buyers or Langaaners, night clubs on harbours bring gangsters and drugs! Sounds like you know nothing about fishing. Fisherman . Mark Wiley, Kalk Bay harbour has been under control for the last six months, operating better than ever. Clean harbour, very well organised. Well done to the friendly, hard working and very helpful Afrikaans lady in Harbour Master’s Office. Local . H Wyngaard, it seems your department is one big “mismanagement”. How do you expect it to work with no “management”? How’s that for allegations? Bench press . Mr Soderland, who made you judge and jury? You, I believe, are not a resident of Simon’s Town, but Glen Marine. Why should people sitting harmlessly on a bench affect you? Whether or not they have private means is none of your business, neither is their age or health, for that matter. Live and let live. And I will fly my flags upside down if I want to. Dave . Law enforcement should focus on the beggars at robots and leave the couple with the doggie alone, they are harmless. Put the bench back! Sharon Scholar beaten at Ocean View High . Dear Ex-teacher, unlike you attacking my sister, let me give you some facts. 1. My sister went to the school first and spoke to the two educators involved as well as the principal, and after being nonchalantly swept aside with a snide remark, quote “Take it further if you want to” unquote, by the alleged perpetrator, only then was my sister prompted to take it to the media and the department. 2. Irrespective of it being a “township school” in Ocean View or in Fish Hoek, no educator has the right to hit a learner with a belt. 3. Just for the record, my sister is a single mom and not a Mrs. A Dicks, Ex-learner. . Mrs Dicks, try being a teacher at Ocean View High before running to the media. Exstudent of Ocean View High . This teacher needs to be suspended without pay for one term and attend anger management classes. How does this macho behaviour look to other children? Or is he showing them how to handle things if he is disappointed? In response . The only long term solution to accident deaths on the Kommetjie Road is mild speed humps. No maintenance, no ongoing cost and on duty 24/7. If the law does not permit it, an exclusion should be lobbied for by our councillors. Bruce, Fish Hoek . I am a registered nurse. Thorough hand washing AND the use of clean gloves are a high priority because it drastically reduces the spread of infection. Kate . A lady in Capri fired 16 domestic workers in one year. Who is the problem now? Stellah, Masi . Simons Town used to be unique but now looks just like any other seaside place. I wouldn’t be surprised if a China Town opens there one day. Rose . Bekommerde SA: Daardie antichris is u eie gedagte wat u glo. My Vader het my nie ’n gedagte gegee van vrees. Laat jou gedagte met jou ’n land van vrees in gaan. SMP Thumbs up . We would like to compliment Munier and the staff at Pitstop Fish Hoek for the incredible service we received regarding our fleet of company vehicles.
Well done guys, that’s why we’ve been using you for years. Burglar Bar Studio . What a great atmosphere at the British Bulldog. Thanks! Will and Louise . Gavin Fish, the “Taming the Teenager” column really has it all covered. Way to go! Animal matters . Shocking and sickening to read about the treatment of the dogs at Sweet Valley informal settlement. Thanks, SPCA. . About the editorial comment entitled “Doggone mad”: I fully agree with the writer. While it is awesomely sad that a little boy allegedly died from a dog attack, if you cannot take responsibility for your dog by keeping it housed on your property, well-fed and cared for, you should not own a dog, especially if you have no money! No dog can protect you 100%, so either it is a pet, or don’t keep one. It is not fair on the animal who cannot possibly fend for itself. Animal lover . Why does TEARS ask for donations when I was refused help with my seven-week old puppy? I will never give donations to TEARS again. Anthony, Da Gama Park . Not the dog owners nor the dogs are to blame for the attack on the children. The mother is – she left the children alone. How in the deacon can you leave a three- and fouryear-old (still practically babies) on their own? It’s a no-no! Sil, Kommetjie Appreciating the positive . Thank you to all who send solutions and positive SMSes and letters. You encourage and challenge me. Anya . Thanks and solutions inspire. Spite and negative words destroy. Think carefully about what you say, think, do or write. You must decide whether to build or destroy. Cath . I would like to say that people must not post things in the newspaper if it’s not going to help people in any way. They are just wasting space and paper, . Looks like most of these messages are sent from boring old farts. Moan, moan, moan … Shucks, even I am moaning now! Power struggles . When I bought my electricity at Shoprite in Wynberg Centre on 21 June, I discovered that my free 50 units were not included when I got home. I was told by Shoprite that I forfeit my 50 units when I buy my electricity so late in the month. It does not happen at any other store, no matter how late in the month. I’m still waiting on Shoprite’s manager to return my call. Who benefits from all those free 50 units? There must be a good amount of people buy their monthly electricity at any time of the month. ZH Wynberg . Can anyone please explain why last month, R100’s electricity gave me 50 free units and 142 units, totalling 192 units. This month R100 got me only 74 units! General . Has anyone ever benefited from the workfrom-home job opportunities placed in this newspaper? Craig . Does anyone have use for small pieces of bubble wrap? Sue . To KFC: Your meals are ridiculously expensive. Your chicken fillets are so small, or are they cut in half? Unhappy customer . My delicious monster has flowered and borne fruit. The fruit smells like kiwi fruit and its colour is somewhere between kiwi fruit and lichi. Can anyone please tell me whether or not this fruit is edible? . How can Cape Town be proud and allowed Blue Flag beaches if women are raped there? Mabaso, Costa da Gama . Thank you Noell from Burglar Bar Studio for giving my son a new bicycle. What a random act of kindness. God bless you. Sylvia from Masiphumulele . I see municipality workers out on the pavements wearing yellow vests proclaiming “Solid Waste”. Not very dignified for the people wearing them! Fiona, Fish Hoek
Please invest in the animal society I AM an animal activist. I want you to know that companies must start investing in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and all that they do.
Invest in animal shelters and all they do, invest in schools-starting in primary schools and sports. WENDY SINDEN
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Innocent bin behind bars A NEW fence was recently erected to the south of Muizenberg Station. There are a few litter bins where the fence separates the railway line from the parking area. When the workmen were erecting the fence I noticed that one of the bins was on the wrong side of the fence. I asked one of the workmen if they could move the bin (a matter of two metres) so that it would still serve its purpose at the parking area. He told me that they “could not touch the bin” as it belonged to the City council and that the City council would have to move it. The bin is now “behind bars”, serving no purpose at all. I find this quite ridiculous, as the bin is not fixed to the ground, although it has a heavy concrete base. If it were not for the concrete base, I would have moved the bin myself. PETER ELRICK Muizenberg
LOCKED AWAY: This bin was trapped behind a new fence. Photo: Peter Elrick
The truth about Bokramspruit I WISH to correct the article regarding the state of the Bokramspruit in Ocean View (“Sewage threatens students’ health”, People’s Post, 5 July). I did indeed receive a petition from the residents of the Seven Sisters via Jackie Philander. I have also had numerous discussions on the issue with Philander, and have met with him on site to assess the situation. When the situation was first reported to me I escalated it to the relevant City departments, who responded and later informed me that they had located and repaired the source of the sewage spill. They reported that the spill was caused by sabotage. Sabotage of the sewerage system is a common occurrence in Ocean View, and the consequences are threefold: . Pollution of the environment in which the people live.
. Waste of City resources that could be better utilised on the real needs in the community; and . Unnecessary health risk to the residents. It is in the interests of both the City and the residents that we find a realistic and practical solution, and that we do so soon. The local residents are key to a successful solution, and I am pleased that the residents of the Seven Sisters have come forward with suggestions. I am currently in discussions with the City officials to determine what can be done to utilise local resources and local NGOs to resolve this. Finally, Councillor Patricia Franke and I have a councillor’s clinic in Ocean View every Thursday where any resident is welcome to approach me to discuss any issue. SIMON LIELL-COCK, WARD 61 COUNCILLOR
A mindless response WHAT absolute poppycock! The explanation about the Admiralty bench by Arne Söderland, the chairperson of the Simon’s Town Civic Association, is hopelessly flawed. His comments as to: (1) A more applicable position. What is a more applicable position? (2) The bench certainly is used for public position. The couple in question and their dog in using the bench are perfect legitimate. (3) The couple never appropriated it for personal use. How absurd. (4) Mr Söderland did not include an attached photograph to the People’s Post, and in any event it would not have been relevant nor would it serve any useful purpose. (5) Repeated requests from Law Enforcement for the couple not to continue this abuse of public facilities were ignored. This is to say the least illegal. The couple are members of the public just like the rest of us, and they are perfectly entitled to use the bench whenever they please, without being hounded and harassed by Law Enforcement. (6) The couple cannot possibly be accused of squatting, because clearly they are not. They don’t sleep on the bench, except perhaps their dog.
(7) Is Mr Söderland serious in his description that their visible presence does not give visitors arriving by train or road a positive impression of Simon’s Town. What unadulterated humbug! (8) As to the couple being neither retired or old souls is also very irrelevant. Their ages and income are nobody’s business but theirs. What cheek! (9) The couple do not sleep on the bench at night in the open. Speculation? (10) The couple are by no means “selfish” just because they chose to enjoy their days on a public bench. Discrimination? (11) The nonsensical comments that the couple can obtain a nutritious soup lunch and fresh rolls every day – maybe so. Who occupies the bench when the couple goes for their soup and rolls? (12) As for charging cellphones. That is perhaps a farcical charge! And so what? I see that now the couple are equipped with camping chairs not far away from the dreaded bench! What is Mr Söderland going to do about that? He tells us that actions speak louder than words. What a fatuous remark. I sat on the bench for many years, and during that time I never heard such mindless and spurious comments. ROBIN CASTELL Retired magistrate
You do not speak for me MR SÖDERLAND, how noble of you to decide who can and cannot sit on a public bench (“The bench saga continues”, People’s Post, 5 July). As a rate-paying resident of Simon’s Town, I don’t recall giving permission for you to make this decision on my behalf and I am sure this applies to a large number of Simon’s Town residents as well. The attitude expressed in your letter to
People’s Post infers a vendetta against the couple and their dog – quite out of keeping with their supposed offence against the community. One wonders if there are other issues not revealed. If you are on a crusade, and many of us would support you, how about dealing with the many genuinely offensive vagrants inhabiting the town? MARYANN GILBERT Simon’s Town
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Silwer at the Muze THE â€œSAâ€™s Got Talentâ€? finalists, Willem and Louis van der Merwe, will be performing at the Theatre In The Muze on Saturday 16 July at 20:00, Friday 22 July at 20:00 and on Sunday 24 July at 18:00. After their success in the â€œSAâ€™s Willem Got Talentâ€? series, the brothers launched their singing career. They have been performing all over South Africa under their new name Silwer, singing local and international hits â€“ their last show in Stellenbosch was sold out. For more information about Silwer,
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A farceÂwithinÂaÂfarce THE Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomenâ€™s Guild Dramatic Society is doing its inept best to get their annual production onto the boards. They have chosen â€œThe Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castleâ€?, and the ensuing confusion, not helped by the less-than-sturdy set, â€œshould have audiences screaming with mirth at this tongue-in-cheek comedyâ€?. MADS (Muizenberg Dramatic Society) produces this coarse acting spectacular by authors David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin junior, under the guidance of Miranda Lewis. Having previously directed for the Sentinel
A rose by any other name MARTIN SHERMANâ€™S play â€œRoseâ€?, fresh from a run at the National Arts Festival, is to be performed at the Kalk Bay Theatre. The show was first performed at the National Theatre in London in 1999. â€œRoseâ€? is now presented by the Red Kettle Theatre Company and KBT Productions, with support from Culture Ireland, and features seasoned actress Fiona York in the title role. â€œRoseâ€? is the story of a remarkable life and an amazing story of survival. Her journey starts in a tiny Russian village, and takes her to the Warsaw ghettos and a ship called â€œThe Exodusâ€?, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizo-
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na canyons and the salsa-flavoured nights of Miami Beach. â€œRoseâ€? will be performed at Kalk Bay Theatre Wednesday to Saturdays from Thursday 14 July to Saturday 6 August at 20:30, and on Sunday 31 July at 19:30. The tickets cost R110. Theatre-goers can enjoy a pre-show supper at the Kalk Bay Theatre CafĂŠ, and the doors open from 18:00. The opening night is on Thursday 14 July, and tickets cost R175, which includes snacks and wine. For the Sunday performance, snack platters will be available. PG is advised. For bookings, contact 073 220 5430 or visit www.kbt.co.za.
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If you are between 17 and 65, weigh more than 50kg and lead a healthy safe lifestyle, then please donate blood. Contact WPBTS on (021) 507 6300 or SMS “blood” to 33507.
Saturday 16 July Tuesday 12 July Noordhoek: Join the brains of Noordhoek every Tuesday for Quiz Night at the Toad in the Village at Noordhoek Farm Village at 19:30. The quiz master will challenge teams on current affairs, geography, science and nature, history, sport, art and literature and an absolutely almost impossible question. Entrance is R20. For more information or to book, phone (021) 789-2973.
Wednesday 13 July
HELPING HAND: Dolly Mpongo (left) helps strap a helmet onto Vitalis Nyongo’s head while Trevor Knowlden (right) attaches a reflective light to his bicycle. Photo: Supplied
Noordhoek: Watch and learn from the master, Franck Dangereux, who shares his cooking secrets in practical demonstrations at the Foodbarn Restaurant at 18:30. All demonstrations are free with your dinner booking. For more information, phone (021) 789-1390.
Bonus for local cyclists CYCLING commuters from Masiphumelele were quite apprehensive when they were pulled off the road near the Sun Valley four-way intersection on Thursday morning 7 July, but their apprehension soon turned to delight when the Pedal Power Association (PPA) handed them free cycling helmets.
Noordhoek: The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service will be at the Noordhoek Farm Village taking blood donations from 10:30 to 14:30.
BE SAFE: Shane Smith (left) fitting a light onto Chester Mkoche’s bicycle. Photo: Supplied
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David Davidson will be discussing South Africa’s exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show. All members are urged to attend. Visitors are welcome at a R5 donation towards refreshments. For further details, contact the secretary on (021) 785-2575.
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Simon’s Town: A talk on “HM Stanley, the famous explorer and his African explorer” will be held at The Residency, Court Road, Simon’s Town at 17:30 for 18:00. Entrance is R15 and includes a glass of wine or fruit juice. A small plate of snacks would be appreciated. For more information, contact Margaret Cartwright on (021) 782-3298.
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Wednesday 27 July
FOLLOWING very successful holiday clubs in the past, the Save Our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay is holding another Holiday Club this winter from 12 to 15 July from 09:30 to 12:00. All children aged seven to 12 who would like to have fun while learning more about the oceans are welcome. The pro-
THE next meeting of the Fish Hoek Garden Club will be held on Wednesday 20 July in the Minor Hall of the Fish Hoek Civic Centre. The meeting will start at 19:00.
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Fish Hoek: The “In the Mood” dance club will meet at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre at 20:00. Dress code is smart/casual. Bring own bar. Members pay R15, and non-members pay R20. Booking is essential, phone (021) 686-3448.
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Over 125 helmets were distributed, and red reflecting lights were fitted to their bicycles at the same time. South African law changed in 2004, when it became compulsory to wear a helmet when cycling on a public road. “In general commuters will spend money on food, and not helmets and lights,” PPA’s current chairman, Steve Hayward, says. “Apart from it being law, it makes good sense to always wear a helmet – you never know when, for example, a dog will jump out at you, causing you to fall. “In addition, many commuters wear dark clothes and are quite difficult to see on the road. We hope the lights will help in this regard.” The Pedal Power Association is the largest cycling organisation in the Western Cape,
Fri 15 July
Noordhoek: The Pick a Box Show for kids at Noordhoek Farm Village is full of entertainment and choices with the incentive of great prizes to be won. The day starts at 10:30 to 12:30. For more information, phone (021) 789-2812.
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Tuesday 12 July 2011
CREATING a platform for young soccer players to possibly make strides within the footballing world has always been the underlying goal of the under-17 Engen Knockout Challenge – and this year the goal will be no different. The launch and official draw of the annual tournament was held at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday evening. Captains and club officials, as well as representatives of SAFA Cape Town and the tournament’s various sponsors all waited in anticipation to see which teams would go head to head on the weekend of 29 to 31 July. The tournament will again be held at the Stephen Reagon Sports Complex in Westridge, Mitchell’s Plain. In its eighth year, the Engen Knockout Challenge gives teams from 16 teams the opportunity to showcase their talent in 48 matches. One of the key rules and life skill elements of the tournament is that teams stay throughout the duration of the tournament in an attempt to learn from and support their peers. Top players such as Tasleem Paulse (Engen Santos) and Zairon van Beulen (Engen Santos) used the tournament as a stepping stone in their footballing careers. The champions of this year’s tournament will receive R10 000 and kit from Umbro (technical sponsors), while the losing finalists will get R2 500 in prize money. Dominated by Engen Santos and
Ajax Cape Town since its inception, the likes of Old Mutual Academy, Vasco da Gama and defending champions, African Soccer Development (ASD), will be looking to again possibly trump the “big name” clubs at this year’s tournament. The first- and secondplaced teams in each group will advance to the knockout phase over the weekend. Individual awards will also be presented to the player of tournament, top goalscorer, best goalkeeper, first hattrick scorer, best manager and best referee, while a fair play award will go to the club to the most disciplined club. At the launch, Eric Gum, deputy president of SAFA Cape Town, revealed that the tournament will be seen as trials for the regional under-17 team. “We will use this tournament to scout players; we have a number of scouts who will be out and about that weekend,” Gum said. From this team, a provincial team will be elected to participate in the under-17 national championships in December. The four seeded teams for the tournament were Santos, Ajax, Vasco da Gama and ASD. Group A: Ajax Cape Town, Oregan Spurs, Kensington and Edgemead. Group B: Vasco da Gama, Cape Town FA, Bothasig and Masidlale. Group C: ASD, Juventus, Baltic Rangers and Trinitarians. Group D: Engen Santos, Old Mutual, Bayhill and Blue Downs. . People’s Post is the print media sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.
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SHINING SILVERWARE: The launch and draw of the 2011 under17 Engen Knockout Challenge was recently held at Athlone Stadium. Photographed at the launch were the captains of various teams with sponsors of the tournament. At the back, from left, are Shalon McGear (Vasco da Gama), Courtney Keyster (Engen Santos), Edries Burton (Engen Santos deputy chairperson), Riyaad Norodien (Ajax Cape Town) and Ashley McKeet (African Soccer Development). In front, from left, are Courtney Ferreira (Umbro Business Development), Brad Bergh (Engen group sponsorship manager) and People’s Post editor, Feroza MillerIsaacs. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
Vodacom comes to the rescue ANDRE BAKKES
“YOUR rugby club needs you!” These are the words that fuel Vodacom’s newly-launched “I love WP Club Rugby” campaign. Now supporters of club rugby can mean even more to their team by sending a R1 SMS to Vodacom, which in turn will donate kit bags, coach trips and rugby attire to a club of the supporter’s choice. This campaign couldn’t come any sooner for the presently underfunded local rugby scene, with many clubs yearning for funds to fuel their passion. Vice chairperson for Masiphumelele Rugby Club, William Frost, is over the moon with these latest developments, and says they are already well on their way to receiving their first award – 50 branded kit bags. Every SMS by a supporter that contains the name of their favourite Western Province club, earns the club five points. Once the club reaches 2 000 points, it can choose to receive the kit bags, or let the points tally to 4 000 if they want to receive five coach trips to and from matches. Once a club reaches 8 000 points, 22 players will be a practice jersey, a match jersey, shorts and socks richer. Club rugby has struggled with funds for a long time, so this latest initiative by Vodacom is sure to play a massive part in the growth of the sport. Frost elaborates: “Vodacom is genuinely trying to help us, and are not out to make money from this campaign.” According to him, Masiphumelele Rugby Football Club (MRFC) pays about R2 500 on transport whenever they have
an away game, which is a severe drain on their limited funds. “Now if we get 4 000 points, which is basically just 800 SMSes, we will get five return coach trips. One SMS costs R1, so our supporters pay a total of R800 and we basically get R12 500 for transport!” MRFC will refrain from claiming the kit bag reward and instead save R12 500 on transport. They are currently right at the top of the Western Province Fourth Division, in which they play eight games away and eight at home per season. Vodacom will not be the first sponsor of MRFC, as Frost explains: “We have received great support from Amabokoboko and the Good Sport Trust, which is basically a community development and training programme.” Good Sport Trust has 14 coaches from schools in the Southern Peninsula who give about 10 000 players training in all sports every week. Frost continues: “These sponsors cannot cover all the bases, however. Remember, we deal with players who sometimes can’t even afford to buy a T-shirt. “This is a great opportunity to show what effect big corporates can have in sustaining community development.” Fans of rugby in particular, or philanthropists in general, are urged to get SMSing. All one need to do is SMS your club’s name to 32715. Individual cellphone numbers can only be used once in support of your club. One can go to www.ilovewpclubrugby.co.za to see how many points any particular club has earned and for any other information.
Calling master surfers SURFERS aged over 30 but under 40 who have surfed for Western Province or any other province, and would like to be considered for the WP Masters team are asked to contact WP Surfing. The team, who are set to compete at the SA Championships in Nahoon from
Wednesday 27 to Monday 31 July, is short of one member. The selected person will be considered as a wildcard for the event. Interested individuals are asked to email their identity number to email@example.com.
FOR SAFE KEEPING: A complete set of Bobby Locke’s golf clubs were recently donat ed to the Fish Hoek Valley Museum by the Village BP Service Sta tion. Jean New port, curator of Fish Hoek Val ley Museum is seen here with some of the crew of Village BP, which, in years gone by, was owned by the legendary golfer and mas ter putter.Photo: Alan Lindner
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WP hosts netball champs THE rainy Cape winter season has meant that a national netball tournament is seldom hosted in Cape Town. But this year this will change, when Western Province plays host to the senior national netball championships in August. When the tournament is held at the Bellville Velodrome from 8 to 13 August, it will be the first time the WP union will host the competition in 11 years. According to Marsha Wagenaar, president of the WP Netball Union, close to 1 000 players from more than 40 regions will participate in the national championships. The teams will compete in three divisions according to their regions.
A night of jazz SURF’S UP: Justin Bing from Noordhoek ‘hangs ten’ on his way to ninth place in the longboard division of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Panama. Photo: ISA/Watts
View from the Beach PAUL BOTHA
WHAT a great break from the usual midwinter weather we have had for the past week, and it extends to the weekend as the unseasonable high pressure system over the South Atlantic generates more south east winds and summery conditions. Unfortunately that pressure system pushes the wave-generating storms below 60° South and far from the coast so there has been very little swell, but everybody in the Far South will be enjoying the virtually wind-free days, sunshine and warm temperatures. The announcement of the Rebel Sessions leaves plenty for the renowned local big wave brigade to look forward to when the customary moving mountains of water do return to our shores from July to October. The Germany-based media group have put up a prize-purse totalling R110 000 for awards that will go to those challenging the might of ocean around Hout Bay and Kommetjie.
The surfer riding the best wave caught by paddling only will receive R50 000, the best wave ridden after being towed-in gets R30 000, the biggest wave paddled into takes R20 000 and there is R10 000 for the biggest wipeout, the one result that nobody will want to win! The awards will be determined through video and photographic evidence judged by a panel of local and international experts. The organisers will ensure that the 10 best sessions between 15 July and 22 October are professionally recorded, but submissions will be accepted from any source. See www.rebelsessions.com for more info. The Far South component of the SA surfing team all contributed handsomely to the team’s seventh place finish amongst the 27 nations at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Panama at the end of June. Two-time former ISA longboard champion, Matthew Moir, just missed out on the final this time, finishing in fifth place overall. Former SA longboard champion Justin Bing and Tanika Hoffman, a debutant at what is billed as the annual “Olympics of
Surfing”, both produced tenacious rearguard performances after being relegated to the repechage rounds early in the event, eventually finishing equal ninth in the longboard and women’s divisions respectively. An unusually inconsistent Matt Bromley posted several outstanding displays, but was eliminated after his second loss in equal 37th spot in the men’s event while Kommetjie’s Isaac February kept a firm grip on proceedings as the manager of the team. South Africa’s mid-year international surfing season is in full swing, with former Durbanite Jordy Smith, who has been a resident of Llandudno since Christmas, securing an excellent third place finish in absolutely outstanding waves at Ballito during the Mr Price Pro. Smith, the world No 2, and the rest of the world’s top 32 ranked surfers will be in Jeffreys Bay from 14 to 24 July for the Billabong Pro J-Bay, stop No 4 of 11 on the ASP World Tour, the series of events that determines the annual world surfing champion. Follow the event live at www.billabongpro.com starting on Thursday.
THE South Peninsula Tennis Club hosts “All that Jazz” with the Gio Jazz Band and DJ Black Magic at the Protea Hall in Main Road, Bergvliet on Friday 12 August from 20:00. Tickets cost R50 per person; bring your own drinks. The dress code for the event is smart casual. For further details, call Quinton on 082 889 1241, Julian on 079 275 3686 or Allistair on 071 118 2603.
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