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Tonnes of water wasted at Zandvlei An old problem resurfaces DALEEN FOUCHÉ
N estimated 1 600 tonnes – or 1,6 million litres – of municipal water has been lost in only six weeks due to problems with the water system at the Zandvlei Reserve caravan park. And some residents claim this problem is “years old”. Verdinant Versveld, a Lakeside resident, first noticed the water meter at the Zandvlei caravan park spinning “out of control” about six weeks ago. At that stage, the meter indicated that about 50 tonnes of water had been pumping through the system per day at the “almost empty” caravan park. This roughly translates into the same amount of water used by two middle income households for a month, says Patrick Dowling, environmental teacher with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa). At one stage Versveld calculated that over 500 tonnes of water had been lost in 11 days. Versveld notified the City of Cape Town’s authorities of the problem, and received a quick response, but says the problem persisted. Councillor Tandeka Gqada, Mayoral Committee member for Community Services, says the problem
was first reported to council at the end of June. “A team from the Water and Sanitation Department was sent out to investigate. A leaking valve was fixed and it was suggested that a contractor be appointed to investigate other possible leaks,” says Gqada. She says that on 5 July a leak was reported once again, and the Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department partnered with the Water and Sanitation Department to obtain advice around finding and repairing the leaks. Though the meter reading dropped to 30 tonnes a day on Friday 8 July, Versveld says, he could not understand why the reading was still that high. “We used about 30 tonnes in one month here at home with a family of four,” says Versveld. Gqada says the Zandvlei Reserve is divided into three sections, which officials have examined “intensively”. “Officials have now identified a number of locations where there are underground leakages. These are mainly on the smaller diameter pipes that supply taps and ablutions within the park.” The Water and Sanitation Department is restricting the flow of water to the caravan park while the investigation and repairs progress. People using the park are being supplied with eight 20l water tanks. Versveld says the lowest reading on the meter was on 27 July, when apparent consumption dropped to 5
TAKEOFF: Dancers from the House of Art Vibration, a youth initiative, took to the air to help celebrate the launch of the Ocean View Recreational Hub last Tuesday. Read more on page 5. Photo: Bruce Sutherland
tonnes, but this he says was shortlived, and the reading picked up again to a rate of about 50 tonnes per day. Gqada, however, assures that the problem is receiving attention. She says a specialist contractor has been appointed to detect further underground leaks and repair them. “The contractor will also install additional isolating valves and meters in the park, which will make it possible to monitor and shut down the water supply in sections. This will make it easier to manage and monitor the entire internal water infrastructure in the future,” she says. Gqada points out that the caravan park is situated on a large portion of land, so a “systematic approach” is required to do the job properly. “The repairs and upgrade will take a number of weeks to conclude.” Gqada declines further comment until more clarity is gained, but
promises to inform the public the moment more is known. David Muller, chairperson of the Zandvlei Trust, says he was first made aware of a leak at the caravan park in 2007. When he first reported the leak in 2007, he says, the city only acted once he threatened to “go to the media”. He believes the city should have monitored the problem after the first time it was fixed. Dowling likewise feels the matter is “completely unacceptable”, and says the city should look to itself before it promotes water conservation among the public. Wessa’s Dowling assures that the chlorinated water leaking from the system will not have a negative effect on the vlei. He praises the city for its quick response in this instance, but he feels the leak points to a bigger problem with council’s water infrastructure. Muller, who sees the massive loss of water as a “tragedy”, thanks the
Versveld family for keeping tabs on the issue. Dowling also praises residents for picking up on the problem and demanding a solution. He further encourages people to conserve the precious commodity of water in any way they can, and implores everybody with the means to collect their own rainwater in tanks.
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Tuesday 16 August 2011
Traffic officers or tax collectors? Traffic officers are destroying public relations
It was obviously a mistake. There was no inconvenience to anybody. There was no danger to vehicle or pedestrian. People have always parked in these loading zones on Sundays and at night, and if there was to be some change of policy, surely there would be a warning and an explanation. A simple courtesy slip under a windscreen wiper would have done the trick. That’s just good public relations. That’s how you build and retain good relations with ratepayers. I dashed off an email to the municipality, pointing out (rather briskly, I must admit) that the ticket was unreasonable and more likely to generate resentment than achieve any good purpose. I was asked to fax through the parking ticket and this, together with my note, would be used as my representation against the fine. That done I forgot about the whole matter. I had no doubt that wiser city officials would sort it out, perhaps even have a word with the errant traffic officer about excessive zeal and how counterproductive it could be. My attitude changed, however, when a “final warning” arrived in the post. Yes, they really wanted their R200. It was confirmation that it was all
about money and not road safety or an attempt to protect the rights of delivery services because there are none at 10.30 on a Sunday morning in Fish Hoek or anywhere else. Now R200 would buy a poor pensioner 30 loaves of plain brown bread, enough to last him for two months. And there are a lot of pensioners in Fish Hoek. All good soft targets! Frankly, I wondered if it was revenge for a column I wrote on how the city was spending R150 000 on hopelessly overpowered motorbikes for the traffic department when they could buy more suitable machines for half the price. But no, the manager of Pick n Pay also got a ticket, and I doubt whether he has given similar offence. Now I strongly support vigorous road safety enforcement, and I have even paid speeding fines (like a sinful 72km/h on New Boys Drive) without a murmur. It is now clear to me that we are not dealing with traffic officers. They are tax collectors. Do they get commission like the hated Roman tax collectors of old, or do they just have targets to meet? I don’t know, but I can tell you that they are giving road safety campaigns a bad name. They are undermining the credibility of the city and its law enforcement efforts. They are destroying good relations between the public and officials who have some tough jobs to do. But the council does not seem to care, as long as they get their money. Is this how the city works for you?
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Respected paramedic dies in accident DALEEN FOUCHÉ
A LOCAL community hero died last week in a car accident while trying to further his training as a paramedic. Kevin Price (35), chairperson of the False Bay Volunteers’ Emergency Medical Service, died last Tuesday evening after being admitted to Vincent Pallotti Hospital following a car accident on the same day. Price had been on duty as a paramedic student in a Metro ambulance when a BMW hit its side and forced it into a street pole in Lower Church Street in Woodstock. Keri Davids, spokesperson for Metro EMS, says the ambulance had been travelling at 40km/h at the time of the accident. Price had to be removed from the ambulance with the jaws of life. The three other people involved, including the driver of the ambulance and two students, survived the accident. People’s Post could not determine any more about the crash before going to print. Price started his paramedic career with the False Bay volunteers in 2000, and completed his Basic Ambulance Assistant course in 2001. He served as vice chairperson for the volunteers in 2004 and 2005, and became chairperson in 2006. He completed his Ambulance Emergency Assistant course in 2004, and qualified as a rescue tech-
nician in 2009. Price worked with Emergency Medical Training as a medical instructor before joining the Metro EMS ambulance team full time in 2006. He was working on his Advanced Life IN LOVING MEMORY: Kevin Price (left), who died last week, Support is seen here accepting a defibrillator from the Panorama Me course when diClinic in the Northern Suburbs on behalf of the False Bay he died. Volunteers in 2006. Seen with Price are Rudolf Burger (tech Several nical manager of the Panorama MediClinic) and Rob de Wet, members of who was vicechairperson of the False Bay EMS at the time. the EMS fraPhoto: Supplied ternity changed their Facebook profile pic- suffered from a heart attack during tures last week to a black ribbon in a match (“Hockey player (76) saved mourning. by ‘a healthy lifestyle’”, 25 May Chad Chapman, a colleague and 2010). good friend of Price, says the ribbon Price’s family requests that peosymbolises the sadness at the loss ple who would like to show their reof “one of our dearest friends”. spects donate money to the False On a Facebook page that serves as Bay Volunteers Emergency Media tribute to Price, many have com- cal Services. mented on how dedicated he had If you would like to do so, email been to his work. email@example.com for bank People’s Post reported last year on account details. Price’s heroic exploits when he rePrice’s funeral will be held today suscitated a hockey player who had (Tuesday).
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Murder suspect back in court A MURDER suspect appeared in court again last week in connection with the killing of Fish Hoek resident Justin Duwey. The suspect (46), who first appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 5 August, was remanded in custody while police investigated the case further. He reappeared last Wednesday. People’s Post could not determine the result of the appearance. Duwey (41) was killed on 2 August with an unlicensed gun while visiting a friend’s home in Guinea Fowl Road in Sunnydale. Warrant Officer Nkosikho Mzuku, spokesperson for the Ocean View police, says the accused was arrested shortly after Duwey’s death. The motive behind the murder is still unknown, Mzuku
says. “The case is still under investigation.” •The Ocean View police busted into a drug house at the Amakhaya Ngoku flats in Masiphumelele last Wednesday, arresting a 35-year-old in the process. Police confiscated 179 sticks of dagga and seven large packets of the drug, with a combined street value of around R2 000. Mzuk u urges residents to report “the big fish” – drug dealers – in their midst. “People, it’s our children who are suffering at the end of the day. Drugs are destroying the youth, who are the future of this country. We should work together to fight against drugs.” To report a crime, call Ocean View’s sector manager, Constable Denver Johnson, on 079 893 9823, or Masiphumelele’s sector manger, Constable Clive Meyer, on 082 522 2618.
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Realising SA’s need for jobs MANY South Africans still do not have the dignity of work.
ith less than half of the South African population being regularly employed, the need for job creation is clear. To create jobs requires a concerted effort by individuals and business leaders, and 93 000 Jobs for Mandela Day, headed by Proudly South African (PSA), aims to inspire everybody to create jobs for a sustainable future. To follow are the details of a number of programmes working in synergy toward this goal. The New Growth Path The government’s New Growth Path states that employment creation will be the most important barometer of South Africa’s progress in economic development, and provides the framework to help meet the goal of creating five million jobs in South Africa by 2012, reducing unemployment from 25% to 15%. Infrastructure development, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, green economy and tourism are key areas under focus in the plan. The Jobs Fund Announced by president Jacob
Zuma in his state of the nation address in February, this fund is aimed at supporting initiatives working toward job creating. The Jobs Fund is also targeted at helping the country’s youth acquire skills while they’re employed. It is envisaged that the fund’s activities will include planning, financing and oversight of the implementation of job creation projects in the country. Enterprise development, infrastructural investment, job-seeker support and assistance to job-creation institutions form a pivotal part of the fund’s programme. Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) The EPWP – established in 2004 to provide essential services and facilities to poor communities, as well as skills development and training opportunities for the unemployed – has developed further under the Employment Intensive Investment Programme. The first phase of the EPWP, implemented between 2005 and 2009, created more than 100 000 work opportunities. The second phase will be carried out up until December 2014, during which R73 billion is expected to be spent. About one million short-
Book your stall A CAR BOOT sale and morning market, featuring a plethora of crafts and edible pleasures, is held at St Brendan’s Church in Sunvalley (on the corner of Longboat Drive and Corvette Road) from 07:00 to 13:00 on the last Saturday
term jobs have been created since the beginning of the second phase in April 2009, with another 800 000 short-term jobs (with an average duration of 104 days) anticipated for 2011-2012. The Youth Employment Subsidy This subsidy aims to raise demand for young workers in the country. To incentivise this, the subsidy compensates employers for taking on young employees in cases where the productivity of the new recruit is unknown. The young individuals, in turn, have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. It is envisaged that the Youth Employment Subsidy will support 423 000 new jobs for young workers in South Africa over its three-year spending period, which will cost R5 billion. The National Skills Fund The National Skills Fund puts money into undergraduate bursaries through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and postgraduate bursaries through the National Research Foundation. It also funds training of unemployed people.
of every month. The next market takes place on Saturday 27 August. Stalls cost R25 each. For more information, or to reserve your stall, call Maggi-Mae on (021) 782-9263 or 082 892 4502, or email her at email@example.com.
SPRING FE VER: The Cape Horticultural Society’s spring Flower and Garden Show will burst into bloom at the Alphen Centre in Con stantia on 3 and 4 Septem ber. This regu lar celebration of spring fea tures a display of interesting and unusual plants along side an array of more common specimens – all grown by members of the society in their Peninsula gardens. Stallholders outside the display space will offer a number of plants and garden products for sale, and light refreshments will be available. The show will be open on the Saturday from 12:00 to 16:00, and on the Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00. Entrance costs R10 for adults, while school children enter for free. For more information call (021) 5315713. Photo: Supplied
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Step up and dance THE New Hope Community Upliftment Project in Kuilsriver will soon host its annual dance extravaganza, and invites all applicable dance groups to enter. The event’s date and venue have not been con-
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A purrfect proposal THE Western Province Cat Club will hold a show at the Monte Vista and Edgemead Community Centre in Edgemead Drive on Saturday. Over 100 felines, from pedigreed paws to plain ol’ moggies, will compete for various awards during the show, which runs from 10:30 to 16:30. Entrance costs R10 for adults and R5 for children, and refreshments will be available. If the kitties on display leave you feeling inspired, you can always nip over to The Emma Animal Rescue Society’s (TEARS) stall and adopt one of its beautiful rescued cats. An adoption fee of R450 includes a vaccination, deworming, flea and tick control, sterilisation and microchipping. All cats have been tested for feline Aids and leukaemia. For further information call Marilyn Hoole on 083 651 6343.
Tuesday 16 August 2011
People’s Post False Bay Page 5 THE longest river in the world is the Nile, which reaches 6 650km in length; the second-longest river in the world is the Amazon, which spans 6 400km. –www.sciencekids.co.za
BIG SOUNDS: The Ocean View Big Band marches through the streets for the launch of the Ocean View Recreational Hub.Photos: Bruce Sutherland
FLASH FLIP: An Ocean View youngster shows of his break dancing skills.
GOING FOR GOAL: The day’s festivities were rounded off with a few friendly matches on the brand new Astroturf.
OV youths given space to grow DALEEN FOUCHÉ
HE streets of Ocean View were filled with festivity on Women’s Day last Tuesday – a day that also marked the launch of the Ocean View Recreational Hub. Colours and sounds washed over the area, courtesy of a brassy big band, a retinue of whirling dancers and a number of artists, and revellers also got a sneak peak of the eMzantsi Carnival puppet. Ocean View’s youth got a chance to display their many talents during the launch of the city initiative, which aims to provide safe spaces for the young to get involved with sports and culture. The so-called hub is made up of the Ocean View Civic and Multipurpose Centres, as well as
the Astro Sports Fields. Councillor Tandeka Gqada, Mayoral Committee member for Community Services, says the initiative forms part of the city’s mandate to ensure its facilities are used by the community and do not become “white elephants”. Giving youths the space to be creative and active will “keep them off the streets”, she says. The House of Art Vibration, an Ocean View youth initiative that works to instil skills and a passion for music and art among the young, partnered with the city to present the launch, and its 800 diverse students took full advantage of the chance to show off their abilities. Alvin Castro, creative executive director for the House of Art Vibration, says its partnership with the city was “cemented”
through the Recreational Hub initiative. Her organisation, which is also celebrating its 23rd birthday this month, has always made use of the city facilities, but now the arrangement is formal. The House of Art Vibration hosts a variety of workshops and classes at the Ocean View Multipurpose Centre, including minstrel, vocal, and classical music training, as well as pilates, belly dancing, hip hop dancing, and ballroom dancing, to name but a few. Lovers of sport are also catered for, as the group provides training in netball, basket ball and darts, and Castro says soccer teams can now also utilise the recently-completed Astroturf sports field.
For youths with a passion for motoring, meanwhile, the House of Art Vibration facilitates classes involving vehicles, focusing on mechanics, panel beating and spray painting. All this knowledge would mean nothing to people racked with hunger, which is why the organisation also runs a big brother programme that works hard to feed those in need. Castro, positively glowing, says the House of Art Vibration shows the youth an alternative to drugs and a life of crime. For more information about the organisation’s offerings, contact Castro on (021) 783-1486.
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SUNNY SCRUM: A number of UK schools have sent their fittest students on sporting tours through Cape Town, giving the youths the opportunity to see something of the world outside Europe. Seen here, Sedburgh School’s rugby rebels tackle Fish Hoek beach before making the touchdown run to Cape Point. Photos: Alan Lindner MOON ON FIRE: This breathtaking full moon was caught on camera as it rose over Hangklip during a recent sunset, blazing in the reflected glory of the star’s fading radiance. Photo: Vivien Esterhuyse
ALLWEATHER GIRLS: Hockey heroines from Sevenoaks, a school in Kent, brave some snap py weather for a beachfront photo.
LEARNING LOCAL: As part of a drive to celebrate the Cape Town’s herit age, a walk through the Old Cape Farmstead trail, which moves from the Nieuwe Molen wind mill in Pine lands through two historic farms, Oude Raapkraal in Steenberg and Weltevre den in Lake side, will be led on Wednesday 28 September. The walk will be led by tourist guide Brian Smith, seen seated in front here with a number of likeminded enthusiasts who gathered recently to celebrate the history of Fish Hoek Farm. For more information call 079 391 2105.
THE GOOD LIFE: A group of riders enjoy an early morning canter on Noordhoek Beach, with Chapman’s Peak adding a helpful element of grandeur in the background. Photo: Daniel Grebe
STANDING TALL: The view of the Slangkop lighthouse as seen from a walking trail up the moun tain at Kommetjie. Photo: Gerhard Slabbert
RICHES RISING: This gorgeous golden sunrise graced Muizenberg Beach early on Thursday morning, draping the whole of False Bay with a splendid fabric of ephemeral colour.Photo: Lou Scholey
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Masi family perish in fire FAMILY of three, including a twoyear-old baby, died in their home in Masakane Road in Masiphumelele when a fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning. The fire, which broke out in the formal area of the township, destroyed one formal house and nine shacks, displacing 20 people. The incident has again sparked calls for the introduction of a second access road into the township after a fire ravaged the Wetlands part of the settlement earlier this year. Mayenzeke Gwada (43), his partner, Bulela Stuurman, and her child, Yolanda Stuurman, perished in the fire. Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, head of the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management, says the city cleaned up the site and assisted the victims with trauma counselling and starter kits to rebuild shacks. He says the fire broke out at 03:10 on Saturday morning, and was extinguished by 04:28. The provincial Department of Social Development also assisted in the relief efforts. Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, Hout Bay police spokesperson, says an inquest docket has been opened to investigate the circumstances surrounding fire, the cause of which is as yet unconfirmed. Pastor Mzuvukile Nikelo, PR councillor for the DA, believes there was alcohol involved in the tragedy. “The level of drinking in this community is unmanageable and very high,” says Nikelo. He says illegal shebeen owners, who keep their shebeens open throughout the night, are “destroying lives”. This fire, and recent community meetings regarding the safety of Kommetjie Road, have again reopened the old debate regarding a second access road into Masiphumelele. Dr Lutz van Djik, who has been canvass-
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Dogs shake a leg DOGS got to make their move on Women’s Day last Tuesday, when the newly-formed South African Dog Dancing Association held its first ever competition in the sport of dog dancing. Twenty-one dogs of every manner competed in the competition, during which entrants had to show off the dance floor skills of their pets choreographed, of course, to music. “It’s a very entertaining sport to watch, and takes months of practise, dedication and patience to teach a dog to perform a routine,” an association spokesperson says. “Dog dancing is a sport that displays the bond between the handler and the dog.” If you’d like to find out more about this unique sport, visit www.dancingwithdogs.co.za.
STRIKING BOND: Yvonne Zwiege laar from Simon’s Town with Stormy.
PUG PRIDE: Con stantia’s Genine Shuttleworth with Gordon.
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HOW DO YOU DO: Karen GrayKil ford of Noordhoek with Jasper.
LICENCE TO KILL: Kirstenhof’s Tracey Jackson takes Oscar through a James Bond theme song.
DECENT PROPOSAL: Yvonne Zw iegelaar from Si mon’s Town with Dylan.
THE 33rd annual general meeting of the Haven Night Shelter in Retreat will be held on Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 at the shelter’s premises on the corner of 10th Avenue and Metaal Road. Please RSVP to Leoni or Waheeda on (021) 425-4700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow (Wednesday) to facilitate catering arrangements.
HIGH FIVE: Jenna Pinto from Hout Bay.
MOVE IT: Pinelands’ Lynda Montig nies with Quba.
Taming the Teenager: ‘C’ cubed met by the universal groan.) Let me add two further “Cs” to complain: they are “criticise” and “challenge.” Mom is suddenly acting too much like a teenager, or not enough (go figure). Dad has too much facial hair and dresses like a nerd and siblings, well, they are just irritating (pronounced with five “Rs”). There are times when it feels as if noone dare say anything for fear of triggering a sarcastic or snide rejoinder. To the complaints and criticisms it is useful to ask whether their comment helps or hinders – whether it adds to or detracts from the family or class atmosphere. This question needs only be repeated 177 times to take hold. And challenging? Now here is sticky-porridge terrain. Sentences are prefaced by “but” or “why”, and occasionally by “but, why?” The problem is that it is backed up by adolescent logic that would be frightening were it not so compelling.
It is essential that every teenager works out for themselves what they believe, and not continue to parrot our beliefs. When they are younger we broach no dissent, usually for their protection. If we do the same with the teen we run the risk of harbouring hostility or outright defiance. We need to explain our logic, without exasperation, calmly. “These are my reasons; I love you and care for you; I can’t let you do that; my answer is still no.” One better – we have to walk our talk, but then we’ve said that before, so often. I think, particularly so with the complaining, with the years it just seems so much closer to the lips. • In “Taming the Teenager”, Gavin Fish shares with People’s Post readers his considerable experience in navigating the treacherous waters of raising teens, and provides a little clarity on the often-bewildering art of being a parent.
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AS a young teenager I was not so fondly referred to in my family as “Moany-Groany Gavin”. I could, apparently, find something to complain about in just about any situation. Every silver-lining had a dirty black cloud lurking around somewhere, and I was sure to locate it. The holiday was never long enough, my teachers were miserable, my family irritated me, ta da, ta da, ta da. Of course my complaints were valid, and, if they were true, why shouldn’t they be expressed? If my Wimpy Choc Nut Sundae had too many nuts, I would belly ache about it, despite the fact that my parents, who could ill afford it, had bought it for me. Sound familiar? (In class, the magical words, “for homework tonight”, are guaranteed to be
SAFER TOGETHER will hold a fundraising dinner on Wednesday 17 August at Harbour House, Kalk Bay. Titled “Women, Legacy and Community”, the dinner will feature the inspirational stories of
Sindiwe, Ilze and Titania, three diverse and talented women with local roots. Tickets cost R160, which covers a two-course dinner (gratuity included), and a cash bar will be available.
Tee off for Trinity THE Holy Trinity Church in Kalk Bay holds its inaugural golf day on Friday 19 August at the Clovelly Golf Club. The fundraising event will help the church reach out to the poor and needy. The church coordinates a weekly soup kitchen and a food parcel project, provides financial support for various children’s homes and agencies, and helps other significant community renewal programmes in Ocean View, Masiphumelele, Ottery and Lavender Hill. Raising funds for these programmes is not always easy, and the congregation urges everybody to support its work by becoming one of the following: •a main sponsor, who will help
host the day; •a corporate sponsor, who will sponsor a four-ball hole worth R5 000; •an individual sponsor, who will sponsor a four-ball hole worth R2 500; •an individual entrant, welcome to enjoy the day by donating R300; •a sponsor of gifts and prizes for entrants; •a sponsor of refreshments for the day. “The church would greatly appreciate all donations and any support you and your organisation can offer,” a spokespersons says. For more information call Robert Bedingham on 083 252 1106, or Noel George on 082 882 8829.
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A chance for some royal fun THE Royal Air Forces Association, in hand with The Royal Naval Association, will host a singalong dance at Phoenix Hall in Glencairn on Saturday 27 August. The event, which starts at 19:30 for 20:00, will feature music by Tom Maling.
A cash bar will be available, but you’re asked to take your own snacks. Entry costs R30; all proceeds will go to the associations involved. For more information about the event call (021) 786 3592 or 082 397 6015, or phone the hall on (021) 782 3426.
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PROPERTY GURU: Juan ita Gleeson
THERE have been many changes in the real estate industry lately. To increase the level of estate agents’ professionalism and service to consumers, compulsory (but necessary) new legislation has become enforceable, which means that time-consuming and costly adjustments have had to be made to facilitate changes to real estate documents and contracts. In addition to this, estate agents have had to attend various refresher courses. As a result of these changes, the recent recession and resultant caution shown by banks in regard to bond applications, some delay has been experienced in the recovery of the property market. HOWEVER, bonds (even 100% bonds) are getting bond approval again, and the property market is starting to move again.
FOOD AND FINERY: The British Bulldog, a Kommetjie restaurant, put on a delectable Women’s Day lunch last Tuesday. The fine food and flagons of wine went down a treat, and a raffle was held to raise funds for the Sinethemba Children’s Home in Masiphumelele. Photo: Supplied
Respect the rule of law SOUTH AFRICAN courts frown heavily upon those who decide to take the law into their own hands. This was made very clear by our High Court in a recent case, when a homeowner in a sectional title scheme fell behind in the payment of monthly levies. The body corporate reacted by locking his motor vehicle out of the scheme by suspending the owner’s access disc to the complex he lived in. In taking this bold action the body corporate simply suspended the owner’s rights to access unilaterally, and without first looking to a court for permission to do so.
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These actions, according to the body corporate, were condoned by the scheme’s conduct rules. In terms of the conduct rules the body corporate was entitled to “disconnect and lock out electricity supply or perform any other act necessary…” to enforce compliance with the rules. However, the court disagreed with the body corporate’s decision. The court ruled that a person in possession of a property could not be disturbed unless a court order authorised it. In effect, the body corporate’s action resulted in an illegal infringement of the personal rights of the homeowner.
The court awarded full access to him. In addition to this, the court made a punitive costs award against the body corporate, making the situation even worse for them, in that they were ordered to pay the owner’s legal costs on the same scale as between attorneyclient. This case is another clear indication from our courts that no person is entitled to take the law into their own hands. To condone such action would eventually lead to a state of lawlessness. We accordingly encourage you to seek legal advice before taking action.
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TIME TRAVEL: Muizenberg’s Masque Theatre presents “Dancing Through Time”, a dance down memory lane arranged by Bronwyn Banfield’s Rhythm and Dance Studio in Fish Hoek, on Thursday and Friday at 19:00, and Saturday at 14:00 and 19:00. The show will trace the path of dance from the courtly waltz to the jives of today. Tickets cost R60, and will be available at the door half an hour before the show starts. Photo: Supplied
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Sun Valley: Woman Today will host Wilma van der Byl, who will share her moving story about overcoming breast cancer, along with Gwen Rea, a photographer who recently launched her book, “On Fish Hoek Beach”, at the King of Kings Baptist Church at 09:30. All are welcome. For further information phone Mary Murgatroyd on (021) 782-1309. Simon’s Town: The Friends of the Simon’s Town Public Library will hold their AGM at 18:00 for 18:30 upstairs at the library. All are welcome. Fish Hoek: St Luke’s Hospice False Bay will hold its AGM at 17:00 for 17:30 in the False Bay Hospital hall. For more information, or to RSVP, phone (021) 782-7696. Noordhoek: Join the brains of Noordhoek every Tuesday for “Quiz Night” at the Toad in the Village at Noordhoek Farm Village at 19:30. For more information, phone (021) 7892973.
Sunnydale: The Sunnydale Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association will hold its AGM at the Solole Game Reserve at 19:00. Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Writers’ Circle meets for a workshop at 19:30 in the minor hall of the Fish Hoek Civic Centre. If you enjoy writing, you’re welcome to join the circle. Contact Sybil at (021) 782-3271.
Wednesday 17 Augustus Noordhoek: Watch and learn from food master Franck Dangereux, who shares his cooking secrets in practical demonstrations at the Foodbarn Restaurant at 18:30. For more information call (021) 789-1390. Fish Hoek: The next meeting for the Fish Hoek Gardening Club will take place at the Civic Centre at 19:00. For further information phone (021) 785-2575.
Study the Word THE last trimester of the Fish Hoek Bible School runs from Tuesday 23 August to 22 November. There are three 12-week modules on offer. The first course covers the whole of the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation, and includes a lecture on the 400 years between the close of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Tes-
Saturday 20 August Capri: Cottage Club, the “original folk venue” in Capri Village, will host a show at 19:00 to raise funds for the animals of Tears. Booking is essential – contact Bill on (021) 785-5052 or Marge on (021) 785-7014. Tickets cost R80 per person, and you’re welcome to take your own drinks and picnics. Noordhoek: “Puppet Show Mania” for the kids returns to Noordhoek Farm Village at 10:30 to 12:30 at the bandstand. For more information phone (021) 789-2812. Fish Hoek: In the Mood Dance Club will meet at the Civic Centre at 20:00. Dress smart casual. Members pay R15, and non members pay R20. Booking is essential; phone (021) 686-3448.
Tuesday 23 August Sun Valley: The Sun Valley Neighbourhood Watch will hold its monthly meeting at St Peter’s Church in Nelson Road, Fish Hoek, at 19:00. For details phone 071 6381 511.
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DEAD AHEAD: Armed with noth ing but a drum, a keyboard and a handbag full of “devastatingly honest melo dies”, the “beat riddled bril liance” of The Ar rows will hit the bull'seye in Cape Town for one night only at the New Zula Bar in Long Street at 21:00 on Satur day. Tickets cost R70 at the door, or R65 presold at www.webtick ets.co.za. For more information phone (021) 424 2442. People’s Post and the New Zula Bar are giving away a set of double tickets to see the show. To enter simply SMS “Arrow” to 34586 before noon on Thursday 18 August. SMSes cost R1.50 each. Winners will be phoned. Photo: Supplied
TRUE VOICES: 400 years ago after Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most promi nent Spanish Renais sance composer died on 27 August 1611, True Voices (seen here), will sing his Requiem in St George’s Anglican Cathe dral in Cape Town on Sat urday 27 August. The can dlelit performance will be interspersed with organ music performed by An drew Bethke. This work is rarely performed in Cape Town and True Voices is delighted to mark this musical event on the global cultural calendar. Entrance to the concert is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Cathedral’s roof. For more information call (021) 4247360. Photo: Supplied
Time to laugh at loneliness FRESH from a run at On Broadway in Green Point, Paul Snodgrass will be performing his sell-out show, “I’m So Lonely”, at Café Roux in Noordhoek on Friday.
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Fight or plight YESTERDAY close to 150 000 municipal workers embarked on a nationwide strike that has the potential to bring the economy to its knees. In an ironic twist, industrial action – coined as “strike season” by analysts – has become fashionable in SA, a country with an alarmingly high (25%) unemployment rate. The mining industry, as well as paper and pharmaceutical sectors, have seen workers downing tools for higher wages. While this strike is a desperate bid by SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members for an 18% increase, it is also a tragedy for a country as hard hit by global recession as any First World nation. Samwu maintains: “Our demand of an 18% increase across the board, or R2 000, whichever is greater, is very necessary to meet the economic hardships that municipal workers suffer.” Employers’ offer of a 6,08% wage increase falls scarily short. Previous Samwu strikes have led to garbage piling up in the streets. Knowing this, why have municipal bosses not done more to resolve the issue and prevent a strike? The South African Local Government Association (Salga) contends that, if met, the impact of the union’s “unreasonable” demands would have to be passed on to local communities. A further consequence could be job shedding to offset a higher wage bill. The horrible job reality for thousands of municipal workers encompasses rats jumping out of bins into their faces and finding dead babies – for R4 300 a month, a plight worthy of compassion. While empathy is in order, it does not give strikers licence to punctuate their strike with violence. Support for a good cause will abound when the fight is conducted in an orderly, legal way; not the case yesterday, as media reports cited police being pelted with onions and sticks. It is reassuring to know that the city has contingency plans to ensure service delivery during the strike. It is scary to consider what would happen if Eskom’s current talks with unions, aimed at averting industrial action, were to fail. Should an Eskom and Samwu strike run concurrently, we may just find ourselves eating dirt in the dark.
Your SMSes ‘Stop the insane objections’ A SIMILAR article about the Kommetjie development (“Development plans open to scrutiny”, People’s Post, 2 August), relating to young adults uniting against development in Kommetjie, appeared in another newspaper a while ago. I responded by writing a letter that got many residents hot and bothered, but I would still like to respond to your article in People’s Post. The article states the youth want to “keep Kommetjie real”, and that the developments are “inappropriate” and will promote “urban sprawl” at the cost of the “village character” and the “Kommetjie vibe”, which they want to protect for their children. My advice would be not to repeat any such sentiments in court or print or anywhere for that matter. Besides being subjectively irrelevant, it reeks of insensitivity, even if it were unthinking and not intended. Of the 800 people reported to have gathered for the fundraiser I guess perhaps 400 homeowners were represented. Of these attendees, perhaps 25 are gainfully employed by Kommetjie businesses, yet I may not be far off suggesting that at least 200 people work in Kommetjie. What about low-cost housing in Kommetjie, where they work? Why not “affordable housing” to attract skilled artisans to live in the area? Encourage them to open small businesses with the support of the community. Kommetjie cannot grow much, so the proposed developments are serious matters and the steps the community takes should be wise ones. I believe a more inclusive and proactive opportunity exists. A dormant suburb can become a dynamic sea-side village that attracts visitors and shoppers. Kommetjie is already charming. Make it a village
worth a visit because it is unique and almost everything needed is already in place. It may a realistic way for Kommetjie to be more sustainable. I believe the long term spin-off would be a more inclusive, integrated and caring community too. Our local Western Cape Government agreed in 2008 to inclusive and integrated housing for the poor and lower income earners in every new housing development, and in every suburb. New developments in suburbs would include homes affordable for those who earn R10 000 and R3 000 per month. The fact is that development, housing and job creation is vitally necessary and, in terms of the demographics or our populous, most would think homes and jobs a blessing, and not know what an EIA is or consider the developments inappropriate. I also doubt most young people could afford an existing home in Kommetjie today unless they inherit one, or the finance to afford one. They would be stranded many kilometres from higher education facilities or a work place – and such long-distance travel is hardly green and may not be affordable in the future. Van der Horst does make rational and solid arguments for development in Kommetjie in your article, and “Ratepayers did not object” in the letters section by the KRRA chairman Partick Dowling clearly sets out what rational objections are about, and even invites proactive debate. Attack the EIA if you can, address the developer if you are not aesthetically pleased, do whatever you must, but get real and stop already with insane objections. WINSTON COWIE Ex-Kommetjie resident
In response . Good riddance to bad service and vrot fruit. It’s good news that Daniel’s Fruit and Veg is closing. It’s the little rude ladies at the tills who killed that business. I’m happy about the closure. . To answer Fatimah Manuel’s question: If people in Ocean View can stand together in unity, then things can happen for them. The people of Masi know how to stand together in unity for things they need. . Ocean View drag racers who take part in burnouts, popping, taking and selling drugs: these things are all illegal, period! Its dangerous. Most of the drivers popping are probably on tik too. . I agree with Pat H and her SMS about animals. I have seen photos of a crowd stoning and beating an innocent dog to death. Primitive is the right word. E . Pat H is right about the masses. Have you seen the photos in the Cape Argus where the “civilised” crowd senselessly killed an innocent dog? Of churches and security . Why must Lewis Gerber play the race card in his letter about the Holy Trinity Church? It is quite simply disgusting and another blow to efforts to turn this country into a non-racial democracy.
William . Thanks KBSJRA for standing up to the arrogance of Holy Trinity Church and for keeping property owners in check. Kalk Bay resident . Holy Trinity, you are not a law unto yourself. Practice what you preach and follow the law like the rest of us! Shame on you! Satisfied ratepayer . About the suggestion to fence off the church in Kalk Bay, wouldn’t it be easier to hire a security guard to patrol the grounds? You would be creating a job. Lynne, Kalk Bay By the way . I find some books at the Tears shop expensive, especially the outdated, tatty ones. I would buy more if it was realistically priced. . To the owners of the Glen Pub: To charge R15 for a can of Coke is an absolute ripoff. AC . Please check your headlights and all back lights regularly. I am am horrified by the number of cars that drive around at night with faulty lights. It is only fair, safe and legal to check and it doesn’t take long. Andrew, Capri . To expect shelters and homes for destitute people to pay punitive electricity charges is unacceptable.
Shame on the DA council and Eskom. Granny . Why all the fuss about the riots in England? It is, after all, an everday occurrence in Africa. . If 30 out of 40 murders are related to alcohol abuse then close every shebeen in residential areas, especially in informal settlements. . To all cat owners, please keep your nuisance cats locked up and out of our yards at night. Sleep deprived . In response to my unhappy neighbours: stop moaning, get more proactive, reach out your hand with a slice of bread for a hungry child and make a difference in our community. Stop lying to the media! God is watching you! From a neighbour Problems and solutions . I’m looking for a one-bedroom council house priced under R100 000. Can anyone help me, please? . I am a pensioner and would like anybody to help me with wool donations please. I do knitting for Aids children and orphans. Yolanda [(021) 713-0117] . To the person who SMSed about being interested in taking care of orphans, please phone me on 074 828 9721. Joy
Tuesday 16 August 2011
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Give my dog its own permit TODAY, being a resident and ratepayer of Scarborough, I decided to become a legal dog walker on Scarborough Beach and went off to Westlake to purchase a permit. On arrival, I was told to supply two photographs and proof of residential address. I returned an hour later with the necessary. I had to purchase a Green Card for R88, to which my photograph was affixed, and a level one permit for R55. This is payable annually. I already do feel aggrieved that I live in Scarborough, paying exorbitant rates for the privilege, and have walked my dogs on the beach for the last 20 years, enjoying one of the few pleasures left to us these days. I am sure costs and expenditure for maintenance of the beach would be a counter argument (so dare I mention the dead seal that rots on the beach for the last few weeks, stinking to high heaven?). However, my annoyance level rose when I was told that anyone who walks my dog on Scarborough beach must have their own Green Card with photograph and a permit in that person’s name. This means that each member of my family must pay for two photographs (R30), provide proof of residential address and fork out nearly R140 for card and permit to walk my dog there. If I go away and a house sitter or neighbour walks my dog on the beach, I will have to go through the entire rigmarole and expense for that person. This is what I was told at Westlake in no uncertain terms. I find it unbelievable that the permit and green card are not for my dog to walk on the beach but for me to walk on the beach with any dogs of my choice. It seems either short-sighted or daylight robbery. Surely the permission should be for a particular dog to walk on the beach with any human companion. One dog, one permit. Similarly, anybody who watches my television does not have to produce a TV licence before they may watch it. One TV, one licence. It would be more sensible to have a
photograph of the dog on the back of the Green Card, or else a metal tag for her collar which proves that she has paid her dues. ROY PHILLIPS Scarborough Merle Collins, Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) spokesperson, responds: All activity permits issued by TMNP are issued to a person, who has to understand and sign an activity code of conduct, including one for dog walking. This code of conduct includes the rules and regulations that are part of TMNP’s environment management plan. A permit cannot be issued to a bicycle (for mountain biking), nor can a permit be issued for the equipment used by paragliders. The person engaging in the activity will always be the permit holder. The same applies to dog walkers. A dog is unable to understand and comply with the conditions of walking on the beach without a human handler. As for the pricing issue, the access card is actually R80, not R88, and it includes 12 free entries to any TMNP pay point to a maximum value of R960. These include Cape Point, Boulders Penguin colony and Tokai braai site. The card is valid for a year and a maximum of five family members or friends, with the inclusion of the card holder, may access these pay points at any given time. Since nobody is allowed to sign on another person’s behalf, each walker of a dog will have to have its own dog walking activity permit ensuring that the responsibility of handling the dog is properly managed. The dead seal on the beach is part of a natural process that has taken place for many, many years. Normally TMNP only removes whale carcases, or if there are several carcasses on the beach. However, if the dead seal is creating problems, we will remove it from the beach.
It’s not the road but the drivers THESE ongoing discussions about this serious matter regarding Kommetjie Road encouraged me to write down my point of view. All the proposed measures would surely be helpful (once eventually agreed, funded and put into action), and hopefully would reduce fatal accidents. However, you can’t tame motorists just by putting more and more traffic lights, signs, speed humps and speed cameras on a specific road sector. You can’t protect pedestrians by special crossings as long as laziness triumphs over safety and they still use their shortest way to cross the road even 20m away from a safe crossing (see Fish Hoek Main Road every day). Above all there is neither a permanent law presence nor a consequent law enforcement in this country. As long as we (the state) obviously accept those immature, mentally limited motorists who recklessly put themselves above the law, traffic rules, put up with casualties and human lives, we will never be able to solve the problem. I think we should attack (at least look at) the problem at the grass roots. Look a bit closer to our daily traffic, how certain motorists drive. Occasionally they use an indicator (if it works anyway); they no rear mirror views, stop where ever (red lines and “Don’t Stop” signs are for the others only), and in contrast to speeding they move extremely slowly with no visible reason, delaying the entire traffic flow and generating frustration and tempting impatient drivers to overtake riskily. I have the impression that the horizon of numerous drivers ends at their bonnet (ironically, taxis usually don’t have a long bonnet). Once a day you may ask yourself, where did they get their driver’s licence? What about consideration? How about seeing the road users, including pedestrians (in particular children), one is surrounded with? Why not drive more observantly, more team-orientated, adjust to the traffic flow? We all want to go from A to B safely, but that does not mean as fast as possible! No, it’s not
Kommetjie Road only where people with their kids and pets have to live in danger. Cry for more speed humps and traffic islands everywhere, just to force a minority of insane drivers to slow down – that seems to me to reduce our achievements, our development in automobile and traffic standards to absurdity. In Glencairn we had crooked cobblestone paved roads in the early days. Nowadays we use asphalt – what for? I am afraid that this “Kommetjie Road speed zone” will not be solved to a sufficient satisfaction in the near future. It needs an extensive, consequent law presence and enforcement! Automatic speed cameras nowadays can be linked via a wireless network. They can be installed randomly in different housings, and the other housings become dummies. No-one knows which “camera” is “hot”; it would act as a deterrent and is a cost-effective solution. Of course, one cannot protect these systems against our existing vandalism unless there is money enough for fireand bullet-proof cameras. Frequent traffic controls and road blocks must be well organised and orchestrated ... confiscate each car driven by a driver violating the rules, and cars that are not roadworthy. Fine the driver, plus invoice him for the towing and for the car’s safekeeping, with the condition that the location of the car and the final release can only be granted once the full payment is proven. Drivers of nonroadworthy confiscated cars have to deal with a separate police departments for regaining road worthiness. It’s easy to say this all, as in our country there are always fund, staff, education and competence problems. But that’s how it should be faced. The effective measures lie deep in government, and these politicians, in conjunction with SAPS, should really take the challenge to care actively for our law and order! KLAUS KATENKAMP Sun Valley
KING OF THE BEACH: “On my normal Sunday walk along Long Beach in Simon’s Town, en route to buy the Sunday paper, I was surprised to see a majestic lion sunbathing on the golden sands,” writes Simon’s Town resident Vaughan Evans, who snapped a photo of the sandy animal with commendable bravery.
Church is a place of worship I HAVE read the letter regarding the Holy Trinity Church (“We Resent your interference”, People’s Post, 9 August). As a parishioner of Holy Trinity Church, Kalk Bay, and as a resident in Quarterdeck Road, I would like to point out that the importance of this site and its reason for being is to serve as a centre for Christian worship, not as a scenic viewpoint nor as an opportunity for panoramic views. Aesthetic values are secondary to the security, not only of church-goers accessing the site, but primarily of the four homes in which
people reside on the property. These residents are totally unprotected against criminals, day and night, and deserve the provision of security, which is our right, and which we all do our best to achieve. As Christians, we profess to show compassion and care for all our neighbours, not least for those of our own family in our care. This is what we are doing. At the same time, I believe the Church Council is also endeavouring to comply with all municipal requirements. ANONYMOUS Kalk Bay
In response to accessing Masi THIS letter is in response to Dr Lutz van Dijk’s letter (“Masi fenced off from help”), published in the People’s Post letters section on 9 August. Dr van Dijk is clearly unaware that the process regarding upgrading of access into Masi was mooted in the public forum some 10 years ago already. Allow me to enlighten the contributor and any readers who may have an interest: The company, Messrs De Villiers Brownlie Associates, were employed by Council as consultants to guide the process on additional access into Masi. Four alternative proposals were submitted and after numerous public meetings and input from various NGOs and IAPs, all against the Houmoed Road extension proposal (option 3b). This option surprisingly received the ROD from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (25th August 2003). This was the option to build an access through the wetlands connecting to Houmoed Avenue. This ROD was issued in spite of not one single vote in support of this option from the public (including the community at Masi at the time), and in also spite of there being considerably less costly options other than
building a road through a swamp. Concerned NGOs and IAPs then launched an appeal against the potential destruction of a valuable wetland in order to construct a road at double the cost of other alternatives offered in the scoping phase. On 18 August 2004, the then MEC for Environmental Affairs and Planning, Tasneem Essop (ANC), wrote, “After considering all the relevant facts, I wish to advise that, in terms of the Environment Conservation Act, 1989, I have decided to uphold the appeal against the above authorisation for the following reasons...” Her reasons were manifold. Dr van Dijk can contact the consultants’ offices should he need to find out more details as to why the Houmoed Road extension through the Noordhoek wetlands was turned down. In the meanwhile he should direct his efforts to the CoC with regard to the planned phased upgrades and construction of the Kommetjie Road and M6, which are on the cards to alleviate the numerous access and traffic flow problems in the area. CHRIS SPENGLER Noordhoek
said for lying the bin down on its side. Although several months ago I previously pointed out to a local Baboon Liaison Group (BLG) rep, and in a letter to the People’s Post, that this method is flawed, unfortunately it is again being advocated in a BLG-sponsored item in the August Full Circle magazine. Members of the Nature Conservation Corporation Environmental Services (previously Nature Conservation Corporation), the service provider, are dismayed such advice is being given, knowing as they do that when baboons have access to the bin on the ground, they can pull items through the sides. With culling protocols in place for raiding baboons, and with others also collared to record their raiding pattern, used as evidence when motivating for their culling, it is obviously important that residents are given the correct advice to prevent bin raids – as in the Baboon Awareness brochure. LORNA THOMAS Welcome Glen
WITH the recent culling of Jimmy and TK8 for raiding in terms of the controversial baboon protocols, it is again important to note some important basics of baboon proofing that help greatly in preventing raids. To be effective, baboon proofing must be used consistently. Using a security gate over open doors and barring over open windows, both of correct dimensions (less than eight centimetres), prevents the opportunistic feeding baboons gaining access to the house. According to the authorities’ Baboon Awareness brochure, under “Keep baboons out of your bins”, while photographically illustrating how to add locks to secure bins, it correctly says: “Secure bin upright and lock for best baboon proofing.” It is proven that, if this advice is consistently and effectively followed, it provides 100% baboon-proofing efficacy. The same cannot be
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Tuesday 16 August 2011
Zille to speak in Rondebosch
Fish Hoek awaits legendary Lottering AFTER sell-out seasons across the country, Marc Lottering’s latest hit show, “Not in 3D”, comes to Fish Hoek for a final performance. The famed funny man will have the Far South in stitches at Fish Hoek High School on Saturday 27 August; his performance will form part of “Comedy Legends in the Valley”, a fund-raising drive to help the Shark Spotters keep our swimmers safe. “Not in 3D” features Lottering’s latest stand-up material, as well as appearances by his much-loved alter egos, Auntie Merle from Belgravia Road in
Athlone and Smiley the taxi dude. There will also be appearances by Colleen, the cashier from Hell, and Travis the party animal. Throughout the eve Marc will share his unique perspectives on a broad range of interesting topics and issues, and the organisers promise a “truly hilarious night out”. Pre-booked tickets cost R100, while those at the door cost R120. The show starts at 19:00. To book your ticket, phone 078 174 4244 or email email@example.com. Please note that this show is definitely not suitable for children.
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PREMIER Helen Zille will deliver the annual Margaret Lindsay Memorial Lecture for the Cape Town branch of the South African Association of Women Graduates at 19:00 on Friday in the Rondebosch United Church hall in Belmont Road. The premier’s speech will centre on aspects of the Provincial Skills Development Forum, especially as it may benefit women graduates. A chance to discuss matters with both the premier and other attendants will follow her talk. Secure parking will be available. All are welcome, though seating is limited; RSVP to Shirley Churms on (021) 5311450 or 082 485 9362, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact Hazel Bowen on (021) 447-8989 or 082 851 0835 or at email@example.com.
THE LOTTERING EFFECT: Marc Lottering’s latest hit show, “Not in 3D”, comes to Fish Hoek for a final performance.
POPULAR Cape Town columnist David Biggs, who has been delighting readers of the Cape Argus for more than 30 years with his daily “Tavern of the Seas” column, will join discussion with John Maytham at 18:30 for 19:00 on Friday at Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road. Biggs, also known as a wine writer, with has a number of popular books on wine and cocktails. His latest book, “In Reasonable Taste”, is a collection of essays poking fun at the pompous and pretentious world of the wine snob, and lovers of the Karoo will know him for his collection of short stories, “Karoo Ramblings”. RSVP by Thursday to David Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (021) 788-2266.
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Softball tourney plans on track MARK WARD
DELEGATION from the International Softball Federation (ISF) tasked with scrutinising Cape Town’s readiness to host the 2011 Junior World Championship has lauded the progress of preparations. Both the ISF director of competitions, Laurie Gouthr, and the worldcontrolling body’s secretary general, Low Beng Choo, sang the praises of the local organising committee’s chairperson, Noore Nacerodien. The delegation, in the Mother City last week, also attended the launch
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and draw of the tournament, which takes place from Wednesday 7 to Thursday 17 December at the Turfhall Stadium in Crawford, Athlone. Sixteen countries will be participating in the tournament, and the City of Cape Town is presently upgrading the stadium to the tune of more than R16 million. Nacerodien said he is confident the construction will be completed by early November. Some of the improvements include the laying-on of new turf on the two main fields, the resurfacing of the gravel infield areas, the construction of additional temporary stands, the replacement of all perimeter fencing around the fields, and new seating in the main pavilion. “I am very confident that all the building works will be completed way before the scheduled start,” said Nacerodien. “Our planning is also going according to schedule, and I am very confident and excited that we are capable of delivering a world class event.” South Africa is seeded 12th for the 10-day event, and has been drawn in Pool A along with the defending champions – the USA – and fourthseeded Canada. The hosts start their campaign against neighbours Botswana, while the third African side, Zimbabwe, has been grouped in Pool B.
ON TRACK: A delegation of the International Softball Federation lauded the progress of the preparations.
SURF’S UP: Surfing lovers flocked to Long Beach on Sun day in the hopes of find decent waves. Though wishes were dashed by the quiet wa ters encoun tered, a number of surf ers refused to throw in the towel and braved the cold waters anyway. Photo: Phil Smuts
Fish Hoek bowlers on the ball THE Fish Hoek Bowling Club recently held its annual prizegiving ceremony for the 20102011 season. A special award was given to Kleintjie van Zyl for service to the club, and a life membership award was given to Ian Travers Phillips for long-standing service to both the club and Bowls South Africa. The award for player of the year went to
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WP look to silence Lions’ roar TASMIN CUPIDO
THE discipline of the DHL Western Province team will need to be in top form when they take on the table-topping MTN Lions in the Absa Currie Cup at DHL Newlands on Friday evening. Allister Coetzee’s chargers will look to improve on their overall discipline, which was the reason for the Cape side’s narrow 21-19 loss to the Sharks this past weekend at Newlands. A lack of discipline at the breakdown and several turnovers sealed the fate of Province, as the Sharks returned to Durban with four points. At the end of the first half, WP were trailing 9-3 in wet and rainy conditions. Despite a spirited second-half comeback, which saw Province leading 19-18 with just two minutes before the final whistle, it was a last-minute penalty by Sharks flyhalf Frederic Michalak that drove the final nail into the coffin. Michalak was in fine form for the defending champions, with the French international scoring all 21 points for his team (four penalties and three drop goals). Province’s second-half fight back saw prop Brok Harris dot down behind the tryline, with the rest of the points coming from the boot of flyhalf Demetri Caterkillis. WP head coach Coetzee was the first to admit that unforced errors had cost his side in the clash. “We are obviously disappointed with the loss, especially losing at Newlands,” he said. “We played in their half for most of the
match and, in the end, it was a crucial penalty that cost us the match – we need to learn from that.” Despite the conditions last Friday evening, Coetzee made no excuses for his side’s performance. “It was tough out there, but it was tough for the other team too,” Coetzee said. “We are beating ourselves by conceding too many penalties. We need to learn from our mistakes, work on our discipline and learn how to win these tight matches.” Coetzee will be hoping his team – who are currently in fourth position on the log with 14 points – will exercise these new strategies when they take on the unbeaten Lions on Friday. John Mitchell’s troops have been impressive throughout the Currie Cup season, having won five out of five matches and topping the log with 22 points. The young team, with dynamic and exciting players, has been the surprise package this season. Since Mitchell arrival at Coca-Cola Park, the team has grown from strength to strength and lapses in discipline – on and off the field – has not been tolerated by the New Zealander. Under the leadership of flanker Josh Strauss, the performances of Elton Jantjies, Michael Killian and Lionel Mapoe have stood out. Coming off a 17-10 win over the Cheetahs at the weekend, they will be looking to continue their winning form when they come to Cape Town. •The match kicks off at 19:00. Tickets for the clash are available from the Newlands ticket office and any Shoprite and Checkers store.
CT teams hunt victories TASMIN CUPIDO
WHEN Ajax Cape Town take to the field to face Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, they will be looking to forget about the last time the two sides met at that very stadium. It was just nearly three months ago when the hearts and hopes of every Ajax CT player, staffer and supporter were shattered after a vital mistake by then goalkeeper,
Hans Vonk, led to a goal for the Pietermaritzburg-based team and saw the Cape side losing the PSL title because of the 2-2 draw. And with the new season underway, Maarten Stekelenburg’s chargers will also be looking to forget their season opener, which saw them go down 2-0 to Platinum Stars in Rustenberg this past weekend. Two goals by Stars midfielder Lantshane Phalane in the first half sealed the fate of the Urban Warriors.
TEXTBOOK TACKLE: DHL Western Prov ince winger JJ Engelbrecht is tackled by Sharks centre Patrick Lam bie during his side’s narrow 2119 loss in the Absa Cur rie Cup at DHL Newlands on Friday evening. Prov ince will now face the un beaten, table topping Lions at Newlands on Friday. Kickoff is at 19:10.Photo: Nasief Photo24
Despite several attempts at scoring, Ajax CT were unable turn their attacks into goals, and they had to leave the Royal Bafokeng Stadium goalless. A positive for the Parow-based team is the news that Dutch goalkeeper Sander Westerveld has signed a two-year contract with the Urban Warriors. The former Liverpool and Everton player brings a wealth of experience to the Cape side, which includes stints at FC Twente, Real Sociedad and Monza. Westerveld has been in talks with Ajax management since last month
and arrived in Cape Town on Saturday. Westerveld will, however, not feature in tomorrow evening’s match as he still needs to sort out a few glitches with his work permit. Even so, had his work permit been in order, the coaching staff announced that Westerveld would not have played tomorrow as he needs to “fight for his place in the team”. Meanwhile, Engen Santos FC will travel to Nelspruit to take on BidVest Wits at the Mbombela Stadium tomorrow evening. Boebie Solomons’ troops will also be looking to gain their first win of
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