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Criminals hit holy ground in Kalk Bay

Historic church plagued by crime DALEEN FOUCHÉ

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HE Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Kalk Bay has seen an increase in criminal activity, but locals seem hesitant to give the construction of a fence the go-ahead for fear that it will compromise the area’s aesthetic value. Kevin Wyndham-Quin, warden of the church, maintains that the church’s management has always struggled with criminal activities on the grounds, but says the situation has escalated over the past year, resulting in the plan for the construction of a palisade fence. Wyndham-Quin says the church is planning to draw up a petition of support for the fence in the face of opposition from residents. In the most recent criminal incident, an elderly woman was accosted on the church grounds on Thursday 14 July. The 70-year-old woman, a member of the church, was walking on church grounds towards her home when she noticed a man following her. He approached her in a “loud and aggressive” manner, but the woman ignored him and walked past him. He followed her, grabbed her buttocks and put his hand up her skirt. She screamed loudly and walked on at a fast pace, but the man kept following her. When she took out her cellphone, the suspect hesitated, but was not scared off. Only once the woman sought refuge at a friend’s house nearby did the man walk away. Wyndham-Quin says there are

criminal activities taking place on the church grounds on a daily basis. Illegal sexual activities, drug use, intimidation, theft and even an incident of rape are but some of the incidents that have plagued this historic church ground. He says all of the church’s copper fittings and pipes have been stolen, and had to be replaced with plastic fittings. The Muizenberg police could, however, not confirm this. “I have to pick up used condoms on a daily basis,” he says. The historic church was built by John Gainsford in 1873 with local sandstone, taken from the Kalk Bay mountains. The church recently began erecting a fence around the property for security reasons, but the Kalk Bay Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (KBRRA) stopped the process through a court order. Wyndham-Quin says the church studied the bylaws pertaining to building regulations, and was under the impression that planning permission was not necessary to erect a fence of that nature. But Roelf Jansen, chairperson of the KBRRA, says all changes to Kalk Bay buildings need the permission of Heritage Western Cape and the City of Cape Town. Wyndham-Quin says the church is currently in the process of legalising the fence and will meet with council for discussions within the week. He, however, says the ratepayers’ association and some neighbours also object to the aesthetic value of the fence. He says they argue that the fence will detract from the heritage value of the church, but Wyndham-Quin says the fence will help to “protect the heritage value”. Jansen says the association is acting on behalf of

JIVING WITH MADIBA: The puppets from ZA News celebrated Madiba’s 93rd birthday at the South African Jewish Museum yesterday. This event also coincided with cartoon legend Jonathan Shapiro’s exhibition, enti­ tled “Jiving with Madiba”. Shapiro is better known as Zapiro. the ratepayers to safeguard “heritage resources”. He says that the church is an important heritage resource and the association wants to ensure that the fence does not “spoil the view” of other residents. Jansen, however maintains that the association is not against a fence and supports efforts to safeguard themselves. He suggests that the church employ a security guard while waiting for legal permission to build a

fence. Wyndham-Quin says he is sometimes called out in the middle of the night when there is “trouble”, and is very “stressed” about the situation. He says he is most worried about the safety of the priest and five families living on the church premises. “Church members are scared to come to church,” he says. “We only ask that the residents and ratepayers support the fence and the safety of the people.”

Captain Stephen Knapp, Muizenberg police spokesperson, says no reports of criminal activities at the Holy Trinity Church have been reported to the police. He says that a suspect was recently arrested in Kalk Bay in connection with break-ins. Knapp urges the community to report any criminal activity to the police, in order for police to act accordingly. To sign the petition, contact the church on (021) 788-1641.

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FOLLOWING publication of our article “Small boat harbours ‘in shambles’” last week, People’s Post has been contacted by Simen Andersen of Sealine.co.za. Andersen set the record straight on a comment made by Andries van der Merwe, saying that Van der Merwe was a member of the forum up to about 14 months ago. “We would like to state that Sealine.co.za and its admin team does not support any actions, announcements or statements, or is in any way whatsoever connected to Mr Van der Merwe.” With regard to the quotes “Commercial fisherman are regulated but recreational fisherman can come and go as they like” and “They brag on how much they catch on forums like Sealine.co.za”, Andersen said: “Further from the truth this cannot be, as recreational fishermen are regulated by strict laws as laid down by government (Ministry of Fisheries) regarding angling permits, sizes, quotas, areas and seasonal regulation.”

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ROCERIES were stolen out of the Glencairn Kwik Spar in the early morning hours of Sunday 10 July. Pat de Wet, the owner of the shop, says her security company phoned her at 02:10 to inform her that the alarm had been activated. De Wet, who can see the shop from her home, says she saw someone running out of the shop. When she arrived at the premises the window was broken, and groceries such as cakes, chocolates and cigarettes were stolen. “All the money is safely locked away,” says De Wet. Simon’s Town police arrested a suspect at the Glencairn Beach on the same day. Three teenagers, who were walking on the beach on Sunday, noticed a basket filled with groceries, and immediately returned it to Spar. De Wet thanked the youngsters and gave them a monetary reward. . Shucked abalone to the value of R20 000 was confiscated by SANPark rangers in the early morning hours of Saturday 2 July. The incident took place at Gifkommetjie at Cape Point, after rangers observed a number of suspects loading bags of abalone into a silver Renault and green Ford bakkie. The vehicle was chased by SANParks rangers. The suspects eventually threw out the bags of abalone and stopped the cars. The suspects became aggressive and swore at rangers, after rangers told them to fetch the bags they had allegedly thrown out their vehicles. The suspects allegedly assaulted one of the rangers, and the rangers arrested the suspects for possession of abalone and assault. The suspects, aged 46 to 49, were detained at Simon’s Town Police

Station, and appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on 4 July. . A 29-year-old male and 30-yearold female went to a shop in Simon’s Town at the Waterfront Mall and pretended to buy some items from the shop. The woman allegedly distracted the owner by asking questions while the boyfriend was stealing from the shop. After they left, the owner noticed that three handbags and three bottle stoppers were missing from the shop. With the help of a security officer, the suspects was arrested at the Simon’s Town train station for theft and appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on 4 July. People’s Post was unable to determine the court outcomes. .Various roadblocks were held in conjunction with Metro Police, Traffic Services and the SANDF in the Muizenberg police cluster over the past weekend. A total of 48 people were arrested for driving under the influence of liquor and various fines to the value of R18 600 were issued. Warrant Officer November Filander, provincial police spokesperson, says numerous campaigns have been launched to deter the public from drinking and driving, including roadblocks. Colonel Martin Swanepoel, Muizenberg cluster commander, was pleased with the successes obtained, but says that it is also a reflection on the community. “Certain sections of the community are not adhering to the public campaign to eradicate drunken driving and the mayhem that arises as a result thereof.” Filander says the roadblocks will be an ongoing strategy to deter people from drinking and driving on public roads.

Homelessness meeting THE Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative (MCSI) invites people with an interest in, or expertise regarding homeless people in the Muizenberg area to attend a facilitated

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THE Sun Valley Neighbourhood Watch will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday 26 July at 19:00. The meeting will be held at St Peters Church, Nelson Road, Fish Hoek. The guest speaker is Alderman Felicity Purchase.

Keys found ON Sunday morning 10 July, a bunch of keys, including house keys, was found at the Noordhoek post boxes (No 582). If these are your keys, please phone 083 292 5542 to claim.

NUMBERS BOOST: Nine hundred students were officially sworn in as police constables at a graduation ceremony held at the Good Hope Christian Centre in Ottery on Friday 15 July. Western Cape police commissioner, Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer, aims to get more women trained for the specialised services such as the Task Force and Air Wing, and to enhance service to the community. Pictured here is Constable Benita Campher. Photo: Jaco Marais

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Dedicated Red Cross staff recognised ALMOST 60 employees of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital have received awards for prolonged years of service to the Western Cape Department of Health. Three of the 56 recipients were recognised for 40

years of service, 17 received 30-year service awards and 25 were rewarded for 20 years of service, exclusively to Red Cross, and 11 for 20 years of service to the Western Cape Department of Health. . STALWART: Jeffrey Isaacs of Mitch­ ell’s Plain (centre), receives his certifi­ cate for long service (40 years) from Western Cape Health MEC, Theuns Botha (right) and the Deputy Director­ General of Emergency Services, Dr Beth Engelbrecht. Isaacs started his career as a mason and labourer at the hospital in February 1971. He was pro­ moted to general assistant in the 1980s, then to a messenger and even­ tually senior messenger in the 1990s. He retired in February this year. Photo: Supplied

VETERAN: Shirley Ad­ ams of Mitchell’s Plain (centre) receives her certificate for long service (40 years) from Western Cape Health MEC, Theuns Botha, (right) and the Deputy Director­General of Emergency Services, Dr Beth Engelbrecht. Photo: Supplied

ALL ROUNDER: Martha Brink of Rondebosch, receives her certificate for Long Service (40 years) from Western Cape Health MEC, The­ uns Botha, and the Deputy Director General of Emergency Services, Dr Beth Engelbrecht. Brink started out as student nurse at Tyger­ berg Hospital in 1971. She completed her mid­ wifery training at Frere Hospital where she worked from 1974 to 1975. She then worked at Swartland Hospital from 1976 until 1978 when she moved to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. She is currently employed as a specialist paediatric nurse in the cardiac ward. Brink is also a trained midwife and has training and nursing experience in theatre nursing, ICU nursing, trauma nursing and ear nose and throat nursing. Photo: Supplied ACCORDING to www.didyouknow.org, the first public television pictures were transmitted in 1926. The first TV interview was made with Irish actress Peggy

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The nasty electricity price shocker I’M beginning to think that Eskom employees and city councillors are too well paid to understand the impact of the electricity price increases. They talk in percentages but we pay in rands, lots of rands. And they have made it extremely difficult to make direct comparisons by changing the tariffs blocks, by using and then discarding daily service charges and changing the rules to use combinations of tariff blocks. It all makes the story about as confusing as a cellphone contract. To get an idea of the impact in real terms, I dug out some of my old electricity accounts so I now have the actual figures in black and white. They may not be completely representative but I’m doing the best I can. So here we go: In a 29-day period over July and August in 2008 I used 745 kWh or units of electricity. Before VAT that cost R425.48. At today’s tariffs the cost would be R815.80. So in three years the bill has almost doubled.Now if you’re a councillor earning about R30 000 a month for a part-time job, that is small potatoes. And if you chair a subcouncil or have risen to an exalted position on the Mayoral Committee, it is petty cash. And at Eskom, where the average salary is nearly R500 000 a year, it must be really difficult to understand why people are complaining. Now let’s look at where the money goes. To do that we need to know what the City pays for the electricity it buys from Eskom.

In July 2008, Eskom’s average selling price was 24.4 cents a unit, but Eskom has wholesale and retail customers and Cape Town, as one of the biggest wholesale customers, pays less than the average. We don’t know how much less, so 24.4 cents a unit is the best figure we have. So, in July 2008, my 745 units netted R181.78 for Eskom, and the City grabbed the other R243.37. Three years later Eskom’s average selling price is 50.37 cents, so its share of a bill for 745 units would be R375.26. The City will get the other R440.54. So the City is still getting more than half the money. We know that Eskom is spending massive amounts on new power stations, but what is the City doing with its share? The City’s distribution and service costs should be rising in line with inflation, but Eskom’s are rising in line with the inflated cost of their overpriced power stations. Last year, when Eskom tariffs went up by 26,3%, the National Energy Regulator said municipalities should increase their tariffs by just 15%. But Cape Town and the other municipalities more or less told Nersa to get knotted, and bumped up prices by 25% and more. Electricity is Cape Town’s biggest source of revenue. The City expects revenue of R8,1 billion from electricity sales this year, nearly twice as much as the R4,6 billion from property rates. So you can see just how profitable it is to use the Eskom increases as an excuse to hike our tariffs over and above what is reasonable. And we pay VAT on top of that!

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Thursday 21 July Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Writers’ Circle meets for a workshop at 19:30 in the Minor Hall of the Civic Centre. All who enjoy writing are welcome. Contact Sybil on (021) 782-3271.

Friday 22 ­ Saturday 30 July Muizenberg: “The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle” comedy is on at the Masque Theatre. To book, phone (021) 788-1898 during office hours. Sun Valley: Fundraiser Car Boot Sale and Morning Market at St Brendan’s Church, on the corner of Longboat Road and Corvette Street. All are welcome. For more information and stall reserva-

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Monday 25 July Fish Hoek: The False Bay Handicraft Club is holding a “Christmas in July” handicraft sale at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre from 09:00 to 12:00. Entrance is R10 and includes coffee/tea and cake.

Wednesday 3 AUGUST Fish Hoek: The Women’s Agricultural Association will be holding their monthly meeting at 09:30 in the Minor Hall at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre. The topic is “Raw Vegetables”. Visitors are welcome and pay R5. For more information, contact Pat James on (021) 782-2379.

Art of display at Kirstenbosch THE South African Society of Artists’ (SASA’s) second members’ exhibition takes place at the Sanlam Hall at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Friday 22 July at 17:30.

Entrance is via Gate 2. Lorna Jakins, SASA president, will open the exhibition, which will be open from 09:30 to 17:00 daily until Sunday 31 July. Phone (021) 671-8941.

Talk on social history THE Kalk Bay Historical Association will hold a public talk at 20:00 on Tuesday 26 July. The talk will be hosted by Steve Herbert, resident and amateur historian, and the topic is “A Social History of Windsor Road, Kalk

Bay”. The venue is The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay. For more information, contact Barrie Gasson on 084 945 6629 or (021) 788-1855.


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Bronze monkeys missing Bronze sculpture stolen out of local gallery DALEEN FOUCHÉ

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BRONZE sculpture of two vervet monkeys by local artist Richard Gunston, worth R80 000, was stolen from the Longbeach Art Gallery in Longbeach Mall on Tuesday 12 July during business hours. Gunston, who has been making bronze sculptures as a hobby for over 10 years, is urging residents to be on the lookout for anyone attempting to sell his sculpture as scrap metal. The sculpture bears the artist’s name on the bronze and on a silver plate set in the leather base, together with a series number and title of the work “Intrigued”. Gunston says this has never happened to him before, but says that a gallery in Constantia refused to exhibit his work because they are wary of thieves targeting bronze sculptures. Gunston says the sculpture is one of his own personal favourites. But he adds that making art is never “just work”. He explains that casting any item in bronze is a very expensive. “Only once I sell a piece can I afford to cast the next one.” But with this sculpture being stolen, Gunston is unable to afford to cast his next sculpture. Tom Eatwell, owner of the Longbeach Gallery, says he is very concerned about the theft. Eatwell says the art in the gallery is not insured, because art insurance is “very expensive”. “We have always informed artists of this fact, but it never seemed to be a problem.” But Eatwell says that since he informed the artists of what happened, some had removed their art from

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NSRI to the rescue STOLEN: This bronze sculpture, seen here in its clay form, was stolen from an art gallery in Longbeach Mall. Photo: Supplied the gallery. Eatwell says that the matter has been reported to Longbeach Mall management and the Fish Hoek police. Gunston expressed his “utter disgust” with the thief who stole his artwork in a letter to People’s Post. “To the thief who stole it, I hope and pray that divine justice will prevail, and that what you sow you will reap to a far greater degree than you ever imagined.” Warrant Officer Peter Middleton, spokesperson for the Fish Hoek police, says police are currently investigating the matter. Stefan Roodt, Longbeach Mall manager, says management were alerted to the theft on Wednesday 13 July. “We immediately did a full audit of the CCTV footage for

the previous day,” he says. “Unfortunately we were unable to identify a suspect and/or any strange behaviour from customers to the gallery.” Roodt says that Longbeach Mall is committed to eradicating crime in the centre and in the community. “We work hand-in-hand with the police, our security provider and tenants to make Longbeach Mall ‘a fine place to drop anchor’. We strive for service excellence and will continue to do our utmost in making ‘our’ Mall a safe, pleasant and exciting destination for all our visitors,” he says. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the sculpture, call Richard on 082 420 9660 or the Fish Hoek police on (021) 784-2700.

THE National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was called out on Tuesday 12 July at 19:19, following a request for assistance from the ski-boat Cascade. The skipper reported that the boat’s motor was tangled in crayfish nets, four nautical miles south of Cape Point. Six crew members were on board in calm seas. Craig Lambinon, spokesperson for the NSRI, says the NSRI Simon’s Town volunteer duty crew launched their deep sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III, which was dispatched to the Cape Point Nature Reserve to assist with radio communications. “On arrival onscene, our crew aboard our sea rescue craft found all six crew mem-

bers of the casualty craft safe aboard their ski-boat, which had its motor well and truly tangled in crayfish nets.” He says the crew, all experienced fishermen, had already managed to cut most of the net free, but some net and rope remained “well fast” around the motor. A tow-line was rigged and the NSRI sea rescue craft towed the casualty craft and her crew safely to Simon’s Town harbour, arriving at 03:00. Lambinon says once the boat was safe, no further assistance was required. “The owner will make arrangements to have the crayfish netting removed from the motor and to investigate any damage to the motor.”

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TEENAGERS from Masiphumelele will use song and drama to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday at the Noordhoek Farm Village on Saturday 23 July from 13:00 to 14:00.


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PICTURESQUE: This panoramic view of Zandvlei was taken from Boyes Drive.

Tuesday 19 July 2011

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CREATURE FROM THE DEEP: A deep sea squid washed up on Kom­ metjie Beach on Monday 11 July. Locals reported that it had been dead for a while, and had had a couple of big bites taken out of it. A sample of the squid was taken to sci­ entists at the Depart­ ment of Agriculture, For­ estry and Fisheries for a report. Samuel de Witt was there to inspect the squid. Photo: Janice de Witt

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF THE 2011/2012 SERVICE DELIVERY AND BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (SDBIP) Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 53 (3) (a) of Act No. 56 of 2003: Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) that the Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan for the 2011/2012 financial year will be available at all Subcouncil offices (as listed below), libraries and the City of Cape Town’s website www.capetown.gov.za/idp from Wednesday 20 July 2011 on weekdays between 08:30 and 16:30 up to and including Monday 22 August 2011. AREA Cape Town Libraries Subcouncil 1 Blaauwberg 2 Bergdal 3 De Grendel 4 Tygerberg 5 Central 6 Bellville 7 Koeberg 8 Helderberg 9 Nxele Makana 10 Charlotte Maxeke 11 Looksmart Solwandle Ngudle 12 Mitchells Plain 13 David Mthetho Ntlanganiso 14 Miranda Ngculu 15 Pinelands 16 Good Hope 17 Athlone and District 18 Rondevlei 19 South Peninsula 20 Protea 21 Oostenberg 22 Lizo Nkonki 23 Adelaide Tambo

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ADDRESS Reception Desk, Concourse, Civic Centre, Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town All Libraries Municipal Offices, Royal Ascot, Bridle Way, Milnerton Municipal Offices, Brighton Way, Kraaifontein Municipal Building, Voortrekker Road, Goodwood Municipal Offices, 1st Floor, cnr Voortrekker and Tallent Roads, Parow Municipal Offices, cnr Jakkelsvlei Avenue and Kiaat Road, Bonteheuwel Municipal Building, Voortrekker Road, Bellville Municipal Offices, Oxford Street, Durbanville Municipal Offices, cnr Fagan Street and Main Road, Strand A Block Stocks & Stocks Complex, Ntlakohlaza Street, Town 2, Village 1, Khayelitsha Site B, Khayelitsha Shopping Centre, Khayelitsha Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu

MISTY MOUNTAIN: The Far South was wreathed in mist last week, which created an eerie feeling in the Valley but provided for great photography. Photo: Gwen Rea BIG GIFT: Chad Chap­ man, vice­chairperson of False Bay Volunteer EMS (right), thanks Faeem Hamid, branch manager of the Constantiaberg Builders Warehouse for their kind donation of R10 000’s worth of building material, which will be used to throw a concrete slab in their ambulance base at the Fish Hoek Hospital. FB­ VEMS relies solely on do­ nations to continue oper­ ating in Fish Hoek and surrounds, as it has for the past 16 years. Any­ one wishing to assist FB­ VEMS with donations, or who wants to join, can email info@false­ bayems.co.za. ......... Photo: Supplied

Parks & Bathing Building, Merrydale Avenue, Lentegeur Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu Pinelands Training Centre, St Stephens Road, Central Square, Pinelands 11th Floor, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town Athlone Civic Centre, cnr Protea and Klipfontein Roads, Athlone Cnr Buck Road and 6th Avenue, Lotus River Fish Hoek Civic Centre, Central Circle, Recreation Road, Fish Hoek Alphen Centre, Constantia Main Road, Constantia Oostenberg Administration, cnr Van Riebeeck and Carinus Streets, Kuilsriver Oostenberg Administration, cnr Van Riebeeck and Carinus Streets, Kuilsriver Cnr Delft and Fort Worth Roads, Delft

ODDS AND ENDS: The Methodist Craft Market is held in First Avenue, Fish Hoek, every first Saturday of the month from 08:30. “It must be the only place where you can buy tea and cake for R5,” says Gwen Rea, who took this photo. Photo: Gwen Rea


GENERAL

Tuesday 19 July 2011

People’s Post False Bay Page 7

Penguin deaths plummet Since the closure of Burghers’ Walk, not a single penguin death has been reported DALEEN FOUCHÉ

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HE killing of the endangered African Penguin on the Simon’s Town Main Road seems to have come to a dramatic halt, following the closure of Burghers’ Walk on 1 July. People’s Post previously reported on the many penguins that are killed by speeding cars while crossing the Simon’s Town Main Road to get to their nests or the ocean (“Call to stop penguin ‘slaughter’”, People’s Post, 1 June 2010). But this positive trend could be under threat from residents trying to achieve something good. Margaret Roestorf, fundraising and marketing coordinator of the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), says in recent months, during breeding season, up to 10 penguins have been killed per week on the Main Road. These figures, however, vary. Very few penguins venture out onto the road during moulting season, which is a 14 to 21-day starvation period when the penguin does not go to sea to feed because it does not have any waterproof feathers. But since the closure of Burghers’ Walk not one penguin death has been reported.

Roestorf, however, says this success could be under threat. She says since the closure, someone has been opening the gate to Burghers’ Walk and has even cut through the fence in an attempt to let penguins nesting outside

The penguins have their own way of getting in and out of Burgers’ Walk, they are very clever

the area reach their chicks. But Roestorf says even though the resident is trying to accomplish something good, it has a negative effect. She explains that all the nests outside Burghers’ Walk are closely monitored, and adds that all the chicks outside Burghers’ Walk and Boulders Beach are well looked after by the

parents. “The penguins have their own way of getting in and out of Burgers’ Walk. They are very clever.” Roestorf says that in recent years more penguins started nesting on the mountain side of the Main Road because of the increased human presence and human interference. This has also led to their demise on the road. She says part of the Burghers’ Walk rehabilitation project is to encourage penguins to nest inside the protected areas, and leaving the gate open undermines this goal. Burghers’ Walk is City-owned land situated next to Boulders Beach, a penguin sanctuary owned and managed by Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). The City of Cape Town, with the help of TMNP, is currently rehabilitating Burghers’ Walk. This year’s Penguin Festival will also aim to raise funds for the Burghers’ Walk project. Metrorail will partner with SANCCOB and several local businesses to make this day a success. SANCCOB will be selling hampers to raise funds for Burghers’s Walk at R1 000, made up off two bottles of wine, a fluffy toy, a wooden plaque and a certificate. For more information, visit www.sanccob.co.za.

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GENERAL

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Jobs for Madiba

ACHIEVERS: Volunteers and participants pose with Simba the Lion to show off their certificates. Photo: Supplied

Holiday fun at Masi hall AFTER an intense two-week winter programme, children were entertained by a Simba show and face painting in the Masiphumelele hall on Friday 8 July. The winter programme offered various sporting and recreational activities such as netball, volleyball, soccer and mind games, and was aimed at keeping children off the streets. The hall was packed to capacity as children showed their talents in dancing and other creative arts. There was ululation and smiles as Nomthandazo Velaphi and Thembela Zigxashi, the volunteers, handed out certifi-

cates to the participants. Vusi Cekiso, the facility officer, thanked the volunteers and the participants for their hard work in making the winter programme a success, and encouraged them to involve themselves more in recreational and sporting activities. Vusi said that the City’s Department of Sport and Recreation consider the rendering of recreational and sporting activities to the community a priority, in order to create a healthy and active society. He encouraged the community to support their children and encourage them to make use of the services offered at the community hall.

PROUDLY South African launched their 93 000 Jobs for Mandela Day campaign on Saturday 16 July. The campaign was launched in association with selected Media 24 titles, which currently comprises 57 community papers, and The Witness and Die Burger newspapers. The 93 000 Jobs for Mandela Day campaign aims to drive job creation through guiding and mobilising state organs, the business sector and citizens on how they can assist in creating 93 000 jobs for Mandela from his 93rd to 94th birthday year. “And how will we do this?” asks Herbert Mkhize, acting CEO of Proudly South African. “Just as we joined hands as a nation to host a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup, so we must join hands as a nation to create jobs for our people in South Africa. South African business, big and small, can make a start by procuring 50% of their daily consumables, products and services locally, while South Africans can start by filling their trolleys with at least 50% of locally-manufactured products and goods at their retail stores. “We would like to also encourage all

South Africans to start demanding to see more locally-produced products on the shelves in the various retail stores.” “In keeping with Madiba’s own approach in “Long Walk to Freedom”, a journey starts with a single step – and small steps in the right direction can create amazing results if we work together.” he says. Companies and South Africans wanting to make an official commitment to the campaign can register for the 93 000 Jobs for Mandela Day campaign via the Proudly SA website and become a friend of the Proudly SA 93 000 Jobs for Mandela Day Facebook page. Proudly South African will be monitoring and communicating progress with regards to this phenomenal job creations drive. Mkhize also reminded South Africans that consumers could also make a difference and support job creation by supporting local businesses. Proudly South African, in association with their selected Media 24 partners, will create a platform that will inform, educate and enable South Africans to actively contribute to job creation.

An employment opportunity ON Thursday 14 July, a hundred otherwise-unemployed people took to Table Mountain National Park to pick up litter as part of the Make South Africa Work and MSR (an employment-creation NGO formerly known as Men on the Side of the Road) initiative. On the day workers cleaned three different areas, including Oude Kraal, Tafelburg Road and Signal Hill. “Today is going to help me provide some food for my family. I am very happy”, said Bulelani Mangaliso from Nyan-

ga East, who was part of the project. Another unemployed man, Nosipho Njongo, said: “I have been in the township doing nothing. I am now happy that today I am working.” During the month of May MSR invited South Africans to make South Africa Work by donating R140 to cover one worker for a day. The money raised in the Cape is being used to employ workers to do basic maintenance and tidy up the mountain for the benefit of the whole community while combating unemployment.

HELPING HAND: Unem­ ployed people from across the Cape got the opportu­ nity to do their part for the communi­ ty and earn some money. Photo: David Van der Lingen

Charity book sale in Cavendish THE Chaeli Campaign will once again be participating in the Cavendish Square Charity Book Sale, taking place on Thursday 25 and Saturday 28 August. The Chaeli Campaign is looking for donations of books, CDs and DVDs, with special emphasis on children’s material. Donators can call the organisation should they need somebody to collect, or drop off items at Chaeli Cottage, 18 Culm Road in

Plumstead. All proceeds from the event will be used to promote and grow the organisation’s programmes and events, enabling it to “mobilise the minds and bodies of children with disabilities”. For more information, contact Lana on 086 124 2354, email lana@chaelicampaign.co.za, or visit www.chaelicampaign.co.za.

‘Travels with a roadkill rabbit’ THE Hout Bay Museum’s fireside chat will feature Catherine Lanz on Thursday 28 July at 18:30. Lanz, a Getaway adventure/travel photojournalist, will be discussing her book “Travels with a roadkill Rabbit”, which was published by Struik and won her an “Author

of the Month” award. She wrote a story of a family’s 20 000 kilometre safari around the Southern Circle of Africa. Glühwein, garlic bread and soup will be served. Tickets are R30 for members and R40 for non-members. For inquiries, call the Hout Bay Museum on (021) 790-3270.

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“Your no-longer-needed, valuable items can change the lives of many animals.” Goods can be dropped at Harry Goeman’s Shopping Centre, Bergvliet and the Nieuport Building, Recreation Road, Fish Hoek, or to the Tears office in Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, Fish Hoek. If you would like Tears to collect, call Marge Kruyt on (021) 785-7014 or email marge@tears.org.za.

THERE will be two auctions, hosted by The Emma Animal Rescue Society (Tears) this year to raise much-needed funds for their shelter. The organisation says it is time to spring clean cupboards and donate unwanted gifts to Tears.


Tuesday 19 July 2011

GENERAL

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LEADER

Page 10 People’s Post False Bay

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Proud partner THE nation celebrated Mandela Day yesterday as former president Nelson Mandela turned 93. In keeping with the worldwide gees of making the world a better place by volunteering just 67 minutes of your time, People’s Post partnered with Proudly South Africa (PSA) in a campaign to create 93 000 jobs within a year. The 93 000 Jobs for Mandela Day campaign was launched on 16 July, a partnership between selected Media 24 titles such as People’s Post, Tygerburger, City Vision and Die Burger. The campaign aims to drive job creation through guiding and mobilising state organs, the business sector and citizens on how they can assist in creating 93 000 jobs for Mandela from his 93rd to 94th birthday year. South Africans have shown that they have the power to unite as one in their indefatigable quest for democracy and, with equal gusto, in achieving world glory through successfully hosting the World Cup. Here is our chance to take centre stage again in shaping our economic destiny; our chance to soar above unemployment, poverty and despair. The statistics speak for themselves; with about a quarter of our population jobless, our unemployment rate ranks as among the highest in the world. We have the power to turn that statistic around and make Madiba proud. For 67 years, he fought oppression. Oppression has many guises and being poor subjects one to the most damaging, humiliating, soul-destroying oppression. The responsibility for job creation rests with government, industry and each individual. We are playing our part by creating a platform for business and the unemployed to connect. Regardless of how small the job is that is created, each job is a giant step towards empowering an individual, a family, a community, a nation. The platform is here. All you have to do is step up!

Your reporter misquoted me Will anything be done? WITH the recent death of my close friend Ray Renaud (“Road claims another life”, People’s Post, 7 June), attempting to cross Kommetjie road on foot, we are all once again deeply concerned with traffic control and pedestrian safety on this notorious stretch. On 25 July 1998 – 13 years ago – my wife was killed in a similar accident. Similar in that her death was also caused by a reckless driver travelling at an excessive speed. She was crossing the road after a function at the Catholic Church (6th Avenue) to return to our home on the mountainside. The vehicle hit and carried her past the Hillside junction, a distance of over 40m. There have been other horrifying accidents in the interim. I write because these accidents will continue and multiply with increasing traffic densities – unless prompt remedial steps are taken. Thirteen years ago, at the time of my wife’s death, there was a similar public outcry on pedestrian safety. There were protests in the media, meetings, presentations. Local and traffic authorities had much to say about alternatives, budgets and their

Buy-in is needed THE Minister of Tourism has stated on TV that the plan to promote South Africa as a sports destination is the next objective, so that families will choose the availability of our facilities as an

priorities. However, nothing was done then and very little later – 1st to 17th Avenues remain without a single dedicated pedestrian crossing. Vehicles speeding excessively are an everyday occurrence, and yet there are no traffic lights or roundabouts to calm the traffic along this stretch at critical intersections such as Highway and 13th Avenue leading to the High School, or at the 6th Avenue Hillside intersection where my wife was killed. The key issue is how to get the local authorities to actually do something. Their good intentions are not in doubt. However it seems to me they can be hamstrung by their own bureaucracy. Their priorities are not necessarily ours. They are more concerned with effective traffic flows and budgets. Nevertheless we of course look first to them. After all these years they surely have plans and the alternatives for safety well documented. So the main purpose of a public meeting with them should be to obtain their commitment to specific action and prompt timing. MICHAEL HACKING Fish Hoek

attractive pull for a sporting holiday destination. The Southern Peninsula has all this and so much more; what it does not have is the buy-in of the residents, which is essential for making it a top destination. ANGELA TAYLOR Kommetjie

I WISH to lodge a complaint against the writer of the article regarding small boat harbours (“Small boat harbours ‘in shambles’”, People’s Post, 5 July). The writer used information given, turned the words and added others to achieve her goal. By doing this the information I gave was then distorted and falsely published without my consent. The writer cannot mix and match statements so the meaning is different than that intended. Firstly, I was only made aware of the said article on 10 July, so I had no time to contact you earlier to rectify the comments. Your reporter, a female, phoned me a time ago asking for information regarding the harbours, compliance and drugs. She was doing research and gathering information. I had no problem in answering her questions and even gave her the website of Sealine to further her search. My problem is that the wording in the article states “they brag on forums like sealine.co.za”. This one sentence was compiled from two or more different statements. Yes, I said the fishermen brag about illegal catches due to non compliance at the harbours. This was directed at all fishermen, not only recreational. The conversation was about the working hours of Fishery Control Officers (FCOs). I informed the reporter to visit the website sealine.co.za. This I did as the site has a huge membership that uses the harbours daily and could give her more information. Is it not better to have broadbased information than information received verified by others first? Then the writer stated that my words were “when there is snoek there will be gangsters and drugs”. Again, the writer cannot just add words or change to suit her needs. On the question of whether I know of gangsters at the harbours, I commented I do not know gangs/gangsters. On the question is there drug usage at the harbours, my words were clear. On periods when snoek is run-

ning, you can, early in the morning, smell the cannabis. My word was “dagga”. The writer’s wording states that I said gangsters and drugs are like a common occurrence and everyday thing; so if you go to any harbour you will get drugs from gangsters. Clearly if this were the case, the police would have known about it. I have been using harbours for more than 30 years and never seen gangsters peddling drugs at three or four in the morning. The two sentences were not my say so, as they clearly did not reflect what I informed the reporter. As per the above explanation, I ask of the writer/reporter to rectify this. Never did I imply and/or suggest that all recreational fishermen from the website Sealine are bragging about their illegal catches on the website, as this is what the sentence suggests. ANDRIES VAN DER MERWE BOTH the sentences Van der Merwe refers to were direct quotes to People’s Post journalist, Daleen Fouché,and were recorded – along with the rest of the notes from her telephonic interview with Van der Merwe – in her notebook. During the interview, Van der Merwe provided further information and statements regarding activities at small boat harbours that were not printed, but confirms the context of his comments as portrayed in the article. No part of his comments was taken out of context or misrepresented. The aim of the journalist’s interview with Van der Merwe was to gain an opinion about small boat harbours from a source who uses these harbours on a regular basis. Van der Merwe was fully aware that he was being interviewed by a journalist for the purpose of publishing an article. There was no agreement by the journalist that any of the contents of the interview would be “off the record” and the paper stands by the accuracy of the article. – Ed.


LETTERS

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Your SMSes In response . If according to Ahmed Parker, the City is obliged to “protect its property assets against vandalism”, please ensure that he reads your front page article entitled “City building houses criminals”. . The bench on the town jetty was driven over by a fisherman. Perhaps the relocated bench from the Main Road could find its way there. Cameron . With reference to the closing down of Lakeside Spar: What goes around. I remember when Spar opened, they kicked Mr Foo and his takeaway out so I have always boycotted them. I will now happily shop at the new Pick n Pay. Di, Marina Da Gama . I was surprised by Anthony of Da Gama Park’s experience. I’ve found Tears nothing but helpful and I will support them. Carole, Ocean View . Tears has done more than its share for Da Gama Park over the years and it’s unfair to bad-mouth them. The residents are far from underprivileged. Sharon By the way . How about a tramline to replace the train between Muizenburg and Simon’s Town? . To the filthy butthead who keeps emptying his car ashtray out on Glen Road, I hope you get a smoking-induced ailment. Pat H . A homing pigeon has settled at our home in Capri. Ring number ZA2009 WKDU 06637. Contact Stephen at 078 243 9991 . What puzzles me are people who moan about the high cost of living but along the pavements in Fish Hoek we can count the people who stand around and smoke. The majority are women who should be inside the shops working for their wages about which they complain and toyi-toyi. Magda . On Friday morning I saw what looked like a member of the Ghost Squad giving a ticket to a taxi driver near the Sun Valley intersection. Well done to the Ghosties. Keep up the good work. Pat H

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Survey timing questionable

Colourful viewing . I enjoyed Colour TV. It’s nice to have some laughter and those who are not happy with the show, read a book. . Colour TV seems to be the only voice for coloured people. . This new show, Colour TV on SABC 2 is boring. Where’s the movies? Angry and bored viewer Delicious monster . The delicious monster fruit is edible and also delicious. It tastes like fruit salad. It’s ripe when the green skin starts “blistering” off. Be careful though – the little black spikes between the segments are prickly and not too nice. Nicolette, Sun Valley . The fruit of the delicious monster is indeed edible and it tastes like fruit salad. You can get a sensitive tongue if you eat too much. Stuart, Capri . As I recall, the skin of delicious monster fruit is segmented. We ate the fruit as kids and although it’s tasty, it has a slight sting on the tongue. Wilma . To the person asking about whether the fruit of a delicious monster is edible or not: Yes it is and it’s delicious! I ate some many years ago in Zimbabwe. . To the person with the delicious monster, as the common name implies it is only edible. It is nature’s fruit salad. It is ready to enjoy when pale green. Pat . Of course the delicious monster can be eaten. I’d love to buy some. Please call me on 076 980 8208. Electricity prices . I used 686 units in 7 days! I am ONE person! I went to buy another R300 and got 274 units. Somewhere I am being ripped off. Anyone else experience something similar? . I also wonder about the cost of electricity. I bought R500 at the beginning of the month and got my 50 free units but the meter ran down very quickly.

Animal matters . On the 18th I will spend 67 minutes thinking of all the poor animals suffering in the townships. Pat H . Animals are like kids, they should be seen and not hurt. God bless. Liz . Wow, these rich, selfrighteous “animal lovers” who live in their huge fancy houses (with often more than one inside toilets), you really are boring old farts. Did you read that little three-year-old’s mother had go out to use an outside toilet when these dogs attacked? Please shut up. Akeela . If you have seen or found a green ring-necked parakeet please contact 072 373 8328, www.parrotalert.com or the SPCA. It has been missing since 30 April. . I’ve witnessed people selling live chickens, limp and half dead from heat and a lack of water. Then they are packed into a tiny box with no air. This is horrible to witness. Desiree General . Congratulations to Metrorail on the school holiday programme they had. Well done! You should cover a positive story like that. Happy commuter . I don’t think the “work from home” job opportunities are real. I’ve gone on the Internet about it and couldn’t find a number to contact them on. Zenobia . After watching “The Life and Times of Mandela”, I suggest this government get their act together regarding services to informal settlements and others, otherwise I can see an uprising that we have never seen before, and all of us will suffer. These people are the ones who have put this government in power over the years. Terry . To KFC: I am another unhappy customer! There is only batter and skin. I rather go to Fruit & Veg City in Roeland Street for value for money. Jeff

I RECENTLY noticed a pneumatic road tube traffic counter device placed on Kommetjie Road between Capri and the Kommetjie Road/Ou Kaapse Weg intersection. An important function of a traffic count survey is to determine peak traffic flow to enable city planners to plan improvements to the road network to prevent congestion. Surely the timing of this survey during school holidays will not give a true indication of the peak traffic flow? STEPHEN WIGLEY Kommetjie SEAN GLASS, the head of Transport Network Development for the City of Cape Town, responds: The City’s Transport Department initially installed the survey equipment to measure traffic volumes during the school holiday period. The surveys will then be repeated at the same locations after the school holiday period so that a comparison can be made. This sort of study is often conducted, as

the City receives requests for comparisons of term-time and holiday period traffic. The Transport Department will use the information obtained to determine the extent by which the peak traffic periods on Kommetjie Road have shifted or lengthened. Different traffic signal plans are operated at the Capri Drive intersection at different times of the day. The plans operated during the peak periods favour the major traffic streams, giving longer periods of green signals to Kommetjie Road. The signal plans operated during the offpeak periods respond more quickly to traffic waiting on Capri Drive, switching the green signal to Capri sooner. When peak periods shift or lengthen, the timetable determining the times at which the various plans operate must be finetuned to ensure that the appropriate plan operates at any given time of day.

Association must butt out I AM a Kommetjie ratepayer and at a loss to understand the reason that the Kommetjie Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (KRRA) is objecting to the Cape Farmhouse Restaurant. It can’t be noise – there’s no way that the music could travel from near Cape Point to Kommetjie. It can’t be traffic – all the traffic to the farm bypasses Kommetjie. And it can’t be loss of business – there aren’t any competing restaurants in Kommetjie. Surely the proposed objection should have been widely advertised? After all, if the restaurant is such a problem, then residents of Kommetjie should have been able to comment, or put forward questions, before making an objection on our behalf. I would certainly have gone to a meeting where it was to be discussed.

Or did the KRRA board realise that nobody in Kommetjie has any objection to the restaurant? After all, many people at Kommetjie regularly frequent the restaurant and enjoy every minute of their visit. I suspect this is a case of influential people in the KRRA hijacking the organisation to pursue their own ends, whatever these may be. Probably supporting friends further south. The KRRA is supposed to represent the interests of Kommetjie residents and that’s all it’s supposed to do. The Cape Farmhouse Restaurant has nothing to do with the KRRA board, so they must stay out of the argument. If they won’t, we need to find board members who understand the real purpose of a ratepayers’ association. SANDY FORSYTH Kommetjie


LETTERS

Page 12 People’s Post False Bay

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Our mistake

About-face on bench HAVING read much of the correspondence regarding the issue of the infamous “bench”, I have to admit to a change of stance on the matter. Initially I regarded the removal of the bench as being a mean-spirited act by whomever was responsible – a ploy calculated to implement the “forced removal” of Mr Bryce and his female, and canine, companions. The response from many Simon’s Town residents was indignant, outraged and sympathetic to the plight of the three former fulltime occupants of the bench. Having given the matter more consideration, and in light of the facts revealed by Arne Söderland, chairperson of the Simon’s Town Civic Association (“The bench saga continues”, People’s Post, 5 July), I now have a different take on the matter. In a letter preceding Mr Söderland’s, Mr Bryce states they “have never asked anyone for anything”. It is common practice amongst beggars in many countries to be accompanied by a dog – it elicits immediate sympathy and reward, usually cash. Humans are odd beings; whereas we may turn a blind eye to one another in need, an animal, and especially man’s best friend, touches the heart. Bryce and his partner may not actively solicit for donations, but do they refuse any offers, because they presumably receive them

from pedestrian tourist passers-by making their way from the station to the village? Söderland is correct in stating both that the bench has been “appropriated” by this couple and their dog on a daily basis, to the exclusion of everyone else, and with its close proximity to the railway station, why the need for a bench there? Visitors arriving by train are presumably eager to make their way from the station to the village. Conversely, on leaving the town they would not be looking to sit down 40m from the station. Agreeably, an inappropriate spot for a bench. This couple may well “keep to themselves”, but their appearance and constant occupancy of what could well have been a fortuitous position for them does not present an image beneficial to Simon’s Town in any way. The choice to live as “free spirits” is theirs, but is there no other more secluded spot in the area they could choose to spend their time when not availing themselves of the generous facilities at Happy Valley? In conclusion, one has to ponder the question, given that local business owners on Main Road endure ongoing problems with vagrants messing and sleeping in their shop frontages: Would the same amount of sympathy from the residents of this town have been forthcoming if the seat occupants had been non-white? LAINE BRAMPTON Simon’s Town

Bench removal and its impact ROBIN CASTELL haughtily dismisses Arne Söderland’s previous account of the reasons behind the bench removal as “a mindless response” in the People’s Post on Tuesday 12 July, and as “absolute poppycock”. He refers to Söderland’s comments as “mindless and spurious”. Well Mr Castell, you had yourself made some reckless claims when you referred to those “old souls” and “that retired couple” which Söderland was able to correct you on. You went on to state that they had not appropriated the bench for their personal use. The very fact they parked out on it every day, all day contradicts your claim, because by doing so they denied anyone else the use of that bench, although one questions the reasons for a seat ever to have been positioned there anyway. To all the other bleating philanthropists in the area, there are any number of places in the Deep South this “harmless couple” can squat all day – why have they chosen to remain in

the same vicinity on the Main Road, near the station, if not to appeal to the generosity of those passing by? In spite of Donovan Bryce’s claim to the contrary in the People’s Post on Tuesday 5 July where he says that “we have never asked anyone for anything”, their chosen spot on the main road surely serves them well. The “homeless” dog no doubt also draws compassionate response. Does that hapless animal ever get walked, and does Mr Bryce carry doggy poop bags to dispose of its droppings? Emotional outpouring aside, this trio does not present an image befitting an historical and picturesque town which draws considerable benefit from tourism. Perhaps, given his youth and assumed fitness, Mr Bryce would consider giving something back to the community that supports him by volunteering to maintain the garden he spent so long squatting in front of? ANNABELLE GILBERT-JOHN Simon’s Town

DIAL-A-RIDE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WORKSHOP ON 30 JULY 2011 Notice is hereby given that a public participation workshop will be held on 30 July 2011 to discuss the Dial-a-Ride public transport service for the Cape Town area. The City of Cape Town is appealing to all persons with disabilities to participate in the review of its business plan for this service. In accordance with the City’s policy of participative, democratic and co-operative governance, Dial-a-Ride users have a say in how the service is run. Dial-a-Ride is a demand-responsive public transport service, provided in terms of a commercial service contract, and funded by the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Administration of the Western Cape. The main focus of Dial-a-Ride is to provide an accessible transport service to those persons who cannot access mainstream public transport as a result of their special needs. Should you wish to comment, raise any concerns or attend the Dial-a-Ride workshop please contact Zanele Mabengeza at Zanele.mabengeza@capetown.gov.za or tel 021 400 2579 by 25 July 2011 to reserve your place. Details of the workshop are as follows: DATE: 30 July 2011 TIME: 10:00 – 14:00 VENUE: Woodstock Community Hall, cnr Aberdeen and Main Roads, Woodstock ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

IN the letter response by Arne Söderland, chairperson of the Simon’s Town Civic Association, to the bench saga (“The bench saga continues”, People’s Post, 5 July), he refers to a photo of the bench.

In a follow-up letter from a Simon’s Town resident (“A mindless response”, People’s Post, 12 July) the writer states: “Mr Söderland did not include the attached photograph to the People’s Post.” This photo, however, was sent to People’s Post, but was not published due to space constraints. We apologise for the confusion.

THE BENCH: This is the photo of the bench and its occupant, mentioned by Arne Söder­ land in his letter response. Photo: Supplied

Lets get real about the bench AS we are all aware, Simon’s Town is one of the oldest, and therefore one of the most historic towns in South Africa. Fortunately much has survived, making it somewhat unique. The area, both natural and man-made, is extremely fragile, with the result that there are a number of associations which strive to preserve the beauty and integrity of this area. These associations are diverse, and include historical, business, security, environmental, and religious, caring for the homeless, educational and finally the Simon’s Town Civic Association, looking after the interests of the ratepayers. All of these associations are made up of volunteers who strive to see that this wonderful area is preserved, not only for themselves, but also for future generations. Most of all the associations are passionate about Simon’s Town. They certainly do not do it for self-gratification or financial gain. Being a volunteer takes up a huge amounts of time, and can be expensive running around in your car and the numerous telephone calls one needs to make. All these associations operate with limited and, in many cases without, any financial support from either local or central government. The Simon’s Town Civic Association, like ratepayers’ associations around the world, is made up of ratepayers who pay a nominal membership fee per year for their elected

members to look after the ratepayers’ best interests in dealing with issues relating to local government and issues relating to their towns. Therefore the Simon’s Town Civic Association executive committee has been democratically elected to serve the community. As democratically elected members we are required to make representation to council on issues that will benefit the vast majority of the residents. If the residents feel so strongly on decisions taken by the Simon’s Town Civic Association then might I suggest that they join, if they are not already members, and campaign to become democratically-elected members of the committee and we will gladly step down. I would like to add that the chairman of the Simon’s Town Civic Association did in fact attach the photograph of the bench loungers, but for reasons best known to People’s Post, they omitted to include it. This whole issue has become vindictive, pathetic and personal. None of us would join any of these associations to be the subject of vindictiveness or ridicule. It is important to get the facts straight before causing such a baseless public furore. Finally the remark regarding the flag is irrelevant, childish and belongs in a Grade One school playground. ROY BURNIE, MEMBER OF THE SIMON’S TOWN CIVIC ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

These are the facts IN an SMS published on 12 July which read: “What a great atmosphere at the British Bulldog. Thanks! Will and Louise”, People’s Post incorrectly insinuated that the message had come from Will and

Louise, when in actual fact it had been sent by a patron. Will and Louise are the new owners of the British Bulldog, and did not send this SMS. People’s Post apologises for the error.

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Tuesday 19 July 2011

Big band a big hit GARY VAN DYK

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he Big Band sound is starting to spread across the Cape Flats with the launch of a group in the Grassy Park area last week, and it’s got the beat to fight off the bad influences affecting the youth. On Thursday last week the hall of Hyde Park Primary in Parkwood came alive when the Grassy Park Youth Development Big Band was launched with some performances that almost got the school calling for repairs to their roof. William Rezant, of the Western Cape Musicians’ Association (WCMA), said that this project was inspired by the success of the achievements of the Delft Big Band, and was a partnership between them, the Department of Education, especially Franklin Lewis, the head curriculum advisor for music, as well as the Lotto, from who they are receiving funding. “In 2009 WCMA applied for funding from the Lotto for youth development in music in the Western Cape pointing out the success of the project in Delft. “Thankfully we received some funding this year and launched Kidz Can in the Retreat, Lavender Hill, Grassy Park and Lotus River areas, and the band is part of this project. “For the band we initially targeted all or most high schools in these areas, but to our surprise some of the primary schools also wanted to be part of this project. “As you can see these youngsters are all excited about being part of it,” he said. Rezant added that the idea behind the project was more than just helping youth develop themselves through music. “We also want to stop our youth from getting involved with drugs, gangsterism and all these negative influences that plague them in their areas. “Over the past few years we have seen the success of the Delft Big Band under Ian Smith, who has grown the talents of those youngsters to a phenomenal level, and we are using his skills to help us with

this new project as well. “During these recent school holidays we got going at the Battswood Arts Centre, where 130 children got into learning to read music and playing instruments ranging from marimbas and steel pan drums, to all the wind instruments featured in a big band.” At the launch last week Smith demonstrated and explained how the teaching in the big band format takes place with the new learners showing off their talents. Then it was the turn of the Delft Band to give the learners a taste of what they will be doing in a few months time, and they were blown away. Tamryn Marcus (17) is a trombonist from Grassdale High, who was very excited about what she heard. “I feel very inspired when I listen to them, and excited to know that we will also be getting to that level if we work hard. While I have been playing at school for some years, the music that they are doing is something else,” she said. Timothy Mathlay (13) from Hyde Park Primary is a saxophonist who was still wide-eyed long after the Delft band performance. “That band gave me goosebumps! It is totally different to what we have been doing at school. “I can’t to get going seriously to get to that level.” Clarinetist Allison Davids (18) is at Grassy Park High and always knew she wanted to do music, but hearing the Delft group has inspired her more. “I have been playing for a number of years, but this is the first time that I have heard band play together like that. Wow!” Lance January (17) is a trombonist who also has playing bass guitar as an option. “Why don’t we hear music like this more often? This is exciting and I love the energy of the music. “I know that with this project we are going to discover lots of new music to inspire us.” Rezant concluded by adding that similar projects are planned for more areas in the Western Cape. “We also like to appeal to anyone who has spare instruments and would like donate or contribute to these projects to contact me on 073 399 0244, (021) 4479936 or via email William@wcma.co.za.”

MIGHTY APHRODITE: Pop singer Kylie Minogue had the audience dancing in the aisles at the Grand Arena, Grand West Casino, on Wednesday 13 July, as she brought her Aphrodite tour to Cape Town fans. Photo: Jaco Marais

Belly dancers to tantalise A BEVY of beautiful dancers will take audiences on a journey to faraway places as they shimmy and undulate to the sensual rhythms of the Middle East. The Feminine Divine Annual Studio Show takes place at Bergvliet High School on Saturday 23 July from 19:00. The Feminine Divine is one of Cape Town’s largest belly dance studios, with three passionate and skilled teachers teaching over 300 students in and around Cape Town. They are led by Tenille Lindeque, one of Cape Town’s most sensual dancers, who is well respected in the belly dance community. Tickets cost R55 per person and bookings are essential. For inquiries call Tenille Lindeque on 083 760 8499 or email femininedevine@neomail.co.za.

THE BAND: Fresh off a series of sold­out shows across the Cape Peninsula, Sixgun Gospel will showcase its extensive catalogue in preparation for re­ cording its EP this month. The EP blends blues, country, rock, bluegrass and funk. The band will play at Muizenberg’s Melting Pot with up­and­coming songstress, Natasha Meister, on Friday 22 July. Photo: Supplied

SENSUALITY EPITOMISED: Tenille Lindeque opened the Feminine Divine studio in 2003 and has since been featured on Top Billing and Spirit Sun­ day. Photo: Supplied

Hobnob with hotshot directors IF YOU want to get up close and personal with directors of the calibre of Malcolm Purkey, James Ncgobo, Janice Honeyman, Geoffrey Hyland and Aubrey Sekhabi, and actors such as Dawid Minnaar, Diane Wilson and Faniswa Yisa, this conference is for you. Directors and Directing is hosted by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July.

Featuring several performances in addition to panels and talks, this groundbreaking event will take place at Hiddingh Campus, UCT. The conference will explore “thoughts around directing by some of the nation’s leading theatrical and critical minds, in carefully-staged conversations that will be intimate as they promise to be illuminating and insightful”.

Tickets are available through Computicket and cost R120. This includes all talks and performances, the opening function, coffee and tea, a Sunday brunch and closing drinks. Single-day tickets are R60. Student rates are R80 for the full conference. The full programme will be available from www.gipca.uct.ac.za from Wednesday 6 July. Contact (021) 480-7156 or fingipca@uct.ac.za.

ROCKING: The Dirty Skirts will hold their album launch at Zula Bar in Long Street in the city centre on 23 July from 21:00. Entrance is R50.Photo: Supplied


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Annual show a success

Dancing their way up DESPITE the recent gang warfare in Lavender Hill, a young group of dancers has emerged as the winners in a competition held in Ocean View recently. Hosted by Arts Vibration Incorporated 2 in conjunction with Heal the Hood South Africa, Objects in Motion won the Best Dance Crew Section, as well as the Best B-boy and Popping Section. The group consists of Brandon Eftha (21), Stefan Benting (20) and Charles Eftha (19). Prior to this, the group also won the Annual Talent Search organised by the Cape Youth Develop- NUMER ONE: The winning crew, Objects in Motion, with a replica ment Organisation (CAY- cheque of their winnings. DO), where they competed against 108 performers. competition proves that we are on the right This crew dedicated all their free time and track by not being involved with negativity energy to rehearsals and correcting their and drugs. moves. They have been friends since childIt also shows that we have the talent to comhood, and live in the same block of flats in pete not only in Cape Town, but overseas as Frere Court. They have an ardent fan base, well.” and take their inspiration from their parents. Information about the group can be obEftha, winner of the popping section says: tained from Eftha on 071 076 3019 or Benting “Winning isn’t everything, but winning this on 078 606 5701.

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HE Valley Christian Church hosted the ever-popular, “Thank You For The Music”, a musical show, on Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June at the Fish Hoek High School. The purpose of the show was to raise funds for The Sunflower Fund, which aims to increase the number of donors on the South African Bone Marrow Registry by offering prospective donors free blood and stem cell tissue testing. The show included Valley Christian Church’s church band entertaining audiences with hit songs by Tina SUNFLOWER SHOW: The cast of “Thank you for the Mu­ Turner, U2, Roy Orbi- sic” in action. Photo: Gwen Rea son, Sting and Queen, as well as Fish Hoek Primary school draThe church said it was also grateful ma students performing songs and to all artists who donated their paintdance from “Joseph” and “The Wizard ings to be auctioned at the shows; a total of Oz. The Sarah Cookney Academy of of R15 550 was raised just from auctionDance displayed their graceful talents ing these works of art. to music and songs. The aim of the show was to raise Pastor Mark Harris, pastor of Valley R90 000 for The Sunflower Fund. Christian Church” and Jono Holgate, The church plans to host the show director of the show. extended their again in 2012, with an even bigger and heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsors. better show.

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Meet our Blue Badge umpire STEHAN SCHOEMAN

THERE are many unsung sporting heroes living among us, one of them being Genevieve Lentz, a world-class table tennis umpire. Thirty-year-old Lentz, from Bonteheuwel, is officially the only female Blue Badge umpire in the country and on the African continent. “My road as an umpire started way back in 2001. There are rigorous tests to go through before you become qualified. You first start off as a league umpire, then provincial, national and international,” explains Lentz. Since 1999 she has only missed three national championships due to international duty. Not that she’s complaining, since this has afforded her the opportunity to travel all over the world. “Just after qualifying in 2006, I was blessed to be selected to umpire at the World Disabled Table Tennis Championship in Switzerland. “The disabled body of the sport is governed by their own rules, and I

passed the Para-exams at the championship, which currently makes me the only qualified female in the country,” said Lentz. She also umpired at the African Table Tennis Championship in 2007. In 2008 she was the only female from Africa who was selected to be an umpire at the Beijing Paralympics. “Beijing was definitely one of my highlights. The World Table Tennis Championship in Japan (2009) will also go down as one of my favourite moments, as this is where the best in the world compete. “This is where I did my Advanced Umpires Training (AUT), to become an elite umpire called a Blue Badge umpire,” says Lentz. While the championship in Moscow was “incredible”, Lentz says the pinnacle of her career thus far has been to umpire the women’s single final at the first Youth Olympics in Singapore last year. Lentz is currently a member of the Liv-ken Table Tennis Club in Grassy Park, and serves on the national technical committee.

UMPIRING BEAUTY: Genevieve Lentz is arguably one of the best female refs in the world.Photo: Supplied

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AERIAL ACTION: Standards United’s Sergio Witbooi heads the ball past Siyabulela Tslumbana from Young Stars in the two sides’ clash in the last 128 round of the Coca­Cola Cup at Grassy Park on Sunday. Standards United won 9­8 on penalties after the match ended 3­3 after normal time. Photo: Rashied Isaacs

Villager RFC’s Neil Cleghorn is tackled by Solly Tyibilika and Martin du Toit of Hamilton’s during his side’s 41­13 loss in the WPRFU Super League A on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

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Tuesday 19 July 2011

Positives from pulsating clash TASMIN CUPIDO

DESPITE opening their Absa Currie Cup campaign with a draw to GWK Griquas, Allister Coetzee and DHL Western Province will be positive that the young, inexperienced side was able to put up a fight.

YOUNG ACE: DHL Western Province flyhalf, Gary van Aswegen, gets past a tackle by Davon Raubenheimer of GWK Griquas during the 26­26 draw between the two sides in the opening match of the Absa Currie Cup at DHL Newlands on Saturday. Photo: Nasief Manie/Photo24

Youth tourney returns THE postponed Westend United drug awareness and sports days will be held, under the auspices of Gleemoor Baptist Church, at City Park on 8 and 9 August from 09:00. The tournament will see a primary school challenge on the Monday and a programme honouring women of strength in the community on the Tuesday. There is prize money of R5 000 for the winning team, as well as other team and individual prizes. Various drug awareness organisations will also man information stalls on both days. Opportunities for food and goods stalls are still available, as well as information stalls for any drug awareness organisations. For further details or to book a stall, call Jeff on 082 216 2460 or Mandy on (021) 696-4625.

The 26-26 scoreline at DHL Newlands on Saturday afternoon proves that the youngsters in royal-blueand-white will put up a challenge in the annual competition, despite the Cape side being plagued by injury and a number of players performing international duties. Due to the DHL Stormers’ participation up until the semi-finals of the Super Rugby competition, the Province squad only had eight days to prepare for the kick-off of the Currie Cup – the Griquas had already been training together for three weeks. Coetzee says they are positive after the performance. “Of cause we are disappointed about not being able to win, but it certainly is not all negative,” he said after the match. “We had eight players making their Currie Cup debuts today, and the youngsters showed that this team has tons of potential.” He also admitted that they had missed important point-scoring opportunities during the match. “We butchered a few chances and some of the new combinations need to settle and be refined,” Coetzee said. “But I am confident that we can take a number of positives from this match – the youngsters stood up to the challenge and impressed.” Coetzee also defended a decision to not take a shot at goal after receiving a penalty late in the match, saying that the captain had consulted replacement flyhalf, Demetri Caterikillis, about whether the shot was within his range. The kick, which could possibly have put Province in the lead, was not taken. Two young players who impressed on the field were flanker, Siya Kolisi, and flyhalf, Gary van Aswegen. Kolisi, who scored one of WP’s two tries, was impressive on attack and defence, while also showing steel at breakdown points. His ability to gain valuable metres with ball in hand was also notable. Van Aswegen, who scored 16 of his side’s points from his boot, was a real general in the back line, often taking the lead in making sure the troops were organised. His tactical kicking was impressive, while his defence has improved noticeably. . This Friday Province look to win their first match when they travel to Potchefstroom to take on the Leopards at Profert Olen Park.

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