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Two die in head­on collision DALEEN FOUCHÉ


HORRIFIC accident on Ou Kaapse Weg claimed the lives of two people in a head-on head collision on Saturday night at 23:00. Warrant Officer Peter Middleton, spokesperson for the Fish Hoek police, says a 32year-old man, driving a white Corsa bakkie, and a 24-year-old man, driving a white Ford Bantam bakkie, were involved in the collision on a bend at the top of the mountain pass. Both died at the scene of the accident. There were no passengers in either cars. The names of the deceased had not been released to the media by the time of going to print. Middleton says the factors that led to the accident are unknown, and there were no witnesses to the collision. He says the road surface was dry at the time of the accident.

An inquest docket has been opened at the Fish Hoek Police Station. On 16 February last year, a woman died in a car accident on Ou Kaapse Weg. Her car had skidded on diesel that had been spilled by a security vehicle about 45 minutes before the accident (“Ou Kaapse Weg claims a life”, People’s Post, 23 February 2010). In February this year, the City of Cape Town decided to implement a new speed limit for Ou Kaapse Weg (“New speed limit for Ou Kaapse Weg, People’s Post, 15 February). The speed limit was reduced from 90km/h to 80km/h. Traffic calming measures were also proposed for the intersection of Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road, along with the introduction of cat’s eyes for the entire road.

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Some of these measures, however, have not yet been implemented. Councillor Felicity Purchase, chairperson of the South Peninsula Subcouncil, says signs for the new speed limit have been put up along Ou Kaapse Weg. She says the speed limit for most of Ou Kaapse Weg is 80km/ h, with a 70km/h speed limit at the Silvermine intersection. Purchase says the plans for Ou Kaapse Weg have been approved by the City, but the budget still needs to be finalised. She says there will be a meeting on 7 July to discuss Kommetjie Road, where the budget of Ou Kaapse Weg will also be discussed. “There is money available to make the planned changes on Ou Kaapse Weg, but the City only recently finalised its overall bud-

get,” she says. People’s Post requested statistics from the City of Cape Town on accidents that have occurred along the entire length of Ou Kaapse Weg. The City, however, could only provide statistics of accidents at intersections along Ou Kaapse Weg. According to the City, 14 accidents occurred on the intersection of Ou Kaapse Weg and Silvermine Road in 2010, with only one accident resulting in a serious injury. Reasons for these accidents range from a car suddenly stopping, and drivers keeping inadequate following distances, to overtaking without checking. Middleton says that a speed limit is the absolute maximum speed that motorist should travel, and not their average speed. “People should slow down when going around the bend, even if they know the road well,” he says.

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Tuesday 21 June 2011

A triumph over tragedy DALEEN FOUCHÉ

GRADUATION DAY: Lesley Schroeder­McLean received a psychology degree cum laude from UNISA at her graduation on Saturday 28 May. Seen here, from left, are Dave Moneron, Lesley’s son, Taylor McLean, Lesley’s best friend, Chiquita Gardner, Lesley Schroeder­ McLean, Lesley’s husband, Chris McLean, and her son, Lewis Mclean. Photo: Supplied

LIFE is filled with tragedy, but an extraordinary few manage to turn tragedy into opportunity. Such was the case with Lesley Schroeder-McLean (49), a Kalk Bay mother of four who graduated from UNISA with a BA Degree in Psychological Counselling with distinction on Saturday 28 May. Schroeder-McLean is currently working on her Masters Degree in Social Science Methods at the University of Stellenbosch. But these achievements were inspired by tragedy. Six years ago, Mark Schroeder, one of Lesley’s sons, died at the young age of 17. Mark was travelling in Alaska when his plane crashed into the icy Johnstone Lake near Prince William Sound in Alaska. “The horror of losing my precious son made me increasingly empathetic towards others whose lives had been rocked to the core, and I began reaching out and supporting bereaved parents and teenagers,”

writes Lesley on her website http://, an online group for grieving parents. In an interview with People’s Post, Lesley explains that parents who have lost their children often want to do something in memory of their child. Lesley says that she decided to study further because she wanted to help others. She, however, believes that if you want your “voice to be heard” you need to have the academic background to “back it up”.

Lesley’s particular field of study centres on how siblings deal with the death of a brother or a sister. “This is a very under-researched area, and school management teams and school psychologists have expressed the need for better insight into sibling grief and the kind of interventions that are most helpful.” Lesley says that compared to other age groups, teenage death is very rare, but impacts many families, and school communities play an important role in facilitating

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ESKOM has put up electricity tariffs by 25%, and the City of Cape Town has kept the average increase down to a shade under 20%. This may seem reasonable, but averages and percentages can conceal a great deal, so what does it mean in real money? How will your electricity account be affected? This year there are no easy comparisons, because the steps in the escalating tariff structure have been changed. In the official tariff notice, the percentage increase is described as N/A, or not applicable. The only way to do comparisons is to take actual examples, so let’s take a modest house in the suburbs using 800 units a month. At the present tariff, the householder would be paying R746.48 a month. From 1 July, the bill for the same quantity of electricity will rise to R944.50. That is an increase of 26,5%, or R200 a month. In rands and cents terms, the old tariff (the domestic low) was 93.31 cents. The new tariff is 118.06 cents, so the increase is 24.75 cents a unit. Since the average Eskom wholesale price will go up by 10.5 cents a unit, the City is clearly making the most of the

opportunity to squeeze more profit out of the good people of suburbia. The punishment for small businesses (the ones who are expected to create most of the new jobs) will be even worse. Tariffs for those using less than 1 000 units a month will go up by 24 cents a unit to R1.44. Since Eskom’s average selling price is now 52.25 cents a unit, that’s a mark-up of well over 100% – enough to make an honest retailer blush. Things look much better for those who can keep their electricity usage below 600 units a month.




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The bill for, say, 500 units will rise from R466.55 a month to R537.15, an increase of just of R70, or 15.1%. In cents per unit terms, the increase will be a reasonable 14.1 cents. What the new tariffs do is pile on the pressure to save electricity. A measure of cross-subsidisation for the poor is defensible, but the City is not taking the money from the rich. It is taking it from you and I. Last year the domestic high tariffs applied to the extravagant people who used 1 500 or more units a month. Anything less than that was “domestic low”, so the householder who used just 800 units a month (the one quoted above) certainly does not deserve to be treated like the rich and a fair target for our municipal Robin Hoods. The new tariffs will be effective because they will hurt the people who work on tight budgets. The legitimate targets, in terms of Robin Hood morality, will simply pay up, though they may turn down the underfloor heating a notch or two. If you think it’s tough this year, just wait for next year, when there will be no election to moderate the voracious appetite of City Hall.


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Popular venue under threat Cape Farmhouse criticised for Saturday concerts DALEEN FOUCHÉ


ET another venue in the Far South has come under fire from its neighbours for hosting music concerts with amplified music. The Cape Farmhouse, a restaurant at the foot of Red Hill, has been publicly criticised in an email to Scarborough residents, requesting them to reconsider their support for the live concerts, held on the property on Saturday afternoons. Last year People’s Post reported on complaints from Noordhoek residents regarding the noise emanating from The Toad in the Noordhoek Farm Village (“Music silenced after complaint”, People’s Post, 31 August 2010). The Toad ceased its concerts after the complaints. David Stonestreet, chairperson of the Red Hill Conservation Group, and author of the email, says some of his colleagues in the Red Hill Conservation Group live only 14m away from the venue, and have to “flee their homes” on Saturday afternoons to escape the noise. “We are not against the odd ‘ad hoc’ party that any neighbour might have, but what we do resent is the impact that these concerts have on our lives when they become regular commercial activities,” he says. The farm is home to several businesses, including the Cape Farmhouse Restaurant, a jeweller, the Red Rock curio shop and a statue display. David Barret, of Stratagem Consultants, a company hired by the Farmhouse to help resolve the issues, says the Farmhouse commissioned an independent consulting company to measure the noise at a concert and to advise on how to ensure the sound was within council limits. “The company reported that there is more noise emanating from the Red Hill informal settlement and from a picnic area opposite the farm, than from the Farm-

house,” says Barret. Dr Ivan Bromfield, executive director of City Health for the City of Cape Town, says noise measurements were taken at the home of one of the complainants. He says at that stage, a “disturbing noise” could not be determined. Barret further argues that their closest neighbour is 600m away from the Farmhouse. He maintains that concerts are not held every week, and all the concerts end at 18:00. But Stonestreet and the Red Hill Conservation Group remain concerned about “illegal commercial activities on the farm”. He says that all commercial activities around the Cape Farmhouse are “illegal” due to the property being zoned for agricultural use, and claims that the temporary departure for economic activity on the farm expired in May 2010. “The music concerts have never been legal to date,” says Stonestreet. The City is currently taking legal action against the owner of the farm for “unauthorised activities” on the farm. Cheryl Walters, director of the City’s Planning and Building Development department, says the Cape Farmhouse, along with the other businesses on the farm, is currently operating illegally, because they do not have the necessary land use departure. She says the farm’s land-use application for a temporary departure is currently being processed, and has been advertised to interested and affected parties and the Ratepayers’ Association. “Objections have been received. As a result the decision on the application will be made by politicians. “After that there is an appeal process. Given the above, no indication can be gi-

ven as to when the process will be completed,” she says. But Barret says that “bureaucracy” has delayed their land use application. He says the Cape Farmhouse requested an extension on their previous departure of five years in June 2010. The City, however, only provided a response to this request in November 2010. Barret says the City declined the request and advised them to submit a new application. “We immediately started the process, but it took another five months before the council was satisfied with the application.” The application was submitted in April this year. Barret says that before the process could be completed, acting on a complaint from one of the objectors, council sought to close the Farmhouse down on the grounds that it was now operating illegally. Simon Liell-Cock, local ward councillor, says the long-term plan for Plateau Road is to maintain the “pristine nature” of the area. He says Cape Town, and especially the Far South, attracts tourists because of its natural beauty. “One has to consider whether any activity will add to or diminish the long-term plan for the area,” he says. Liell-Cock further says that each application must be viewed on its own merit. Sarah Morris, owner of the Cape Farmhouse, says the facility is a “great venue” for families. “I will do my best to take my neighbours into consideration,” she says. The Cape Farmhouse received “hundreds” of letters of support. “The majority of Scarborough residents clearly see the Cape Farmhouse as a major asset to the area – a place where they can eat well and where their children can play safely, and as something they value as a benefit to the community,” says Barret.

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THERE will be a bric-a-brac sale on Friday 24 June from 08:30 to 10:00 in the Fish Hoek Civic Centre foyer, next to the library. All are welcome. For more information, contact Liz Wynne Dyke on (021) 785-01315.

THE Save our Seas Shark Centre in Kalk Bay is holding a series of talks over the next six months. The first talk is entitled “The politics of shark attacks” by Chris Neff, a visiting American social scientist who has a long and successful history of

political campaigning in the USA. The talk will take place at the Shark Centre in Kalk Bay at 19:00 on Wednesday 22 June, and the cost is R50, which includes soup and rolls. Booking is essential and can be made by calling (021) 788-6694.

THE Masiphumelele Community Centre will be hosting winter school games from Monday 27 June to Friday 15 July. This is an initiative by the City of Cape Town’s Sport and Recreation Department to keep children occupied and entertained during the holidays. Parents are urged to send their children to the centre to experience and participate in a variety of sport and recreational programmes. Masiphumelele Library will, in conjunction with sport and recreation, provide some activities to the learners from 09:00 to 16:00. Simba the Lion will be present doing face-painting and entertain the audience on Friday 8 July. Certificates will be issued to those who will be participating. For inquiries, contact Masiphumelele hall on (021) 785-4754 or (021) 782-4068.

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Tuesday 21 June 2011

Red tape puts trees on hold DALEEN FOUCHÉ


NOTHER conflict has erupted in Capri, this time over 30 indigenous trees given to the community by the City of Cape Town for planting in the Capri Park. An anonymous source, who is a member of the Capri Park Working Group, informed People’s Post that two members of the Capri SRA steering committee have stopped the group from planting the trees in the park. The group obtained the trees on 11 June. The source says the working group, which comprises 10 members and many Capri residents who volunteer their time, established a good relationship with the City official in charge of parks in the area when they cleaned the park and painted the jungle gym in March. But before the group could start planting the trees in the public open space, the member received an email from the City official asking her to not go ahead with her plans before following protocol. The working group intended to plant the trees as soon as they received them. An email to the working group from the City official states that the two members of the Capri SRA steering committee “requested” the official to stop the group from planting the trees. The official further requested the group to follow “protocol”, which entails the consent of all interested and affected parties. The group is in the process of placing a request in the postboxes of all the residents living in the vicinity of the park to establish whether there are any objections to the trees being planted. If residents have an objection to the trees being planted in the Capri Park, they must lodge their concerns with the City official before Friday 24 June. Further details will be supplied to affected residents. The Capri Park Work Group, however, says they did not expect to have to gain consent for planting trees in a public open space. “We do not want to put up a skyscraper. We just want to plant some trees.” She says that the tree planting initiative and the park cleaning initiative earlier this

year have nothing to do with the proposed Capri Special Rating Area (SRA). “We are just a bunch of community-minded people who want to make the park beautiful for our children.” She says that they have a “professional layout” of how the trees should be planted. The proposed Capri SRA was rejected by full council on Wednesday 11 May. The proposal was submitted on 15 November 2010. It proposed that additional rates, collected by the City, be used in Capri Village and be administered by an elected committee. The Capri SRA said in the business plan submitted to the City that they hoped to deploy two security guards to patrol the village on bicycles, install high-tech cameras on the mountain to monitor open spaces, install a baboon-proof electrical fence around the village and promote the greening of open spaces. The City declined the application because it believed that the Capri Village homeowners were “clearly divided” on the matter. The steering committee is currently re-visiting the SRA proposal in line with suggestions from the City, and will re-submit the application in November, in accordance with council’s SRA Bylaw. Clive Byrne, who serves on the Capri SRA steering committee, says he fully supports the upgrading of the Capri Park, but requests that it be done in accordance with the City’s Public Parks Bylaw and its tree planting policy. He further requested “community involvement” with the park, and that all projects in the park are sustainable. “I hope the trees can be planted as soon as possible, because winter is the best time to plant indigenous trees,” says Byrne. Councillor Felicity Purchase says the City has a policy regarding trees, because it is a contentious issue. “Some people want trees, but others do not.” She says that the Sunydale residents and ratepayers, along with herself as ward councillor, should have been approached, before the trees were procured. She says, however, that it is not “too big a deal”. Purchase says it is important to do things correctly, especially because there are unresolved issues in Capri.

Well-loved pastor passes on MELISSA LE ROUX

WELL-KNOWN as the “praying pastor” of Fish Hoek, André Erasmus (89), passed away on Sunday afternoon 19 June. Erasmus would visit the beach up to three times a day, greeting everyone who passed him. “He has been quite a legend here in Fish Hoek; he would pray with and for just about anybody. He was an exceptionally kind person, who would offer to help strangers any day,” says Pastor John Thomas, a close friend. Erasmus would visit Pollsmoor Prison to pray for all the convicts, guards, and everyone else in the building. He served as a pastor in various communities for 64 years. He moved to Fish Hoek in

the 1960s, where he was actively involved in the community until eight years ago – when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Erasmus’ wife of 12 years, Francie, fondly remembers her late husband for blessing people wherever he walked. “He loved his walking and he was very fit. He would never walk alone though, because of his illness. “He loved Fish Hoek Beach, and he always prayed for the fishermen, that they may get a good catch,” she says. Erasmus leaves behind his wife, six children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held on Friday 24 June at the King of Kings Baptist Church on Ou Kaapse Weg – where he was a pastor for four years – at 10:00.

Long and happy life PHYLLIS FISHER (95) passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning 14 June at Reech Home for Seniors in Muizenberg, just four months before her and her husband, Harold’s 68th wedding anniversary. The two were active members of Fish Hoek Bowling Club, and many of their bowls friends attended the memorial service at King of Kings Baptist Church on Thursday 16 June. Phyllis played bowls at Fish Hoek Bowling Club until about a year ago, and led an active life, cleaning her own flat, running to Shoprite down the road and carrying the shopping bags up two flights of stairs to their first floor flat, says daughter, Jeanette Airey. Phyllis also climbed to the very top of Lion’s Head just before she turned 80 years old. Three months before her 93rd birthday, she was taken to the UK by her children, and she climbed the steps to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral in London – 520 steps up and 520 steps down. She loved walking on the “catwalk” at the beach and was always dusting off the

REST IN PEACE: Phyllis Fisher (95) with her her first grandchild, Sandy Small. Photo: Supplied benches so that people could sit in comfort. She even trimmed back some of the bushes, so that the path would be clear. Phyllis did her own cooking and washing in a twin tub washing machine, and also baked lemon meringue pies for each and every family function. She attributed her long life and happiness to “eating correctly, going to bed on time, keeping active and having a deep, vibrant Christian faith” and this is the heritage she has left the family. They say she will be sorely missed.


Tuesday 21 June 2011

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Drug dealers in custody P

OLICE say they are continuing their efforts to rid communities of drugs, and held another drug search operation yesterday morning in Ocean View. Police searched a dwelling in Pype Court and found a hidden underground room. Police found 40 straws of tik, and arrested a 23-year-old man, who was charged with drug possession. On Sunday, police searched a house in Pokela Road in Masiphumelele. They confiscated one big plastic bag of dagga, and 49 stoppe of dagga. A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of dagga. The estimated street value of these drugs is R2 000. Ocean View station commander, Lieuten-

ant Colonel Jacobus Augus, was pleased with the successes. “I would like to thank the members of the community for providing us with factual information that led to this success. Slowly but surely we are going to win the fight against drugs in the Ocean View precinct.” Residents of Sector One, consisting of Ocean View, can contact their sector manager, Constable Denver Johnson, on 079 893 9823. Residents of Sector Two, consisting of Masiphumelele, can contact their sector manager, Constable Clive Meyer, on 082 522 2618 with information. The suspects will appear in the Simon’s Town Magistrate Court today on charges of possession of drugs.

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in the company of a trained volunteer. This service has been in operation for more than 10 years, and is only made possible by the commitment of members of the community. Anyone wishing to become involved can phone the ECC on (021) 782-0333 and become a volunteer in the Emergency Control Centre. The chairman of ECC, Bob Handiek, attended an end-of-term function of the South Peninsula Subcouncil recently, and received a certificate awarded to the ECC in recognition of the positive contribution made to the community over the years.


Simon’s Town Police Forum meets day 27 June at 18:00. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, contact Wally Storer on 083 625 6362.

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Tuesday 21 June 2011

Caddie ‘psychologists’ aim at golfing glory ANDRE BAKKES

GOLF can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle. Caddies, in that respect, are miracle workers. They are more than just advisors – they are the golfer’s psychologist, lean-to, and only friend. These guys not only work in the most serene environment imaginable, they also “fertilise” the mind of blooming golfers. People’s Post talked to From the left are Cosmos Mweniwao, Johannes Fortuin and Ian Jooste. two Rondebosch Golf Photo: Andre Bakkes Course caddies, Johannes Fortuin and Cosmos Mweniwao, after lawi, which has “nice” courses, but Mwenithey returned from their own tournament at wao says South Africa’s are better. Royal Durban Golf Club, in which they exhibWhen asked why his WP B-team didn’t ited their meticulous swings. crack the top three in the caddie stroke play These professionals don’t only caddie, but tournament in Durban, he answers apologetithey can play the near-perfect round as well. cally: “I thought I’m playing in the A-team, so The Western Province A team, of which For- was far away when I suddenly got the news tuin is the captain, were crowned champions that I must tee-off. My first two shots went out and Mweniwao’s B-Team came fourth. of bounds and it was difficult to recover from Their manager, Ian Jooste, elaborates: there.” “These caddies compete on a national level The caddies only played two rounds, so to against the best the other provinces have to recover from such a start says a lot about his offer. There are 16 teams and four caddies per mental strength. team, which amounts to 60-odd players.” This Golf is much more than a sport – it’s a lonely was the fifth such event, and WP has never fin- trip down an unexplored path, which eventuished outside the top five. ally defines one’s mentality. With a caddie by Many are under the illusion that caddies your side it’s easier to face those inner dejust caddie, but they are, of course, also avid mons. golfers. Fortuin continues: “We are there for the Fortuin, playing off a handicap of two, sums golfer and strive to keep them positive. They it up when he says: “It is very important that will get frustrated, but we keep them in the caddies play golf. One can give better advice right frame of mind. to players, because you know what you’re “They will give up halfway through the talking about.” round, but we try to bring them back. A caddie He grew up next to a golf course near West- stands between winning and losing, and often lake, and says he has wanted to play golf ever saves at least five shots a round.” since he was a young boy. As a result, he startHe says it takes just one shot to sum up the ed hitting golf balls around from the age of golfer and prepare for what lies ahead. eight, and has been at it for 35 years. Even the caddie, however, knows when it’s The saying that practice makes perfect has a lost cause. Fortuin recalls a particularly bad never been further away from the truth in golfer asking him which ball should be used golfing terms. to hit over the looming lake, to which he reYou may swing clubs all your life, but on any sponded: “An old one!” given day you can triple bogey one hole and Team manager Jooste concludes: “There is eagle the next. currently no official avenue for caddies to To illustrate this, Fortuin’s best at Ronde- channel their talent, which must be nurtured. bosch (where he usually averages 74) is a 68. “The tournament in Durban is the first step Mweniwao plays off a three handicap, and towards that goal, and we would not have comhas also played golf for as long as he can re- peted if it wasn’t for our generous sponsors member. “I’m from Malawi, and have been in and supporters – the Senior Golfers Union of this country for a year and four months,” he South Africa, TaylorMade, Adidas, Sekunjalo, explains. the WP Golf Union, and Cape Town Golf Club There are apparently 18 golf courses in Ma- Management.”

Eight days of Glory in Ocean View THE Apostolic Faith Mission Church of Ocean View will host “Eight days of Glory” from Sunday 19 to Sunday 26 June at the AFM Worship Centre, Vega Close, in Ocean View.

There will be daily celebration services from Monday 20 June to Thursday 23 June, and a birthday celebration service on Friday 24 June. On Saturday 25 June there will be a praise celebration.

All services from Monday to Friday start at 19:00 and Sunday services start at 15:00. The Saturday service starts at 17:00. For more information, contact Crystal Abrahams on 074 801 2266.

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The City of Cape Town has arranged a public meeting in Ocean View to inform the community of the progress of the housing projects in the area, focusing specifically on beneficiary selection and screening. Date: Time: Venue:

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SWEET TOOTH: This orange­breasted sunbird was seen feeding in the Silvermine Wetlands on 10 June. Most sunbirds feed largely on nectar, but also indulge in insects and spiders. The orange­breasted sunbird is native to the fynbos regions of the Cape. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

When life can’t wait FOR Reza Price and his family, every day is a precious gift as they wait for a bone marrow donor who could bring him new life. In the Price home, there is a sense of underlying calm – not in a negative sense, but a sense that you know that Zeenat has worked hard, and put a lot of effort into creating an environment where calm is always present, despite ever-increasing odds building against her eldest son, Reza. Over two years ago, this family had their world turned upside down, when Reza was diagnosed with Aplastic anaemia – one week after his 11th birthday, in September 2008. On their way home in the car after a shopping expedition, Reza’s sister noticed him slumped over in the back seat, and thinking he was fooling with her, poked him in the ribs. This evoked no response from Reza, and he was rushed to hospital. Tests showed Reza’s platelet count was dangerously low – one of the symptoms of Aplastic anaemia; a rare condition where the body does not produce sufficient new blood cells to replenish existing blood cells. In Reza’s case, the situation has now become so severe that he is completely reliant on blood transfusions, which he has to have at least twice a week. When you meet Reza, you meet a young man whose character far belies his 13 years. He says he really misses not being able to enjoy a good game of cricket or soccer with his friends, and because of his illness, he has had to stay away from parties and gatherings. He can’t risk compromising his immune system and get infected in any way.

He also has to be extremely careful of physical contact because of his low platelet count. For people who are diagnosed with Aplastic anaemia, one of the potential answers is to have a bone marrow transplant – however, the bone marrow donor must be of a match that is near perfect. Both Reza’s siblings, as well as his parents and most of his close relatives, have been tested, but unfortunately none of them are a match for Reza. The Sunflower Fund recruits potential bone marrow stem cell donors to help patients like Reza and many others searching for a life-saving match. By phoning the toll free number 0800 12 10 82 or by visiting the website, interested people can be informed of the process of becoming a donor. Joining the South African Bone Marrow Registry can save someone’s life. . The Valley Christian Church (VCC) presents a musical fundraiser for the Sunflower Fund on 23, 24 and 25 June in the Fish Hoek High School Hall at 19:00 nightly. The VCC band will be joined by the Fish Hoek Primary School Drama group and the Sarah Cookney Academy of Dance. “Thank You for the Music” will showcase popular music through the ages. Tickets for seats in the hall are R50 and gallery seats cost R100. Tickets will be available at the door if the show has not been sold out. To buy a ticket, phone 082 215 2142. All profits go to the Sunflower Fund.

IT pupils adopt a donkey TWELVE members of the Rock Academy’s computer club, along with their teacher, Lisa Gair, have adopted a donkey for a year. The Rock Academy is a primary school in Sun Valley. The computer club members embarked on the project six weeks ago with an outing to Eseltjiesrus, a Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor, where the pupils spent the morning learning about how abused donkeys arrived there and how the sanctuary cares for them. The students were able to help groom and clean the donkeys, as well as do some hands-on maintenance. Thereafter they interviewed the staff about their work. “We were so taken with the work done there that we wanted to raise enough money to adopt a donkey for a year,” says Gair. “I wanted to find a project that would keep the children’s imagination and enthusiasm alive and incorporate that into teaching them new ICT skills.” The photographs and information that they gained

WE CARE: Senior pupils from the Rock Academy's Computer Club with their teacher, Lisa Gair, about to hand out raffle sheets. Photo: Supplied from this experience were put into their own blogs, and they made movies, autocollages, photostories, PowerPoint slides and used Microsoft Word with all the knowledge that they had obtained on the outing. “We continued to strive to reach our goal by holding a raffle, and we raised R3 100, enough to provide feed, care, vet and medicine fees for Ziggy, our chosen adoptive

donkey, for a year,” says Gair. “We would like to thank the community for buying tickets and their kindness in receiving the brochures from our learners at the Longbeach Mall. We are so appreciative of your support, because we could not have reached our goal without you.” Http:// is the host blog.


Tuesday 21 June 2011

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A tale of two worlds ANDRE BAKKES


LADYS WILDSCHUT’S voice trembles ever so softly as she pages through the first copy of her book, which took her five years to write and a whole lifetime to research. The 81-year-old woman from Plumstead reminds one of a beautiful set of invaluable china depicting ancient knowledge with intricate detail. Gladys’s life’s story will be published soon by Northern Cape Libraries in a 300-page memoir entitled “Children of the Harts and Tyne”. The book is presented in two parts: first the author delves into the life of her British father and Tswana mother by writing it in a fictional yet factual manner, and then in part two, Gladys writes about her own life. It is, in essence, a tale of how the author comes to terms with who she is by examining her parents’ divergent cultures. Her comprehensive research led her from Harts River in the Northern Cape to Tyne River in Northumberland, England. Sometimes she relied on her vivid memories from her childhood, sometimes on recollections from long-lost family members and sometimes on factual documents such as birth certificates. “I could write another book on how I researched this book,” she laughs. “My children were always inquisitive and curious about how I grew up. They would ask me and I would tell them. Then they would say I must write it down, but I never gave it a serious thought until I retired.” She was a primary and secondary school teacher for 29 years of her life, educating young minds in the art of music, religious studies and English. “Then I went to a writing school and did well!” Gladys recalls being asked what she would like for her 70th birthday and without hesitation she answered: “I want to go to England.” Her research into the life of her father

GLOWING WITH PRIDE: Gladys Wildschut (81) holds the first copy of her book, “Children of the Harts and Tyne”. Photo: Andre Bakkes (James Richard Ridley Crisp) and her mother (Mosadiwatlala Crisp) was about to propel her into a world of questions, analysis, and finally, acceptance. A quote from the prologue in her book sums this up perfectly: “In writing this book I now understand why my father seemed to live with an ache in his heart. I frequently saw that ache in his sad eyes and in his face when that red patch throbbed between his eyes, accentuated by a deep frown. I saw in the way he consistently twisted the ends of his generous moustache. “I heard that ache in his laughter and saw it in his enthusiasm for working, even when he was unwell – sometimes till deep into the night. Papa was often deep in thought and embraced periods of solitary reflection. That ache was there even when he was at his most generous and caring.” Her father died just a few months before her mother, when Gladys was only 12 years old, so she had to rediscover them through thorough investigation. James came to South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War and then decided to live

Another little mermaid PEDRO THE MUSIC MAN presents a new musical story-telling show for children called “The Mermaid from Zanzibar”. The heroine of the story is a sassy, adventurous and very musical African mermaid. It is set in Zanzibar in the year 1873, when slavery has just been outlawed. When Zanzi has to fight for her freedom, her friends from land and sea unite to help her. Like all of Pedro’s shows, this is a celebration of world music, made accessible to all. On stage, Pedro makes instruments out of seaweed, shells, flot-

sam, fishing-rods and even shipwrecked treasure. Shadow puppetry by Jill Joubert adds an enchanting visual dimension. “The Mermaid from Zanzibar” is written and directed by Lisa Espi. It is suitable for children aged four to 10, but parents and grandparents will love it too. The show will be staged at the Kalk Bay Theatre on Saturday 25 to Thursday 30 June at 11:00 every day, including Sunday. It will run from Sunday 10 to Wednesday 13 July at 11:00 every day. Tickets cost R45.

here, while Mosadiwatlala lived in the Northern Cape near Vryburg. “They met along the Harts River. He was a trader, a shop owner, and knew my mother’s parents well. He then saw her walking across the bridge and they fell in love and got married soon afterwards,” she illustrates dreamily. “We grew up with freedom of association. My father was very generous in allowing us to mix with all kinds of people. That basic principle has stayed with me. I was fortunate enough to marry a man who had the same principle.” Her proud husband, Rudolf, used to be a seaman and also carries very little prejudice with him. When asked how old he is, Rudolf answered tongue in cheek: “Two hundred.” He laughs, but the teacher in Gladys quickly puts him in his place. “There’s no time for jokes,” she exclaims. Her family is clearly a tightly-knit bunch, and while Gladys’s book was first intended only for their eyes, she now reckons it could be valuable to others as well. “I grew up with parents of a different culture under colonial rule, then the Malan-regime, then apartheid and finally democratic South Africa. This isn’t only a story, it’s historic and educational as well. I don’t think people realise how important their culture is.” For Gladys, the act of writing, remembering and discovering was, however, more important than sharing it with the world. She, nonetheless, harbours hope that others will follow her lead and pen their memories. “We live in a democratic country. By reading about one another, we will learn to understand different cultures and each other. We all live together. We must be tolerant, listen to one another, and then we will all live in a happier country.” The last words in her book are particularly striking and heartfelt – “Amor Vincit Omnia”, which is Latin for “Love Conquers All”.

Christmas in July JOIN The Emma Animal Rescue Society (Tears) for a “Christmas in July” fundraiser on Saturday 23 July at the Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands. A three-course Christmas dinner will be served, followed by entertainment and an auction, to raise much-needed funds for a new animal shelter on Wenga Farm. Tickets cost R175. For more information, or to secure your ticket, contact Marge Kruyt on (021) 785-7014 or email her on

Have a ball this winter A PRESTIGIOUS Winter Ball, in support of The Sunflower Fund, has been planned for Saturday 30 July at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. The glamorous charity event will include welcome drinks, entertainment, a “decadent buffet”, a “fun fast auction” and music and dancing to the well-known Cape Town band, “Second Half”. To book tables, contact Adi Phillips on (021) 701-0661 or email Tickets cost R800 per person or R8 000 for a table of 10. All funds go towards paying the tissuetyping costs to recruit donors to become bone marrow stem cell donors in support of The SA Bone Marrow Registry for those suffering with leukaemia. For more information, visit the website

Have you seen them? CAPE TOWN CHILD WELFARE is searching for Tristan Petersen, Maggie Goeieman and Andre Sassman. Anyone who knows anything about their whereabouts can contact Misbah Cassiem on (021) 638-3127.

Community dialogue THE Democracy Development Programme of Cape Town will be hosting a community dialogue on rates and other services, including refuse removal and the billing system. The event takes place on Wednesday 22 June between 19:00 and 21:00 at the Square Hill Community Centre, on the corner of Allenby Drive and Concert Boulevard in Retreat. All are welcome to attend and entry is free, with drinks and snacks to be served. RSVP for seating and catering purposes, and transport can be arranged if sufficient notice is given. To find out more or to RSVP, contact Colleen on (021) 422-1796, email or visit the website at

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Antarctic explorers celebrated THE celebratory dinner arranged by the Friends of the Simon’s Town Museum on Sunday 5 June was attended by some 90 guests, many of whom dressed appropriately for the occasion, and some were unrecognisable. The dinner celebrated the determination of explorers determined to reach the poles. The venue was decorated with flags and bunting, and the commemorative menu included a copy of Captain Robert Scott’s celebratory dinner held in the Hut at Cape Evans

in Antarctica a century ago. At the end of an excellent meal, Sydney Cullis presented a fascinating illustrated talk on the background and journeys of Scott and of Norwegian polar explorer, Roald Amundsen. The organisers thanked Yvonne Mawhinney and all who helped to make the evening enjoyable. The first AGM of the newly-constituted Friends of the Simon’s Town Museum will be preceded by an illustrated talk by Mark Hawthorne on “The Fauna and Flora of Table Mountain”, starting at 17:30 for 18:00 on Wednesday 15 June. All are welcome.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: An image of a similar commemoration.

RELIVING THE OLD DAYS: The Terra Nova Room with replicas of sledging flags from Scott’s expedition.

LOOKING BACK: The Fram Room, named after the Amundsen’s ship.

GETTING TOGETHER: The luncheon in the museum.

THINKING BACK: The Stannard Ta­ ble (note the bottle of Benedic­ tine, as the Norwegians had on their original ta­ ble in 1911). CHILLING: From left, Sydney Cullis and Martyn Train­ or of Froggy Farm, Professor Jake Krige and Marge Krige (front) of Constantia. Be­ hind is a replica of the Christmas tree that Birdie Bowers made of sticks and Skua feathers for Scott’s midwinter dinner at Cape Evans in 1911.

Support group for young moms A SOCIAL group of young mothers who meet monthly at False Bay Hospital in Fish Hoek, aims to provide a safe, healthy and nonjudgemental environment for young mothers of all races, cultures, religions and family situations to socialise with their children. Young Mom Support hopes that having a stable group of friends with the same priorities and interests will help to beat the loneliness and isolation that sometimes comes with being a young or teenage mother. “It’s important to realise that each mom is different, and not to assume that they come to us because they are struggling or not coping. Instead, we provide a stable and nonjudgemental environment in which they can be themselves, grow as parents and speak about their frustrations and fears, long before they get to a point where they feel like they’re not managing,” says Tracy Engelbrecht, founder of the group.

The support group is an informal, friendly, non-intimidating setting where the mothers and group leaders get to know each other as friends, equals – mother to mother. “Younger mothers have many of the same stresses and fears (and possibly more) than other mothers – they need the same support, the same amount of rest and ‘me-time’, the same opportunity to be heard and respected for the work they’re doing. “Isolation, judgement, loneliness, lack of material, physical and emotional support, damages a mother’s ability to parent correctly – not healthy for mom, not healthy for baby and not healthy for society, which has to live with the consequences of poorly-parented children,” says Engelbrecht. For more information, contact Tracy Engelbrecht on 072 986 3105, email or visit the website

Kalk Bay Primary reunion at Brass Bell

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A NUMBER of past pupils who attended Kalk Bay Primary in 1971 are organising a 40th school reunion. The reunion is not exclusive to the Standard 5 class of that year, but is open to anyone who was a pupil in that year. A tea and tour of the school, followed by lunch at the Brass Bell restaurant, will be held on Saturday 17 September at 10:00.

Many past pupils were Kalk Bay residents, and a whole host of siblings from local families made up the body of the school. Organisers would like to hear from the Cruikshank, Simmons, Hitchcock, Purchase, Martins, Van der Merwe and Grobbelaar families. Former pupils are asked to contact Penny on (021) 671-8179 or email for further details.


Tuesday 21 June 2011

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SAPS urged to take care of members maining Parkhof tenants have been living there for a long time and due to the great demand for housing, they need to make way for new recruits. According to Captain Frederick van Wyk, a provincial police spokesperson, eviction orders were served on tenants at Parkhof Court. However, he referred further questions to the national Department of Public Works, saying the building is under the care of this department. Water to the flats has been cut, and the remaining police officers rely on one outside tap. Because the lifts are no longer in service, some are forced to carry water containers up six flights of stairs. Their electricity supply is sporadic, and is at times switched off overnight. One of these police officers, a sergeant, applied to the Housing Committee in February for alternative accommodation, but says he received no reply. “We get no answers; doors get shut in our face. They don’t know what we endure,” says the sergeant, who asked not to be named. He risks losing his job for speaking to the media. According to Van Wyk, the occupation of Parkhof Court by police employees is governed by the Police Housing Policy, which stipulates, among other things, the length of time tenants can reside at a place of residence. It is understood that this time is three years, after which renewal is at the discretion of the committee, but several Parkhof residents have stayed in the building longer than three years. But some of these tenants say in this time, their financial circumstances have not changed. The sergeant also wants to know how they can be illegally residing on the property, when rent, water and electricity costs are still being deducted from their sal-


THE SAPS is remaining tight-lipped about allegations that one of its colonels lived at Parkhof, a police residence, while commissioned officers are apparently not entitled to subsidised housing. It is alleged that a Colonel Maduna, who is a former tenant of the Parkhof police flats in Kenilworth, serves on the Provincial Police Housing Committee, which makes decisions regarding the allocation of this accommodation. Parkhof tenants say commissioned officers – that is, the higher ranks – are not entitled to subsidised police accommodation. The provincial police communications office ignored People’s Post’s question relating to the matter. However, when People’s Post later spoke directly to Maduna, he said he is no longer on the Housing Committee, although he is the section head of Property Management, of which the committee is a subsection. Maduna says he did live at Parkhof for some time, but that he was appointed in terms of the caretaker policy, which does not specify ranks. According to Maduna, junior members would have trouble dealing with discipline issues if these involved higher ranking officers. Meanwhile residents of Tafelberg Hof, a police residence in Constitution Street, allege another colonel, who also deals with the allocation of accommodation, is currently living on the premises, where he is said to be in charge. Approximately 20 families still remain at Parkhof flats, where major renovations began a few weeks ago, because they say they have not yet found suitable alternative accommodation that they can afford. According to Maduna, some of the re-

aries. He asks: “How many people are in the same boat, who maybe can’t take the pressure? “One day they are pushed over the edge and wipe out their whole family.” “Then they lay wreathes at your coffin and say they didn’t know about our problems.” “Lamoer [Western Cape’s police commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer] wants to talk at police funerals; that won’t help. Here’s his chance to save his soldiers, look how we must live,” he says. Diagnosed with depression, a psychiatrist has booked the sergeant off work temporarily. But he says his incapacity leave has been declined with no reasons given, and he therefore receives a much reduced salary. He is a widower with two children and an elderly mother to support. He suffers from flashbacks of brutal crime scenes and filmed murder scenes, such as the Boipatong massacre, which he says they were forced to watch every day for three months at the training college. “When I try to sleep it is like I am there – the pain is the same. I see the dead baby, the dog that was killed, a murdered mother lying there ...” “My whole life is torn apart. My couch is in Mitchell’s Plain, my cupboards are in Bonteheuwel, my children are in Bonteheuwel, my mother in Delft.” “I know it’s not my place, but my budget relies on it. I am their responsibility. They messed me up.” But he adds that he loves the police. “It’s all I know, it’s all I’ve got. I love helping people; I’ve never walked past a cry for help, even if its a vagrant and I need to get his blanket back from the person who stole it. But they have failed us dismally.” The officers plan to form a committee to contest the legality of their eviction.












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EVERAL big names in the entertainment industry have pulled together to create the first-ever Afrikaans vampire movie, and are using innovative ways to fund the project. A cross genre of comedy and horror, with colloquial Afrikaans dialogue, the story introduces the existence of “blood suckers” in South Africa since the days of Jan van Riebeeck and company. Fast forward to modern-day Cape Town, when two amateur vampire hunters accidentally capture their first-ever vampire, thereby launching into a journey that will take them to the Klein Karoo to track down and kill an evil, blood-sucking prince known as Wyker. By so doing they will fulfil an ancient prophecy. The only thing is that the prophecy is a vampire one, and Wyker knows they are coming. The film will star Darron Meyer (HBO’s “Generation Kill”), Tyrel Meyer (“I now pronounce you Black and White”), Inge Beckmann (“Lark”), Francois van Coke (Van Coke Kartel), Porteus Xandau (“Liefling” and “7de Laan”), Rob van Vuuren (better known as Twakkie), Cherie van der Merwe (“Bakgat” and “Bakgat 2”), veteran actor Andre Roothman (“Arende” and “Known Gods”), Karl Thaning (“Binnelanders” and “Judge Dredd”) and Jack Parow. Shooting will commence in mid-July to mid-August. Cape Town-based producers Benjamin Cowley (Firebird Pictures) and Anton Rollino (One

FANGS: Francois van Coke plays Etienne, a vampire, in the first­ever Afri­ kaans vampire film. Photo: Supplied Step Beyond) have teamed up with director Jon Day (Orange Films), writers Darron Meyer (award-winning writer of “Tornado, the Kalahari Horse Whisperer”) and Tyrel Meyer to produce the first Afrikaans vampire film, tentatively entitled “Bloedsuiers”. Now, “Bloedsuiers” is looking to raise the final R100 000 through crowd funding and an auction. “Bloedsuiers” is the first movie in South Africa partly funded by crowd funding – a method fast becoming popular in the USA and in Europe, whereby filmmakers raise funds in the form of “pledges” from fans to produce and finance their films, and in so doing, provide audience participation in the filmmaking process and building an audience base prior to release. This is the first time this is being attempted to such a degree in South Africa. The crowd funding for “Bloed-

suiers” opens from 20 to 26 June. Fans can visit the website http:// to pledge. “Not only are you pledging your support toward this project, but you are also helping to revolutionise the way local filmmakers produce films,” says producer Benjamin Cowley. “The success of this model will pave the way for both upcoming and established filmmakers to produce films for local audiences.” “Bloedsuiers” is also hosting an auction from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 June, through Fans will be able to bid on the dentures (vampire fangs) created specifically for Francois van Coke to wear as the character of “Etienne”, a slimy, greasy vampire in the “Bloedsuiers” teasers. They were fabricated from a mould taken of his teeth.

A night of ballet stars THE International Ballet Gala, which is presented by Mzansi Productions and the Cape Town International Ballet Competition, will take place at the GrandWest Arena in Cape Town on Wednesday 29 June at 20:00. South Africans will be visited by a galaxy of visiting ballet stars for the International Ballet Gala, at the GrandWest Arena for one night only. Audiences can look forward to pas de deux and showpieces from such legendary ballets as “Swan Lake”, “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Le Corsaire”, “Paquita”, “Don Quixote” and “The Nutcracker”. A pas de deux from the Latvian National Ballet’s “Lady of the Camellias” will be performed in South Africa for the first time, while two acclaimed contemporary solos from the 2010 Cape Town International Ballet Competition will be performed for a wider audience. There will also be highlights from Mzansi Productions’ “Carmina Burana” and “Somebody To Love: A Dance Celebration to the Music of Queen”. The stars featured in the line-up,

some of whom are winners from previous Cape Town International Ballet Competitions in 2008 and 2010, are Alys Shee (Canada), Brooklyn Mack (USA), Elza Leimane (Latvia), Hyo Jung Jun (South Korea), Nathan Chaney (USA), Oscar Carmenates (Cuba), Raimond Martinov (Latvia), Tamako Miyazaki (Japan) and Aaron Smyth (Australia). South African-based dancers include Michael Revie (Ireland) and Kitty Phetla. Johannesburg-born Andile Ndlovu, the joint winner of the gold medal in the senior contemporary section in the 2008 South African International Ballet Competition, and winner of the Special Jury Prize in the 2010 CTIBC, returns to our stages from America, where he has been based for the past three years. Ndlovu and Mack, both members of Washington Ballet, recently won the silver and bronze medals respectively in the prestigious Boston International Ballet Competition held in May this year. The Cape Town International Ballet Competition (funded in part by the City of Cape Town) and

A lifetime in six hours THE Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company, in association with Artscape, will present “CA 12-6”, a new work for the theatre devised by the Siyasanga Actors’ Company, from Thursday 23 June to Saturday 9 July in the Artscape Arena.

The Siyasanga Company will be led by distinguished writer/director, Heinrich Reisenhofer, co-creator of “Suip!”, the hard-hitting black comedy, and the Joe Barber series of plays. “CA 12-6” is set against the backdrop of the Mother City. Cape

Tuesday 21 June 2011

A guitar-filled weekend TOP-CLASS entertainers will feature at a musical feast at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate next month. The inaugural International Classical Guitar Festival gets under way at the Simons Conference Hall from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July, and visitors can look forward to melodic entertainment and interesting workshops. The event, organised by Avril Kinsey through Friends of the Cape Town Academy of Music, will include a “Wine Tasting Celebrity Concert”, master classes, informal and formal concerts, as well as the semi-finals and finals of the Second Avril Kinsey Classical Guitar Competition, with more than R80 000 in prizes up for grabs. Kinsey, an internationally-acclaimed classical guitarist, has inspired many young musicians, and has now realised her dream of presenting a festival that celebrates the classical guitar. Three concerts featuring the cream of international musicians will offer the public a chance to enjoy some magnificent music in this beautiful setting. Visitors to the festival will have a jam-packed weekend, with master classes by visiting international and top South African performers, a beginner’s guitar workshop, covering a taste of flamenco, jazz and folk styles, and a workshop on how to build a guitar by Marc Mainguard. Kinsey presents the South African premiere of her talk, entitled “320 Guitar Pieces by 72 South African Composers” on Saturday 2 July at 12:00. Young talent will get the op-

portunity to show their mettle in two informal lunchtime performances on Saturday and Sunday, while the competition semi-finals take place on Friday and the finals on Saturday. The competition has attracted more than 85 young classical guitarists, and includes some new, recently-discovered young township performers. They will all be kept on their toes, as the esteemed panel of judges puts them through their paces. The semi-finals are from 09:00 on Friday 1 July, and the finals will take place late afternoon on Saturday 2 July, followed by the prizegiving at 21:30 at a festive supper. For more information on the festival, visit, or call Ann Coltham on 082 414 4771. A VIP weekend pass is R350 (for all 13 events, including the gala concert and wine tasting), and a general weekend pass is R150 and covers all events except the three formal concerts. Individual event tickets for the gala concert on 1 July are R200, the Verso Duo concert on 3 July is R100, and entry to the Saudiq Khan performance on 3 July is R100. Book through Computicket. . People’s Post readers stand a chance to win two tickets to Verso Duo (pan flute and guitar), two tickets to the Beginner’s Guitar Workshop by Caroline Blundell (folk guitar), Errol Dyers (jazz guitar), and Saudiq Khan (flamenco guitar). To enter the lucky draw, SMS the word “Music” to 34586 before Friday 24 June at 17:00. SMSes cost R2 each. Winners will be phoned.

Cross-continental jazz conversation STEPS FOR TWO: A host of interna­ tionally­acclaimed ballet dancers will grace Cape Town later this month. Photo: Supplied Mzansi Productions (funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund), are both directed by Dirk Badenhorst. Tickets are available from R80 to R350 via Computicket, or call 083 915 8000. Town is renowned for her natural beauty, her atmosphere and her charm, but under the light of the street lamps, another side of life emerges. Six stories, set in the six hours between midnight and 06:00, paint a picture of the city most people never see. The cast is Michael Inglis, Melissa Haiden, Frans Hamman,

POPULAR jazz songstress, Amanda Tiffin, and internationally-acclaimed saxophonist, Shannon Mowday, will be joining forces for the first time for two concerts in Cape Town. The Fugard Theatre Studio will host the “cross-continental jazz conversation” on Sunday 26 June at 19:30, in collaboration with two top, musicians from Scandinavia, drummer Erik Nylander, and bassist Putte Johander. They will also be joined by pianist, Andrew Lilley, who is arguably one of SA’s finest jazz pianists. The first concert, on

Zondwa Njokweni, Lee Roodt and Anele Situlweni. Designs are by Alfred Rietmann. The Siyasanga Actors’ Company was established in February 2011, and this play marks the company’s first devised work together. The company has already staged exciting productions of two school set works that toured Western Cape schools.

Thursday 23 June, will be held at the Chisholm Recital Room at UCT’s College of Music, and will also be recorded. The second concert will be in the Fugard Theatre’s new studio space on Sunday 26 June, before both leave for Grahamstown to perform at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival. The show starts at 19:30, and tickets cost R110, with discounts offered to the Friends of the Fugard. Booking is through, or phone the Fugard Theatre Box Office on (021) 4614554.

“CA 12-6” has low-price previews at R60 per ticket on Thursday 23 June and Friday 24 June, and low-price performances on Tuesdays at 19:15 and Saturdays at 17:00. Tickets for shows from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20:15 are R80, and can be booked at Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421-7695.


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Brel casts shadow over Kalk Bay “The Shadow of Brel” is awardwinning musician, composer, actor, director and singer, Godfrey Johnson’s solo show of the master’s greatest works, from the classics to some of the lesser-known songs. This year audiences will be treated to songs that Johnson has not previously included, such as “Marieke”, as well as more of Johnson’s own original material. “Following the response we had to God-

frey’s last run, we are delighted to welcome “The Shadow of Brel” back to Kalk Bay Theatre for a limited season, complete with some exciting new additions,” says Simon Cooper, owner of the Kalk Bay Theatre. “In the second part of the show, we will again present the popular request section,” says Johnson. “Guests can ‘buy’ a song and the proceeds will be donated to charity.” Johnson is responsible for all the musical arrangements in the show, with lighting design by Jon Keevy and production by Sanjin Mufti . “The Shadow of Brel” is John-

Sunday with André THE Calvary Chapel in Kommetjie is hosting musician André de Villiers on Sunday 26 June at 19:00. De Villiers is one of South Africa’s most successful singers, songwriters, recording artists and a highly sought-after performer. His musical sojourn started at the age of 12, when he discovered that he had an ability to sing. At the age of 14 he joined his first band, and by the time he reached his 16th birthday, he was earning a living as a professional musician. A solo career, which included four albums and thousands of gigs, was De Villiers’ life for the next 10 years. He has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians in the United States as well as in Europe. His earlier albums read like a who’s who of the music industry. It was during this period that De Villiers met his wife and life-long companion. His music became household songs as famous Volkswagen advertisements. For the past six years, De Villiers has been travelling the world sharing the story of his life in word and song, including his message of a changed life through his simple trust in Jesus Christ. He lives with his wife in Camps Bay. They have four children. All are welcome at Calvary Chapel in Kommetjie, Kirsten Road (alongside Shell garage). Entrance is free. Visit for further information.

Wednesday 22 June Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Art Society will be running a demonstration titled “WaterBased Oils”, by Tim Johnson, in the False Bay Hospital Hall at 19:00. All are welcome and visitors pay R10.

Saturday 2 July Simon’s Town: The Homemade Shoppe morning market will be held in the old library hall, opposite the Simon’s Town Police Station, from 09:00 to 12:00. Cakes, food and crafts will be on sale. Contact Susan on 073 213 8887 or (021) 783-2244.

son’s fourth collaboration with Mufti . They previously worked together on the cabarets “Uncut”, “Flirting with Coward”, and the tribute to women songwriters, “Behind Every Man”. For a taste of the show, visit http:/ / watch?v=Z89urrP2tbU. “The Shadow of Brel” will be presented at 20:30 from Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 9 July. Tickets cost R110. Doors open at 18:00, and theatregoers can enjoy a light meal before the show. To book and for further information, call 073 220 5430 or visit

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Friday 8 July Fish Hoek: The next Managed Aging Seminar will take place at St Margaret’s Church Hall in Kommetjie Road from 10:00 to 11:15. The topic under discussion will be “Adult and Geriatric Audiological Care”. The speaker owns The Hearing Clinic. A donation of R5 will be asked, and tea will be served at 09:45. Contact Coral on (021) 7822024 or email

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IN MEMORY OF THE MASTER: God­ frey Johnson in “The Shadow of Brel”. Photo: Suppled


A CELEBRATION of the music of the Belgian singer, Jacques Brel, returns for eight shows only at the Kalk Bay Theatre this month.


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Tuesday 21 June 2011

Place in the sun WORLD REFUGEE DAY was celebrated around the world yesterday. According to a statement from Home Affairs, “South Africa, as a signatory to the Refugee Convention of 1951 and its 1967 Protocol, is also a member of the Executive Committee of UNHCR. Government is therefore committed to fulfilling its international commitments to those who legitimately seek protection from persecution in our country.” With an estimated 500 000 asylum seekers in South Africa – of which only 90 000 are formally recognised refugees – South Africa has the most individual asylum seekers in the world. In Cape Town, thousands of asylum seekers are turned away from the Maitland Refugee Centre every month, largely because the office does not have enough forms. Being undocumented makes them vulnerable to arrest, imprisonment with criminals, and deportation. Fleeing their homeland and leaving behind their loved ones is traumatic, without having the added nightmare of red tape and bureaucracy. But the last straw for embattled refugees is xenophobia, and accompanying rejection and intolerance that reinforces the horror they fled from. Learning tolerance can be one of life’s biggest lessons, and when all is going well, it may be hard to show empathy with the sick, the elderly, the disabled, the poor, and refugees who are seen only as “taking away our jobs”. South Africa is not best equipped to harbour hundreds of thousands of refugees because of our developing needs. When all is said and done, a country’s citizens look to government to take care of them, first and always, rightfully so, and then to assist others who are also seeking a place in the sun.

Open your hearts before judging

Average speed enforcement needed in Kommetjie Road I WRITE to you in response to the various letters and SMSes printed regarding traffic mayhem and proposed calming measures along the aptly described Kommetjie Race Track. I fear that concrete islands, along with permanent and roaming traffic cameras may have some unfortunate, unintended consequences should Kommetjie Road remain under-policed. Concrete islands may just make the kamikaze-like antics of certain taxi drivers even more desperate, and a traffic camera only moderates speed in its immediate vicinity. They are often the scene of rubber skid marks left by drivers trying to slow down to the speed limit when passing them. A dedicated roaming camera may be the answer,

but how often would we expect Traffic Services to change its position? Daily? Weekly? I suggest the City of Cape Town rather implements average speed enforcement along Kommetjie Road. With licence plate recognition cameras at strategic checkpoints along the road, it would become pointless for any driver to exceed the speed limit anywhere along the road, because the penalty for it would be inevitable. While I cannot deny the financial costs involved in policing Kommetjie Road, I ask: Is that cost worth more or less than the next life to be needlessly lost on that road? MICHAEL N OOSTHUIZEN Capri

Cape Medical Response delivers THANK YOU Cape Medical Response (CMR) for their rapid response on Saturday 9 April. We were on a hike with 1st Fish Hoek Sea Scouts on Redhill up at Kleinplaas Dam when my son had an epileptic seizure and we needed to get him off the mountain and get medical help. I luckily had my cellphone with me, and there was just enough reception to call for CMR services, and they could use the Table Mountain track to reach us.

Ulanda arrived in under a half an hour, and did a fantastic job of checking my son’s vitals and bringing the two of us down the mountain. Thanks CMR for your fantastic service. Also a big thank you to Table Mountain rangers for their help and unlocking gates for CMR and their support. I am so glad that I am a member. LEONI KLEIN Fish Hoek

I HAVE stayed in Cape Town for nearly two years now since I moved from Zimbabwe in 2009, and I have listened to the gospel that this city has been preaching since I arrived here. Coming from Zimbabwe where there is political and economic instability due to countless factors, and having stayed here for almost two years now, I felt the urge to remind Capetonians and every individual living here about simple rules of life that will make this continent of Africa a better place. I have been privileged to meet different kinds of people and to travel to different kinds of places within this country. However, my heart feels heavy to see that even until today there are still people among us who still think that we are divided by skin colour, wealth and religion, among other things. Everywhere you go across the world it is almost impossible to see to see people uniting under the wonderful name of love regardless of their skin colour, cultural background, wealth and religion. Everywhere I have been I see people greeting each other with flattering words and hypocritical smiles. Having said that, may I kindly ask each and

What about Banda? I HAVE a comment about “Silvermine proves difficult short cut” in People’s Post 7 June: Either the reporter does not bother to get his facts right, or Merle Collins of Western Cape SANParks is being dismissive and disrespectful of this poor man’s plight. Unless she has actual proof that he was not lost for nearly two days, she cannot dismiss what happened here, and an apology to Blessings Banda would be in order. INGE CLARK Lakeside

every person in this country to find his/her way out of the prison of his/her ego and stop the habit of egotistical thinking. This means to get rid of all the hard-heartedness and start to be considerate, sympathetic and friendly to each other. We are called upon to respect, cherish and love one another even if we have, among other things, a different skin colour. May each person say to him/herself: “What I don’t want others to do to me, namely discord, discontent, selfishness, passions, hatred, envy, animosity, greed and adultery, I will not do them first.’’ Everyone feels, thinks, speaks and acts differently. We just have to understand each other in the right way for the good of all people and the mother earth. Last and by no means least, some of us came here to save money, not to spend it. So when you see us living in shacks, containers, under the bridges and the like, please don’t judge us or anyone else by our cover, there are greater things inside of us, if you can just open our cover and read us. I thank you. ISAAC GUNDANI-SUNNYDALE Fish Hoek

MERLE COLLINS, spokesperson for SANParks, responds: Mr Banda gave us so many versions of the same story, and he provided our officials with two different names, making it difficult for us to ascertain exactly what happened. From our side, I simply stated that due to regular patrols in the area and a dogwalking public that utilises Silvermine on a daily basis, it would have been nearly impossible for the hiker to remain lost for two days. We, nonetheless, hope Mr Banda makes a full recovery.


Tuesday 21 June 2011

Your SMSes Road safety . Make Kommetjie Road safer by placing a cement fence to narrow the road all the way down. Mitz . Regarding the Kommetjie Road letters: No to speed bumps – it is stupid. No to circles, it’s a dangerous plan; and one-way streets are a waste. Yes to the rest of the ideas which are cops and cameras. . A permanent camera would only slow vehicles at that point, resulting in them speeding up afterwards. . Something should also be done about speeding down Protea into Sunray Road, a shortcut for parents taking kids to schools. They ignore any stop streets, one hand on the cellphone. This shows disrespect to residents trying to cross, and is a bad example to their children. No calming measures will help, because the mindsets must change. It is not only the taxi drivers who must change, but also other motorists. There is a cream-coloured City Golf that must be watched. He is going to kill the next pedestrian who gets in his way. I escaped death by my guardian angel. Magda, Fish Hoek . How about Fish Hoek’s own volunteer traffic control wardens? Dave Solole . Mr Watts, wonderful news on your new wildlife sanctuary and animal rehab at Solole. I hope you will allow the baboons of our mountains to live there safely. Lynn . Excellent idea! We want green areas with diversity, which is good for tourism in the Far South. Of movies and malls . I say bring back our independent movie houses. . Yes, I did notice that the staff at the butchery at Longbeach Pick n Pay do not wear gloves when handling meat. I don’t meat-shop there any more. Gloria . The teens will do what they do even if Ster-Kinekor was there. They will drink, take drugs, have sex. They are rubbishes, most of them. Parents don’t know what they’re up to. Wake up . Longbeach Mall has absolutely nothing for youngsters. How about a controlled game shop? Surely this is better than another food shop. Lisa . Did you ever go in to Edgars in the mall? They are very slow and they don’t smile at you. You wait, then they will tell you to go and pay by customer service. Elsa, Masiphumelele

In response . I think it’s wonderful reading good news when people have received good service. Denoon Sieg, don’t be afraid to mention names: in a stressful work market, it’s wonderful to give credit where credit is due. . To Anonymous, I am always smiling, but sometimes I opt to become an advocate for the silent majority and address issues where consideration and respect for others has been totally disregarded and ignored. Although I may offend some, others agree with my views. We are all entitled to our own opinion and I am only texting my views as requested. Let us all, including you, stop having a sense of self-entitlement and be more considerate to others. Smiley . All the birds mentioned in the article on attracting exotic birds are indigenous. What does People’s Post think exotic means? . Personally, I think Martyn is on to something. Let’s pool our resources, get some shotguns and kill one or two of these so-called baboons, leaving their carcasses behind as an example to the others. Who is with me? David General . ANC posters are still up in Glen Road. . We sure do miss our Fish Hoek municipality. We need four bike cops patrolling from Clovelly through to Cape Point. We need more visibility at peak hours in the built-up areas until 20:00. . To all the madams in Milkwood Park: You are really cheap. I used to work there, and we work very hard for you, but when you have old things you go and sell it or give it to your friends. When they leave your houses they gossip about you. Why can’t they give some things to the domestic? Judith, Ocean View . To the driver of the Mazda MX5 with personalised number plates, don’t you know better than to throw your cigarette out of your car window? This time it was at Fish Hoek circle. . Planting anything other than certain aloes, vygies and cacti is wasting money and precious water. Wake up! Muizenberg views . Check out the dangerous otter up the mountainside in Kalk Bay. A dog was injured; ask the harbour master in Kalk Bay. . To Fish Hoek moaners, please do something better with your time, like taking the dogs for a walk at Tears on Sundays. . It will be an honour for the nation to wear Mandela sweaters on 18 July this year and then annually on the 18th. Mrs L Murray . Let’s all just try to take a step back from our so-called hectic, stressed, day-to-day lives and have a look around us and realise just how lucky we are to have a warm, dry place to sleep, and to have food on our table. For all the many comforts we have, be kind and be thankful. Stuart . I want to send this message to our premier. Please I am a 32-year-old working man who earns around R7 000 month and I don’t qualify for a bond house or an RDP house. How can I get a low-cost house? Thank you for your good job. JK Matli

RAINBOW NATION: This photo of a rainbow was tak­ en on Tuesday 7 June on Boyes Drive, overlooking Lakeside. “The plane was a bonus,” says Phil Smuts, who took the photo.

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Not only teenagers who lie IN support of the column “Taming the Teenager” by Gavin Fish, I wish to add a few comments. Taming the Teenager may perhaps be a slightly misleading title. There are many teenagers that do not lie, steal etc, but lead exemplary lives. Does that mean they have been tamed? Certainly not! It’s really the harmful tendencies, habits etcetera that need to be tamed, and these also occur – of course – amongst adults, with one exception – we have refined these bad habits into a fine art and science. Ever since the first lie was told, lies are part of our human make-up. We can easily take Mr Fish’s sentence: “How many of you can tell your parents with a straight face (a lie)...” and change it to: “How many of you can tell your kids with a straight face (a lie) ...”, and it will be equally true. Think for example about what we (sometimes) tell the tax man every year, or say when we have been caught speeding! So the problem is not the teenager, but that part of the nature deep within that prompts us to tell the lie that requires taming. Our teenagers often learn the bad habits from peers and adults. Open any newspaper today and we read about yet another fraud that has been committed. The people committing the fraud tell heaps of lies to explain why they did it even in our courts of law, and often get away with it! The problem is that since a lie does not always break a law – a rule sometimes – it creates a breeding ground for a whole

Rethink the bench WHAT a mean-spirited and nasty action to remove the bench outside Admiralty House. The couple (and their dog) who used the bench during the day did no harm to anyone, never littered or disturbed anybody else. They are now sitting on the rocks – is

THERE was the usual “end of the month” rush at Longbeach Mall, and parking was scarce, so I parked my car close to the road, a distance from the entrance on the Wimpy/Boardmans side. After loading my groceries in the boot, we rushed off to our next stop. About an hour later my daughter noticed her fairly new cellular phone was missing, and she phoned it from my cellphone. A guy answered and she asked gingerly: “Do you have my cellphone?” “Yes” he answered, “I was waiting for you to phone! I am a car guard near the

Wimpy side of Longbeach Mall. Ask for Washington.” Thinking this was too good to be true, we returned to the area where, lo and behold, Washington was looking out for us and was pleased to hand over the phone. He had found it on the ground where we had parked. I gave him something for his trouble, though at no point did he ask for anything in return for the phone. Thanks Washington! May good karma come your way. KAREN KILPATRICK Seaforth

this a better sight to greet visitors to our town? I would hope that the people responsible for the request to remove the bench will rethink their action, and effect a reversal of a small-minded and spiteful action. MARIANNE WOLMARANS Simon’s Town

Please give us a breather IT is with much trepidation that I am writing this letter. Noxious paint and welding fumes emit from my neighbour’s garage that is seven steps away from my front door. It penetrates through any nook, cranny and keyhole possible, and then permeates and pollutes the air I breathe. Enough said. We are expected to contend with burning eyes, the horrendous smell and taste sensation, with sore throats and the most excruciating headaches. By far the most alarming are our breathing difficulties. Within my household there are three asthmatics and a baby. I have appealed on numerous occasions that these activities should stop. When we originally identified the fumes

Seedlings A gust of wind and a few drops of rain a seed gets planted and life starts again

Washington to the rescue

host of other bad habits and (sins). For adults (and children) the Internet is the supplier of a lot of good and bad information. Take the dad that stumbles across porn one day. Mom asks dad: “What are you watching?” and he answers with a straight face: “The stockmarket”, or something similar. From there it leads often to a host of other things, and the road is always a downward spiral, laden with many traps. Teenagers experience and experiment especially in this field, and soon fall foul of some rules or laws. Yet we as parents often allow it, and become unpopular for disallowing things we do know are harmful. It is not about being popular or the more “modern” trend to allow children to experiment and find out for themselves, but its about encouraging them to live truthful, open lives. I believe that in the end it’s about sowing good seed and trust that it will germinate and bring forth good fruit. I think Fish Hoek High is a very good example, like many other schools in our country, where there are good seeds sown by the teachers that “walk the talk”. Therefore Mr Fish, the problem to address is what causes them (and us) to lie, steal, murder etc. One way is leading by example, and helping to create many good role models in our society. That’s one role you and the school you lead are and need to continue to play. WOLFGANG LANGE Capri

Nature forms the bond of mother and daughter nurturing the tiny seed with food and water Weather resistant the seed begins to root and flourishes to a proud young shoot The seasons change but nature prevails she protect s the bud through torrents and gales She will ensure the first bud is well nourished until it has bloomed and flourished She sends the rain, wind and sun ensures the cycle has begun

as reason for our ills, I asked kindly, verbally and in letter form for him to halt, and it is with enormous appreciation that it stopped, for a while. However the torture has resumed, and though I have all the understanding and empathy for his plight and circumstances in life, I have ironically been accused of being unreasonable. If the shoe was on the other foot I am 100% sure we would have been reported to the highest authorities by now. What he is doing is illegal in a residential area, especially in the townhouse complex that we live in. I pray that he will stop being such a wallie and have a heart. BREATHLESS Sun Valley

Then the first flower begins to bloom on a beautiful sunny afternoon With colours of the rainbow and all the scents nature can bestow She will not give up on this little seed she still needs to pay some heed There are some things that cannot be controlled a meeting must be held She calls on the birds to spread the word she calls on the bees to make it heard Together they will make this bud multiply her flowers till every plant knows her spectacular powers KAREN THEUNISSEN Glencairn Heights


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Change your world view THE Biblical Worldview Summit practically prepares families to deal with the issues, temptations and pressures of life. Families are equipped with the facts and skills they need to deal with “Hollywood, humanism and evolutionism”. Those who understand the ideas that rule the world will have the opportunity to influence the world of ideas. Summit Ministries focuses on life-changing ideas. The summit helps families realise their “God-given potential to take positive action to change their world for Christ”. This is accomplished through “a unique programme of guest lecturers, international speakers, authors and key leaders in their fields, special video presentations from all over the

world, discussion groups, practicals, outreaches, outdoor activities, projects and interaction with others determined to make an impact on the world for Christ”. Detailed manuals, textbooks and lecture notes are provided as part of the course. International speakers include Dr Peter Hammond, founder and director of Frontline Fellowship, and a missionary to Mozambique, Angola and Sudan. The Biblical Worldview Summit will be held at Rocklands Campsite near Simon’s Town from Friday 24 June to Friday 1 July. Day visitors are welcome, and there is an entry fee of R20 per person. For more information, contact Frontline Fellowship on (021) 689-4480.

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Six months of romping whales

Potjiekos competition

TO PROMOTE whale watching in and around Cape Town and the Peninsula, A Whale of a Heritage Route is urging members of the community to SMS any whale sighting to 079 391 2105. It will be recorded on one of two whale sighting logs that cover activ-

ity in False Bay and off the Western seaboard. A Whale of a Heritage Route also warns residents to beware of romping whales from May to November. For further information, visit the website at

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13 July and Friday 15 July, the children will be able to create toasted cheese and bacon bites, chicken Wellington, sunny face cupcakes and funnel cake. . In week three, on Monday 18 July and Friday 22 July, a combo class will be held, combining some of the favourites. Classes will be held from 09:30 to 13:30 at a cost of R100, and all ingredients and recipes will be provided. Children are to bring along an apron, a tray, a plastic sleeve and a pen or pencil. Contact Nikki on (021) 785-7572 or 083 354 8548.

A FOOD-AND-FUNDRAISER Winter Potjiekos competition will be held on Saturday 25 June at St Brendan’s Catholic Church, corner of Corvette Avenue and Jangada Street, in Sun Valley from 07:00 to 13:00. There will be cash prizes to be won, and participants can sell or donate the food made to a feeding scheme of their choice. For an entry form, contact Maggi-Mae on (021) 782-9263, 082 892 4502 or email

COOKING classes for children will be held at Nikki Green’s home in Fish Hoek, just in time for the winter holidays. Green has been presenting Back2Basics cooking classes for several years. . On Monday 4 July, Wednesday 6 July and Friday 8 July, the children will be preparing chunky chicken sticks, tuna twists, rocky road crunches and churros. . On Monday 11 July, Wednesday

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CAPE TO CAIRO: The first Tours for Africa Cape to Cai­ ro motorcycle adventure gets under way in Cape Town on Thursday 23 June at 05:00. Tours for Africa is a pioneering adventure mo­ torcycling company that keeps pushing the limits of innovation, creativity and endurance. Besides build­ ing goodwill bridges across borders, looking at new business opportunities in Africa and allowing busi­ ness networking to progress, the adventures allow the participants to in­ teract with top­ranked offi­ cials, ministers and businesspeople, but also with local villagers along planned, sometimes demanding and challenging routes. The first tour consists of 22 motorcyclists (high­profile businessmen from South Africa), two IVECO Turbo Dailys, six crew members and two pas­ sengers. To find out more, contact Jessica at kinshasa13@yahoo.comor 084 208 6610. Alternatively contact Tours for Africa on (011) 433­8850 or email info@toursforafri­

Sixteen years of quilted colour THE Good Hope Quilters Guild is proud to be hosting the 16th South African Quilt Festival at the Bloemhof Girls’ High school in Stellenbosch from Friday 1 July to Thursday 7 July. This will be the fourth time that the festival will be held in the Western Cape. The theme of the festival is “Alive with Colour”, and is depicted in the colourful festival logo of Table Mountain “all dressed up”. The aim of the Festival is to promote the art of patchwork and quilting, and to bring quilters together to share their work with their fellow quilters and the public. The ex-

hibition will also include the “Alive with Colour” competition quilts, the “Showtime” challenge quilts, invitation quilts made by the judges and jurors, and the winning blocks of the 2011 Youth Quilt Block Challenge. There will be more than 300 quilts on display in the Bloemhof Media Centre at Bloemhof Girl’s High School from 10:00 to 18:00. On Tuesday 5 July, the exhibition will be open from 10:00 to 20:00. The entrance fee is R30 per person. For more information, please visit http:// or contact Marijke Weitsz on 076 678 7755.

Gaze at the stars THE SA Astronomical Observatory will have a free public talk on Saturday 25 June, starting at 20:00. Dr Nicola Loaring will talk about “Black holes and where we find them”. After the talk, there will be tours of the site and stargazing, if the weather is good. Guests are advised to arrive around

19:30 to give themselves time to park and find the venue. For further information, contact Thembela Mantungwa on (021) 460-9319, fax 086 612 7502 or mobile on 071 105 0109. Alternatively, email, or visit the websites or

PULLING THE STRINGS: The annual Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance was launched at the Fire & Ice Hotel in New Church Street on Tuesday. Festival director, Yvette Har­ die, gave guests a run­through of the dance, dra­ ma and visual arts productions, films, events and conferences that audiences can look forward to from 3 to 11 September at The Little Theatre, the Labia on Orange, the Arts for a Sustainable Earth Hub in Observatory and at the Fire & Ice Hotel. Bookings open at the end of July, and all details are available at www.outtheboxfesti­ Here Cindy Mkaza from UNIMA SA – which presents Out the Box – poses with a tall puppet on the patio of the Fire & Ice Hotel. Photo: Supplied

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29 operations and he still wants to race TAURIQ HASSEN

BERENICE STONE has seen her son endure 29 back operations after sustaining an injury during his National Service training that damaged his spinal cord and left him paralysed. Stone is pleading with the public for donations to help Grant Hutton (40) buy a racing wheelchair so he can compete in an iron man competition. “I want him to fulfil his dream and encourage other paraplegics,” says Stone. During his training at Saldanha, Hutton was ordered to perform a task by his immediate superior. The task required that he run on Saldanha beach with a bed and sandbags on his back. Hutton does not remember everything that happened on the day, but says he awoke in hospital to find that severe damage had been done to his spinal cord. The South African National Defence Force is now responsible for Hutton’s medical bills and operations on his back for the rest of his life. According to Stone, when her son tries to stand, “his legs go numb and he will fall to the ground”. “The treatment for seven to eight years was chronic medication, including morphine and other drugs to try and combat the pain,” says Stone. At the age of 14, Hutton was the youngest Western Province swimmer to qualify for SA Nationals in the men’s open 200m butterfly. At 17, he broke the WP men’s open 200m record. Earlier this year he displayed his courage by taking part in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, which made him realise that “I can return to the sports world”. Hutton did not manage to finish the event, but says he only had three months to prepare for the event. “He has had that sportsman in him since very young, and he still continues to show that enthusiasm and energy,” says Stone. Hutton is now looking to compete in the Cape Challenge Triathlon on 6 November, but needs sponsorship to make his dream a success.

MOVING ALONG: Grant Hutton in his racing wheelchair. Photo: Supplied It will be the first time that this iron man competition is hosted in South Africa. Hutton will be competing in the same race as abled body athletes, but will complete the same number of kilometres in his racing chair while the other athletes will complete in a run, swim and cycle race. Stone confirmed that Hutton was sponsored a bike by the Chaely Foundation, and has already received an offer to be assisted with ordering a racing chair by the racing chair champion, Ernest van Dyk. “We are desperately looking for anybody who can assist us with donating money for the racing chair to enable him to fulfil his dream,” says Stone. Anyone or company wish to assist can contact him directly at or his mom on or 076 653 7142. Stone says: “All contributions, no matter how big or small, would be greatly appreciated.”

Celebrating chemistry JOIN the University of Cape Town’s Department of Chemistry in celebrating the International Year of Chemistry from 23 June to 5 July. There will be mini-lectures on everything from molecules, malaria, mineral water and medicine to cosmetics, crystals and computers. For those who prefer meatier subjects, there will be a “behind-the-scenes glimpse of chemical research at UCT”, “exciting experiments demonstrated and explained”, as well as the keynote lecture, “Chemistry between

ourselves: An insight into behaviour”. There’s even a fun demonstration for kids aged five to 10 years entitled “Chemistry, Cupcakes and Cookies”, and an intervarsity and interschool quiz. Most days are jam-packed with tours and lectures, followed by a question and discussion session. Entrance is free, but tickets are required for all events. Reservations can be made by emailing, by contacting Shanaaz on (021) 650-5179/2712 or by visiting



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Tuesday 21 June 2011

It’s more than a game of chance BRIAN GAFFNEY


IS the silly off-season for professional soccer – and anything goes as far as some star players are concerned. From Soweto to Sharpeville, and from Lamontville to Lavender Hill, the big guns with R1 million-plus transfer fees on their heads are escaping the pressures of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) by returning to their former hunting grounds in the ’hood. For soccer fans from all walks of life, Lavender Hill was indeed the place to be over the past fortnight to watch some of the stars doing their thing in what is commonly known as a Sunday League tournament. Franklin Cale of Mamelodi Sundowns FC fame – whose wages are in excess of R1 mil-

KO BLOW: Erwin Isaacs of Santos FC experi­ enced an early knockout blow during his off­ season jaunt with a Lavender Hill club in his return to the ‘hood. Photo: Gallo Images lion a year – was a huge drawcard. And so too was another sharpshooter, Er-

win Isaacs. His current club, Engen Santos FC, could easily slap a R1 million-plus price tag on the head of the Lavender Hill-born and reared Isaacs if they receive offers from fellow PSL clubs. This past Sunday, Ocean View-born Cale, in the colours of Sharp FC, was again the main attraction for the 2 000-strong crowd at the Bodie Street sports field. The venue is an open piece of land bordered by three-storey high blocks of flats, with multi-coloured corrugated-iron annexes that serve as dressing rooms for the majority of clubs during tournaments. Sadly, some of these flats are notorious for the underworld activities that have a negative impact on people’s lives in Lavender Hill. Amid the gloom, however, a heavily burglar-barred Anglican Church stands as a beacon of hope on the opposite side of the field. Calm, however, prevailed during the tournament, with no glossy posters in sight to promote the annual tournament. Word about the tournament was enthusiastically spread by fans travelling on taxis and trains this month. For passers-by, the inkling that something special was happening was highlighted by an over-zealous fan pacing the touchline dressed in a green blazer – awarded to Players of the Match in the annual Nedbank Cup championship matches – and faded jeans. But back to match days when the Sharp FC side with Cale at the helm, opted to tog up in mini-bus taxis and out of the boots of their flashy cars – instead of using the ground floor flats on the opposite side of the venue. This scenario contrasted sharply with the plush air-conditioned and tiled dressing rooms that PSL clubs frequent at the international-standard stadia across South Africa. And so did the bumpy field, which serves as a shortcut for thousands of workers, school children and shoppers throughout the week. Cale played with extreme caution and avoided nitty-gritty tackles. His involvement in the action was closely watched by manager-coach, Ashley Hartogh – another Lavender Hill-born footballer – who has made it big as a regular goalscorer with SuperSport United in the PSL. Sharp FC’s other foot soldiers hailed from the Milano United semi-professional club, as well as from amateur clubs belonging to the Safa Cape Town. But they were upstaged in the championship final by a Lavender Hill invitational side. The local club triumphed 3-2 in a penalty

DOING HIS THING: Franklin Cale, a huge drawcard at Lavender Hill tournament. Photo: Rashied Isaacs shootout, after the score was locked at 1-1 at the end of normal time. And Isaacs? He watched from the sideline, after his Lavender Hill-based club was eliminated in the championship race on Sunday 12 June. The risks of returning to the ’hood of course were high for Cale, Isaacs and Hartogh. Not only did they breach contracts they signed with their respective pro clubs through their actions, but their selling price could decrease substantially if they sustained serious injuries during such unauthorised Sunday League tournaments. But who could blame them if renowned Brazilian super-stars like Ronaldhino, Robinho, Ronaldo and Romario, among others,

DRIVE & ALIGN SERVICE SER VICE CENTRE TOUGH STUFF: Dave Pewtner (right) of False Bay RFC faces off to Dirk du Toit of Villager RFC, during False Bay’s 18­10 win in a Western Prov­ ince Super League A rug­ by match at the Brookside Sports Com­ plex in Clare­ mont on Satur­ day. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images




have broken the rules by returning to their native country to play in unauthorised offseason tournaments as a means of escaping the excessive pressures they experience with their European-based clubs. And of course it is much more acceptable than the separate pub altercations involving England soccer stars like Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (he was cleared on the grounds that he acted in self-defence) during seasonal breaks in the English FA Premier League championship. But let’s not forget the former talented, yet ill-tempered England midfielder, Paul Gascoigne. The pub brawls he triggered eventually spilled out on the streets.

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