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ANGRY: A handful of former District Six residents held a pro­ test along Horstley Street on Saturday to emphasise their dissatisfaction with the manner in which the land restitution process is being handled by govern­ ment. The deter­ mined group pro­ tested in spite of bulldozers on the property. Each one present brought a stone from where they currently live, and placed it on the land where they de­ mand to have their houses built. The day marked the 46th anniversary of District Six being proclaimed a “whites only” area, leading to the evic­ tion of over 60 000 people in the 1960s. Photo: Jaco Marais

Burnt out shell ‘problematic’ “The house itself has no electricity and water. Vagrants occupy this black shell in the middle of a residential area, which creates concerns among the surrounding residents. It’s not nice to live close to something like this,” he says. Over time, the house has had its fair share of owners who all passed on. A few years ago, a man looking after the house was convicted of murdering the owner, he adds. Afterwards, the house was taken over by vagrants. Last year, a fire gutted the inside, creating the eyesore. Another resident was upset that the problem had been allowed to escalate and that nothing had been done about it for years, even after residents’ complaints. “Nobody knows who the real owner of this house is and there is a long story about who owns it, but council should have taken the initiative and attended to the problem, rather than allowing it to grow into something that



UTTED after a fire, a nest for rats and other insects, and occupied by different vagrants all the time. These are some of the problems around a house in Woodstock. The house, at 32 York Road, is a burnt-out shell. The front door is hanging from its hinges, window frames are missing and the inside is completely trashed. People’s Post visited the site last week, where a resident immediately warned the reporter about the “unstable condition” of the house and that people living inside could potentially pose a danger. The resident, who wished to remain anonymous for safety reasons, highlighted that on several occasions the occupants of the house have changed. They apparently live there for a few days and then move on.

is much more difficult to handle,” says the woman. She also mentioned that over the last few weeks, the presence of rats and other insects have increased, with most fingers pointing towards the dirty state of the dilapidated house. Ward Councillor Bernadette Le Roux reported the house to the Problem Buildings Unit, but highlighted that properties are placed on a list with other problematic houses within the area. “Houses are attended to in order of the most problematic to the least, so this house will be added to the list and we will look into the matter,” says Le Roux. She says that council is currently in the process of tracking down the owners to discuss possible solutions to the problem. People’s Post attempted to gain further information about the owners, but was unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

GUTTED: 32 York Street in Woodstock has been causing concerns in the surrounding community, especially around the activities in­ side the house. Photo: Tauriq Hassen


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Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraiser REYANA STEYN

LOVE BIRDS: Carla Meyer and Lawrence Lee prove that true love does exist.

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Carla ‘falls’ for handsome beau LILLIAN AMOS


INDING true love on a cruise ship off the Caribbean coast after slipping and drawing the attention of the person you’re meant to be with for the rest of your life sounds like something straight out of a Mills and Boon novel. But this is exactly how 26-year-old Carla Meyer met her dream partner, Lawrence Lee. The couple is set to marry at a picturesque Stellenbosch wine estate on Saturday 3 March after they fell hopelessly in love on a cruise ship both of them were working on. Carla, a beautician from Wetton, studied at the Cape Technikon and decided to pursue a career on a cruise liner after training in London. She worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week and towards the end of her first trip she was introduced to her future husband. One evening, Carla’s friends were having dinner and she decided to join them. It must have been fate – or her legs might just have been pushing her after seeing the handsome New Zealander – as Carla took a tumble in the main dining area. After recovering from the embarrassing moment, Carla started noticing Lawrence more and friends from both sides were telling them to get in touch with each other.

After the many months at sea, the two finally became more cosy and started watching movies together and spending more time in each other’s company. After the cruise, both went their separate ways but vowed to stay in contact. Eventually, they decided to join another cruise for eight months and rekindle the relationship. While their love was growing, Carla’s parents, Andre and Ronelle, decided to visit their daughter on the cruise ship for a vacation. This was the perfect opportunity for Lawrence to ask the Meyer’s for their daughter’s hand in marriage, even though it was the first time he had met them. Andre and Ronelle gave their permission and the lovebirds came back to South Africa to go on a vacation at the Kruger National Park. “We had a lovely outdoor dinner and everything was just perfect. Eventually, dessert was served but I grew suspicious after Lawrence kept telling me to not eat the dessert just yet.” Then Lawrence popped the question. “It was so romantic”, says Carla. The two are not sure whether they will live here in South Africa or in New Zealand. “At the moment, we are trying to get on another cruise together but if not, I will be moving to New Zealand,” the bride-to-be says.

THREE selfless women who committed themselves to making a difference in the lives of others have raised R6 000 to help people living in poverty. The women, from Maitland, recently put together a spectacular Caribbeanthemed dinner at St Joseph’s School to raise money for Gift of the Givers. The night, filled with glitz, glamour and fun, raked in the cash for the organisation, known for its work in South Africa as GIVING HEARTS: Joslyn Mercury, Gawa Sayed from Gift of the well as abroad. They sup- Givers, Rhona Andrews and Lee­Ann Mercury.Photo: Reyana Steyn port those who have been left destitute by disasters and people living thrilled. I roped in my whole family and in poverty. plans were set in motion for the fundraiser,” The idea for the gala event began when she says. Rhona Andrews saw a news programme on Joslyn and Lee-Ann Mercury were swept TV about the organisation helping people in up into the plan and worked around the Somalia. clock to make the event a success. “It was such a touching story to see these “It felt good to do something for other peopeople take the initiative to help. It was ple,” says Joslyn. enough for me to decide to help them and I “We know that Gift of the Givers does eximmediately contacted Gift of the Givers and cellent work and that the money raised told them what I wanted to do. They were would be for a good cause.” Lee-Ann says she’s happy that the event was a success and that they could offer assistance to the humanitarians. Andrews says they started planning the fundraiser in September last year. “So many people came on board, wanting to help us. A lot of things we received were free and it made our job easy. Besides raising money, we also wanted to ensure that the people who attended had a good time.” St Joseph’s School offered their school hall for free as well as their jazz and marimba bands. The Salsa Dance Studio also came on board. The organisers would like to thank everybody, including Bruce’s Caterers, for their contribution in making the event a success. Gawa Sayed, a manager at Gift of the Givers, says it was “fantastic” for the trio to think about helping others. “It’s amazing that we have people in this world who pull together and want to make a difference. We were exhilarated when we WINNER: Eva Botha walked away with the best heard what these women wanted to do and dressed award on the night of the fundraiser. that they had thought of our organisation. Photo: Supplied We thank them for everything.”





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Share your cancer experience THE Prostate cancer Support Action group (PSA group) will meet at 17:45 for 18:00 on Tuesday 21 February in the auditorium of Mediclinic Constantiaberg, Burnham Road, Plumstead. Linda Greeff will discuss ideas on “Using Hope to Cope” with the mental stress

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Latecomers still a problem TAURIQ HASSEN

A HANDFUL of parents believe that schools are to blame for the number of learners found roaming the streets during school hours. This follows the article, “Concerns over ‘bunking’ students (31 January)”, which highlighted concerns from parents in Maitland and Kensington about the number of schoolchildren found hanging around outside shops and on street corners. Parents feel that some school’s “zero tolerance policy” of locking the gates is a bit too much and would prefer disciplinary action being taken after school. Janine Williams from Maitland regularly monitors the situation at Maitland High and is shocked by the number of schoolchildren arriving late. “I was reading the article in the newspaper and thought to myself that many of these children are actually forced to stay outside and walk around, because they are being locked out from school,” says Williams. She highlighted that many of the students arrive from areas as far as Khayelitsha and problems with trains are a regular occurrence. People’s Post also covered the problems in the story “Tardiness continues (16 March 2010)”, which

saw the principal of Maitland High School adopting a “no mercy policy”, meaning that every learner arriving late at school after 08:00 would face detention after school. Students were not happy with the policy and protested against the principal’s decision to lock them out by refusing to sign a detention slip. Almost a year later, students were still ignoring the school bell and arriving late, which resulted in a visit from the Minister of Education, Donald Grant. The article, “Pupils still arriving late (29 March 2011)”, highlighted that around 60 learners from Maitland High were still arriving late. Faried Abrahams, an unemployed father of three, sympathised with learners struggling with their situation at home, but at the same time said he understood what the school must be going through. “Having those learners stroll into class an hour late must be really frustrating and quite frankly, lots of them don’t even care about being at school; just have a look at the number of students happy to be locked out,” says Abrahams. He added that during school hours, students can be seen “chilling in the park” a few metres away from the school, as if “their class was outside”. “You can’t blame the school for taking a zero tolerance approach, but at some point, you have to draw

STRETCH IT: The Cape Town SEVA Project hosted around 400 people who took part in a large scale yoga class for charity on Sunday 12 February at Green Point Park. The money raised through the event will go towards the Earth Child Project, which is a non­profit organisation offer­ ing yoga classes to children in Lavender Hill and Khayelit­ sha. The organisa­ tion also teaches children about na­ ture and how to start their own or­ ganic vegetable gardens. Around 3 000 kids are in­ volved in the project, aged be­ tween six and 16. Photo: Leanne Stander

the line, because children’s education is being undermined,” says Abrahams. Bronagh Casey, spokesperson for Minister Donald Grant, highlighted that no school is allowed to deny a learner entry into the school, but that they should rather take a different approach when dealing with latecomers. However, this year, Casey confirmed that no new reports have been received by the department around late learners. “The ministry has not received any complaints so far this year, but will make enquiries about the alleged lock-out of learners in the Maitland area,” says Casey.

She added that certain disciplinary measures have worked, such as taking down names and meeting with the parents of children regarded as serial latecomers. Casey concluded by saying: “By arriving late, you are not only doing a disservice to yourself, but also to your fellow learners and research has shown that if you maximise teaching and learning times, results improve.” Riedewaan Kenny, principal of Maitland High School, highlighted that lateness will always remain an issue, unless Metrorail improves its services. “We have internally improved


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The next big elections LILLLIAN AMOS

THE WESTERN Cape Education Department will hold School Governing Bodies (SGB) elections next month, while many people are still unaware of the importance of these bodies. According to Western Cape Minister of Education Donald Grant, strong governing bodies are one of the essential partners in their planned improvement of educational outcomes in the province. “A school’s governing body represents all non-teaching staff as well as parents and learners.” Before 1994, educators, learners, parents and communities were excluded from school governance but with the establishment of the South African Schools Act of 1996, all public schools now have to have an SGB elected by members of the school community. The South African Schools Act gave parents, teachers and high school students the right to form SGBs and to influence policies around issues like language, religious instruction, school fees, and a code of conduct for learners. They decide what the language of instruction will be, whether it’s a Christian or Muslim or sectarian school, what kind of uniform is allowed, school fees and plenty more. Most people think the school principal and staff decide these things. When People’s Post asked people what they thought SGBs were for, most didn’t even know that every public school had to have one. Another important role of the SGB is to interview and nominate educators and principals for appointment to the school. Kaashif Effendi, who serves on the

Lavender Hill High SGB and is also the bursar, says they occasionally deal with disciplinary action. “If there are any disputes between learners, or any other disciplinary problems, we set up meetings and try and get to the bottom of the problem to find a fair solution.” At Lavender Hill High the SGB consists of the principal, deputy principals, chief financial officer, an administrative person, non-educator (cleaner) and at least seven parents. “Given these responsibilities, it is important that school communities take the up-coming elections seriously,” says Grant. The election is the biggest in the country, after local and national government elections. The process is due to start from Thursday 1 March and should be completed by the end of the first term on Friday 23 March. Schools all over the Western Cape have nominated people, therefore the elections can go ahead. Training for the newly elected members will take place between April and June. SGB members serve a three-year term and learners a year. “I urge all members of the school community to get involved in the SGB elections by either making themselves available to serve on the SGB or by nominating and voting for the most suitable candidates. “If we are to improve our education, we need to ensure that school communities select the best possible candidates,” Grant concluded.

HOME­BASED CARE: The doors to the Children’s Centre have been opened to terminally ill children and their parents. Photo: Supplied

Hospice provides free care MELISSA LE ROUX


HE Children’s Centre in Newlands – a hospice for children which also offers free accommodation for parents – officially opened on Thursday 2 February. In association with the City of Cape Town’s Social and Early Childhood Development Directorate and the Out Of Africa Children’s Foundation, the facility, in close proximity to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, provides amenities for pre-op and post-op children, but mainly for children who are terminally ill. The Mayoral Committee Member for Social and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Beverley Cortje-Alcock, says that the services provided at the facility are mainly aimed at families from outside of Cape Town. “There was a great need for this type of facility in the community and it has been expressed for a long period of time. “Many of the families who bring their children for treatment have to travel by bus and sometimes illnesses and complications resurface and they would have to trek all the way back to Cape Town. “It made more sense and would be more convenient for families to be provided with home-based care until their children are well,” she says. The Children’s Centre can accommodate six families per month, and children who are being treated at Tygerberg Hospital, Groote Schuur, UCT Private Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital, can stay at the hospice with their parents, free of charge. The City ensures the availability of the facility and the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation provides the expertise and care needed for its successful operation. The CEO and Director of Out of Africa Children’s Foundation, Kim Highfield, says that the centre provides the families of chil-

dren with pre- and post-trauma counselling sessions to help them cope better with their child’s condition. Out of Africa Children’s Foundation was recently officially recognised as a member of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPN) – the ICPN serves as an oversight body which ensures that quality standards of services are being met and sustained. The only child staying at the facility at the moment is 10-year-old Cherlize Lerm from Bloemfontein, who was admitted on Sunday 4 February. Cherlize was diagnosed with leukaemia in August last year and has since had one of her legs amputated, her father, Leon, told this reporter. “She will be undergoing intense chemotherapy – a type of chemotherapy that is so strong, it will destroy her bone marrow and stem cells,” he says. Cherlize will be given medication that will ensure her body produces stem cells on its own. Within a month or so, she will undergo a lot of testing to guarantee that the cancer has been completely destroyed. “It’s a blessing to stay with her while she gets treatment, if we were not here who would have looked after her. The services provided by the facility has made things a lot easier on us, and we can now focus entirely on getting our daughter well again,” says Leon. The Lerm family wants the best for Cherlize and when they were given the option of getting treatment at either a hospital in Pretoria or Cape Town, Leon says they chose Cape Town. “You want the best for your child, and for her to be cancer-free,” he says. Patients who stay at the Children’s Centre’s facility with their parents are usually recommended by a doctor to do so. If you would like to qualify for a place with your child, contact Kim Highfield on 072 430 1818 or email

Where do we really come from? PROFESSOR John Compton of UCT’s Geological Sciences Department will give a free public talk entitled “Did modern humans originate on the southern coast of South Africa?”, on 15 February at 17:00 at the SAAO

Auditorium in Observatory. No bookings are required. For more information go to http:// or contact (021) 650 2543.

Let moving music feed your soul THE Music Therapy Community Clinic – an organisation using music to provide psychosocial support to young people within Cape Town’s marginalised communities – will be hosting a benefit concert. A diverse repertoire from Beethoven to Stravinsky will be performed by internationally acclaimed violinist Cathrin Kudelka, accompanied on piano by Charl de Villiers. Kudelka is founder of the renowned Swissbased “Zaubergeige Violin School” and has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and Asia, winning several international competitions, including the prestigious “La Musique du Monde” in Paris.

Accompanist Charl de Villiers completed his under-graduate degree in South Africa prior to furthering his studies in chamber music in Zürich. De Villiers currently holds the position of coach and accompanist at the Konservatorium Winterthur in Zürich, Switzerland. The concert is on Wednesday 15 February at 18:30 at the Beau Soleil Music Centre in Kenilworth. Tickets cost R80 per person and include light refreshments. To book, call Juanita on (021) 671 5196 or email For information visit All proceeds will support Music Therapy Community Clinic’s community programmes.


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Cape Town goes to Hollywood MELISSA LE ROUX

INTERNATIONAL films being shot in Cape Town is becoming a trend for film-makers, while proving to have a remarkable impact on the City’s economy. Two of the latest blockbuster films were shot entirely in the Mother City: Safe House opened in cinemas on Friday, while Chronicle opens this week. Both films showcase the city, not only as a premier film location, but as a destination of choice for potential visitors. “Shooting films in Cape Town has become a major attraction for overseas film-makers,” says The Cape Film Commission’s Denis Lillie. “The crews that come here to film leave with a positive image of the city’s scenery, beaches and nature. That information gets passed on throughout Hollywood, making Cape Town very popular.” Safe House – a thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds – was filmed in its entirety in Cape Town, early last year. The film was originally destined for a South American city, however, once the producers and director saw what Cape Town’s environment and industry had to offer, the story was adapted to suit it. According to Grant Pascoe, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, there are a number of factors that makes the City a perfect candi-

STARSTRUCK: Denzel Washington in action during the filming of Safe House. date for international film shoots. “The Cape Film Studios have been adapted to suit the needs of in-

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ten packets of tik and two scales. “Although no arrest was made, police want to send a warning to the drug dealers that their days are numbered. With the help of our community, we will make sure that these no-good activities are no more,” Vukubi added. Anyone with information on any suspicious activities can contact Maitland SAPS on (021) 506 9400. . A man was robbed at gunpoint opposite Gate 4 of the Maitland cemetery in Kensington on Tuesday. At about 17:00, the man parked his vehicle opposite cemetery, when he was approached by two boys aged between 14 and 17. “He was on his way to visit his father’s grave, when he turned back to fetch his cigarettes from the car. He then

noticed the two suspects,” says Warrant Officer Ntombi Nqunqeka, spokesperson for Kensington Police. When the man got into his car, the boys approached him and asked for a cigarette. The other walked around the vehicle and noticed the man’s laptop on the car seat. The boy then ordered the man to open the door, but he hesitated and the youngster drew a firearm. Nqunqeka confirmed that the boys robbed the man of R700 and the laptop. Both suspects then ran in the direction of Mutual Station. No shots were fired and fingerprints were lifted from the vehicle.

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The City of Cape Town’s Film Permit Office and the Cape Film Commission (CFC) assisted the filmmakers in accessing some of the key locations for the film. Both the City and the CFC have a good understanding of Cape Town and filmmaking and this knowledge, together with their interaction with various City and Provincial Departments, ensured a seamless shoot. The two films brought in an estimated R350 million, spent on local hotels, restaurants, shops, catering services and transport, having an enormous impact on the local economy. “It’s great because it helped to create jobs and utilised skills that aren’t often used in the city. The crew employed local set designers, costume designers, make-up artists, and so forth,” says Lillie. Safe House premiered in Ireland, and because of the hype around the shooting being done in Cape Town, Lillie had already received an enquiry from the Irish Film Commission, seeking to organise a competition where the winners will get to travel to Cape Town to see the locations where the movie was filmed. “What’s great about these particular film shoots is that people can clearly see that it is Cape Town, which in turn would help promote our city as a destination for more film shoots and tourist attractions,” says Pascoe. There has been discussions pending future film shoots in the Mother City, however, information around it is strictly confidential.

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Province’s Mighty Men conference cancelled THE official organizing committee, led by Jurianne Schreuder and Hardus Zevenster of Radio Tygerberg, intensely deliberated the question whether a Mighty Men Conference should be held in the Western Cape this year.

HISTORY: The remains of a centuries­old boat were found at the V & A Waterfront near the Clock­Tower complex during construction work on Wednesday 8 February. Old Canon bullets were also found on site. The No 1 Silo­project which is a green­building initiative that was on the way to be completed by 2013 has been temporarily suspended. It has also been found that the there are approximately 360 ships that sunk between 1610 and 2006 in the Table Bay area. Photo: Michael Hammond

Meridian hikes for February THE Meridian Hiking Club is hosting the following hikes: .On Wednesday, 15 February, to Sea Point. A short walk along the Sea Point Promenade with sundowners afterwards. Contact Sam on 082 498 0361. .On Saturday, 18 February, a Sunset Hike on Chapman’s Peak. Enjoy one of Cape Town’s special sunset venues. Bring a torch, snacks and sundowners. The hike will take approximately 3 to 4 hours. Contact Colin Blake on 082 532 3124. .On Saturday, 18 February, to the Dark Gorge and Newlands Buttress. Note there are limited numbers. Book with Marius at .On Sunday, 19 February, to Red Disas and Judas Peak. Full day hike up Suikerbossie, up cool Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine for tea at the waterfall and then on to Red Disas. Contact Victor on (021) 557 4885 or 072 977 5597. .On Sunday, 19 February, from Muizenberg to Glencairn. Walk along the coastal path, stop for a swim and pastries and then

train back to the start. Contact John James on 084 249 9979. .On Sunday, 19 February, to the Red Disas and Judas Peak. A full-day hike around Suikerbossie and Llandudno, taking in Myburgh’s waterfall, Red Disas and Judas Peak. Contact Victor Barnard on (021) 557 4885. .On Sunday, 26 February, the Melkbos beach walk at14:30. A flat walk along the beach towards Koeberg and back. The walk will take approximately 2 to 3 hours. Contact Mecheal on 0826 401 268. .On Sunday, 26 February, to the Minor Peak via Blockhouse Ridge. A Full day hike which includes scrambling, bushy and rocky terrain with some exposure. Numbers are limited. Book with Marius at .On Wednesday, 29 February, to the Community Chest Carnival. Join Sam for beer, food and a walk-around. Phone Sam on the night from 18:30 on 082 498 0361. Visitors pay R15 and for information visit

Safety tips for avid cyclists THE City of Cape Town urges all road users to exercise caution and common sense on local roads, especially during a time of year when a greater number of cyclists will be cycling in the build-up to the iconic Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour in March. Along with the increase of cyclists comes an unfortunate increase in the number of accidents involving them. Here’s how to keep safe: • Be visible. Cyclists can help by wearing high-visibility clothing (orange, neon green or pink), flashing LED belts and trouser-straps – and by riding 1.5m in from the road edge. • Obey the rules of the road. Cyclists should stop at stop signs and obey road signage like all other road users. • Be assertive but polite. Show other road-users respect and they will show respect to cyclists. • Pay attention at intersections and traf-

fic circles – particularly when you are travelling straight onwards and the vehicles are turning left. At stop streets and traffic lights, come to a halt slightly in front of stationary vehicles. • Be predictable. Indicate where you intend to go. • Ride in single file and wear a helmet. It’s against the law to ride without one. • Don’t deliberately swerve your bike from side to side, and always keep at least one hand on the handlebars. • Light up your bike: white lights/reflectors on the front; red lights/reflectors on the back. • Be prepared. Carry water, a pump, a patch kit and identification. Check your bike for obvious mechanical problems every time you leave for a ride. City Traffic Officers will be focusing on the behaviour of both cyclists and motorists and where the law is broken, fines will be issued.

Put your best foot forward THE fourth CANSA Relay For Life event will take place on Friday 23 March at the Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone. Participants will walk for 12 hours to raise funds and create awareness on the fight against cancer. Teams of between 10 and 15 people are invited to register and be part of this fun overnight event, the aim being that at least one team member will be on the track at all times. Cancer never sleeps and with this in mind, those participating in the night’s event are kept awake by a entertaining programme taking place on and around the special Coke stage. Teams are encouraged to do some fund-

raising before as well as during the actual event, by creatively raising awareness of the different types of cancer. Funds raised at Relay For Life events enable the South African Cancer Association to positively impact the lives of those affected by cancer. As CANSA Relay For Life events are community owned and volunteer driven, funds are ploughed back into the community by a multitude of services. It also helps to fund research necessary to create a cancer free society. To become part of this event and help change the lives of those affected by cancer contact Michelle on 082 588 6566 or Kevin on 082 788 1181.

After a time of humiliation and prayer, as well as consultation about the matter with Angus Buchan, concensus was reached that no Mighty Men 2012 will be held in Paarl. “The Mighty Men conferences were a unique phenomenon in the reawakening and repositioning of men as the spiritual heads of their homes,” Zevenster said. “It was also unique in the context within which the Lord visited, liberated and confirmed men at Shalom.” “However, the time has come for those seeds to grow into deeds and to develop into powerful trees, offering shelter and shade, as expected by God. The era has dawned for men to set their hands to the plough and live the Good News each day to the full at each level of society. The relay baton given to thousands of men during Mighty Men, now needs to be passed on. Yes, Mighty Men was a wonderful spiritual injection, but it was found that many men relapsed into their old habits again afterwards... until the next conference. “We believe that the Lord calls us to live obediently. The management of Mighty Men Western Cape is convinced that our Father is busy with a new season, and that Mighty Men and everything He wanted to achieve by it, has been completed,” Zevenster said. Two conferences will be held elsewhere in the country – Mighty Men Transvaal from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 March, and Mighty Men Karoo from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April. Visit and select “Karoo Mighty Men Conference” and “Mighty Men Limpopo” for more details.

CANCELLED: Angus Buchan will not be hosting the Mighty Men conference this year.. During both these conferences Angus Buchan will be the guest speaker on the respective Sundays. “We believe that God, as the Father of Creativity, has a fresh plan for the Western Cape,” Zevenster said. “We are anxiously looking forward to witness what He is creating for the province with his Wonderful Fingers.”

Win the ultimate experience THIS month, Cape Town plays host to the country’s only, and largest, extreme sports lifestyle event – the Absa Life Xtreme Ultimate Festival – on Saturday 18 February. The Gateway Canal at the V&A Waterfront will be transformed into an extreme sporting paradise with death-defying stunts and dare-devil twists performed by the champions of extreme BMX, FMX and skate and wake boarding in South Africa. Experience top international and local athletes competing on some of the largest ride infrastructure ever seen in SA. Lifestyle stalls, a full service bar, live radio broadcast and top South African

brands will also draw crowds to the event. Watch international competitors in action such as Nick de Wit (FMX) Greg Illingworth (BMX) and Moses Adams (skate) plus extreme stars such as Alastair Sayer and Dallan Goldman on FMX. Gates open at 11:00 and close at 19:00 followed by an extreme concert at Zula Lounge in Long Street with top local DJs and bands. . People’s Post and Ultimate X 2012 are giving away two double tickets to the event. To win simply SMS the keyword “extreme” to 34586 before Wednesday at noon. Winners will be contacted by phone. SMSs cost R1,50.

Dining with a Portuguese twist THE Villa Tavern-Portuguese Restaurant & Pizzeria, an established Authentic Portuguese Restaurant and Bar is in the heart of the City Bowl. Portuguese cuisine is characterised by rich, filling and full-flavoured dishes. Garlic and peri peri is widely used in most dishes, but can be eliminated on request. A common soup is caldo verde with potato. Among fish recipes, bacalhau dishes are traditional. They serve this on weekends, on request, and for special occassions. During the festive season it is almost always on the menu. Kingklip, hake and tuna is grilled. Calamari rings are deep-fried, served with olive oil and vinegar. Other popular fish dishes are

imported Portuguese sardines, squid tentacles and prawns grilled with peri peri sauce. Local cuisine includes Portuguese steak, served in a wine-based sauce and fried potato chips. An egg, sunny side up, is placed in top. A popular snack is a prego roll, a small beef steak in a Portuguese roll, often served with a Superbock Beer (Portuguese beer). Espetada, meat on the skewer, Portuguese chicken peri peri is for the hungry, and deserves top prize in villa history. The restuarant is at 176 Buitenkant Street in Vredehoek. Trading hours are from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 until late; Mondays from 15:00 until late. For further information contact (021) 465 4100.

A stitch for the physically challenged THE Cape of Good Hope Rotary Club wishes to thank everyone who knitted teddy bears, beanies and gloves in their project last year. In all, nearly 2 000 items were knitted and these were given mainly to the physically challenged at the One to One day, which is held in August when service organisations in the Peninsula get together at the Good Hope Centre and bus in approximately 3 000 physically challenged people of all ages for a day of fun. Each organisation has a different stall..

The balance of the knitted items were given to children in hospitals around the Cape. There is also a brand new knitting pattern for the teddies and the shoulder bag this year. To receive a pattern contact Jean Smythe by email Should anyone wish to continue knitting the old teddy pattern, or beanies and gloves, it would be welcomed as well. Donations of wool, stuffing and needles will be gratefully received. Phone Smythe on (021) 782-1469 or 084 646 0095.


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FINAL BAT­ TLE: Ath­ lone Stadi­ um was the venue for the finals of the Super League sec­ tion of the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival As­ sociation’s competition on Saturday. Here, a member of third­placed Ashwin Wil­ lemse Ori­ ent Commu­ nity Enter­ tainers struts his stuff. Photo: WAITING PATIENTLY: Members of Happy Boy’s Entertainers, left, Santam District Six Entertainers and Shoprite Pennsylvannians, await the results. Photo: Riedewaan Wagiet

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Santam District Six Entertainers tops TAURIQ HASSEN

THIS year’s annual minstrel carnival has come to a close, with Santam District Six Entertainers being crowned as champions for the second year running. The concluding phase of the competition unfolded at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday, with top teams eyeing the title of “Carnival Kings”. Malick Laattoe, owner of Santam D6, was over the moon saying: “This is what we worked for and it’s an unbelievable feeling, winning the carnival for two years in

a row.” Santam District Six Entertainers walked away with 13 trophies comprising of first prizes for Adult Drum Major, Junior Combined Chorus, Group Song, English Combined Chorus, Afrikaans Moppie and English Moppie, second prizes for Junior Drum Major, Junior Sentimental and Minstrel Song, fourth prizes for Grand March Pass, Exhibition, Best Board and a fifth prize for Best Band. “We beat the second placed competitor by 27 points; what an achievement,” says the excited owner. Laattoe believes that “hard work, strategic planning and set-

ting achievable goals” was the secret behind the team’s success and most importantly, racking up back-to-back titles. “This year it was a collective commitment from all role-players that made our goals attainable, from the two-year-old youngster to the 80-year-old pensioner. Pressure was definitely on us and we could feel the heat,” says Laattoe. Supporters from all over congratulated the team on their success, most saying that Santam District Six were “deservedly crowned as Carnival Kings”. Ayesha Galant has four children, three grandchildren and five son-in-laws all walking in the

troupe and says winning the competition brought “excitement to the house”. “They all rushed in here jumping up and down in the early hours of the morning, and then they rushed out to link up with the team again to go and celebrate. This troupe really knows how to entertain the masses and winning the competition proved they are true entertainers,” says Galant. Ebrahim Jacobs, another fan of the team, said: “Congratulations to the Santam District Six Entertainers, because throughout the year, everybody involved with the team works around the clock to improve their performance and

they deserve to be crowned champions.” The top five teams in the Super League of the competition were: Santam District Six Entertainers, Shoprite Pennsylvannians, Ashwin Willemse Orient Community Entertainers, Happy Boys Entertainers and Salt River Crooning Minstrels. Laattoe concluded by saying: “The year ahead has much more hard work and we are revising our strategy, as the competition level has been raised. To all teams that made this carnival a success, we are all winners. We as Santam D6 salute you and our mother body, Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association.”

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Price of fame THE DEATH of acclaimed singer, Whitney Houston has rocked the world. After a troubled latter life, rife with drug abuse, the songbird – once the toast of the music world – was found in her hotel suite before the Grammy Awards at the weekend. Toxicology results are yet to be released. Houston’s story is illustrative of the pressures of life in the spotlight and the destructive coping mechanisms some superstars find solace in. The 48-year-old joins other legendary stars whose lives ended sadly in a similar way, such as King of Pop Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, rock bassist Mike Starr, grunge rocker Curt Cobain and Marilyn Monroe. Their lifestyles, and ultimate demise, should serve as a reality check for the countless youths who idolise celebrities, desiring their seemingly enchanted lives. Often, stardom comes at a costly price. Back home, the Medical Research Council cites the Western Cape as having the highest percentage of binge drinkers in high school - 34%. The number of people seeking treatment for methamphetamine (tik) has overtaken those with alcohol problems. Among patients under 20 years, six out of 10 use tik as a primary or secondary substance of abuse. At this alarming rate, now more than ever youths need a positive influence and positive role models. Often, these are right on their doorsteps and organisations such as Afrika Ablaze, Proudly Manenberg and Sporting Chance are but some of those offering healthy alternatives. The true role models are the selfless individuals in the community who coach youths in soccer on rundown football fields in crimechallenged underprivileged areas such as Hanover Park. Provinces such as the Western Cape is faced with the devastating effects drug abuse has on families and the economy and requires the collaborative input of all roleplayers.

Your SMSes Report those problem clubs YOU reported (“Night spots under fire”. People’s Post, 7 February) on a clampdown on noise from pubs, clubs and restaurants, and anti-social behaviour, including consumption of liquor in the streets outside these businesses. Neighbours and affected parties should take note that in terms of the new Western Cape Liquor Act, which comes into effect in April, liquor licences will not be automatically renewed as was the case while the Liquor Act of 1989 was in place. If the licencee has within the previous eight months failed to comply with a compliance notice issued in terms of the Act, the licence will not be automatically renewed, but will have to be re-applied for. It is therefore important that the local inspector or designated liquor officer be contacted in each and every instance of a breach of the terms of a establishment’s licence conditions. Typically these conditions proscribe business hours, the nature of the business (the holder must ensure liquor sold or supplied is consumed on the premises only) and entertainment, to ensure it does not cause a nuisance or disturbance to neighbours and residents in the area. The local policing forum, civic or residents’ association will be able to assist in alerting the Western Cape Liquor Board and to oppose automatic renewal of licences of establishments which persistently contravene the law.

The new Act works retrospectively and therefore, all complaints prior to April 2012 will need to be considered by the Western Cape Liquor Board when considering renewals, after April. It is important to keep a paper trial of complaints, and a reference number should always be provided when contacting the police. On 9 September at the Western Cape Liquor Conference, Mr Alan Winde, the Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism stated that Western Cape citizens have proved that they are unwilling to accept responsibility for theirs and other’s safety, as they continue to binge drink, resort to alcohol-fueled violence and drive whilst under the influence. The Act is viewed as the toughest liquor legislation in South Africa. It seeks to reduce drinking establishments in residential areas, clamp down on the supply of alcohol to illegal liquor outlets and restrict hours of liquor trade. This is to ensure that we create safer drinking environments. It therefore seems as if the political will is there. Whether the will is there to enforce the act remains to be seen. A Liquor Advice Hotline is available for all objections and complaints about licenced premises. The call centre number is 086 055 5134. GERT COETZEE De Waterkant

MJC and the Halaal Trust . The MJC is a real embarrassment to our Muslim ummah. How can they be such scumbags? They cannot answer a proper question. They must go. . I am pleased that a panel has been selected to make recommendations to improve the halaal certification. Also a big thank-you to the two lawyers – Zahir Williams and Noor Kapdi – in offering to assist in this regard. As for Mr Mohamed, shutting the MJC down is not an option as this is not your decision to make. There are thousands in this community. You cannot smear your opinion and negativity on us all. There has been a loophole and there is a strategy in place to pull the reigns tighter. Me and many others applaud this new strategy. I believe the ulama and ummah will get past this Insha’Allah. Shukran. Shahieda . I am surprised that Christians are not concerned about eating pork.

The Bible says: “The flesh of swine is unclean to thee, Ye shall not eat from from it”. Surely Jesus and his disciples, being Jews, abhorred and never ate swine? Shouldn’t the true followers of Jesus also abstain from eating pig meat? Answers, anyone? Othmaan . The Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust should be shut down.They can’t be trusted. They must set an example of how Muslims will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. Shut them down. . I think they must remove halaal certificates now. Phantsi, ngo-MJC, phantsi! Bhabha Just a thought . I wish to complain about a pole which was put up off-centre in 12th Avenue, near the speed bump. Why not put it in the road, then? Godfrey, Kensington . Criminal offenders must get hard labour. Put leg irons on them and let them build roads. Pay them but they must pay for their own bed and

food. Taxpayers are punished because their hardearned money is wasted on cruel people. . I agree with Fagmi Abass. Stop the toll roads and stop tenders and outsourcing. You’re killing us with taxes, levies and service charges. Come on, Zille and De Lille, wake up and stop wasting our money! . If only government can come to the rescue of the poor and not so poor and put an end to inflated prices. Someone’s making too much money while government looks the other way. By the way . 1c and 2c coins are no longer used. Why do prices still end with 9c? Sheer profiteering! Anon . All ex-teachers, pupils and parents affiliated with Bramble Way Primary: Please phone the school in connection with its 50th anniversary which will be celebrated in July. Call (021) 694 4379 or Paul Le Roux on (021) 797 4591. . How about an advice column?

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Prepare to be whizzed! THE College of Magic, Cape Town’s only magical arts organization, will be hosting the 2012 South African Championships of Magic at the Artscape Theatre and its premises in Claremont, from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March. The SA Championships is a triennial event held to select the best magician nationwide. This year’s highly anticipated competition will see wand-wielding titans compete for the honour to represent Africa at FISM, the World Championships of Magic, in England in July. Set to transform the already enchanting Artscape Theatre into a mystical battleground, the three-day-long Championships will feature a wondrous programme of events, including lectures by leading worldrenowned illusionists, the exhilarating Close-Up and Stage contests, a Children’s Magic Spectacular and the not-to-be-missed Stars of Comedy and Magic, a spectacular gala show featuring the crème de la crème of local comedians and magicians. The line-up includes: .The captivating and thrilling Children’s Magic Spectacular at the Artscape Theatre

on Saturday 3 March. The College of Magic’s talented members will enthral young audiences with a whirlwind of magical entertainment. - For the adults, the phenomenal Stars of Comedy and Magic at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 4 March. Prepare to be amazed and entertained by the likes of top comedians Alan Committie, Riaad Moosa and Stuart Taylor; SA’s top ventriloquist Conrad Koch, special international guest star - Wayne Houchin - direct from the USA as well as a variety of specialty acts at this one night only fund-raising gala event for the College of Magic’s Community Outreach Programmes. The College of Magic, a non-profit organization and the only one of its kind in the world, has been training children and adults in the marvellous art of magic and illusion for more than 30 years. Tickets for the Children’s Magic Spectacular and the Stars of Comedy and Magic are available at Computicket ( or 0861 915 8000. For more information about the South African Championships of Magic, contact the College of Magic on (021) 683 5480 or visit

Experience Viva Santana IF you are a fanatical Carlos Santana fan, you will love the Viva Santana show featuring Jayson’s Latin Kings. This promises to be a showcase of musical talent coming together to pay tribute to the international Rock/Latin icon. With his band Santana, this amazing mega-star became known as a latin cult figure with his special brand of music first recognised at the Woodstock Festival in America during the ’60s. The producer of the show, Jason King, promises the actual sound and style of Santana will be almost identical, and it will surely be the best show any music lover will have seen for a long time.

King is bringing together some of the greatest Cape Town based musicians to grace the stage. The show will also feature female latino style dancers that will gyrate in true Brazilian/Cuban style, to songs like Black magic woman, Jingo Loba, Oye Como Va, Smooth, Maria Maria and other favourites that have made Carlos Santana the household name that he is. Viva Santana will debut for the first time at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March at 20:00. Block-bookings can also be made by calling (021) 633 4299.

Have a go at cathedral music OVER the course of dia programme based the past four years, St on her highly acGeorge’s Cathedral’s claimed album, Fire“University Catheflies in the Rain. dral Singers” has esThorns has shared tablished themselves the stage with the likes as one of Cape Town’s of Arno Carstens and most active choirs, the Soweto String with monthly perQuartet and received a formances of acapella 4-star rating at the Edand accompanied inburgh Fringe Festiworks. val. This performance Cathedral director is on Wednesday 15 of music, David Orr, February starting at will be holding audi19:30. Tickets are R90 tions for this vibrant at the door and are and exciting commusold in support of the nity choir on Tuesday cathedral roof appeal. 14 and 21 February at Alternatively a dis17:45 at the South Africounted season ticket can College of Music for all 12 Raise the Roof (UCT). For further inconcerts can be purformation about these chased at the catheauditions or the Cadral office for R810. thedral’s music proRefreshments and gramme contact DavCarol Thorns’s CD will id Orr on (021) 424 7360 be on sale at the Taj or email him at davi- RENOWNED: South Africa’s leading elec­ Hotel following the tric cellist, Carol Thorns. concert. . The St George’s For further informaCathedral’s Raise the Roof 2012 concert series tion contact David Orr at the cathedral on begins with South Africa’s leading electric (021) 424 7360 or by email: davido@sgcathecellist, Carol Thorns, presenting a multi-me-

Calling all talented amateur singers MARIKA will be hosting their next amateur music evening on Monday 20 February at 19:00. This is a “no pressure” opportunity for amateur musicians to get together, perform or jam and meet other like-minded people. They supply a sound system, guitar/bass/keyboard amplification, a drum kit and micro-

phones. Potential performers need only bring their instruments. Entrance is R30 per person and booking is essential. They are situated above the 7 Eleven on the corner of BoBuitenkant Street and Vredehoek Avenue, Gardens, Cape Town. Bookings can be made on (021) 465 2727, 082 955 4390 or via email

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Donizetti with a difference DONIZETTI must be smiling at the way his opera, Viva la Mamma, is turning out. This opera, performed for the first time in Italy in 1827, has been through several incarnations and this one takes it to a new level of fun, laughter, brilliant singing and acting. It’s an all-round theatrical experience and you have three chances to enjoy it at the Suidoosterfees at Artscape on 16, 18 and 19 February. Director Lara Bye, who dons the dramatist’s hat, has rewritten the spoken dialogue to make this opera within an opera sparkle, with dramatic singing, dancing and non-stop action. Baritone Siyabulela Ntlale is singing the title role of Donna Agata, in drag. With Siya are eight of South Africa’s most promising young singers, Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, Thesele Kemane, Linda Nteleza, Thando Mpushe, Mandisinde Mbuyazwe, Karen van der Walt, Makudupanyane Senaoana and Phelo Nodlayiya, all of whom have shone in recent UCT and/or Cape Town Opera productions like The Rake’s Progress, La Boheme and Der Entfuehrung aus dem Serail. The gorgeous score will be played by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kamal Khan. Reza Levy is the costume designer. Jesse Kramer is creating the sets for the two-act opera, and Faheem Bardien is the lighting maestro. Performances in the kykNET Theatre at Artscape are on Thursday 16 February at

MARVELLOUS: Baritone Siyabulela Ntlale is singing the title role of Donna Agata, in drag. 20:00, Saturday 18 February at 19:30 and Sunday 19 February at 16:00. A free talk by FMR presenter Rodney Trudgeon will be presented an hour before each performance. Tickets for the opera are R220, R185 and R100 at Computicket.

Violinist opens new concert series BRILLIANT German-Japanese violinist Mirijam Contzen and the dynamic American pianist Bryan Wallick will open the new Cape Town Concert Series season on Saturday 18 February. They will play a programme of the Sonatas in F by Mendelssohn, Debussy’s Sonata and Schumann’s Sonata no 2 in D minor, and she will play Ravel’s Tsigane. Contzen has performed with many European orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Germany and Royal Liverpool Orchestra in England. She performed in many important concert halls like the Berlin Philharmony and Musiekverein in Vienna. She worked with important conductors such as Albrecht, Davies, Frühbeck de Burgos, Hogwood and Noseda and played with Joshua Bell and Mischa Maisky. Contzen completed her studies with the legendary violinist and teacher Tibor Varga. She won a number of prizes and awards, and at the age of 16 she won first prize at the prestigious International Violin Competition Tibor Varga. She recorded several CDs for Arte Nova/BMG, including “Favourite Violin Pieces”, which won the ECHO-Klassikpreis 2001. She plays a 1733 Carlo Bergonzi violin. The concert takes place at the Baxter Concert Hall in Rondebosch at 20:00. Subscribers

BEAUTIFUL: Mirijam Contzen playing the violin. benefit from a 15 percent discount for the season with prices of R530 and R265 for students. Subscribing to the first season secures seats for the second at regular subscription rates. It includes concerts with Joshua Bell, Wolfgang Schmidt and Konstantin Sherbakov. For information contact Louise Howlett on (021) 439 7663 or Computicket bookings for individual seats is open. Tickets cost R125/R110. Visit for more information.

ONLY FOR YOU: Local tal­ ent Junaid Onkers, from Surrey Estate, will be re­ leasing his first album en­ titled For you on Friday 17 February at Club G Spot in Epping. The album fea­ tures tracks written and produced by Brilynn Van Rooyen and music ar­ rangement by Bernie Da­ mon. Van Rooyen and the Crazyworld Band will also feature. “I was a re­ nowned baritone soloist and sang in various choirs, always wanted to sing and release my own music, but never had the opportunity until now,” says Onkers. “It is some­ thing everyone can en­ joy.”


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Softball top man suspended MARK WARD

THE suspension of Noore Nacerodien by Softball South Africa has sent shockwaves through the sport. Nacerodien’s suspension comes just weeks after he was lauded for the successful staging of the Junior Women’s World Championship in December. Nacerodien headed the Local Organising Committee for the prestige event, which took place in Cape Town from the Tuesday 6 to Friday 17 December at the Turfhall Park Stadium in Crawford. Nacerodien said the action from the sports controlling body is a mystery to him and that he was notified via a text message. According to the message his

suspension is due his failure to present a comprehensive report relating to the World Championship. He is also banned from all forms of the sport and was not allowed to complete his umpiring duties at the weekend. “The suspension comes as a shock to me. I did submit a report,” said Nacerodien. “Unfortunately I could not attend the 4 February meeting, but three delegates from the Western Province, who served with me on the LOC were given the report for discussion at the meeting. “I am seeking legal advice and cannot speak too much. The only thing I wish to add is, why the banning order? Is it not the responsibility of the organisation to first summons a member? Normal procedures then dictate that if the person in question

FIRST: Amier Kriel of St. John’s Primary School pips Enrico Pietersen (in blue) of Kenmere Primary at the finish line in the Boys Under 12 100m final. The Maitland School Cluster held their Athletics meeting at Vygieskraal Stadium in Athlone on Thursday.

fails to attend that meeting then should drastic action like this follow? I was not afforded that opportunity. “The banning has cast a shadow over me and has created suspicion. I need to clear my name, and the national body has some explaining to do.” The sports controlling body SSA confirmed Nacerodien’s suspension in statement this week. “This serves to confirm that the general council meeting of the SSA, held on the 04 February in Kempton Park, has decided to suspend Mr Noore Nacerodien, the 1st Vice President of SSA and also the chairman of the LOC that organised the 2011 ISF Junior Women World Championship that took place in Cape Town during the 06 to 17 Decem-

ber 2011, from all softball activities until he has presented before the Council, the comprehensive report of the event. “The Council went further to reject his resignation as the 1st vice President of SSA until the above matter has been resolved,” the statement concluded. Denise Paulsen, president of Western Province Softball Federation and secretary general of the national body, refused to comment on Nacerodien’s banning order and referred correspondence to Guillo Marapjane, president of the national body. Nacerodien recently said he would be availing himself for the presidential race in August later this year, a position he held until 2008 when the incumbent, Paulsen, took over.

FOCUS: Mariah Kalanda of Maitland High School outsprints her challengers in the Girls Under 15 100m final.

OUT IN THE COLD: Noore Nacerodien, vice­ president of Softball South Africa, has been suspended. Here he can be seen in happier times, before the the World Junior Softball Championships were hosted at Turfhall Park. Photo: Mark Ward

CONCENTRATION: Precious Kutuna, of H.J. Kronenberg Primary, outsprints his challengers to win the boys under 7 60m final. Photos: Rashied Isaacs




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Ikeys ready to roar IT is a well-known saying in sport that getting to the top is a lot easier than staying there, and it seems that the University of Cape Town’s Varsity Cup team will learn just how true that is this season. The Ikey Tigers became only the second team to win the competition last year, when they defeated the University of Pretoria 26-16 and wrestled the title away from local rivals, University of Stellenbosch, who had dominated the competition since its inception in 2008. Since the team’s excellent performance last year, several of their star players graduated into the senior team at the Stormers, leaving them short on experience and quality. But head coach Kevin Foote believes that the loss of these players cannot be blamed for his team’s poor showing in their opening game against the University of Free State.

“Obviously those players were fantastic and that’s why they have gone up the ranks. But the majority of players we now have, had played in the Western Cape league, and we won the Western Cape league, so there is no real excuse,” said Foote. “We planned for this, but just didn’t execute well on Monday. I still believe this team is good enough to win. If I don’t back the players, who will?” Nick Fenton-Wells, Donovan Armand, Eben Etsebeth, Nizaam Carr, Demetri Catrakilis, Nic Groom and Marcel Brache are some of the players who were not available for selection when UCT lost 38-10 to Shimlas. Foote has put the defeat down to poor execution from his side as well as the excellent defence of UFS, forcing errors from UCT. “Shimlas played well and put a lot of pressure on us. I think it showed in our ball handling. I think it was two-fold. They put us under pressure and we didn’t cope well.” The defeat came as a surprise to

many UCT fans, and the early season enthusiasm of many supporters seems to have faded away. Foote said that although he understands the disappointment, his team should not be written off just yet. “I think I understand why people are having a negative response to some aspects of the defeat,” said Foote. “At the same time, it was one game and we created a lot of opportunities for ourselves but didn’t convert them into points. It’s not all doom and gloom. “We know we disappointed some of our fans, but it’s one game. We will move on and we will come back.” Foote added that his players were confident in their ability to retain the title this season. “For some of the guys it’s the first time they lost in the first team jersey. Maybe not in the Varsity Cup because it was their debut, but they played 9 or 10 games in the first team jersey and they won. They definitely believe they can win it.”

AIRBORNE: Tevin Titus of Athlone High School takes off in the men’s under­19 long­jump during the Section Two school athletics meeting for the Table Bay Zone at Vygekraal on Wednesday. Camps Bay High School came out tops at the event and Garlandale High was the runner­ up. Photo: Rashied Isaacs

Ottery baseball club’s financial woes LIAM MOSES

ONE of South Africa’s oldest baseball clubs has appealed to businesses for sponsorship after experiencing a massive growth in its player numbers. Thistle Baseball Club, which is based in Ottery, has seen its junior ranks swell from around 20 players to around 120, after a marketing drive by the club resulted in an influx of young players.

Providing playing kits for the junior teams has always been a struggle for the side, but since the increase in players this task has become practically impossible. According to Garth van Eeden, the team’s facilities manager, the club is in dire need of all the basic requirements for a junior baseball team. “In the past the people involved at the club have sponsored what they can. Now I’m trying to get the

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