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COON CARNIVAL: The Cape Coons fourth day of com­ petition took place on Saturday 14 January at the Vygieskraal Stadi­ um in Athlone. Pictured is Imran van Nelson of the Manenberg Super Stars. The finals will take place on Saturday 11 Feb­ ruary at Vygiesk­ raal Stadium. Photo: Yunus Mohamed

Hard work pays off for 2011 matriculants TAURIQ HASSEN

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ARD work and persistence by students and teachers have resulted in top results in the country. The Western Cape came out tops, with a pass rate of 82,9 percent – up from 76,8 percent in 2010. Some 496 090 full-time pupils wrote the 2011 National Senior Certificate – 41 443 fewer than in 2010. About 80 000 part-time pupils wrote the examinations. Salt River High School was delighted at the outcome of their results, jumping from 66 percent in 2010 to 87,7 percent in 2011. According to acting deputy principal Fairouz Patel: “The students faced many challenges, but they came out tops and we are extremely

proud of their efforts.” She added that the school hosted several summer and winter school programmes, motivational camps and held several extra classes to address problem areas. “Some of these learners could not even afford to come to write exams, because they did not have money for transport. Some learners had nothing to eat when they arrived. Learners never had adequate places to study, but the school provided finance for transport, a meal for the children and a safe place to study,” Patel said. Kensington High School produced an 82,9 percent pass rate, which comprised of 45 Bachelors, 52 Diploma and 19 Highest Certificate passes. Principal Trevor Jacobs was delighted at the pass rate, but will aim

to push the bar over 90 percent in 2012. “This was a collective effort from students and teachers to achieve this pass rate and we will be working even harder to improve,” says Jacobs. Without the winter and summer school programmes and new live Telematics, which broadcasts from the University of Stellenbosch, the results would not have been achieved, says Jacobs. He added that last year, the school started its mentorship programme “a little too late’’. The programme saw teachers taking students with problems in key subjects under their wing. “We ensured they had proper study timetables, and that they were keeping up to date with their work, but we should have started

sooner and we could maybe have reached that 90 percent pass rate,” says a determined Jacobs. Maitland High School produced a 68,2 percent pass rate comprising of 103 passes, 17,9 percent Bachelors passes, 39,7 percent Diploma passes and 10,6 percent Highest Certificate passes. Riedewaan Kenny, principal of Maitland High School, was satisfied with the results, but said the school had not met its target. “We set ourselves a target of at least 80 percent, but unfortunately we did not meet this target and will strive to do so in this year,” says Kenny. However, Maitland High School received an award from the Department of Education for showing an improvement in English home language.

In 2012, Kenny hopes that extra classes can push the pass rate over the 80 percent mark. “It’s a matter of working hard from the beginning of the year,” Kenny concluded. Queens Park High School obtained a 69,1 percent pass rate, comprising of 47 passes, 10,3 percent Bachelors, 47,1 percent Diploma and 11,8 percent Highest Certificate pass. People’s Post attempted to gain comment from the school, but it declined to comment at the time of going to print.

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PSA member makes a difference in education AS PART of its back-to-school campaign, Proudly South African has lauded three member companies making a positive difference in education, the lives of children and in job creation. This week, People’s Post spoke to Chanine Nel, owner of Rock Series, which specialises in supplying schools with mathematics and reading program software from Grades 0 to 10. Rock Series was founded in 2004 by Chanine, who was inspired to make a difference in the lives of the youth. What products do you supply to schools? We create mathematics and reading programs for the children in South Africa. All lessons are explained step by step in full colour with audio, allowing the children to work in a stressfree environment and even in the comfort of their home. The product

THE Proudly South African “Buy Local” campaign has welcomed news that over 100 000 new jobs were created in December. Reacting to the results of the Adcorp Employment Index released recently, Proudly SA CEO Leslie Sedibe said: “We welcome the announcement, given South Africa’s current unemployment figures and the world economic climate. Let’s do all we can as a nation to encourage this trend in 2012.”

range comprises of mathematics, reading and an electronic dictionary (with Zulu words included) and several educational games to stimulate growth and development. We also have self-marking tests which can assist parents with record keeping. We don’t know of any other program in the world that has all these three products packaged as one unit.

side ABB, an international company. Why did you join the Proudly South African campaign? As a small business it is very important to have the Proudly South African brand behind us. People in South Africa want to know where products are made and want to support locally made high quality products. South African parents want to know that South African developers understand the challenges fac-

What is great about your program and business? The Rock Series program enables us to assist previously disadvantaged schools and orphanages with their schooling academic needs and this gives them the confidence to grow into self assured children and people. What are some of the highlights of your business? We had the honour of helping NOAH (an Aids orphanage) along-

According to the index, 103 327 new jobs were created in December 2011 – the fastest rate of growth in nine months. It’s also the first time since 2009 that no sectors reported a decline in employment. The index also shows that all employment categories reported

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Get on the bus and win THE passenger figures for the MyCiTi buses over the festive season are both surprising and pleasing. averaging 11 497 per week, compared to 11 248 in November. Also encouraging was the increase in the use of the Airport shuttle from 1 to 31 December, amounting to 12 290, an 11% increase over November’s figures. “The passenger figures for the month of December are very encouraging and exciting. During a month when many people take leave from work we could have expected a decline in passenger numbers from previous months – as experienced by other scheduled bus services in the city. The fact that our passenger numbers have shown growth from November is good news and is a clear indication that the service is taking root as a public transport service with substantial off-peak travel,” says Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater.

Also during the month of December over 2 000 myconnect cards were sold. Remember to get your card before 15 January to be entered into a draw to win one of these prizes: • First prize: one free six-month pass to ride the MyCiTi buses, valid from 1 February to 31 July. • Second prize: one of five free three-month passes, valid from 1 February to 30 April. • Third prize: one of 10 free onemonth passes, valid from 1 to 29 February. All customers who get their myconnect cards at any time up to close of business on 15 January qualify for the competition. It is advisable to get your myconnect card before the paper tickets expire on 27 January. This will ensure that you avoid the queues when the myconnect card becomes the only accepted method of payment for trips on the MyCiTi buses, from 28 January. The myconnect cards are currently available at all open MyCiTi station ticket kiosks.

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Tuesday 17 January 2012

Drum editor goes wild DRUM is excited to announce the appearance of Drum magazine editor, Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa (Khosi), as herself in the M-Net soap The Wild. Although they can’t give away any of the storyline, they say it involves a wedding; the outfits and performances will keep you glued to the screen. Not only does the appearance coincide with dramatic events in the storyline but viewers will also have the chance to get to know a little bit about the editor of Drum, one of the country’s favourite and leading family magazines. “It was a pleasure to be on set, talking to and working with these vibrant, talented actors and actresses. I wanted to learn as much as I could about what happens on the set, and The Wild team were very generous with their time. It was a great experience and I can’t wait for Drum readers to see it,” Khosi says. “I think Khosi was superb. She was professional, listened to the director’s and assistant director’s instructions, her make-up was flawless – very soaplike – and I had a great time sharing scenes with her,” Gail Nkoane (Lelo) says. Putla Sehlapelo (Tiro) agrees, saying he especially enjoyed sharing some acting advice. “I had an awesome time with Khosi on set. She was sweet, a real darling. What touched me the most though was when she came to me for advice about acting. At first glance, I couldn’t even tell it was Khosi, editor of Drum, because she had no aura of pomposity around her. Khosi should really pursue the acting craft.” Shooting took place from 18 to 22 November and the show is due to be aired on 18 and 19 January 2012. Drum will feature behind-the-scenes pictures as well as extensive coverage of the events, so keep an eye out for all the latest in Drum.

SOAP STAR: Drum Magazine editor, Ma­ khosazana Zwane­Siguqa (Khosi).Photo: Supplied

Become business savvy THE Haedons Training Academy, in partnership with Starfair Business Consulting, will hold a business information session on Friday 20 January at the Athlone Library, from 10:00 until 12:00. The session will focus on the tender process and positive changes in government procurement. The session will also highlight preferential procurement, BBBEE, and business opportunities with provincial and local government, and the private sector. Entrance is R50. For further information call John Prinsloo on 082 958 7865 or (021) 836 8638 or tenderspecialist@gmail.com.

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Concerns over Vine Road plot TAURIQ HASSEN

THE owners of a vacant lot in Woodstock will be served with notice by the City of Cape Town’s Problem Buildings Unit to clean up the site. People’s Post previously reported on the problems at the Vine Road site, “Vacant lot filled with problems” (18 July 2011), which highlighted concerns of surrounding residents over the amount of dumping taking place. There were also concerns about the number of vagrants illegally occupying the land, stripping and burning copper cables on the site. The Sub Council 57 then rejected an application for a four-storey block of flats to be built on the land, because the scale of the proposed development “was out of keeping with the nature of the surrounding proper-

ties”, according to Ward Councillor Brett Herron. People’s Post reported on the rejection of the application, “Vine Road flat block strangle (13 September 2011)”. According to a nearby resident, Andrew Porter, the dump piles on the property are increasing, with garbage and new refuse being dumped on a daily basis. “What action will be taken by the Health Department about the accumulation of rubbish? It has been accumulating for months on end with nothing being done,” says Porter. Another resident, Irma Jacobs, was especially concerned about the number of people gaining access to the property, where they often occupy the land, start fires and become involved in anti-social activities, similar to as reported in previous articles. “This problem has been going on for a

very long time now and the site seems to be getting worse every day, yet you can clearly see nothing is being done about this problem,” says Jacobs. According to Councillor Herron, the Problems Building Unit has already been involved in the property for several months, but the process is very slow and takes months to conclude. “There is no requirement in law that an owner fence off their property, hence our only legal intervention is to serve notice that they clear the dumped rubbish,” says Herron.

Start of a new era ONCE the tears dried up, thousands of schoolchildren could finally get their school career off to a good start. People’s post tracked down a number of Grade 1 pupils at various schools on Thursday 12 January to catch up with the new students.

HARD AT WORK: Imaan and Ilhaam Cook from Fa­ creton Primary School with their colouring books. FOCUSED: Ciara­Lee Damon from Fa­ creton Pri­ mary School was not bothered by the cameras.

Photos: Tauriq Hassen

NO TOO BAD: Uber­ nice Norris and Clinton Jacobs from W D Hen­ dricks Prima­ ry School finishing off their pictures.

LEARNING TIME: The students were made to revise their months of the year and got to know each other in thier first week at the St Agnes Primary School in Woodstock.

Anwar Davids, left, and Ziyaad Fields from Cecil Road Primary School busy rearranging colours at their work station.

LITTLE MUSICIANS: Isra Rahman and Nusay­ bah Carr from Cecil Road Primary School mak­ ing music at their desk.

BRING IT ON: From left, Sinokhanyo Jikije­ la, Ntsika and Mihle Bushula from Walmer Primary School did not find school diffi­ cult.

READY FOR ACTION: Principal of W D Hendricks, Graham Swartz, posing with his new students. From left, Jermaine Abdullah, Ronaldo Lambre­ ch, Ameer Williams, Cameron Roodt, Nasheerah Cyster and Jodie Mosieling.

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And the beat goes on... teams were meant to start walking at 10:00, but THE 2012 season for the minstrel competithe first team only began making its way tions has kicked up Wale Street off at the Vyjust before 15:00. gieskraal and To the crowd’s reAthlone Stadilief, a string of ums, with severteams followed, al teams hoping entertaining the to get their crowds with their hands on the bright colours, coveted Carnistriking dance val Trophy. moves, fluent sounds and their Teams started joyous celebratheir quest on tions. Monday 2 JanuKevin Mombary with a road erg, executive dimarch through rector of the Cape Darling Street inTown Carnival to Adderley Minstrel AssociaStreet, up Wale HIGH NOTES: Achmat Ceres from the Spectacular tion, was delighted Street and then in- Manenberg Superstars, performs the junior solo at at the outcome of to historic Bo- the Vygieskraal Stadium this past weekend. the Tweede Nuwe Kaap. Photo: Yunus Mohamed Jaar celebrations, People’s Post but emphasised covered the story of the minstrels’ battling to that the action was only beginning at the stare-enter Bo-Kaap, after they were refused en- diums. try due to complaints by local residents about “We feel that the day was a success, despite noise, minstrels urinating against mosques a hiccup in the early stages of the event, but and teams making a noise into the early the rest of the day was a complete success,” hours of the morning. says Momberg. This year’s road march drew thousands of Alderman Patricia De Lille, Executive people to the CBD, where they lined the Mayor, confirmed that around 40 000 troupe streets to catch a glimpse of favourite teams. members and 80 000 spectators particiapted The day did not get off to a great start, as in the event. TAURIQ HASSEN

She said the only complaint received by the City concerned the late start on Monday 2 January, but this was due to the late arrivals of some of the minstrel troupes. “As this was a pilot project, we have learnt valuable lessons which we will use to bolster, among other things, safety for future minstrel marches,” says De Lille. Amongst the teams, old and new, were the Shoprite Pennsylvannian Crooning Minstrels, Santam District Six Entertainers, Fabulous Woodstock Starlites, Saltravan- HAPPY TIMES: Nazeem Stout from the Hanover D6 Minstrels in nian Crooning Minstrels, full regalia. Photo: Yunus Mohamed Die Burger’s Happy Boys, Ashwin Willemse Orient Community Enter- tive stadiums, where they took part in their tainer, Golden Dixies, Hanover D6 Minstrels first vocal items for the 2012 competition, and many more. which will continue until the end of the Rashiedah Abrahams from Woodstock sup- month. ports the minstrels “fully”. Every year, along Finals at both stadiums takes place on Satwith her family, she sets up her gazebo on the urday 11 February. Parade in Cape Town early in the morning. “Klopse is in my blood, I have grandsons, sons, cousins and many other family members walking in various troupes. Every year, I make this a special day to go out and support them,” says Abrahams. Many of the teams headed to their respec-

FEELING FESTIVE: Dancers from the Azme Dance Academy in Manenberg represented Die Burger Happy Boys at the carnival.

BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL: As minstrel fever sweeps through Athlone, locals came to show off their talent. Pictured at Athlone Stadium is the juvenile choir of Die Burger Happy Boys. Photos: Azme Hendricks

THE carnival has its roots in the interaction between indigenous African groups, European settlers and Muslim slaves in Cape Town in the 19th century. The event also has ties to the minstrel entertainers on American ocean liners that stopped in Cape Town over 100 years ago – www.southafrica.net

NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Wednesday 25 January 2012 at 10:00 in the Council Chamber, 6th Floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. Please note that limited seating is available in the public gallery of the Council Chamber, and therefore seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Should you wish to attend the meeting you are requested to contact Ms A Curtis on 021 400 3342 between 09:00 and 16:00. All requests for attendance must be received by no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to provide your surname, initials and contact telephone number. Visitors are kindly requested to be seated by 09:30. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

FAMILY UNIT: The Santam District Six Entertainers in full colour. Photo: Supplied

Accelerating universe talk THE Cape Town Science Centre and AIMS Science Out Loud Public Lecture will present a talk by Professor Robert Nichol from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in University of Portsmouth on Sunday 22 January. Topic will be The Accelerating Universe: Story of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. The talks starts at 18:45 for 19:00 at the Muizenberg Pavilion. School groups and students are free, with adults R20. Limited places available; please email workshops@aims.ac.za to book your seat.


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Possible loadshedding ESKOM has told the City of Cape Town there is a possibility that Cape Town could experience load-shedding in the next few weeks. This is due to Eskom’s inability to meet rising demand for electricity throughout the country. The risk of load-shedding has been exacerbated by ongoing maintenance work that Eskom has undertaken as it grapples with boosting supply capacity in order to avoid sustained power outages. As the load-shedding in 2008 revealed, the process is a difficult one. However, as responsible citizens, we can all do our bit to avoid the negative impact that load-shedding would have on our country by reducing electricity usage. Eskom urged Capetonians to use electricity sparingly in order to avoid power outages. It said switching off all unused electrical appliances or using alternative energy would help to conserve electricity. Eskom said it was putting measures in place to avoid load-shedding.

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Wola Nani store extends run CAVENDISH Square and Wola Nani HIV and Aids NGO launched their first pop-up store at the beginning of this month. The store offers a variety of exclusive product lines created by the craftswomen of NGO Wola Nani. Products that are sold benefit the organisation. The store was originally supposed to be running until the end of January but is doing so well that the period may be extended till later this year. The organisation asks that the public help them in their endeavour to raise funds.

Zoe Myburgh and Audrey Abrahams, acting office manager of Wola Nani, stand in front of a range of products.

BOOKWORMS: Moira Jones, executive director of Wola Nani, Patricia Smal, Marina Brewster and Mark Leach of Well­Read Books pictured at the store in Cavendish Square.

Evon Smuts­Rogers and Mardre Meyer from Source IBA, in­ terior designers for the Wola Nani pop­up store, take a break.

CELEBRATIONS: Heidi Seale­Brews, Venessa Damon, programme manager of Wola Nani, and Audrey Abrahams, acting office manager of Wola Nani toast a good start. Photos: Supplied

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Giving love to The Beatles ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE is a tribute to The Beatles. In 1963 a little-known quartet from Liverpool turned the world of music and fashion on its head, creating a cultural revolution that left a lasting legacy admired and respected 50 years on. Paying tribute to the mania caused by mop-haired John, Paul, George and Ringo, the show All You Need Is Love will transport audiences back to the unforgettable sound of The Beatles and the “swinging ’60s”. The group rocked their generation, threatening conservatism to its core and unleashing Beatle-mania. Today they are regarded as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band. Setting the tone for the evening, director Cedric Vandenschrik uses original footage to recreate the public hysteria of the time, such as performances on the Ed Sullivan show and the famous meeting with Bob Dylan. Fans can expect to hear all the band’s best loved hits such as Help, Lucy in the sky with

diamonds, I wanna hold your Hand, Ticket to Ride, Sgt Peppers, Hey Jude, Back in the USSR, Yellow Submarine and many more. Taking the audience on this Magical Mystery Tour are vocalist and guitarist Cedric Vandenschrik, vocalist Chad Zerf, guitarist Aldert du Toit, drummer Adam Coolsaet, bassist Rob Nel and keyboardist Tracy Johannes. Adding a pretty touch and a different interpretation to the music will be Candice Malander-Thorne. The show will run from Friday 3 February to Saturday 17 March at the GrandWest Roxy Revue Bar – Wednesday to Saturday. The doors open at 20:00 and the curtain rises at 20:30. Tickets are available from Computicket at R67. It will be open on Valentine’s day, 14 February. . People’s Post is giving away five double tickets to the show on 8 February. To enter SMS the keyword “Beatles” to 34586 by Monday 23 January at noon. Winners will be phoned. SMSes cost R1,50.

SUMMER NIGHTS: Crowds flooded to Kirstenbosch, voted one of the world’s best picnic spots by National Geographic, to see The Parlotones in December. It’s not too late to catch a Sunday concert, which are perfect family fun. The line­up still featuring blues musicians Dan Patlansky and Natasha Meister on 22 January. See Flash Republic and Foto Na Dans on 5 February and Going Back to the Crossroads on 12 February; Taxi Violence and Machin­ eri on 19 February; The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 February; The Blues Broers featuring Albert Frost on 4 March; Goldfish on 11 March; Freshlyground on 18 March; Hugh Masekela on 25 March and Hot Water and Wrestlerish on 1 April. Online bookings can be made at www.webtickets.co.za or phone (021) 761­2866. Don’t forget to pack a picnic basket! Gates open at 16:00. Concerts are held between 17:30 and 19:00. Photo: Wayne Webster

Enjoy an evening of jazz Fifty years of The Hollies EASE into the New Year at Jackson Hall with Urban Groove jazz band and the New Orleans-styled restaurant and cocktail bar in The District at GrandWest. Situated in the heart of The District, Jackson Hall offers visitors the ambiance of a New Orleans jazz club. The venue presents a blend of live entertainment coupled with delicious food and exotic cocktails. Be entertained by a selection of DJs and a live band every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night, as barmen perform impromptu flair shows while mixing your cocktails. But no visit to Jackson Hall is complete without ordering one of their colourful and delightfully wicked cocktails. Well known favourites such as Pancake shooters and Strawberry Daquiri and Margarita cocktails are all available, as are less well known drinks such as Woo Woo, a shaken mix of triple distilled vodka blended with peach schnapps and cranberry

juice. In total, Jackson Hall offers a selection of 16 shooters, nine martinis and eleven cocktails, in addition to the wine menu and dom pedros. Teetotallers have not been overlooked either, and can choose from one of two non-alcoholic cocktails. Urban Groove comprises of saxophonist Marc de Kock, who holds an honours degree in Jazz from UCT’s College of Music and keyboardist Tony Higgins who will be remembered from other popular bands such as Late Final, Brother to Brother and Panama. The trio is completed by TJ Simons on vocals. Simons shared a stage with many South African music icons and needs little introduction to jazz or pop audiences. Sip cocktails while watching live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during January. From 18:00 to 21:00 the Dj spins and from 21:00 onwards the live band and entrance is free at Jackson Hall, GrandWest. .

FLYING HIGH: Soar like an Eagle show­ cases the beautiful dancing ability of both able­bodied and disabled dancers. It should be seen by all dance lovers in order to appreciate what can be done in the face of adversity. Based on true­life events, Soar like an Eagle tells the story of Mukthar Lee who is struggling to come to terms with his disability. With a little inspiration, love, friendship and hard work Mukthar begins to challenge his limitations. Shows are on Friday 20 January starting at 20:00, Saturday 21 January at 14:30 and 18:30. Tickets are R65, Masque Theatre Club Members R55, Matiness are R55 and for Masque Theatre Club Members R45. In picture, Danielle Mathews and Muktar Lee will be performing in Soar like an Eagle at the Masque Theatre.

fortune to secure his services for this exclusive gala concert which will include works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Wagner and Puccini. Doors open at 18:45 and the concert starts at 19:15 and Reserved seating from R500-R750 per person, which includes champagne, wine and finger supper. Dress code is formal (black-tie). For bookings contact the admin office on (021) 788 6068 or email info@casalabia.co.za

not to have heard a Hollies song, with perennial hits from ’60s classics such as Just one look, Bus stop, Carrie Ann, Jennifer Eccles, Sorry Suzanne and their smash hit He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother. Later Hollies hits that made an impact on subsequent generations include I can’t tell the bottom from the top, Gasoline Alley bred, Long cool woman in a black dress and The air that I breathe. In 2010 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Hollies will perform in South Africa on Thursday 23 February at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town, and on Satruday 25 February and Sunday 26 February at the Carnival City Big Top Arena in Brakpan. The two-hour show starts at 20:00 and tickets are available from Computicket between R160 and R460.

Il Divo and orchestra entertain THE internationally acclaimed operatic pop group Il Divo has included South Africa in its fourth world tour schedule spanning six continents. The group, first formed in 2004 by reality TV guru Simon Cowell, consists of French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. The foursome was selected by Cowell following a worldwide talent search. Il Divo has since amassed an impressive array of accomplishments, nominations and awards which include worldwide sales of 26 million albums and over 150 gold and platinum awards in 33 countries. In 2011 they were named Artist of the Decade at the Classic British Awards ceremony.

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Tenor of note comes to SA CASA LABIA in association with Citadel present John Treleaven (tenor) – An evening of English and German Love Songs, with Albie van Schalkwyk (piano). Followed by John Treleaven in conversation with Jacky Folley on Wednesday 22 February. John Treleaven is among the most prized Heldentenors in the world. He is currently in South Africa to sing Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio for Cape Town Opera. Casa Labia has had the good

THE HOLLIES celebrates the band’s 50th anniversary with a world tour that includes South Africa. The band, first formed in the ’60s, are regarded by many as one of the most successful British bands of all time and during their heyday they enjoyed more hits than The Beatles. Like fellow British band The Rolling Stones, they have remained a tight knit group and never broke up. Their distinctive harmonies and prolific songwriting talent led the band to produce 19 studio albums, 22 compilation albums and 67 singles. After their first release in 1963, they had 30 songs in the UK singles chart and 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. A further 15 albums have appeared in the UK albums chart and 13 on the Billboard 200. Over the past 50 years few people can claim

HYPNOPOMPIC, a new physical theatre production will be will be coming to Cape Town’s stage from 17 to 22 January. Produced and performed by the Israeli-born South African, Amit Raz with direction by Craig Leo, hypnopompic describes the state of semi-consciousness preceding waking. In this physical theatre performance, the hypnopompic state is expressed through a multi-disciplinary performance work using dance and puppetry, taking the audience on a journey through the many layered and magical world of a sleeper’s dreams. The piece starts with the performer drifting off to sleep in his bed which becomes an everchanging landscape. The set is designed by architect Amir Gazit, and is constructed accord-

In keeping with Il Divo’s multinational identity, they perform in English, Italian, Spanish, French and even Latin. In November 2011 they launched their much anticipated album Wicked Game, and songs from the new album will be included in their shows. The quartet will perform at the GrandWest Arena on Wednesday 8 February and at the Carnival City Big Top Arena in Brakpan on Friday 10 February. The doors open at 19:00 for 20:00. The show runs for 1hr 40min. GrandWest entry fee is from R375 and Carnival City from R320. The tickets are available from Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or visit www.computicket.com. The promoters are Big Concerts. ing to parametric design, using parameters to define various forms that represent the different states of dream and its attendant motifs in the production. Innovative choreographic devices explore universal dream themes of flight and being chased, of eroticism and nightmare. Stylised puppets, created by Amit Raz and Craig Leo emerge from the bed as archetypal visitors to the sleeper. Contemporary dance elements are brought together by choreographer Ananda Fuchs with physical theatre to reveal the sleeper’s confrontation with his deep fears surrounding self-image, power and women. Catch the show at the Arena Theatre on Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street at 20:00. Tickets cost R75 at the door or at Masala Dosa Restaurant. For info and credit card sales call 082 320 8199.


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Nabbed for R108 000’s narcotics TAURIQ HASSEN

WOODSTOCK Police arrested a 28year-old man for an unlicensed firearm, smoke grenade, rockets, ammunition and R108 000 worth of drugs. On Thursday 5 January at approximately 09:00, members of the Woodstock Police Station with the assistance of the Western Cape Flying Squad made the arrest at Dublin Mews in Dublin Street, Woodstock. According to Sergeant Hilton Malila, spokesperson for the Woodstock Police Station, the arrest followed after police received information from the public about illegal

drug and firearm activities. Police executed the search warrant and recovered a 9mm Browning pistol, 178g tik, 120 mandrax tablets, 80 units of heroin (unga), 70 units of cocaine (rocks), one parcel of dagga, 75 different rounds of ammunition, four MK8 red rockets and one MK5 smoke grenade. “The estimated street value of the drugs is R108 000,” says Malila. It was later discovered that the firearm was reported stolen in Elsies River during 2007. The 28-yearold suspect appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday 9 January on charges related to the possession of an unlicensed fire-

arm and ammunition, and dealing in drugs. . Maitland Police arrested a 38year-old man after finding R10 000 worth of drugs in his possesion. On Thursday 12 January at approximately 12:15, officers were on vehicle patrol at the corner of Voortrekker and Station Road when they noticed a suspicious vehicle. According to Warrant Officer Siyabulela Vukubi, spokesperson for the Maitland Police Station, they pulled over a black Daihatsu Charade and searched the driver. Police found one packet of dagga in his possession. “An investigation led them to his

address at Hely Street in Maitland where they confiscated more dagga,” Vukubi confirmed. Police found 141g of hash, 190g of dagga, a scale used to weigh drugs and an undisclosed amount of money at the suspect’s address. The confiscated dagga amounts to the value of approximately R10 000. The 38-year-old suspect was arrested on two charges; possession of dagga and dealing in dagga. He appeared in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 13 January. . A 20-year-old girl bit the hand of a police officer after being searched for drugs in Maitland. On Thursday 12 January at ap-

proximately 15:00 members of Maitland SAPS were on vehicle patrol when they observed a suspicious drug deal at Mawson Avenue in Maitland Garden Village. “The officers noticed a female hiding something and took her to the police station for questioning,” says Vukubi. A female police official was called to search the suspect and she found a packet of tik hidden in her underwear. While the police official retrieved the drugs, the suspect bit her hand and swallowed the drugs. Vukubi confirmed that she is currently receiving medical treatment. A 20-year-old female from Garden Village in Maitland was arrested for Possession of tik, Defeating the Ends of Justice and Assault GBH. She appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 13 January.

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Journey’s end for airport drug mules POLICE at Cape Town International Airport arrested 34 drug mules and confiscated drugs to the value of R7.5 million during 2011. The most common drugs entering the airport were cocaine, tik and khat. Khat is often brought in by Somalis, who puts the plants in their suitcases. The plants go unnoticed because the monitors check for explosives, not drugs. The unit stepped up their campaign to halt drug trafficking during 2011. The campaign included the use of narcotic dogs and specially trained police officers who are able to “spot” the mules. Drug trafficking presentations to airport staff, schools, NGOs and churches to prevent the influx of drugs into the province also formed part of the campaign. Drug values were: cocaine R5 581 786, tik R1 732 500, khat R204 256 and cannabis R1 458.

Dust off your hiking boots MERIDIAN Hiking Club will host the following hikes across the Peninsula. . On Saturday 14 January from Newlands Forest to Rhodes Memorial. An unusual, interesting path up through the forest to the contour path and then a flat, shady walk along to Rhodes Memorial. For additional infomation email Victoria Wilson on willsome434@gmail.com or call 082 295 4451. . Sunday 15 January: The Muggle 1 hike to Spring Girdle Traverse is an exciting route hiking along the Twelve Apostles but is not for those with fear of heights. Contact Karen for additional information on email karen.watkins1@gmail.com . Saturday 21 January: The Silvermine Circuit is a pleasant hike for the moderately fit. Email Karen on karen.watkins1@gmail.com. . Sunday 22 January: A full day’s hike up to Noordhoek Peak, down and up Chapman’s Peak. Contact Evelyn on 072 244 2974. . Sunday 22 January: Muggle 2, a hike “off the beaten track” by Karen Watkins. Some scrambling. Contact Sam on 082 498 0361 . Saturday 28 January: Beaumont family open day. Spend a day in the country hiking, winetasting and farm and home-made produce. Moderate hike and about 10km (optional). Email Karen on karen.watkins1@gmail.com before Monday 23 January for bookings or visit www.beaumont.co.za . Sunday 29 January: Muggle 3 – GrottoCairn-Fountain Traverse is a hike on a moderate pace but not for the unfit or with fear of heights. Some scrambling. Contact Karen.watkins1@gmail.com . Sunday 29 January: Newlands Forest. A shady hike along some unusual paths. Contact Dee Young on 083 261 3326

Five years ago, we managed to convert millions of South Africans to using CFL energy saving light bulbs and saved you money. Now, five years later, we’re back to change your energy savers that have reached the end of their life. Continue to use energy savers to collectively save South Africa’s energy. Energy saving lightbulbs have an environmental benefit because they cut your lighting cost by using less electricity and last up to eight times longer, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gases. The small amount of mercury that energy saving lightbulbs contain is almost used up by the time the lightbulb is ready for disposal. So try not to break the lamp and dispose of CFLs at participating retailers.

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Marked for life SOUTH AFRICANS were elated to learn about the improved matric pass rate, nationally and provincially, for the class of 2011. The announcement was celebrated on the day of the big reveal earlier this month. Education authorities announced that nationally the number of pupils who had passed the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate examinations had increased from 68 to 70 percent. For the Western Cape the news was even sweeter, with the provincial pass rate increasing to 82,9 percent from 76,8 percent in 2010. The cherry on top is that SA’s top matriculant hails from Rondebosch High School. But how much does SA really have to celebrate when considering the basic requirements for promotion to the world of higher learning? Today, a high school student requires only a 40 percent pass in a home language, 40 percent in two other subjects and a lowly 30 percent in three subjects to progress to the next grade or to matriculate. To what extent does this meagre criteria for a pass rate ensure that students finish their school career with a quality qualification, armed with the confidence they need to flourish in the workplace? This lax standard hardly equips them for success in tertiary studies. In fact, it fails to mould confident professionals, skilled to cope with the demands of modern day industry, and places them at a disadvantage among colleagues with better academic facilities than that typically available at state schools. The message it conveys is that one no longer needs to work hard or strive for excellence because the bare minimum is good enough to pass. The responsibility to address this does not lie with teachers or parents, but the same officials celebrating victories of a seemingly flawed system. Stakes are always high when considering national education policy, and the foundation for any long-term strategy must be in place if you are to expect great rewards.

A world gone crazy Praise for museum staff WE expect service with a smile at a restaurant, for the potato bake to go down nicely. A different type of a professional service is offered by a museum; it is that of preserving the wells that gaze into our history, a history sometimes not readily available. On Wednesday 4 January I walked into the Chavonnes Battery Museum at the Nedbank/BoE building, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront to ask for directions. I was met by very warm and knowledgeable staff who offered me a journey of learning, for free, through the museum. I thank Dale Dodgen, Paul Geddes and Brian Voster for an awesome experience. An explanation of what the museum commemorates was kindly offered at the reception desk.This is not your typical museum, where items are collected and housed together to commemorate an event. It is here where history happened and it is here where that very history is preserved.I certainly found it useful that museum information is presented in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. A historical walking tour of the 22 landmark highlights of the oldest working harbour, the

V&A Waterfront, starts at the Chavonnes Battery Museum. In 1999, the Chavonnes Battery was discovered by archeological excavations, revealing the history of the fortification system in Table Bay, the cannons of the battery and how they were used. The museum teaches us about the ships that sailed past the battery and the signals that controlled their movements. The relationship between town, garden, fortification, people and the artifacts left by them is also explored. A “brave little jetty” built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1654, is now the V&A Waterfront and the museum is of great learning value for all to experience what Cape Town was like 280 years ago. Dale Dodgen, executive at the museum, spoke of how they encourage everyone to visit the museum and, for a modest fee, school groups enjoy guided tours through the museum. The museum is open seven days a week. Superb work from the dedicated team at the Chavonnes Battery Museum. SONWABISO NGCOWA Masiphumelele

Cancer support group PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT ACTION (PSA) will meet on Tuesday 17 January at 17:45 for 18:00 in the auditorium of Mediclinic Constantiaberg, Burnham Road, Plumstead. The group meets on the third Tuesday

each month. Newly diagnosed patients and their partners or carers from all over the Cape Metro are welcome to attend. For additional information call or SMS the group on 073 560 3067.

HAS anyone noticed that as promulgate more laws, we have created a society that has rapidly deteriorated and become more unbalanced, less peaceful, more aggressive and in reality more insane? Has anyone noticed that we attack each other firstly in countless ways rather than try to see deeper into ourselves why it is we feel we must attack? We want vengeance when someone does not do as we perceive they should. An example would be last week’s letter when a rubbish collector asked for a tip from a home owner and the home owner phoned the council demanding vengeance. Or the many people who write in about those who do not always stop at the stop streets but choose to slow down, without stopping. (This is common sense). We have made our lives a reflection of our beliefs and because we believe we are all separate from each other and from nature and from our world we have now a world that is in a state of madness. We have politicians who regard the profits of business above all else, who steal and lie and corrupt and fight for more power, more money, etc. They lay more laws on us so they can control us and we use these laws to uphold our own self-righteousness and anger at our life. So we attack each other in countless

ways. But in truth we attack God because we are all created as a part of God. When you attack anyone outside, you attack God within that other person and so you are attacking the god within yourself and so the world goes slowly insane until a time when there is no choice but to change. And here is the crux as we move deeper into this time of great change. Are you going to change or are you going to try and change everyone else around you? If you stop attacking others you will have changed and you will find the world has changed too. If you keep attacking those you perceive as wrong you will not have changed and neither will your world. We are born here on this beautiful planet not to be slaves but to be free. And freedom can have no chains placed around itself. We all know the truth as each of us moves further into the light of God. The world is a reflection of who we believe we are. For a long time we have believed in many things but the one thing that we truly are. MARTYN TAYLOR Glencairn

Only one God MY CHURCH is better than yours! My religion is better than yours! That is the perception that I do get when the topic of religion comes up. Even if you go to each and every church on earth to see which religion suits you, there remains only one God. Therefore, we as humans should respect

each other’s religions and not be scared to go into any church. We also need to fear God, only then can we become morally and spiritually better people. Peace and good luck for the coming new year. PATRICK ABRAHAMS Landsdowne


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Grassboots achieves against all odds LIAM MOSES

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T MOST football clubs, teaching young players skills on the field is the most important objective, but at Grassboots Football Club, in Vredehoek, teaching players skills to use in everyday life is more important. The club was formed in 2009 after chairman Stuart Diamond realised that there were no soccer teams based in the Cape Town city centre. The side has since grown into an important support system for young footballers from around Cape Town. Many of the club’s players come from areas such as The Kraal, Philippi, Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha, and it is policy that no one is turned away, even if they cannot afford to pay membership or registration fees or if they do not have boots to play in. “I started this club to create a facility for kids in the City Bowl and to create a project where social change and social progress could be carried out,” said Diamond. “I believe that sport is a tool for change. That is why the club supports children who would normally be turned away because they won’t be able to pay fees. The club has a policy that those who can pay their fees must pay and those who can’t or can only pay a small amount will be supported.” The club provides players with everything they need to play the game, including boots,

GRASSBOOTS: Some of the players from Grassboots Football Club in Vredehoek.Photo: Supplied playing kit, as well as mentorship, advice and informal life-skills training. According to Diamond, the club started providing some of the players with meals. However, despite these obstacles the club has grown exponentially in three years of existance and has also racked up a few notable

achievements. Grassboots had only eight players at the team’s first training in 2009. It currently has over 150 members. Last year the club fielded teams in eight different age-groups, ranging from U7 to U17. They will be represented by a senior side for

the first time this year. According to Diamond, the club’s U15 side won the First Division league title, while the under U17 and U13 teams were both runnersup in their respective league and cup competitions. But Diamond has stressed that winning titles is not the objective of the team. “We are a community soccer team that wants to create an environment where kids can feel safe, where they can express themselves on the field and fall in love with the game again,” said Diamond. “The key for me as chairman is that we have happy kids and happy parents. If a kid comes to a game and they don’t walk away smiling then we have failed. And if a kid feels happy then you will start to see the results on the field. We teach the kids that winning and losing isn’t the important thing, sportsmanship is”. Diamond added that the team’s success can be judged on the high level of participation from members of the community. The club has made several other important strides since being formed. Three of the team’s coaches have completed South African Football Association courses and two other have completed first aid courses. Grassboots FC will be hosting an open day on Saturday 28 January and anyone interested in joining the club has been invited to attend. For further information please contact Stuart Diamond on 082 387 7315.

The history of WP cricket MARK WARD

CAUGHT: Gideon Langer of Durbanville edges a catch to slip dur­ ing the WPCA 1A One Day league match between Claremont and Durbanville at Jack Burt Oval in Constantia on Saturday 14 Janu­ ary. Photo: Peter Heeger

THE full history of Western Province cricket has been told and is now available to the public for the first time. The Blue Book, A History Of Western Province Cricket, was launched earlier this month. It tells the story of all nine different Western Province cricket associations which preceded the current Western Province Cricket Association and the Cape Cobras team. This is the first book to document the association’s comprehensive and inclusive history of 121 years, from 1890 to 2011 in the Cape. The 488 pages and over 120 photographs of the book reveal a HISTORY: Over 200 former and current players attends the launch of the distant family history that is star- book. Here they can be seen holding their copies of the book.Photo: Mark Ward tlingly rich and was either unknown or thought impossible to reconstruct.It intro- search by the authors, André Odendaal, chief execuduces us to over 500 hitherto unrecognised Western tive officer of Western Province, historian Krish RedProvince cricketers and 250 Western Province match- dy and cricket statistician Andrew Samson. The Blue Book was launched during the New Year’s es which weren’t part of the official record. The book is the result of decades of painstaking re- test between South Africa and Sri Lanka.

DISPATCHED: Jaco Castle of Durbanville smashed the winning runs during the WPCA 1A one­day league match between Claremont and Durban­ ville at Jack Burt Oval in Constantia on Saturday 14 January.Photo: Peter Heeger

HOW’S THAT: Simon Blake of Edgemead during the WPCA 1B One Day league match between WPCC and Edgemead at Wally Wilson Oval in Rondebosch on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger


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Novice cyclist begins epic 1 400km ride LIAM MOSES

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NTENSE heat, uneven terrain and hours of punishing exercise – this is what Sven Greeff can expect over the next 12 days as he cycles from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Greeff, an amateur cyclist from Alberton, began the 1 400km trip yesterday morning at around 06:00 and he expects to arrive at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on 29 January. He hopes to raise R1,2 million. The 31-year-old father of two, who started cycling less than a year ago, says that a series of significant events in his life inspired him to take the trip. “In 2010 my best mate passed away and I went into a state of depression and I was in and out of hospital,” said Greeff. “My wife then bought me a daily devotional by Angus Buchan, which states that you should ‘take on a challenge that frightens you

and leave the rest to the lord’. “The following Sunday we went to church and heard that the church was battling to raise funds for the Jeremiah 29 Community Care foundation – which runs a children’s safe house – so I decided to help out.” Each day Greeff will cycle four to five hours and travel approximately 130km on his bicycle, before spending the night at a guest house and starting again at 06:00 the next morning. His route will see him follow the N1 out of Gauteng and into the Free State, and then on to the Northern Cape before crossing into the Western Cape. Since he decided to do the trip, Greeff’s training regime has included a daily 25km bike ride and 100km trip every Saturday. During the journey, Greeff will cover the distance he usually covers in a week every two days. And anyone could be forgiven for thinking that he may be unprepared.

LEGEND: The Ottomans mini­ cricket team pose for a pic­ ture with Pro­ teas legend Fanie De Vil­ liers during the second match of the Test Se­ ries between South Africa and Sri Lanka, after their game at Saha­ ra Park New­ lands on Wednesday 4 January.Photo:

However, Greeff is confident that his faith will carry him through. “The point is: whether I’m ready or not, I’m going to do it and the Lord is going to help me. That’s what the point is. Taking a challenge and doing it for the Lord,” said Greeff. “My reason for doing this is to prove my faith in myself and in the Lord. The fundraiser just came afterwards.” Greeff said he specifically chose Cape Town as the destination because he knew the trip would be “gruelling”. Luckily, he will not be alone on his journey. A small convoy of about six people will join him. The convoy will include representatives of the companies that sponsor his bike and kit. And in each province he passes through, an official car will accompany him for the full duration of his time inside the province’s borders. Greeff said the potential acknowl-

READY: Sven Greeff is cycling from Johannesburg to Cape Town in only 13 days. Greeff started his epic, 1 400km journey yesterday morning.Photo: Supplied edgement of his achievement was not a factor: “I don’t want recognition for this. I just want to raise awareness. “Although our plan is to raise

R1,2 million, I’m not keen to know how much money I have raised. I’m not doing this for the recognition; I’m doing it for the glory of the Lord.”

SLUGGER: Josh Novem­ ber (6) the youngest member of the Crusad­ ers baseball u/10 side, hits out against Dol­ phins Club during a league match played at the Park­ town sports complex in Athlone. Cru­ saders won the match 13­12. Photo:

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Rashied Isaacs

SAFE: Jor­ dan Stop­ worth, from Bothasig, slides safely into first base as Mathew Brinkhuis from Athlone A is late in tagging him. The game was played at the Park­ town sports complex in Athlone. Bothasig won the en­ counter 12­ 11. Photo: Isaacs

PHYSICAL: Ryan Le Roux (in white), of Wynberg Club Ikapa Sporting, tussles with Nasieg Fredericks of Mitchells Plain Foot­ ball Club. The Voda­ com Second division game was played at the Santos Soccer Academy in Lansdown and ended 1­1.Photo: Rashied Isaacs

Rashied

Locals tipped to win at Fancourt SOUTH Africa’s confidence is high ahead of the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt from Thursday 19 January to Sunday 22 January. The team has enjoyed stellar success on the European Tour last term, with six South Africans winning seven different events, and players have also enjoyed remark-

able success on home soil. Add 14-time European Tour winner Retief Goosen, who qualifies for the “Champions All” event under the 10 European Tour victories rule, and it would take a brave punter to back anyone besides a local to take home the R3,5 million first prize at Fancourt. As the final two places wait to be

filled at this week’s Africa Open at the East London Golf Course and the Johannesburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Course, home form would appear to make a compelling case for a South African to finish first at one of the toughest courses. Charl Schwartzel, who must be considered the front runner, hav-

ing won no fewer than four qualifying events, secured his inclusion by winning at the 2011 Africa Open, and of course, at The Masters last April. “It is a real thrill and an honour that the European Tour’s first-ever ‘Tournament of Champions’ is to be played in South Africa, and at one of our best courses, The Links at Fancourt,” said Schwartzel. “It is fantastic to see so many of the South African boys in the field

and it would be a big feather in our caps should one of us take the title. I will be giving it my best.” “It is always special to win on home soil.” The host nation’s chances also received a significant boost last week when 26-time European Tour winner Ernie Els signed up for the Fancourt feast – his first outing of the season on native South African soil – despite having moved his home base to Florida last year.


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GROUP of open water swimmers from the Southern Suburbs have been recognised for their incredible bravery, limitless determination and incredible athleticism, after completing a trio of extreme cold-water swimming events last year. Andrew Chin, Ram Barkai, Toks Viviers, Kieron Palframan and Ryan Stramrood secured third place in the Performance of the Year category at the annual World Open Water Swimming Association Awards. Thousands of voters from around the world chose them above several other candidates. Chin has been competing in open water swimming for over 10 years and has never achieved this level of recognition. But the 41-year-old financial adviser says that, although the team appreciates the acknowledgment, the true reward is the swimming itself. “It’s nice to be recognised, but that’s not the reason why we do it – all of us get a lot from swimming,” said Chin. “Hopefully, what we do might inspire other people. It doesn’t necessarily have to be swimming. It is important that we don’t live in our comfort zones. “Everyone needs challenges and goals in life. And this just happens to be ours. We’re just normal people doing slightly abnormal things.” The team was nominated for the award by completing three epic swims in the icy waters of Patagonia in only 10 days during March 2011. The first swim saw the group traverse 3,5km of water on the Straits of Magellan, the second was a 3km double crossing of the Beagle Channel between Chile and Argentina, and the third was a 3km swim at Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America, where they swam between the south-

VICTORY: Sikho Ca­ macu of Old Mutual Cricket Club prepares to take a single as he plays the ball to the off­side. Camacu scored 28 not out as his team to­ talled 174/6 in their allot­ ted 45 overs during a match with Ottoman Cricket Club. Ottoman re­ plied with 146 all out during a limited over game played at the Diamant Field sports complex in Surrey estate. Photo: Rashied Isaacs

ernmost lighthouses in the world. According to Chin, the achievement is a worldfirst in more than one way. “What we did was three cold-water swims in a 10day period,” said Chin. “The first two of the swims have previously been done by oth- CHILLY SWIM: A group of swimmers recently received an award er people, for completing a series of extreme cold­water swims. Here Ram but never in Barkai and Toks Viviers can be seen swimming in the Beagle Chan­ the same nel, between Chile and Argentina. Photo: Supplied year. And the third swim was the first time any- would spend travelling to America, one had tried that.” and use it to fund further events. He The swimmers faced extreme weath- added that even though there was no er conditions at all three events, swam monetary prize, the award would help in water as cold as seven degrees Celsi- the team by raising their profile. Chin, us and often had to contend with long, Barkai, Viviers, Palframan and Stramuncomfortable and dangerous jour- rood have already planned their next neys. “The water was a lot colder (than extreme swim, but a lack of sponsorCape Town), especially for the last ship could prevent them from taking swim,” said Chin. “We had strong part in further world-firsts. winds in all the swims but we did some “We’ve been invited to be part of the training in the South-Easter and that world’s first crossing of the Berings was good preparation.” Straits, which is between Alaska and “The thing about the Cape Horn Russia, in August this year,” said swim was that our round trip was over Chin. “We would love to be part of it 43 hours to get there and back. We were but we would need sponsorship to on a small vessel that wasn’t exactly make that possible. At this point we built for comfort and we encountered have accepted the invitation, but it is quite rough seas on the way.” dependent on us getting sponsorship.” The group is set to be officially recogAccording to Chin, the team would nised later this year at the World Open need at least R400 000 to make the trip Water Swimming Association confer- a possibility. Anyone interested in ence in the US, but none of them will helping the swimmers in any way can be attending the event. Chin said they contact Andrew Chin at chin@polwould prefer to save the money they ka.co.za.

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IN SYNCH: Jen­ na Douglass, (12) of Spring­ field Convent, and Gabriella Cotchobos, (10) of Rustenburg Girls, competed in the National Age Groups’ div­ ing competition in Johannesburg from Monday De­ cember 12 to Fri­ day December 16. They were awarded a bronze medal in the 3m synchronized diving event in the Under 13 and 14 age groups. Both divers compete for the Newlands Olympic Diving Club, based at Newlands Swimming pool, and are coached by Rhys van Rooyen. Photo: Ernst Kahl

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