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STRING of run-down properties in Woodstock are allegedly being used as drug dens and as hangouts for criminals. Owners have already been served with a 30day notice to have the houses boarded up and secured. The houses, on Pontac and Nelson streets, have been deserted by their owners and have become a playground from criminals, say residents. During a walk-by, it was evident to People’s Post that some attempts have been made to secure the buildings. Entrances were boarded up and signs indicating warnings that “trespassers will be prosecuted”. Rubbish had been dumped in the front yards, while the interiors have been destroyed. One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed to have been robbed in Pontac Street by an alleged drug user. While on her way home from work, the woman entered Pontac Street when she noticed a group of men exiting one of the derelict properties and heading towards her. She says one of the men threatened her with a knife, ripped off her jewellery and ran off with her handbag. “It’s not only me, but the people in this area now don’t want to walk past these houses because anything can happen and it already looks dodgy from the outside. “You can just imagine what it looks like from the inside,” she says. Another nearby resident, Micheal Williams, says he started noticing an increase in the number of “criminal elements” loitering around the houses. Williams explained that many problems are being caused as a result of the houses being left derelict, including tarnishing the image of the area. “This area is already faced with so much crime,” says Williams, who adds “residents being scared to walk past these houses is the biggest sign of concern.” The neighbourhood worry was brought to the attention of ward councillor Brett Herron just over a week ago. He has requested an investigation to be conducted by the City’s
PROBLEM: These properties on Pontac and Nelson streets are causing some concern among the neighbours. Problem Building Unit. Herron confirmed an application has been lodged with Heritage Western Cape to demolish the buildings. The houses are believed to be more than 60 years old. “The applicant will need a permit from Heritage Western Cape to have the buildings demolished as they are protected by the National Heritage Resources Act,” says Herron. He also added that the heritage process could take up to three months.
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Kensington school gets healthy injection THE benefits of the Radio 786 Health Fair, held on Tuesday 8 May, are still being felt in the community. It was supported by ProNutro. On Tuesday, Radio 786 staff handed over a sizeable cheque to Diabetes SA, the beneficiary of the first 7,86 km Health Run/Walk. The handover took place at Hidayatul Islam Primary School, which generated the highest amount of entries for the walk. In return for their efforts, Radio 786 provided them with a PC Tablet. The organisers also thanked People’s Post for playing a big role in providing a print platform to pro-
mote the ever popular annual Radio 786 Health Fair. Representatives of the University of the Western Cape’s Community and Health Department were also thanked for giving up their time, to provide free health screenings at the Radio 786 Health Fair.
CHECK IT OUT: Igsaan Ganiet (cen tre) accepts the check on behalf of Diabetes SA. With him is Hidayatul Islam Primary School Principal, Mrs Fridie (left) and brand manager of ProNutro, Khosi Snondo. Photo: Summer Jacobs
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Dear reader, There are only a few days left before the Jive Slave Route Challenge, on Sunday May 27, and I’m praying harder than ever before. I’m convinced that nothing short of a miracle, combined with a bagful of determination, arnica, ankle and knee guards and painkillers with the power of morphine, will help me go the 10km distance. Despite best intention a few short weeks ago, I haven’t stuck to my training plan (was there ever one?). I can’t be blamed though as I’ve had a number of pressing matters to attend to. Life! Between my work and personal commitments, I’ve squeezed in three runs in the past two weeks, one on my trampoline, one with a much fitter adult and another with two toddlers. I usually drive this energetic pair to daycare, but this time round, I ran them the 2.2km distance. I’ve never seen them more relieved to arrive at “Teacher Carol’s”, or happier to see my tail end as I ran back by myself. My eating plan is flourishing, with after midnight checks-in at an eatery drivethrough for supersized meals, routine stops at a popular roadhouse for half a dozen samoosas - where incidently, I bumped into one of our coaches, who shall remain nameless - and loads of hot chips to warm
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Slave route: In it to finish it the early winter chill. I think this is what’s meant by “carbo loading”. Though unscientific, my strategy has paid some dividends as I’ve lost lots of centimetres and have had to have some clothing adjusted as my favourite pairs of pants are literally swimming around my waist. I must be on the right track, in fact this was confirmed by same coach who, packet of samoosas in hand, told me that as runners we can afford to eat such delicacies. I never want to stop running. Realistically, and I’m sure any expert runner will agree, I see no point in straining myself between now and race day or in incurring further injury to my athletic form, so I’ll be putting up my feet pretty much, secure in the knowledge that I will complete the race, whether I run, walk or crawl it. My reward will be knowing that I’ve fin-
ished what I’ve started and enjoying the sumptuous breakfast I’ve been invited to by the race organisers as a representative of People’s Post. I am usually famished after a good workout. After my long working week which ends on Saturday, Sunday will see me bright and breezy at the start of the Jive Slave Route Challenge half marathon and 10km race at 06:45, with my race beginning at 07:15 and breakfast lasting till 11:00, so if my maths is good, I’ll have a generous four hours to complete my run. At this pace, I’m not out to break any records, but may yet set a new record. I wish all race participants an enjoyable run, with immense admiration for runners like Edward Murdoch who, at 79, will be the oldest competitor. I will be cheering for you Edward. Till next time, go well! ConnectED is a weekly column, by People’s Post Editor, Feroza MillerIsaacs who can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org People’s Post is online. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
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Expansion still on the cards TAURIQ HASSEN
DESPITE talk to the contrary, the MyCiti bus service will be expanded into Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha.
OVER THE RAINBOW: A rainy weekend brought much delight when one of nature’s most beautiful phenomena occurred on Sunday. Capetonians had the pleasure of ending their day knowing that after every rainstorm comes a rainbow. Photo: Rolf Brandt
R1m drug bust, two held TAURIQ HASSEN
TWO suspects were arrested after being found with drugs to the street value of R1 million. On Friday 18 May, at approximately 20:15, Cape Town Railway Police conducted vehicle patrols in Voortrekker Road, Maitland, when they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in a dark corner along the road. When police officers approached the vehicle, the occupants behaved in a suspicious manner. Warrant Officer November Filander, Corporate Communications for SAPS Western Cape Media says: “Officers requested permission to search the vehicle and during the search, a plastic bag containing a large amount of tik worth one million rand was found on the back seat of the vehicle.” Police also found an undisclosed amount of money in the glove apartment. Both suspects, aged 31 and 38 were arrested for dealing in an illegal substance and appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Monday 21 May). . Yesterday (Monday 21 May) at approximately 08:45, Maitland Police received information about drugs that are being sold at a house in Voortrekker Road. After entering the premises to conduct a search, they found a plastic bag containing dagga and hashish (compressed dagga) with an estimated street value of R1 000. Police arrested a 34-year-old suspect for
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The Cape Chamber of Commerce has criticised the expansion as reportedly being “economically unfeasible”, making the service “unprofitable”. Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater for the City of Cape Town, scrapped talks around halting the expansion. He feels statements by the chamber had been made on “assumptions”. “There is no problem with expanding the routes of the MyCiti bus service and it was only being criticised by the chamber, but we felt that before they made these assumptions to the public, they should have communicated with the City,” says Herron. The MyCiti system already recorded their three millionth passenger trip, which is expected to increase as the future phases of the system are in full swing. This would include a network of new feeder routes in the Cape Town CBD and along the Atlantic Seaboard, towards Hout Bay and to Salt River. “I questioned the chamber on what basis the extension into these areas would be unfeasible and requested that before any information is released to the public, it should be filtered through the City,” Herron added.
There are currently 17 bus routes running from Table View, into the city centre up until the Cape Town International Airport with about six IRT temporary routes inbetween. Herron explained that the City projects that by the end of 2013, an express service would be up and running and. “Public transport was not designed by the government to make a profit,” he says. The debacle comes weeks before the first anniversary of the MyCiti bus service, which will be celebrated by offering Capetonians free rides on Sunday 27 May. It is hoped this outing will give residents the chance to “reflect on what has been achieved”, while at the same time they can look forward to the system being expanded throughout the Peninsula. “We have had enormous support from across the city since we started rolling out our first MyCity buses,” says Herron. All trips on the MyCiti buses on the day will be free. Each passenger will be required to visit any station kiosk on the day to collect a pass, which can be used to ride on as many buses and routes as they want. “If you begin your trip on a feeder bus there will be ambassadors on the buses who will provide you with the necessary pass, so there is no need to make your way to the station first to collect your pass,” says Herron. Obtain route information and time tables on the website www.capetown.gov.za/ myciti or contact 080 065 6463 or email email@example.com.
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Page 4 People’s Post Woodstock-Maitland LOCAL IS BETTER: Mavis Londt says: “I sup pose as the first black president of the United States he certainly has achieved a lot, but I feel the award should be giv en to some one local. There are so many people in the coun try who are much more deserving, such as someone who runs an NPO, benefit ing the com munity.”
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MAYOR Patricia De Lille has proposed to award the Freedom of the City to US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Describing the Obama couple as “guiding stars to our eventual destination” in a City-issued statement, if he accepts, Obama would join the ranks of former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. De Lille says in a “cynical age” there is a “desperate need for universal hope”. “Noting the inspiration they have been to us and the world, and acknowledging that their extraordinary success has only been possible with the support of each other, I have proposed to the Rules Committee, in accordance with all processes, that it recommend that the next meeting of council honours them with our highest award,” says De Lille. There are, however, those who question the mayor’s choice. The Media Review Network and the Muslim Judicial Council called on the DA to reconsider the decision, describing the first black American president’s tenure as a “predatory, rather than peaceful, first term in office”. Here readers have their say.
GOOD RELATIONS: Hans Louw says: “It’s good to create strong bonds with other countries. It’s a ‘if you wash my back, I’ll wash yours’ scenario and that’s how it’s always been in politics and always will be.”
Toll plaza protests continue STEFNI HERBERT
PROTESTERS plan on picketing at the Cape High Court on Monday, following their march to hand over a memorandum to the various roleplayers. Hout Bay Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association (HBRRA) will lead the march to apply for a second building interdict to stop the construction on Chapman’s Peak. Chairperson of HBRRA, Len Swimmer, says: “Our advocates think we have a stronger case and we hope we will be awarded the interdict.” The angry protesters applied for an urgent interdict in March, but it was not awarded be-
cause there was no basis for the urgency. Swimmer says there is already irreparable damage done to the mountain after they gouged out a massive section of it, but it does not mean they should still be allowed to go ahead with the construction. “Having the office block and toll plaza built is environmentally and morally wrong, not to mention illegal as it is being built on a World Heritage Site,” says Swimmer. If the judgement is awarded in favour of the protesters, construction will be put on hold immediately and in order for it to continue, an appeal will have to be lodged by the opposition.
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MORALLY CORRUPT: Abigail Scheepers says: “Barack is in favour of samesex marriages. What kind of example is the City of Cape Town setting for themselves by bestowing such a precious hon our on someone with unchristian morals?”
OTHERS MORE DESERVING: Lauren Myborg says: “There are so many positive role models in South Africa that’s worthy of the award. It should defi nitely have gone to a local. My mother is a prime example.”
GOODWILL: Joschelle Jacobs says: “I haven’t real ly followed the story that closely, but I’m sure the mayor had good reasons for choosing the Ameri can president. Whatever they are, lets hope it brings some good to the Mother City.”
WE SHOULD HAVE A SAY: Belinda Van Wyk says: “The city be longs to all Capetonians living in it, so shouldn’t we have a say in who gets the award? It’s not some thing to be handled light ly, they are granted the freedom of the city after all. Maybe there should be a poll or something along those lines.”
“If action is taken against us after being awarded the interdict, the taxpayer will have to foot the bill for the court action. “Even though this fight is costing us a lot of money, we have loyal donors and many who support this cause,” says Swimmer. Protesters marched from Hout Bay beach to Entilini Hout Bay offices on late Sunday morning. They handed over a memorandum to representatives from the respective parties involved in the construction – the Provincial Government, Entilini and their contractors, Murray and Roberts. Organiser of the protest, wellknown hunger striker, Bronwen Lankers-Byrne says: “About 200 people attended the march, but when we handed the memoran-
DETOUR: The area where construction workers have already gouged a large piece of the mountain for the rerouting of the road and development that will follow. Photo: Anthony Allen dum over to the various representatives, they just took it and walked away, refusing to say anything.” Swimmer says there is no need for an office block or a toll plaza, it would be acceptable to construct
a control room and simply have a boom operating on a prepaid ticket system. Swimmer says: “We could come to a settlement, but there are none so deaf as those who will not hear.”
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CATCH A WAVE: A man bids the Japanese trawler the Eihatsu Maru good bye after the successful attempt to remove it from Clifton’s First beach on Friday at 16:00. The City of Cape Town is pleased the operation did not cause any environmental degradation or pollution to the shoreline. The ves sel has been taken to Quay 500 at the Port of Cape Town where an in spection will be conduct ed and the remaining crew members will also be interviewed. The South African Revenue Services (Sars) Customs Division and the Depart ment of Agriculture, For estry and Fisheries will conduct inspections of the vessel and cargo. Photo: Edrea du Toit
Easier breathing on refuse day THIRTY-seven new waste removal trucks have been added to the City’s Solid Waste Department’s fleet.
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Women muscle in against abuse SUMMER JACOBS
WOMEN came in their droves to support sisters in distress, affirming the WHEAT sisterhood. This year’s Women’s Hope Education and Training (WHEAT) Trust function was themed “1 000 Women United against Domenstic Violence”. The Cape Town Convention Centre was filled with a powerful energy on Thursday as women from different cultures and backgrounds rubbed shouldersl. WHEAT Trust chairperson Freda Daniels says: “Our organisation is one which believes in a world where there is social justice, equality and respect for women’s rights.” An impressive line-up of speakers who captivated the crowd with heartfelt words and inspiring messages, included Science and Technology minister Naledi Pandor; Lulu Xingwana, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities; and WHEAT patron and philanthropist Wendy Ackerman. Investing in women-headed grassroots organisations, the trust aims to facilitate meaningful and positive change in their communities. Mustadafin Tafelsig Aids Project in Mitchell’s Plain is one such organisation. The non-government organisation works to combat the spread of HIV/Aids in Mitchell’s Plain. It facilitates HIV/Aids awareness campaigns, runs educational projects, provides home-based care and feeds up to 4 000 malnourished people as
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Women enjoy the starter while listening to Minister Naledi Pandor making her speach at the Wheat Trust 1000's Women United Against Domestic Violence Luncheon at th CTICC Photo: Peter Abrahams well as those infected with HIV/Aids each day. Director Ghairunisa Johnstone says: “The luncheon serves as a reminder of what we, as women, are capable of. “We are in powerful positions because we have the ability to recognise our strengths and our weaknesses and how to overcome them.” The Ubuntu Rural Women and Youth Movement, in Klapmust near Paarl, is an organisation run by women. It was their first representation at the WHEAT function. The movement is aimed at equipping ru-
ral women and youth in efforts to make a positive change in their lives. The founder, Wendy Pekeur, explains they have three projects running. One of these is a health programme which focusses on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Pekeur says: “We believe impoverished areas are capable of producing doctors, advocates and lawyers, but a child born with FAS is unable to realise that dream.” Mienie van Wyk (58), a representative of the elderly on the Ubuntu executive committee, says being part of the Ubuntu Movement has given her a fresh perspective on life.
“I never had a formal education,” says Van Wyk. “I always felt excluded because of it, but now that I am part of the Ubuntu Movement I feel like I belong. I have learnt about my rights and ownership as a women. It has all lead me to be able to join in on this incredible lunch.” The event facilitated the process to renew the fight against women abuse in the city. To this end, it brings together ordinary women and representatives from government and the private sector in their common aim to eradicate domestic violence.
POWERFUL WOMEN: Wendy Ackerman (left) with Soraya Matthews, Executive Director of the Wheat Trust. Photos: Peter Abrahams
PODIUM: Minister of Science and Technol ogy, Naledi Pandor.
WARM: Freda Daniels, chairperson of the Wheat Trust, welcomes the women.
GOOD FIGHT: Lulu Xingwana, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabili ties spoke on fighting domestic violence.
WONDER WOMEN: Morishia Fortuin (left) and Ghairunisa Johnstone, of the Mustadafin Tafelsig Aids Project in Mitchell’s Plain, networked at the function. Photo: Summer Jacobs
SUPPORT: Mienie van Wyk, from the Ubun tu Rural Women and Youth Movement came from Klapmuts. Photo: Summer Jacobs
Tuesday 22 May 2012
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On the road to better health SUMMER JACOBS
ON Thursday 10 May the hustle and bustle on Salt River’s Lower Main Road was amplified as people were tested for free for a range of illnesses. The Tutu Tester Mobile Unit is a convenient way to be tested without having to spend hours queuing at healthcare facilities. In partnership with the South African National Zakáh Fund (SANZAF), the Desmond Tutu Foundation screened the public for a range of illnesses in-
cluding: diabetes, hypertension, obesity and HIV. Launched in 2008 by the Metropolitan Health Group and Qualsa, the mobile testing facility can be towed to shopping centres, community halls, sporting events, or any public gathering.
THUMBS UP FOR HEALTHY LIVING: Some took a detour from their day’s plans to have themselves tested. From left are, Patrick Mpehla, Ben Twetwa, Terrence Xhinti and Xolile Mpande. Photos: Summer Jacobs
STEP BY STEP: Councillor Nondumiso Hlwele explains the testing procedure to Thuraya Kamaldien.
SORTED: Technical officer, Nick Wells, takes the details of testee Sibulela Fadana.
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Tuesday 22 May 2012
Drug testing reaps benefits SUMMER JACOBS
RANDOM drug testing at the Chrysalis Academy has reaped a “100%” success rate. This comes three months after introducing drug testing – done without any of the youth knowing who or when they’d be tested. The academy – in picturesque Tokai – is dedicated to helping atrisk youth from across the city through skills development as part of its social crime prevention strategy. Those who benefit from the academy have been identified as being at risk of gangsterism, substance abuse and unemployment. Chrysalis aims to teach the youth in its care how to take responsibility for their own personal growth. The drug testing project aims to reduce the level of substance abuse. And, says CEO Lucille Meyer, it is a first for the academy since its establishment in 2000. Meyer says the drug testing is in response to the “general increase of substance abuse in the province”. She explains the initiative was introduced after many of the youth admitted to substance abuse, with tik and dagga among the most common drugs of choice. She stresses Chrysalis is not a re-
CLEAN SLATE: Imelda Neate, of Drug Testing Africa, assists one of the youth at the Chrysalis Academy during precounselling. Photo: Summer Jacobs habilitation centre, but acknowledges drug abuse among the youth is “a reality impossible to escape”.
“The random drug testing was introduced so that we could get an idea of how many of our students
were using substances. It also creates awareness, because when we do the tests, there are pre-counsel-
ling sessions where students are informed about the effects of drugs.” During the first week into their three-month course, 19 students were tested. Nine tested positive. In the next round, only one of the 32 students tested positive. A month later 82 students were tested. All tested negative for drugs. Meyer believes the success of the random drug tests is underpinned by an official document – a chain of custody report – which states their results “in black and white”. “It does wonders for the student’s self-esteem when they are handed their results. They can hold their head up high knowing they have proof of being clean.” The success of the programme has earned it continued funding by the Department of Community Safety. Provincial community safety minister Dan Plato says the project’s success is based on the students instantly knowing their status and help is immediately available. The Chrysalis Academy can be reached on (021) 712 1023 or go to www.chrysalisacademy.org.za.
Island blood unites descendants THE South African St Helena Heritage Association will celebrate the 510th anniversary of the discovery of St. Helena Island by hosting a meeting of people of St. Helenian descent. This will be on Saturday 26 May at the Meadowridge Library Hall from 09.00 until 11:00. Mervin Watson will present basic genealogy for those who are interested in starting a family tree. All
those who know their ancestors were on St. Helena and would like to determine what the links were, are invited. Bring along writing materials. Seating is limited and you are asked to contact Mervin to reserve a seat. There is no charge. Mervin’s email is: email@example.com. or phone 073 915 9924.
Help alleviate animals’ suffering UNCONTROLLED breeding of animals in townships leads to terrible suffering. So says Di Fraser of Watershed Animal Rescue and Rehab, a NPO made up of volunteers that go into the townships to educate, feed and dip animals. A project they have taken on is
RAISING STANDARDS: Professor Jonathan Jansen, vice chancellor of the University of the Free State, explains how upping the university’s standards are leading to it becoming a worldclass institution. Photo: Supplied
Teach them well – at home INSTILL core values at home, says a top SA academic. In his address to the Cape Town University of the Third Age, Professor Jonathan Jansen, University of the Free State vicechancellor, believes education starts at home. It includes the core values of a strong moral code, respect for one’s elders and a deep respect for learning. He says these values helped him remain unaffected by crime and violence in his childhood neighbourhood. Jansen’s term included the 2009 furore over the racist actions and video by four white former UFS students – the so-called Reitz Four – in which they humiliated black university staff. The incident caused international outrage, prompting bitter protests over racism still entrenched in SA, more than a decade after the end of apartheid. After reading an account of how Jewish parents hid from Nazi-occupied Poland, Jansen says he realised how children absorbed the attitudes and life experiences of parents. He set out to challenge and change racist attitudes at the UFS campus. Today, he says in a statement, their biggest “problem” at the campus is interracial relationships.
Jansen points out the challenge in the country of a high failure and drop-out rate at school. It was absurd, he says, to allow a 30% pass mark in some subjects and a 55% pass mark in English and Afrikaans. “In the best schools,” says Jansen, “teachers do what they are supposed to do – arrive on time, teach in class, set and correct homework, and encourage their pupils to achieve.” Although a strong supporter of unions to protect the interests of teachers, he stresses the interests of students came first. The crisis in education is not a crisis of resources, he says, but a crisis of values, particularly when current role models were semi-literate. South Africa spends more on education than any other African country and gets worse results. By comparison, the university has raised the academic bar for professors, resulting in UFS now producing world-class students who have risen to the challenge. However, he expresses concern about the danger of government control over universities, for example by dictating who should be admitted. “Universities have a duty to defend their independence and to defend what is good in education.”
to raise funds for sterilisations, which they organise at no cost to the pet owner. “This is the only way to get the breeding under control and stop the sadness,” says Fraser. To help, SMS the word ‘SPAY’ to 40776 to donate R20 or phone (021) 442 7000.
‘Old school’ film-making in spotlight THE Fine and Decorative Art Society of Cape Town presents Heritage Cinema – a lecture by Dr Lesley Marx of UCT’s Film and Media Studies Department. Cynically dubbed “the Laura Ashley school of filmmaking” by British filmmaker Alan Parker, so-called heritage cinema has summoned both vitriol and admiration from critics and audiences. Films are often marked by their relationship to prestigious literary sources, exquisite mise-en-
scene, dialogue-driven narrative and the presentation of the past as an opportunity for spectacle rather than analysis. Exploration of female desire is frequently given centre stage. This lecture will focus on two films: A Room With A View and Howard’s End. This lecture takes place on Wednesday 23 May at 19:30 at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium, at the Jewish Museum, Gardens. Members pay R30, guests pay R50. Phone (021) 434 4579.
Unwanted books help animals in need THE SPCA is seeking book donations for their various book sales. Not sure know what to do with your unwanted books? Please do not toss them out. Instead, they appeal to all animal lovers and avid readers to donate books for their various book sales. Visit the organisation’s bookshop at the SPCA premises, on the
corner of 1st Avenue and First Road in Grassy Park between 09:00 and 16:00 Mondays to Fridays and weekends between 09:00 and 11:30. Alternatively, drop off your donations at the Vet Shop at 6 Gabriel Road in Plumstead. For further enquiries call Natasha Johannes on (021) 700 4155.
Shop for bargains at Kenfac market THE Kenfac Traders’ community flea market will be held on the corner of Dapper Street and 12th Avenue every Saturday from 08:00 till 14:00.
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FOR LIFE: Netsurit’s Region al Manager, Barbi Goldblatt, rounded up the tenants of Waverley Business Park in Observatory to participate in a blood drive. This was the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service’s sec ond successful blood drive at this venue this year. Na dia Turner, promotions offic er for the Western Province Transfusion Services Blood Drive, thanked all who par ticipated for their dona tions. In total, 35 people participated in the drive in January, with 10 new donors donating 18 full units. In the May drive, six out of the 23 attendees were new donors, and altogether 15 full units were donated. The next blood drive is on 10 July. To become part of future blood drives in the Waverley com plex, contact Barbi on (021) 448 1777, or email bar firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ensure you are legally domesticated NON-compliance with domestic worker employment’s legal requirements will find homes and businesses in hot water. Both residential and commercial compliance with the provisions for domestic workers, as set out in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and Occupational Health And Safety Act, has experienced a steady, but slower than expected uptake. This results in many domestic workers still
not enjoying the employment rights guaranteed by these two Acts. The other implication is that non-compliant employers are in fact breaking the law and are subject to fines, prosecution, and in extreme cases, possible incarceration, according to the Department of Labour. The plight of domestic workers is relevant to the national message of Freedom Day as well as Workers Day. Both the Department of Labour as well as businesses have expressed that many domestic workers are still not afforded the rights other employees enjoy. Yendor Felgate, CEO of Emergence Growth Services, a provider of human capital management, states that non-compliance may be completely unintentional, and that adoption of compliance may be hindered due to mass ignorance. Pieter Laubscher, Deputy Director for Electrical Engineering within the Department of Labour, states that the reasons for the slow rate of compliance of employers has not yet been fully determined, however, steady progress is being made and inspectors do not experience much resistance to the Department’s labour inspection initiative that targets both businesses and private residences. David Honeyman, Executive at Guardrisk Allied Products and Services, a division of Alexander Forbes, states that domestic workers often do not enjoy insurance benefits that many businesses provide to their employees. The parties confirm that the domestic
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Unthinkable THERE is much to be said about man’s relationship with his pets. On the one hand, cats, dogs, birds and other beloved animal species are well cared for by their human families. The opposite holds for the unfortunate fourleggeds and furries who live with people who can’t fend for themselves, let alone their pets. Yet, an area such as Khayelitsha reportedly has a cat and dog population of nearly 100 000. This uncontrolled breeding has been contrived and deliberate by the thoughtless people who argue that sterilising or letting go of their dogs, will deprive them of income they derive from selling puppies. How did the situation spiral as out of control as it is to now be highlighted as a campaign by the South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust, is underway? Besides the need for sterilisation, the unforgivable abuse of thousands of animals by some communities, is heartbreaking. One of the worst reported cases of animal abuse last year was that of a dog found buried alive at a school “because it was a nuisance, hanging around the classrooms”. The dog was rescued in time. Few are as fortunate. Granted, not all poorer people mistreat their pets, but just as people cannot survive on “love and fresh air”, so too can’t their pets. The reality of owning pets translates to effort and money. Most youngsters have dogs because they think it’s “cool”. Sterilisation is a first step and should be followed by monitoring to drastically reduce the pet population, with access to animal welfare services and education initiatives. Harsh fines and sentences should be imposed on those convicted of illegally breeding dogs and keeping dogs for dog fights. How can a poor family provide for pets when they’re unable to provide even the basics for themselves? It’s not rocket science; just pure mathematics.
Don’t come begging to me I HAVE several dogs and their life is bliss divine. When I got them I knew what I was getting myself into. Food twice a day, grooming, vet bills, medicine, dog beds and blankets, walkers, dog sitters, the line of service does not end nor does the cost. So don’t tell me to help Khayelitsha’s 100 000 dogs. My heart bleeds for them but what business do these people have with that many dogs? All I hear about are open toilets, no proper roofs, no electricity, and no running water. So tell me what makes them think they can have 100 000 dogs running around? They don’t care. They don’t think. They only think from hand to mouth, so my advice is be kind to animals and put them to sleep in a gentle way. And, in future, give people in locations that have dogs, a hefty fine, like a traffic fine, until they understand that dogs come with responsibility.They are expensive to keep so you cannot pussy foot around just because it’s cool to have a dog. Think before you act. As for the people involved in fighting dogs for money, they must be put behind bars.I really
find it an outrage that you advertise for help. You are asking people to throw money down a bottomless pit because of other irresponsible people’s pets suffering. You are doing those pets a favour by putting them to sleep because they don’t understand why they are being kicked around everyday. South Africa Mass Animal Sterilization Trust, you must not prolong the agony of those poor animals and don’t ask the public to pay, make the owners pay for the cost of euthanasia. I am concerned about people like the SA Mass Sterilization Trust that have the affront to ask the public to pay for the stupidity of the dog owners in Khayelitsha. I am horrified about what goes on in the country. It is run by irresponsible people so how can the people in the street be different? Why don’t you ask Animal Rescue Organizations to advertise who relieve the suffering of animals? Call Jessica Perrim on (021) 396 5511. She’ll help you if she’s not too busy with her Golf Day for dogs in Mowbray. RALPH KRALL Oranjezicht
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: Edna (left), sits with Giellie Kropman and Alvon Collison. Photo: Supplied
A modern-day saint EDNA Greenstein came highly recommended by a speech therapist working at Highlands House. Edna was a blessing to my Dad, Giellie Kropman, during the last years of his life (like a modern day Florence Nightingale). She cared and looked after him, like he was a member of her own family. Her only terms and conditions, when she became a permanent carer and companion for my dad, was that she would take care of him but not let him into her heart. These terms and conditions were however broken, as he crept right into her heart. It was inevitable as he was a humble, wonderful man, and did this to everyone who knew him. Edna was no exception. Edna drove him
around in her car, had him for Passover in her home, made him speak better, and gave him a reason to live with her wonderful personality. When he was sick she was there for him. She was also a huge help to our family. We can highly recommend Edna to anyone as she will not only bring peace of mind to the patient’s family but lots of joy to the person she cares for. She works at Darg and helps with the animals on a part-time basis. She was put on this earth to care for people and animals in need. Edna has a big heart and has so much to offer. She was a lifesaver to our family. Anyone requiring Edna’s service can contact her 073 148 3183. MARGOLITE WILLIAMS Green Point
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Boost for business CAPE TOWN one step closer to becoming an entrepreneurial capital.
FRESH AS A DAISY: Patrick Kettledas uses a pressure hose to clean the roots of plants before it is packaged in hessian, which makes it easier to transport some plants. Photos: Stefni Herbert
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The South African team should be ready to open their display at the Chelsea Flower Show today. Plants and flowers were recently inspected, cleaned and packed to be sent off to the UK.The team flew to London on Saturday 12 May to prepare the construction of the display and the vegetation was scheduled to leave on Wednesday 16 May. Taking vegetation into a different country is a difficult task, but the team managed to have all their plant species there for regal show. The Chelsea Flower Show opens today (22 May) and runs until Saturday.
Belinda Walker, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environment and Spatial Planning, launched the Cape Town Activa Web Portal last week. The portal boasts a vast array of online resources, tools and links for those who want to start and develop a business or secure employment support in Cape Town. Cape Town Activa aims to develop a world-class ecosystem for entrepreneurs and job-seekers that will transform Cape Town into a city that is open for business and attractive to outside investors. Cape Town Activa was established to create an enabling environment for enhanced collaboration among public and private sector stakeholders interested in entrepreneurship. With the launch of the online portal, www.capetownactiva.com, Cape Town is one step closer to becoming a lucrative economic centre for entrepreneurship and small business. Cape Town Activa seeks to lobby issues facing entrepreneurs and small business owners, ultimately giving them a unified voice, and provide a first stop solution to anyone operating in this space. From an individual with a business idea, but no plan to get it off the ground; to a business owner in the first few years of operation requiring access to an incubator environment; or an established business owner looking to take their venture to the next level – it just got a whole lot easier with the development of the new online resource. Lavendra Naidoo, the general manager of The Business Place eKapa, the imple-
menting agency of the Cape Town Activa initiative, says the initiative will see technology driving economic development. “Every internet café, public library and smart phone just became an Activa branch, thanks to the new user-friendly web portal. “We are very excited that this resourcerich portal will now be accessible to anyone with an internet connection, negating the need to catch a train or take a taxi to an Activa centre.” By connecting entrepreneurs to organisations keen to support their endeavours, exciting business potential is maximised. Cape Town Activa bridges the gap between where these small business owners are currently and where they want to be. In addition, the initiative seeks to contribute to the development of human capital by creating a mechanism to make jobseekers in the city more employable and direct them towards support services wherever possible. A key component of this business ecosystem is the support organisation network. These organisations provide a myriad of skills, training, information and tools for entrepreneurs that offer a catalyst to economic development. For any organisation looking to offer such support and become involved in a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem mandated by the City, the possibility of an exciting partnership awaits by registering on the Web Portal www.capetownactiva.com to ensure the best possible service offering to the citizens of Cape Town. Join the other online conversations with Cape Town Activa on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capetownactiva or on Twitter at @ctactiva.
UNDER SCRUTINY: Vela Gumede, an inspector at the Department of Agri culture, sifts through plants and flowers checking for insects. This is standard protocol for the vegetation used in the flower show.
REPACKED: Siyabonga Magadla and Andrew Jenkins straightens out the vegetation in the boxes after the inspectors have gone through it. They then seal and stack it, ready to be collected.
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A MUCH anticipated event to attend this year will be the truly unique African wine festival which kicks off on Africa Day. The TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival, happening on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square Mall, will feature 300 wines as well as fantastic entertainment. Africa Day is celebrated around the world every year and its aim is to celebrate Africa’s diversity and successes and to highlight the cultural and economic potential that exists on the African continent. Festival co-founders and local entrepreneurs, Mzoli Ngcawuzele from Mzoli’s Place and Lungile Mbalo, believe that Africa Day and the festival are founded on similar principles. Mzoli says: “Our Festival belongs to the people of Africa and we welcome all to come and join us on this special Africa Day. South Africa is abundantly cosmopolitan and this is richly visibly at our festival and we can all learn so much from each other. Come and raise your wine glass in Gugulethu, be who you are and make good friends.” Recognising the value of this market, local wine estates are starting to add the festival to their already packed diaries. The Cape Wine Academy, organisers of the wine arena, say they have doubled their wine exhibitors this year. Marilyn Cooper, Cape Wine Master and CEO of the Cape Wine Academy, says: “We are very pleased to see local wine estates are starting to see the future of their brands in this festival demographic. “The power of direct marketing is that if this audience do not experience your wine and feel connected to the brand first-hand, why would they select it as a preferred wine purchase in the future.” Idols judge, Metro FM co-host and entertainment powerhouse, Unathi Msengana, will perform live in the TOPS VIP Lounge to invited VIP guests on Friday evening and
will MC in the main wine exhibitor marquee on Saturday evening, much to the delight of many. Msengana says: “I love Gugulethu because it provides such a vast cultural experience; there is so much you can get from it – it’s a wonderful community where everyone knows each other and everyone is helpful. It is a township that has never been given the glory it deserves. As the name represents LiGugulethu, which means “our Pride”, I am proud to be given this fantastic opportunity at the festival. I can’t wait to see you all there!” Other exciting highlights at the festival include: •The Nederburg Taste Theatre is open to all festival visitors on a first-come first-serve basis. Presentations will be staged on Friday at 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 and on Saturday at 16:30, 18:00, 19:30 in the main wine exhibitor marquee. •Pete Goffe-Wood, a South African MasterChef judge, will co-present Nederburg’s Taste Theatre on Friday evening. •More than 40 wineries showcasing over 300 wines to swirl, sniff, sip and spit (although not much spitting is expected). •Thirteen super-brand sponsors including spectacular wine lounges from Pongracz, J.C le Roux, Nederburg, 4th Street, The Saints and a DGB merlot wine bar giving visitors a unique lifestyle experience. •Enjoy the ‘TOPS Food & Fun’ chill-out space to sit and eat from a choice of restaurants including Mzoli’s famous chop. •All visitors will receive a free branded wine tasting glass and the festival wine buying guide on arrival, plus there will be lots of prizes to be won on the night. TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival 2012 takes place on Friday 25 May from 16:00 to 21:00 and on Saturday 26 May from 15:00 to 21:00. Tickets are R80 per person per night and can be purchased online at www.webtickets.co.za or at the door. For more information go to: www.gugulethuwinefestival.co.za
Jam to lekker Kaapse sounds MUSIC Alla Kaap is a celebration of Cape Town’s rich musical heritage and on Friday 25 May a concert will be held at GrandWest Grand Arena to commemorate Zayne Adams’ 50th year in the music industry. The show promises to be a joyful celebration of the dynamic, diverse and vibrant music of Cape Town. The audience can expect an energetic show filled with colour and visuals, entertainment from
aerial dancers, a marimba band and bag pipes. They can also look forward to laughter and the vocal stylings of Marc Lottering, Loukmaan Adams, Allistair Izobell, Terry Fortune, Sophia Foster, Karin Kortje, Terrence Bridgette, Ronnie Joyce and Vicky Sampson. The show starts at 20:00 and tickets from Computicket are priced between R130 and R165.
Tuesday 22 May 2012 VIBRANT: The “In Retrospect Visual Arts Catalogue” will be launched on Thursday 24 May at Artscape Theatre Centre. Ukhona Mlandu, coordinator says that in order to achieve its objective of being a hub for cre ative energy, the Cen tre invited emerging visual artists to sub mit work for evalua tion by a panel of judges over the last four years, with the aim of giving artists who were selected by a panel of judges the opportunity to exhib it at Artscape. Graffi ti artist Mak1one is pictured with an ex ample of his work.
A GLASS OF FUN: The TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival kicks off on Africa day and is growing to become a popular event on the social calendar. Photo: Supplied
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A treat for dance lovers DANCE for All (DFA) is presenting a series of school performances entitled “Showcase of Stars”, with exciting choreography in a variety of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, African dance, hiphop and Bollywood, until June, at various venues. The show features 30 DFA students from the InSPIRAtions Youth Company and Specialised Dance Programmes and, for some of the performances, students from Ingrid Carlson Ballet in association with DFA. Showcase of Stars incorporates the best from DFA’s repertoire over the past two years as well as several new numbers. MOVING: A scene from Dance for All’s “Showcase of Stars”. A highlight will be the InSPIRAtions Youth Company’s performance of Saturday 26 May at Timour Hall Primary Christopher Kindo’s acclaimed Imvula School in Plumstead with bookings on (021) (Rain), that is based on the poem Die Dans van 697 1100 and Saturday 16 June at Springfield die Reen by Eugene Marais. Convent Junior school in Wynberg with bookThe company performed this piece recently ings via (021) 797 9637. at the prestigious Cape Town International The show starts at 19:00 at all venues where Ballet Competition at Artscape and at the Bax- tickets from R25 to R50 will be available at the ter Dance Festival. door. Call DFA on (021) 697 5509 or visit “Showcase of Stars” performances are on www.danceforall.co.za.
FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK: On Sunday 27 May The Spizzwinks will give a free perform ance in the De Waal Park from 15:00 to 16:30. The 18man band from America per form in a number of mu sical genres including jazz, pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Hosted by the Win chester Mansions, the Spizzwinks will also perform on Monday 28 May and Tuesday 29 May. For more informa tion contact Martin Myers at martmy email@example.com or call on 083 448 4475.
Steelband fest follows its own beat THE annual Steelband Festival will take place at the Baxter Concert Hall on Friday 25 May at 19:45. Originally from Trinidad in the Caribbean and recycled from 44 gallon oil drums, the steel pan is an ideal vehicle for music instruction. Under the guidance of David Wickham of the Steelband Project (Western Cape) the following school and community bands will participate: Manenberg High School; Riebeek
Kasteel Steel Band; Wynberg Boys’ High School Junior Steel Band; Camps Bay Primary School Steel Band; AfroTropical; Hawston Steelpan Band; and Wynberg Boys’ High School Senior Steel Band. Ticket are available at Computicket and cost R80 for adults and R40 for seniors and scholars. For more details, contact David Wickham on 082 898 9663.
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LONG WALK: The group walk the streets spreading the good news. Photos: Supplied
Walking and spreading the gospel The group’s Walking with Jesus project took them along the oast. Many participants A MISSIONARY group from all over the have vowed to continue their work. city rounded off an eight-day walk. The team consists of Jaco van As, Jennie van As, Ruan van As, Justin Davis, Candice Davis, Sonja Hanekom, Arend Hanekom, Marissa Hanekom, Andre van As, Karin Swart, Doric Swart, Andriette Norman, Alice Gerber, Belinda Steenkamp, Leandri Steenkamp, Lezanne October, Ben October, Johan van den Berg, Petro Jansen and Ryno Wiese. Jaco van As says: “God opened so many doors on the West Coast and we decided to commit ourselves to reaching out to the people in all the towns we visited, and the schools we talked at.” He says they will INSPIRED: A group member chats to a resident of Saldanha about the be establishing diswork they do in the community. tribution and worMELISSA PAPIER
– talking, reading and praying for them, followed by a very exciting worship session in the church. One of the greatest moments were when a few children decided to accept Jesus into their lives,” he says. This was no ordinary walk, adds Van As. “Walking on the road reminded us of Jesus walking from one place to another, teaching and performing miracles,” he says. The missionaries are expected to return to the communities and continue their outreach work and establish Christian prayer groups.
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START YOU ENGINES: Two racers line up during one of the legal drag racing events that are regularly held at Killarney race track. Photo: Supplied
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A MAN’S WORLD: Marlize Hoon is a regular competitor and winner at legal street racing events at Killarney Race Track. Here she is with her Golf GTI. Photo: Supplied
Fast, furious – and legal LIAM MOSES
FEW people can deny that street racing has developed into a subculture that is celebrated in movies and music from Hong Kong to Hollywood. Street racers seem to have their own language and their own customs and they associate mostly with other street racers. Films such as The Fast and the Furious have only helped to grow interest in street racing around the world, and most Capetonians would know that this pass time is just as popular locally as anywhere else. Paul Simon, events manager at the Western Province Motor Club (WPMC) and the organisation’s home-based Killarney race track, believes that the appeal of street racing is about far more than simple delinquency. “When you’re young and underaged, you aren’t really free, but when you get your licence it gives you some freedom,” says Simon. “I suppose that’s why the guys try to express themselves by challenging each other. Obviously it’s an adrenaline rush, I think
all motorsports provide an adrenaline rush, and that’s why the guys race each other on the street. But they can be smarter than that and race on the strip.” Simon is in charge of running three different types of racing events at Killarney for street cars, two of which are very similar to the illegal drags which take place on Cape Town’s roads most weekends. The first event is Street2Strip, which, as the name suggests, is exactly the same as illegal drag racing except that it takes place under the supervision of the WPMC, at a purposebuilt venue. These events have been running for four years now, and, according to Simon, more than 4 500 different drivers have taken part during that time. Motorsport South Africa (MSA) Drag Racing takes a similar format, but is designed for racers who would like to take the sport more seriously. All the races are timed, winners receive prize money and a racing licence is required to participate. Street Car Track Days, the third type of event for street cars at Killarney, sees racers
take on the full length of the track. On these days, anything from a 20-year-old Golf to a brand-new Ferrari can be seen hurtling around the Killarney circuit at high speed. Simon says that these events provide street racers with the opportunity to compete in a safe and regulated environment. “Killarney’s drag strip is separated from the crowd by a wall and fences. You don’t have to worry about a family trying to cross in front you, coming home from supper,” says Simon. “Also, in the event that something does go wrong, an ambulance is always on standby. It’s also more controlled, so the bad elements have to control themselves. On the streets they drink and smoke drugs and do all sorts of funny things.” Marlize Hoon, from Sybrand Park, took part in her first Street2Strip event in 2009 and since then she has progressed into a champion drag racer. The 26-year-old currently competes in the MSA Drags and has already won several trophies. Hoon says she has never taken part in
illegal drags, but never misses a racing event at Killarney. “It’s the adrenaline I guess. You can imagine, being a girl gives me a different amount of attention from any other guy. I can’t get tired of the faces of the guys when they see a girl driving a turbo car,” says Hoon. “The first time I raced was towards the end of 2009 and they have events about twice a month. If my car wasn’t broken, I was there.” Simon added that despite the high level of regulation and safety, racing at Killarney could be just as adrenaline-charged and exciting as street racing. “I would be able to push it harder on the circuit than on the road. It can be just as exhilarating, if not more so,” says Simon. “I think here you can measure whereas on the street you can’t. If you’re on the street there is no measurement to see how you are improving or by how much you are improving.” The next Street2Strip event at Killarney will take place on Saturday. For any further information please call the WPMC on 021 557 1639.
Countdown to Slave Route Challenge begins LIAM MOSES
WITH less than a week to go before the annual Jive Slave Route Challenge, members of the Lion of Africa/Itheko Sport Athletic Club are hard at work ensuring that the event is a success. For the second year running, People’s Post is the print media sponsor of the race. In the four short years since its formation, Lion of Africa/Itheko Sport Athletic Club has grown into one of the largest running clubs in Cape Town, founded its own unique road race, and, perhaps most importantly, changed several lives. The club was started as a result of founder Farouk Meyer’s community spirit and passion for helping others to become healthy. Shahida Jattiem (47) is one of the many people who have been helped by Meyer’s vision and the club’s commitment to welcome newcomers into the sport of running. This Rondebosch East resident was completely new to running when she joined in March last year, but the positive changes she has seen in her life and the enjoyment she derives from the club have turned her into a dedicated athlete. “It has made me stronger physically. It has made me confident. I feel I can go out and do things. I feel I can go bungee jump if I want to. “I like the company. I see a lot of places that I haven’t thought of. I go to different places. I meet people from different levels of life. “I’ve made such a lot of acquaintances and friends. I have a lot of energy. You feel healthier. It helps the figure as well. For
FACES OF ITHEKO: Some members of Itheko who took part in the third race of the Western Province Athletics cross country league in Elfindale on Sunday. Photo: Liam Moses people that are overweight, I can see a difference. You can see people’s shapes change.” Jattiem added that the speed of her progress in the club has helped to increase her passion for the sport and for Itheko. “I like the fact that I can go from running a 5km to a 10km, to running a half marathon. I’m a normal person and I can do this. “I never thought I could run 30km. My next mission is a full marathon,” she says. Itheko has helped people with more serious health issues to take control of their lives and health. Rondebosch resident Faldie Ryklief is an Itheko member who has experienced, first hand, the positive effect that running and
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as well.” School teacher Amorett Truebody (56) has also seen a drastic change in his health since joining the club. Truebody started with Itheko just two months before Ryklief, and no longer suffers from high blood pressure. “I was put on medication, but the few times I have been to the doctor this year he’s been quite impressed. There are no problems whatsoever with blood pressure. Truebody has since become a team leader at the club and says that helping others to live healthier lives has become just as important as his own physical health. “What I actually enjoy more than the physical activity is giving back to the community. It’s an attempt from my side to play my part in creating health awareness and assisting people who have never run before.” All of the club’s members say that running has become their preferred method of destressing after a hard day’s work. Itheko Sport Athletic Club will hold their second race, the Jive Slave Route Challenge on Sunday 27 May. Anyone interested in entering the race or looking for more information can visit www.itheko.org or call 021 762 8934. Participants can enter at the Cape Town City Hall this weekend from 16:00 to 20:00 on Friday, from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday and a limited amount of entrants will be accepted on race day from 05:30. The half marathon will start at 07:00, the 10km run will start at 07:15, the 5km run will start at 08:30 and the 10km big walk will start at 08:30.
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