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HE transfer of a problematic piece of land in Woodstock is currently being discussed between the Provincial Department for Human Settlements and the City of Cape Town. An informal settlement located on the erf in Pine Road has raised the ire of the surrounding community, with drug dealing and dumping heading a list of concerns. The settlement was established in 1992 and six years later received basic services such as running water and ablution facilities. According to the Subsector 2 Forum, the site remains a “drug dealing hotspot” and acts as a “haven” for outside criminals plying their trade within the community. It is easy to escape, using a train running close by the settlement. Bruce Oom, the spokesperson for the provincial minister of human settlement, Bonginkosi Madikizela, confirmed that the land transfer request has been made to the State Attorney, which is expected to be cleared within two months. “Once the City has ownership of the land, they will be able to develop it accordingly, which may involve the relocation of the people living on the property,” When People’s Post visited the site last week, an attempt was made to speak to some of the informal dwellers. A hostile reception greeted the reporter and seemingly agitated residents asked him to leave. Ward councillor Brett Herron confirms that complaints had been received regarding the activities at the settlement from a commercial landowner. He says complaints about the settlement as a “crime hotspot” have already been investigated, but due to a lack of evidence,

TENSE: Residents are concerned about the in­ formal settlement in Pine Road, Woodstock, but the province and City says the settlement is lawful. Photo: Tauriq Hassen police could not prove that these crimes are being committed. “I realise that the settlement is not a suitable nor desirable way to house families and that it is a cause for concern for many of the residents in the area,” says Herron. A resident nearby, who spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity, explained that problems at the settlement were “endless” . From drunken fights to drug dealing in the open, the residents believe the settlement has become a “haven for crime and grime”, creating a lot of frustration. “This problem has been around for years and when this settlement initially started, people around here could see

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Committee to make life a pleasant walk in the park TAURIQ HASSEN

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HE establishment of the Kenfac Parks Sub Committee could serve as the light at the end of the tunnel for recreational parks in need of an upgrade. The committee was recently formed at the Ratepayers’ Association of Kensington and Factreton after conditions at the parks were slated by local residents. Kevin Alexander, the project coordinator, explained that the aim of the subcommittee was to find ways in which living standards could be improved through projects involving the community. “Kenfac Parks will focus on formulating and driving projects to develop and maintain existing parks within the community. The ultimate goal is a better and safer place for all,” says Alexander. As a start, the committee has identified four parks, De Havellind and 12th Avenue parks in Kensington and Albacore and Albury parks in Factreton, to serve as pilot projects. On Saturday, the committee hosted a picnic at the De Havellind Park, where residents were invited to spend the day and identify areas which needed to be upgraded.

“We have decided to come up with projects that will enhance and improve the status around and inside these parks and we call on the community to become involved and assist the committee in their quest to improve the situation,” says Alexander. He mentioned that the main concern for the committee was that drug users and dealers were occupying these spaces, a situation not ideal for children to be exposed to. Ward councillor Derrick America eagerly supported this “positive initiative” saying, “Our parks have been neglected for a very long time and we need to discuss ways forward and that is why we are forming this bond in an attempt to improve the situation”. He adds that in future he will work closely with the committee in order to come up with amicable solutions and suggestions around the parks. “This is a very positive initiative and I will communicate with the relative department in order to get proper answers for the committee. Meetings will be called and solutions discussed and implemented ,” says America. Residents in the area felt that the upgrades to the parks were “long overdue” and the area as a whole

has become “neglected”. Ayesha Toffy, a resident in Kensington, felt that parks in the community were no longer safe for children to play in and parents worry about their children’s safety. “I would rather keep my child at home, because if you look at the type of characters that hang around the park, you will think twice about sending your children there,” says Toffy. A Factreton father of three, Ismail Adams, says that “broken bottles and used condoms” were a regular feature when visiting the local parks. He understood that parks are cleaned regularly, but felt that securing the facility with adequate fencing would be the “obvious solution”. “This problem has been around for years and the people in this community have grown used to it. Even the children are used to it, but any help is welcome and I really hope they will aim to make a difference,” Adams concluded. . People’s Post hit the streets to get some views from residents.

DRUG­FREE ZONES: Blaine Saaiman from Kensington felt that the com­ mittee should focus on removing “antisocial people”, like drug users, from the facilities. “There are people smoking dagga in the park and chil­ dren are exposed to this. They also need to focus on cleaning up and making sure it stays clean”, he sug­ gests. Photos: Tauriq Hassen

UPGRADES NEEDED: Helen Steur­ man from Factreton hopes to see more parks created in her communi­ ty and the old ones upgraded. “The parks are not safe for children any­ more as there are so many things that could hurt them. When this com­ mittee gets to upgrade these parks, they must keep going and not die out in the next two months”.

KEEP IT GREEN: Kensington’s Tracy Sheppard, pictured with little Blade, wants to see more trees and grass in the public open spaces. “These parks must become more environ­ mentally friendly and the committee should consider having recycle bins and stuff like that. That would really interest me”.

SAFETY FIRST: Factreton’s Nuraan Korb, pictured with her daughter Na­ talia (6), wants to see all the parks within her community upgraded with new equipment. “Some of the chil­ dren are abusing these parks, but the park itself must be upgraded. This will make it safer for the children to play”.

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BELLES: Contestants, wearing breathtaking evening gowns in a range of different colours, wait in anticipation as the top five are announced.

Photos: Summer Jacobs

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EVENTEEN men walked into the dressing room. Two hours later, they minced out transformed. Initial fears of a poor turnout were unfounded as a capacity crowd, eagerly awaiting the glitz and sparkle of gay pageantry, recently filled the Kensington Civic Centre. A scramble for front row seats ensued half an hour before the event. Walking down the corridor to the dressing room, the senses were overwhelmed by sights not usually associated with the male species. Nimble fingers expertly rolled in long tresses and trays of make-up were displayed on dressing tables. Perfectly manicured fingertips painstakingly glued false eye lashes and generous dabs of glitter highlighted the eyes. Glossy lips pouted back at mirrors. Want to know how the men at gay pageants have such bronzed legs? Baby oil and foundation. Padding creates that all-important hourglass shape a la Marilyn Monroe. This was the first Miss Gay Ambassador pageant – and founder Logan McGregor was adamant about the venue. The pageant is the brainchild of the Kensington residents and current Miss Gay Western Cape, who arranged the extravaganza with Zee Brickles, Mark Donough and Barry Reed. “Everyone wants to leave a legacy,” says McGregor. “I didn’t just want to be Miss Gay Western Cape and prance around with the title for a year and after that be forgotten.” McGregor wanted to have an annual event which “complemented Miss Gay Western Cape”. Seventeen participants – from Parow, Ravensmead, Bishop Lavis, Mitchell’s

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CRÈME OF THE CROP: Zilin Ayoki Zang, second left, won the coveted title of Miss Gay Ambassador. Alicia­Amy Connoisseur, far left, was first princess and Miss Legs. Second princess was Justine Craft, with organiser Logan McGregor looking on. Plain, Elsies River and even Port Elizabeth – strutted onto the stage in flamboyance. When the lights dimmed, opening act Mannilla Von Teez monopolised the limelight with her oversized blonde wig teased to the max and complemented by a tightfitting Barbie-pink body suit and riskè heels. The crowd went wild. Contestants – arrayed in silky cherry red hot pants – soon filed onto stage to jointly perform to Nicki Manaj’s Super Base. “I was backstage most of the time, helping the girls prepare, so I had no clue

what was going on out there,” says McGregor. “When I heard the applause, I knew we had a large crowd and I couldn’t have been happier, knowing the Kensington community came out to support the pageant.” Vicky Langeford from PE said this was an “impressive” experience. The avid participant has been a contestant in gay pageants for eight years. “I enjoy what I do. When I found out about the pageant via Facebook, I felt it was time to spread my wings. I am very impressed with my first competition in Cape Town. The show was well organised and very professional.”

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Contestants wowed the crowd in stunning swimwear and elegant evening-wear – from sexy, tight-fitting creations to overthe-top ball gowns, complete with hoops and stiffening. To-the-step choreographed moves by drag cabaret group 3D were in tandem with Beyonce’s Single Ladies and Dancing Queen, by Abba – staple favourites at gay pageants. Secretly shot-up prayers must have found their heavenly target for Zilin Ayoki Zang, who claimed the title. Each of Zilin’s outfits – from a pink, rosy evening dress to a gem-encrusted tuxedo – took the breath away. Several minutes of blissful pandemonium ensued as the first Miss Gay Ambassador was flooded with kisses and congratulations. Zilin’s crown – a gorgeous sparkling tiara – would’ve made Cinderella green with envy. “I’m absolutely ecstatic and shocked at the same time,” says Zilin, as careful fingertips wiped away tears. “We all enter to win and deep down inside you really want it, but when you see all the gorgeous ladies you’re up against you can’t help but be doubtful of your chances.” The Woodlands resident aims to add substance to the title. “Miss Gay Ambassador focuses on society as a whole instead of just a subculture. I will use my title to highlight social issues affecting the community.” Zilin hopes to help raise awareness about scourges such as drug abuse. As the crowd cleared out, the queens packed up their hairspray, lipstick and alter egos. An ecstatic McGregor says the event can only get better from here. “I can’t wait to see what next year has in store,” she says before prancing off in her killer heels to join in a celebratory toast.


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Tuesday 24 April 2012

People’s Post Woodstock­Maitland Page 5

TRAGIC: On Saturday at about 18:10, authorities were called out to the N1 freeway near Wood­ stock to investigate an incident where a 40­year­old man, Giusepe Johnson, was critically injured in a collision. It is alleged that Johnson, a biker, collided with a car travelling towards Cape Town and was declared dead at the scene. A case of culpable homicide has been opened. “No arrest has been made,” says Sergeant Hilton Malila, the station’s spokesperson. Police are now awaiting the outcome of the postmortem examination to confirm the cause of death. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the investigating officer, Constable Sandile Vulani, on (021) 486 2871. Photo: Yunus Mohamed

Liquor outlets cornered All suspects arrested appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Monday 23 April). “These focused operations will be done on a continuous basis in the Woodstock policing precinct,” Sergeant Hilton Malila, the station’s spokesperson, confirmed. . Woodstock Police wants to inform all organisations, NGO’s, businesses, churches and community-based structures, about a planned Community Police Forum annual general meeting which will take place on Tuesday 15 May. All interested parties willing to join the Woodstock CPF is asked to collect an application form from Sergeant Malila as soon as possible. The venue for the AGM will be communicated at a later stage.

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Tuesday 24 April 2012

Now the bunny­huggers want to kill the squirrels TONY ROBINSON

THEY don’t say how they will do it, but a small group of Noordhoek environmental activists wants to get rid of the cute little grey squirrels on the Common. Their crime? They “spread oak seeds and eat tree bark”. That is exactly what squirrels have always done but, suddenly, the bunny-huggers find it offensive. They see oak trees and squirrels as unwelcome aliens. For those who don’t know it, the Noordhoek Common, at the foot of Chapman’s Peak Drive, is a wonderful community asset used for equestrian events, community fairs, picnics, informal ball games and dog walking. It is graced by some wonderful old oaks and the beauty of the common has made it a popular location for film shoots. But the greenies want to take away this community playground and turn it into an indigenous nature reserve complete with indigenous mole rats and snakes so the oaks, planes and squirrels have to go. Now oak trees are as much a part of the Cape as grape vines, Cape Dutch architecture and

milk tart. They are part of our cultural heritage. You will find them in every Boland town and, for the most part, each tree is treasured. Stellenbosch, a town of knowledge and learning, takes great pride in its oaks and delights in being called Eikestad – Oak City. It is the oak trees that make the Western Cape different (and better) than other parts of South Africa. And they are not invaders. They were brought here on purpose to do a job. They have served us well, providing wonderful shade in the towns and on the boundaries of our famous cricket grounds. Oaks grow slowly and with difficulty. They are battered by winds and storms and this gives them great character. They record the history of winters past and their struggle for a place in the sun should be a moral lesson to us all. So one must ask what kind of cultural louts would want to kill the squirrels and chop down the oaks?

And how will they kill the squirrels? It’s a question the bunny-huggers don’t answer in the unsolicited document they have prepared on the future management of the common. Will they try to do it quietly so that their children don’t know about the slaughter? Or will they have the courage of their convictions and do it in the open. Perhaps they could invite the Mayor along to perform the first squirrel execution. It would make a striking change from cutting ribbons. TV coverage would be guaranteed. I’m afraid we are dealing with humourless people afflicted with tunnel vision. What they don’t understand is that the oaks are there because we love them and because they are a part of our heritage. In fact, oak trees have been around for a lot longer than some of the self-appointed guardians of everything indigenous. So, in the end, there should be a choice. Are the unwanted aliens oak trees and squirrels or those who would axe and butcher them?

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Tuesday 24 April Salt River: THE Salt River Residents’ Association will meet at 20:00 at the Coleridge Road Madrassa in Salt River. For further information, contact Warda Rahim on 082 805 8555.

Thursday 3 May Salt River: Community House, a site of activism, invites the public to attend the celebration of its official declaration as a provincial heritage site at the Community House in Salt River Road starting from 10:00 until 14:00. The guest speaker will be Tony Ehrenreich.

Thursday 7 June Woodstock: Friends of the Woodstock Library will host a Food and Craft Market at the Woodstock City Hall starting from 09:00. For further information or to book a stall, contact (021) 448 6426.

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NEWS

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Another day to save the world SUMMER JACOBS

DO YOU recycle? Or have you planted trees in a bid to save the world? On Sunday, the 42nd annual Earth Day was celebrated around the world. The event aims to take a stand against environmental degradation – but very few locals seem to know about it. People’s Post took to the streets to find out how green the average Capetonian is

PAY BACK: “My boy is three years old and I will help him to plant his first tree. It’s a great way to spend time with your kid and at the same time give back to Mother Nature,” says the conscientious Gavin Wiese from Observa­ tory.

DISGUSTING HABIT: “I know about Earth Hour but not about Earth Day. Now that I know about it, I will do my part by reminding people not to litter. It’s a disgusting habit,” says Bridget Blake, with daughter Brinay from Rondebosch East.

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Tuesday 24 April 2012

A dazzling night in Kensington THE Community Outreach Organisation Kensington and Factreton hosted their Annual Dinner at the Kensington Civic Centre on Saturday 24 April. The event raised funds to meet the growing demands on the organisation for its services and for its extention into neighbouring areas, as well as for the daily running of the centre.

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LEADER

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Free, at last? DEMOCRACY in South Africa has come of age. Eighteen years ago, all South Africans voted in the country’s first democratic elections. Like a pregnant mother expecting her first child, it was the hope of a new dawn. Today, this country has been labelled a developing nation. In itself, this is not a bad thing. It simply means South Africa, like Brazil, straddles two worlds. It is not quite a first world, because it is hampered by so many third world problems. It is an indictment of the slow march of time, however, as 18 years seems simply not enough time to fix all apartheid’s wrongs. Millions of South Africans face a daily grind of abject poverty, humiliation by hunger, a job market that is unable to provide work for a people hamstrung by poor or no education, and a nation often blamed for an unwillingness to join the labour force. Thousands throng to urban centres in the hope of obtaining that brighter future, as a last gasp of rhetorical promises of politicians. Is there light at the end of this tunnel? DA leader Helen Zille has called Eastern Cape learners flocking to this province for a better education ‘refugees’. Her apology notwithstanding, the traditional weapon of politicians – the blame game – helps no-one. Our nation is peopled by inventive and intelligent citizens with a ‘can-do’ attitude. It is this reality that continues to make South Africans ever popular with the overseas corporate environment. The unashamed siphoning of our country’s intelligentsia – across all spheres of qualifications – is a shameful display of this government’s failure to stem the brain drain. When whichever government is in power eventually wakes up to this reality, who then will there be to switch off the lights? This country cannot wait another 18 years to rebuild a nation from the empty reserves left by the apartheid regime.

Your SMSes Be responsible on the road I CAN’T believe what I just read in your latest issue. Someone sent in a text message stating that because our government is not implementing what he or she deems to be the right measures to curb road deaths, it is therefore responsible for the high death toll in this country. What kind of warped logic results in such an opinion? When are SA citizens ever going to take responsibility for their own actions? Government can and does help with various campaigns but the hand-holding has to stop somewhere. It is drivers themselves who are responsible for road deaths - if we think we are adult enough to get a driver’s licence and a car then we should also be adult enough to know what the

dangers are when drinking, speeding and all the other bad driving habits we have. Blaming the government for everything is just passing the buck and handing the power over our everyday actions to someone else. There is a slightly corny little slogan which goes, “Be the change you want to see” and I think it should be applied by all those who constantly expect the government to think for them. Next time you reach a stop sign - come to a complete stop, behind the line. Next time you see a speed limit sign, check your own speed. Next time you drive along the construction area near the Koeberg interchange, slow right down to the limit currently imposed. FA

Thank you for reaching out to us WE, the family of the late Leon Makatees, would like to thank each and everyone who supported us through our time of mourning. His passing-on is still very difficult for us, but we are inspired by the many messages, visits and memories from everyone who knows him and the family. The time and effort that were offered and still continues, from family, friends, neigh-

bours and the community is very much appreciated. We say thank you for reaching out to the family and please continue to pray for us as we mourn his untimely passing. We give all the praise to God our Father, for from Him we come and to Him we shall return. MAKATEES & EDICK FAMILY Kensington

In response . Regarding your picture (“Descendent of the prophet”). To my knowledge, lineage comes from the father’s side. Both of the Prophet Muhammad’s sons died in infancy. The lineage is, therefore, from the son-in-law’s side and the descendancy, I am told, is the 39th. . Start with enforcing the current speed limits. Do you think that people ignoring the present limits will abide by reduced limits? . With regard to the road carnage, rules may help but won’t make a difference to the thousands driving illegally with bought licences, bought answers and bought eye tests and those who drive drunk. We are aware of the lack of appropriate consequences for inappropriate actions. Jenny . Tony Robertson hit the nail on the head about the City that wastes our money, but he forgot about money wasted on performance bonuses where most departments have many unsolved problems and, therefore, nobody is entitled to a bonus. Transport allowances to buy the latest models every fourth year. My car is eight years old and in excellent condition. When a manager does something wrong he is requested to resign so that he can apply

for the same post or higher with a clean record. They are stealing our money by increasing the rates, water and electricity to pay all these unjustified perks to those who earn R500 000 a year and up, but the poor labour force must beg for an increase. George Just a thought . My apologies to the readers with regards to the free DVD advertised on 17 April. If you’re still interested SMS or call 083 237 4329. . The DA is not a party for all. If you look at most of their supporters, they are against black South Africans. . Anyone phoning you and intruding, trying to sell something, and estate agents, write down their names and never use them. Lori. . Desperados United: to all those desperate “joe’s” and “jane’s” out there, it is an overdue statement, but a reminder that “we should unite, plan and mobilise and create solutions for ourselves”. The public is the government and we have to do what we can to alleviate our situation. Samie . Inspired by Princess Anne’s visit, here are roads denoting royalty in Cape Town: Princess Anne Avenue

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‘Player poaching’ in junior rugby LIAM MOSES

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ENSIONS between schools and rugby clubs in the southern suburbs have spilled out into the open following rumours of player poaching and a disregard for the rules of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU). The People’s Post have been made aware that several schools in the southern suburbs and other areas of Cape Town are dismayed that some of their pupils have chosen to play junior rugby at clubs instead of at the school. This is happening despite a 2006 WPRFU ruling which states that pupils may only play for junior club rugby teams if the school they attend does not offer rugby on a Saturday morning. One of the schools which has reportedly been the hardest hit by the player drain is Islamia College, in Lansdowne Road, Rondebosch East. According to school principal Shaheem Galant, the school has recently experienced a large drop in the amount of students participating in rugby. “We originally had four full teams and those teams have been diluted to only about two teams now because of the procurement of players by clubs outside of the school,” says Galant. “This is contrary to the schools act and to what the sports ministry wants. It requires that school level sport must be advocated but we are finding it difficult because learners are finding it more interesting to play for clubs, for whatever reason, instead of the school.” Galant added that the school had recently made a major finan-

cial investment into rugby and the loss of players was harming the school and inhibiting the achievement of sporting targets the school had set for itself. “We want to reach a point of excellence in sport but can’t seem to get there because of these stumbling blocks,” he says. “It’s hurting the school. We are sitting with a stock room full of jerseys. We have procured the Maties Academy to train our players and its costing us a lot of money. The coaches come but there are no learners to train.” According to Galant, the school has also experienced a similar situation with its cycling team. The People’s Post has been informed that many of the former Islamia rugby players have joined either SK Walmers, Violets or Primrose, but this could not be verified. Jowa Abrahams, president of Primrose Rugby Club, responded to the allegations by saying that schools needed to sort out the issue with the players and their parents and not to blame Primrose. According to Abrahams, young players are attracted to his club by the high standards and have not been poached. “The bottom line is that it’s the choice of the parents and the schools must sort it out with the parents,” Abrahams says. “We don’t force the children to come to us. Not to be boastful, we have a very good coaching structure at school level from under seven all the way to under 19. You want to encourage schools rugby, but youth rugby is also important because many schools don’t have facilities or teachers to coach and they (the players)

come to us.” Theo Kleynhans, the general manager for youth rugby at the WPRFU, says that the 2006 rule was instituted in order to help strengthen the relationship between clubs and schools, as part of a South African Rugby Union (SARU) project. “You take six (or) seven players out of a school team to play in a club and you weaken the school. The rest of the people in the school can’t play because there are not enough of them, they have been siphoned off. The clubs are actually there to accommodate players who cannot play rugby at the school.” Galant claims that Kleynhans has assured him that the WPRFU will approach the clubs and find a solution to the problem by Tuesday 1 May. Danny Jones, President of the Western Province Schools Rugby, the administrative body for youth rugby in the province, insists that the problem is not a major issue. However, Jones did say that the clubs must respect the school’s right to have first choice to all of their rugby playing pupils. “I think some people want to play for a club because the club is playing at a higher level than the school but that doesn’t give the club a right to use the school’s players,” says Jones. “It mustn’t become an ‘us or them’ situation. It must be a collective where everyone gains out of the fact that we are providing sport to our pupils.”

PURE PACE: UCT player Nathan Nel sprints towards the try line during a Super League A match against Belhar Rugby Club at Groote Schuur on Satur­ day. UCT won the match 53­19 Photo: Peter Heeger

‘Black South Easter’ blows through Maitland ZAHIEDA VAN DER FORTE

I WAS woken early last Thursday to the loud rumblings of a truck offloading in my street. Not an early riser, I wasn’t too pleased. Two hours later, woken by much louder noises and as I looked out the window, I saw all these white people walking around the area. Seeing white people should of course not be unusual, but let’s face it, Maitland’s current demographic represents more of Africa than it does of North America. For a brief moment, I thought that they may have been Jehovah’s Witnesses going door to door trying to save a few souls and “clean up the area” given the coverage about the increase crime and grime lately here lately. But the clapper-board, cameras, mics and sounds of “Action!” indicated that a movie was being shot in the block of flats right across from me. This block is one of the most run-down in the area, has no fence, more than one satellite dish suspended from every balcony and washing hanging everywhere, it is a bit of an eyesore. Besides the above, all the windows on one side are broken and have either cardboard or wooden boards in the window frames. Who would shoot a movie at this location, I wondered and was it chosen precisely for its “old-fashioned charm” and derelict look? Knowing

ON SET: Maitland was the scene of a filmshoot last week. that a location fee must have been paid (or should be) I wanted to find out how much and who got the money. Filming in Cape Town has always been popular because of the obvious beauty and professional crews. Many international films and commercials have been shot in the city and although it is rare to

find shooting in the Cape Flats (pun intended) it does happen. Denzil Washington’s thriller “Safehouse” was not only shot in the city, but in Bonteheuwel (and Maitland) as well. While the benefits of filming in an area can be far-reaching, I wanted to know how this small block of

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flats, its residents and community directly benefited from this full day shoot. The investigation had begun… The movie being shot was a “small budget” local thriller by director Carey McKenzie, a local filmmaker who studied film at NYU in the United States.

Called “Black South Easter” the story centers around a Triad murder, perlemoen smuggling and police corruption, all very topical at the moment and stars, among others, well-known SA actor Fana Mokoena. Some residents who had small scenes in the movie and the owner of the unit were compensated, but when pressed if it would not have been better had the film-makers offered to replace the windows for the oncoming winter, instead of a few individual beneficiaries, I was reminded that funds were limited and that “it’s not our responsibility to clean up the area, we just film there and pay for the location”. “Black South Easter’s” tagline is: “When there’s no-one to trust, trust yourself” and I can’t help but think that if all the residents had trusted themselves and thought of the longterm benefits for the block, it would have been a win-win for all. Now, a few people, for a short time, will have money in their pockets. Had they negotiated and bartered differently, new windows would have meant improving the aesthetics, as well as insulating the flat/s properly against the rain and the black south easter this coming winter. The “Black South Easter” has come and gone, and wherever it blows, we wish McKenzie well with this new film and look forward to supporting it at local theatres.


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Adams shows venom to cement my place. And hopefully I can get more contracts after this.” YEARS of hard work and commitment fiThe 26-year-old’s journey to the Cape Conally culminated in the achievement of a bras is a long one that started almost 15 years life-long dream for a southern suburbs ago when, as a young boy living in Lentegeur, cricketer this month, when he secured a Mitchell’s Plain, he played Willards Week professional contract with the Cape Co- cricket. bras. Adams then went on to represent Western Province at U13, U14, U15 and U17 level and Qaasim Adams (26) was awarded the con- played for the South African U17 team as well. tract for the coming season after consistently The Maitland resident made his debut for impressive performances for Western Prov- the Western Province B side in 2002 and was ince B team caught the attention of senior selected for the team sporadically until 2011 team management. when he secured his place and began to imWhile Adams is happy about securing the press with bat in hand. deal, he is under no illusion about the amount Earlier this year Adams was also selected of work which now lies ahead. to play for the New Age Impi, a side made up “I’m happy about it, but it’s only the start of players from several other teams, in the of it. I’m not going to hide behind the fact that T20 Challenge. I have a contract,” says Adams. “It’s me needThe left hander has excelled because of his ing to work hard now to secure my place, or aggressive batting style, and the high run to first of all get a place in the side and then rate which he maintains, and he says that Cobras fans can expect more of the same next season. “I will basically do my best. I won’t try anything flashy, I will play my game. My game is very risky, but it’s my game, it has worked for me for the last four years,” says Adams. “I’ve learned that you can’t just be aggressive. So I’ve calmed down a bit. I have mixed it up a bit. I think I can play all three formats of the game. I do a bit of medium pace (bowling), but that I’ll leave for club cricket.” The next step of his cricketing journey will start next month, when he joins up with his new teammates for pre-season training. Adams says that while he has hopes of playing for South Africa, his immediate goal is to make this season a success and he refuses to put timelines on his dreams. “I’ll take it one step at a time. I always want to play at the highest level of my ability. “My ability got me to the Cape Cobras and now I want to secure my place in the side. Then if I do well there, whatever happens from there happens. I’m not going to put undue pressure on myself by saying I want to play for South Africa by a certain time.” When asked for a message of advice to any young cricketers who hoped to make a career out of the sport, Adams says: NEW ADDITION: Qaasim Adams has been awarded “keep your head down and always work a contract with the Cape Cobras. Photo: Liam Moses hard”. LIAM MOSES

DUCK FOR COVER: Salt River Blackpool player Lihle Dlambulo (in white) tries to duck out of the way of an expected clearance by Ndzondelelo Khumsha of Grassy Park side Devonshire Rovers during a match played at the Shelly Road field in Salt River. Blackpool won the league match 3­2. Photo: Rashied Isaacs

Invitational side ends second THE South African Invitation schools team finished the eighth annual International Cricket Challenge in Malaysia as runners-up after they were defeated by Sri Lanka in the final earlier this month. This is the third year that an invitation team from SA participated in this tournament¸ which is also known as the Tuanku Ja’Affar Trophy. The team showed lots of promise in the opening rounds, beating both the eventual champions and the hosts during the round-robin phase. However, South Africa could not repeat their performance in the final, and Sri Lanka claimed the title for the second year in a row. The star performer for South Africa was Abdu-Dayaan Galiem of Rondebosch Boys

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