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Where your taxes are going around R50 000. A further R10 000 has been spent on two drinking fountains at the Village Green in Observatory and R90 000 was allocated for the upgrading of the entrance of Shelley Road Sports Complex in Salt River which should boast a paved parking area. Herron confirmed that a shortage of bitumen has delayed this project. “In terms of the coming financial year, I propose to allocate a significant portion of my ward allocation towards traffic calming. There is a backlog of approved speed humps which have not been built due to the lack of funding,” says Herron. Ward 56 councillor Derrick America budgeted R200 000 for palisade fencing around the Kensington Civic Centre, and R198 978 has been spent on the completed project. A further R85 000 was budgeted for palisade fencing around the Kensington Library, but

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ITH the end of the financial approaching, local councillors are looking to wrap up projects funded by the annual ward allocations. Here’s what your representatives are doing with your rates and taxes. Ward 57 councillor Brett Herron explains that his ward allocation projects were decided by his predecessor and under the previous sub council. R80 000 is being spent on the upgrade of the Beyers Road Park in Woodstock, which is regarded as an “incremental” project. Two parks in Mowbray are being improved, with the Cecil Road Park having rubberised matting installed and the Alma Road Park being repaired and fenced at a cost of

only R67 970 was spent and the project is not regarded as complete. “The contractor did not fulfil the complete terms of the agreement as he did not, for example, close the lane,” says America. Chairs for the library were purchased, with R15 000 being budgeted and R14 650 being spent. Overall, the total capital budget from the ward allocation was R300 000. The operating expenditure budget focused on skills training for the unemployed, with R60 000 set aside for driving lessons for 25 unemployed Kensington residents. A further R40 000 was allocated towards area cleaning. Repairs to the roof and other related maintenance at the Royal Road Sportsfield have not yet begun, but around R150 000 is set to be spent by the end of the financial year. “The amount was nationally not part of the ward allocation, but the councillor, to-

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Tuesday 3 April 2012

All that Cape Town jazz Dear reader, Thank you for your warm response to my column. The first thing you’ll notice this week is that I have a different picture in my “ConnectED” logo; and you’ll wonder why. I can explain. I’ve learnt fast that when you’re in the public eye, albeit as a byline or picture credit, feedback and criticism become your second and third names. You learn to “roll with the punches”, “hit the ground running” and, when warranted, “give as good as you get”. The strategy, though, should be to extract value from the many noises (often well-meaning) being made, and not to take everything personally; easier said than done. The lesson I learnt from using an “arty” picture is that interpretation is subjective and that often consensus is your best guide. I still have my own views, though, about the perfect picture, based on my negative self-perception that I am not photogenic. In fact, I often tell people that I look better in person. That said, having listened well to feedback from key colleagues, including my boss, and a contact (once a friend) who reckons I look “worried” in last week’s photo, I’ve changed my picture. I may yet change it again... On to more entertaining topics: namely the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which brought the city to life this weekend and saw local and international acts sharing the stage. My first time at this, the 13th annual festival, was made more magical by my

“tour guide” and esteemed Media24 colleague, Niel le Roux, who showed me the ropes at the festival, taking me to, among others, a “jazz rave” outside the Cullinan Hotel. Niel is a hard act to follow and as we traipsed around the Cape Town International Convention Centre, I was pleased I had worn comfortable high heels – although a dress that was deliberately a bit too long nearly saw me tumbling down escalators. I don’t favour crowds and I’m known to walk out of full supermarkets despite my “must” shopping list, but considering the magnitude of the festival and attendance, I did not feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable while standing shoulder-toshoulder with thousands of well-heeled strangers – until some moron had the audacity to touch my backside and disappear in a flash before I could turn my rage on him/her. That didn’t ruin my experience, though, nor dilute my appreciation of Cape Town as a truly world class city we are privileged to be citizens of. We have proven our ability to unite, be creative and work together towards a common goal. Admittedly, we have our flaws, like any society, but the countless positives and good outweigh the shortcomings. I wish you all a blessed and safe Easter. If you’re planning a road trip, please take your vehicle for safety checks beforehand. Till next time, go well! ConnectED is a weekly column by People’s Post Editor Feroza MillerIsaacs, who can be contacted at feroza@peoplespost.co.za

CHAMPS: The Young Men Sporting Club show off their silverware.

Photo: Yunus Mohamed

Young Men sparkle at Silver Fez final TAURIQ HASSEN

THE 73rd edition of the Cape Malay Choir Board’s Grand Final was wrapped up at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday, producing some “competitive performances”. Young Men Sporting Club from Mitchell’s Plain found themselves on top of the log once again, when they scooped the coveted Silver Fez Trophy for the second year running after scoring the highest number of points. The choir walked away with 60 points in the Highest Points category, securing the trophy for the field events. Shafiek April, the president of the board, was amazed at how much the annual event’s competitive edge has grown, highlighting that even the smallest of troupes are aiming for the number one spot.

“These teams are all working hard. They have a competitive nature that brings out the best in their performances and puts on a real show for everyone to enjoy,” says April. Young Men also wrapped up titles in the sectional division of the competition, as well as securing the Top Eight for two years running. “They did really well. The competition was really competitive and if you walked away as champions, you must have been really good,” says April. The event also gave some 5 000 spectators a glimpse of the future, when the SA School Marching Champions, Dennegeur Primary School from Mitchell’s Plain, put on a spectacular display. April said the crowd were wowed by the youngsters, adding that much of the talent on display would soon become frontrunners for respective teams participating in the board’s competitions. “It was really an eye opener to see how much talent is out there and these boys have shown exactly why they are South Africa’s best marchers,” says April. Looking ahead, April hopes to create an “improved” version of events when it comes to the Malay choir competitions by changing and tweaking some rules. “We will be looking to encourage teams to work even harder and practice a lot more, because this will do wonders for the event in future,” April concluded. The top six were Young Men with 60 points, Shoprite Jonge Studente with 44 points, Ottomans with 42 points, Young Caballeros with 36, Strelitzia with 29 and Young Zinnias with 28.

Monday 9 April THE Historical Society of Cape Town has its next lecture in the auditorium of the Observatory starting at 20:00. The speaker is Errol Callaghan, Chairman of the Society and his topic is “Unexpected aspects of the 19th century military in Southern Africa.” All are welcome. Visitors admission is R20. For further enquiries phone Sybil Havenga on (021) 761 4770.

Tuesday 10 April THE Western Cape Branch of the SA Archaeological Society are holding their next meeting starting at 18:00 at the SA Astronomical Observatory auditorium. The speaker is Jack Fisher from Montana State University speaking on “Archaeological Investigations at Mass Kills of Bison in the Great Plains of North America”. This presentation will discuss what the archaeological evidence looks like and asks if southern African archaeological records reveal a comparable pattern of regular mass kills. Cost is R10 for non-members. Contact Connie Feast on (021) 689 5921.


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Tuesday 3 April 2012

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Fake police at it again TAURIQ HASSEN

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HAT started off as a warning to the public about con artists prowling in the area has turned into a major headache for police, as the scam involving fake officers spreads. The scam initially started in Woodstock, where the suspects targeted seniors and mostly operated in groups of three. Now Maitland Police are concerned after reports have been received about this activity occurring in their policing area. Warrant Officer Siyabulela Vukubi says the con artists are targeting busy areas such as shopping malls and train stations. The scam usually starts with the con artists placing a bag filled with money at a busy corridor or entrance to a building, hoping a victim will stop and check the contents of the bag. Once the victim has shown interest, the fake officers move in, questioning the victim about an apparent robbery that has taken place. “They lure the victim to a certain point where other suspects pretend to be police officers with ID cards,” says Vukubi. If the victim touched the bag, they would claim that fingerprints would have to be taken, but the belongings of the victim needed to be handed over for “investigation purposes”. People’s Post reported on the scam when a victim told his story, claiming the fake officers were “really convincing” (“Con artists doing their rounds”, 7 February). An unlucky victim, Sampson Nokwe, recently visited the Pick ’n Pay in Voortrekker

Road when he was approached by two men, claiming that he had handled the bag. “They came up to me, showed me the bag and claimed that I had found it. I actually felt like I had done something wrong,” the irate man says. The fake officers then took Nokwe aside, explained that a robbery had occurred and that they were currently investigating the matter. Nokwe says the officers also had details about specific banks and cars used in the “robbery”. “They took me to my car and they already knew what I was driving. They claimed the getaway car was the same as mine, with the same registration details which they had probably already written down,” he says. Nokwe was informed that he was now a suspect in the robbery case and would be taken in for questioning, but would first have to hand over all his belongings – a cellphone, his wallet which contained R1 700, rings and a wrist watch. Once the suspects had the victim’s belongings in their possession, they informed Nokwe that they would return to the police station and he was required to meet them there in order to take fingerprints. However, the suspects never made their way to the station. “These guys are really convincing and although I feel really stupid now, it’s a different situation when you are faced with that. Your mind does not begin to tell you that this is a scam or that a robbery is happening,” Nokwe added. Anyone with information on the scam can contact Maitland SAPS on (021) 506 9400 or Crime Stop on 086 0001 0111.

PAVING THE WAY: The Disability Workshop Development Enterprise and Small Enterprise Development Agency joined forces to assist and fast track entrepreneurs with disabilities at an interactive workshop at the River Club last Tuesday. Ten businesses were chosen after a consultation process to be part of a mentorship programme at Seda. Entrepreneurs with disabilities who missed out can still contact the agency to assist them with their businesses. Pictured are some of the participants.

Man ‘raped by crossdresser’ Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut, provincial police spokesperson, says the person was holding a purse and wearing a wig, and confronted the man with a knife. The victim then realised that the attacker was a man, who forced him into an alleyway and allegedly raped him before fleeing the scene. Police are searching for the attacker, who is believed to be in his thirties.

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A 26-YEAR-old man was allegedly raped by a man posing as a woman in Observatory last week. On Wednesday 28 March, the man was walking to Groote Schuur Hospital when somebody dressed as a woman approached him in Bowden Street.

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Taken from the street to the ball TAURIQ HASSEN

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OR eight of the boys living at the Beth Uriel home, dressing up and heading off to their Matric ball was once only a far-fetched dream. But come Thursday, it will become a reality. Melvin Koopman, the programme manager and house father at the home, says the event will be a memorable day for the boys who are currently completing Grade 12. “These boys come from difficult backgrounds and have really been through a lot to be where they are today, which is why it’s a big deal for all of us here at the home,” he says. With House of Monatics sponsoring the outfits and a limousine being sponsored by Limousine Extreme, the boys are ready for the ride of their life. The eight boys attend the School of Hope in Bridgetown, who Koopman believes is doing a “sterling job” as many of the boys are overaged and are not allowed to attend other schools. “Many of the schools have an age of 19 cut-off date, but this school has made provision for these boys who are all coming from disadvantaged backgrounds

FAMILY LOVE: The Beth Uriel family looks at showing youngsters a posi­ tive way forward. Photo: Supplied and communities,” Koopman says. The home, in Salt River, is grounded in a 25-year-old tradition of embracing family values. It functions as both a Section 21 company and a non-profit organisation. The home currently accommodates 26 young men, between the ages of 18 to 25, from a cross section of communities in

Cape Town and abroad. Staff work hard at connecting the youth to formal education, both at a tertiary and secondary level, with home-based academic support and peer-to-peer tutoring. They also have therapeutic and developmental programmes focusing on life skills, statutory care and re-integration.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Forum soldiers on TAURIQ HASSEN

A LOCKED door at the Woodstock Town Hall last week did not deter the Woodstock Community Outreach Forum from discussing some burning issues with residents. The forum was due to host a public meeting at the town hall on Tuesday 27 March, but when problems occurred with the booking of the facility, the meeting was quickly relocated to a nearby house. People’s Post previously reported on the forum (“Taking a stand”, 6 March) which highlighted the formation of the forum and their plans for the area. Soon thereafter, the forum went on an awareness march through local streets (“Forum lays down the law”, 20 March 2012), which saw residents, organisations and children handing out pamphlets and informing the public about the body. The forum’s chairperson, Shamiel Abbas, admits that not having the meeting in the town hall as arranged was a disappointment, but it did not affect the forum’s aim of giving feedback to the community. “This was the perfect opportunity to present projects and problems, with adequate solutions and plans. We want to make a difference,” he says. Abbas explains that the forum is in the process of being registered as a non-profit organisation. At the meeting, plans to introduce sector leaders to take charge of youth development, business projects and other issues were discussed. Problem houses in Oxford and Devon Street were also

discussed, with the forum planning on drawing up a petition to resolve this. Problems mentioned included rowdiness at all hours and constant substance abuse. “We will give these owners an opportunity to clean up their act and improve the situation, but if not, the forum will take action,” he warns. Residents were relieved to find the forum already attending to matters affecting the area, especially with regard to the drug scourge. One resident, living close to an alleged drug house, is sick of witnessing drug sales around the clock. He says that in the past police have raided the premises, but “came up with nothing” and no arrests were made. “These criminals have become smart and they are one up on these police officers. The area needs people who know how things operate around here and maybe the forum is the answer,” the resident says. Washiela Abrahams, another local, could not wait to see the substance abuse matter tackled. Drinking in public is deemed a “major headache”. “Our children are exposed to these scenes every day and part of the forum’s aim is for youth development, but they cannot develop if they have to experience this every day,” says Abrahams. Abbas adds: “We are at a very sensitive stage, but we are going to move against all these druglords.”


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UNDER SIEGE: Panorama Court in Royal Road is being targeted by thieves. Photo: Tauriq Hassen

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1.4 Public Service Infrastructure - R0.002165. 1.5 Amended Municipal Property Rates Regulations on the Rate Ratios between Residential and Non-Residential Properties. Any property that meets the public benefit organisation criteria included in the regulation, yet does not qualify for the 100% rebate in terms of Council’s Draft Rates Policy, shall be rated at 25% of the residential rate - R0.001516. 1.6 The special rebates for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons for the 2012/13 financial year are reflected in the table below: The proposed gross monthly household incomes and rebates for the 2012/2013 financial year are as follows: GROSS MONTHLY HOUSEHOLD INCOME R 2011/2012 0 3000 3001 4200 4201 4600 4601 5200 5201 5800 5801 6400 6401 7000 7001 7600 7601 8200 8201 9000 9001 10000

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Municipal Offices, Royal Ascot, Bridle Way, Milnerton 7441 Municipal Offices, Brighton Way, Kraaifontein 7570 Municipal Offices, Voortrekker Road, Goodwood 7460 Municipal Offices, cnr Voortrekker and Tallent Roads, Parow 7500 Municipal Offices, cnr Jakkelsvlei Avenue and Kiaat Road, Bonteheuwel 7764 Municipal Offices, Voortrekker Road, Bellville 7530 Municipal Offices, Oxford Street, Durbanville 7551 Municipal Offices, cnr Fagan Street and Main Road, Strand 7140 Site B Khayelitsha Shopping Centre, Khayelitsha 7784 Stocks & Stocks Complex, A Block Ntlakohlaza and Ntlazane Roads, Khayelitsha 7784 Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu 7750 Parks & Bathing Building, Merrydale Avenue, Lentegeur 7798 Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu 7750

SUBCOUNCIL MANAGER Peter Deacon Tel: 021 550 1001 Fred Monk Tel: 021 956 8000 Johannes Brand Tel: 021 703 9513 / 1621 Ardela van Niekerk Tel: 021 938 8050 / 8077 Martin Julie Tel: 021 590 1431 Pat Jansen Tel: 021 900 1534 Carin Viljoen Tel: 021 970 3002 Izak du Toit Tel: 021 850 4149 / 50 Thando Siwisa Tel: 021 360 1350 Fezekile Cotani Tel: 021 360 1267 / 1177

Kayise Nombakuse Tel: 021 360 1268 David Cedras Tel: 021 371 4550 / 1 Lunga Bobo Tel: 021 630 1619 Christopher Jako Fezeka Building, cnr NY1 and Tel: 021 633 0449 Lansdowne Road, Gugulethu 7750 Tel: 021 637 1333 Pinelands Training Centre, Mariette Griessel St Stephens Road, Central Square, Tel: 021 590 1434 Pinelands 7405 11th Floor, 44 Wale Street, Cape Marius Coetsee Town 8000 Tel: 021 487 2055 / 2201 Edgar Carolissen Athlone Civic Centre, cnr Protea Tel: 021 633 3955 and Klipfontein Roads, Athlone Tel: 021 637 9757 7764 Okkie Manuel Cnr Buck Road and 6th Avenue, Tel: 021 703 1621 / 9336 Lotus River 7941 / 9136 / 9513 Municipal Offices, Central Circle, Desiree Mentor Off Recreation Road, Fish Hoek Tel: 021 782 1112 7974 Alphen Centre, Constantia Main Brian Ford Road, Constantia 7800 Tel: 021 794 2493 Municipal Offices, cnr Van Riebeeck Pieter Grobler and Carinus Streets, Kuilsriver Tel: 021 970 3152 7580 Municipal Offices, cnr Van Riebeeck Richard Moi and Carinus Streets, Kuilsriver Tel: 021 400 3007 7580 Parks & Bathing Building, Rapheal Martin Merrydale Avenue, Lentegeur 7798 Tel: 021 371 4550 Cnr Delft and Fort Worth Roads, Anthony Mathe Delft 7100 Tel: 021 956 8000 Click on http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/Library/Pages/ ListofLibraries.aspx for a list of all libraries Concourse, Civic Centre, Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town

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% REBATE 2011/12 100% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10%

GROSS MONTHLY HOUSEHOLD INCOME R 2012/13 0 3000 3001 4500 4501 5500 5501 6500 6501 7500 7501 8000 8001 8500 8501 9000 9001 9500 9501 10000 10001 10500

% REBATE 2012/13 100% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10%

1.7 Special rebates will be considered for certain categories of property upon application before 31 August 2012 as described in Annexure 7 of the Budget Document. Highlights of proposed amendments •

The maximum gross monthly household income limit for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons to increase from R10 000 to R10 500 and many lower gross monthly household income categories receiving a higher percentage rebate. Gross monthly household income definition amended to exclude donations and some forms of financial support not specified and redefined the income of other occupants on the property to be taken into account.

2. CONSUMPTIVE TARIFFS AND CHARGES VAT at 14% is to be added to the following services: Water, Electricity, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. 2.1 WATER Three sets of Water tariffs are proposed (10% Reduction tariff, 20% Reduction tariff and 30% Reduction tariff). Each tariff is linked to the level of water reduction imposed. Due to the 10% Reduction tariff being incorporated into the Water By-law as the norm it will be the applicable tariff, but may be revisited at a later stage should further restrictions become necessary. 2.1.1 Domestic Full - Water which is used predominantly for domestic purposes and supplied to single residential properties. All Tariffs reflected below are exclusive of VAT 0<6 >6 < 10.5 >10.5 < 20 >20 < 35 >35 < 50 >50

Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ

R0.00 R5.83 R10.60 R15.70 R19.40 R25.58

NB: Information provided is an extract from the draft Tariff Book. For the full version consult Annexure 6 of the 2012/13 draft Budget Document.

2.1.2 Commercial - Water supplied to premises predominantly of a commercial nature: R11.42 per kℓ 2.1.3 Industrial - Water which is used in manufacturing, generating electricity, land-based transport, construction or any related purpose: R11.42 per kℓ 2.1.4 Schools / Sport bodies / Churches / Charities - Any educational activity and/or sporting body: R10.09 per kℓ 2.1.5 Domestic Cluster - Bulk metered flats, cluster developments including single title and sectional title units. An allowance of 6kℓ per unit per month at zero cost upon submission of affidavits stating the number of units - refer Annexure 8 of budget document: Consumption above the free allocation will be charged at R10.73 per kℓ 2.1.6 Government - National and Provincial Departments: R10.85 per kℓ 2.1.7 Municipal / Departmental use: R10.09 per kℓ 2.1.8 Homeless people shelters – Accredited shelters registered with the City of Cape Town: 0 < 0.75kℓ per month per person = R0.00; >0.75kℓ per month per person = R10.09 per kℓ 2.1.9 Miscellaneous - All consumers who do not fall within the above categories: R10.85 per kℓ 2.1.10 Miscellaneous External - All consumers supplied outside the City of Cape Town: R12.96 per kℓ 2.1.11 Bulk Tariff - Exclusive of the Water Research Commission Levy. Only for Bulk Supply to other Municipalities and for cost recovery from Water Services Reticulation of the City of Cape Town: R3.22 per kℓ 2.1.12 In line with the adoption of the Urban Agriculture Policy a free allocation of 10kℓ per month is in place, exclusively for subsistence farming by defined Vulnerable Groups. 2.1.13 Households residing in Residential units on mixed use property may apply for a free allocation of 6kℓ per unit per month. An affidavit will be required and the application will be inspected and considered on the proportion of predominant use.

1. PROPERTY RATE (reflected as Rand-in-the-rand):

Highlights of proposed amendments

Subcouncil 14 Subcouncil 15 Subcouncil 16 Subcouncil 17 Subcouncil 18 Subcouncil 19 Subcouncil 20 Subcouncil 21 Subcouncil 22 Subcouncil 23 Subcouncil 24 All Libraries Cape Town South Peninsula

Municipal Offices, cnr Main and Victoria Roads, Plumstead

(Property Rates are zero-rated for VAT) 1.1 Residential Properties - R0.006062 (The City will not levy a rate on the first value up to R200 000 of the market value as per the Valuation Roll) 1.2 Industrial / Commercial Properties – including all Undeveloped Land R0.012124 1.3 Agricultural properties (including farms and small holdings) fall into three categories; (a) those used for residential purposes – R0.006062; (b) those used for bona fide farming purposes – R0.001213; (c) those used for other purposes such as industrial or commercial – R0.012124

New tariff incorporated into the Consumptive Tariffs for Backyard Users. All tariffs reflected below are exclusive of VAT 0<6 >6 < 10.5

Per kℓ Per kℓ

R0.00 R5.83

Rebates for leaks to be limited to Domestic Customers within the municipal area only.

2.2. SANITATION Three sets of Sanitation tariffs are proposed (10% Reduction tariff, 20% Reduction tariff and 30% Reduction tariff). Each tariff is linked to the level of water reductions imposed. Due to the 10% Reduction tariff being incorporated into the Water By-law as the norm it will be the applicable tariff but may be revisited at a later stage should further restrictions become necessary. 2.2.1 Domestic Full (Standard) – Single residential properties: 70% of water consumption to a maximum of 35kℓ of sewerage per month (70% of 50kℓ of water equals 35kℓ of sewerage). All Tariffs reflected below are exclusive of VAT 0 < 4.2 >4.2 < 7.35 >7.35 < 14 >14 < 24.5 >24.5 < 35

Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ

R0.00 R5.81 R12.38 R13.53 R14.21

2.2.2 Domestic Full (CoCT Oxidation Dams) – Single residential properties: 70% of water consumption to a maximum of 35kℓ of sewerage per month (70% of 50kℓ of water equals 35kℓ of sewerage). All Tariffs reflected below are exclusive of VAT 0 < 4.2 >4.2 < 7.35 >7.35 < 14 >14 < 24.5 >24.5 < 35

Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ Per kℓ

R0.00 R5.11 R10.87 R11.88 R13.51

2.2.3 Homeless people shelters – Accredited shelters registered with the City of Cape Town: 0 < 0.525kℓ per month per person = R0.00; >0.525kℓ per month per person = R8.08 per kℓ 2.2.4 Domestic Cluster – Bulk metered flats, cluster developments including sectional and single title units - 90% of Water Consumption (* see note) up to a maximum of 35 kℓ per household. An allowance of 4.2 kℓ per unit per month will be made available at zero cost upon acceptance of a sworn affidavit stating the number of units supplied from that metered connection: Consumption above the free allocation will be charged at R12.02 per kℓ. 2.2.5 Industrial and Commercial (Standard), Schools, Sport bodies, Churches, Charities, Government: National / Provincial, Hospitals and other - 95% of water consumption (* see note): R8.78 per kℓ 2.2.6 Industrial and Commercial (CoCT Oxidation Dams) - 95% of water consumption (* see note): R8.26 per kℓ 2.2.7 Departmental - 95% of water consumption (*see note) excluding facilities not connected to the sewer system: R8.08 per kℓ 2.2.8 Miscellaneous (Standard) - All consumers who do not fall within the above categories – 95% of water consumption: R8.78 per kℓ 2.2.9 Miscellaneous (CoCT Oxidation Dams) - All consumers who do not fall within the above categories - 95% of water consumption: R8.26 per kℓ 2.2.10 Households residing in Residential units on mixed use property may apply for a free allocation of 4.2kℓ per unit per month. An affidavit will be required and the application will be inspected and considered on the proportion of predominant use. * IMPORTANT NOTE: The Director of Water and Sanitation Services may adjust the percentages as appropriate to the consumer. This is not applicable to the domestic full category. Highlights of proposed amendments •

New tariff incorporated into the Consumptive Tariffs for Backyard Users. All tariffs reflected below are exclusive of VAT 0 < 4.2 >4.2 < 7.35

Per kℓ Per kℓ

R0.00 R5.81

2.3 ELECTRICITY The tariffs below are based on an average 11% increase. All Tariffs reflected below are exclusive of VAT DOMESTIC TARIFFS LifeLine Block 1 (for qualifying customers Block 2 receiving 450kWh per Block 3 month on average or Block 4 less)

Block 1 Domestic Block 2 Net Metered Service Domestic Energy Small Power 1 Small Power 2

Service Energy Energy

Minimum Off Peak Energy Service Large Power Energy LV Demand Service Large Power Energy MV Demand Service Time of Use MV Energy

Demand Service Time of Use HV Energy

Demand

2011/12 2012/13 %INCR

0-150kWh

c/kWh

61.60

64.93

5.4

150-350kWh

c/kWh

81.04

89.95

11.0

350-600kWh

c/kWh

107.43 118.06

9.9

600+ kWh

c/kWh

118.06 137.98

16.9

0-600kWh 600+ kWh

c/kWh 107.43 c/kWh 118.06 R/day 17.21 c/kWh 93.15 COMMERCIAL TARIFFS R/day 17.21 c/kWh 93.15 c/kWh

118.06 137.98 19.16 103.40

9.9 16.9 11.3 11.0

19.16 103.40

11.3 11.0

144.60 161.68

11.8

R/day 53.51 62.55 c/kWh 48.84 57.09 R/day 28.67 31.91 c/kWh 48.84 54.21 R/kVA 145.32 161.31 R/day 28.67 31.91 c/kWh 45.40 50.39 R/kVA 135.16 150.03 R/day 4680.00 5210.00 High-Peak c/kWh 230.14 255.46 High-Standard c/kWh 60.86 67.55 High-Off Peak c/kWh 33.13 36.77 Low-Peak c/kWh 65.34 72.53 Low-Standard c/kWh 40.54 45.00 Low-Off Peak c/kWh 28.75 31.91 R/kVA 73.00 81.03 R/day new 5210.00 High-Peak c/kWh new 247.80 High-Standard c/kWh new 65.52 High-Off Peak c/kWh new 35.67 Low-Peak c/kWh new 70.35 Low-Standard c/kWh new 43.65 Low-Off Peak c/kWh new 30.95 R/kVA new 81.03

16.9 16.9 11.3 11.0 11.0 11.3 11.0 11.0 11.3 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a


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Tuesday 3 April 2012 OTHER TARIFFS Wheeling Tariff

Firm c/kWh Energy Surcharge Non-Firm c/kWh LIGHTING TARIFFS

Street R/100W/burning hour Lighting & Traffic Signals Private Lights R/100W/burning hour

12.68

14.07

11.0

7.78

8.64

11.1

0.1022 0.1134

11.0

0.1115 0.1238

11.0

Highlights of proposed amendments •

• •

LIFELINE TARIFF Lifeline customers exceeding the monthly permitted consumption of 450kWh due to bulk purchasing or seasonal variations to be charged at the Domestic Tariff as per Block 4. FREE 50kWh Lifeline tariff customers receiving less than 450kWh per month will continue receiving the free basic supply of 50kWh. NEW TIME OF USE TARIFF A new High Voltage Time of Use tariff is introduced for supplies of 66kV or 132kV, depending on the available network. This tariff has the same time periods, service fee and demand charge as the renamed MV Time of Use tariff, but the energy charges are subject to a 3% discount because of lower losses at those voltage levels. Small Power User 1 with Off Peak combination will be restricted to existing customers only from 1 July 2012. The Off Peak components also increase by an above average amount as the first step in the phasing out of this tariff.

NOTE: Monthly Service Charges calculated as Daily Service Charge multiplied by number of days in billing period. 2.4. SOLID WASTE All Tariffs reflected below are exclusive of VAT SOLID WASTE

2011/12 2012/13 INCREASE (excl. vat) (excl. vat) %

RESIDENTIAL COLLECTIONS FORMAL 240l Container including Rand per month R79.59 R85.21 7.06% Lockable Container INDIGENT REBATE - 240L CONTAINER INCLUDING LOCKABLE CONTAINER Block 1 (100% rebate) Rebate Rand per -R79.59 -R85.21 7.06% – property value up to month R100 000 Block 2 (75% rebate) Rebate Rand per -R59.69 -R63.91 7.06% – property value from month R100 001 to R150 000 Block 3 (50% rebate) Rebate Rand per -R39.79 -R42.61 7.06% – property value from month R150 001 to R350 000 Block 4 (25% rebate) Rebate Rand per -R19.90 -R21.30 7.06% – property value from month R350 001 to R400 000 As determined by the Credit Control -R79.59 -R85.21 7.06% 100% Indigent Relief & Debt Collection Policy ENHANCED SERVICE LEVEL INCLUDING LOCKABLE CONTAINER 240l - Additional Rand per container R79.59 R85.21 7.06% Container per month 240l - 3x per week for Rand per container R238.75 R255.60 7.06% cluster per month INFORMAL Basic Bagged service Rand per month Free Free NON-RESIDENTIAL COLLECTIONS 240 LITRE CONTAINER INCLUDING LOCKABLE CONTAINER Rand per container 1 removal per week R95.11 R101.83 7.06% per month Rand per container 3 removals per week R278.26 R297.91 7.06% per month Rand per container 5 removals per week R451.87 R483.78 7.06% per month REFUSE AVAILABILITY All vacant Erven Rand per month R47.13 R50.46 7.06% DISPOSAL SERVICES General Waste Rand per ton R244.66 R272.97 11.57% Rand per ton or Special Waste R291.90 R361.96 24% part thereof Clean Builders Rubble Rand per ton R50.00 R50.00 0% Highlights of proposed amendments •

REPLACEMENT OF REFUSE CONTAINERS - The replacement cost of the container will be for the property owner when lost/stolen/damaged intentionally by or as a result of the negligence of the property owner or persons residing at, visiting, or occupying the property - Bins damaged by Council during collection operations will be replaced at no cost. - Containers will be replaced provided that an affidavit from the SAPS is supplied.

3. MISCELLANEOUS TARIFFS AND CHARGES 3.1 A complete copy of all Miscellaneous Tariffs and Charges are available for inspection at the abovementioned Municipal Offices. 3.2 All Miscellaneous tariffs include VAT. 3.3 Fines, Penalties, Refundable Deposits and Housing are exempt from VAT. 3.4 VAT is calculated at 14% in terms of the Value Added Tax Act No. 89 of 1991.

SPECIAL RATING AREA

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PROPOSED APPROVED ADDITIONAL PROPOSED ADDITIONAL BUDGET RATE BUDGET RATE 2012/13 2011/12 2011/12 2012/13 R R R R

Airport CID 1,825,361 Athlone CID 540,000 Blackheath CID 1,232,991 Cape Town Central 36,597,225 CID Claremont CID -Residential 366,976 -Commercial 4,875,466 Total 5,242,442 Claremont Boulevard -Commercial 2,594,258 Epping CID 5,045,230 Fish Hoek CID -Residential 118,199 -Commercial 427,572 Total 545,771 Green Point CID -Residential 643,413 -Commercial 3,128,736 Total 3,772,149 Groote Schuur CID 3,703,157 Maitland CID 1,516,832 Muizenberg CID -Residential 553,154 -Commercial 488,452 Total 1,041,606 Observatory CID -Residential 1,806,492 -Commercial 1,205,796 Total 3,012,288 Oranjekloof CID -Residential 671,659 -Commercial 2,536,638 Total 3,208,297 Paarden Eiland 2,543,505 CID Parow Industria 2,595,954 CID Sea Point CID -Residential 1,316,852 -Commercial 1,877,302 Total 3,194,154 Stikland CID 1,448,666 Vredekloof CID -Residential 2,364,535 -Commercial 60,810 Total 2,425,345 Woodstock CID 3,028,523 Wynberg CID -Residential 399,842 -Commercial 2,441,395 Total 2,841,237 Zeekoevlei 382,000 Peninsula SRA Zwaanswyk Association of 1,171,237 Property Owners Total 89,508,228

0.001927 0.002365 0.001151

2,031,031 583,201 1,300,137

0.001927 0.002601 0.001151

0.001810

40,232,520

0.001972

0.000423 0.001234

401,333 5,260,570 5,661,903

0.000456 0.001456

0.000657 0.001386

2,710,999 5,824,768

0.000775 0.001497

0.000440 0.001390

133,019 467,329 600,348

0.000483 0.001585

0.000400 0.001982

727,286 3,313,191 4,040,477 4,264,180 1,595,147

0.000425 0.002110

0.000704 0.002045

627,261 516,230 1,143,491

0.000760 0.002273

0.001181 0.001544

1,950,663 1,326,803 3,277,466

0.001234 0.001667

0.000578 0.001720

743,215 2,697,018 3,440,233

0.000578 0.001925

0.001460

2,700,165

0.001600

0.001887

2,761,426

0.001887

0.001190 0.002142

1,423,960 2,047,946 3,471,906 1,556,386

0.001273 0.002334

0.001628 0.001510

0.003405 0.002070 0.002225

Additional Rates reflected below are exclusive of VAT and reflected as a Rand-in-the-rand

Smartcard Issuing Fee

Per smartcard

0.003405

R20.00, and from 1 Jan 2012, R22.00

23.00

2,152,216 56,119 2,208,335 3,442,653

0.001862 0.002120

6. CAPE TOWN STADIUM

0.001725

VAT is calculated at 14% in terms of the Value Added Tax Act No. 89 of 1991.

0.000704 0.002845

399,842 2,441,395 2,841,237

0.000760 0.003130

VISITORS CENTRE RATE CARD

0.002285

361,691

0.001700

Date availability subject to major Event Calendar Subject to General Terms of Usage

0.001463

1,068,268

0.001350

0.001600

97,117,968

5. MyCiti INTEGRATED RAPID TRANSIT Integrated Rapid Transit is exempt from VAT NB: Information provided is an extract from the draft Tariff Book. For the full version consult Annexure 6 of the 2012/13 draft Budget Document. SERVICES RENDERED AND 2011/12 2012/13 UNIT RELATED TRANSPORT PRODUCTS R R IRT INTERIM FARE SYSTEM (Continuation of current interim system) MANUAL TICKETS : Premium Airport Service fares (using manual tickets) until IRT Full Fare System starts or as recommended in the Tariff Book. per person per Premium Airport service 53.00 53.00 trip (one way) Premium Airport concession 1: per child per trip 26.50 26.50 Children 4-11 years old (i.e. 4 and (one way) older, but under 12 years) Premium Airport concession 2: per monthly 424.00 424.00 Monthly ticket ticket SMART CARD: Fares during IRT Interim Fare System (using smart card) until IRT Full Fare System starts or as recommended in the Tariff Book. per person per Airport Premium Service 53.00 53.00 trip (one way) Flat fare. Fare Interim Trunk (Basic) Route (Peak for one way trip 10.00 10.00 Period & Off-Peak Period) per person Flat fare. Fare Interim Feeder Route (Peak period & for one way trip 5.00 5.00 Off-Peak periods) per person Smartcard Issuing Fee

Per smartcard

IRT FULL FARE SYSTEM MyCiTi Travel Packages MyCiTi 50: Travel package MyCiTi 80: Travel package

Per product sold Per product sold

4. SPECIAL RATING AREAS ADDITIONAL RATE SRA Additional Rates are rated at 14% for VAT.

0.001663 0.001258

2011/12 2012/13 SERVICES RENDERED AND UNIT R R RELATED TRANSPORT PRODUCTS MyCiTi 100: Travel package Per product sold 100.00 100.00 MyCiTi 150: Travel package Per product sold N/A 150.00 MyCiTi 200: Travel package Per product sold 200.00 200.00 MyCiTi 400: Travel package Per product sold 400.00 400.00 MyCiTi 600: Travel package Per product sold 600.00 600.00 MyCiTi 1000: Travel package Per product sold 1000.00 1 000.00 Fare with Travel Package 100 or more PEAK TRAVEL (06:30 to 08:30 and 16:00 to 18:00 on any weekday) per person per Journeys under 5km N/A 4.80 trip (one way) Journeys of 5km or greater, but less per person per N/A 5.60 than 10km trip (one way) Journeys of 10km or greater, but per person per N/A 6.80 less than 20km trip (one way) Journeys of 20km or greater, but per person per N/A 9.00 less than 30km trip (one way) Journeys of 30km or greater, but per person per N/A 10.10 less than 60km trip (one way) per person per Journeys of 60km or more N/A 15.00 trip (one way) Premium on Airport service in peak per person per N/A 33.10 period trip (one way) OFF-PEAK TRAVEL (all periods other than peak) per person per Journeys under 5km N/A 4.00 trip (one way) Journeys of 5km or greater, but less per person per N/A 4.60 than 10km trip (one way) Journeys of 10km or greater, but per person per N/A 5.60 less than 20km trip (one way) Journeys of 20km or greater, but per person per N/A 7.40 less than 30 km trip (one way) Journeys of 30km or greater, but per person per N/A 8.30 less than 60 km trip (one way) per person per Journeys of 60km or more N/A 13.00 trip (one way) per person per Premium on Airport service N/A 33.10 trip (one way) ONE-TRIP MANUAL TICKET One-trip ticket for non-Premium per person per N/A 22.00 Airport service: peak and off-peak trip (one way) One-trip ticket for the Premium Airport service: peak and off-peak per person per N/A 75.00 (This ticket includes any further trips trip (one way) using closed transfers)

R20.00, and from 1 Jan 2012, R22.00

22.00

50.00 N/A

50.00 80.00

Tariffs reflected below are inclusive of VAT.

TOURISM EVENTS AND MARKETING CAPE TOWN STADIUM - VISITORS CENTRE

SERVICES RENDERED

UNIT

2012/13 R INCL. VAT

STADIUM Adults Per Visit 45.00 Children under 12 (discounted tariff) Per Visit 17.00 Pensioners / Disabled (discounted tariff) Per Visit 17.00 School Tour Groups Per Learner per Visit 11.00 Educational / Information Booklets Per booklet 11.00 URBAN PARK Adults Per Visit 35.00 Children under 12 (discounted tariff) Per Visit 11.00 Pensioners / Disabled (discounted tariff) Per Visit 11.00 School Tour Groups Per Learner Per Visit 11.00 Educational / Information Booklets Per booklet 11.00 STADIUM AND URBAN PARK Adults Per Visit 70.00 Children under 12 (discounted tariff) Per Visit 22.00 Pensioners / Disabled (discounted tariff) Per Visit 22.00 School Tour Groups Per Learner Per Visit 17.00 Educational / Information Booklets Per booklet 11.00 GENERAL REMARKS: THE TARIFFS ABOVE ARE APPLICABLE FOR GUIDED TOURS ONLY. ACCESS TO THE URBAN PARK IS FREE DURING OPERATING HOURS. Cancellation of a tour booking 5 calendar days or less before the tour will result in the City retaining fifty (50%) of the invoiced amount Cancellation more than 5 days before the tour will result in the City retaining 25% of the invoiced amount. The City will not withhold any payment when a tour is cancelled as a result of "Force Majeure " (AN ACT OF GOD)

ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

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LETTERS

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Your SMSes Evolution is a myth, not a fact THE writer, Summer Jacobs, concludes that evolution is a fact (“Should children be taught according to fact or faith?” People’s Post, 13 March). Evolution is a myth and should not be considered as academic material, period! Believing in a myth such as evolution and adhering to it, despite the findings of science, results in an emotional state of despair. The harmony in the universe and the design in living things becomes a great source of trouble to evolutionists. These words of Darwin offer a glimpse into the sentiments of most evolutionists: “I remember well the time when the thought of the eye made me cold all over, but I have got over this stage of complaint ... and now trifling particulars of structure often make me very uncomfortable. The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail, whenever I gaze at it, makes me sick!“ Yes the feathers of a peacock as well as countless other signs of creation in nature continue to discomfort evolutionists. A more objective approach is to inform the young mind that science is the investigation of the material world we live in through observation and experimentation. In conducting such investigations, science will lead to various conclusions based on information collected through observation and experimentation. The first step in scientific investigation is

the formulation of a ‘hypothesis’. A hypothesis must be formed to commence a research topic. This hypothesis is then tested through scientific experimentation. If observation and experiments verify the hypothesis, it is then called an ‘established principle or law’. If disproved then new hypotheses are tested and the process continues. Formulation of a hypothesis, which is the first step of the process, is often dependent on the scientist basic viewpoint. For instance, scientists – if committed to a certain outlook – could base their work on a hypothesis that “matter has a tendency to selforganise without the involvement of a conscience agent”. Then they would conduct years of research to verify that hypothesis. Yet since matter has no such capability, all these efforts are bound to fail. Furthermore, if scientists are overly obstinate about hypothesis, the research may last for years and even for generations. The end result though would be but a huge waste of time and resources. However, had the point of assumption been the idea that “it is impossible for matter to selforganise without conscience planning” scientific research would have followed a more expeditious and productive course. SALIH YITSHAK Kensington Islamic Forum

Nothing funny about climate change FOLLOWING Tony Robinson’s latest dig at greenies and climate scientists, I have just a few comments. There is a plethora of technologies and new ideas out there to make buildings more energy efficient, if he just bothers to read about it. White roofs, solar panel roofs, solar geysers, thatch roofs, blah, blah – the story goes on. Find something else to harp on about. I am sure even climate scientists have

doubts themselves. Predicting the weather is hard enough as it is, let alone dealing with a changing climate 50 years into the future. Rather compliment them on the fact that they actually have the guts to attempt it. Furthermore, it is called climate change for a reason, hence it is quite possible that Europe can expect a really bad cold spell. It is actually part of the future climate change scenarios. L. THERON

Experience vs age . I am in my mid-fifties and have been struggling to find a job for the past three years. I share “Desperate’s” sentiments (Your SMSes, People’s Post, 27 March). Are there any companies that are able to assist in temporary or contract work for “senior teenagers”? Our country needs experienced people. We are reliable, we don’t have boyfriends, girlfriends or baby problems. We are highly committed, but because of our age we are overlooked. Please help. Desperate 2 . “Desperate”, I can relate to your SMS. If you are over 40 you can forget about finding employment unless you know people in high places. I matriculated at 41 and spent money on computer courses to empower myself. Three years down the line I still don’t have a job. Shihaam Wilkinson . Why don’t businesses give people over 40 work? We also want jobs. Give us a chance. All the years we gave our best for the country. We only want to work for our families. Some of us don’t even have houses.

constant apologies about late trains continue and now there are plans for a price hike. They make the taxi industry look good. From a fedup latecomer . I totally agree with the people complaining about MetroFail – they sure don’t discriminate. They deliver a rubbish service to everyone. There’s no security! In response . Tony Robinson displays a real battery chicken mentality in his random views disparaging global warming. Just because he can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not real. Do some real research sir, and you will see why 96% of scientists accept the evidence. And don’t think painting roofs white is an answer – we need to change the way we recklessly emit carbon and waste energy at the same time. Put your column to good use to question why we don’t all have solar water-heaters, for example! Peter Johnston . If you really understood the process of evolution, you would realise that it makes a “Creator” unnecessary and superfluous. Let us all now stop this nonsense about imaginary beings. Moira Bijker

Of ‘jokes’ and religion . It’s so true that God can defend himself, but if it was someone you loved who was insulted this way, would you not defend him? As a Muslim, I also feel it is an insult to the Prophet Jesus as He is our prophet too. The ad’s creators need to apologise for the disrespect displayed by them. Farieda . How dare they make fun of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ? He was crucified to save us from our sins. Only an atheist would have the mentality to conjure up such a blasphemous ad! Believer . The Red Bull ad is an insult to Muslims and Christians alike, and it is totally disrespectful to God and our Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him). Anyone who disrespects any of our prophets angers the Muslim and Christian communities.

Taxi troubles . Get your facts in order, Mr Loonat. If you don’t understand how it works in the taxi industry, keep quiet. From a proud permit holder . Mr Loonat, please don’t interfere with taxi business. You need to focus on the current crime in the community. Leave our livelihood alone. Stop listening to opportunists and parasites and stick to your portfolio. . I want to remind you that we as taxi owners have built up these businesses and routes over 120 years already. We have given blood, sweat and tears building up this industry to where it is today. We have been doing this without a government subsidy and are currently transporting 70% of the population, daily. We are in competition against Golden Arrow that enjoys over R700 million per annum, so just imagine if the taxi industry got that subsidy – we would

Commuter complaints . First class coaches are empty and third class coaches are full. Ticket collectors are rude and dishonest. The

have given a much better service. We could ask our customers if they want chicken or beef! The new drivers must not capitalise on our bread and butter as we also provide an income to the drivers, sliding-door operators and the rank marshals. The Taxi Board is correct in not supplying new permits on the oversaturated routes, and for those who came in the taxi industry yesterday, you have no chance to steal our business from us. From the loyal taxi industry of Mitchell’s Plain Just a thought . People who advertise job opportunities must stop wasting others’ time. When you apply for the post that was advertised in newspapers and on the internet only two days ago, businesses respond that the job was already taken, even if the due date has not yet passed. Some places phone you and tell you that you got the job. You work for a week, then they say sorry, the person who resigned has come back. You can’t let someone back after they resign. Looks like some people don’t know how the rules work in business. . We all know it’s wrong to smoke in public, but the taxi drivers and the guards still smoke in the taxis. B . Thank you for a great paper. . Does anyone have any information on a water painting bought over 40 years ago? The words “Canal at Haarlem” are printed on the back of the painting. Call C Springer on 072 571 4339. By the way . What a farce! On 17 March, a message on TV tells us the use of electricity is increasing and requests us to switch off all non-essential power. A few minutes later, Patricia De Lille happily watches Table Mountain being lit up. Just how serious is this power saving lark? . In response to the letter “No respect for females”, I am absolutely intrigued to know how “Anonymous” knows what is going through the mind of the young man admiring the under-age girl. How does he/she connect this ability to spot rapists?

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Songstress prepares to take on the world MARITZA Conradie, a 28-year-old Mitchell’s Plain resident, is truly a pillar of strength.

HOT STEPPER: Juan de Jongh, Stormers’ outside centre, attempts to evade a tackle from Bulls’ inside centre Wynand Olivier. The Stormers beat their arch­rivals 20­17 at Newlands last Saturday, and will face the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday morning in their next game. Photo: Peter Heeger

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Cycle tour brings good news your way LIAM MOSES

THE southern peninsula is set to receive a wave of good news in June this year, when the Future Factory Good News Cycle Tour travels through the area. The tour will see Anne Siroky, former South African volleyball player, and as many as ten other people, cycling hundreds of kilometres through the southern metropole of Cape Town and stopping in several impoverished areas to highlight the positives which have occurred amongst all of the negatives. According to Siroky, her reason for drawing attention to the good things which have occurred in these areas is to try to inspire other people in similar situations to do the same. “So if we stop, for example, in Ocean View, we don’t want to concentrate on the bad things that happen in the place,” said Siroky. “I think if we start talking to people about the greatness that is happening in their area, they will actually realise that they can take their area back. And the gangsters and drug lords don’t have to continue ripping our children apart. “There are people who want to change their lives, so why can’t the cycle tour focus on that for a change?” The tour is being run by Future Factory, a non-profit organisation started by Siroky in 2001 after she retired from volleyball. Siroky played both indoor and beach volleyball during her career and since her retirement she has run sport-related community orientated projects around Cape Town. She was named as the Shoprite Checkers SABC2 Woman of the Year for Sport in 2007,

was the Western Cape winner of the Old Mutual Sowetan SABC Community Builder of the Year award that same year, and is also a recipient of the Imvusa Foundation’s Community Spirit Award. Siroky came up with the Good News Cycle Tour as a way to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the formation of the Future Factory. Apart from spreading good news, the tour will also aim to raise R1 000 for every one of the 1 600 kilometres that will be covered. Siroky says that the funds will be used for future projects for the organisation and possibly to help the areas that the tour will pass through. “We might want to return to Ocean View, for example, and take some equipment to those areas. Like we know there are some of those schools who play Volley Ball,” said Siroky. “And also to go and look at the needs. Maybe a R1 000 can sort out someone’s needs in that area.” The Good News Cycle Tour will start at the College of Cape Town Wynberg Campus on Friday 1 June and then wind its way through the southern peninsula before setting off for Worcester and returning to Cape Town. Siroky added that the Cycle Tour would be the last major project she coordinated with the Future Factory before embarking on a new business venture. According to Siroky her new business will help to fund further projects for the Future Factory. To make a donation to the Future Factory Good News Cycle Tour or for more information, contact Siroky on 072 916 3331.

Livken Table Tennis Club turns 75 THE Livken Table Tennis Club will be celebrating its 75th birthday on Sunday 15 April at “The Venue” in Strandfontein Road, Schaapkraal. The event will be a bring-and-braai and all current and

former members have been invited to attend. The bring-and-braai will take place between 10:00 and 16:00. For more information please call Hasie Ismail on either 021 705 3194 or 082 821 3946.

Songstress to take on the world MARITZA Conradie, a 28-year-old Mitchell’s Plain resident, is truly a pillar of strength. In 2008 it was discovered that the young woman had a brain tumour. She underwent two operations and in the time of remission it was found that she had developed stage one throat cancer as well. The brain tumour was malignant and she had 98 chemo-therapy treatments and radiation sessions. Maritza says it was a true test of her faith but she managed to still rise above the odds. The songbird’s passion for the lyrics and rhythm of music will see her travel to Spain to exercise the gift given to her. She was given the opportunity by ‘JO & NA’ shows. A fundraiser will be held for the song- VOICE OF AN ANGEL: Maritza Conradie is holding a fund­raiser stress on Friday 13 to pursue her dreams. Photo: Supplied April. A “Whitney Houston and friends’’ con- in Athlone at 19:30. Tickets tact Anne Siroky on 072 916 cert will be held at the cost R75 per person. 3331 or Maritza on 079 379 Joseph Stone Auditorium For more information, con- 0642.

CHARGING: Stormers’ flank Siya Kolisi carries the ball during his team’s 20­17 victory over the Bulls during a Super Rugby match at Newlands last Saturday. In their next game, the Stormers will face the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday morning.Photo: Peter Heeger

Hockey festival honours icon THE City of Cape Town and Athlone-based Central Hockey Club (CHC) have partnered to host the KC March Easter Hockey Festival 2012. The festival will take place at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium and Vygiekraal Hockey Complex from Friday 6 April to Sunday 8 April. This festival honours the late Kenny C March, who was a key community personality highly respected for his contribution to the codes of hockey and baseball as a player and administrator prior to unification. KC March was the recipient of the President’s Award in 2002 for his contribution to sport. According to Gary Dolley, National Manager at the South African Hockey Association (SAHA), the tournament aims to help promote the game at all levels. “The KC March Hockey Festival aims to celebrate the wonderful game of hockey while striving to achieve the national goal of transformation in sport at all levels of the game and promoting hockey as a major national code,” said Dolley. The festival is an official event on SAHA’s calendar and is hosted by a different venue each year. This year, CHC hold the tournament in partnership with the City of Cape Town and in collaboration with Western Province Hockey Union (WPHU). Gert Bam, head of Sport, Recreation and Amenities in the City of Cape Town, said he expects the tournament to be a success. “Central Hockey Club has a long and distinguished history of youth development in Cape Town and a proud record of producing

provincial and national players, administrators and umpires,” said Bam. “Central Hockey Club are always at the forefront of making hockey accessible to players from disadvantaged backgrounds. The 2012 KC March Festival is in capable hands. “We trust therefore that the facilities, services and general support we provide as a city will contribute to making this a successful tournament and an enjoyable experience for all the participants and visitors.” The sixteenth instalment of this festival will feature at least 32 teams, representing top hockey clubs from Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Gauteng, and a strong contingent from the Eastern Cape, home province of KC March. The Festival has three divisions each for men and ladies – Premier, Challenge and Master’s Divisions, with 16 teams competing in the Premier Ladies’ and Men’s Divisions. For the younger hockey enthusiasts there will be a mini-hockey session at Hartleyvale on Saturday 7 April at 12:00. All local and visiting children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Food and beverages will be on sale during the entire duration of the tournament at both venues and TV coverage of major sporting events, such as the Two Oceans, rugby and soccer, will be available on screen at various locations. In keeping with the festive nature of the event, entertainment will be available at Hartleyvale after fixtures on Saturday 7 April. For more information and full programme, see website: www.kcmhockey.co.za

STAR: South African mens hockey team striker Julian Hykes will be one of the many talented players taking part in the tournament. Photo: Terry February


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HE last day of the eleventh annual Kensington AFC Youth Cup went right down to the wire on Sunday as penalties were required to find champions in both the plate and winner’s sections of the Under 15 tournament. The Youth Cup features both an U11 and a U15 competition and started on Friday with the 16 teams from each age group divided in four groups of four. The top two finishers in each group advanced to the winner’s quarterfinals, while the bottom third and fourth placed teams advanced to the plate quarter finals. In the plate section Gugulethu side Shining Stars won their shoot-out against Mitchell’s Plain team Mr Price Parkhust Academy 2-0 in the final, while Pinelands-based Old Mutual Academy beat Lucky Stars, also of Gugulethu, 4-3 in the winner’s section final. Roger Links, head of youth development at Old Mutual, said that he was happy with the victory but admitted that his team were capable of playing better football. “It’s a final; it’s not what we expect it to be because the kids are very tired at this stage. So the quality of the football wasn’t up to what it’s supposed to be,” said Links. “I think, all in all, we are happy that we won. It’s always good for the academy to be seen to be winning. Success always breeds success.” Shining Stars qualified for the final after

REACH FOR THE SKY: Old Mutual Academy play­ er Jessie Langenhoven (in green) challenges Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Cameron Voster for the ball during the semi­final of the Kensington AFC Youth Cup in Maitland on Sunday.

beating Everton United in the quarter-finals and Vasco da Gama in the semis, while Parkhurst knocked out Norway Park and George United to claim a spot. Lucky Stars made their way to the final by first beating the tournament hosts and then knocking out Fire Fighters, and eventual champions Old Mutual first beat CPUT in the quarters and then Ajax in the semis. According to Links, his team played their best football in the knockout stages of the competition. “Our semi-final against Ajax was probably our best match. “I think, football wise, that was the best match of our tournament,” said Links. “We started off very slowly, and I think we got better as the tournament went on. “On the last day I think we played our best football. Friday and Saturday were very mediocre but we got better.” In the Under 11 competition, the final of the plate section ended in a 2-1 victory by CPUT over Norway Parks, while the Old Mutual U11s also claimed the winner’s trophy after defeating Fire Fighters 1-0. The tournament was held at the Royal Road sportsfields in Maitland.

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