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Tuesday 13 September 2011

Crime statistics revealed TAURIQ HASSEN

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HE annual crime statistics are out, were revealed by the police for Woodstock, Maitland and Kensington Police Station’s last week. The statistics reflect the period between April 2010 and March 2011. •Murders in the Woodstock precinct have dropped from 12 in the previous statistical period to 8, with the number of attempted murders increasing from four to seven. The precinct also saw a drop in aggravated robbery, which went from 268 to 172, with business burglaries falling to 175 from 258. The jump in cases of driving under the influence from 151 to 186, and the rise in drug-related crimes from 717 to 767, are considered to be a good thing by the station as the crimes are dependent on police for detection. Teun Baartman, Woodstock Community Police Forum chairperson, is pleased with the statistics, saying

they reveal a “general decrease in crime”. “This can be attributed to better policing,” he says. People’s Post could not gain comment from the Woodstock police on the statistics by the time of going to print. •The number of murders in the Maitland precinct increased from three to seven, with attempted murder dropping from six to four cases. Significant decreases were noted in the cases of aggravated robbery (110 to 76), business burglary (229 to 167) and housebreaking (149 to 118). Colonel Elizabeth Hermanus, Maitland station commander, says the drop in these crime categories can be attributed to the number of foot patrols and other visible policing projects in the area. Aggravated robbery was particularly prevalent around the local the Home Affairs offices, but security improvements have curbed this, Hermanus says. Maitland officers racked up 27 more drug-related arrests compared to the previous period, with

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CROWD CLOUD: City club Assembly rocked out to the bluesy riffs of band Shadowclub on Saturday. The gig settled into the kick­off of Cape Town Creative Week, a whirling tour of events celebrating the Mother City’s finest innovative imaginings, from a capella concerts to daring displays of handmade jewellery. Photo: Sarah Scott

the stats jumping from 220 to 247. Hermanus thanks the public for helping to bring drug addicts and dealers to book. Charnell Hendricks, Maitland Community Police Forum chairperson, says the statistics show “quite a success”. CPF members have been working to keep locals informed about their safety by handing out pamphlets, Hendricks adds. •In the Kensington policing precinct, murders increased by one, going from four to five cases, with the number of attempted murders reported jumping from 9 to 22. Colonel Natasha Thomas, Kensington Police Station’s commander, blames the rise in attempted murder on a spike in gang violence. Robbery with aggravating circumstances dropped from 48 to 35, with a similar trend shown in

housebreakings (174 to 113) and business burglaries (76 to 66). “This decrease is mainly due to the community getting involved with police and passing on information regarding certain incidents,” says Thomas. Chrislene Sadan, Kensington Community Police Forum chairperson, agrees: “We are doing fairly well in the area, because the community is working very closely with police in fighting crime.” She also says gang violence was behind many of the raised figures. A total of 39 people were caught with illegal guns and ammunition in the precinct compared to 16 previously, while drug-related arrests rose from 510 to 578. • Johan Burger, a senior researcher in the Crime and Justice Programme for the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), says

cross-referencing the crime statistics with independent business and industry reports and surveys corroborates the police’s indication of a significant drop in crime. “They are at least a fair reflection,” he says, adding that he would peg the accuracy the statistics at 80% or more. But, he says, releasing the figures only once a year – and with a six-month delay, at that – is unacceptable. As such, the ISS, together with stakeholders like Business Against Crime and Stats SA, has suggested that the figures be released at least twice a year.

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Proudly South African wins gold P

ROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN won numerous awards this year at the prestigious annual Decorex SA, which took place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg. The five day event ran from Friday 5 to Tuesday 9 August, hosted over 700 high-end exhibitors and attracted some 53 000 visitors, including international buyers from America, Germany, Indonesia and China. Proudly South African invited some of its members to exhibit under the category called SA Handmade Collection, which is a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry to promote local crafters. Given the Proudly South African “Buy Local to Create Jobs” agenda, it was strategically fitting for Proudly South African to have a presence at this event and to showcase its commitment to its members and consumers. Proudly South African won the gold certificate in the category Best Individual Exhibitor, as well as a recognition award as part of the South African. Handmade Collection of Decorex SA 2011. A Proudly South African member company – Aaron’s Pin Thread Sculptures – also won a bronze award in the category Best Product. Dalene du Preez, Proudly South African’s executive manager for marketing and communications, says; “What was critical to exhibiting at the SA Handmade Collection event this year was Proudly South African’s creative flair for promoting locally produced, high quality products that reflected South Africa’s culture, look and feel.” Carol Mullany, owner of Glass Escapes and a proud member of Proudly SA, says: “From the moment we arrived at the Proudly South African stand at the SA Handmade Collection, we realised this was going to be a professional show.

“The impact of the stand itself took our breath away. It looked like it had jumped out of the pages of a top international magazine. This certainly was validated when Proudly South African was awarded the gold medal. “Congratulations all around; we were so proud. The stand alone looked like a piece of artwork.” Many Proudly SA members supported the event, which went a long way in showcasing the impressive crafts they have to offer to the local and international market. Proudly South African member companies who exhibited at the SA Handmade Collection at Decorex this year included: Glass Escapes, a home glasswear and jewellery supplier; Lisa Martin, a supplier of aluminium diaries and coasters; Aaron’s Pin Thread Sculpture, a pin thread jewellery and corporate gift supplier;Andy C Design, a supplier of homeware, jewellery and corporate gifts;Essay Gifts, a corporate gift, tea set and gift bag supplier;Essential Earth, a supplier of home furniture, and aluminium and ceramic tea sets; Asher House, a fabric-based supplier of albums, gift bags and greeting cards;The Craft Connection, a supplier of trophies and African jewellery; and Leather Legacy, a supplier of leather products such as ottomans, belts and shoes. Du Preez says: “Proudly South African created an impressive stand that caught the eye of the judges because of its originality and hospitable flair. It encapsulated the art of ubuntu by creating an inviting feel that was warm and engaging, allowing for professional business to take place.” The SA Handmade Collection event, launched in 2007, is an annual event that is part of Decorex SA, which has been running since 1994. It aims to promote locally produced products arts and crafts to the local and international business market.

Domino derby on cards TWENTY teams, one hall, and one eye on the prize sums up the 2011 People’s Post Domino Marathon – and all the fun will work toward a good cause. People’s post will partner with the Western Cape Domino Union Trust in an attempt to raise funds for old age homes in need of assistance. The tournament – scheduled for this month, will feature teams from Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park, Lansdowne, Salt River and more. Two invitational sides, consisting of the best players in the league, will form a Western Cape Union “Dream Team”. People’s Post itself will also enter a side made up of past and present league players. The tournament is earmarked to be host-

ed at the league’s new home in Blackpool Hall in Shelley Street, Salt River; dates and times have yet to be confirmed, and will be published in the next edition of People’s Post. The cost of entry per team is R150, which works out to around R10 per player. ’n All funds raised will go towards organisations, which will be identified by People’s Post. Teams struggling to come up with the money to enter the tournament may discuss their situation with the organisers of the event. Further information will be posted on the People’s Post website – www.peoplespost.co.za and in future editions of the paper.

The basic facts, as exposed recently by City Press, are that the government has spent R46 million this year on bling Cape mansions for cabinet ministers, their deputies and the Deputy Speaker of the House, former Cape Town mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo. The state paid R8 million for the Deputy Speaker’s house in the new suburb of Van Riebeeckshof in Bellville. The municipal valuation of the property is R1,7 million, but property experts say it is worth R7 million. Now you may think the scandal lies in paying R8 million to accommodate a former mayor best remembered for the problems she left behind rather than the ones she solved. Others would damn the Department of Public Works for a piece of shocking extravagance, but, given some of their recent police station deals, we should not be surprised. No, the real inner core of the scandal, folks, is the municipal valuation. This is the description of the Tuscan Villa that is about to be graced with Ms Mfeketo’s presence: The mansion has an air-conditioned bedroom, a designer kitchen with a stainless steel gas hob and plush dark wood finishes. There is an outdoor entertainment area with a stainless steel braai, a swimming pool and imposing steps leading to a terraced garden, and, wait for it, six garages. And all this, according to City Council valuers, is worth just R1,7 million. How could they get it so wrong? Municipal valuations are required to reflect the actual market price of property, and we know what that is because the Depart-

SPELLING SPREE: Daniyal Matthews of Bergvliet Primary School was an­ nounced the winner of the Pick n Pay Spell Check Compe­ tition last Tuesday af­ ter his spelling wiz­ ardry downed the op­ position at the duel’s grand final in Johan­ nesburg. “Congratu­ lations to Daniyal and to the runners­ up!” says Pick n Pay’s general manag­ er of marketing, Mal­ colm Mycroft, who adds that the compe­ tition “generated a wonderful response” this year. “Education and the support of learners and educators are close to our hearts at Pick n Pay, and fit in with our belief that doing good is good business,” he says. Thanks to Daniyal’s way with words, Bergvliet Primary has been given Pick n Pay vouchers to the value of R5 000. The young spelling whizz is seen here with Robin Ellis of Nedbank, Natasha Oosthuizen of Sappi, Charné van Rensburg of the Depart­ ment of Basic Education, and Enes Tavener of Pick n Pay. Photo: Supplied

Adkhaar in Bo-Kaap EVERYBODY is invited to an Adkhaar at the Nurul Islam Mosque in Buitengracht Street, Bo-Kaap, on Saturday to remind participants of the events that surrounded the birth of Sheikh Serag Makki Johaar in Mecca 61 years ago. He is the first of nine children, and was born in Mecca on Sunday 17 September 1950. Sheikh Johaar’s parents, Haji Cassiem and Hajja Zainab Johaar, named him after Sayed Shiraj Wali – the father of Sayed Umar, with whom they were staying when their son was born. His middle name was taken after the holy city in which he was born. Days after his birth,

ment of Public Works coughed up R8 million for the residence. This shocking under-valuation means that past and present owners have been paying less than a quarter of the rates they should have been paying while you and I have to pay the full whack. It is grossly unfair. It contravenes the constitutional requirement for administrative justice. I wish I could say that this was some kind of corrupt exception or an isolated case of incompetence, but a professional valuer assures me that 30% of Cape Town properties are undervalued. Estate agents say municipal valuations don’t mean a thing. So 30% of homeowners are not paying their fair share of rates, and the rest of us are paying too much. The underlying problem with the present valuation system is that people complain when the valuation of their homes is too high, and the mistakes are corrected. When a house is undervalued, however, the owner shuts up and rejoices in a low rates account. When the City boasts about the low number of objections to the valuation roll, it is looking at the tip of the iceberg. The real problem is the growing number of undervalued properties that attract no complaints and are therefore never corrected. When a property worth R7 million or R8 million is valued at just R1,7 million in the municipality’s books, then something is desperately wrong. The only possible explanation that comes to mind is that the Council doesn’t know the house is there, and that the valuation is for the land only. But surely there were building plans and inspections. The situation cries out for investigation. The 70% of honest city ratepayers deserve no less. Perhaps we can get the Public Protector to take an interest.

Sheikh Johaar’s parents took him along on the pilgrimage. He was barely 16 when he led the tarawih salaah at the Habibia Soofie Masjid. The Ibaad-u-Ragmaan Qadiri Jamaa’ah will lend its voice to the occasion. The dhikrullah (remembrance of Allah) will begin with the Magrib Salaah, and Sheikh Johaar will deliver a short address. To learn more about the dhikrullah, contact Haji Abdul Maliek Majiet on (021) 531-3975 or 082 900 7344, Haji Mogammad Ganief Galvaan on (021) 423-8754 or 082 494 4690, or Sheikh Johaar on (021) 797-6543 or 082 968 7254.

Shape your healthy world GET tips from sports science expert professor Tim Noakes and other leading dieticians and fitness trainers during the free SHAPE magazine Health and Wellness Workshops at the Cape Town Look and Feel Good Expo, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 16 to 18 September. This expo, now in its second year in the Mother City, is a must for all those who are eager to embrace a healthier, more vital and fulfilled lifestyle. It features a spectrum of interactive exhibits, as well as the opportunity to try out various types of dance and yoga, as well as laughter therapy, fitness equipment, spa treat-

ments, makeovers, organic produce and much more. The free Shape magazine Health and Wellness Workshops will take place daily on the hour, between 10:00 and 15:00. Visitors can also pop into the Clicks Health Zone for a free mini-health assessment. To register for the free Shape Health and Wellness Workshops, visit www.ifeelgood.co.za and go to “Plan your day”. Professor Tim Noakes will only be speaking on Friday, so book your seats early. Check out IFeelGoodExpo on Facebook and Twitter, and watch a selection of videos on the Look and Feel Good Expo’s dedicated YouTube Channel.


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Family rebuilds after fire TAURIQ HASSEN

A FAMILY from Woodstock will have to rebuild their lives from scratch after neighbours smoking dagga started a fire that razed both their homes. The families were left to scramble for their possessions when the fire ripped through the two Wendy houses in Pine Road at about 19:30 on Tuesday 30 August. Rabia Anderson, who lived in one of the Wendy houses for around four years, says the fire started in the home next door. The people living in the house were “smoking dagga using a candle”, she says. The day after the fire, “the guy

came over to us and apologised, explaining that they had been busy smoking when the candle fell over – but his apology will not bring my home back.” Anderson says she and her husband are now sleeping in a security hut, while her daughter and grandchild are staying with their in-laws. Her neighbours have moved off. “They are somewhere around the area, but they packed up and left after apologising to us,” says Anderson. Wilfred Johannes, acting head of the Disaster Operations Centre for the City of Cape Town, says the Wendy houses, sponsored by the Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouelike

Vereeniging (ACVV), were on a piece of land owned by the province’s Transport and Public Works Department. Hours after the fire, Johannes continues, the City handed out food parcels and blankets to those affected. “No emergency shelter was provided to the families as they did not want to relocate, and sought accommodation with family and friends in the area,” says Jo-

hannes. The City also handed out emergency building material, and is now in consultation with the provincial government to arrange more. The families were staying on the land temporarily, Anderson says, and have been waiting for the ACVV’s promise of new accommodation. “They told me I would have to wait another two weeks for them to find out if they have found another place for me to move to,” says Anderson. Shariefah Jackson, who lives nearby, says she watched helpless-

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ly as the fire destroyed the two Wendy houses. “I can only imagine how they must be feeling; they were living on that land because they were homeless, and now they’re in the same position because of the fire.” Jackson says “waves of sadness” swept through her heart when she heard children crying. “Irrespective of what caused the fire, the fact that two families have lost their homes is the main thing, and people need to come out and support them.” People’s Post could not gain comment on the matter from the Transport and Public Works Department at the time of going to print. If you wish to donate any clothing, food or building material to the Andersons, please call Rabia on 078 380 2389.


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Get back in the box THINKING outside the box has been put in a box of its own with Creative Week Cape Town 2011.

BRIGHT FUTURES: Thirty students at Christel House South Africa, an independent school in Ottery for children fighting through poverty in Cape Town, are set to breeze through their next three years of top­notch schooling, courtesy of a generous R900 000 donation by automotive filter manufacturer GUD Holdings. The donation, which forms part of a long­term partnership between GUD and Christel House, will put R10 000 a piece toward the needs of 30 top maths and science students in their journey from Grade 10 to matric. The company is also offering to take promising students on as apprentices over the next three years. Photo: Mark Wessels

Third time unlucky HAVING FAILED two driving tests already, a Muizenberg man thought he could take a shortcut and just buy his driver’s licence – but his attempt at bribery bought him a criminal investigation instead. Traffic officers arrested the man at the beginning of the month, after his third abortive driving test at the Ottery Driving Licence Testing Centre. When the interior inspection of the car had started, the man tried to palm a R1 000 “gift” to his examiner, who turned him down. Not to be dissuaded, the man tried a few more times before getting on with the test. He failed again before even getting out of the testing yard. Heedless, the flunked driver left his bribe on the dashboard, and this time the examiner did pick it up – for it was now evidence – then escorted the man to the traffic officers stationed at the centre. A 47-year-old man from Muizenberg has been arrested in connection with the crime, and is now being investigated by the police. The suspect has appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, but this paper could not establish the state of his case at the time of going to print.

SSSSPRING: Snakes are waking up from their winter naps, warns Shaun MacLeod, coordinator of the Snake Catch and Rescue Volunteer Team. The crea­ tures are coming out of hibernation, and MacLeod says while there is no cause for alarm, it’s best to be watchful while spring cleaning and working in unru­ ly gardens. Snakes will avoid confrontation whenever they can, and won’t attack unless threatened or pro­ voked, MacLeod says – so if you spot a grumpy snake, let him deal with its three­month­old morning breath. Call Shaun MacLeod on 082 532 5033.

The brainchild of non-profit organisation Creative Cape Town and a legacy project of the city’s World Design Capital 2014 bid, Creative Week Cape Town puts the spotlight on the city’s creative industries. While it involves a core programme, the Creative Week calendar is predominantly populated by the extraordinary offerings of or- ON THE BOX: Members of theatrical crew Active X, who’ve been dinary Capeto- taking part in the Out the Box festival during its time in Creative nians. Week, are, from right: Busiswa Yolanda Adonisi, Mzwabantu Says Creative Ricardo Dyantyi and Bafana Dladla. People’s Post could not es­ Cape Town coordi- tablish the name of the right­hand man before going to print. nator Zayd Minty, Photo: Sarah Scott “This year we have created a fantastic campaign called ‘F the Box’, in collaboration with our design team, Design Infestation. We played with idea of thinking outside of the box. “When you see a branded box outside a venue during Creative Week, you know that something interesting is going on inside.” The celebration of all things creative and innovative in the Mother City kicked off with the City Hall Sessions on Friday and Saturday nights, filling Cape Town’s City Hall with sound and light as Thandiswa Mazwai, Kesivan and The Lights set the stage for the Cape Town debut of international artists Ray Lema (DRC) and Chico César (Brazil). And anyone is welcome to submit their event for inclusion in the programme at www.creativeweekct.co.za – as a range of art galleries, musicians, designers, photographers and artists have already done. SHADOW BOXING: Jacques Moolman of While events will take place all over the Shadowclub resonates with the mic at As­ Photo: Sarah Scott peninsula, the physical centre of Creative sembly in Cape Town. Week is The Fringe: Cape Town’s design and innovation dis- worthy events include Meet the Makers trict, where the launch of the Creative – involving tours inside renowned design studios; Music City, a Cape music docuCape Town Annual 2011 will take place today (Tuesday) from mentary film festival screened at the La17:00 at 50 Canterbury Street. This year’s bia on Orange in partnership with the Encounters Documentary Film Festival and edition of the annual explores developments in The Fringe the Cape Film Commission; and the Studio 41 Creative Exhibition and Exchange area. The advertising, media and design at 41 Glynn Street. Creative Week winds world’s annual mega-event, The Loerie to a close on Sunday. To find out more about the events on ofAwards, also falls under the banner of Creative Week this weekend. Other note- fer, check out www.creativeweekct.co.za.

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Tuesday 27 September Dr Amanda Weltman, Cosmologist and Physicist at UCT will give a public talk entitled ‘Dark Energy and where to find it’. Dark Energy is the mysterious force causing the universe to expand ever faster with time. The talk will start at 17:00 at the SA Astronomical Observatory Auditorium in Observatory Road. No bookings. For more information and directions go to www.royalsocietysa.org.za


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Vine Road flat block strangled cleared from the property. Herron says most councillors at the meetN APPLICATION to develop a four- ing were against the apartment block develstorey block of flats in Vine Road, opment, but “there were some who supported Woodstock, has bombed. the development as proposed”. Herron adds that the owner of the site has A “tight vote” at a recent meeting of Sub- full rights in “terms of zoning” to develop a council 57 blocked the application for the de- block of flats on the property, which is zoned velopment of 2 Vine Road mainly due to for residential usage. number and nature of communi“This right is subject to the ty objections. Ward councillor development meeting the reBrett Herron says he opposed quirements of urban conserthe application because the vation, and the basis of subscale of the proposed developdecision was that the We would love council’s ment “was out of keeping with development would impact the nature of the surrounding negatively on the protection properties”. for this site to and maintenance of the archi“Most of the surrounding tectural, aesthetic and historiproperties are single dwellings, significance of the area.” be sorted out calVine and we objected to the applicaRoad resident Russel tion on the basis that the proMartin was relieved to hear of posed development would domi- and something the proposal’s failure. nate the neighbourhood.” “Just imagine how many As it stands, the property dompeople would have been comto replace the inates the neighbourhood for plaining about this monstrosiless savoury reasons: Vagrants ty of a building right in the and copper thieves have made filth and mess middle of Woodstock,” he says. the rubbish-strewn plot their But Martin, sick of the crime base, and drunken fights on the and grime at the site, is all for land are common (“Vacant lot developing the land. filled with problems”, People’s “We would love for this site Post, 19 July). At the time of People’s Post’s to be sorted out, and something to replace the last article, Herron said the site was on a list filth and mess. “But we must not become desof properties to be investigated by the City’s perate and just try and fill the space with anyProblem Buildings Unit. Following investiga- thing, because months down the line we will tion, the owners are tracked down and told discover problems. We will then be forced to to fix up or be fined. People’s Post visited the complain about the problems – and maybe site yesterday (Monday), and found the en- phone the newspapers again,” Martin laughs. trances to the site partially blocked off with People’s Post could not contact the owner stacks of old bricks and roof tiles. The only of the land at the time of going to print. thing remaining of the building that once stood on the property is a wall. An attempt had been made to clean the site up – the bushes and choking vegetation People’s Post saw during its last visit had been cut down and TAURIQ HASSEN

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N the 27th day of the holy month of Ramadan, eight people gathered around a rustic stable in Philippi to witness the rarest of sights – the birth of healthy twin foals. First, the world was a brown filly richer, and then witnesses were left speechless when a white palomino colt followed suit. The general consensus online is that, when it comes to horses, 1 in 10 000 pregnancies are twins – and only nine percent of those are carried to term. An even smaller number are actually born healthy, so the fact that this “next generation” is now frolicking in the fields of Zandvlei Farm fills owner Moosa Ockards with pride. “It was a bright, starry evening, and when the foals were born we were also glowing,” he smiles. Ockards had been attending a religious event that night, but he was constantly on his cellphone, giving advice to those who were delivering the young horses. Nobody had suspected that the mare, Popplin, had been carrying twins, so when Ockards heard there was another little miracle on the stable floor, he was very excited. But his vast equine experience told him that this latest development would need all the accumulated knowledge he has garnered over the decades, since a twin pregnancy is considered to be very dangerous for the mare and her offspring. According to horseadvice.com’s Robert Oglesby, a twin pregnancy in horses is generally bad news. “The uterus has a hard time supporting twins,” says Oglesby. “Foals are often born dead or weak, and other complications in-

clude retained placenta, delayed recovery of the uterus, decreased rate of settling for the next two years, and potentially permanent damage to the mare’s reproductive tract.” In most cases of live births, either one or both foals don’t survive beyond two weeks. People’s Post visited the farm last Thursday, and saw that each of the adorable foals was, well, as healthy as a horse. They were exploring the tiny stable and liaising with their vigilant mom on a regular basis. On one occasion the brown filly chewed on this journalist’s camera strap, which drew an authoritative and abrupt neighing from the ever-vigilant Popplin. On whether the presently unnamed twins and their mother will suffer any delayed health problems, Ockards just says, “We will have to see what God has in store for them.” Ockards owns several of the 23 horses on the farm, and most of these are used as carthorses. Ockards learned everything he knows about the animals from his father, and he says the last time he heard of twins being born was in the late 1970s. Diana Truter and all the other staff of the Carthorse Protection Agency (CHPA) were just as amazed at Popplin’s feat. “I’ve been working with horses almost my entire life, and this is the first time that I have seen twins born healthy,” says a glowing Truter. The most difficult and dangerous time for the mare and foals has passed, but latent health issues might still put a damper on celebrations. Be that as it may, Truter is confident that Ockards’ vast experience and “family secrets” will see them through. He laughs when asked to reveal some of these secrets. “Well, one of the reasons some foals die dur-

DOUBLE GIFT: Popplin, the proudest of mares, looks over her twin foals standing beside Herman Africa (front) and owner Moosa Ockards. Photo: Andre Bakkes ing birth is because their tongues are still stuck to the inside of the mouth. That’s when one can put a little milk on one’s finger and feed the youngsters.” The first few sips of mother’s milk are the most important in a foal’s life, since it contains a concentrated amount of nutrients, antibodies and immune system boosters. “I think the fact that this happened in Ramadan is a blessing for Moosa,” Truter says, “and I think he deserves that blessing, since he has helped so many other people in his life.

“In fact, if all the carthorse owners were as diligent as Moosa, the role of the CHPA would be severely diminished.” The CHPA is based in northern suburbs of Epping, but it keeps an eye over most of the carthorses in the Southern Peninsula as well. Ockards will soon give names to the little miracles, and then the CHPA will set up a Facebook page to keep the public up to date with how these statistical oddities are enriching the lives of those who have helped them to thrive in a fascinating world.

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Tuesday 13 September 2011

Right to life FIVE YEARS have passed since the brutal murder of a young Khayelitsha woman, allegedly slain because of her sexuality. Zoliswa Nkonyana was just 19 when she was clubbed, kicked and beaten to death in February 2006. Nine men were charged with her murder, and last week two of them were set free – because the State did not have enough evidence to prove its case. The remaining seven continue to face murder charges. Throughout the trial, which thus far has had more than 30 postponements, calls were made for South Africa to do more to protect lesbians from violence. Sadly, none of these calls could stem the tide of homophobia, and recently, the decomposed body of a 21-year-old woman was found in a bin in Nyanga. She was allegedly killed because she was a “tomboy” who had rejected the sexual advances of a man who was her friend, now suspected of being her killer. While much is frowned on in South Africa, more is tolerated; and the Constitution affords us many rights, such as rights to termination of pregnancy and freedom of expression. Zoliswa was denied the most basic right – her right to life and freedom to live out her days as she wished. Her life was taken by ignorant, narrow-minded, murderous thugs, who directed their self-hatred outward. While it is impossible to monitor homophobia, the State and justice system can strike an indelible blow against this by imposing the harshest laws and sentences. At the foundation of this should be a system that guarantees that enough evidence is gathered to successfully prosecute and convict those guilty of homophobic crimes. This country cannot tolerate persecution, bigotry or any hate-fuelled crimes. Destructive emotions have no place in a society that should place atop of its agenda reconciliation and unity.

Your SMSes Looking good, Observatory WHAT with the early summer days of late, what a pleasure to see so many people walking their dogs, cycling, strolling, jogging, and picnicking along our newly upgraded Obs section of the Liesbeeck River. Also, Trill Road to Station Road on Lower Main Road is looking top notch, with colourfully painted columns and plants in abundances along the sidewalks, along with oil paintings covering city service boxes. Hats off to the businesses and individuals who partake in making this happen. Our streets are clean, there are more of our homeless sheltered than ever before, crime is down by 50% to 60%, patrols are around most corners, and a recent article in a major paper presented Obs as being a very desirable place to buy and live, with excellent property returns. All this did not just happen by itself; it takes concern, planning,

perseverance, time, and the efforts of many individuals who care enough about Obs to make the difference for us all. So thank you to all those faceless individuals who make the difference we all benefit from. In the very near future we should be looking forward to the huge parking lot across from the hockey stadium finally being paved, trees being planted down the middle of our Main Road as in Mowbray, and a tree upgrade in the village green across from the Spar. And hopefully the city will be listening to our concerns about the unsightly Hartleyvale Stadium. All in all, a positive way to start the summer. I’ll soon be back with my letter of complaints, but thought I’d take this opportunity to simply look on the brighter side of life; it’s too short not to. CRAIG HARRISON Observatory

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their minds correctly and diligently before trying to propose and impliment laws, there would be no necessity to have them challenged so frequently. This government is more interested in protecting the party than the country and its citizens, hence many of the challenges. JAMES SHELLEY Pinelands

IN response to Rozario Brown’s question (People’s Post, 6 September), “If the courts are being used to overturn every major decision made in parliament, then what is the purpose of having a parliament and going to the polls every five years?” If the members of parliament applied

. I would like the councillor for the Kensington and Factreton area to do something about Century City station. On our side, the bushes and the road leading to the station are very bad, especially for the cars. When you get dropped off, it’s really a bad sight. I think we should invite the premier and the mayor to see outside the nice station. Make a nice parking area, please. In response . To all the people complaining about barking dogs, please rather call law enforcement for the vagrants and possible criminals about to break into your houses. . Why can they not create jobs and give people work? Give them training to control the dogs and fine the owners. . Who is in charge of making the laws about dogs without leashes on the beaches? Nothing is being done. Just a thought . On Wednesday 4 September, I and many other commuters waited impatiently as there were no trains in sight on our station. At 07:45, someone finally announced over the PA system that a train from Cape Town would leave on platform three. She sounded like she had a hot potato in her mouth. There was no train in sight, and even the Simon’s Town train was cancelled. I, for one, use the train only on Wednesdays, when I go to St James. I feel so sorry for the people who have to use this service daily. . Archbishop Tutu can start by collecting money from his rich and famous guest who will attend his 80th birthday bash that’s not meant for the poor. From poorest of the poor, who is black like

you. God bless. . In terms of gas prices, both BP and Mica adhere to government guidelines, but the other gas shops add on R35, claiming it’s a refill charge. This is wrong and a rip off. They should stock the 9kg bottle like the other shops. VE . The 8 and 16 gig branded flash drives which are being sold cheaply by street vendors look like the genuine article – but is it? . I have spotted a driving school jump two very red traffic lights for the second time in two weeks. Once a learner driver was driving. Jay . Beware of cellphone networks’ “cheap” contracts on fancy mobiles. Read the fine print with regard to terms and conditions carefully to make sure you fully understand the packages. John, Lansdowne . Has Nakhlistan ever thought of feeding the poor all year round? I would like to know whether they only feed Muslims or all spectrums of our rainbow nation? Damocles Please help . Could someone please help me find Dolpha Roopa and Leann Hendricks? Call Carmen on (021) 706-8506. . I am a female and would like to cut gents’ and boys’ hair. If there is anyone who could help me with a few lessons, I will really appreciate it. I will come with my own machine. Please contact me on 073 028 6696. . I have saved a small amount of money to start a small business. Can someone please match that amount so I can get started? Unemployed, City Bowl . My son wants to join the defence force. Can anyone help? Where must he go?


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A challenge befitting the young STUDENTS from Athlone, Grassy Park, Masiphumelele, Mitchell’s Plain and Ocean View will join 3 000 school children from across the Western Cape to participate in the sixth annual Kellogg’s Health of the Nation

ENERGETIC: Children are put through their paces in a number of activities dur­ ing the challenge. Seen here is Sinazo Gungulisa .

50-Hour Sports Challenge. During the Sports Challenge, said to be the largest event of its kind in the country, participants are exposed to a huge variety of sports, including cricket, tennis, hockey, soccer and basketball – and behind the fun and games this year will be a follow-up on a 10-year-old health study that revealed the incidence of obesity in South African children. The 2011 study will assess the fitness and health of a large sample of children between the ages of 9 and 13. “Every child who participates in this year’s challenge will first complete a fitness test,” says Brad Bing of Sporting Chance, one of the event’s main organisers. “Testing personnel will measure height, weight, waist and hip circumference, which will provide crucial statistics on the prevalence of obesity and body weight distribution. “Then, children will engage in a series of exercises designed to assess flexibility, abdominal muscle strength, lower and upper body strength, and agility.” Besides giving children the chance to play new and unfamiliar sports under experienced coaches, the challenge pro-

vides an opportunity to spot new talent, Bing says, pointing out that a number of accomplished athletes have benefited through Sporting Chance coaching programmes and events, such as England international cricketer Craig Kieswetter, Lions captain Thami Tsolekile and former rugby Springbok Neil de Kock. “Over the past five years the challenge has grown exponentially,” says Kelloggs SA spokesperson Sarah Mansfield. “In addition to teaching and showing learners how to be physically active on the field, it’s also important to empower South African children to make healthy lifestyle choices off the field. “In this light, in the weeks leading up to the challenge, Sporting Chance will host pre-challenge road shows in selected communities. “The sessions address specific social concerns within communities, including: how to lead an active life and prevent obesity; principles of personal hygiene; and nutritional guidance.” Schools or individuals wishing to participate in the challenge and research project can contact Natalie at Sporting Chance on (021) 683-7299 or visit www.sportingchance.co.za.

FOOTLOOSE: Cricket legend Herschelle Gibbs pits his foot­ ball wits against the youngsters in the challenge.

Get ready to play ATHLONE A’s baseball club starts training sessions for juniors this coming Friday at the Parktown Sports Complex in Bridgetown. Training will take place every Tuesday and Friday at 17:30. Seniors have started training sessions already. Everybody is welcome. For more information contact Ivan Gordon on 084 605 4500.

HEAD TO HEAD: Gavin Saayman (blue) from Mondale High School in Mitchell’s Plain races Shane Stevens from Steenberg High School to head the ball in the schools’ match last Wednesday. Mondale were crowned regional champs after winning the match 1­0 at full time. On Friday the Mondale players will head off to Beaufort West to compete pro­ vincially. Photo: Rashied Isaacs

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VICTORY CELEBRA­ TION: Woodlands Unit­ ed’s Dominique Witbooi welcomes his team with open arms after scoring his second goal of a last­ 16 round of the Coca­Co­ la Knock­Out Cup against Lentegeur Unit­ ed in Grassy Park on Sat­ urday. Woodlands won 4­1.


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A step ahead But it’s not the end of the road in this race for the 41-year-old Rylands resident, whose penchant for long-distance running has made her a household name on the endurance circuit. The two-time winner of the grueling Karoo event finished in second place on Saturday, behind Linah Mhlongo of Witbank in Mpumalanga. This is the third successive year she has finished runnerup to Mhlongo. Although her time of 7:33:38 was well short of Mhlongo’s winning time, she has vowed to be back at next year’s event in the peaceful platteland town.

The Top-Form athletics club runner won the race in 2006 and 2007. “I enjoyed the race,” Pretorius said. “It was, as usual, a difficult course to navigate, but I am used to this course now. Next year I will be back to complete my 10th race, and maybe – who knows – win the gold again.” After making it through their 10th race, athletes qualify for a permanent number. Pretorius, a nurse at the Sarah Fox Home in Athlone, has also excelled in other endurance races. Her achievements include having won the 160km Washie Race between Port Alfred and East London for three consecutive years, and the Hewat 100miler along the Atlantic Seaboard on five occasions. Bellville was awarded for having the best team, the most participants, and the team with the best spirit.

ACHIEVER:Solomon Miiller of Grassy Park proudly shows off the medal he received after the marathon. Photos: Mark Ward

BIG RUN: Trevor Jacobs from Strandfon­ tein holds up his medal after running his third race.

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