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Elections breathe new life into communities TAURIQ HASSEN
HE Democratic Alliance (DA) stood its ground, gaining support over the opposition parties in wards 55, 56 and 57 during the local government elections last week. Thousands flocked to voting stations from Woodstock to Kensington on Wednesday 18 May to have their say by making their mark on their ballots. After winning 7 263 votes (75,42%) of 9 630 valid votes cast across Ward 57, which includes areas such as Mowbray (western part), Observatory (west of Black River Parkway), Salt River (south of Malta Road), Table Mountain (far North eastern section), Woodstock (south of Albert Road), Zonnebloem (northeast of De Waal Drive and south east of Christiaan Street) Brett Herron, takes over the reins as ward councillor from Cedric Thomas. This shows a marked improvement from the DA’s result in 2006, when they secured only 2 329 votes in the area. The African National Congress (ANC) gained 1 469 of the votes in this ward. “I am very excited and honoured to be elected as the ward councillor for this area and I am especially grateful for the 75,42% of the votes,” says Herron. Herron’s main focus will be on property development within the ward. “I think it’s important to protect the residential areas where major developments are concerned, and to ensure that development does not take place without the correct planning,” says Herron. He applauded the work done by Thomas during his term. “Councillor Thomas has laid an amazing platform, and it’s my job to ensure that the standards are maintained”. Thomas will serve as a proportional representative within the City of Cape Town’s governance structure. “It doesn’t make me feel better or worse, but I will still perform the duties that are required from me for the party,” says Thomas. Thomas was positive that Herron will bring a lot of “energy and strength” to the
community. “He has a great background, and he has some great vision for the area, but most importantly, he will ensure that Woodstock remains a fast growing re-developing area,” says Thomas. Moosa Sydow, chairperson for the Walmer Estate Residents and Civic Association, who also ran as an independent candidate for the National Alliance for Democracy, was disappointed at the outcome of the election. Sydow ended third in the race, after the ANC gaining 269 (2,79%) of the votes in Ward 57. “I really don’t think the voting system has been properly used, and I am not happy with the numbers, because you now have residents asking the question, where do they go from here?” says Sydow. “I believe that your work within your community should have counted for something and I expected a lot more,” Sydow concludes. In Ward 55, which comprises Tygerhof, Sanddrift, Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Central Metro Industrial, Ysterplaat, Rugby, Paarden Eiland, Woodstock, Brooklyn, Salt River, Ysterplaat Air Base, Lagoon Beach, Milnerton Golf Course, West Side of residential area of Century City, Waterfront area and Sunset Links, Bernadette le Roux, retains her position as ward councillor for the next five years. Le Roux garnered 8 979 votes (88,05%) from 10 198 valid votes cast in the ward. This was an increase in support for the DA, which gained 4 815 votes in 2006. The ANC gained 667 of the votes in this ward during this election. “I am very pleased with the results and I am looking forward to serving a new term as ward councillor in the area,” says Le Roux. In Le Roux’s new term, she hopes to create a “disabled-friendly zone” at all public buildings. “In doing so, Cape Town will not only be the best-run City, the best tourist destination, but also the best disabled-friendly city,” says Le Roux. She will also focus on increasing the number of Law Enforcement officials dealing with problems such as drug dealing, dumping, speeding and traffic violations, she says.
SLIPPING IN: Ben jamin Ber nadus Nathaniel, from Wood stock, gets his vote into the ballot box at the Wood stock Town Hall. See pages 2 and 3 for more on the elec tions.
“My focus is to continue supporting council staff and also improving on the service delivery in my ward,” Le Roux says. Ward 56, which comprises Summer Greens, Acacia Park, Wingfield, Factreton, Kensington, Maitland and Windermere will see a new ward councillor, DA candidate Derrick America at the helm. America gained 8 569 votes (81,79%) of 10 477 votes cast across the ward. The party gained 2 709 votes in the area in 2006. The ANC gained 931 of the votes in this ward. America could not be reached for comment on his victory by the time of going to print. Community leader, Jimmy Mkalipi, was not happy with the new ward councillor. “There is nothing happening in this ward with regards to the service delivery, and this guy doesn’t even live in the area”. However, Mkalipi says he hopes to build a “strong relationship” with the new councillor to improve the area.
“We don’t have a choice but to work with (him) to make our community a much better place, that is most important to us,” says Mkalipi. Former Ward 56 councillor, Jacob Ridder, did not have much information on America, but said: “I have reached the end of my term and will be retiring, so the new councillor will be in charge.” Ridder highlighted that several projects were “successfully” rolled out in the area during his time, but added that the new councillor would have his work cut out for him. “People are always requesting for things to be implemented from the ward councillor’s side, so the new councillor will be very busy,” says Ridder.
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Tuesday 24 May 2011
Coffee and late hours all added up ANDRE BAKKES
THE aroma of coffee greeted visitors to the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) Provincial Results and Operations Centre in Bellville South on Tuesday. And it took litres of the stuff to keep the die-hard candidates, IEC staff and media representatives who made the centre their home in the 72 hours before, during and after the May 18 local government election – awake and alert. “We have contingencies in place for every aspect of the plan, and have contingencies for those contingencies as well,” said provincial electoral officer, Courtney Sampson, a day before the elections. Unfortunately these plans did not include heaters or blankets for the odd hundred who braved the cold nights in the hall. For three long days and nights, a couple of chairs or a hard floor doubled as beds for the desperate. But it was, nonetheless, heartening to hear that everything that could possibly go wrong during the voting process had been analysed and planned for by the IEC. With 2 706 736 registered voters in the province, 387 wards, 1 572 voting locations, 16 000 volunteers, 400 area managers, 31 municipal IEC offices and 25 municipal officers, it suffices to say that plans (and plans to deal with those plans) would play a vital part in ensuring a free and fair election. Early on Wednesday, officials, VIPs and the media opened the day with an inter-faith moment of prayer, but before words like “Amen” or “Ameen” stopped echoing in the hall, life at the centre
went into overdrive. The hustle and bustle conjured an image in my mind of a well-oiled machine which was finally fulfilling its role. I’ve never been in a “war room”, but my Masters degree in Hollywood Science led me to believe that the centre was just that. Everyone was performing a vital role, and together they orchestrated something of great significance. The energy around the place was intoxicating, and most questions were answered with long, beautifully crafted and passionate responses. In the middle of the hall, 22 IEC officials who worked in what is known as the operations hub attended to calls from the voting stations and sometimes even the public. Television stations lined up the VIPs for interviews, and journalists were typing on their laptops with verve. The coffee made its first appearance almost inconspicuously. Even though everyone there was under no illusions that the next few days (and nights) would be tough, few would have expected that a love affair of such magnitude would develop between them and that wondrous bean. The results started trickling in later that day to much fanfare, but the energy levels seemed to set with the sun. Various press conferences and voting updates spurred moments of commotion, and then hands reached for the empty mugs again. Every now and again a person armed with a Red Bull would zip past and talk really quickly, but most would be concentrating on soothing their heavy eyelids. One woman thought she could
stay awake by drinking copious amounts of muscle relaxants, but she fainted and had to be rushed to hospital. Questions were few and far between, since the answers dwindled to one or two words. “Why?” often cued “because”. The cold hall was magnificently decorated with South African flags, IEC banners, colourful ribbons and emblems of political parties, but all this counted for nothing in Arcticlike conditions. Some ANC and Cope representatives made a fire in one of the hearths, which brought out some light-hearted speculation that there might be a coalition on the cards. The return of the sun was eagerly anticipated, and was eventually welcomed with open arms. Spirits lifted and answers lengthened. Results were coming in thick and fast, and generous adrenaline glands kick-started a busy Thursday for everyone. On Friday morning there was precious little energy in reserve for the brave. All that was left was their unwavering belief that their efforts furthered the cause of democracy in South Africa. The whole election process was described by the IEC as a nationbuilding event which would go on to fill each voter with pride and a belief in a brighter tomorrow. Now that the 2011 elections have been consigned to history, I look at the effort put in by officials and the mostly peaceful procession of voters last Wednesday, and I am proud of what our country has become – a fledgling democracy fuelled by freedom, reason, mutual respect and coffee.
Local election results Ward 55: Tygerhof, Sanddrift, Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Central Metro Industrial, Ysterplaat, Rugby, Paarden Eiland, Woodstock, Brooklyn, Salt River, Ysterplaat Air Base, Lagoon Beach, Milnerton Golf Course, West Side of residential area of Century City, Waterfront area and Sunset Links. The total number of registered voters was 15 537 with 9 644 valid votes cast. . Democratic Alliance – 8 587 (89,04%). . African National Congress – 589 (6,11%). . African Christian Democratic Party –
114 (1,18%). . Al Jama-ah – 111 (1,15%). . Africa Muslim Party – 52 (0,54%). Other parties that received less than 0,50% of the vote: Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party, Cape Muslim Congress, Cape Party, Inkatha Freedom Party, National Alliance for Democracy, National People’s Party, Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, Universal Civics of South Africa, Universal Party and Vryheidsfront Plus. Ward 56: Summer Greens, Acacia Park, Wingfield, Factreton, Kensington, Maitland and Windermere. The total number of registered voters
was 15 745, with 10 477 valid votes cast. .. Democratic Alliance – 8 569 (81,79%). . African National Congress – 931 (8,89%). . African Christian Democratic Party – 237 (2,26%). . Al Jama-ah – 154 (1,47%). . Cape Muslim Congress – 118 (1,13%). . National Party South Africa – 115 (1,10%). . Africa Muslim Party – 102 (0.97%) . Pan Africanist Congress of Azania – 54 (0,52%). . Pan Africanist Movement – 53
IN CHARGE: Provincial electoral of ficer, Court ney Samp son, ad dresses the media at the IEC’s Provin cial Results and Opera tions Cen tre.Photo: Andre Bakkes
CENTRE OF ATTEN TION: The IEC’s Pro vincial Re sults and Opera tions Cen tre a day before the election. Photo: Andre Bakkes
ON HAND: Officials at the op erations hub at tends to calls.Photo: Andre Bakkes
(0,51%). Other parties that received less than 0,50% of the vote: Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party, Cape Party, Inkatha Freedom Party, National Alliance for Democracy, National People’s Party, United Democratic Movement, United Independent Front, Universal Civics of South Africa, Universal Party and Vryheidsfront Plus. Ward 57: Mowbray (western part), Observatory (west of Black River Parkway), Salt River (south of Malta Road), Table Mountain (far North eastern section), Woodstock (south of Albert Road), Zonnebloem (north-east of De Waal Drive and South east of Christiaan Street). The total number of registered voters was 17 778, with 6 764 valid votes cast. . Democratic Alliance – 5 120
(76,32%). . African National Congress – 1 144 (17,05%). . Al Jama-ah – 78 (1,16%). . African Christian Democratic Party – 73 (1,09%). . Africa Muslim Party – 69 (1.03%). . National Alliance for Democracy – 54 (0,80%). . Pan Africanist Congress of Azania – 47 (0,70%).’n Other parties that received less than 0.50% of the vote: Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party, Cape Muslim Congress, Cape Party, Inkatha Freedom Party, National Party South Africa, National People’s Party, United Democratic Movement, Universal Civics of South Africa, Universal Party and Vryheidsfront Plus.
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Voting day gets thumbs up TAURIQ HASSEN
UNDREDS of voters visited their local voting stations to make their mark on the ballot sheet, which could serve to make all the difference in their respective communities. People’s Post visited three voting stations at the Woodstock Town Hall, Queens Park High School and the Blackpool Hall in Salt River on Wednesday 18 May. Jason Friedericks, a Woodstock resident, rushed to the Town Hall, and became one of the first to cast his vote. “This is supposed to be an important day for everybody, a day you actually have a say in what happens in your community,” says Friedericks. Justina Lombaard, another Woodstock resident, happily cast her vote. “Throughout the year people want to complain that this party is not doing enough, that party does not listen to them and deliver, so now is the ideal time to have your say.” At the Queens Park High School, Anees Smith, a resident in the area, gave the voting station “a major thumbs up”.
“Everything was handled so smoothly, and we were in and out in minutes, with my vote safely cast,” says Smith. He adds that “everybody” should have voted, as their say “could have made the biggest difference at the end of the day”. Another local resident, Brian Francis, was hesitant at the initial thought of voting, but the “hype” managed to win him over. “I never intended to vote in the first place, but hearing everybody and seeing the people make such a big fuss over the voting won me over,” says Francis. Salt River’s Blackpool Hall was graced with some first-time voters, who were excited at the prospect of having a say within their community. Adielar Abrahams (19) nervously stood waiting to receive her ballot sheet. “I don’t even know how this works, but I do know that my vote could make the biggest difference in the end.” Her closest friend, Jade Martins (19) also voted for the very first time and understood her friend’s sentiments. “You have very little opportunities to actually have a say in your community, so now is the time and we should all be proud of this moment.” People’s Post captured the moment at the various stations.
THUMBS UP: Warren Higgs, from Woodstock, was happy with his vote and the day’s proceed ings.
CONFIRMED: Janap Philip, from Woodstock, slips her vote into the ballot box. I’M READY: Voters ensuring their names are reg istered at the Wood stock Town Hall.Pho tos: Tauriq Hassen
CHECKING IN: Voters had to check that their names were on the voters roll at the Queens Park High School, before moving off to cast their votes. LINED UP: Vot ers queue outside the Black pool Hall in Salt River to cast their votes.
FINAL CHECK: Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) representatives were on hand to do a final check on certain voters.
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Tuesday 24 May 2011
Residents blow whistle on netball court TAURIQ HASSEN
THE netball courts at the Queens Park High School continue to deteriorate, restricting youngsters in their pursuit of their sporting ambitions. Problems at the court include a poor playing surface, a lack of fencing, excessive weed growth, collection of dirt and dangerous parts of the wire fence falling onto the pavement. Residents living around the facility feel that the “eyesore court” is fast becoming worse, damaging the image of the area, especially in light of the City of Cape Town’s upgrades done at the neighbouring Queen’s Park Sports facility. The court is located on the corner of Palmerston and Bideford roads, and is the property of the high school. People’s Post reported earlier (“Courts a ‘mess’ amid school’s money woes”, 31 August 2010), that a lack of funding from the Western Cape Education Department prevented the school from addressing the matter. At the time, the principal admitted the area was an “eyesore”, and said he was aware of the dangers the broken fencing posed to the community. Wilma Esterhuizen, a Woodstock resident who usually passes the “derelict courts”, describes the area as “a disgusting dumping ground for dirt and problems”. “We are supposed to be seeing children playing on the courts and making use of the area for positivity, but instead, all you see is a filthy area, inviting more and more dirt and problems to the area,” says Esterhuizen. Former chairperson of the Upper Woodstock Residents Association and local resident, Teun Baartman, agrees with the sentiments of residents, saying: “The court’s
FALLING APART: The wire fencing around part of the court is collapsing.
shocking condition affects our neighbourhood, and it is being used as a dumping ground and dirt collection area.” In an attempt to get some answers, Baartman forwarded a letter to Education MEC, Donald Grant, highlighting the concerns, as well as pointing out the length of time that had lapsed without the problem having been solved. “This court cannot be used to play sports, and I don’t think I will have to tell you how beneficial playing sports can be for the youth, so you as the MEC for Education should know that,” Baartman wrote in the letter. Jack Conradie, another local resident, says this is not a new problem. “These courts have been in this condition for quite some time now, and we have attempted to get something done about the matter.” According to Conradie, concerns were lodged with council at the end of last year, but no response or action was taken. “I think the residents themselves are going to have to do something about this problem, because nobody else seems to care,” says Conradie. However, he says youngsters are still using the courts as a soccer pitch, to which he gave the thumbs-up, but pointed out the safety concerns. “That damaged fencing is a major problem, and they can get hurt. That is one problem that is not being attended to, and then you have the amount of glass bottles and dangerous items spread across that turf, which poses even further threats to those youngsters,” says Conradie. “Go into the affluent areas and they have astro-turfs and fancy security measures, and all they can tell you is that those people have the money, which is a disgrace,” Conradie says. Paddy Attwel, director of communication for the WCED, said the department was “unaware of the issue”, but promised to attend to the matter in consultation with the school. “Schools are responsible for maintaining sports facilities and they can apply to the Department for emergency assistance in special circumstances, for example, where safety is an issue,” says Attwell. With regards to the letter, Atwell said: “The Western Cape Education Ministry has forwarded a letter on the issue to the department for attention.” Attwell further encouraged residents to report issues of this kind to the department, “so that we can attend to them”. People’s Post contacted the Queen’s Park High School for comment, but was unable to reach the principal by the time of going to print. The newspaper undertakes to publish such comment once it is forthcoming.
DANGER: The fencing has started to break away from the walls, landing on the pavement.
DIRT TRAP: The dirt lines the fences around the court.
A ladies’ treat for a good cause HQ (Headquarters) Restaurant will be hosting a “Nosh for Josh Ladies Lavish Luncheon” at 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town to raise funds for autistic four-year-old Joshua Pekeur. The lunch will be at 12:30 for 13:00 on Saturday 28 May. Women are invited to the event, which will feature an array of exhibitions and displays,
including a fashion show, hair and make-up displays, food displays, and an auction. Tickets cost R150 and will include a “lavish” goodie bag, delectable snacks and champagne on arrival. Dress glamourous. RSVP by today (Tuesday 24 May) or contact Kim on 072 530 8083 or email email@example.com.
Kicking it old school with Santos AN OLD-SCHOOL jazz evening will be hosted by the Santos AFC at the Vangate Sports Ground Hall on Friday 27 May. Cover charge will be R20 and the event
starts at 20:00 till late. Bar facilities will be available. Contact Deon on 083 677 6468 or Ricardo on 084 767 8501.
Walk on cloud nine THE Salt River Health Committee welcomes the community to the new Foot Care Clinic at the Railway Institute in Salt River. The clinic is operating from Monday to Thursday, and is open from 08:30 until 12:00. Pensioners will be charged R25 and nonpensioners R35. For further information, contact Shireen Marlie on (021) 447-7591 or the receptionist, Shahiema Solomons, on (021) 447-6440.
Minstrel year kicks off THE Fabulous Woodstock Starlites Minstrels will open the “Klopse Kamer” on Sunday 29 May, starting at 15:00. The opening will take place at The Lab, behind Woodstock Town Hall. Newcomers are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Kareem on 083 713 9342.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
Commuters fume as carriages cut TAMMY PETERSEN
EPAIRS by Metrorail on damaged carriages has seen a decrease in the number of coaches on trains, causing even more overcrowding on the already capacity-filled transport mode. But despite Metrorail’s claims of working “aggressively” on a short-term recovery plan to ensure that every available train is in service, commuters say the service provider should have informed commuters of planned carriage cuts, and made provision for additional trains to run during the repair process. Former eight-coach trains have been reduced to seven and in some cases six-coach trains. Metrorail regional manager, Lindelo Matya, says trains are shortened when carriages that display defects related to the aging of its infrastructure are repaired on site or are temporarily removed to be repaired. He says the entire train or some carriages can also be permanently or temporarily removed from service, depending on the extent of the
breakdown and its rail-worthiness. But commuters, who are being forced into fewer carriages, remain unimpressed with the service provided by Metrorail. Jessica le Grange says she has “lost about 10 kilos” from being squashed in the thirdclass carriage she takes from Plumstead Station to Salt River. “I didn’t think it would be possible to overcrowd trains more than they were a few months ago, but Metrorail has done it again. “This situation is ridiculous, but for many of us, this is the most cost-effective way to get to work. I am seriously considering rather forking out more and be comfortable than to risk my life on an overcrowded carriage.” Miles Sibanye, from Steurhof, says it is inevitable that someone will fall from a moving train. “The situation is especially bad at Wynberg station. It’s dangerous and disgusting that we have to travel like cattle on a truck. Metrorail makes millions every year. Can’t they treat their customers better? They should be increasing the number of carriages instead of cutting down.”
Matya acknowledges that a “limited number” of train sets currently operate without the requisite number of carriages. “These carriages are being maintained, and due to occasional lack of sufficient spare capacity, we are forced to operate shorter trains rather that cancelling the entire set. “Our rolling stock depot is working flat out to repair the vandalised couches with an intention of returning them back to service as soon as possible.” He adds that most of the work has been outsourced to private contractors to speed up the process of returning these sets to service. “These efforts, however, will be in vain if the commuters do not join hands with Metrorail security and Law Enforcement to report any incident of vandalism and malicious damage to the coaches.” Report vandalism to Crime Stop on 08600 10111; the Metrorail Protection Service on (021) 449-4336, or the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.
People’s Post WoodstockMaitland Page 5 TIME TO DANCE: International choreographer and dancer, Dav id Krugel (cen tre, back), is in Cape Town to create a new bal let for the Tokai based Cape Dance Company. His work will have its world premiere at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg from Friday 10 until Saturday 18 June. South Africanborn Krugel trained in South Africa and New York, and has been based in The Hague for many years, working with worldrenowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian and Mats Eck. He is seen here with the company’s dancers.
Bipolar Awareness Day THERE will be a free talk on bipolar disorder in Observatory, Cape Town. Thursday 26 May is National Bipolar Awareness Day. On Monday 30 May, community members in and around Observatory in Cape Town are invited to a free screening of Medihelp’s Living with Bipolar DVD, followed by a question and Aanswer session on bipolar disorder from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Main Hall in Valkenberg Hospital on Observatory Road. Top psychiatrist, Dr Neil Horn, will be discussing the disorder, as well as answering questions from the audience on
self-help techniques, frequently asked questions regarding medication and how to help a loved one. At the event, hosted by Medihelp and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), support group leader and health practitioner, Suzanne Leighton, will have brochures and information available. SADAG can be contacted for counselling on its toll-free Bipolar Helpline on 0800 70 80 90 between 08:00 and 20:00 seven days a week. More information on bipolar, brochures, articles and online videos can be found at www.sadag.org.
Engage with astronomy A PUBLIC lecture will be held at the South African Astronomical Observatory on Saturday 28 May at 20:00 sharp. The lecture is titled “Why astronomy?”. Dr Andreas Faltenbacher will talk
about the importance of astronomy to society and why taxpayers should continue funding astronomy research. For more information visit www.saao.ac.za
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The upsidedown world of dirty old Eskom TONY ROBINSON
IN a recent column we looked at solar water heaters and how they could save R300 a month on your electricity bill. Now let’s turn all that upside down and look at it from the point of view of the municipality and Eskom. Every solar geyser installed means a saving for you and a loss of roughly R3 500 a year in income for the City of Cape Town. A thousand installations will take the annual loss in revenue to R3,5 million. Cape Town, however, has a population in excess of three million, so the idea of solar panels on 250 000 roofs is not unreasonable, but it would cost the City R875 million a year in lost revenue at today’s prices. Next year the figure will top the billion rand mark. And that will make a huge hole in the municipal budget! Less than 10% of the country’s population lives in Cape Town, so we can multiply the local figure by 10 and that means a potential loss of R10 billion a year for municipalities across the country. The Eskom share of the loss would probably be R5 billion or R6 billion. Solar water heaters are something of a nightmare for the mu-
nicipalities and Eskom. Of course they have to make the right noises, so Eskom tells us to tweak the geyser temperature, use fluorescent lights and not to put too much water in the kettle to save electricity. What we are seeing, folks, are conjuring tricks. A big distracting fuss over little things like keeping the fridge door closed while great and highly profitable amounts of electricity continue to be consumed by electric geysers. The national energy plan says demand side management has barely scratched the surface of
the potential saving. And then it ignores the obvious benefits and predicts a huge increase in demand and the desperate need for half a dozen nuclear power stations. If the government was serious about the energy crisis there would be a plan to phase out the pure electric geyser over, say, five years. Perhaps even a tax on electric geysers to subsidise solar water heaters. The other evil in Eskom’s nightmare is gas. A combined cycle gas power station would be cheaper, cleaner and more efficient than anything Eskom is building now. Even worse is that it would open the way for a reticulated supply of natural gas to industrial areas, and make it possible for many factories to use gas for their process heat. And Eskom would lose major customers. In fact, three plans for gas power stations in the Western Cape have already been shot down. They were probably seen as the thin end of a dangerous wedge. So the upside-down picture is that solar water heaters, gas and serious energy saving are bad for dirty old Eskom, even though they would be good for the country, the climate and for us. The great truth, folks, is that the electricity you don’t use is the cheapest electricity of all.
Help Andrew walk again FOUR-and-a-half years ago, Andrew Merryweather found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now faces the prospect of a lifetime in a wheelchair. Merryweather broke two vertebrae when he was attacked by eight youths in Claremont. Merryweather would like to act as a guinea pig for the ReWalk Suit, an “upright walking technology” that enables wheelchair users with lower-limb disabilities to stand, walk, and even climb stairs. He intends to demonstrate its use at medical facilities and marketing this product initially in Cape Town and later in other major centres. The ReWalk Suit is due on the South African market within the next nine to 12 months.
They cost approximately R400 000 of which so far R117 000 has been raised. For further info visit www.argomedtec.com. To move this project forward there are two exciting shows taking place at Artscape on Saturday 28 May. Roelof Colyn is on at 16:00 and entry costs R105. Colyn, of a “Handful of Keys”, entertains with songs from popular shows on Broadway and the West End of London. Rock ’N Rouge is at 20:15 and costs R105. Now in its third year of entertaining, the cabaret group has been providing audiences with comedy in a variety of venues around the Cape. Book at Computicket or Artscape, or Dial-a-Seat on (021) 4217695.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
Bipolar Awareness Day THERE will be a free talk on bipolar disorder in Observatory, Cape Town. Thursday 26 May is National Bipolar Awareness Day. On Monday 30 May, community members in and around Observatory in Cape Town are invited to a free screening of Medihelp’s Living with Bipolar DVD, followed by a question and Aanswer session on bipolar disorder from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Main Hall in Valkenberg Hospital on Observatory Road. Top psychiatrist, Dr Neil Horn, will be discussing the disorder, as well as answering questions from the audience on self-help tech-
Consumer Protection Act talk THE South Peninsula chapter of the Cape Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an information session on the new Consumer Protection Act at the Grange in Orpen Road, Tokai, on 26 May at 17:00. PJ Veldhuizen, of the law firm Gillan and Veldhuizen, will give an in-depth briefing on the Act and the last-minute changes that could di-
rectly affect contracts with suppliers. Veldhuizen will spell out the new rights and responsibilities of both suppliers and the purchasers of goods and services. The cost is R80 for members of the Chamber and R100 for non-members. For further information, please call Kennedy Jimba on (021) 785-3070 or 072 411 7449.
Good Food and Wine Show comes to Cape Town WHETHER you fancy yourself a bit of an oenephile or you’re tickled by culinary genius, you’re in for a real treat this year at the Good Food and Wine Show, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Thursday 26 to 29 May. Visitors will be inspired by live cooking demonstrations by top chefs, and can even rub shoulders with top celebrity chefs such as Celia Brooks Brown, Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar, James Martin and
Heston Blumenthal. South Africa produces some of the top chefs in the world, and the Good Food and Wine Show provides the perfect platform to showcase our leading chefs – Bertus Basson, George Jardine, Christiaan Campbell and Craig Cormack, and celebrities Evita Bezuidenhout and Jeremy and Jacqui Mansfield. Tickets are available through Computicket. For the full programme, visit www.GoodFoodandWineShow.co.za.
Think Twice workshop
sues around HIV and AIDS. The two-day workshops will take place at the organisation’s offices in Wynberg on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May, and again on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May. For more information, visit the Think Twice website at www.thinktwice.org.za, or call Moussa or Miemie on either (021) 762-2979 or (021) 761-3338.
WYNBERG-BASED non-profit organisation, Think Twice, will be hosting training workshops for the parents, teachers and guardians of five-year-old children. The workshop will focus on how to instill in children a sense of selfworth, teach them to make good decisions and how to deal with the is-
Nuclear expert lined up to speak
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THERE will be a University of the Third Age meeting on Thursday 26 May featuring Don Mingay. He is an internationally recognised nuclear expert and consult-
ant, who will speak on “Up-to-date update on Energy in Reality” at the Baxter Theatre at 10:00 for 10:30. All are welcome. Phone (021) 531-5604.
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tronomy?”. Dr Andreas Faltenbacher will talk on importance of astronomy to society, and why tax payers should continue funding astronomy research. For more information, visit www.saao.ac.za.
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Paraguayan diva to perform at Artscape IN celebration of Paraguay’s 200th year of independence, the Embassy and Honorary Consulate of Paraguay will present Paraguayan classical guitarist Luz María Bobadilla with South African guest artists Saudiq Khan and Ernesto Latino, in one performance at the Artscape Theatre on Friday 27 May at 19:00. Paraguay, with a population of approximately 6.5 million people, is often referred to as the “Heart of South America” because it is situated between Brazil and Argentina. Two centuries ago, in 1811, the country gained independence from Spain and this year Paraguayan people around the globe have been commemorating this historical milestone, with Cape Town being no exception. Bobadilla was born in Asunción into a family of musicians. She studied piano, traverse flute, classical, popu-
niques, frequently asked questions regarding medication and how to help a loved one. At the event, hosted by Medihelp and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), support group leader and health practitioner, Suzanne Leighton, will have brochures and information available. SADAG can be contacted for counselling on its toll-free Bipolar Helpline on 0800 70 80 90 between 08:00 and 20:00 seven days a week. More information on bipolar, brochures, articles and online videos can be found at www.sadag.org.
lar and jazz guitar from a young age and even as a child, her virtuosity was apparent. Bobadilla has performed to great acclaim throughout the world in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Madrid, Geneva, Bogotá and Buenos Aires where she has dazzled audiences. Her distinguished performances have been described as “outstanding and impetuous” and she has released several albums such as Tribute to Agustín Barrios, Luz on the Guitar and Paraguay with Cuore d’ Italia, the latter having been recorded together with the international harp master Nicolás Caballeros. For this once-off performance, Bobadilla will be joined on stage by well known South African guitarists Khan and Latino. Tickets cost R60 and R90 and can be bought through Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421-7695 or at Computicket.
Paraguayan classical guitarist Luz María Bobadilla will perform at the Artscape in honour of her country’s 200 years of independence. Photo:Sup plied
Art on show THE South African Society of Artists will be hosting its annual members exhibition opening on Saturday 28 May at the Sanlam Hall at Kirstenbosch Gardens at 17:30. The exhibition allows each and every member of the society to participate. The self-selected exhibition will run until Monday 6 June. The exhibition will be open daily from 09:30 to 17:30. To find out more about the event or for an invitation to the opening, or to become a member of the society, please contact The South African Society of Artists’ secretary, Liz Pearson on (021) 671-8941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 24 May 2011 READY FOR BATTLE: Thou sands of fans flocked to the Cape Town Sta dium on Satur day 21 May, to watch the Ur ban Warriors, Ajax Cape Town F.C, cap ture their first PSL trophy in 11 years. How ever, the sea of red left the sta dium disap pointed, as the title went to Or lando Pirates on goal differ ence. Ajax required a victory, but failed to deliver, drawing 22 with Maritzburg United. Pirates on the other hand spoilt the party by beating Golden Arrows 21, with a late winner by midfielder, Isaac Chansa. In the photo are John Le Roux and his threeyearold son, Keyan. Photo: Yunus Mohamed
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Racing through history This was a post to which slaves and convicted persons were tied while receiving corporal punishment. . The Auwal Mosque in Bo-Kaap’s Dorp Street is the oldest mosque in the country. The Muslim faith was brought to South Africa by slaves brought to South Africa by the Dutch East India Company. This mosque’s history dates back to 1794 and the property was owned by a freed slave, Salie Coridon, of Ceylon. . Old Slave Church, South African Mission Museum at the top of Long Street, was founded by the SA Missionary Society in 1799 to spread Christianity to the slaves. . The Castle of Good Hope was built by the Dutch in 1666 after their arrival. The Castle was erected as a five-pointed star on the foreshore of Cape Town. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in SA. “Everybody is encouraged to join the race, because it’s an opportunity to explore your history during a race, which is something different and exciting,” says Meyer. People’s Post is proud to be the print media sponsor of this event. Entry forms for the race will be made available on Thursday 26 May. For further information, visit www.itheko.org or contact Farouk on 083 460 6736 or Fatima on 083 943 6236 or Shiehaam on 084 991 1200.
IMAGINE a race through the history books, passing many of the historic landmarks built by the slaves in the early 1700s. This vision will become reality when the Jive Slave Route Challenge kicks off on Sunday 12 June. It will consist of four events; a half marathon, a 10km run or race/walk, a 5km fun run or walk, and a 10km big walk. According to Farouk Meyer, organiser of the event, the race is designed to place emphasis on the historic sites built and created by the slaves. “This race has to be different to the other races in Cape Town, because almost the whole of Cape Town was built by slaves, and there are many historical landmarks to be seen,” says Meyer. The race starts off in Darling Street in front of the City Hall, moves up Keizergracht towards District Six, down Roeland Street into Orange Street, then through the Company’s Garden and into Bo-Kaap before the race finishes on the Grand Parade. Some of the landmarks along the route include: . The Whipping Post on the corner of Buitenkant and Darling streets, which was once a place of torture and execution.
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Time to deliver THE local government elections are over; the electorate has played its part, the IEC has ensured a free and fair process, the victors have broken open the champers and the vanquished have regrouped. Now the real work begins. Every single election, be it municipal or national, be it at home or abroad, is characterised by electioneering. This courtship promises voters the world – in this case, the city. Politicians pull out all the stops, unreservedly so. Their ultimate goal is power; power that corrupts; absolute power that corrupts absolutely – as (loosely) quoted by 19th century historian and moralist John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, who said: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” True or false? In the political context, it has been shown to be the former and the names of some “great” South African men spring to mind. One man’s name stands out, though – that of an internationally-revered great man, our own former president Nelson Mandela, who did not succumb to the intoxicating lure of power. Election results are proof that “the people have spoken” and during this municipal elections, the people elected to keep the ANC in power, nationally. But in the coveted Western Cape, the DA has triumphed, obtaining an outright majority in a number of Western Cape municipalities, including Cape Town, where the party secured 135 seats, followed by the ANC with 73, and the ACDP and Cope, with three seats each. Delivery is crucial to running a city successfully, especially one as diverse as Cape Town. More importantly, though, the onus is on all political parties and their candidates to honour the mandate voters have entrusted them with and play equal leading roles in elevating all nine provinces to world-class standards.
ETV’s Naked News, broadcast on a Friday night/early Saturday morning after the 22:00 movie, has unlocked controversy among various organisations taking a
stand for family values, including the Family Policy Institute, which has called on members of the public to write in to etv in protest against the show. In the
show, woman presenters present art, entertainment and lifestyle news either naked or while stripping down. etv says the show will be aired over the next 12 weeks.
jobs and are toyi-toying and striking voted for the ANC with their hearts instead of their heads and will lose out. Piet Promise . The cancer of immorality is spreading rapidly! If doctors tell you there is nothing they can do for patients with incurable illness, the same of society! Florian Sirens are necessary . SAPS and Correctional Service members must use sirens when transporting prisoners. They are not allowed to stop for anyone or anything. What would happen if they are stuck in traffic and those prisoners escape? A commander Pick n Pay Smart Card . You don’t have a Pick n Pay Smart Shopper Card because you wish to keep your ID a secret, or you don’t need R20? If you have a bank account, TV licence, are a voter, have a driver’s licence or belong to a medical aid then your ID number is not a secret, so why not have a loyalty card especially if you shop there? Bank and credit cards are more risky. Help needed . Can somebody please help me? I’m glucose and lactose intolerant, and finding food without glutine is very difficult because I can’t afford the food that is on the market. Please help me stay alive!
Justice system doesn’t work I AM not sure if I agree with those who say crime is on the decrease in Cape Town. On Tuesday 17 May, at 11:45, I had a bad experience when I was robbed of my cellphone in Nerina Street, Woodstock by a 23-year-old man wearing blue jeans and a white jersey. He ran in the direction of the bridge over N2 freeway towards Walmer estate. I did not give chase because of other stuff which I was carrying. Instead I continued to go home to drop my parcel, which I still had, after which I went to report the case at Woodstock Police Station. The police advised me to get a reference number first from my insurance before opening a case. When I phoned the insurance company they asked for what they call an IMEI number, which I did not have at the time. So I went back home to fetch the number. Back to phone them on a public phone. They took the number, but said I must phone back on Friday 20 May for the reference number required by a police station before a case could be opened. I then requested them to blacklist the phone in the meantime, but they asked me to give them 24
hours before they could blacklist it. I said I found it hard to believe that I had to wait for 24 hours. They immediately said no, this time it’s going to be 48 hours because of a public holiday on Wednesday 18 May. So now I must wait until Friday before I can go to the police station, which I will not do any more due to frustration. The point I am trying to make is the whole justice system is so crime victim-unfriendly that people can decide not to go ahead with their cases, and I know I am not the only one. Our laws are designed in such a way that they favour the criminals at our expense. MAHLATHAMNYAMA HENDA Woodstock Sergeant Hilton Malila, spokesperson for the Woodstock Police Station, responded to the letters by saying: The victim’s service provider is at fault here, because it is clear that he is upset about the long period that he had to wait. The police can’t do anything in that regard. The working methods and in-
structions at the station are that in all cases where people report cellular phones stolen, we will request the ITC number from them as well as the IMEI number. It is the responsibility of the complainant to retrieve these numbers from their service providers. The people only report cell phones for insurance purposes, in order for it to be replaced by the insurance companies. Through this working process, we eliminate the chances of opening false cases. In the past two months we arrested three people for opening false cases at the Woodstock Police Station. I want to encourage the victim to report the case, or if he doesn’t want to come all the way back to our station, he can do it at any police station, so that the incident can be investigated. We can also show the victim photo albums of previous criminals arrested, to determine if anyone can be pointed out. The importance also of reporting criminal cases, is that detectives can furnish you with a point out notice, so if you see the suspect again, you can contact the investigating officer or the emergency police number.
General . To the City of Cape Town and the Liquor Board: why must some licensed outlets selling alcohol close on Sundays and others that already have received the new selling times can operate? Can’t the Liquor Board ensure that all shebeens close on a Sunday? Irate . Why are there millions of rands available for Jacob Zuma to have renovations done to his house? Why are there thousands of rands available for Jacob Zuma’s son to entertain himself and his friends for a supper in Durban? So why do the residents have to wait 20 years for a little? I won’t get an answer because Jacob Zuma won’t have one. Wendy . Ehrenreich, Carolus and Patel negotiate the closing of factories in the Cape, now they sit in Parliament and we are without jobs. Ex SACTU member . Congrats Zille, keep on delivering. We don’t want to be rich, we only want a job with a roof over our heads, which is very little. Create jobs for the people of Cape Town. Josephine . Those voters who are living in shacks with no basic services,
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Shamil Orrie, senior advertising consultant at People’s Post, received a merit award for his top performance in the past financial year. He is seen here with Garth Hewitt, manager of TygerBurger.
TOP ACHIEVER: Karen Peiser, senior advertising consultant at People’s Post, was named the top consultant at People’s Post and also runnerup in the Consultant of the Year Award for the entire Die Burger and WP Newspapers groups. She is seen here with Garth Hewitt, manager of TygerBurger, a sister publication in the WP Newspapers group. Photos: Charl Pretorius
Another top performance for People’s Post People’s Post takes top prizes in the Consultant of the Year Awards
EOPLE’S POST has delivered a top achiever in the annual Consultant of the Year Awards for Die Burger and WP Newspapers, which publishes People’s Post, TygerBurger, City Vision and Blits. Not only did Karen Peiser, senior advertising consultant at People’s Post, take the top prize for being the top performing advertising consultant at People’s Post, she also took the runner-up award for
the entire WP Newspapers and Die Burger group combined. The Consultant of the Year Awards are presented annually in the Die Burger and WP Newspapers groups to award advertising consultants who excel against their annual turnover targets. In winning the runner-up award, Karen was acknowledged as being the second-best performer across Die Burger and WP Newspapers. Karen was only marginally behind the best performer
in the group, Michelle Schultz from Die Burger, who won the Consultant of the Year Award. It is not the first time that Karen has made her mark in the newspaper group – she was also runner-up in the Consultant of the Year Awards in both 2007 and 2009. The Consultant of the Year Awards were conferred at a glamorous ceremony held at Rusticana near Klapmuts on Friday 13 May. Other advertising staff members of People’s Post were also
awarded on the night. Shamil Orrie, senior advertising consultant at People’s Post, received a merit award for his top performance and Lisa Singer, advertising consultant with Kalahari Ads, the group’s classifieds division, received the award for being the top Kalahari Ads consultant for WP Newspapers. “We are all very proud of our top achievers at People’s Post,” comments Annelien Dean, editor of the newspaper. “Our consultants
are passionate about their work of serving businesses across the south peninsula and really go the extra mile to help businesses grow through a targeted advertising approach. Their hard work and commitment to service show in their results and it is gratifying that their achievements are acknowledged within the broader group.” People’s Post publishes ten stand-alone editions every Tuesday for areas ranging from False Bay to the Atlantic Seaboard.
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Stunned Ajax’s tales of woe BRIAN GAFFNEY
ANTED: A coach in the mould of Foppe De Haan plus an experienced pool of defenders and midfielders. These should be some of the prerequisites that Ajax Cape Town CEO George Comitis and his fellow directors will inevitably need to ponder as they reshape and strengthen their squad for next season. Ajax, after being in a virtually unassailable position to annex the Premiership champions’ title for the first time in its 11-year history, were denied a place in the soccer annals when Maritzburg United held them to a 2-2 draw at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The result afforded Orlando Pirates the honour to walk the red carpet – with a better goal difference record than Ajax’s – after a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. The dramatic change in fortune that came about midway through the second half– after Ajax had led 1-0 via a Khama Billiat goal – left De Haan devastated. Panic and pathetic defensive play had cost Ajax dearly – and ruined De Haan’s retirement from top-class soccer – at the most crucial time of the sea-
son. Veteran custodian Hans Vonk spoiled his farewell match when he failed to clear an innocuous back pass in the face of a determined challenge by goalscorer Gert Schalkwyk during a rare raid on the Ajax goal. Suddenly Ajax looked bewildered and Maritzburg sensed the Urban Warriors were in disarray. The pacy Felix Obada exposed longserving but injury-prone left flank defender Brett Evans – whose inclusion for the big match appeared to be based on sentiment. Yes, the risk of fielding Evans so soon after his recovery from injury backfired horribly. Then too, Nazeer Allie – also back from injury – looked unsure in his role next to Clayton Daniels at the centre of defence whenever Maritzburg applied pressure. And it told when his unforced handball infringement afforded Diya Sibisi the penalty opportunity to hit the target against his former club. Sameehg Doutie equalised after placing his low shot past goalkeeper and man-of-the-match Shu-aib Walters. But the livewire midfielders’ effort came too late. Pirates were already celebrating in Soweto. Now what Ajax need most desperately is an experienced mentor to replace De Haan – with the final choice that will be announced in a fortnight’s time like-
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ly to be a fellow-Dutchman. A dependable replacement for Vonk is also vital as back-up keeper Andre Petim – with due respect to his unwavering commitment to the Ajax cause – lacks the build to deal with crosses into the danger area. The imminent return of Cole Alexander and Aiden Jenniker from a loan spell with Vasco Da Gama will pay dividends. Ball winners like Alexander and Granwald Scott operating in tandem have the potential to stabilise the Ajax midfield, while Jenniker could rival Evans for the left-back position. Another concern for Ajax of course is the habit of some of its key players to incur suspensions – at times, needlessly – when Ajax needed them most this past season. On Saturday, the suspended Thembinkosi “Terror” Fanteni watched the action from the stands. His ability to to dominate the aerial duels and to hold possession for the pacy Thulani Serero, Billiat and Doutie was sorely missed. Daniels also lost his composure when a needless handball infringement during a 3-0 win over Pirates ruled him out of a title-chasing clash with Mamelodi Sundowns, who fought back to draw 4-4 after trailing 1-4 in Pretoria in April. Ajax, Fanteni and Daniels certainly rue those moments of indiscretion.
THWARTED: Maritzburg United FC goalkeeper Shuaib Walters counters Brent Carelse of Ajax Cape Town FC at Cape Town Sta dium on Saturday. Photo: Rashied Isaacs
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