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Tuesday 31 May 2011

CREATIVE: CCDI product advisor, David van Staden (centre), shows Isaque Mohamed (left) and Dionisia Mambo (right) from Mozambique different types of heat­transferable vinyl in the CCDI production sup­ port area. Photo: Sup­

Total lunar eclipse in June A TOTAL lunar eclipse will be visible from South Africa on Wednesday 15 June. The last total lunar eclipse visible from this region took place in February 2008, and the next one will only be in September 2015. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves into the shadow of the Earth. At this point the Earth prevents the rays of the sun from striking the moon, and thus makes the moon appear darker. Though lunar eclipses happen at least twice a year, any given eclipse will only be visible from certain parts of the world. Total lunar eclipses are also more rare. As the eclipse progresses, only part of the full moon disk will appear dark (that is, a partial eclipse) as the moon starts to move into the darkest part of the earth’s shadow, called the umbra. This will happen at 20:23 South Af-

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Safety is paramount and the staff are all trained in first aid. The service is free, provided that users make an appointment for a one-hour session consisting of a consultation and assisted use of the tools and processes. Follow-up consultations can be made with the same advisor. The PSS is divided into two main sections – a research and design area and a tool room. The research and design area consists of a central consultation and planning area, with computers for both research and design. The Product Support Space is located on the fourth floor of the CCDI building at 75 Harrington Street, Cape Town. For consultation bookings, contact Ashanti Zwedala on (021) 4611488 or visit www.capecraftanddesign.org.za for further details.

rican Standard Time (SAST). Once the moon is inside all of the earth’s umbral shadow, a total eclipse can be observed. The total eclipse will last from 21:22 to 23:03, when the moon will eventually start to move out of the Earth’s shadow and a partial eclipse will then be seen again. The full moon will leave the Earth’s umbral shadow a few minutes after midnight. During the total lunar eclipse, the moon will most likely have a dark copper-red hue on it. This is because a great quantity of the blue light will be removed by the earth’s atmosphere through the scattering of small particles, letting mainly the red part of the sunlight through. Unlike a solar eclipse, no precautions regarding eye safety are needed when observing the moon at this time.

A family day of fun THE Islam Discover Centre presents its first Family Day. It will take place on Saturday 4 June from 09:00 until 15:00 at the Taronga Road Masjied in Rondebosch East. The day will host various fun stalls and entertainment including sand arts, henna art, organic plants, recycling, Fabulous in Hijab for ladies, bridal make-up, Indian Oils, magnets, children’s beading, Sh’zen, a reflexologist, an Indonesian masseuse and there will be In-

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People’s Post Woodstock­Maitland Page 3

Residents to work with ‘unknown’ councillor TAURIQ HASSEN

LOCAL government elections may have brought a new ward councillor to Kensington and Factreton, in the form of Derrick America, but some residents are questioning the merits of his appointment. America, a DA candidate, has been installed in Ward 56, which includes Summer Greens, Acacia Park, Wingfield, Maitland, Factreton, Kensington and Windermere after the long-serving Jacob Ridder decided to retire this year. Sharon Alexander, a community worker formely employed by Shawco, raised concerns about the candidate before the elections, and wanted to know how America was nominated to be ward councillor there. Alexander says several residents flocked to her offices, “ranting and raving” about the new candidate for the area. “The complaints kept rolling, in and nobody could understand how somebody who knows nothing about the area gets nominated for such a huge role in the community,” says Alexander. Alexander, along with a handful of concerned residents, met up with People’s Post at the Shawco offices last month, and residents voiced their anger. All seemed to show a lack of support for America, who had not yet taken office at the time. Mogammad Raban said he had no idea who America was, until a poster showing his image was put up close to his home. The furious Raban added that there had been no consultawith the community in this regard. “That is a day when you as a community member have a say in

BURNT OUT: Firefighters were hard at work after a fire broke out at a busi­ ness in Perth Street, Maitland, on Friday 27 May. According to Warrant Offic­ er Siyabulela Vukubi, spokesperson for the Maitland Police Station, the fire broke out at approximately 19:00. The cause of the fire has yet to be deter­ mined. “A case docket has not been opened with police and we eliminated any thoughts of possible foul play,” says Vukubi. No­one was injured during the fire, and goods in the store room of the building were damaged. Photo: Leanne Stander

Have your say THE Kensington Police Station’s designated police officer has received a liquor licence application for a residential premises which will be used as an off-consumption outlet (no drinking on the premises). The premises will be named “A & D Liquors”, and will be situated at 72 Albacore Street, Factreton. If any member of the public

has any objection, they may submit it in writing to The Magistrate’s Office, Cape Town, Private Bag X 9017, Cape Town, 8000, or Kensington SAPS, Room no. 38011, for attention Sergeant Stemmet. Objections should reach his office by Friday 3 June at 16:00. For any inquiries, contact Sergeant Stemmet on (021) 594-7039 or 082 469 2316.

Contact your ward councillor THE contact details for the newly elected and old councillors are as follows: . Ward 55 includes Tygerhof, Sanddrift, Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Central Metro Industrial, Ysterplaat, Rugby, Paarden Eiland, Woodstock, Brooklyn, Salt River, Ysterplaat Air Base, Lagoon Beach, Milnerton Golf Course, the west side of the residential area of Century City, the waterfront area and Sunset Links. Contact Ward Councillor Bernadette le Roux on 084 288 8223. . Ward 56 includes Summer Greens, Acacia Park, Wingfield, Maitland, Factreton, Kensington and Windermere. Contact Ward Councillor Derrick America on 082 200 6679. . Ward 57 includes Mowbray (western part), Observatory (west of Black River Parkway), Salt River (south of Malta Road), Table Mountain (far northeastern section), Woodstock (south of Albert Road), Zonnebloem (north-east of De Waal Drive and Southeast of Christiaan Street). Contact Ward Councillor Brett Herronon 082 518 3264.

the community’s concern that is important, but it’s got to do more with the individual and the results speak for themselves,” says America. Before being nominated in 2010, America worked as a lecturer for 15 years at the Business Faculty at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He then moved on to become a commissioner for the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). “When I found out that I’m being nominated, I had to resign as commissioner and focused on winning this ward, so I’m actually currently unemployed,” America laughed. Another community leader, Jimmy Xalipi, was not happy with the election of America, but expressed his interest in working with the new councillor to create “a better community”. “There is very little that can be done now, and we should rather be focusing on how we are going to work with him, instead of why we are working with him,” says Xalipi. America has plans to tackle the degeneration of the Main Road in Maitland, as well as the drug problem in that area. In Kensington, he plans to address the problems around the 6th Avenue squatter camp. In Facreton, he will look into the dumping issues and tackle the bushy areas found at the back of Facreton. In the near future, America will call public meetings, where he will be reaching out to community organisations and stakeholders in his ward. “The election is over and I am the new ward councillor, so my focus is primarily on doing some good work for my community,” America concluded.

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Tuesday 31 May 2011

Minstrels gear up for new season TAURIQ HASSEN

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OR DECADES, minstrels have been a part of Cape Town’s culture, filling the streets with colour and sending music through the city, uplifting spirits and drawing crowds from across the world. Minstrels first originated when the early slaves celebrated their freedom with music and marches through District Six, up into the historical Bo-Kaap, ending off at the old Green Point Track. At the track, several teams competed in various categories of song and dance. Asa-aad Williams, a former member of the Glamour Boys Minstrels Troupes, one of the longest-standing minstrel organisations, could not emphasise enough the importance of minstrels performing at the end of the year. He explained that although the modernday minstrel season can never be compared to the “good old days”, many of the new minstrel troupes are taking pride in what is said to be their “culture and history”. “There have been many changes since minstrels first took to the streets, but I’m happy to admit that what we as the klopse are still going strong. In fact, it certainly has grown over the years,” says Williams. Each year, minstrels compete in different sections at different venues around Cape Town, with song and dance the main features, leading to a “highest points” trophy. Kevin Momberg, director for administration for the Cape Town Minstrels Carnival Association, recently attended several workshops designed to educate minstrel troupes, enabling them access to “new ideas for the upcoming minstrel season”. “It’s tradition to keep this cultural sport

alive, and it’s important to ensure that each year we come up with new ideas and give troupes the opportunity to improve on their performances at their competitions,” says Momberg. The workshops started last month in Hanover Park and Wetton, where 140 youngsters were handed the opportunity to improve their skills and management courses. “They were very excited and we had a huge response, even learners that were not invited attended the courses,” says Momberg. There were approximately 100 learners involved in the skills course, with 40 learners taking part in the management course, with a further 20 learners involved in a year-long learnership course, consisting of training in various departments within the minstrels. “Our aim is to equip these learners with the necessary skills and information, because they are the future of the minstrels, and we aim to keep the spirit and culture alive by having these workshops,” Momberg explained. The minstrel season was weighed down over recent years by several complaints lodged against the New Year’s festivities taking place in the suburb of Bo-Kaap by concerned residents. Concerns included noise, crime and troupes marching throughout the night or at inconvenient times. Minstrel leaders were furious to discover that local authorities banned all minstrel activities through Bo-Kaap, even ensuring that patrol vans and police on horses were at hand to ensure that minstrels do not march through BoKaap. However, several failed attempts to re-stage minstrel events in Bo-Kaap result-

ed in a pass for only the local teams, including V&A Minstrels, Santam District Six Entertainers and Die Burger’ s Happy Boys over the minstrel season. “We had endless battles trying to get the minstrels back into Bo-Kaap and we even thought we got it right last year, but it didn’t GETTING READY: Die Burger’s Happy Boys during last year’s Cape Min­ work out and we strel Carnival Competition. Photo: Mark Wessels will continue to fight this thing until we get the minstrels One man, who chose to remain anonyback into Bo-Kaap,” says Momberg. mous for fear of his safety, reveals that he A local resident from Bo-Kaap, Ebrahim had complained continuously about minSmith, was “irritated and confused” over strel activities. When his wife fell ill, he was last year’s supposed minstrel activities in left with “no options at all”. Bo-Kaap, as he was under the impression “I had people sitting on my doorstep that a “full minstrel programme” was on the smoking their hubbly bubbly pipes, talking cards. loud and laughing, so I only lodged concerns “After hearing all the stories about the asking for this to stop happening,” says the minstrels being banned from Bo-Kaap last man. year, many of the residents believed that the “You can’t walk at such unusual hours, old minstrel show would be on the cards you can’t carry on weekend after weekend again,” says Smith. with the same problems. They don’t sit with Troupes last marched in Bo-Kaap four the problems, because they go home and years ago. they leave this place in a mess,” he adds. “People would line the street, stalls would The next minstrel activities are set to go up and the smell of braai and that buzzing kick off on 2 January 2012, with the marches sound all faded away since these mysteri- and routes still being discussed between the ous concerns were raised with police and Department of Heritage and Culture and council,” Smith explained. minstrel leaders.

Perform your heart out THE Grammy Award-winning American gospel superstar, Israel Houghton, will be in South Africa in early June to conduct auditions for his New Breed Africa programme, celebrating the next generation of leaders in music, arts, culture to form a team representing the spirit of South Africa. His most recent album, “Love God. Love People”, won best pop/contemporary gospel album at the Grammy Awards this year, and the Grammy Award-winning, gold selling album, “Alive in South Africa”, also ignited a greater dream to ultimately develop a group comprised of South African musicians and singers. The open auditions will be held in Cape Town on 7 June, in Durban on 8 June and Johannesburg on 9 June from 08:00 until 20:00. Vocalists will be chosen for a New Breed Africa recording project in South Africa. The auditions will be filmed to not only capture captivating stories, but also build up content for a possible reality program on the making of “New Breed Africa”.

Charity theatre production A FUNDRAISING production of “Tuesdays with Morrie” will be staged at the Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay at 19:00 on Wednesday 1 June. The production has been arranged by Help the Rural Child, a non-profit organisation focused on helping underprivileged rural communities. Tickets to the show cost R150 per person, and include a pre-show drink upon arrival. For further information, contact Claire McGuinness on O71 687 4732 or (021) 689-8392.

Question consciousness A FREE public talk titled “Can neuroscience throw light on consciousness?”, by Baroness Susan Greenfield, director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and Fullerian Professor of Physiology at Oxford, will be held at the SA Astronomical Observatory Auditorium, Observatory Road on Tuesday 7 June at 17:00. For more information and directions visit www.royalsocietysa.org.za.


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Drug house raided in Woodstock TAURIQ HASSEN

POLICE arrested four suspects and confiscated drugs worth R15 000 in Woodstock last week. On Tuesday 24 May, at about 14:00, and after receiving information from the public, the Woodstock Police conducted a search at a house in Wright Street. Sergeant Hilton Malila, spokesperson for the Woodstock Police Station, says the information received was in relation to ongoing drug activities taking place at the house. “We followed up the information, and were issued with a search warrant, which was immediately carried out,” says Malila. During the search, police confiscated 37 packets of tik, 19 Mandrax tablets and a backpack filled with tik lollies. “We arrested four suspects on the scene, aged between 25 and 36 years old, on charges of dealing and possession of drugs,” Malila says. All four suspects appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 26 May. Ricardo Boonzaaier (36), Brendon Rinquest (32), Masoed Ismail (25) and Fernando Maggat (34), were released on R500 bail each and are due to appear in July. . The Maitland police are requesting the assistance of the public in connection with a business burglary that took place in Paarden Island on Monday 2 May. According to Warrant Officer Siyabulela Vukubi, spokesperson for the Maitland Police Station, suspects in the case are known to police, but information is needed on the incident. “Any information received by the police will be treated as confidential,” says Vukubi. He explains that on the day of the incident, five brass gears for shuttle pump jets, worth R42 000, were allegedly stolen. Anybody with information is urged to contact the station on (021) 506-9400 or Detective Constable Nobuzwe Godongwana on (021) 506-9441. . Maitland police arrested a 29-year-old suspect in Khayelitsha on Thursday 19 May in connection with a murder case.

According to Vukubi, the motive in the case is still “unknown at this stage”. “The investigation is still under way and the motive is yet to be determined,” says Vukubi. On Saturday 30 April, at 08:55, police attended to a murder scene where a 30-year-old man was found with one stab wound to the chest in Voortrekker Road. “The man was declared dead on the scene by the paramedics attending to him,” says Vukubi. An arrest was made possible after a “thorough investigation” by the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Edward Edwardes, and information was received by the public. “Members of the community are the eyes and ears of the police, therefore any information they give to the police that leads to a success like this, is much appreciated,” says Vukubi. The suspect appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court where the case was withdrawn. Vukubi could not provide a reasoning behind the withdrawal of the case. Maitland police would like to encourage the public not to be afraid to give information in order to bring potential criminals to book. Please contact the Maitland Police Station on (021) 506-9400 to give information. . The Maitland police, in conjunction with the Community Police Forum, will be having a public participation meeting at Garden Village Primary Hall on Thursday 9 June starting at 18:00. Crime concerns and the service delivery rendered by police will be the topic of discussion. For any further information, contact Warrant Officer Siyabulela Vukubi on 071 604 8350. . Woodstock police are still battling to control the number of wheelie bins being stolen in the area. Police are urging residents to properly mark their bins, as officers at the station have been assigned to be on the lookout for marked bins. Malila explained that when marked bins are spotted, they can be returned to the address written on them. Anybody who spots stolen wheelie bins or knows about the bins being stolen is urged to contact the station on (021) 442-3122/21.

Look out for fake neighbour TAURIQ HASSEN

POLICE are warning Observatory residents to be on the look-out for a conman pretending to be a “new neighbour” in the area. Three people have already been hit by the scam artist, who pretends to be new in the area to gain access to residents’ property. According to a number of residents, the man is “well dressed” and drives a Toyota Tazz. James Able Smith, an Observatory resident, came across the man two weeks ago, when he asked permission to enter his yard to cut down trees hanging over “his” property. “He said he just moved into the area and he was fixing up his home, so I trusted him and allowed him onto my property,” says Smith. The man uses the excuse of wanting to cut down the trees before disappearing with valuable items. According to the reports, he says the trees are hanging over into his back yard, and the only way to trim the trees would be to cut them down in the neighbour’s back yard. Another woman, who asked to remain anonymous, first had a lengthy conversation with the man before she allowed him onto the premises. She tells People’s Post that he initially approached her, requesting permission for the branches to be cut down. “He snapped at a few branches and I believed him, but then when I checked up on him again, he was missing. Later that day, I discovered some of my jewellery had gone missing, and there had been no new people moving into the house next door,” says the woman. She adds: “It was quite scary to think that I was fooled by a complete stranger and anything could have happened.” Sergeant Hilton Malila, spokesperson for the Woodstock Police Station, was aware of the problem. “We are now searching for this suspect, who is still operating in the area and

people should just be warned around this area.” According to Malila, the man is said to be around 30 years old, tall and overweight. Among the items reported stolen at the station by residents were cellphones, money, jewellery and other small valuable items. “When the victims inquire at the next door neighbours, they usually don’t know anything,” says Malila. “We just want to make the public aware, if they encounter anyone who uses the same modus operandi, to immediately contact the Woodstock Police Station and request positive identification from the company if they indicate they are working for an organisation,” Malila says. David Raphael, chairman of the Observatory Neighbourhood Watch (ONW), found the problem to be “absolutely concerning”, as he also personally experienced the same thing earlier this year. “This man is very convincing, and I even allowed him into my house, but got rid of him soon after,” says Raphael. He explained the ONW have already identified a few suspects believed to be part of this scam. “We have photos of suspects who are believed to be part of this problem, and we have circulated them to all security companies and they should be on the look-out,” Raphael confirmed. Teun Baartman, chairperson of the Woodstock Community Police Forum says: “We have known about this problem for quite some time now, but it’s very difficult to track down this person.” He added that it is important for the surrounding residents to immediately contact the police or their private security companies, to catch the suspect. “It is our aim to make as many of the residents in that area aware of this man, because he will be caught if the community works closely with police,” Baartman concluded. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact Constable Reginald Abrahams on (021) 486-2870 or Crime Stop on 086 001 0111.

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ANY people think the Castle is the oldest building in Cape Town, and after much research, phone calls and site visits, it turns out they are absolutely correct. People’s Post recently published a notice which claimed that the Jan van Riebeeck-commissioned fort was the oldest building in the Cape, but a week later a reader indicated that this title and distinction, in fact, belongs to the Posthuys in Muizenberg. The plot thickened when a reader, Gary Goldman, insisted that it wasn’t the Castle or the Posthuys, but Coornhoop, a double-storey building in Observatory, that was the oldest. RECENT: Coornhoop, with its old pigeon holes, was built This led People’s Post on a long on the original ruins. Photo: Andre Bakkes but fascinating journey of discovery, only to end up where it all began – or, van der Stel Foundation restored the ruins as turns out, where it all began – the Castle. in 1964-1965. Goldman put the cat among the pigeons Historian Mike Walker says that if there is when he said: “It is Observatory’s Coorn- an authority who can identify the oldest hoop, without a doubt. The original pigeon building beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is reholes are still there. These were homing pi- nowned architect Gawie Fagan. geons that would carry messages to and from Fagan filed the question under “elementaplaces like Wellington. It was built in 1657 ry” when he confirmed that the general asand the Castle only came much later.” sumption is the correct one – the pentagonal This part of the Cape Peninsula was once Castle, which was built in 1666, is undoubtedmarsh-land, with buffalo, elephant, hippo, li- ly the oldest. on and leopard roaming freely in the area. Things were about to get even more interObservatory traces its origins to the Coorn- esting when Iziko Museums of Cape Town’s hoop Colony land grant, which was commis- director, Lalou Meltzer, set up an interview sioned to the first Free Burghers in 1657 by with historian and multi-award winning auVan Riebeeck. thor Dan Sleigh. These officials from the Dutch East India “I deal with facts,” says Sleigh confidently. Company were to occupy land in the Lies- “The Castle is the oldest building in the provbeek River valley. ince.” The large number of mills surrounding the He adds that there are some circular stone valley at the time bore testament to the suc- structures in the old Transvaal and Free cess of the farms. State that might even be older, but he can’t A few mills still remain, such as the famous be sure. Mostert’s Mill. “The two cornerstones of the Castle were An even older mill still exists at the Alexan- placed on 2 January 1666. The builders dug dra Institute, not far from the site of the the trenches a few months before,” he states. present Observatory. When speaking to Sleigh, it is obvious that The later sub-division of farms such as Bel- history flows through his veins and dates levliet, Westoe, Valkenburg, Coornhoop and whirl meticulously in his mind. Welgelegen contributed to the present-day “Coornhoop has a very modern style of argrid pattern layout. chitecture. I have seen the plans for the buildA diminutive plaque commemorating the ing, and they are dated between 1960 and 1970. historic Van Riebeeck commission is today That’s when it was restored and there is hardat the entrance of Coornhoop – a building ly anything left of the original ruins,” he now used by the University of Cape Town’s says. Centre for Conflict Resolution on Dixton “The freemen’s houses looked completely Road. different. They had a very poor beginning On the plaque it also reveals that the Simon and didn’t have double-storey buildings at all.” As for the Posthuys, Sleigh says the “misreading” of a document has lead to misinformation. “I’ve spoken to the owners of the place and informed them that it was not built in 1673, as many believe, but much later – definitely not before 1743. They are nice people, but they’re flying under false colours.” The second oldest building is, in fact, the Slave Lodge, which was originally a slave lodge and later the Supreme Court. It is now a cultural history museum, with a section on slavery and artefacts not only from Cape Town’s history, but also ancient and global civilisations. “The Lutheran Church was built in the 1780s, but the clock tower itself was built in 1702,” says Sleigh, before OFFICIAL: The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest buil­ rattling off a whirlwind of names and ding in South Africa Photo: Supplied dates.

Weekend of wisdom APPLES of Gold Ministries invites all mothers to attend their camp at Simonsberg from 3 till 5 June for a weekend of stimulating talks on mothering and marriage. Enjoy some oldfashioned nurturing as older women share

their experience with younger parents. The cost is R330 for the full weekend, including all meals and teas. For more information, phone Christine on (021) 782-4485 or 079 223 9635.

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place on 4 June between 09:00 until 12:00. The event takes place at the Clotex headquarters on the corner of lower Klipfontein and Springbok Roads in Kewtown, Athlone. There are payments required for certain sessions. To find out more about the costs, contact Natasha on (021) 637-3648, fax (021) 637- 3647 or email natasha@clotex.co.za.

CLOTEX will be hosting training workshops for participants in the clothing and textile industry, which will provide informative and useful guidelines. . A budget and scheduling session takes

Tuesday 31 May 2011

‘Help me get my sight back’ TAURIQ HASSEN

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HIS is the only hope I have”, pleads a partially blind Factreton man, who is losing more of his eyesight with every passing day. Craig Thomas was diagnosed with degenerative myopia at an early age, which saw his eyesight deteriorate over time. The 51-year-old Thomas is currently occupying a small room in a wendy house, living alone and depending on a disability grant of R1 010 a month. He never leaves the house, as his vision restricts him to the safety of his back yard. According to a myopic degeneration support website, myopia is a condition whereby images come into focus in front of the eye, resulting in a blurred image on the retina. The more severe the nearsightedness, the farther the image is from the retina, which results in more blurry vision in the distance. PLEASE HELP: Craig Thomas demonstrates how difficult Myopia causes light rays it is for him to read a simple sentence. Photo: Tauriq Hassen to focus on the front of the retina. As a result, close objects are seen clearly, while distant objects other chance,” says Thomas with a wide appear blurred. smile on his face. Near vision, however, can deteriorate to He adds that watching television, driva level where reading even close to the face ing a car, obtaining a driving licence and can become difficult. not walking into objects are all possible if “I cannot do normal things like every- the operation is performed. body else, and it’s sad for me, “I know I am losing my eyebut it’s a condition that I am sight really slowly, but there faced with and have been livis a chance for me to do the ing like this for almost all my normal things that everybody life,” says Thomas. else gets up to, so I will continThomas visits the Groote ue to hope and dream,” says Schuur Eye Clinic for treatThomas. ment regularly, but this has “If there is anybody out resulted in very little success there, the public and even thus far. doctors reading my story, this On his visit to the clinic, is something that means so Thomas is required to permuch to me, because the form optical tests, which thought of losing my eyesight proves that his eyesight is decompletely is really someteriorating by the day. thing scary.” However, approximately Anybody willing to assist three weeks ago, he was ofThomas can contact him on fered a lifeline when a doctor 079 441 2699. informed him about an operaPeople’s Post forwarded a detion that could restore his eyetailed query through to the sight. “This is the first operaGroote Schuur Hospital to tion of its kind, and my hopes are high, be- gain further information on Thomas’ case, cause there is something I can do to save but they did not respond by the time of gomy eyesight,” Thomas says excitedly. ing to print. According to Thomas, the R50 000 operation initially came to him as a “huge surprise”, but the lifeline gave him “hope to cling on”. “I was even prepared to act as a guinea pig for this operation, this is how desperate I am, because I just want an-

I cannot do normal things like everybody else, and it’s sad for me, but it’s a condition that I am faced with

Hiking schedule for June THE Meridian Hiking Club will be hiking to see the Noon Day Gun on Saturday 4 June. Contact Maré Ascott on 083 4455 728 or email mareascott@meridian.org.za for further information. . On Sunday 5 June, there will be a fun rock scramble up Cave Peak from Clovelly, then through Boomslang Cave to summit Kleintuinkop via Dassieskasteel Traverse. Contact Jenni Fitzell on 083 324

8866 or email wallcape@netactive.co.za to find out more. . The club will also be hiking to Elephants Eye on Saturday 11 June. Contact Beverly Lothian on 084 206 7796 or email bevlothian@meridian.org.za for more information. . On Saturday 11 June, there is a full day hike to the Paarl Mountain Reserve. Contact Louis Conradie on 073 195 9077 or email louis@patat.co.za to find out more.


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Empowering job seekers TERESA FISCHER

CONCENTRATING intently, one of the women taking part in a job readiness course jots down notes, then pauses, and erases something before bending over her notebook again. It is day three of a 10-day job readiness course, and the focus is on character and how it affects your job hunt. The job readiness programme aims to equip unemployed people with life skills so they are able to find and retain work. The course is offered in Epping by Zanokhanyo, which means to “bring light”, and is a project of Pinelands-based NGO Phambili ngeThemba (Going forward with hope). Zanokhanyo was launched in 2008, in response to the country’s growing unemployment rate, and it attracts people from Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Mitchell’s Plain. According to project coordinator, Linda Chonco, research conducted in Langa in 2007 established that there were jobs available, but that employers struggled to find suitable people, as many job-seekers were not “workready”. For example, punctuality is an issue, and employees might not arrive for work, only providing an explanation when it was already too late. Emotional healing is another aspect of the training, which includes seminars on personal finances, practical interview skills and workplace ethics. Candidates are also taught basic computer skills, and they graduate with an email address and the tools to access job-seekers websites. Then the real hard work of finding a job begins, but they are also given free access to computers in the resource centre, where they can

print documents for a minimal fee and have access to telephones and fax machines. A pastor is also available for prayer support. The course is extremely popular, and is currently booked up three months in advance. Places are limited to 14 per course. News of the project was spread entirely by word of mouth. The course costs R150 and in order to receive a certificate, participants must attend every single day. Chonco does not consider what she does work, because it DIGGING DEEP: Participants at a job readiness course at Zanokhanyo is so rewarding. She in Epping prepare for the workplace environment. gives the example of Photo: Teresa Fischer someone who finds work as a domestic worker as a result of the working. Internet, when a month prior they hadn’t ever Zanokhanyo receives no government sponused a computer before. sorship and relies on donations. “I am from Langa and have a great love for There are ways to help other than giving the community. I want to see us all become the cash, such as sponsoring a candidate, donating beautiful beings God wanted us to be,” she bread or peanut butter (sometimes the only says. She adds that she considers it a privilege meal of the day for the unemployed), or even to work on the project. “You can learn so much visiting the centre to assist as a volunteer. Ex... these people teach you about courage, love, perienced trainers could provide advice to and getting up and doing something,” she says. trainers at the project. Employers could con“We show them we care, show them that tact the project for reliable referrals. they can do it; we just provide the tools. There “The whole community benefits,” notes is a fire in them, they have dreams,” she adds. Chonco, “Not just the person who finds work.” Chonco says 188 people have done the course Contact Linda Chonco on (021) 531-0655 or –110 have worked since and at least 92 are still 083 2621 290 or email linda@zanokhanyo.co.za

Bo-Kaap food and craft market THE Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Indoor Market will be held at the Bo-Kaap Civic Centre in Wale Street on Saturday 4 June from 10:00 to 14:00. There will be an array of traditional foods including hot breakfast, cakes, spices, koesisters, milk tart, samoosas, salomies, dried fruit and other preserves. The crafts will include jewellery, clothes, gifts, African curios and crochet baskets. This month there will be something new for the women. This will include threading, cranic healing, foot and hand scrubs, facials and Indian head massages. At 12:00 there will be a food demonstration using Soraya’s Secret Delicacies organic pastes and spices. The next market will be on Saturday 2 July. Call (021) 424-3736 or 072 643 0054. CAMEL’S milk contains high levels of insulin and antibodies that are good for regulating diabetes and other diseases. Unlike cow’s milk, camel’s milk is easily digestible for the lactose intolerant population. It also contains more vitamin C than cow’s milk. – (www.2020site.org)


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Plumber plunges cycling depths and hailstorms. And hitting wandering cows, which may seem unlikely, but was LOCAL legend, Peter the Plumber, has something a couple of the cyclists experibeen unblocking drains and patching enced. up burst geysers since 1974. “The weather was unbelievably changeable. We rode in absolutely torrential His maroon Austin van rain.” Lamond says if they is a familiar sight in wanted to get to where they Rondebosch, although it needed to be there was no has been a little scarce lateoption but to hop on their ly. bikes, whatever the weathThat’s because Peter Laer. mond swopped his plunger He is one of only 14 parfor a bicycle pump to take ticipants who received an part in a 11 900km biking EFI medal for completing adventure from Cairo to “every fabulous inch”, Cape Town. even though he was very Sixty-four brave souls sick in Ethiopia. “I was from all over the world very determined; I won’t took part in the four-month take sickness as an extrip, which saw them travcuse.” elling through Cairo, SuHe was also awarded the dan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tan- ASTERIX LOOKALIKE: Peter “broken compass” award zania, Malawi, Zambia, Lamond cycling through for his wayward navigation Botswana and South Afri- Zambia. Photo: Tour d’Afrique skills. ca. The group included Asked whether he learnt everyone from a postman to a professor. anything that would Lamond arrived back earlier this change his life, he says: “At my age I am month, but apart from a peeling nose, and not going to have some great bubble appear wild, sun-bleached hair – lots of it – he over my head, a so-called light bulb moseems fit and is not walking like John ment. I wanted to do it for the historical Wayne. significance of the Cape to Cairo route, and Aged 64, he is the oldest cyclist to have as a personal achievement.” completed the “incredibly interesting” Last year he had a hip replacement, and journey, which was punctuated by re- only had a few months to train for this trip. markable experiences he casually pops inBut cycling is in his blood. Most of his to conversation. “In Northern Kenya a children have been on trips with him, Nigang of AK47-wielding rebels held us up.” cholas to Madagascar, Sarah to Ghana, SiHe explains he was with a small group mon to Malawi and John Craig to Tanzaof six riders when the incident occurred. nia. And that was just for starters. They “They first threw a spear at one of the girls. have since explored Vietnam, India and Then they fired about 12 shots past our Mexico. The tour is organised by the Tour ears,” he says, adding it was “quite trau- D’ Afrique expedition company, which has matic”, and lasted about 45 minutes. a philanthropic mission. One-hundred The gang spoke no English and were and-fifty bikes were donated to NGOs very nervous, making them empty their along the route, mainly to medical staff so backpacks. they can access more patients. But apart from being pelted by stoneLamond also has two bikes and clothing throwing children in the hills of Ethiopia, donated by the group, which will be given their other challenges were the natural to residents of Kaya Mandi informal settlekind, such as flooding rivers, quagmires ment near Stellenbosch.

Seen here are Tom Pear­ son­Ad­ ams (left) and Rob Sawyer.

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From left, Tanja Moster t and Sandra H from Body Arts.

Brasserie dancers Tracy Stanford (left) and Lindi Pe­ ters. Pho­ tos: Supplied

Help reunite Steele with his owners STEELE, this beautiful border collie, went missing on Table Mountain on Wednesday 18 May when his owners took him and their other dog for a walk after voting two weeks ago. The Vines residents, Diane and Gavin Goldsmith, are frantically searching for him, and are desperate to get him home safely. Steele is micro-chipped and has a name tag with his owners’ contact numbers on it. The Goldsmiths say the support from the public has been tremendous, with people searching on the mountaine very day and sending SMSes and emails of well wishes to the family. Steele was given to the Goldsmiths two years ago by family who had emigrated. Instead of handing Steele in to the SPCA, the Goldsmiths adopted the beloved dog. Now the family is sick with worry, but are still keeping their hopes up that their dear dog will return home. They ask that anyone who

GONE: Steele went missing two weeks ago on Table Moun­ tain. finds Steele takes the dog to the nearest vet for a free scan. They also ask anyone who wants to help to print a few copies of this article and put it up at their local grocery store, library, police station, vet or any public place. There is a reward offered for any information leading to the safe return of Steele. If Steele is seen or found, call 083 777 8058 or 083 787 9224.

Opera singer, Robin Botha, is one of the performers at The Brasserie.

From left, Dominik Marszalek and Kerry Hillier from The Hattery.

Music expo strikes a chord ARTSCAPE plays host to the inaugural Music Industry Development Showcase (MIDS) – an event which includes industry workshops, live performances and a trade expo – from 3 to 5 June. It is designed to provide the budding musician with information on the best strategies, products and services to make music dreams a reality. All genres are catered for, and South Africa’s leading music brands and retailers are represented at the trade expo. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with professional musicians, DJs and technical experts with a variety of specialist skills. Event director, Lance Kenned, elaborates: “It is very appropriate that MIDS is happening in June – also known as youth month – because the event is aimed at empowering youth with the knowledge of what it takes to have a successful ca-

reer in the music industry. “All role players are very excited and relieved that the event is finally confirmed after more than a year’s planning and negotiations.” According to Ukhona Mlandu, resource centre manager at Artscape, there is always room for improved strategies to promote careers in the music industry among youth, and “MIDS is guaranteed to make a significant contribution in this regard”. This is the only music industry event of its kind on the Western Cape calendar. MIDS coincides with the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival. Event entrance and all workshops are free of charge, and can be pre-booked on the MIDS website. For more information, visit www.midscapetown.co.za or email info@midscapetown.co.za.


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Inconvenient truth THE Protection of Information Bill, also known as the “Secrecy Bill”, is nothing but bad news for transparency in government. The Bill seems to challenge the very foundation on which South African legislation is developed – the Constitution – which ensures freedom of expression and that of the press. In a shocking act last week, ANC MPs on a parliamentary committee tasked with debating and finalising the Bill made headlines when they insisted that matters in this regard be fasttracked to meet a deadline of 24 June. This despite other parties’ representatives on the committee calling for continued brainstorming, discussion and consideration of objections to the controversial legislation. Once a world bastion for press freedom, SA has now been demoted to the status of only “partially free” by the international freedom monitoring group, Freedom House. The regression is a sad state of affairs when considering the vast promise of a free and democratic country made at the very dawn of democracy. Seventeen years later, the same political party that served as the catalyst for the fall of oppression and unjust governance is now, in some ways, increasingly at loggerheads with the media, and respect for transparency of the state is under serious threat. The Secrecy Bill will serve as more than a simple annoyance and inconvenience for journalists, and has a far-reaching impact on the future of the electorate. If left unchallenged it will not only muzzle the media, but will also rob every ordinary citizen of their right to hold accountable the very leaders they elect to power. Government officials at any level will be able to classify information as secret, a privilege which, in itself, could easily be abused. The Bill also ushers in minimal protection of informants, which means that the distribution and publication of information regarded as classified could provoke imprisonment. Various organisations and individuals have publicly reiterated the effects this legislation will have on us all, and they have called for a re-draft of the proposed legislation. The truth is always worth fighting for.

America is people’s choice OUR new councillor, Derrick America, was a lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) for more than 15 years. After that he was a commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). He is a strongly ethical person, with no class prejudice, and he is committed to working with everyone. Our election campaign was run from a house in Albacore Street, Factreton, which is an area known as the gat. The Democratic Alliance (DA) activists took him to their bosoms. It does not matter if he does not live in the area; his skills are important, he is conversant with most of the issues in the communi-

ty, since he personally went door-to-door and heard directly from residents their concerns and issues. It does not matter that Jimmy Xalipi is not happy with our councillor. The people spoke with an overwhelming vote – Derrick is the people’s choice. In addition we do not expect him to do things for us. We expect him to do things with us – together we will improve our community. We no longer wait for others to change things; we are the vehicle for change. Our councillor will be supporting all CBOs and stakeholders who provide services and support to residents. LISA MCBRIDE Factreton

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e.g. French Protestants, Jewish persecution and our slave ancestors endured severe hardships during slavery and our parents and grandparents severe oppression during apartheid. Through all this we acknowledge that God’s enduring mercy has brought us through it all. God is our avenger and our deliverer. He will destroy the wicked men who carry on hurting and oppressing the poor and the righteous. I encourage all 80% of South Africans who professed the Christian faith in the 2008 census to take a stand for God and keep and observe His holy days as He had commanded. Jesus reminded us to love God above all and to love our neighbours and to keep faith until He returns soon in the same way in which He ascended. MERLE MARTIN Kirstenhof

ASCENSION DAY is on Thursday 2 June. We, as the coloured population seem to be the only group that still celebrates Ascension Day, and only our coloured schools are closed on this holy day, which our South African government has scrapped off the calendar. We belong to the Western Cape Coloured population. In a 2009 global study of this group, it was revealed that we have the most diverse ancestry in the world. We embrace the Christian faith and we stand very firm in keeping God’s laws. Our ancestors are descendants of mixed heritage, including German, French Huguenot, Dutch, 1820 Settlers, St Helenians, Chinese, Khoisan, Jewish, African and Indian. Our ancestors endured much persecution,

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Stop the dumping in Kensington Road MY NAME is Yusuf Kamaldien, and I have been a resident of Kensington for the past 20 years. I live on the corner of 9th Street and Kensington Road. Since the day I moved here I have had a problem with dumping in Kensington Road. The residents of Kensington, who are incidentally also my neighbours, use Kensington Road as their private dumping ground, dumping anything from garden refuse to builders rubble, as well as their unwanted/broken furniture.

I have contacted the council on many occasions regarding this problem. The council sends a truck to clean up the mess, only for people to dump their rubble again later. My appeal to the residents of Kensington is to refrain from dumping their rubbish in Kensington Road. How would they like it if I continually choose to dump my rubbish on their doorstep? YUSUF KAMALDIEN Kensington


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Your SMSes Political sentiment . Julius, your hate song is racism in reverse. Mandela freed the country, he did not sing this song. Educated people normally vote for educated candidates. Keep the past in the past – move on. Now it is time to help the people. . Way to go! The ANC have a rapist as a mayor. Why do you give all Pollsmoor prisoners jobs? I see you trafficking drugs too – so many criminals. Why don’t you just hire shebeen owners too? . The reason the ANC did so badly is due to four names: Zuma, Malema, Mantashe and Ehrenreich! Time to prove your worth . Now that voting is done and the time has come to put the shoulder to the wheel, who can we, the voters, go to when these public servants are not doing their well-paid jobs? . Zille, I want to see action not words. I hate shacks. Why don’t you give the people the ad in People’s Post for jobs? Wendy houses don’t have plumbing and electricity and you can’t install a fireplace. The solution is that you must give these people a proper roof over their heads, because they also have a toilet problem. I want you to live in it for a month. This is a dare. Service delivery suggestions

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fact that the trains are late many times a month. I had to work in my time when the trains were late. Come on now, Metrorail, help please. . Mr Matya, how can commuters join hands if you are squashed in like sardines? You are ridiculous. Broadcast blues . I hope that e.tv naked news does not air, but what about that stupid “SMS and get naked pics”? Please take that off too! . A friend of mine came home to find his domestic worker watching a blue movie that she had found. Win Consumer woes . When eating from food outlets take note of what you put into your mouth, as we discovered a thread of artificial hair in a slice of pizza! Oh my, had we just munched away who knows what else could have been in that pizza. They take precaution by wearing hair nets and bandanas, but it’s a mystery how that hair got in the filling! Thank you . Thank you David Kramer and the cast of “Breyani” for an entertaining show and illustrating the history of coloureds. Taliep Petersen was missed, and we will never forget.

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THE killing of two police officers has once again highlighted the risk police have to face in the line of duty to protect us, the citizens of South Africa. General Bheki Cele, in a media statement, stated that communities and the media must stop being unsympathetic towards the police, and that the killing of our police officers is a national crisis. On reading this, and being a retired police officer myself, and knowing the importance of community support, I decided to make a proposal that would show that we, the community, cherish, support, appreciate and are proud of our police force. My proposal is that on a date and time frame in the very near future, implement the following: In each province, on the same date and time, the police march through the capital city of each province, followed by the communities in a mass placard display of support for the police. That in each province where that march is taking place, a 21gun salute is fired to honour our

police, and at a given time after that, every vehicle to blow their hooters and every church bell ring out in honour of our men and women in blue. At every police station on that day members of those respective communities, with their spiritual leaders, gather and pray for the members doing duty for them, and also voice their commitment in support of the police. Radio stations for that period to entertain support pledges from listeners. Pledges on public platforms by community leaders. Stickers stating “support our police” to be distributed, to be stuck on vehicles of the community. Finally, every national and community newspaper writing about the community support for the police. While writing this above proposal, a feeling of national pride swelled in my body as I realised what an impact it would have on the law-abiding citizens and the criminal element in South Africa. KEITH BLAKE Ottery

Launch into discussion WITS UNIVERSITY PRESS, Book Lounge and the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust will hold a dual launch and panel discussion on Tuesday June 16 at the Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town. The book, titled “South Africa & India: Shaping the Global South”, and edited by Isabel Hofmeyr and Michelle Wil-

liams, will be launched. The topic for discussion will be “South Africa and India: Imperialism and/or Cooperation in the Indian Ocean arena?”. UCT sociology professor, Ari Sitas, will be in conversation with Hofmeyr and Williams. RSVP to booklounge@gmail.com or call (021) 462-2425.


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HARP, poignant and fast with the humour – Mel Miller is all that and a bag of top-quality chips. The humour heavyweight will be performing in Fish Hoek on Saturday 11 June in the Fish Hoek High School Hall as part of the Comedy Legends in the Valley series, a fundraiser for the Shark Spotters. Miller, who recently returned from a sold-out show at the Sydney Opera House, and has also been awarded the Comic’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award, is well-known for his “Biltong and Potroast” TV show in the 1970s, in which South African comedians were pitted against British counterparts. Miller tells People’s Post he “just can’t wait” for his first visit to the Far South in decades. “I haven’t been there in yonks, so you cannot believe my excitement for this show. I hope to see a full-house because I am ready for Fish Hoek!” He says his audience can look forward to two hours of “moaning and complaining”. “I will whine about everything from government to old age. I hope people come prepared for an evening of chaos and madness.” Comedian Barry Hilton, who had the Far South in stitches earlier this month, says Miller is one of the most unique performers anyone will see. “Even though he has been a pro for over 40 years, he is as sharp and hilarious as ever. He is current, poignant and quick on his feet. He is, without a shadow of doubt, my favourite comedian. Ever!” The Cousin says audiences are in for a real treat because when Miller takes to the stage, laughter is guaranteed. “He is not scared to be himself, and the audience can sense that. He is a real, genuine person and a top-class entertainer.”

Mel Miller will hit Fish Hoek to raise funds for a good cause. Sarah Titley, the Shark Spotters’ project manager, says there are still ample tickets available, and calls on residents of the Valley to show their support next week. “This promises to be a real family event, and a great opportunity for locals to contribute to the Shark Spotters and help us raise funds towards our budget shortfall,” she says. Tickets to the show, which starts at 19:00, cost R100 if pre-booked on 078 174 4244, or R120 at the door on the night. Tickets can also be bought at AP Jones in Fish Hoek Main Road. . People’s Post is the print media sponsor of the show.

Sterling for Kirstenbosch THE instrumental band, Sterling EQ, will be performing at the Silvertree Restaurant in Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 5 June. The four-piece group, who have performed at SA’s top events and shared stages with international icons, will perform a selection of popular melodies and showpieces. Expect anything from Mozart to Mandoza. Tickets cost R100, and include a welcome drink. The show starts at 18:30 for 19:00. There will be light meals available for under R70 each. For bookings, call (021) 762-9585.

GEMS: Sterling EQ will bring their instru­ mental virtuosity to Kirstenbosch Gar­ dens on Sunday.

Saamtrek at the German Club THE first Zef-Zeffer-Zefste event will be held on Friday 17 June at the German Club in Gardens, Cape Town. Celebrated playwright, Charles Fourie’s hit play “Agterplaas”, which was recently staged to accolades at the Klein Karoo National Arts festival, will be performed. Afrikaans rapper and raconteur, Jack Parow, will showcase his Parowphernalia fashion range, together with funky Stellenbosch designers, Zef Leopard. The Psychedelic Theatre Company will stage a spectacular fire and UV performance. A few proud Zephyr and DKW antique car owners will display their motor vehicles. Photographer, Herman Jordaan, will hold a solo-exhibition of images taken from poorwhite squatter camps around Cape Town, and

Solidarity’s Helping Hand organisation will join them to inform the public of their work among the poor. To end the evening, music guru, Vince Ladd, who has collaborated with Nine Inch Nails in Norway, will be playing his special mix of “retro-sokkie-electro-vibe”, and the Roodehek restaurant will host an open bar and full menu with Thai and German cuisine. Members of the public can win great prizes from Baccini’s Pizzeria and Van Hunks restaurant for the best-dressed Zef-couples. The event kicks off at 19:00 and tickets cost R100. There will be safe parking at the German Club in Roodehek Terrace, which is just off Hope Street in Gardens. For more information and bookings, contact Cintaine on 073 161 4141.

“OUROBOROS”, an exciting puppetry production by one of South Africa’s leading creative teams, will take centre stage at the Baxter Theatre from 1 to 11 June. Directed by 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Theatre, Janni Younge, with master puppeteers Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, this tale of dreaming and the cycles of life has been created with evocative imagery. At its heart is a love story between a dancer, Nokobinisa, and a poet, Andre. Using the magically transforming powers of the puppetry medium, these two characters are able to appear as several versions of themselves. Audiences witness the un- MOVING: Animators bringing characters to life in a scene from folding drama of their lives “Ouroboros”, which runs at the Baxter Theatre from 1 till 11 from birth to death. Their in- June. teractions form a web of relationships, revealing the interdependence of tress winner, Chuma Sopotela. the past, present and future. Younge joined Handspring Puppet CompaThe production, created and designed by ny as associate director in January this year. Young, is inspired by the work of US poet lau- She is a graduate of the French national reate Billy Collins, and was first presented to school of puppet theatre, and has a BA in Fine great acclaim on the main programme of the Art and an MA in Theatre from UCT. National Arts Festival in 2010. “Ouroboros” is an ancient symbol depicting It offers a swirling interaction of perform- a serpent swallowing its own tail and forming ers, exquisitely-created puppets, filigree a circle. shadow work and Michael Clark’s animation. Ticket prices range from R60 to R130. BookThe show is set to original music by Neo ing is through Computicket on 083 915 8000, Muyanga, with puppet dance choreography online at www.computicket.co.za or at any by Mamela Nyamza. Shoprite Checkers outlet countrywide. The 13 main puppets are manipulated by a Follow the production on Facebook superb cast comprising Jason Potgieter, Cin- (www.facebook.com/prody Mkaza, Gabriel Marchand, Tali Cervati, file.php?id=100000450807832) and Twitter (htBeren Belknap and 2007 Fleur du Cap Best Ac- tp://twitter.com/handspringcc).

Broadway hits at the Masque A COLLECTION of well-known Broadway songs and dances can be seen at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg in the form of a show called “Razzle Dazzle” from Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June. The show features Felicity Kiran, who starred in Sun City’s “Let There Be Rock!” Also starring is Peter Weisz from London’s West End. The show “takes the audience on a musical journey through the ages of the Broadway showstoppers, incorporating songs from “Cabaret”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Chicago”, “Dream Girls”, “Grease”, “Mama Mia”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “We will Rock You”, “A Chorus Line” and “Les Miserables”” among others. Supported by a young cast of dancers and singers, the show is choreographed by Jason Sisam. Friday night is at 20:00 and Saturday at 14:30 and 18:30. Tickets cost R75 (Theatre Club members R65). Sunday is at 15:00. Tickets for the Sunday matinée are R65 (Theatre Club members and pensioners R50). Bookings are through Computicket, on 083 915 8000 or by phoning (021) 782-8976.

GLAMOUR: Felicity Kiran features in “Razzle Dazzle” at the Masque Theatre from Friday 3 June. Photo: Supplied Tickets are also available through Computicket at Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper and House and Home.

IN THE YARD: The cast of “Agterp­ laas” (from left) Cin­ taine Schutte, Deirdre Wolhuter, Deon Lotz, Charles van den Heever, Esther von Waltzle­ ben, Jan Hendrik Op­ perman and Lanel van der Kolf. Pho­ to: Supplied


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HEN the DHL Stormers take on the new kids in the Super Rugby competition, the Melbourne Rebels, on Friday, they will be looking to make it three wins out of four matches on tour. But with injuries in vital positions plaguing the Cape side, the decision of who to field against the side that has impressed critics throughout the season, will determine just how the Stormers end their four-week Australasian tour. After losing the services of their point-scoring machine and flyhalf, Peter Grant, just last week, the Stormers have been dealt another blow with the loss of scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenhage, who sustained an injury to his ankle during the side’s 16-3 victory over the Brumbies in the Australian capital of Canberra the past weekend. Duvenhage, who flew back home on Sunday, will be replaced by seasoned scrumhalf Ricky Januarie, while head coach Allister Coetzee will have a tough time selecting a suitable replacement for Grant. He opted for 20-year-old Kurt Coleman for the Brumbies clash, and says he was satisfied with his performance. “I am very pleased with Kurt’s

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performance – he’s still very young, and this is still very much part of his apprenticeship,” Coetzee said after the match. “He needs to gain a lot more experience, but it really is great that he is doing so in a winning side.” Despite being impressed with Coleman, Coetzee has also asked former Lions utility back and now Griquas flyhalf, Earl Rose, to join the squad in Melbourne. He has also called on the services of Vodacom Cup flyhalf and scrumhalf, Louis Schreuder. During the match against the Brumbies it was evident that the men from the Cape tried their best to keep Coleman protected, keeping the ball away from him whenever they could. Rose, despite having more experience than Coleman, has been inconsistent over the past couple of seasons – with his career being marred by off-the-field incidents. But his natural talent and ability to read the match may be the trigger needed in the Stormers backline. However, the question of whether Rose is really the only option available to the men in navy-blueand-white needs to be asked. The injury list sees Grant, Gray van Aswegen, Lionel Cronjé and Sam Lane benched at the moment. But in the beginning stages of the season, who would be wearing

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SANDWICHED: DHL Stormers hook­ er, Deon Fourie, is tackled by two Brumbies players during the Super Rugby clash between the two sides in Canberra, Australia on Saturday. The Stormers were eventual 16­3 victors. Photo: Getty Images

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HAND OFF: UCT’s Morne van Wyk gets away from Zolani Mofu of Villager RFC, during UCT’s 55­20 win in a Western Province Super League A rugby match at Groote Schuur on Saturday. Photos: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

SWIFT PASS: Daniel Anderson of Rondebosch Boys’ High offloads during his school’s clash with Paarl Boys’ High at Rondebosch on Saturday. Paarl won 48­11.

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DESPERATE DASH: Roaul Larson of Villager attempts to break through the UCT defence, during the Ikeys’ 55­20 win in a WP Super League A rugby mqtch on Saturday.

RARE RAID: Giovanni Hoffmeyer of Rondebosch Boys’ High eludes Dean Hensley of Paarl Boys’ High, during the visitors’ 48­11 win in a Western Province under­19A match at Rondebosch on Saturday.

TURF FIGHT: UCT’s Vaughan Erasmus battles a grounded Mbulelo Nkomo of Langa during UCT’s 6­3 win in a WP Grand Challenge match at Rondebosch on Saturday.

QUICK BREAK: Langa Hockey Club’s Patrick Menjak­ iso eludes Mike Heyink of UCT dur­ ing UCT’s 6­3 win in a West­ ern Prov­ ince Grand Chal­ lenge match at the Bish­ ops as­ troturf in Ronde­ bosch on Satur­ day.


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The Midas touch BRIAN GAFFNEY

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JAX CAPE TOWN FC ace, Thulani Serero, made sure his name will be embossed in gold in the annals of South African soccer history when he won four major awards at the 2010/11 Premiership Awards ceremony held in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. Serero (21) was awarded the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Footballer of the Year, as well as the Absa Premiership Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and

Absa Red-Hot Young Player of the Season awards. The Soweto-born Serero – who joins defending Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam FC (which has signed him up) on 27 June for preseason training – received a record total of R600 000 in prize money at the glittering awards ceremony. Serero’s achievement of winning the PSL Player of the Year earned him R250 000 in the face of challenges from two other nominees – Ajax defender Clayton Daniels and Orlando Pirates midfielder Andile Jali. Serero – a nominee for five Premiership awards – was denied a clean sweep when he lost out to Tlou Segolela of triple champions Pirates, who won the Absa-lutely Awesome Goal Award. Serero hit the target 11 times this past season. He joined Ajax in 2008 and won the PSL Young Footballer award for the 2009/2010 season. Jali (21), received the Nedbank Cup Young Player of the Tournament award (R100 000) on Sunday evening. Kaizer Chiefs’ Knowledge Musono won the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament (R250 000) and Bloemfontein Celt-

GREAT SCOTT: Ajax Cape Town FC’s Granwald Scott oozes confidence, after receiving the 2010/11 Sports­ man of the Year award at Ajax’s awards dinner held at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening. Photo: Ajaxct.com

GLITZ AND GLORY: Thulani Serero won four major PSL awards.Photo: Gallo Images

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ic’s Patrick Tignyemb walked off with the Premiership Goalkeeper award (R50 000). Dutch coach, Ruud Krol, who guided Pirates to the Premiership, Nedbank Cup and Top Eight championship titles, received the Coach of the Year award (R75 000). Serero’s domination of the Premiership awards crowned a golden season in his professional career. Serero also won the Player of the Year award at Ajax’s presentation dinner at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening. Another popular Ajax award winner was Kensington-born Granwald Scott. The 23-year-old Scott started out with Kensington AFC juniors and debuted for Ajax at age 17 in the PSL in 2004. Scott was preferred as a wide midfielder until Dutch coach, Foppe de Haan – during his two-year spell – switched him to a defensive central midfield position. Scott flourished in his new role until he sustained a knee injury that sidelined him for Ajax’s final two crucial league clashes. His absence hit Ajax hard, as they succumbed 4-0 to Chiefs and drew 2-2 with Maritzburg United – with the results affording Pirates the chance to snatch the title from Ajax with a better goal difference record. The other Ajax individual award winners for 2010/11 were Thembinkozi Fanteni (Golden Boot) and Khama Billiat (Rookie of the Year).

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