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HREE YEARS have passed, and a ramshackle property in Walmer Estate owned by property developer Oasis Asset Management Group continues to rankle neighbours – but the company says its hands are tied as the building is a heritage site. The run-down house in Coronation Road, once a proud family home, was taken over by Oasis, which recently moved into its new headquarters in nearby Upper Roodebloem Road. People’s Post reported on the problem house three years ago (“Run-down house still plagues residents”, 20 May 2008). Neighbours raised concerns about the empty building, stripped bare of windows, piping, floorboards and roof tiles. At the time, Oasis did not comment on the matter. Now, the building harbours vagrants and drug addicts, and locals are beyond upset. People’s Post took a look last week and saw the building had been reduced to an ominous shell. The walls, blanketed with spraypaint, open onto blank, dark sockets where once there were doors and windows. Residents say they have com-

plained to Oasis on numerous occasions, but they claim that no “proper answers” were forthcoming. Ward councillor Brett Herron says he has been working with the City on finding a solution to the problem property. “This house is part of a list of 12 other problem buildings in the area, and we’ve passed these concerns onto the City of Cape Town’s Problem Buildings Unit. “The owners have been served with a notice to sort out the property, and the Health Department also served them with a notice, because we’ve received complaints about the large number of rats inside the building.” Herron says the City’s Environmental Health Department indicated that the owners of the property had complied to the request to “remedy certain health risks”. Herron mentions that the building may be worthy of conservation, and that the City’s Heritage Resources Management Department is concerned over its condition. “I completely understand the community’s frustration with this slow progress, and can assure you that the matter will be handled as quickly as possible,” says Herron. “But the Problem Buildings Bylaw has far-reaching consequences,

and so requires a very thorough approach and investigation.” One resident, who asks not to be named for fear of victimisation, says he often calls the police to deal with troublemakers in the building. The resident says questioning Oasis about the matter is a useless exercise. “We have asked them what is happening about the property, and they could not even give us proper answers.” Another resident, who passes the house on her way home from work, says: “You see clouds of smoke coming out of the house. It almost looks like the house is on fire, but it’s those people inside, smoking their dagga and polluting the air.” The resident suspects those in the house may be linked to a number of burglaries in the area. “People can say we are just assuming, but if you were to look at the type of characters hanging out in that house – how they treat this place and walk around here – you would want them out of here.” A spokesperson for Oasis says the company is aware of the concerns around the building, and has applied for a demolition certificate, but as the building is just over 60 years old, this needs to be obtained from the National Heritage Council.

IN RUINS: This house, found on the corner of Coronation Road and Upper Duke Street, has been the centre of growing concerns for years. Photo: Tauriq Hassen

“The building in question has been earmarked for development, but despite numerous requests to council, we have not received the go-ahead and have accordingly continued in our endeavours to follow due legal process,” says the spokesperson. He adds that the company has attempted to secure the building by boarding up the openings, adding new fencing and arranging regular patrols by security guards. “Furthermore, we regularly clean up the property, but the boards are removed and destroyed regularly, which is extremely frustrating.” The spokesperson says Oasis is scheduling meetings with stake-

People’s Post online PEOPLE’S POST launched its new website at midnight last Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who welcomed us to cyberspace and eagerly posted comments on the site. It’s been a pleasure interacting with you. Apologies to anyone who was not able to access the site. This hiccup, which happens sometimes when

holders to discuss the matter. “We appeal to residents who may have witnessed or identified individuals engaged in illegal activities on the property in question to please report this to the necessary authorities,” the spokesperson says. People’s Post attempted to confirm the application for the demolition certificate with Heritage Western Cape, but was unable to obtain this information at the time of going to print.

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Witness the fitness THE finals of the 11th annual Mr and Ms Fitness SA Pageant will be held on Saturday 17 September at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town from 18:00. The pre-judging will take place on Friday 16 September from 12:00 till 22:00. Of the pageant’s 13 divisions, five are focused on dance and fitness. They include the gymnastically challenging Ms Fitness, Ms Physique and Mr Fitness for entrants with a more general dance background, and the Couples division for some striking aerial feats. The further eight divisions are Ms Bikini, Men’s Model, Men’s Model Plus (for larger builds), Mr Physique and Figure Girls (for larger builds but not bodybuilders), Women Over 35, Men Over 35, and the newly included Women Over 45. Each category consists of two rounds during which contestants are judged on their physical appearance, as well as fitness and dance. Winners will go on to compete with fitness fundis from around the world during Fitness America in Las Vegas at the weekend of Sunday 20 November. There is still time to enter, so visit, or contact Bernadette Beyer on (021) 975-4061 or at if you’re interested. Spectators’ tickets for the finals cost R120 through Computicket. Pre-judging tickets are available at the door between 15:00 and 17:00.

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ESPONSIBLE procurement of goods and services is critical to the growth and health of SA’s economy – and, as such, government’s objective of creating five million jobs by 2020 – says Proudly South African.

POISED: Event organiser Berna­ dette Beyer (41), ex­Gladiator Diamond and mother of three, hails from the Northern Suburbs. Photo: Supplied

BALANCE: Riaan Hiense (left) and Jan Lategaan, both from Brackenfell, will be taking part in the upcoming competition. Photo: Supplied

Eustace Mashimbye, chief financial officer of Proudly South African, says the proper management of procurement (which is sometimes the only opportunity for small enterprises to interact with big businesses) can help a business maximise its resources. “Procurement, if used correctly – especially through legislation and sourcing rules – can be instrumental in creating and sustaining much-needed jobs in any economy. It is a strategic tool, mostly overlooked when procurement decisions are made, and its economic significance is often underplayed, if not completely ignored.” The biggest procurement challenge faced by SA companies, Mashimbye says, is the need to vie for local contracts with highly competitive international counterparts – though this competition is also necessary for a healthy economy. Other factors impacting negatively on sourcing and trading in local products include the influx of illegal products and the dumping or under-invoicing of imports in SA. The participation of SA in BRICS – an international grouping of emerging markets compris-

ing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – will on one hand offer potential new markets, but will also open SA’s borders to more imports, Mashimbye says. Mashimbye feels it is of great important that the public and private sectors explore ways use local procurement to their advantage, and says businesses and decision makers need to ask them- PROUD LOCAL: Eustace Mashimbye, chief fi­ selves whether they’re nancial officer of Proudly South African. contributing to creating jobs through their procurement and policies to improve capacity practices. “It should not just be left levels and competitiveness. Under to government to develop and grow the plan, the government will also local enterprises. Local manufac- be required to give preference to loturers continue to take strain, and cal goods and services where possiin some sectors many jobs are lost ble. as companies close down as a result This links up with the codes of of the lack of support from local re- practice laid out in government’s tailers. “Price should not almost al- Broad Based Black Economic Emways be the only determining factor powerment policy, which stresses for making purchasing decisions.” “preferential procurement” in faMashimbye says the biggest chal- vour of emerging enterprises. lenge many local manufacturers Tying into government’s plans, seem to face is that, despite being Proudly SA is developing a dataable to compete in terms of price base made up of local companies and quality, they are not even given that produce quality products and the opportunity to do so. services with a high level of local In a bid to regulate unfair pro- content, environmentally friendly curement practices, Finance minis- practices and fair treatment of ter Pravin Gordhan launched the workers. Proudly SA hopes to deIndustrial Policy Action Plan 2, de- velop the database into the leading signed to curb tender fraud and go-to for procurement in both the help local companies with funding public and private sectors.

Making their mark in an unfair world DOES the name Lise Meitner mean anything to you? Probably not. And that just goes to show how unfair this world can be. Lise Meitner made one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of all time and had to watch powerlessly while the credit was stolen and she was cheated out of the Nobel Prize she deserved. She was a physicist who rubbed shoulders with Einstein and the greats of her time. For 30 years she worked with the German Chemist, Otto Hahn. It was an outstanding collaboration and she made sure that she and Hahn shared the credit for all their work. But that came to an end in 1938 when she was forced to flee Germany because of her Jewish ancestry. She met Hahn secretly in Denmark and asked him to do some further tests on the Uranium atom. Hahn performed the experiment and was completely baffled by the unexpected results. Meitner, now exiled in Sweden, studied the results and realised they had split the atom. She was able to explain exactly what had happened and do the maths to prove

it. Hahn published the paper but gave her no credit despite the fact that she had designed the experiment and interpreted the result. She reasoned that Hahn was working in Germany and the Jewish contribution would not sit well with the Nazi authorities. She thought he would do the correction later when things were different. Hahn never did and in subsequent years he played down her role, calling her an assistant. In fact, Meitner was the leader and Hahn followed her suggestions. But he got the Nobel Prize after the war and she was left out in the cold. Her colleagues and supporters had been scattered by the hostilities and, as a Jew who had become a Protestant, she was in a sort of “no man’s land”. No one spoke up for her. The mistake was never admitted but in 1966 the woman who split the atom and ushered in the Nuclear age was awarded the US Fermi Prize. We all know of Marie Curie, who earned two Nobel Prizes, but there are a number of other women who have made huge contribu-

Remember the days CAPETONIANS will get a taste of musical history when the District Six Heritage Day Concert swings into the Good Hope Centre at 19:30 on Saturday 24 September. Jayson King, the mind behind the concert, grew up in District Six. Having been schooled at Trafalgar High, King started promotions at the age of 14. He first promoted wrestling at the age of 15 and presented his first international show with British pop Queen Helen Sha-

piro, whom he brought out to South Africa. Along the way, and hundreds of singers, dancers and entertainers later, he also performed at the Star Bioscope in Hanover Street, which was nicknamed Cape Town’s Carnegie Hall. Regular backing group The Big Beats, which played in the exact style of the Shadows, backed just about every singer way back then. The lead guitar player of that band, Ivor Wagner, who was born

tion to science and it is worth remembering them this Woman’s Month. One of them was the daughter of the poet, Lord Byron. Ada, Countess of Lovelace, was a brilliant mathematician and created the first “computer programme” for Charles Babbage’s wooden analytical engine. The machine was built 150 years later and it worked! She also recognised the ability of computers to go way beyond mere calculations. Another woman, “Amazing” Grace Hopper was a giant in the field and was responsible for the first computer languages. But it is in astronomy that women have excelled and today, for reasons that are not clear, 40 percent of astronomers are women. The first of the greats was Annie Jump Cannon who, in the age before computers, described and catalogued 350 000 stars. She was the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Oxford University and, just before she retired, Harvard finally made her a Professor. Her star catalogues are still standard works in astronomy. Cannon’s work was done in a blind, later moved to the UK, where he became a judge in the justice system. King remembers as clear as daylight some of the names that he presented on stage at the various venues of District Six, some of whom will be back on stage again at the concert. He says Terry Smith, Zelda Benjamin, Carol-Leigh, Blackkurrant and Richard Ceasar, Young Ideas Malay Choir and Deja Vu were luminaries, and legends in their own lifetimes. This production will be backed by The Richard Ceasar Band and sev-

field neglected by men, probably because it required a huge amount of plain drudgery. The modern giant, Vera Rubin, also selected a field where she was unlikely to be elbowed out of the way by men with big research grants – distant galaxies. In the process she proved the existence of dark matter, the unseen mass which makes up 90 of our own Milky Way and other spiral galaxies. The nature of dark matter is still one of the great mysteries of our universe. Perhaps it will take another woman to explain it. eral audio visual screens. King says it will be an evening to celebrate and remember the artists who endured the hardships of apartheid while trying to earn a living as entertainers. “It is my intention to pay homage and recognise the efforts of some of South Africa’s best entertainers, whom are only paid tribute to once they have passed on. “This production is designed to remind the people of Cape Town of an area once and still loved by thousands who were so brutally and forcibly removed from the city centre by the old government.”

Lane closures during foot bridge upgrade THE City of Cape Town is refurbishing the Strand Street foot bridge in the CBD, and work is scheduled for completion by the end of September. Intermittent lane closures in Strand Street, between Adderley and Buitenkant Streets, are required as some of the work requires accessing the bridge from below. The refurbishment entails installation of new outer cladding, replacement of all floor tiles and ceiling panels, and a new coat of paint. As the work depends on the weather, the lane closures cannot be scheduled in advance. As such, residents are asked to bear in mind that delays are possible at any time during the refurbishment period. At least one lane open will be kept open at all times, and lanes will only be closed during off-peak hours – 09:00 to 15:30. The City apologises in advance for any inconvenience caused.

We stand corrected IN AN article published in People’s Post last week (“Mary Kihn faces closure”), the paper incorrectly stated that the Mary Kihn School for the hearing impaired would provide free weekly eye tests. The school will actually provide free hearing tests, set to take place every Wednesday. Contact Mary Kihn on (021) 447-0310. People’s Post apologises for the error.


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Family loses dad, then home The 21-year-old made sure his mother was free, then followed behind. The four watched RETREAT family, having lost their fa- among their neighbours as their home was ther earlier this year, was dealt another reduced to ashes. blow when a fire robbed them of their home Marilyn says she was not saddened, belast week. cause the most important things in her life Members of the Demas family were sound – her three children – were safe and sound. asleep in their Canna “I don’t think I have Street home when they lost anything, really, beawoke to “frantic cause I still have my screams” outside their three children. I don’t window at around 02:00 know what I would have on Thursday. done if anything had Marilyn Demas happened to them, espefought with confusion cially after losing my for a moment, but a husband earlier this cold, desperate dread year.” stole over her when she After 25 years of marrealised her room was riage, Marilyn’s husfull of choking smoke. band, Henry Demas, lost “I was in a daze,” she his battle with with canrecalls, “and wondercer in February this ing why these people year. were screaming outside Marilyn says she was my window, so I just got QUICK EXIT: Marilyn Demas shows told by firefighters that up to check. where her son kicked a window out to an electrical fault was “When I inhaled, I create an escape route for his family. suspected to be behind knew there was somethe fire, but this could thing wrong and immediately went for my not be confirmed, and investigations continchildren.” ue. She raced to wake them and get out of the In the wake of the blaze, ward councillor house, but the flames had already blocked off Jan Burger has called upon the public to the home’s exit points. come to the family’s aid. “Trapped and running out of time, Marilyn “They lost everything in this fire,” Burger gathered her children, aged 7, 16 and 21, in says. “We need to look deep down in our a room still free of the fire. hearts and try to help them get back onto “The people outside couldn’t believe that their feet.” we were still alive, because the whole house Burger has visited the ruined building with was up in flames. I can’t understand why I people in the construction trade to form a list did not sense there was something wrong at of things needed to rebuild. the time.” “There is lots of work to be done on the Thinking quickly, her eldest son kicked a house, and we need items to be donated,” window out to create an escape route. Burger pleads. “We starting sending the small ones “These items do not have to be brand new, through the window first,” Marilyn says. but serviceable.” TAURIQ HASSEN

STARTING OVER: Mari­ lyn Demas stands on the front step of her house after narrowly es­ caping a devastating fire with her three chil­ dren.Photos:


Have your say A PUBLIC meeting dealing with the intended closure of Robben Island Primary School will be held at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island Auditorium in the clock tower at the V&A Waterfront at 16:00 on Wednesday 7 September. Everybody is welcome. Participants are asked to submit their comments in writing to the chairperson of the meeting for record-keeping. Oral comments will be allowed. For further information call (021) 514-6722/6953 or email

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The work still requires six 17m pieces of 75-by-50 wood for use as rafters, 18 five-metre beams at 150-by-50, 10 doors, windows, a toilet, cistern, basin and shower. “Your generosity will be greatly appreciated,” Burger says, and implores people to insure their homes in case of disasters like this. Priscilla Arendse, a close family friend, also begs people to help the family. “Marilyn’s son asked me if I had a Bible for them, because his Bible burned in the fire. I gave him my Bible that’s normally in my car, and this proves that they don’t have anything left.” Arendse says any items – be it food, clothing, electrical appliances, paint or building materials – or assistance with labour will be greatly appreciated. Demas concludes by saying, “I would just like to say thank you to everybody who has come out and assisted us through this difficult period. “We are very appreciative of everything that was done for us, and we cannot stop saying thank you for the help.” If you are interested in donating towards the family’s cause, please contact Marilyn Demas on 074 631 5544 or Priscilla Arendse on 071 550 6805 or (021) 700-7007. > Rockford Fosgate

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Rubbish collection still on track AROUND 2 206 people – or 8,74% – of the City of Cape Town’s workforce were absent from work without authorisation last week. The figure includes staff who intended to go to work, but were prevented from doing so by striking union members. The City of Cape Town says its contingency plans remain effective, and that while its cleaning work has been disrupted owing to intimidation of staff and contractors by striking workers, the Solid Waste Management Department has made “good progress” in clearing the rubbish collection backlog while still managing to meet the majority of last week’s requirements. The City will continue with the same refuse collection plan as it has for the duration of the strike. If refuse is not collected

by 21:00 on the scheduled collection day this week, residents are asked to pull their bins back into their properties until the next week. People living in informal settlements have been asked to make use of the shipping containers placed throughout their neighbourhoods. Alderman Demetri Qually, Mayoral Committee member for Corporate Services and Western Cape chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (Salga), has sent a memorandum, handed over by representatives of the Independent Municipal and Allied Workers’ Union, to Salga’s national office. The matter remains under discussion, Qually says. For any enquiries, contact the City’s call centre on 086 010 3089.

RECORD RUN: A record 16 207 Capetonians took part in the annual charity family fun walk, Blisters for Bread, in Green Point on Sunday. Every step they took was in support of the Peninsu­ la School Feeding Association’s mission to combat the prevalence of hunger in Western Cape schools. The event, now in its 43rd year, is set to raise R650 000 – enough to feed 1 756 children every school day for a year. The walk, which started and ended at the Green Point Cricket Club, offered three route distances – 5km, 10km and 18km – and was opened by Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille.

Manage your money THE Compuscan Academy will host two breakfast seminars at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Monday and Tuesday next week. The topics to be presented are “A Bird’s Eye View of Changes in the Commercial Regulatory Framework” and “Understanding the Changing Face of Debt Counselling”. Then, a free money management work-

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HAVE YOUR SAY! DRAFT INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLAN (IDP) In September and October 2011 the City will ask you for input about the Draft 5-year IDP. The City’s draft plan will be explained and communities will be given an opportunity to participate in refining the strategic programmes and/or projects for their areas. More information is available from the IDP Office on tel 021 400 9811 or fax 021 400 4909 or e-mail ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

SUNDAY SUN: Walk­ ers from all over Cape Town en­ joyed the early spring Sun­ day and contribut­ ed to a good cause.

An eye opener for liquor traders INTOXICATED customers, underage drinking, driving under the influence and foetal alcohol syndrome are on the radar in a new programme aimed at promoting responsible liquor trading. Launched in the Western Cape on Tuesday 16 August by South African Breweries (SAB), the Responsible Trader Programme (RTP) is a national “high impact” and “holistic” approach to engaging liquor traders on alcohol abuse and the harm it causes communities. The programme highlights the importance of trading responsibly to ensure both community health and sustainable business. Over 1 500 licensed liquor traders from across the greater Cape Town area participated in the first of a number of training sessions involving educational industrial theatre acts led by Hamilton Dlamini, a well-known SA actor and comedian. The sessions attempt to incorporate insightful, engaging and entertaining theatre skits and commentary on real-life scenarios to drive home the importance of responsible trading. Intermittent pop

quizzes during the training evaluated the traders’ understanding of responsible trading principles, all helping to create a fun and engaging learning environment. After training, traders’ behaviour is measured through a combination of check-ins and undercover shopping sessions at participating outlets. Earlier this year, SAB undertook a pilot phase of the Responsible Trader Programme across the country. More than 200 traders in the Western Cape participated, and a subsequent evaluation showed an increase in traders’ knowledge about how to trade responsibly. More than 95% of participating traders were committed to applying the knowledge and skills received, it was found. Traders were also positive about their role in minimising the harm alcohol can cause in communities.Now, SAB expects to educate more than 10 000 traders across South Africa by the end of the year. For further information contact Florence de Vries on (021) 426-1233 or at

The trouble with flowers WHAT is better – mowed parks and verges, or a display of newly blossomed spring flowers? This is the dilemma facing the City of Cape Town every year, says Chantal Hanslo, director for City Parks. This year’s winter has been punctuated by periods of warm, temperate weather. Grasses and weeds thrive under these conditions, and are now competing for space with the yearly spring flowers that have started to appear in the city. Many residents and visitors feel the flowers should be left untouched, and not mowed until their seeds have ripened and dropped, but this can result in the grass eventually dominating the flowers, the city says. In the past, City Parks didn’t mow until

flowers had bloomed and shed their seeds, but this proved problematic. “This year, City Parks managers will keep mowed areas tidy as a priority. Some wild flower areas may be identified and mowed at a later date, but they will be clearly sign-posted,” says Hanslo. The flowers will still flourish in the many protected open areas throughout the city where mowing does not take place, the city points out. “City Parks will closely monitor the areas that are starting to look untidy. Staff and contractors will work overtime to limit or reduce any mowing backlogs. We appeal to residents to please be patient as this work takes time.” Any concerns about uncut grass in parks and on pavements can be directed to City Parks on (021) 400-9538.


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Robbery suspects nabbed After the robbery was reported, police officers pored over video footage recorded at the time and spotted a maroon Nissan Sentra leaving the construction site. “Police followed up all leads, and we managed to track down two of the suspects,” says Vukubi. The two men – aged 18 and 28 – were arrested in Khayelitsha at around 02:30 on Thursday. They appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court the next day. • Undercover officers, staking out a pub in Voortrekker Road at noon last Wednesday, arrested two people and confiscated a packet of tik.


MAITLAND police officers have arrested two suspects in connection with a business robbery in Paarden Eiland last week. Shortly after midnight last Tuesday, nine men stalked into a construction site in Wessex Street, says Warrant Officer Siyabulela Vukubi, spokesperson for Maitland Police Station. The men, armed with guns, tied up two security guards on duty and covered their faces, then went on to help themselves to cabling and bags of cement.

The officers targeted the pub after growing suspicious about the goings on there; they were convinced dealers used the spot to transact. “This arrest sends a clear warning to pub owners that the police will clamp down on any illegal activities occurring inside their businesses,” says Vukubi. “Having a liquor licence does not mean you can allow or engage in illegal activities, such as selling drugs.” Two suspects, aged 22 and 30, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday. People’s Post could not determine the outcomes of the court cases at the time of going to print.

WANTED: Police offic­ ers are looking for the man depicted here in connection with a rob­ bery committed in Woodstock at around 19:30 on Sunday 17 Ju­ ly. Two men, armed with knives, held up a man on the corner of Victoria and Greatmore Streets; they forced him to hand over his belongings, and went on to search his nearby car. They fled in a white City Golf after helping themselves to a number of Kruger rands and the man’s wallet, containing an undisclosed amount of cash. The man depicted here is in his late 30s, and is said to be tall, slender and dark in complexion. If you can shed any light on the case, please contact Warrant Officer Dav­ is Miles on (021) 486­2840 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Muggings no deterrent for nature loving Capetonians steps to ensure their safety, and recommended protection, like pepper spray. AN air of safety and security usually fills the Hiker Llewellyn Lloyd, however, argues fresh mountain air on a Saturday morning that pepper spray on a windy mountain will up Lions Head – especially with the presence most likely end up blowing in your own eyes. of two armed undercover police officers – but Monique Gibson, hiking with her family, how do nature loving Capetonians feel about agrees: “I thought about bringing pepper the recent spike in spray today, but it muggings at the spot? would just perpetuate The latest mugging the problem and happened last Monmake people feel day, a few metres more unsafe and down from the paragnervous.” liding launch pad, Taking into acwhere another mugcount last week’s ging had been commitmuggings, and copited just 48 hours before ous advice about how (“Two mountain mugto keep safe on the gings in two days”, mountain, the last People’s Post, 23 Authing one would exgust). In the wake of SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Alex Herzenberg, pect to find up there is the crimes, Merle Col- Ashley Kaine and Llewellyn Lloyd. Photos: a lone woman – but lins, South African Na- Hanrie Bosch Natalie Pollard wasn’t tional Parks’ regional about to be dissuaded spokesperson, said officers were doing their from her journeys into nature. best to secure the park, and the police ex“I didn’t know the muggings had happened plained the immense difficulty of this task. so recently,” she says. “It makes me a bit Mark Trust, chairperson of the Table Moun- scared, but I feel relatively safe as there are tain Forum, presented extensive advice for so many people. I could be mugged at any staying safe on the mountain. place in town too, and I have not brought any People’s Post took the time to speak to a few valuables with me.” hikers and see what they thought. Robin Good and Anita Macchr say the lat“It has been in the back of my mind, but est incidents have left a mark on them, conit has clearly not deterred us from coming sidering they also witnessed a mugging last to the mountain,” says Louisa Crook, taking year. “A year ago we went climbing with a a walk up Lions Head with friend Ian group of friends, and two people got mugged Howard. “I think they target one person or basically right behind us. It does make you females more,” Howard speculates. nervous.” Another set of hikers, coming down the Mary Hernandez, who has been in South mountain, also feel that walking in a group Africa for only three weeks on an internship is safe. Hiker Ahsley Kaine says she has programme from Venezuela, was excited to climbed the slopes of Lions Head more than explore the majestic Lions Head, but she and 30 times, and has never felt threatened or her friend were shocked when they were told scared, but adds that she will never attempt about the recent crimes. to go it alone. “I thought it was safe! It is such a touristy Following last week’s muggings, Captain place that it should be safe!” Hernandez says. Ezra October, spokesperson for Cape Town Neither of them were deterred, however, and Central Police Station, urged people to take carried on their way. HANRIE BOSCH


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Tuesday 30 August 2011

The people have spoken

SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Alex Herzen­ berg, Ashley Kaine and Llewellyn Lloyd. Photos: Hanrie Bosch

FAMILY OUTING: Monique Gibson and her son Cameron.

MINDFUL: Ian Howard and Louisa Crook.

CAUTIOUS: Robin Good and Anita Macchr.

LONE RANGER: Natalie Pollard.

Muggings not a turn­off for Capetonians HANRIE BOSCH


N air of safety and security usually fills the fresh mountain air on a Saturday morning up Lions Head – especially with the presence of two armed undercover police officers – but how do nature loving Capetonians feel about the recent spike in muggings at the spot? The latest mugging happened last Monday, a few metres down from the paragliding launch pad, where another mugging had been committed just 48 hours before (“Two mountain muggings in two days”, People’s Post, 23 August). In the wake of the crimes, Merle Collins, South African National

Parks’ regional spokesperson, said officers were doing their best to secure the park, and the police explained the immense difficulty of this task. Mark Trust, chairperson of the Table Mountain Forum, presented extensive advice for staying safe on the mountain. People’s Post took the time to speak to a few hikers and see what they thought. “It has been in the back of my mind, but it has clearly not deterred us from coming to the mountain,” says Louisa Crook, taking a walk up Lions Head with friend Ian Howard. “I think they target one person or females more,” Howard speculates. Another set of hikers, coming down the mountain, also feel that

walking in a group is safe. Hiker Ahsley Kaine says she has climbed the slopes of Lions Head more than 30 times, and has never felt threatened or scared, but adds that she will never attempt to go it alone. Following last week’s muggings, Captain Ezra October, spokesperson for Cape Town Central Police Station, urged people to take steps to ensure their safety, and recommended protection, like pepper spray. Hiker Llewellyn Lloyd, however, argues that pepper spray on a windy mountain will most likely end up blowing in your own eyes. Monique Gibson, hiking with her family, agrees: “I thought about

bringing pepper spray today, but it would just perpetuate the problem and make people feel more unsafe and nervous.” Taking into account last week’s muggings, and copious advice about how to keep safe on the mountain, the last thing one would expect to find up there is a lone woman – but Natalie Pollard wasn’t about to be dissuaded from her journeys into nature. “I didn’t know the muggings had happened so recently,” she says. “It makes me a bit scared, but I feel relatively safe as there are so many people. I could be mugged at any place in town too, and I have not brought any valuables with me.” Robin Good and Anita Macchr

say the latest incidents have left a mark on them, considering they also witnessed a mugging last year. “A year ago we went climbing with a group of friends, and two people got mugged basically right behind us. It does make you nervous.” Mary Hernandez, who has been in South Africa for only three weeks on an internship programme from Venezuela, was excited to explore the majestic Lions Head, but she and her friend were shocked when they were told about the recent crimes. “I thought it was safe! It is such a touristy place that it should be safe!” Hernandez says. “Neither of them were deterred, however, and carried on their way.

Building a better future for disadvantaged TAURIQ HASSEN

THIRTY deaf students from disadvantaged backgrounds are about to set sail for an ocean of new opportunities. The students, from the Cape Town Boatbuilding and Technology Initiative (CTBi), have embarked on a one-year journey to learn how to craft things with composite materials in a pilot project made possible by the Whisper Boat Building Academy (WBBA) and Plastics SA. Mike Harvey, project manager, says students from across the peninsula are taking part in the pilot. “This projects aims to accommodate members from disadvantaged communities, and they all have one thing in common – their hearing disabilities,” says Harvey. CTBi, a non-profit company, is funded by the City of Cape Town, the Provincial Government of the Western Cape Directorate of Economic Development, Tourism and Finance. Vanessa Davidson, skills development facilitator for CTBi, says 40% of South Africans between 16 and 25 are both unemployed and out of school. “Disabled youngsters have an even bigger problem, as there are not many opportunities or job facilities that cater for their specific needs,” says Davidson. A change in the weather may be on the horizon now, with the launch of a new Boat Building Academy during a ceremony officiated by Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, at the Brice Industrial Park in Maitland earlier this month. The WBBA was selected to head the new academy by the govern-

ment’s Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority because of the organisation’s stellar work in poorer communities. Harvey says around R500 000 has been pumped into the project, which also covers the students’ expenses for two terms. The WBBA, founded in 2004, is a Khayelitsha-based non-profit organisation dedicated to teaching children from poorer communities how to build boats. They specialise in eco-friendly electrical, hybrid and rowing boats, but are capable of building any custom boat on request. Peter Jacops, founder of WBBA, says there is a “tremendous shortage of skilled labour” in the Western Cape boat building industry. The skilled hands set to arise from the new project will be a “welcome relief”, he says. Overseen by Plastics SA, the project’s mix- WORKING ture of classroombased learning and practical work training will take place with the help of a full-time sign language interpreter. Once the students have successfully completed the project, they will be issued with a certificate of competence. Plastic SA’s executive director,

HARD: The students are looking forward to a future of smooth sailing. Anton Hanekom, says the graduates will be able to provide for themselves and their families by making an honest living in a trade that is both “in high demand and crucial to the economy”. “The students will be able to work in a variety of fields in the plastics industry, ranging from

working as laminators for boat builders, to swimming pool constructors, canopy constructors and other composite fields. The CTBi will assist these students with job placements once they have graduated.” If you wish to find out more about the project, or sign up, con-

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BUSY intersection in Woodstock has been called out as a “death trap” for children attending surrounding schools in the area. A motorist, who wishes not to be named, says he is still in shock after nearly knocking down a student at the Keizergracht and Searle Street intersection on Monday last week. The man, who had been travelling towards Walmer Estate, says the student “appeared from nowhere”, and he was forced to hit the brakes. “There was nobody there to guide them – no traffic officer, not even a scholar patrol. And this is not the first time I’ve encountered something like this. There are many other people who feel that intersection is very dangerous.” Many school children can be seen using the pedestrian crossing in Searle Street, which is usually manned by a traffic marshal, but children who go to school in other parts of Woodstock are forced to use the dangerous intersection, at which, the man says, traffic officers are only stationed on the “odd occasion”. Parent Jane Adams, who picks her daughters up at nearby Holy Cross Primary School, says children are often oblivious to the danger. “Children living close by cross these busy roads, and there are times I have to shout at them not to play when they cross,” the mother says. Joan Walters, who collects her children from Zonnebloem Primary School, says the wait for her youngsters affords her the “unfortunate opportunity” of watching students cross the busy intersection. The students show “no respect for the traf-

fic laws”, she says. People’s Post visited the area just as the home bell sounded on Friday, only to watch as children flaunted the rules of the road, sometimes having to dodge traffic – and ignore the angry hoots of motorists – to get across the intersection safely. Chief Inspector Merle Lourens, spokesperson for the Cape Town Traffic Services, says three traffic attendants have been assigned to the area to assist learners during peak times. The three attendants are required to position themselves in Chapel Street, Upper Searle Street between Eastern Boulevard and Keizergracht, and at the Hill and Keizergracht Street intersection. “Those part-time traffic attendants are required to service the schools in the area, because we are aware of the concerns surrounding the traffic problem at the intersection,” says Lourens. She adds that Traffic Services encourages schools and teachers to educate the learners around road safety. “Schools had scholar patrols in the area, but due to the large volumes of traffic, they had to be replaced by the traffic attendants.” Lourens says no accidents involving school children have been reported this year, but calls on motorists to remain extremely careful. “All drivers should adhere to the part-time traffic attendants at the intersections along Keizergracht, and be aware of children in the vicinity and adhere to the speed limit.”









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Homeless hounds up for adoption HOMELESS dogs at the SPCA are not damaged goods, but normal, happy animals waiting to be someone’s best friend for life, says the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, who have declared September as Dog Adoption Month with their new “No Fun Without Your Best Friend” campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the benefits of adopting a dog from the SPCA. “There are plenty of good reasons why adopting makes much better sense than buying a dog”, says Margie Ainscow, Cape of Good Hope SPCA kennels manager. “Included in the SPCA dog adoption fee of just R525 is the cost of sterilisation, vaccinations, de-worming, pet ID tagging and microchipping, which is valued at well over R1 500.” Ainscow says the campaign will also work to dispel a number of myths about adopting. The most common misconception is that the SPCA does not have a broad enough selection of animals for many tastes. A quick look at will dispel this myth very quickly, Ainscow says. Many also worry that they will be

too upset at seeing so many animals without homes, but Ainscow says this can easily be solved – potential adopters can meet dogs away from the kennels if they’re anxious. Marion Falk from Devil’s Peak is just one among many people who have found a beautiful friend at the SPCA. “Toby was rescued by the SPCA in Mitchell’s Plain after he had been kicked in the face, resulting in a split jaw,” Falk relates. “Despite the trauma he endured, he had a fighting spirit and recovered well after surgery. When I met Toby in the SPCA’s adoption kennels, I just knew that I had found my perfect match. “Today, my home and heart are filled with love and joy. Every time I look at Toby I remind myself that, if he could overcome his ordeal with a wagging tail, then I can overcome any challenges life dishes out.” The SPCA and Hill’s sum their feelings up with the following quote by American wildlife luminary Roger Caras: “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” For more information, visit or call (021) 7004140/4146.

LOVE AT FIRST BITE: Marion Falk of Devil’s Peak with her rescued labra­ dor, Toby. Photo: Supplied

MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Dimitri Gat­ zanis and his best friend, Basil.

STAR DOG: Western Province rugby star, Tim Whitehead with his dog, Josh.

Healthy, happy horses their priority ANDRE BAKKES

THE Cart Horse Protection Association might be based in the northern suburbs’ Epping, but its work extends all the way to Mitchell’s Plain and other parts of the peninsula. Some wonder whether there is still a need for carthorses in today’s hustle and bustle of tar roads and urbanised surroundings, but many people, most of whom collect scrap metal, still rely on the humble horse and cart to get around. Not all carthorse drivers treat their animals with kindness, though – and that’s where the Cart Horse Protection Association (CHPA), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to guarding these horses, comes in. The CHPA works to educate carthorse owners about the importance of caring for their horses, and supports them with subsidised food and even 24-hour veterinary services. People are also urged to contact the association if they suspect a horse is mistreated or a cart is overloaded, in which case members will act, potentially even removing the horse from the owner. People’s Post went to the Epping Clinic and Training Centre to find out more about carthorses and how the association's operations are run. Trends show that the number of working cart horses on the peninsula remain fairly stable. Each month horses leave the industry,

and a few registrations are recorded, but generally the number remains at just over 400. “All working cart horses are registered with the association,” says fundraising manager Megan White. “Records are kept of all interactions with the horses and owners, and placed on a central list. “Our inspectors, who work under the Animal Protection Act, are qualified animal welfare inspectors with magisterial rights, as well as qualified animal welfare assistants registered with the South African Veterinary Council.” The CHPA relies wholly on donations from the public, and often holds fundraising events to help members perform their vital role. According to White, the association needs to raise up to R3 million a year. When the organisation started in 1995, carthorses were, on the whole, severely neglected, but after years of education and awareness campaigns, things are looking up. The mistreatment of horses is minimal these days, but there will always be a need for CHPA. Senior inspector Diana Truter took People’s Post on a drive through one of the poorer neighbourhoods, Gugulethu, and stopped sporadically at different shacks to show where horses are kept. The families, who hardly have enough space for themselves, have

FAMILY BUSINESS: Nasroedien Ock­ ards is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who all worked with cart horses. Photo: Andre Bakkes

put up makeshift stables that show obvious care for their animals. Truter knows almost everyone in the community, and stopped several times to enquire about ongoing issues. It quickly became clear that the CHPA is much more than just a one-trick pony. The wellbeing of the horses is, of course, its main priority. People will often phone the CHPA to tell members that a cart is overloaded, or that a horse is “suffering in the heat”, but Truter emphasises that

these animals can pull heavy loads quite comfortably. She explains, “The average cart weighs approximately 200kg. A completely empty Volkswagen Golf body weighs about 300kg, and a minibus shell only about 600kg. The smaller ponies can pull up to 500kg, and the bigger horses up to 1 000kg.” She advises that one should rather evaluate the strain the horse may be under rather than trying to guess the weight of the load.

“Normally, a cart horse will take two to three strides to get its load on the move. If the horse appears to be ‘climbing on it’s toes’, it is probably overloaded. “If it appears that the horse is being pushed along when it is trying to stop, this is a sure sign of overloading. Should you see a cart horse galloping, it is being driven too hard.” The public is urged never to approach a “cartie”, and rather phone CPHA’s emergency number (082 659 9599).

Anything goes on Casual Day - even a pink tracksuit

SHOW SUPPORT: The ever popular Casual Day hits South Africa again on 2 September. Photo: Supplied

STUCK for something to wear for work? Then you’ll soon have reason to rejoice with Casual Day on Friday 2 September, which provides one day in the year when anything goes. This wildly popular fundraising event is based on the concept that one can wear anything for the day as long as one also wears the official Casual Day sticker, which can be purchased for R10. The proceeds go to the National Council for Persons

with Physical Disabilities in South Africa, Disabled People SA, SA National Council for the Blind, SA Federation for Mental Health, Deaf Federation of SA and Epilepsy SA. This year the theme is “Rock Stars” – so “make the world rock in your suit or your frock!” Stickers are distributed by the project’s financial partner, Absa, as well as Game and Edcon stores and a wide network of participating organisations.

Says Annelise de Jager, Casual Day founder, “It is heart-warming to see the sustained enthusiasm and passion displayed ... around this project. Each year people join in the fun, knowing that their contribution really reaches the people it is intended to assist.” Last year’s campaign raised a record amount of just over R18 million, putting the event at the forefront of fundraising for people with disabilities.


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Grow your market with VOC THE Voice of the Cape (VOC) radio sales and marketing gurus are abuzz with activity as details are being ironed out for the station’s annual festival, aptly called the Festival with a Difference. According to VOC sales manager and festival marketing convenor Hassiem Bastra, there is still a lot of work to be done, but the plans are coming along nicely. “We are now trying to secure corporate clients for the corporate exhibition. This is a great way to showcase new products or services within existing organisations, or even advertise brand new organisations and what they have to offer. Advertising with VOC through the festival is a means of capturing a niche market. This is an opportunity that only comes around once a year, and organisations should make sure they are part of it as they will gain positive exposure.” The festival’s corporate exhibition has been tweaked to keep in line with the overall theme, and the marquee will now be positioned in the heart of the venue. “We have a 1 400 metre marquee organised for this year, and potential exhibitors can choose between a four-by-four metre stall priced at R10 000 and a threeby-three metre stall priced at R6 000. The cost of all the exhibition stalls remain the same as last year. “There are 10 four-by-four stalls and 22 three-bythree stalls, as well as 21 three-by-three metre car bays

for dealership priced at R2 500 each. We decided to integrate the exhibition marquee with the rest of the festival, unlike previous years, when it was on a separate side of the festival. The area of the marquee is also bigger, and we have four main entrances to it.” The sponsors for this year include Altius Cape Town Market, Coca-Cola, Market Toyota Athlone and Shafiq’s Travel and Tours. Eyesave Optometrist is a regular exhibitor at the festival, and said since joining the VOC family the business has definitely prospered. “The festival is a brilliant platform for any new business to get the word out to people. It is also a great way for older businesses in terms of branding and marketing. The festival attracts thousands of people, so we benefit from meeting people that possibly would never have made their spectacles with us. It also attracts people from different areas; we then gain new patients, as we are situated in areas throughout the peninsula.” Florida Foods exhibited their variety of food products at last year’s festival, and the company spokesperson, Fatima Allie, said they would be supporting the VOC Festival again this year. To get in touch with this unique niche market opportunity, contact Hassiem Bastra on (021) 442-3503 before Friday 23 September.

Maingard ready for fair play THE Observatory Holistic and Lifestyle Fair, taking place from 10:00 to 16:00 on Sunday, will present Nate Maingard, a selftaught musician who cut his musical teeth in his renowned dad’s guitar-making workshops. The son of Mark Maingard – the man behind internationally acclaimed Maingard Guitars – Nate has been carving out his own unique sound for years now. His voice has been compared to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, and his easy

indie style is reminiscent of the likes of Jack Johnson and Coldplay. Maingard performs from 12:00 to 14:00, and throughout the fair you’ll get to sample tasty food and browse eye-catching stalls for clothing, jewellery, books and more. Face painting and a jumping castle that will keep the children happily occupied. For more information contact Erica Kleine via email at

FAIREST CAPE: Seapoint sisters Kelly (left) and Gabriella Davids are among the 10 Western Cape beauties forming part of the 33 semifinal­ ists for this year’s Miss SA pageant. In a sharp break from tradition, this year’s competition will be presented as a reality show; “The Road to Miss SA”, a series of one­hour shows hosted by Bridget Masinga, will hit Mzansi Magic on Sunday 9 October at 17:30.

A banquet in the dark JAMMING: Nate Maingard hits Obs on Sunday. Photo: Supplied

THE League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) hosts its annual Dinner in the Dark on Friday 30 September. LOFOB invites donors, business partners and friends to join its members for a “scrumptious fivecourse meal, top-class entertain-

ment and an unforgettable experience” at the Isaac Jacobs Hall, on the corner of Klip and First Roads in Grassy Park, at 19:00 for 19:30. The evening costs R300 per person, or R3 000 per table of 10. Contact Heidi on (021) 705-3753.


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GOLDEN OLDIE: Goldie Qayiya (middle) is seen with her family. From left: Nquba Sivuyisiwe (grand­ son), Angela Si­ vuyisiwe (grand­ daughter), Tony the dog, Frederick Qayiya (husband) and Thembela Qayiya (daugh­ ter).

WOMAN OF WORTH: Aletta Zangana, far right, is another inspirational grandma who is featured in the exhibition. With her is her daugh­ ter, Babalwa Zan­ gana, and grand­ son Siyavuya Zan­ gana.

INSPIRATIONAL: These are some of the grandmothers featured in the ex­ hibit. Photos: Eric Miller

Age never gives up THE NEVERGIVEUPS exhibition celebrates the lives of a group of extraordinary grand-

mothers from Khayelitsha, and highlights the crucial role grandmothers play in holding

The exhibition, which ends today (Tuesday) at the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre, is the brainchild of South African photojournalist Eric Miller, and through his photos he documents the strength and love of these “supergrannies” in holding their families together.

together families and communities across South Africa.

Miller has captured the struggle and spirit of 17 grandmothers in intimate portraits of them and their families. The photographs are combined with excerpts from the grandmothers’ life stories, documented by award-winning South African journalist Jo-Anne Smetherham.

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Meet the puppet masters DALEEN FOUCHÉ

A FEAST for the senses lies ahead for Cape Town theatre lovers – it’s almost time for the annual Out the Box Festival of Visual Performance and Puppetry. The festival, which takes place at various venues in and around Cape Town, starts on Thursday 1 September, and will keep audiences entertained for nine days. Now in its sixth year, the festival started out as a humble one-day celebration of puppetry and physical theatre at UCT. It has grown to an international hit, and now offers workshops, tours, development opportunities and an ever-growing list of shows. Venues for this year’s event include the Little Theatre Complex in Gardens, the Labia Cinema, Iziko National Gallery, Fire and Ice Hotel, Magnet Theatre and Theatre Arts Admin Collective. The heart of the festival will be found in Observatory, which will be turned into a bohemian hub at which you’ll get to meet a plethora of artists and the creative people responsible for the entertainment. Yvette Hardie, director of the festival, says the event will offer something to enthral every type of individual. Hardie believes that love for theatre is instilled through great childhood memories, and that theatre can only survive if children are attracted to the medium, so she is proud to market the festival as a “family affair”. She herself remembers telling her dad at the age of four that she wanted to become an actress, and she went on to achieve not only this goal, but many more: Hardie has acted, directed, produced and taught in the world of theatre. Her passion for this interpretive field is evident when she talks about the directors who work so hard to break new ground in the media of puppetry, visuals and movement during the festival. Among traditional shows of puppetry, such as shadow and marionette theatre, a number of interesting themes will be explored in novel ways throughout the festival. “One show consists of a puppet giving a lecture on puppetry,” Hardie reveals. The festival will also be mixing media to the max. In one show, dancers will dress up in “larger than life” puppet suits before they hit the stage. Hardie says puppetry is gaining new recognition within the international theatre world. “This is because puppets allow us to see ourselves in a different way,” she says. By way of example, Hardie points out that while audiences are not often engaged by a human performer buttoning a shirt, they can be entranced by a puppet attempting the same thing. “Puppets can also do things humans can not, like talking to the audience while lying on an autopsy table,” she says, referring to yet another offering from the festival. The upcoming event comprises four components: an adult and family festival, a film festival, and an array of workshops. The focus this year will be on the environment; to mark this, the festival will be launched by a walk through Observatory during which participants will hand out seedlings. For more information, and to see the programme, visit

Events at the library CELEBRATE Spring Day at Woodstock Library on Thursday 1 September from 13:30 until 14:30. The event aims to inspire you to start and maintain your own garden. Refreshments will be served, and entrance is free. •The Friends of Woodstock Library will also host a book and jewellery sale on Saturday from 09:00 until 12:00. If you require further information on these events, contact the library on (021) 488-6426.

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Desperate laughter at the Baxter FOLLOWING a performance in Los Angeles, Evita Bezuidenhout will share the Baxter Theatre stage with a chorus line of women from all walks of life in “Desperate First Ladies” from Monday 5 September to Saturday 1 October. Pieter-Dirk Uys will bring his legendary satirical commentary into the mix, helped along by the presence of a side-splitting supporting cast, including: Cape Malay DA firebrand Mrs Pietersen; the first lady of Libya, Madame Gaddafi; Mother Teresa, “manning the telephone exchange in heaven”; the kugel

Nowell Fine; and Evita’s much-loathed sister and the black sheep of the family, Bambi Kellermann. On Heritage Day, Saturday 24 September, Coenie de Villiers and Evita Bezuidenhout will share the stage during two exclusive performances in English and Afrikaans at 15:00 and 18:00. “Desperate First Ladies” runs from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00. Tickets cost from R100 to R130 through Computicket; special discounts and charity bookings are available via or (021) 680-3962.

The circus comes to town

Urban dance takes centre stage

THE South African National Circus will hold a fun-filled show for the whole family at Liesbeek Parkway in Observatory on Saturday. “Experience the wonderful world of circus arts, with trapeze artists, acrobats, contortionists, the amazing man in the bottle, hilarious clowns and much more,” a spokesperson says.The show starts at 19:30. Entrance costs R40 for adults and R30 for children. Free secure parking will be available. For further information, or to book, call (021) 692-4287.


EXPRESSION: The many faces of Evita Bezuidenhout.

CELEBRATION of urban dance from street to standing ovation promises to leave audiences elated when “Colour Contrast: Where Worlds Collide” spins into the Artscape Theatre this weekend. Directed by Marcus Mabie and Lu Jacobs of the Renovatio Dance Company, the 90-minute production honours the elevation of urban dance from its street culture roots to theatre-level professionalism. A number of fictional characters will give life through dance to a story set across two worlds – “Alpha Earth”, called “Walking in the Footsteps of Legends”, and “Omega Earth”, known as “Colour Contrast”. The show runs at the Artscape on Friday and Saturday at 20:00. Tickets cost R60. For more information about this year’s Artscape festival, check out For ticket bookings, contact Computicket on 083 915 8000 or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 421-7695. Special prices are available for block bookings. •People’s Post and Artscape are giving away five double tickets to the show on Friday night.

Photo: Supplied

. To stand a chance to win, SMS “URBAN” to 34586 by noon on Thursday. SMSes cost R1,50 each.

DANCE DELIGHT: An imaginative story expressing the growth of hip­hop dance culture hits the Artscape this weekend. Photo: Supplied

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Tuesday 30 August 2011

National shame SOUTH AFRICAN musician Art Matthews took our national anthem to a new embarrassing height when he bungled the words of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” on live TV. Among the things we hold up proudly as a nation are our Madiba, our democracy, hosting a successful Fifa World Cup last year and our national anthem – all truly representative of our kaleidoscope nation. Every time our national anthem is performed, we stand up with pride because it unites us and is uniquely South African, down to its “Uit die blou van onse hemel” verses. Art’s pathetic rendition of our national anthem is unforgivable, especially since he is as South African as skaapkop and braaivleis. Born Ard Matthews in Durban in 1975, his musical career spans 15 years, from busking on the streets of London to becoming lead vocalist and founder of the band Just Jinjer (formerly Just Jinger), now based in the United States. Then, on 23 August, during the announcement of the Springbok squad for next month’s Rugby World Cup, Art put himself and – with the exception of a few (probably) deaf fans – most of the nation to shame when he fumbled his way through the national anthem. He didn’t even know the opening line of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika”. During a storm of public backlash, one radio listener summed up Art’s artless performance artfully when he said: “They should have taken the child from the FNB ad to sing our anthem”. A good choice, as the little girl knows the words to her anthem and sings it confidently. After his unforgettable forgetting of the words to the anthem was slammed, Art apologised, saying he was “utterly devastated, embarrassed and sorry”. He said he was overcome with emotion and nerves; this after nearly two decades in the music industry, performing to national and international audiences. In fairness, it was not asking too much of an accomplished South African artist to simply sing the words of our anthem with authority and afford it the dignity and respect it deserves.

Your SMSes . In response to the story on Hartleyvale, in fairness, the football fields are well maintained, but the old grand stand should be demolished. Either that or it will simply fall down some day.

Hartleyvale is a disgrace THE Hartleyvale Stadium is looking like a derelict dump at the entrance of our beautiful Observatory, and is obviously not of much interest to the Sports and Recreation Department (SRD), as it’s looked like that forever. They spent all R5 million on upgrading the insides of the stadium (“Stadium still needs attention”, People’s Post, 23 August) for the various groups that use the stadium, none of whom come from Observatory. That is all the SRD is concerned about – new showers, lockers and cafeterias for people coming in from other areas – while they feel “we” in Obs are not worth the time, effort, or money to make the entrance to our neighbourhood look any better than a depressing eyesore. We are obviously not important, and at the bottom of their list, if the recently-built state of the art “Hockey Stadium” needs an upgrade already, before our 100-year-old stadium. What’s that about? The SRD and all these many sports fields, associations and facilities in Obs have an obligation to respect our neighbourhood, as they are guests here. The trend of the past few years for events at both the Hockey Stadium and Hartleyvale Stadium is to combine

sports events with thumping rave music blasting out over entire weekends from early morning, so loud that people at the train station were tapping their feet to the music. What has rave music got to do with sports? It is inconsiderate, disrespectful and thoughtless to simply expect Obs to tolerate this and be treated like some second rate community to “use” and leave for others’ convenience. Considering Hartleyvale is an inner city stadium, that’s a disgrace, for both the city and the Sports and Recreation Department. I commend Adam Wallace and Estelle Jacobs and others for their continued perseverance in pressing for this outer upgrade of Hartleyvale Stadium, for it is only when “we” in Obs stop being complacent that things will change; you teach people how to treat you, and unfortunately our laid back reputation in Obs has not been serving us well. Together we can make the difference; make one today by email, pen, phone or word of mouth. And next time you drive by Hartleyvale Stadium, ask yourself, is that acceptable, and would I want my child there? CRAIG HARRISON Observatory

Respect your neighbours . Sleep Deprived, I sympathise with you. I have a neighbour with a dog that barks at nothing. The lady who owns it does nothing to stop it, and shouldn’t be allowed to keep a dog. . On Thursday, I witnessed a bunch of hooligans (school kids) between 8 and 11 shouting at kids in another bus. The children were using disrespectful words, and the boys were showing their middle fingers to the others. Parents, what are you projecting to your children? It saddened my heart, because this is our next generation. Trains of thought . Metrorail must tell the person who blows the whistle to make sure everyone is aboard before they blow it. People are still boarding when the doors are closed. Have they no heart? . Metrorail upgrade? Too many peak hour trains are being cancelled at the cost of hourly paid commuters being short-paid as a result of getting to work late. Who gets to make these decisions? Disgusted, Cape Flats Strike! . As for the municipal workers’ strike, I get outraged when I see those buffoons rummag-

ing through the rubbish like baboons. This savage behaviour must be crushed, but then the question is, do we still have a police force? Pat H . Striking for higher wages is becoming an annual thing. Instead, strike for lower prices to be implemented. Hot air . To the guy who called an SMSer names like “airhead”, just pray that you don’t get a tyre burst from the different air pressure that gets inflated at garages. You’re just a big mouth. Concerned driver, Grassy Park By the way . Bring back the Narcotics Squad. The rehab facilities are poor for the unemployed. Nobody is prepared to give a rehabilitated drug addict a job. After trying for two years, I am afraid he is going to go back to stealing and drugging. Not even his IT diploma is helping him. . To the person speaking about the council outsourcing its work: They don’t even complete the job and they get paid. . To my darling Ghulaab, it’s Ruby wishing you an enjoyable and a blessed Eid. May it be filled with warmth and joy. I wish I could spend the day with you. . The article on the healing power of horses was beautiful. Please write more uplifting articles that make our hearts happy. Rachel, Plumstead

Have a glorious Eid

Eid Mubarak to all

MAY the Almighty bestow special blessings on you this Eid. May you be surrounded with love today

TO ALL MUSLIM residents, may this Eid be filled with all good things, and may it leave you with many happy moments to re-

and always. COUNCILLOR CEDRIC THOMAS Walmer Estate

member. BRETT HERRON Councillor for Ward 57


Tuesday 30 August 2011

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DANCE DE­ LIGHT: An im­ agina­ tive story ex­ press­ ing the growth of hip­ hop dance culture hits the Art­ scape this week­ end. Photo: Supplied

Urban dance takes centre stage A

CELEBRATION of urban dance from street to standing ovation promises to leave audiences elated when “Colour Contrast: Where Worlds Collide” spins into the Artscape Theatre this weekend.

roots to theatre-level professionalism. A number of fictional characters will give life through dance to a story set across two worlds – “Alpha Earth”, called “Walking in the Footsteps of Legends”, and “Omega Earth”, known as “Colour Contrast”. The show runs at the Artscape on Friday and Saturday at 20:00. Tickets cost R60. For more information about this year’s Artscape festival,

check out For ticket bookings, contact Computicket on 083 915 8000 or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on (021) 4217695. Special prices are available for block bookings. •People’s Post and Artscape are giving away five double tickets to the show on Friday night. . To stand a chance to win, SMS “URBAN” to 34586 by noon on Thursday. SMSes cost R1,50 each.

Get ready for Rabinowitz

LISTEN UP: Nik Rab­ inowitz per­ forms at Café Roux next week.

Directed by Marcus Mabie and Lu Jacobs of the Renovatio Dance Company, the 90-minute production honours the elevation of urban dance from its street culture

NIK RABINOWITZ will raise laughs with hilarious new material at Café Roux in the Noordhoek Farm Village at 19:00 on Wednesday 7 September. In “Nik Rabinowitz Live”, the laugh master will explore a host of new comedic insights, but will also recall some of the old favourite

SHARE THE LOVE: Vincent Mey­ burgh and Unathi Speel­ man hug Wanda the whale.

routines that catapulted him to international recognition as the world’s “leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian”. Tickets cost R200, which includes a chalkboard supper. For more information email, or call (021) 789-2538 for bookings.

son says. “The Whale Show” is one of many environmentally themed plays written and produced by Cape Town’s Jungle Theatre Company, which uses original children’s and family theatre as a vehicle for environmental, social and cultural education. The company thanks the L&S Chiappini Charitable Trust and Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation for funding “The Whale Show” at Out the Box. The show will be enacted at the Ob-

Blunt performs in Cape Town JAMES BLUNT returns to Cape Town to perform at the GrandWest Grand Arena today (Tuesday) as part of his “Some Kind of Trouble”

Photo: Sup­ plied

Tuesday 30 August 2011

MELODIC ES­ CAPE: The Beau Soleil Music Cen­ tre’s winter con­ cert series con­ tinues with the re­ turn of award­winning musicians Derek Fennell (flute) and Sandra Kettle (piano) tomorrow (Wednesday 31 August) at 18:00. The popular duo will present a cap­ tivating pro­ gramme that in­ cludes works by JS Bach, Beethoven and Charles­Marie Widor, as well as those of contem­ porary composer Mike Mower. The centre is at 12 Salisbury Road in Kenil­ worth. Tickets are available at the door at a cost of R50 for adults, R40 for pensioners and R30 for scholars. For further information contact Beau Soleil on (021) 761­1894. Photo: Supplied

Meet the music of Mozart THE Musicanti Chamber Orchestra will perform its next concert at the St Martini Church at the top of Long Street in the city on Sunday 4 September at 18:00. The programme includes the “Linz Symphony” and the “Sinfonia Concertante” for violin and cello by Mozart. The viola

part in the original has been arranged for cello by Peter Martens for cello, who will play the instrument at the concert with violin soloist Suzanne Martens. Tickets are R60 at the door; full-time students pay R20 and school pupils enter for free. For more information phone (021) 790-5310.

The masculine touch THE recent popularity of “Divas Cape Town” has prompted organisers Marmalade Events to host a similar show with top male singers. The talented Loyiso Bala, ChadSaaiman, Alistair Izobell, Luqmaan Adams and James Bhemgee will share the stage in “Divos” at the GrandWest Grand Arena on Friday at 20:00. The musical genres they sing through will move from dance to R&B ballads – and even opera.

The show also marks the official return of Chad Saaiman to the stage following his traumatic highjacking in Gauteng. Tickets cost between R100 and R180 from Computicket. . People’ Post is giving away three sets of double tickets to see the show. To stand a chance to win, SMS “R&B” to 34586 by noon on tomorrow. SMSes cost R1,50 each.


THOUGHTFUL: Chad Saaiman.

LYRICAL: Luqmaan Adams.

MASTER OF SONG: James Bhemgee.

WHALE OF A TIME: Wanda the whale in “The Whale Show”. Photos: Liam Beattie

Experience a whale of a tale THE Jungle Theatre Company’s “The Whale Show” will soon swim into Observatory, returning for the fifth time to the upcoming Out the Box Festival. The story revolves around two characters on a quest to be like whales; they discover that the ocean is under threat, and get everybody involved in taking care of the sea and saving its whales. “Don’t miss this amazing whale tale for families with children aged six and over,” a spokesper-

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world tour. The multi award-winning British star will perform a number of his top hits, including “You’re Beautiful” and “Same Mis-

servatory Arts for a Sustainable Earth Hub at The Magnet, Old Match Factory (on the corner of St Michael’s and Lower Main Roads), on Sunday 4 September at 10:30, Monday 5 September at 11:30, Wednesday 7 September at 16:00 and Sunday 11 September at 14:00. Tickets cost R50 for adults and R40 for children under 12. Concessions and block bookings are available. To make a school booking, contact Tahirih Cook on 084 873 4711 or at General bookings can be made through Computicket on 0861 915 8000. take”, in addition to tracks off his latest album, “Some Kind of Trouble”. The show starts at 20:00. Tickets, priced between R272 and R501, are available at Computicket on 083 915 8000 or at

Notice: Media24 in collaboration with Ask Afrika are conducting a reader survey. The purpose of this survey is to enable Media24 to gain a better understanding of what you as a reader want and expect from community newspapers. Your participation in the survey will be greatly appreciated. Please note that Ask Afrika interviewers will be conducting the interviews and will be identifiable with Ask Afrika identification cards. Date: August 2011-October 2011 Website for more information: Contact person for more information: Khomotso Mathelela - 012 428 7400

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Jesse scores another six This priviledge was bestowed on the avid all-rounder when he was awarded a sporting and academic bursary to attend Wynberg Boys’ High School by the Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation. The 12-year-old, who captained a Western Province XI invitational team in 2009, started playing cricket at the age of six. Both he and 14-year-old brother Matthew – who is equally talented with the bat and ball – were introduced to the game by a friend of their father, Colin Christians. “At the time the boys were playing minileague baseball, but they immediately developed a love for cricket,” Colin says. “Jesse has always been playing out of his age group, even playing for the under10 team at the age of six. He has never been afraid, and always holds his own when facing the older boys.” The leg-spinner, who is also a keen golfer, has won numerous awards representing both Pinelands Primary School and Western Province Cricket Club (WPCC). He also spent most of the winter in the indoor nets, as part of the WP under-13 winter group; the two teams to represent the province in December are set to be announced in September. Jesse was also selected for a WP/ Boland team that toured Dubai last year, as well as a Western Cape under-15 team that toured Malaysia this year. Colin credits the assistance of WPCC juniors’ coach, Charles Fourie, and the

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