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WATER WORRIES: Residents at the Royal Road Informal Settlement are locking their taps in an attempt to stop the water being sold. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN
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Fury over over illeg ill egal al water ater sal sales es NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
handful of residents at the Royal Road Informal Settlement have been making a quick buck – by selling their free wa-
ter. Two enterprising residents have been accused of selling water by the container to locals, which has prompted the rest of the settlement to put locks on the taps. However, the guilty parties may face legal action if caught by council officials. A Royal Road homeowner, who requested to remain anonymous, says the water is decanted into 25F containers and sold, by the trolley, to those who choose to buy it for
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cheaper than from the City of Cape Town. This sale of water is prohibited, says Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services. “Section 31 of the Water Bylaw is applicable. It states that no person who is supplied with water in terms of this bylaw may sell such water unless provision has been made therefore in a special agreement or he or she has obtained the prior written permission of the director,” he says. “This sale is, therefore, illegal.” Informal settlement resident Timothy Goliath says they have tried to negotiate with the guilty parties with no success. The residents have now resorted to locking the taps, which is problematic, Goliath
says. “Sometimes they just cut the lock off, which happened at one tap. And now we have to carry a key to unlock the tap, which could easily get lost,” he says. The need to secure the taps raises animosity between residents of the settlement, says Sonnenberg. “Mechanically speaking, it is difficult to say what the impact would be of locking the taps. However this kind of activity can heighten tension within the community,” says Sonnenberg. “We will continue to monitor the area to gain clarity and apprehend the perpetrators.” Allan Hartzenberg is concerned about how residents will extinguish a fire if the
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KENSINGTON: VANDALS CRIPPLING SERVICE DELIVERY
Dark hour for Haven Night Shelter NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
he Haven Night Shelter in Kensington has been hit by a spate of vandalism. Four cases of malicious damage to
the shelter’s property have taken place in two months. On two occasions someone scaled the shelter’s walls to steal the washing line rope and slash the tyre of the shelter’s vehicle. Most recently, a poster advertising an upcoming fundraiser was ripped in half. The incidents have left the shelter’s management forking out funds, intended for charity work, to beef up security while they try to make sense of the acts. Shelter manager Chrislene Sadan says the vandalism has been “alarming”. “Our job is to create a safe and secure environment for our clients. The fact that someone deliberately jumps over our wall, which is very high, is quite alarming. We’ve had to make our washing line removable so that it can be stored at night. We are worried the people who jumped over the wall may be
looking around,” she says. Field worker Kevin Alexander was on duty the night the tyre of the shelter’s vehicle was slashed. “At night we do a perimeter check, which includes all the gates and the vehicle, before locking up the shelter. The vehicle was fine that night, but the next morning the tyre was flat. When we took it for repairs, we found a sharp object had been used to cut it,” he says. The incident has left Alexander concerned. “I worry about the safety of the staff and clients,” he says. Sadan says the shelter plans to install a camera system as additional security after the vandalism. “We’re installing a camera system in the next few weeks. We run on donations and
need to show our donors that those funds are being put to good use in the community. The funding shouldn’t have to go to security when we support so many soup kitchens. I’m not sure why we’re being targeted when we’re delivering a service to the community,” she says. Kensington Police Station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Bernice Joseph says no reports have been made. “I am surprised to hear of vandalism at the Haven Night Shelter. A supervisor on duty at night can prevent these incidents on the inside or report them to the police and lay charges of malicious damage to property. If the incidents continue to occur the police can do patrols as a preventative measure,” she says. However, Sadan says at least two of the incidents were reported by staff.
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A loving and caring environment is all a child really needs. But not many children are afforded this opportunity as they fall through the cracks of abuse, neglect or poverty. Home from Home, a Cape Town-based organisation, aims to remedy this situation by creating and placing vulnerable children into homes of loving foster parents. Pippa Shaper, co-founder of the non-profit organisation, says: “Home from Home provides supportive and supervised community-based foster care for orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children through a network of small, family homes in disadvantaged communities in the country. We believe that living in a small family unit with dedicated foster parents with no more than six children, is the best place for children who can’t be cared for by their own families.” The organisation has 33 foster homes across the province and plans to extend their reach. “These are normal families in a normal home where the child will get sent to foster parents who can nurture them and provide the loving environment every child needs,” says Shaper. Currently 200 children are part of the programme. “We provide and offer all the support the foster parents may need, including social work services.”
CITY APPEALS TO RESIDENTS TO REPORT ILLEGAL SALE OF STOLEN COUNCIL REFUSE BAGS In an effort to combat the theft and resale of City-owned refuse bags, the City’s Solid Waste Management Department has printed the letters ‘CCT SWM’ followed by a serial number in black text on all its blue bags from June 2013. This will ensure that all stolen bags can be recognised and their source traced. Despite these measures being put in place, the City continues to experience theft of its blue bags, which are then sold illegally on the street as well as in some shops. The City is appealing to residents once again not to purchase blue refuse bags at all as these bags are stolen property. The bags are usually packaged together with other bags and folded to hide the printing. It can be assumed that all blue bags are stolen bags. Blue bags are used solely for all the activities and programmes of the Solid Waste Management Department’s Cleansing Branch. Report any individual or shop seen selling these bags by contacting the City’s Solid Waste Management branch for Loss Control on 021 900 1689 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If any blue bags are placed out on the roadside by residents, it will be deemed illegal dumping and dealt with accordingly. Your cooperation and assistance in this matter is highly appreciated. This action is in line with maintaining a well-run city.
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Shaper says the aim of the organisation is to provide an alternative home of care to shelter the child from previous abuse and neglect. “The children get placed with us after they are referred from a children’s court,” she says. All parents are screened and background checks are done as well as training offered to ensure they can provide a better living environment for the foster children. “If we receive siblings through the children’s court, we always place them together to maintain the biological family connection,” Shaper says. Every mother receives a grant to help cover the financial costs to look after each child. “As far as possible we ensure there is a mixture of ages and sexes of children within the home, thereby creating as close to ‘normal’ a family environment as possible for all foster children.” Foster mother Emily Kiel from Ocean View says: “I enjoy working with young children GOOD CAUSE: Home from Home, a foster home system, creates a homely and had the opportuni- environment for children in need of a stable family life. PHOTO: SUPPLIED ty to apply for a fullSqalane says: “This is an opportunity to time job that allowed me to live out this vocashare my love with children who, before livtion.” With six foster children in her care for ing in foster care, have had very difficult more than one year, Kiel has nurtured them lives. The relationships I have formed with as her own since they were placed into her each of my children is something that is very special.” care by social services. Sqalane has been a foster mother for more “Caring for six children is a full-time job. This was an adjustment in and of itself. than two years. Home from Home has a specific strategy (Whether they are a) biological or foster child, they require the same love, care and and approach to follow when setting up a new foster home. Through this approach support.” Kiel’s biological children are all grown-up they are able to ensure that there is a definite and have since moved out. She is, therefore, need in the community for each foster home, able to give undivided attention to the charg- that the home is empowered through community groups which support the project, es in her care. “Watching the children in my care grow that the home is fully equipped and that fosand blossom is particularly rewarding. I sit ter parents are constantly supported and suwith them every day to assist with their pervised by Home from Home to ensure the homework and support them through the children receive the best possible care. All foster parents have the opportunity to challenges of school life. At the end of the term or the end of the school year, when this network with each other so they may share hard work pays off with excellent results, (it) their experiences, learn from one another is definitely cause for celebration,” she says. and share the responsibility of raising their Beauty Sqalane from Masiphumelele is al- foster children. so a foster mother. While unable to have chil- V Donations for Home from Home can be made dren of her own, Sqalane says: “I have so through direct deposits to Home from Home Trust, much love in my heart for children. Being Nedbank South Africa, branch code 101 109, account a foster mother has given me the chance to number 101 110 9700. For more information visit www.homefromhome.org.za. share this love.”
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A new MyCiTi bus route will be introduced to narrow roads in the Bo-Kaap, District Six and University Estate PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAI
TRANSPORT: NEW MYCITI ROUTE
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new MyCiTi bus route will be introduced to service Bo-Kaap, District Six and University Estate. Specially commissioned MyCiTi minibuses will be used on the route, which includes narrow roads and steep gradients. The route will begin in Wale Street, continuing along Yusuf Drive, Voetboog Road and Upper Bloem Street before driving on Adderley, Strand, Darling and Keizergracht streets. Buses will then turn onto Chapel Street and travel on Hill and Cambridge streets, along Rhodes Avenue, Lorraine Avenue and ending in Ritchie Street. Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron says the route has been implemented after a special request was received to serve the Lower District Six area, north of Nelson Mandela Boulevard “where there are significant numbers of potential users at the Boulevard Business Park and Clicks head office”, he says. In addition, residents of Upper Walmer Estate have complained about difficulties in accessing stops on the current MyCiTi route that runs along Chester and Coronation roads because of the steep gradients, Herron says. “Sections of the route were previously served by bus and minibus taxi routes, but
it was not practical to use 9m MyCiTi buses because of narrow roads, steep gradients or limited demand,” he says. “The route will be operated using 6m minibuses. It is likely that it will conveniently serve those living or working within 500m from all stops. Stops on this route are not yet finalised but will be 400 to 500m apart,” Herron says. Bo-Kaap Civic Association chairperson Osman Shaboodien says it is high time the service is implemented. “We were starting to feel left out! The buses skirt around Bo-Kaap, which mean residents have to walk into town to catch the bus. Other bus services and taxis have been taken off the routes, which is especially problematic for children who need to travel to school,” he says. Walmer Estate Residents Community Forum chairperson Moosa Sydow has welcomed the additonal route. “We’re very excited. It’s the perfect route because it ties in with what residents initially envisioned. It’s now a Walmer Estate and University Estate route, not a Salt River route,” he says. The route is a positive thing, but we’re going to refrain from formally commenting to the City until we see how this new route ties in with measures to allievate traffic congestion and rat racing in Walmer Estate.” However, not everyone is included in the new route. District Six resident Allison Hanslo lives
next to De Waal Drive, and says the trip to her nearest bus stop is several kilometres. The new route still bypasses her home. She often works late shifts, and is forced to walk along poorly lit streets between overgrown plots of land to reach her home. She used to be able to take a Golden Arrow bus or taxi, which dropped her only a short distance from her door. But these services have been discontinued with the advent of the MyCiTi bus. There are a number of pensioners who have to walk the several kilometres uphill from the bus stop with their pension money and parcels, Hanslo adds. Sydow would like to see the route expanded to surrounding areas lying on steep gradients. “I appreciate that you can’t cover all the areas, but it would be nice if residents along De Waal Drive and Constitution Road, which are on steep hills and don’t have a taxi service, could be included in the route,” he says. The timeline for implementation is still unclear, says Herron, as council waits for approval from the national transport department for the use of the 6m vehicles.
More parents consent to HPV vaccination Parents across the Western Cape gave their permission for the vaccination of their Grade 4 daughters. According to the provincial health department, 56% of parents of girls in Grade 4 have given the department consent to give their daughters the Human Papilomavirus (HPV) vaccination. HPV is an easily contracted virus and is responsible for up to 80% of cervical cancers. Cervarix is a vaccine that prevents the development of HPV-related cervical cancer as it stops the infection from developing. Provincial health minister Theuns Botha says: “The statistics show too many of our young women die of cervical cancer. Here we have a vaccination to combat this disease. “I encourage all parents and caregivers of young girls to inform and educate themselves about the vaccine and the campaign”. But there has also been resistance to the vaccinations as many parents have not returned the consent forms. In addition there are a number of anti-vaccine literature have been posted on social media sites. According to the department, 20 000 girls in government schools have been vaccinated.
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OBSERVATORY: OPEN STREETS HAMSTRUNG BY EMPTY COFFERS
Project takes several steps back NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain
pen Street days are on hold in Observatory as the Observatory Improvement District struggles to find funding. Two Open Street events were held last year, which transformed Lower Main Road into a pedestrians-only space. But with no one else to foot the bill, the improvement district may not have the cash to close the street. Improvement district CEO Ursula van Stavel says the funds for the event will have to be raised by the community. “We can’t carry the financial burden. Open Streets doesn’t promote corporate funding or commercial activity, which leaves us with only residents’ and businesses’ contributions to fund the event,” she says. Running an Open Streets Day requires council prescribed infrastructure, such as medical personnel, traffic officers, portaloos, traffic diversion signs, traffic barriers and pre-event advertising, says Open Streets spokesperson Roy Williams. These costs can be difficult to predict. “Two different events in the same location can have different costs, as each requires a separate permit with requirements that are adjusted based on previous events,” he says. Last year, two events were held on Lower Main Road, Williams says. The first was
FINANCIAL WOES: A funding drought has put Open Street events in Observatory on hold while the Improvement District seeks to source backers. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN funded by council, with contributions from the Observatory Improvement District and the Cape Town Partnership. The second event did not receive funding from the City
or the Cape Town Partnership and funding was raised through crowdsourcing by Open Streets Cape Town, local businesses and the improvement district.
Urban garden takes root
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. If I had my way I would demand that they close the bar completely, as youngsters go in there to play pool. I can prove it, as my 16year-old grandson came home bragging about it. . The Drifters application should never have been passed in the first place. Woodstock became a gangster’s paradise. Ricky . Thanks to the owner of Drifters for allowing me to use their toilet, while waiting for my transport home, when the public toilets were closed for months. Council, wake up and look at the homeless people in the area. . Drifters is an upstanding and respectable establishment. It has been trading and providing entertainment to Woodstock residents for a decade. . Drifters has been a problem place for years. There has been noise pollution from the music and patrons, public drunkenness, patrons relieving themselves in the immediate vicinity and beer bottles and condoms lying around. Residents have to put up with this daily. Please do something about this; residents want peace and quiet. We are all ratepayers, after all. Considerate resident . I am a resident of Woodstock and sometimes chill at Drifters. I feel disgusted by some of the dirty accusations made by some residents against the owner. She should sue the culprits for defamation of character. Council, look at the huge potholes right in front of her door. I’ve tripped over it numerous times.
Sheltered from the wind on a hillside, as the traffic whizzes past on De Waal Drive, a dream has been growing. A small community garden has been started by a resident to bring skills, food and a safe space to the community occupying social housing in Zonnebloem. Allan de la Fortaine, who has a prosthetic leg and only one arm, spent hours clearing the empty plot of glass and refuse dumped there. His vision is to create an amphitheatre out of a natural hollow in the hillside and terraces, using tyres. This space would then become a social area for the community. “If this area is a beautiful park, there will be no dumping or vagrancy,” he says. “I want to create an area for kids to play and get the families living here involved. By channelling rainwater into the gardens, each family can build a garden in a tyre or a milk crate, which will give food for the whole family,” he says. De la Fortaine created the garden out of donated plants and the labour of a friend and youth living nearby. “I wanted to get the youth involved to keep them from drugs and get them outdoors. They can socialise in a healthy environment. It’s been a learning experience for all of us. I want to do it all myself,
but I can’t. I’ve had to learn to rely on other people,” he says. One of those on whom De la Fortaine relied is 16-year-old Amir El Sayed. “I learnt I can make my home look beautiful with a little bit of effort,” El Sayed says. “If the area had trees and a park instead of standing open, we would have a place to socialise.” Brandon Abrahams, a 20-year-old living near the garden, lent a hand on the project. “This is the first garden I’ve ever worked in. I learnt how to plant seeds and use plants and rocks from the mountain to create a garden. I’m going to carry on gardening and I think I can take it further and sell plants to make a living. I don’t want to see my hard work go down the drain,” he says. De la Fortaine wanted to create something beautiful under the mural by graffiti artist Faith47. “The garden is under an artwork that’s about an urban warrior. This garden is a form of that concept of an urban warrior,” he says. The garden was also created as a way to spend time with his mother, Angelique. “I did it for my mom, to get her into the garden and keep her healthy,” he says. The gardener hopes to extend the area to include trees, a safe pathway and a water feature.
GREEN FINGERS: Allan de la Fortaine in the garden he created with the help of youth living along De Waal Drive in Zonnebloem. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN
Loans to pensioners . The loans are better than the loan sharks who rob us pensioners. . Grant beneficiaries should be allowed to go for loans, but only from places such Money Line. I’ve seen how they work and I think their rates are reasonable – where will you find a place that charges so little interest? Please don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the money government gives to our children but sometimes it gets so hard to keep up with everything that the only solution is to go for a loan. . People are crazy if they think it is a scam, but now they want to borrow money from (a) loan shark (and) pay R100? . Ideally they should not, but they are desperately in need. . I was one of the people who made a loan, but they didn’t tell me it is a Sassa initiative.
But future funding will not necessarily come from Open Streets either, says Williams. “Open Streets Cape Town is an non-profit organisation and we have no funding for ourselves, being an entirely volunteer-run organisation, and no other funding to contribute to events,” he says. “We would love to see other events held this year, but they would require separate funding, as well as organisational input from the local community, wherever the Open Street Day happens to be.” However, the organisation and council are in the process of signing a contract to hold up to four events this year, which would be funded by council. Williams hopes Lower Main Road will become part of a regular programme of Open Streets events, saying funding could still be obtained through other channels. “If the improvement district does not take the lead in the case of Lower Main Road, that doesn’t prevent others in the community from taking it on, and Open Streets Cape Town will provide support to the extent possible with our limited resources provided the event conforms with the values set out in our manifesto. We hope to hold an Open Streets Day soon in Woodstock, under our contract with the City, and there is no reason why Lower Main Road could not become part of an extended road closure on the same day,” he says.
. I’m aware there are many underprivileged people in great need, but I feel it’s disgusting; it’s a money-making effort because they pay interest and it will just continue monthly as they lend and lend. When will it stop? Some are not educated to understand they have to pay interest. They are blinded by their needs and hunger. Poor people are truly suffering. Please stop the loans for all grant recipients. . The only pockets money lenders are interested in are their own. To anyone it would be obvious this would be a permanent snare from which no pensioner will ever be able to escape. I don’t suppose there is any chance that they were offered a reduced interest rate. That would be too much to expect from (moneylenders) who would claim they are trying to help. Shame on you. . How many times must Sassa recipients be warned not to use their cards or give out their numbers as collateral for loans or for the promise of food parcels? They are just greedy and then they play innocent. Sassa must not refund them. They must pay back their own loans. Fedup taxpayer . Yes, because you don’t always have enough to purchase items you need. . We all struggle. There are times we run short during the month, so to take out a loan would not be bad because it will help us a lot. . No, because it is unnecessary. If your grant is not enough to get by, how are you going to pay the loan? . We must be thankful for what we get, especially child grants. Loans don’t work out. . Why can’t pensioners buy goods at a cheaper rate? Pensioner . Now government can see that we can’t live on that little money. I think we must also march for more money. It’s our own hard-earned money. Pensioner . How can a loan be called a scam? Sassa recipients thought they could pay their loan after they draw their money from their accounts and dodge paying for the loan. Ed . I have no problems with a reasonable increase as long as it provides us with better and safer road conditions.
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WOODSTOCK: UP TO NINE STREETS COULD BE RENAMED
Name change game toss-up NICOLE MCCAIN #@nickymccain
plan to see Woodstock’s colonial legacy removed may see as many as nine streets renamed. A group of residents are lobbying to have names of British governors such as Kitchener, Roberts and Salisbury removed from street poles and replaced with local names. Upper Woodstock Residents’ Association spokesperson Laura Meyer says many residents view the streets as only a name, with no idea of the atrocities committed by those so honoured. For example, Herbert Kitchener – a colonial administrator – implemented the scorched earth policy in South Africa during the second Anglo-Boer War, which resulted in the imprisonment of thousands of women and children in concentration camps, many of whom later died. Meyer hopes the names could be replaced with those of Woodstock locals instrumental in the struggle against apartheid. For any renaming to take place, a proposal must be submitted to council, says Naming Committee chairperson Brett Herron. “We have a policy in place for the renaming of the streets and public places. Any person or organisation within Cape Town’s boundaries is entitled to propose the renaming of a street or the naming of a public place, City-owned building, facility or artefact. Proposals should be made in writing and include the full details of the affected
street, proposed name change and fully motivated reasons – including research references and evidence of professional or community support,” he says. Once the committee has considered the proposals, the recommended name changes are advertised and interested and affected parties are given four weeks to submit comments, Herron says. “The comments are considered and the committee makes a recommendation to council, which then makes the final decision on whether to implement the proposal,” he says. Resident Conrad Meyer says a new set of street names would be more inclusive. “People would feel more comfortable with names that were more friendly, such as plant names. I think most residents would support the renaming,” he says. However, Cornelia Dudgeon has reservations. “People have a right to ask for the names to be changed, but those names are still a part of our history. I don’t mind if the streets are named after them. People have been living in these streets for many years and to change now will be a lot of trouble for homeowners. It’s just a name,” she says. The renaming process is not dependent on majority support, Herron says. “Although community support is considered as a motivating factor by the committee, it is the process of judging the proposal against the naming policy and the comments received thereafter that will determine what recommendation is made to council,” he says.
Mooney presents solo exhibition Cape Town artist Daniella Mooney presents her second solo exhibition, titled Golden Age Rising, at the Whatiftheworld Gallery at 1 Argyle Street, Woodstock. The exhibition will run from Saturday 12 April to Saturday 10 May from 11:00 to 14:00. Mooney completed her BAFA at the UCT
in 2009. Primarily working in the mediums of sculpture and installation, her work explores the juncture between the sacred and the profane in our experience of the natural world. Call (021) 447 2376 or visit www.whatiftheworld.com.
Head for the circus this Easter The South African National Circus will host a performance over the Easter weekend. Visitors can see trapeze artists, fire entertainment, hilarious clowns, hula hoop acts, acrobats and the Amazing Man in the Bot-
tle. Shows will run at 15:00 from Friday 18 to Monday 21 April, with a show at 19:00 on Saturday 19 April, at 2 Willow Road in Observatory. Entry is R40 for children, R60 for adults. To book call (021) 692 4287.
ON THE RUNWAY: This year’s Varsity College Cape Town fashion show, themed Project Runway, featured edgy underground entertainment as well as some grungy street fashion. The evening’s entertainment began with a graffiti artist spraying a themed installation at the entrance to the venue. Good Hope FM DJ Guy Macdonald acted as MC and featured dance numbers by the Street Stylers dance crew and Fire Dancers. All proceeds from the fashion show were donated to Marsh Memorial Children’s Home. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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A touch above the rest of SA LIAM MOSES @LiamCPT
he Western Cape Touch Rugby Association has claimed its second National Inter-provincial Tournament (IPT) title in just six months. Islanders took the overall title at the South African Touch Association junior IPT in September and added the senior overall title to their collection in Durban last month. Team manager Nadeema Levy says the titles are a result of hard work in the face of adversity. “It’s just hard work that makes us win; there is no magic formula,” she says. “We trained on Sundays, because it’s the only days players can attend practise. Our players don’t have transport, so we had to arrange lifts and collect people. We don’t have our own field, so we have to move training around to various places. We made sure our sessions are effective and worked hard in the short time we had (to practise).” Islanders dominated the junior IPT, winning the boys under-19, under-17, under-15
OUT OF REACH: False Bay RFC’s Tallieb Johnson (left) speeds past Schotschekloof Walmers player Ashraf Williams during a Super League A clash in Green Point on Saturday. False Bay won 11-10. PHOTO: RASHIED
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CLEAN SWEEP: Milano United’s Sandele Hadebe is tackled by Sivusta Stars player Emmanuel Sambo in a National First Division match at the Rooikraans Sports Complex on Sunday. Milano were 1-0 victors. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
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ilano United are set to enter the most crucial period of their National First Division campaign. The Grassy Park side are clinging to third place on the table and the Absa Premiership promotion-relegation play-off spot that comes with it. However, with fourth-placed Jomo Cosmos and fifth-placed Baroka FC level on points and trailing only by goal difference, any slip-ups in the final four games could see Milano out of the running. But coach Theo Hempe believes his players will not fold under the pressure. “The most important thing is that (our fate) is in our own hands,” he says. “We are currently in the second play-off spot but we believe we are better that. We will definitely make it to the play-offs.” Hempe may be certain of sealing third place, but the position is far from sewn up. Cosmos trail by just three goals, while Baroka are four away – a gap that could easily be closed in the remaining fixtures. Meanwhile, Milano’s own form has been far from sparkling. The Black and Yellow looked like serious title contenders not too long ago, with a healthy lead at the top of the table, but a dip in form has seen them tumble down the standings. Last month was a particularly dark period for Hempe’s charges, with only three
points taken from a potential 15. Milano kicked off the month with a 1-0 loss to Santos at home, drew 2-2 away to bottom side Blackburn Rovers, lost 1-0 at home to Vasco da Gama, drew 2-2 away to Witbank Spurs and repeated that scoreline against Thanda Royal Zulu. They finally arrested the slide on Sunday, winning 1-0 against Sivutsa Stars at home. The victory aside, Hempe believes his team performed better in their three away draws. “Although the performances weren’t good, the players grinded it out and got the three points,” he says. “That will help us get to the play-offs and could help us turn the corner completely.” He adds his players must replicate the away form and home-field grit in all four remaining clashes. “When you score two goals away from home you are definitely doing something right,” Hempe says. “We have been playing well, it’s just we have to play with that same freedom at home again. I’m happy with how the guys are responding.” Milano will face Maluti FET College in Free State on Saturday, before hosting Black Leopards on Sunday 27 April, travelling to United FC on Sunday 4 May and hosting league leaders Chippa United on Sunday 11 May.
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HEADS UP: Southampton FC’s Deon Jacobs (left) heads the ball away as Salt River Blackpool player Griffen Delport puts in a challenge during a Cape District Local Football Association Super League game in Wynberg on Saturday.PHOTO: RASH-
BACK OFF: Salt River Blackpool FC’s Aasim Lakay is challenged by Southampton’s Donlon Ridder (obscured) during a Cape District Local Football Association Super League match in Wynberg on Saturday. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
Slave Route Challenge entries open LIAM MOSES LiamCPT
unners and walkers of all ages and experience levels are advised to complete their entries for the fourth annual Jive Slave Route Challenge. Online entries for the popular race, of which People’s Post is the print media sponsor, opened yesterday (Wednesday) and are expected to fill up quickly. The race first took place in 2011 and the challenge has since become a highlight on the Cape Town sporting calendar. Last year over 5000 people participated. As usual, the route will take participants
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past some of Cape Town’s most important historical sights. Race founder and director Farouk Meyer says the event is as much about education as exercise. “The idea was to highlight the slave heritage sights because a lot of people don’t know about it,” he says. “We have a lot of visitors from up-country and many international entrants who will be educated on the slave heritage and culture of Cape Town.” The route will take runners and walkers pass the Grand Parade, the Whipping Post, the Old Slave Church, the Slave Lodge and the Slave Tree Plaque. Racers will also pass several other impor-
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