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Tuesday 12 February 2013

Obs beggars rake in bucks

TAURIQ HASSEN

A STRONG warning is being sent out to the public not to support street children who are begging at car windows and busy intersections. This comes after a groups of street children in Observatory were spotted purchasing drugs from the money which was meant for food. Observatory Improvement District fieldworker, Kenneth Roman, explains that about three groups of boys are said to be operating in the suburb. They target heavily used areas such as the Sable Square parking lot, Station and Anzio road robots, as well as the Lower Main Road, where restaurants have tables set out on the pavements. “When the street children approach people, especially in Lower Main Road, people just give them money to get rid of them,” he says. Roman was shocked to hear a story that a street child in Observatory had made around R3000 over the festive period, only from begging on the street. “With that kind of money, they can buy food and even their drugs. So what child would want to get off the street if they are making such large amounts of money by just begging?” Roman explains. He encourages locals not to fall for the act, as many of the children choose “professional ploys” to win over the public. From fake tears to sharing sad stories of wanting to go home, Roman believes these are approaches that have been well rehearsed over time. “Children usually make more money than the adults and when people give irresponsibly, they don’t understand what impact that has on the child’s life,” he adds. Observatory Civic Association member and co-ordinator of the Social Issues Forum,

Rob Gaylard, explains that it is difficult to estimate how bad the problems really is in Observatory. “It seems to involve a small number of children, including some adults, but the systematic abuse or exploitation of even this small number of children is bad enough,” he says. Gaylard called on the provincial Department of Social Development to appoint a social worker to investigate matters in Observatory. He believes the cardinal rule for the public should be not to give cash or handouts. The forum was first alerted to the problems by local fieldworkers and the Western Cape Street Children’s Forum, who have been working with other local non-profit organisations in attempts to address the problems. The public is encouraged to use and support the Give Responsibly campaign, which promotes the purchasing of meal vouchers costing R5 per voucher. Street children cannot exchange the vouchers for money and they are available at Spar and Pick and Pay. “Passports” to night shelters can also be purchased, which entitles the children to a onenight stay at the selected shelter. Roman adds: “My message to the public is that people don’t know what that money is being used for; it is being used to do more harm than anything else.” Co-ordinator of the Western Cape Street Children Forum, Paul Hooper, urged locals to avoid handing out any items to children on the streets. He asks: “If they are making lots of money while begging, what child is going to want to come off the streets?” Hooper believes these “vulnerable children” are being trafficked into areas by adults for the purpose of begging. “We have seen bakkie loads of children being dropped at robots just to beg. The money that these children make is then handed over to the person in charge of them,” he says. “The bottom line is people must stop giving them money, food, clothing or anything that will encourage them to stay.”

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Show her, or him, how much you care this Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I love you” like a bunch of roses. The ladies at the famous Cape Town flower market describe Valentine’s Day as their busiest period. Here Faldielah Gamildien shows off some of her most popular floral choices. Photo: Tauriq Hassen


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Fuel for thought LUZUKO ZINI

MORE FEET will be making their way to public transport interchanges after another petrol price hike hit motorists. Petrol increased by 41c a litre on Wednesday. A litre of petrol now costs R11.92 in coastal areas and R12.27 in inland regions. While fuel increases affect the profits of the taxi industry, most associations only up their fares once a year, explains Vusumzi Miselo, the regional chairperson of the Congress for Democratic Taxi Associations. “We meet with other taxi associations between October and November where we discuss price increases. Our fares always increase between R1 and R2 and these increases usually take effect in December,” he says. “We will be losing a lot of profit by not increasing our prices, but we know the petrol price will go down soon. If we increase fares now, our customers will expect us to decrease it when the petrol goes down. For this reason we only have a price increase once a year.” After price increases, more travellers make their way to train stations, Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz says. “The region’s overall ticket sales have increased by more than 9% [since the last petrol increase]. Monthly ticket sales have shot up by 21.4%, an indication that the demand keeps growing despite our current challenges,” he says. Metrorail has 85 trains operating on three different lines in the province.

There are 33 trains operating on the Khayelitsha/Mitchell’s Plain line; 32 on the northern line to Bellville, Wellington and Strand; and 23 serves the Simon’s Town and Cape Flats line. “Some 655 daily trains operate 732 000 passenger journeys each weekday. The current economic climate has increased demand for trains to the point where it exceeds available supply,” Swartz says. “Even with all train-sets repaired and in service, the Western Cape region will find it extremely hard to meet increasing demand. Attempts have been made to source train-sets from other regions and commuter trains have been replaced with long-distance carriages for outlying areas to free up additional capacity for shorter routes.” Another alternative for cash-strapped motorists is car-pooling. Findalift.co.za offers a secure and free service that allows people to find others travelling their way with little hassle. Already used by over 6 400 South Africans, the site matches people on similar routes without displaying personal information, so they can decide to make secure contact and arrange to share the journey. Managing member Daniel Claassen says the service helps people travel better, reduces emissions and congestion and saves money. “The effect of the latest fuel increase will ensure a motorist, making a modest commute of 25km to work and back, will pay on average R300 more for fuel annually,” he says. And while 41c might be something most won’t even bother to pick up off the floor,

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FILLING UP: Motorists now pay 41c more for a litre of petrol. there is a bigger picture. “Using the latest petrol price, it will cost a commuter on average R9 000 in fuel per year and R4 000 in wear and tear, based on AA rates for the maintenance costs of a vehicle with an engine capacity of 1 501 to 1 800,” Claasen says. “Sharing this journey with one person can save R4 500 in fuel alone and R2 000 on wear and tear. What could you do with an extra R6 500 yearly?” Johnny Barret previously travelled 20 km from Athlone to Cape Town to drop his wife

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at work. But since the price hike, she has opted to rather travel by bus. “When I used to drive her to work I would spend at least R1 200 a month,” he says. “We are saving more than half the money now that she is using public transport.” Selvinlee Balie says commuting by taxi is the cheaper option. He takes one taxi from home to work, travelling 20km on average per day. “When I was using my car I would spend R600 on petrol a month. Now that I use public transport I spend just over R250,” he says.

Feeding scheme finds a home TAURIQ HASSEN

EMOTIONS could not be contained when the contentious issue around a homeless container used as a soup kitchen was finally resolved. “This is home,” says a volunteer who helps feed the dozens of impoverished people who line up outside the steel door every week. The soup kitchen is now permanently based at the God’s Faith Mission Church in Sunderland Street, Factreton. After operating from the Maitland Ceme-

OH HAPPY DAYS: Volunteers discuss the exciting times they are about to experience at the container. Photos: Tauriq Hassen

tery in February 2011, the managers of the kitchen were forced to move owing to numerous break-ins and vandalism. They then resettled at the informal settlement in Sixth Avenue last year, but a lack of security saw the facility moved to the Shawco Centre in 12th Avenue. The arrangement was only temporary, until the feeding scheme could find a more suitable venue. This took longer than expected, and in November, Shawco management decided that it was time for the kitchen to go. After being closed for nearly a month, the much-appreciated facility reopened last week. Volunteer Josephine van Aarde says there are big things in the pipeline for the container project. She explains that youth development programmes, skills training, feeding schemes and other projects will be run from its steel walls. Their new landlord has also given them a suitable kitchen in which to cook for the poor, but the free food will still be distributed from the container. Unemployed youth can also visit to have their CVs typed and internet resources will be available to those without access. “We have so many exciting things

CLEANED UP: Volunteers were hard at work last week cleaning and repairing the container. planned, but we have yet to decide who will run the project. That decision we will make as a community,” Van Aarde says. “We want people to interact with each other and this container must be the centre of attraction for this,” she says. Pastor Desmond De Klerk of God’s Faith Mission Church is overwhelmed by the excitement surrounding the project’s new home. “We are really looking forward to getting involved with the community once the

container is fully set up,” he says. Some of the church’s projects will be combined with activities at the container, making it a “place for change”. “This is a very big deal for the church and we want the community to be just excited as we are,” he says. The empty container is still in need of some donations and volunteers are calling for assistance. Anyone willing to donate is urged to contact the volunteers at the container on (021) 827 0638.


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Police focus on school safety

that violence at schools has been a headache in the past, prompting the station to take a VIOLENCE and drug abuse at schools has more pro-active stance. “We are putting a stop to school violence led to police stepping in. caused by learners bringing dangerous Weekly operations are held at various weapons and illegal substances into the schools in Kensington and Factreton to dis- schools,” she says. Reports were previously received of stuarm scholars and search for drugs. Windermere High School in Kensington is dents stabbing each other while walking one of the destinations for the Kensington po- home from school or at train stations, as lice and the Maitland Dog Unit every week. many of the learners are from outside the The operations have been welcomed by area. “This is a concern in our precinct, which principal Craig Leetz, who credits the police presence for creating a safer learning envi- is why we decided to start something right at the beginning of the year,” she says. ronment for pupils. One Factreton mother, who asks to only “Many of the children at the school are from areas where gang violence is rampant. be known as Shanaaz, has a 17-year-old son They bring that mentality with them to who was stabbed three times in the arm last year. school in certain cases,” he says. Her son, who does not want to be named, “With police frequently visiting the school, it will change the learners’ mindsets and was followed home by a group of boys after make them think twice about bringing that an argument at school. “They stabbed him, right up the road from sort of attitude into our classrooms.” Leetz feels the same initiative should be in- where we live. Luckily it was not so bad, but it could have been worse,” she says. troduced at all school across the board. “My son could have been killed.” “With more police visibility around the Shanaaz welcomed the steps taken by the school, you can really create a difference in police and hopes their measures would last these students’ lives,” he says. Warrant Officer Ntombi Nqunqeka, the throughout the year. “This must not be something that only spokesperson for Kensington police, explains happens for a few weeks. They must carry on the whole year. “They must also try and build on it, like introducing measures inside classrooms to prevent this violence,” she adds. Bronagh Casey, the spokesperson for provincial education minister Donald Grant, explains that the key behind delivering quality education is to create “safe and secure” learning environments. “We are aware of incidents of gang violence and fights among learners in these areas,” she says. “These searches by police form part of a broader campaign to improve safety in our schools.” The department is also encouraging schools to conduct their own random SNIFF-SNIFF: The Maitland Dog Unit use their sniffer search and seizure operations. The education department has released to dogs to weed out drugs in classrooms. TAURIQ HASSEN

LISTEN UP: Kensington police explain procedures during a search at Windermere High. Photos: Supplied schools specific guidelines for these operations. However, Casey explains that many of the principals and teachers are hesitant to carry out these operations in fear of not complying with the relevant laws. The guidelines state: “Any principal or his or her delegate may search any learner, or the property of any learner, for any dangerous ob-

ject, alcoholic liquor or illegal drug, if the principal reasonably suspects the presence of a dangerous object, alcoholic liquor or an illegal drug on the school premises or during a school activity.” “We believe these guidelines will help assist our principals and educators in carrying out such random search and seizure operations,” Casey says.

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Exhibition in top gear

THE recent opening of the solo exhibition by Frances Goodman (right), called Cars and Girls, drew crowds of art lovers to the What If The World Gallery in Argyle Street, Woodstock. The exhibition runs until 9 March. People’s Post’s Tauriq Hassen attended the opening night to capture the moment.

ARTY: The What If The World Gallery in Woodstock is currently displaying an exhibition by Frances Goodman, entitled Cars and Girls.

CHEERS: Odidi Mfenyana, Sandi Blous and Bee Diamondhead enjoyed a glass of wine before viewing the much talked about works on show.

DRINK UP: Jana and Alex Brodbeck from Marianne Wine Estate supplied the wine for the anticipated event.

HAVING A LAUGH: Philippa Svee, Vivian Esterhuyse, Vivien Warmbier and Liezelle StryHAVING dom had fun on opening night.

ART LO LOVERS: VERS: Friends Adrienne and John Silva with Shirley and Allan Tomaris catch up on old times.

THUMBS UP: Rikus Hattingh and Anelia van Zyl were impressed with the work on display.

ENJOYING YING THE ART: Danielle Moomey and Ryan Sweke ENJO browse through the pieces on display.

IMPRESSIVE: Anne Joy Wilsen and Athi-Patra Ruga were excited about the artwork.


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Solutions afoot TAURIQ HASSEN

A TWO-HOUR walk-about through Walmer Estate has led to several issues surrounding the MyCiTi bus service and other pressing problems being pointed out.

PEDAL POWER: KFM Breakfast jock Ryan O’Connor, with support from surf reporter Deon Bing, will put their muscles to work in the 109km Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour to raise funds for The Sunflower Fund. And they’re hoping Capetonians will help them get there – figuratively speaking, of course. The challenge of the tour cannot be compared to the trek of patients with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders. The Sunflower Fund is appealing to cyclists participating in the cycle tour to offer support and mentorship by emailing friends, family and colleagues to be sponsors. Contact The Sunflower Fund for a sponsorship form. If you wish to sponsor the radio personalities, call 0800 121 082 or email events@sunflowerfund.org.za.

Have your say on community safety YOU can give input in the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police plan for the next financial year. Metro Police is calling on residents to make their voices heard by commenting in a public participation process for its annual plan for 2013/2014. The strategic plan will direct the department’s operations, build on the successes of previous years, further improve its service and, ultimately, make Cape Town a safer place. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 28 February. The plan will focus on the three legislative mandates of traffic, bylaw enforcement and crime prevention. It will also focus on alcohol and drug-re-

lated offences, gang-related activities, contraventions of the Arms and Ammunitions Act, moving violations and bylaw offences. Residents may submit comments to the department by fax on 0 0866 201 238 or email 2 sean.petersen@capetown.gov.za. Alternatively, place your submissions in suggestion boxes at Metro Police Community Service Centres at the Old Telkom Building in Rochester Road, Philippi, or 101 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. Community Police Forum chairpersons or delegates are also invited to attend a meeting to discuss the plan on Saturday 23 February. For further details call Sean Petersen on 0 (021) 370 2200 or email 2 sean.petersen@capetown.gov.za.

The Walmer Estate Residents Community Forum initiated the tour through the area and was accompanied by ward councillor Brett Herron on Wednesday. The two main issues identified were the infrastructural changes made to the area to accommodate the MyCiTi bus service and the ongoing peak-hour rat running problems. The forum’s chairperson, Moosa Sydow, says the walk gave residents the opportunity to “engage directly and on site” with Herron. “We can gladly say that this event was a great success and that our initial objective was achieved,” he says. Several other issues were raised during the walkabout, but only a few were noted as essential items that needed urgent attention from the City of Cape Town. The intersection at Perth and Coronation roads was listed as a threat to pupils crossing the road and required an extra stop sign. Engineers were requested to re-design the signage at Mountain and Coronation roads. New stop signs were requested for Mountain Road and Rhodes Avenue. Parking bays to be re-aligned at certain points along the route were also suggested. Residents also requested that the vacant plot at the lower end of Chester Road and at the end of Searle Street be turned into a parking lot for residents in that area. A note was also made to take action against two residents believed to be dumping on this land. Other issues raised were building proposals, houses allegedly involved with illegal activities, premises used illegally, problem buildings and provincial land that is not secured. “We deem this initiative to have been a resounding success and make this call on all civic structures to vigorously demand and actively

take part with elected City officials in playing mutually supportive roles to ensure that the residents they represent get full benefit of their efforts,” Sydow says. Herron shares Sydow’s sentiments, as he believes the walkabout was a success and the perfect opportunity to engage with the community. “You can see so many things when you’re on foot as opposed to driving through the area. You pick up on issues that you would have never seen from your vehicle,” he says. “I am busy dealing with all the issues raised and I’m planning a proper response to each of those concerns,” he says. He encourages other ratepayers and residents’ associations within his ward to take the same initiative and set up a walkabout through their communities. “I have been on a walkabout in other areas before and it really is a fruitful initiative and very good way to interact,” he adds.

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Creative exchange in Woodstock

and bike shower, currently housed in a re-purposed shipping container on the property. A RUNDOWN building in WoodAt the entrance of the building, a stock has been turned into a giant chandelier sculpture comhome for Cape Town’s creative posed of scrap bicycle frames also community. adds to the theme. A number of restaurants, retail The Woodstock Exchange in Alstores, art galleries and office spacbert Road is regarded as a venue for es occupy the building. artists and businesses to work, Up-and-coming Observatory play, interact, exhibit and flourish, sculptor Brendan Adams has visitwith creativity being the common ed the Woodstock Exchange on thread. more than one occasion and already Property developers Indigo Propfeels “inspired” by the layout. erties is the brains behind the “It really is one of those exciting Woodstock Exchange, who set out spaces you can explore. to create an “affordable, lifestyle“Even when walking around the driven nest for small creative busibuilding, you pick up on fresh ideas nesses, innovators, blue sky thinkthat truly inspire you as an artist,” ers, experimenters as well as a new he says. destination for explorers of the arAdams studied and trained at a ea”. private art school in Paris before Co-director at Indigo Properties, heading to Cape Town to ply his Jody Aufrichtig, says: “We wanted trade in Observatory. to create more than an office block “There is really nothing like and retail cluster. We wanted it to Woodstock and Observatory bebe a place for people who live and cause there is so much inspiration dream their work or who just want everywhere you look and go,” he to tap into the creative energy that adds. is out there.” “It’s very easy to say lots of good Indigo Properties was also bethings about the Woodstock Exhind the re-energising of Long change, but as an artist, you will Street in the early 2000s, establishknow exactly how it feels and what ing the award-winning Daddy Hotel it means to you once you’ve been Group, the online Daddy’s Deals re- NEW LOOK: The Woodstock Exchange is said to be the place to provide food for thought. Photo: Tauriq Hassen there.” tailer and another popular destinaTo find out more about the Woodstock Exin the sunshine, collaborate and drop in on the premises. tion, The Old Biscuit Mill. visit www.woodstockexClean and contemporary spaces allow ten- change, “At the Woodstock Exchange, the tenants each other.” The former printing and clothing factory ants to put their stamp on the Woodstock Ex- change.co.za. are part of a community; an exchange,” AuAlternatively visit their Facebook page or now boasts plenty of glass and open-air walk- change. frichtig says. The building also features a bike lock-up find them on Twitter @WdstockExchange. “They can meet over coffee, play pinball, sit ways, with pets and bicycles welcomed onto TAURIQ HASSEN

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THE Cape Family History and Heritage Research Forum will be hosting a workshop on family history research methods, archival resources and slave office records strictly for beginners. The course takes place on Saturday 2 March from 08:30 to 12:30 at 72 Roeland Street, Cape Town. The workshop will be led by Ebrahim Rhoda, the forum’s principal archival research advisor, which includes a guided physical orientation tour of the Western Cape Archives and a practical tutorial on selected genealogical resources for prospective family historians. Limited seating is available for a maximum of 20 people. A token registration donation of R100 per person is required to cover for materials and refreshments. Final placement for reserved seats is subject to a bank deposit confirmation slip. To RSVP for provisional bookings, contact the forum’s convenor Shamiel Gamildien on 0 083 290 6005 or email 2 sgamildien@gmail.com.

Helping hand for mourning ing parents mourn GRIEVING parents are invited to come to terms with their loss through meditation. The course runs every Thursday at 18:00 until 28 March. Have you lost a child? Are you feeling lost, angry, resentful and jealous of friends and family who seem so complete with their family? Are you still asking why? Do you suffer from the torments of guilt and regret? There is potentially a way through this Suffering, loss and pain can be the alchemy to a new and transformed way of living in the world. The course is offered at 6 Morgenrood Road, Kenilworth. Email carole@carolenevin.co.za for more information.


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Fencing planned for quarry TAURIQ HASSEN

FOLLOWING the death of 47-year-old Dawnsy Mieny last week, fencing and proper signage is now being proposed for the Strand Street Quarry. Mieny and her daughter were walking along the slopes at the Strand Street Quarry on their way to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert at the Cape Town Stadium when they were approached by a suspect wielding a pair of scissors. After a scuffle, Mieny eventually lost her balance and plunged to her death. Ward councillor Dave Bryant confirms that a proposal has been lodged with the relevant departments for the fencing to be extended and further signage to be implemented. “For now, I have requested that City Parks look at putting in place temporary fencing and place signage up warning people around the dangers of that cliff,” he says. Bryant explains that the pathways around the Strand Street Quarry is “not recommended” to the public due to safety reasons. These pathways are listed as escape routes for petty criminals in the area. “These pathways have been accessed ille-

gally after council had erected palisade fencing around the Strand Street Quarry,” Bryant says. “On concert days or big events at the Cape Town Stadium, people are advised to stick to the routes provided by the City.” The informal settlement known as “The Kraal” neighbouring the quarry is labelled by the City and police as a venue harbouring petty criminals. “Don’t get me wrong, there are no mass murderers or major offenders living there, but it certainly is a problem and something we have to look into,” Bryant says. But Kraal residents are disheartened by allegations of criminal activity. Shannon Kloppers is saddened by Mieny’s death but resents the negative label stuck to her home. “Everybody living here does not get involved in crime. In this Kraal, one bad person makes everybody look bad and that is what we have to go through,” she says. Richard Mpolgweni is not surprised that fingers are being pointed at the settlement. “The people living here are to blame, because they allow anybody to sleep here and they don’t care what these people do outside the settlement,” he says. “I’m not a criminal, but it’s not nice having

TO BLAME? The settlement neighbouring the Strand Street Quarry, known as “The Kraal”, is a known destination for petty criminals. Photo: Tauriq Hassen fingers pointed at me because of what other people are doing wrong.” Spokesperson for Cape Town Central police, Captain Ezra October, explains that after the suspect had grabbed Mieny’s handbag, he ran in an unknown direction.

“The deceased died due to injuries sustained to her head and was declared dead by ER-24 paramedics at the crime scene,” he says. Anyone with information on the incident can phone the station on 0 (021) 467 6377.

For the record BUILDERS at the District Six Development wish to set the record straight. After the article “D6 full of mistrust” published last week which focused on the poor conditions of claimants’ houses, Kalam Construction and Management Services received a number of concerning calls around their services. The company contacted People’s Post last week wanting to have their say. The builder in charge of Phase 2 of the development, Sedick Kalam, confirms that the units which were focused on in the article were not built by the company. He adds that the units formed part of Phase 1 built by Coesa/Xaler Construction. “Annie Bam did contact us when we started on site and after inspecting her unit, we advised her to contact the Trust and lodge a complaint, because it did not form part of our contract,” Kalam says. He was concerned that the article could impede their ability to obtain new work in the industry.

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OPINIONS

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Cup-inhand YOUR small change could add up to a chunk for a beggar. Some pocket up to R100 a day. A study by Solidarity’s Helping Hand revealed that beggars in this province, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng make an average of R172 each day. People’s Post interns Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn and Luzuko Zini polled readers for their opinion on the issue.

HELPING OUT: Olwethu Cetywayo says: “When I have money I give some to the beggars. I will continue doing so despite knowing how much they make because they need it and it will help them survive. I give them the money because I’m helping them to have something to eat. How much they make is not my business.”

OTHER OPTIONS: Myrtle Daquino says she does not give anything to beggars as they have alternatives, such as organisations and homeless shelters. “What they earn a day does not concern me because they should not be begging in the first place. There are places which they can go to.”

HAND IT O OVER: VER: Thuso Simon says it’s hard to tell whether beggars give the money to their families or use it for drugs. Even so, he says some people, especially car guards, deserve tips. “I’ve seen some get stabbed protecting cars.They should actually get more money. Everyone should get paid more.”

SECOND THOUGHTS: Tiisetso Tau says he didn’t know how much money beggars could make and will be cautious about giving his money to them in future. “I usually give the money to a woman or a child. Now that I know they are making about R172 a day, I will only give once a month. They don’t work for it.”

STILL A GIVER: Claudia Phillips says she always gives to people asking for money. However, she prefers to give U-Turn vouchers as people are grateful to receive them because they can either get clothes, a meal or a night in a shelter. “My heart just breaks for people because I know jobs are hard to find.”

UNFAIR: Samier Booley says he doesn’t make UNFAIR: a habit of giving money to people on the streets because it is easier for them to beg and not work. “A labourer working on a site gets between R120 and R150 for a full day’s work. It is unfair for people begging to make the same sum or more.”

TAKE A CHANCE: René Jantjies prefers giving food. She adds sometimes people beg for money to feed their families, but then use the cash to buy other things. “It is difficult to know when people really need it, but that’s why I go to the shop and buy a bread for people instead of giving them the money.”

Strap on those those hiking boots hiking

Head start for entrepreneurs ARE you a Grade 12 pupil or a first-year student with dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur? The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is now accepting applications for its Fellowship Programme. Foundation CEO Anthony Farr says the programme aims to produce entrepreneurial leaders who will make a change in South Africa. “We are of the belief that high impact entrepreneurial leaders will make important contributions to positive economic, social

and political change,” says Farr. To this end, he says, the Foundation aims to “support and develop talented young South Africans” through the programme, which provides comprehensive financial support, access to entrepreneurial and personal development and mentorship opportunities to ensure the individual’s progress. Applications to the Fellowship close on Tuesday 30 April for Grade 12 pupils and on Saturday 31 August for current first-year university students. For more information visit www.allang-

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rayorbis.org or email fellowship@allangrayorbis.org.

TAKE a hike this weekend. On Saturday 16 February enjoy a Cape Point hike and swim. Hiking will begin at Buffelsfontein Visitors Centre, along the Hoerikwaggo Trail, passing Matrooskop, all the way up to Whale Watch Point and in to Buffels Bay for a splash. For more information email Dolores@projectreport.co.za. On Sunday 17 February there will be a walk to the top of Elsie’s Peak, followed by a walk along the Fish Hoek bay. Tea will be served at the top, followed by a swim at Fish Hoek beach. For information email Vicki Wilson at Victoria@voicetrainer.co.za.

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NEWS

Tuesday 12 February 2013

RICH WITH HISTORY: HISTORY: The District Six Museum has an archive comprising photos, old stories, interviews, street signs and much more.

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STICKING AR AROUND: OUND: The District Six Museum might have faced some financial challenges in the past, but their doors will remain open. Photos: Supplied

District Six museum to stay TAURIQ HASSEN

RUMOURS of the District Six Museum closing its doors have been squashed. The 18-year-old museum in Buitenkant Street faced a grim future due to financial constraints when funding sources ran dry, forcing the retrenchment of staff and the closing of various operations last year. Fears that the museum – which has a rich archive collection of interviews with District Six residents, videos, photographs, documents and news clippings – would no longer be accessible to the public, ran riot. Museum director Bonita Bennet waved away rumours of the museum closing its doors and confirms that the necessary funding to keep operations going has been secured. “We are not rolling in the money, but at least we can say that the museum will not be closing down,” she says. People’s Post fielded calls from concerned Capetonians questioning the future of the

museum. Felicia Anne Fritz (61) was concerned that the museum would fold and future generations would not know the rich history of District Six. “I have family and friends that were from District Six. When I first visited the museum, it was like walking down memory lane and it would be dreadful if all those memories could not be viewed,” she says. The museum fell into a vulnerable financial state last year after overseas donors pulled the plug on funding, which was coupled with their inability to replace the gap left at the same level. Although the museum attempted to generate some income, they discovered that working with the former District Six residents, running youth programmes and education in general cost more money. Management at the museum remains committed to continuing with education as a “non-commercial activity”. “We do not want to be in a situation where we have to cost and package education as an

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Rejeanne Petersen and Nadine Veldsman sold plenty of Sax Appeal magazines on the Main Road on Rag Day. Nadine is studying B.Bus.Sc Organisational Psychology and Rejeanne is a B.Com Economics/Law student at UCT. Rejeanne stopped the traffic in her Minnie Mouse furry hat which she bought at Disneyland Paris. Photo: Juanita Williams

Tune in for tourist tourist safety TOURISTS can now tune in – literally – to keep updated about safety in the Mother City. Tourism Radio has teamed up with council to launch a digital safety campaign aimed at visitors to Cape Town. Using an in-car audio travel guide made by local travel tech company Tourism Radio, as well as various mobile travel apps, the City will provide tourists with important travel information as they move around. Tourism Radio uses location-based technology to provide users with relevant information about the area. Points of interest play automatically, and are not bound by a set route, creating a seamless travel dialogue from thousands of audio clips.

Tourism Radio CEO Mark Allewell says those visiting the Mother City will be well informed about their surroundings. “We’re looking to provide travellers with a constant stream of information, including safety tips and emergency numbers. This partnership will ensure that our users are not only informed about things to see and do during their stay, but are also guided on how to do so safely,” he says. Launched earlier this month, the campaign will feature in several existing mobile Cape Town travel guides, including Cape Town Tourism’s Walking Tour of Cape Town and the First Car Rental Guide to Cape Town – both currently available on the iTunes Store and Android Marketplace.

income-generating activity,” Bennet says. District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867, which was originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants. The first to be “resettled” were black South Africans, forcibly displaced from the District in 1901. The area became a neglected ward of Cape Town when the more prosperous moved away to the suburbs. In 1966, the area was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950, which virtually wiped out the District Six community by 1982. More than 60 000 people were forcibly removed to outlying areas – more commonly known as the Cape Flats today. The District Six Museum neatly captured these memories of one of the most gruelling periods in South Africa’s history when they established the museum in 1994. A number of income-generating strategies have since been introduced, including charging a fee for guided tours which used to be

free of charge. These are available on request. The museum developed a broader repertoire of tours, including site walks and themed stories. Management also promoted the museum as a venue to be hired for events such as book launches, dialogue sessions, seminars and exhibitions. “We will continue to submit funding proposals so that we can continue to do the exciting projects with youth and the elderly that is so central to the museum’s work,” Bennet explains. The museum has also received funding commitments for this financial year from the City of Cape Town’s Grant in Aid programme and the provincial Department of Sports, Culture and Arts. Bennet believes the funding would provide “welcome relief” and allow management to explore further options to develop long-term support. “The public has been wonderful in their expressions of support and financial contributions, however small. We have certainly seen the growth in the small pool of individual givers,” she adds. Visit www.districtsix.co.za.

HEIDEVELD HOUSING PROJECT The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate will be having another follow up screening session for proposed beneficiaries for the Heideveld Housing Project in Heideveld. The beneficiary database will be displayed at the Heideveld and Bonteheuwel and Fezeka Housing office, Heideveld and Gugulethu Library, and Subcouncil 11 (Fezeka) offices for public scrutiny. The cut-off date for Heideveld, Vanguard Estate and Welcome Estate is February 2006, but for Bonteheuwel and Gugulethu is December 1992. Applicants whose names appear on the displayed database and who: • • •

Live in Heideveld, Vanguard Estate, Welcome Estate, Bonteheuwel and Gugulethu Earn a combined income of less than R3 500 per month Have outstanding information to submit from the previous session

are requested to visit the following venue (together with spouse/partner): Venue: Date: Time:

Cathkin Community Centre, Heideveld Road, Heideveld (next to the Library and Housing office) Saturday 16 February 2013 10:00 – 13:00

Copies of the following documents must be produced on the day: • Green bar-coded ID document • Marriage/divorce certificate • Children’s birth certificates • Proof of income (recent payslip, proof of social grant, affidavit if unemployed or selfemployed, etc.) • Any other relevant documents Please do not attend if you are not registered on the City of Cape Town database for housing or if you attended the previous screening and have no outstanding information. For further enquiries please contact Maureen Lewin on tel 021 710 9303. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER

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NEWS

Tuesday 12 February 2013

It’s that time of year again!

THE CAPE Town Carnival is back and it is said to be more vibrant and colourful than ever. This year marks the fourth year running. The extravaganza will be held on Saturday 16 March and, as usual, will take place through the streets of Cape Town. The theme for this year is African Legends. The theme celebrates our country’s rich cultural heritage, including the legends of the Cape, South Africa and Africa. The main objectives of the carnival are to celebrate diversity, promote social cohesion, economic development and tourism and facilitate training and development,

particularly among youth and the broader communities of Cape Town. It’s a carnival with South African flair, showcasing creativity and artistic expression through colourful costumes, world class entertainment and magnificent floats. The flamboyant floats depicting various legends and stories will each be accompanied by colourfully costumed dancers. The aim is to create an interactive spectacle that will bring all communities together in a lively, fun, and vibrant atmosphere. Festivities start at 17:00 on Saturday 16 March and the parade will get underway at 19:00. The parade will be held along the Fanwalk in Green Point.

BEST SHORT FILM: The movie Asad has been nominated for an Oscar.

Local filmmaker hits the big time TAURIQ HASSEN

A CAPE TOWN producer will be jetting off to the States after landing a nomination at the prestigious Oscar Awards ceremony later this month.

COLOURFUL: The fourth annual Cape Town Carnival will take place on Saturday 16 March. In full regalia are Dale le Roux, Lana Fortune, Crystal Simpson, Lynn Fortune, Ronell Overmeyer and Kylie Eriksen. Photo:Michael Hammond/Photo24-

Rafiq Samsodien produced the short-film Asad, which focuses on a young boy choosing to become a fisherman instead of a pirate. The story of Asad takes the audience into the lives of ordinary people in a seaside village in Somalia, providing the audience with a glimpse into the daily struggles of ordinary Somalis living in a dysfunctional and failed state. Asad is a young boy faced with choices in a land where survival is a daily challenge. The short-film is nominated in the Best Short Film category. The film was inspired by the novel, Pirates of Somalia, which sparked interest on South African shores. “We knew that there were no casting agencies who have Somali actors. This is where we discovered that we needed to go out and actually interact with the public,” he says. Setting up at the Bellville library after advertising the role, the team embarked on a journey to find the appropriate actors for their film, drawing the attention of “hordes of people”. “Everybody that we dealt with were refu-

FEEL THE BEAT: Drummers give a taste of what can be expected at this year’s much-anticipated carnival. Photo: Lillian Amos

gees. They were screened, photos were taken of them and we eventually found our actors,” he explains. The film features two young asylum seekers, Harun (14) and Ali (12) Mohamed, who were trained, educated and prepared for their roles in the short-film. “It was really not an easy process and everybody had to work really hard trying to get these boys ready for the movie,” Samsodien says. “They could not read. We taught them. They could not even swim. We taught them. This was a learning experience for everybody and it would be really nice to have them accompanying me to the awards ceremony.” The producer is now on a quest to obtain adequate funding to take the refugees on a walk down the famous red carpet. “I have sent out a number of requests to people for funding. “I have not received anything as yet and we are running out of time,” a concerned Samsodien explains. The Oscar Awards take place on 24 February in Los Angeles, California and the producer plans to fly by 20 February, but fears that the boys will not make the trip. “There is so much we have to do and there is so little time. We need to raise funding for their tickets, visas, accommodation and more,” he says. Anybody willing to donate anything towards the cause can contact Samsodien on 0 082 955 6795.

phone 0 (021) 650 2543.

Saturday 2 March

Wednesday 20 February Observatory: Professor Mike DaviesColeman, the Dean of Natural Sciences at UWC, will present a free public talk entitled Cures from the Deep: Trawling the World’s Oceans for New Pharmaceuticals at 17:00 at the SAAO Auditorium. No bookings are required. For more information visit www.royalsocietysa.org.za. or

Kensington: Ken/Fac Meals on Wheels is hosting a Seniors Arts & Crafts Flea Market open to all seniors at only R10 a table. The flea market will trade from the Shawco seniors room into the parking space. The Ken/Fac Traders have also started trading again. They invite all traders to join them every Saturday from 08:00 to 14:00 on the corner of Dapper Street and 12th Avenue in Kensington. For the month of February and March there will be no charge. For more information phone Fatima on 0 083 688 9773 or Chantal on 0 083 226 5981.

Cancer support support group meets JIVING: Expect variety from the host of talented dancers who form part of the line-up

THE Prostate Cancer Support Action Group will hold its monthly meeting in the auditorium of Constantiaberg MediClinic in Burnham Road, Plumstead, at 17:45 for 18:00 on Tuesday 19 February. Newly diagnosed patients and their partners or carers from across the peninsula are

invited to attend the meeting, which will also see prostate cancer survivors share details of their experience. The guest speaker for the meeting will be Jill Kramer, who will speak on learning to talk freely about prostate cancer.For more information phone or SMS 0 073 560 3067.


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Tuesday 12 February 2013

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Violence at IRT system hearing LILLIAN AMOS

VIOLENCE erupted when a hearing about the new route for the Integrated Rapid Transport (IRT) system didn’t go in favour of taxi associations. The three-day hearing which had come to an end on Wednesday was held at the Shadow Building, next to Vangate Mall in Athlone, to finalise the plans for the IRT route. Codeta and Cata members were not satisfied with the outcome, saying the City of Cape Town didn’t consider them when making decisions about the IRT route. They now fear profit loss. They started protesting and the mass action soon became violent as protesters started throwing stones and bottles at vehicles and setting alight fields near the building. Staff members of the provincial transport department, who usually issue taxi licences and permits, were forced to lock themselves in the building for protection. Police made their way to the scene off Vanguard Drive and the outraged crowd of about 400 quickly disappeared. Cata General Secretary and core secretary for Codeta, Nqazeleni Matayityi, insists the City did not properly inform them about the routes for the IRT. “The IRT is applying for two routes, one of them being Salt River and Hout Bay. Those are part of our routes. Members are worried they will lose out on business,” Matayityi says. Nyanga and Sea Point is the other IRT route. Matayityi cannot comment on the violent outburst from the taxi association members. “I was inside the building when the protest happened. What I can say though is that those people are extremely upset and want the City to treat them fairly. “Our people don’t want to be left out,” he says. However, Matayityi says the taxi associations are not against the IRT system but want to be part of the planning and changes. “The City needs to make sure everyone’s involved so that no one is left standing in the dark and losing out,” Matayityi says. Bernie Macmahon, the director of operating licences and permits at the department, was extremely upset about the actions of the members. “We are extremely passionate and committed to bring a good service. Why did they have to take out their frustrations on the building and most importantly on our staff?” Macmahon says. “Those kind of decisions about the IRT system doesn’t run through us but we were targeted. This is unacceptable.” Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town has denied allegations that the affected taxi associations have been excluded from the process.

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“Negotiations with minibus taxi associations on these and other future routes are ongoing. The City negotiated with the directly affected minibus taxi associations,” says Brett Herron, the Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater. “We will continue our negotiation process that we have been following thus far, but we are committed to introducing a commuter-focused public transport service that provides an affordable quality service for residents and we are concerned that the process has been delayed,” he says.

HOSTILE: Cata and Codeta are at loggerheads with the City of Cape Town about the Integrated Rapid Transport system.

2012 GENERAL VALUATION ROLL FOR THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN Notice is hereby given in terms of section 49 (1)(a)(i) of the Local Government: Municipal Property Rates Act, Act No. 6 of 2004, hereinafter referred to as the “Act,” that the 2012 General Valuation Roll for the period starting 1 July 2013 – until the next general valuation roll is produced - is open for public inspection at the venues as stated below as from 21 February 2013 until 30 April 2013. The forms for the lodging of objections are obtainable at these venues. In addition the valuation roll is available on the Council website as from 21 February 2013, the address of which is provided below. In terms of Section 49(1)(a)(ii) of the Act, any property owner or other person who so desires may lodge an objection with the municipal manager in respect of any matter reflected in, or omitted from, the general valuation roll within the abovementioned period. Owners will be notified of their valuations in writing at the postal address held on the City’s database. Attention is specifically drawn to the fact that in terms of section 50(2) of the Act an objection must be in relation to a specific individual property and not against the valuation roll as a whole. The forms for lodging an objection can be obtained from one of the venues listed below, and can be downloaded from the website. LIST OF PUBLIC INSPECTION VENUES FOR THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN DATE: 21 FEBRUARY 2013 – 30 APRIL 2013, MONDAYS – FRIDAY: 08:15 – 15:45 NO.

NAMES OF VENUE

ADDRESS OF VENUE

UNAVAILABLE DATES (venue closed on these dates)

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2nd Floor, Cape Town Civic Centre

12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town

30/03/2013

2.

Royal Ascot Council Chambers

Municipal Offices, Royal Ascot, Bridal Way, Milnerton (off Racecourse Rd)

21/02/2013; 20/03/2013; 22/03/2013; 17/04/2013; 18/04/2013

3.

Alphen Centre

Constantia Main Rd, Constantia (opp. Pick n Pay)

4.

Fish Hoek Council Chambers

Fish Hoek Admin Office, Central Circle, Recreation Rd (next to Fish Hoek Civic)

5.

Somerset West Municipal Offices

Cnr of Andries Pretorius St & Victoria St, Somerset West

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Conference Room, Bellville Municipal Building

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Brackenfell Council Chambers

2 Voortrekker Rd, Bellville (next to Northlink College, opp. Sanlam) Brackenfell Municipal Offices, Cnr of Paradys St & Old Paarl Rd, Brackenfell Avondale Civic Centre, Grosvenor Ave, Avondale, Atlantis Cnr of Aden Ave & George St, Athlone

8. 9.

Avondale Library Hall Ledger House – Consultation Room 2

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Plumstead Municipal Building

Cnr of Victoria Rd & Main Rd, Plumstead

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Fezeka: Gugulethu

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Woodlands Community Centre

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Stocks And Stocks Cash Office

Cnr of NY1 & Lansdowne Rd, Gugulethu Cnr of Mitchell Ave & Selene St, Woodlands, Mitchells Plain Ntlazane St, Litha Park, Khayelitsha

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Parow Municipal Building

Cnr of Voortrekker Rd & Talent St, Parow

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Kuilsriver Civic Centre

Cnr of Carinus St & Van Riebeeck Rd, Kuilsriver

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Macassar Housing Office

Bind Ave, Macassar

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Strand Municipal Offices

Cnr of Fagan Rd & Main Rd, Strand

18/02/2013; 18/03/2013; 15/04/2013

PLEASE NOTE: The public inspection venues will be closed on weekends and public holidays. Only the venue at the CAPE TOWN CIVIC CENTRE will be open on Saturdays from 08:00 – 12:00. All venues will be closed on the following public holidays: 21/03/2013; 29/03/2013; 01/04/2013; 27/04/2013 Completed objection forms can be submitted as follows: • E-mail – valuationsobjection@capetown.gov.za • Fax – 086 588 6042 • Post to – The City of Cape Town, For Attention: The Objection Coordinator, PO Box 4522, Cape Town 8000 • By Hand – At one of our 17 public inspection venues Only objections submitted during the official objection period on the prescribed objection form with mandatory fields completed are valid. Note: NO LATE OBJECTIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. For more information: Sharecall: 086 010 3089 Web: www.capetown.gov.za

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LEADER

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Crisis point

ANENE BOOYSEN will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Not through her fault, but for the inhumane actions of others. The Bredasdorp teenager died after she was raped and brutalised. A doctor spoke out about the horror of Anene’s last hours. President Jacob Zuma has said the harshest punishment must be meted out upon her perpetrators. The matter has received attention in the media; politicians have spoken out, for once, united in their disgust. But Anene isn’t alone. While her untimely death at the hand of others may be particularly gruesome, many other women and girls who survive never take that step to report rape or sex crimes. They’d rather not relive the violation to police officers and in court, nor by society. Rape is not about sex. It’s about power. It’s about hurting another on an extremely intimate level. Rape is akin to a sort of death. Without years of counselling, rape survivors often find it difficult to regain control of their lives. They have difficulty trusting. It is as trying for the men who love them. The gang rape on a bus and subsequent death on the roadside of an Indian student evoked global uproar. Perhaps, in South Africa, complacency is the enemy. Should women remain cooped up in their homes for fear of assault? Do they have to wear clothes deemed “appropriate” to avoid would-be attackers justifying lewdness? What society expects of a wronged party to adjust behaviour to suit the sickness that breeds in the heart of another? And where do we draw the line? Not all men do this. They are the ones who will think of Anene. She could be your mother, your wife, your sister, your daughter. She could be the granddaughter you dote on. Every woman anywhere and at any time has as much right to be safe as any man. This is not an issue of gender equality. It is a human right.

A wheely bright idea bright

Where is my money go goin ing? g? FOR the last few months a company has been deducting money from my account without my knowledge. I have not had any contractual agreement with the said company in any way, and they have been deducting R68 from my FNB account monthly. Upon searching for this company on the internet (Hello Peter), I came across many such complaints of this amount being deducted from various individuals’ accounts. I am very concerned that this company has been allowed to continue their fraudulent activities using FNB accounts. Surely FNB should have picked up these complaints. I am considering changing my bank account if this issue isn’t resolved and I am not reimbursed. SIYABONGA SIBAYA Steve Higgins from FNB Corporate Communication responds: Numerous areas within the bank deal with these matters. The entry point should, however, be at the branch where the account holder approaches his/her bank branch and formally lodges the dispute and/or complaint. From there the dispute is managed in terms of industry rules. (The company which has been deducting the money) is not sponsored into the payment system by FNB, but by another bank. FNB has, however, escalated the matter to the sponsoring bank and awaits feedback. The

customer must approach his/her bank branch and formally lodge a dispute. The bank will then follow interbank protocol to obtain proof that the debit orders were authorised by the customer. If the proof is not forthcoming the customer will be refunded. It should, however, not exceed 30 calendar days to resolve such a dispute from the time it is lodged. Debit orders are agreed between the customer and the company receiving the payment which implies that the customers are informed. The sponsoring bank has certain obligations in terms of payment industry regulations which do not include the laying of criminal charges. Customers should scrutinise their bank statements thoroughly and regularly and immediately approach their bank if they notice a debit order on their statement which they believe is not authorised. FNB makes every effort to act in the best interests of our customers. Customers should be aware that they can authorise a debit order during a telephone call with a telesales caller. In many cases disputes are raised by customers who have forgotten about the sales call and they do not realise they have authorised a debit order. Debit orders are critically important to customers who require a convenient way to pay regular invoices such as short- and long-term insurance policies, retirement funds, cell phone accounts and security.

Cost takes tthe he joy out of life life

WE ALL stood together and voted for our beloved mountain. We all became excited with the outcome of the votes. And yet now we all stand with sad faces looking at what it costs to go up the mountain. Must you be a tourist to enjoy things in Cape Town? Must you be rich to enjoy life? What about the normal family with a mom, dad and two children? It will cost R500 just to take the children up with the cable way. Is this fair? I think not! Who can afford this with a smile? It’s heart-

breaking that not everyone can go to Ratanga Junction or Table Mountain. It’s heartbreaking that things are so overpriced. Even the small things like buying your children books have now been added to a wish list because not everyone can afford R65 for a fourpage baby book with Bob the Builder’s face on it. But yet they tell us to educate our children. They tell us to let them read. They tell us to do things as a family. Let them see and do new things. Sure, at whose expense? HG HILLARY

THE other day my son Morné, a biker, let me drive on a scrambler and I went for a motorised gallop around the neighbourhood. It left an impression on me how the bike could manoeuvre on roads, fields, gravel and tar with ease and – of course – where no four-wheel vehicle could dare travel. It brought back memories when I was operational commander at Table Bay Harbour – how visible and effective motorbike patrols were. It was an impressionable sight to see these crime prevention bikers perform their duties in pairs. Why are these resources not used to their full potential? Should those in authority not rekindle our metal-mounted steeds in crime prevention? Should motorbike neighbourhood watch patrols, in conjunction with law enforcement bikers, not be looked at? Criminals will get the shock of their lives to see our mounted patrols, not to mention the assurance it will give to our law abiding citizens. I hope someone puts these (suggestions) into action. KEITH BLAKE

Thank you for your support support WE, the Klaasen family, would like to relay our heartfelt thanks for all the support in the form of prayers, phone calls, text messages and visits during our time of bereavement in losing our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, Johanna Klaasen. May you be blessed beyond comprehension. DAVID KLAASEN

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This was the question on everybody’s lips at the final of the Investec Challenge where South Africa, ranked 11th in the world, took on the Netherlands on Sunday. It was not to be, but SA made their fans proud at a packed Hartleyvale Stadium, with a stirring performance that produced two top-notch goals in an excellent second half. The Dutch raced to a 2-0 lead through goals from Roos Drost in the seventh minute and Kitty van Male in the 23rd minute, but the score-line did not reflect the tremendous fight the SA team put up. World record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee and Jade Mayne came close to getting on the scoresheet on a number of occasions only to be foiled by the world’s best shot stopper, Joyce Sombroek, in the Netherlands’ goal during the first-half. Five minutes into the secondhalf a revitalised SA scored from their second successive penalty corner, when Lisa Deetlefs slapped in on the rebound.

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PHYSICAL: South African player Dirkie Chamberlain challenges Netherlands captain Maartje Paumen during the final of the Investec Challenge at Hartleyvale Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

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Athletico climb log standings LIAM MOSES

RC ATHLETICO secured an important victory over Old Mutual FC in a Second Division mid-table clash on Saturday in Wynberg. The sides went into the match in 10th and ninth place on the table respectively, and Athletico’s 2-0 win has seen them climb above Mutual to eighth on the table. Sayed Appels, team coach, says he wasn’t aware of the match’s importance as his side went into all games with the same mindset. “I am not even watching the log. I am just thinking about winning. The goal is to end as high as possible. We can still win this league, as we are a team with ambition,” Appels says. “If the boys can show commitment and heart then I can’t see anybody stopping them. I am with this team for four weeks and you can see the changes. The heart, discipline, respect and commitment is starting to develop.” Athletico were the first to threaten and got the game’s first shot on target in the 15th minute, when Marcelino Lambert’s rasping drive was parried by the Mutual goalkeeper. They took the lead five minutes later, when Abdul Jacobs curled a

free-kick finto the top right corner of the net from the edge of the box. Athletico increased the deficit, on 25 minutes, when a cross from the right flank was bundled in from close range by Daniel Molapo. The Lansdowne side were dominant throughout the game, while Mutual struggled to retain possession and invited attacks from their opposition. Lone striker Nicholas Levendal – and later Liam Vandiar, who replaced him in the second half – was left isolated too often and the only service he received from midfield came in the form of long balls. Appels was happy with the result and particularly impressed by his team’s wide play. “The team has started to show potential. There was only one team on the park. We tired a little bit in the second-half, but that’s understandable as this field is a bit heavy, while this was a high-paced game,” he says. “Whenever we go wide, we look like we can score goals. That is what football is about – how you go wide and how your runs are up front. If you can get that right, the sky is the limit.” Old Mutual will host Cape Town All Stars in Pinelands on Friday, while RC will travel to Atlantis to face Jomo Powers in their next game.

LIAM MOSES

SK WALMERS could divert from their usual ball-in-hand brand of rugby to increase their chances in the Saru Community Cup. The Green Point side host Worcester Villagers in their first game of the inaugural tournament, which replaces the National Club Championship, at the Green Point Track on Saturday 23 February. Labeeb Levy, the club’s director of coaching, says the team will aim to entertain, but may have to swap their traditional champagne rugby for a more structured approach, depending on certain factors. “We would like to play that brand, but we also have to look at the resources we have.

CHEST CONTROL: RC Athletico midfielder Abdul Jacobs controls a high ball during Saturday’s match against Old Mutual at the Wynberg Military Base. The Mutual player is Sanylin Walters. Jacobs scored to help his side to victory. Photo: Rashied Isaacs

SKW steel up for rugga spectacle We would like to play and maintain it, but, in saying that, the competition is very different (to the Super League A),” says Levy. “The people you are playing against also have a certain brand they play so we need to change it (our game) week after week.” Levy adds the loss of several stars to the provincial ranks could also prevent his team from spreading the ball as much as they usually would. SKW have been drawn in Group A, arguably the toughest in the tournament, along with Jonsson College Rovers (KZN), GAP Despatch (EP), Villagers Worcester

(Boland) and Sishen (Griquas). Rovers are the current Kwa-Zulu Natal and National Club Championships holders, while Despatch finished second on the Grand Challenge log just seven points behind Nelson Mandela Metropole University. Villagers won the Boland Premier League by 14 points last year and Sishen took the Griquas Premier League by seven points. The tournament will kick off this week, with College Rovers facing GAP Despatch in Durban and Villagers hosting Sishen. Walmers have a bye on the first match

day and will use the extra week to wrap up their preparations. Levy believes his side could be in for a taste of their own medicine when the Boland champs visit. “I think Worcester Villagers will play a typical Boland game – keeping the ball in hand and giving it lots of air,” he says. “They will play their normal attacking game. They would have had an extra game so they will know the pressures that come with it. We will be fresh, so hopefully that will be to our advantage. “It’s our first game on the Track after a two-year break and hopefully we will make it special.” SKW are set to announce a squad of between 30 and 35 players for the competition this week.

A million up for grabs in soccer tourney HIGH schools across the country have the opportunity to win R1-million in the 2013 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup. Registration for the biggest school soccer tournament in the South Africa is now open and schools have until Friday 15 March to submit their entries. Sanlam, the Motsepe Foundation, the Ubuntu Botho Trust and the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) are urging high schools in all nine provinces to register. While the winners will take home R1-million, the runners up will pocket R600 000, the third-placed side will win R500 000 and the fourth-placed side will leave with R400 000. The nine schools who win their provincial tournaments will also win R100 000. Frank Louw, Sanlam’s sponsorships manager, says football scouts from several PSL clubs will attend as many rounds as possible, in a bid to find exceptional talent. “One of the key objectives of this sponsorship is to get as many football players – aged 15 and 19 – as possible to compete and possibly to be seen by soccer scouts,” he says. “Players who stand out will then be recruited into development structures to be nurtured and shaped into professional footballers. To be able to achieve this, we need to encourage all schools to register no matter where they are situ-

CHAMPIONS: Patrice Motsepe hand’s over a cheque for R1 million rand to 2012 winners, the SAFA Transnet School of Excellence. Photo: Supplied ated.” The prize money will not be handed over in cash, but will be spent on legacy projects identified by the schools. It can be utilised for any development project that enhances or

advances the mission and objectives of the school or its immediate community. To register call Nelson Belebesi on SASFA on (011) 567 2824 or Frank Louw on (021) 947 2093.

PACE MAN: Pakistani bowler Mohammed Irfaan completes his run during a warm-up match against a WP invitational side at Western Province Cricket Club in Rondebosch at the weekend. Pakistan are in town for a the second test against the Proteas, which starts at Sahara Park Newlands on Thursday. Photo: Rashied Isaacs


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Santos ready for derby duel

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NEWLY appointed Santos coach Ian Palmer is happy for his side to “win ugly” as they push for promotion from the National First Division (NFD) and a place in the latter stages of the Nedbank Cup. The Lansdowne based club will kick off the second half of their season – and Palmer’s tenure as coach – against local rivals Vasco da Gama at Parow Park tomorrow (Wednesday 13 February). Palmer expects the match to be a physical encounter, saying he will be looking for his players to play within the structures he implemented after taking over from Maart Nooij. “To be quite honest I don’t care how I get the points – if it’s ugly then it’s ugly. You are not going to have perfect football,” says Palmer. “Sometimes you play good football and you lose games. For me the brand of football is about staying compact and playing on the counter-attack. That’s the football you are going to need to grind out results in the NFD. For me, having its important to have speedy wingers and a top striker who can hold up balls and bring the second striker into play.” Santos will go into the game short of match fitness – as they have not played since mid-December – and on an unhealthy run of form, having drawn twice and lost twice in their last four games. The People’s Team are ninth on the league table, after three wins, four losses and five draws, and have not fared well against local opposition so far this season. Santos were hammered 3-0 by Milano United, a side fresh from the Second Division, at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday 28 November and drew 0-0 with Vasco on Saturday 8 December at Parow Park. Palmer says his side will be looking to start finding their form in tomorrow’s game. “The first game is important because there is such a nice spirit in the team, but I think we lack the confidence,” he says. “(A win) will just give us confidence going into the game against Thanda Royal Zulu (on Saturday 16 February) and I think that is important. I will be able to see what I have worked on and if the objectives, in terms of defensive organisation and counter-attacking, is reached.” The former Black Leopards mentor adds he did not see the long break as a negative and would have liked more time to prepare his side ahead of the game. Meanwhile, Milano United will host Thanda Royal Zulu at Rooikrans on the same day. Both games will start at 15:00.

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