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FOLLOWING the death of a Salt River man, Woodstock residents are calling for more pedestrian crossings to be introduced in Victoria Road. Sharief Murray was the latest victim after being rammed by a delivery truck on Monday 4 March while crossing the road with his elderly father. He sustained injuries to his legs and back and later died on the scene. Spokesperson for the Woodstock police, Sergeant Hilton Malila, says that the latest incident was the first pedestrian that had been knocked down this year and died. However, he confirms that several other pedestrians have been knocked down in the past, but many have failed to open up cases at the station. “People do not open cases when the injuries are not serious and we only have cases on our system where somebody has either died or sustained serious injuries,” he says. Malila could not confirm the actual number of incidents that have unfolded in the Victoria Road. Woodstock Community Outreach Forum (WCOF) Chairperson, Shamiel Abbass, explains that the tragedy was a accurate reflection of the traffic dangers in Victoria Road. “This accident proves that we need more pedestrian crossings in these areas, it’s not just this death, but there have been a few accidents in this road already,” he says. “It’s time that we relook this road and call for more pedestrian crossings.” He also expressed fears about the speed at which cars are travelling and blamed minibus taxis for creating traffic headaches. The WCOF now plans to raise the issue with the City’s traffic and planning departments after receiv-

UNSAFE: Chairperson for the Woodstock Community Outreach Forum, Shamiel Abbass, points out one of the pedestrian UNSAFE: crossings in Victoria Road. He feels more traffic measures are needed to address these concerns. PHOTO: TAURIQ HASSEN ing complaints from residents. Main Road, comprising Sir Lowry and Victoria roads, measures just short of two kilometres between Searle Street and Durham Avenue. There are approximately six full traffic signals and three signalised pedestrian crossings. The average spacing between signalised crossing opportunities are about 250 metres. Woodstock resident, Rasheedah Fredericks, spotted the body of Murray in Victoria Road last week. It reminded her of the same ordeal she faced three years ago. Fredericks’ 11-year-old son, Ilyaaz, was also knocked down in Victoria Road after crossing the road during peak morning traffic. Fortunately, her son only sustained a broken ankle and a few scrapes, but the lack of pedestrian crossings still bothers the mother


of four. “This is a very dangerous road because it’s wide and you have plenty of buses and taxis travelling on the road. You find many people just running across the road and dodging the cars – it’s definitely not safe,” she says. Fredericks suggests that council relook at the traffic plan for Victoria Road and consider introducing more pedestrian crossings. “I have other children as well, some still at school. But how am I supposed to relax knowing they are crossing this dangerous road when they are on their way home?” Fredericks asks. Another resident, Benny Williamson, regards Victoria Road as an “accident waiting to happen”. He explains that pedestrians can regularly be seen standing on the white line splitting the road, dodg-

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ing cars and rushing over to the sidewalk to avoid speeding vehicles. “This road is very dangerous and it has been like this for years now. I can’t understand why there are so few pedestrian crossings in this road, especially knowing that the area is heavily used by people travelling on foot,” Williamson says. He adds that having one pedestrian crossing in Victoria Road is “not enough” and hopes that the latest incident would encourage council to “wake up and smell the coffee”. Malila explains that emergency services made efforts to stabilise Murray that Monday, but were unsuccessful. He says the 49-year-old truck driver was not arrested at the scene, but Woodstock police are investigating a case of culpable hom-

icide. “Police are currently still investigating the circumstances around this incident,” he says. Anyone with information on the incident or who witnessed the accident is urged to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer David Farmer, on 0 (021) 442 3141. Mayoral Committee member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Brett Herron, feels that absence of formal pedestrian crossings “does not make the crossing of a road fundamentally unsafe”. He explains that the need for a formal pedestrian crossing is determined by the number and physical abilities of people who wish to cross a road at a specific point. “Formal pedestrian crossings cannot be provided at every point at which people wish to cross – much the same as a traffic signal cannot be provided at every intersection on a road,” Herron says. However, within “available resources”, he adds that the City will respond to identified needs for pedestrian crossings. “The City welcomes suggestions and requests for pedestrian safety measures from all residents, as community submissions are an important step in identifying problems,” Herron says. Any member of the public wanting to request traffic calming measures for the area should submit this request to their local subcouncil manager. The request will be screened by the ward councillor, which will result in public consultation. Requests will then be passed on to the Transport Department, where a technical assessment report to the subcouncil will be submitted. To find out more on how to submit a request, follow the guidelines provided by the City at http://



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Booze control on the cards

COME APRIL, businesses trading in liquor will have to abide by trading hours and days as set out by the City of Cape Town. The new Liquor Trading Days and Hours bylaw will come into effect on Monday 1 April, following the year-long implementation of the Western Cape Liquor Act. Traders will need to abide by the bylaw, regardless of the type of trading licence they hold. The decision was reached after an “extensive” engagement process with the relevant stakeholders across the Peninsula. “The bylaw seeks to strike a balance between the social affects of alcohol abuse, potential disruption and the reasonable sale of alcohol for the hospitality sector,” says Garreth Bloor, the Mayoral Committee member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning. The trading hours for on-licence premises is until 02:00. Businesses – housed in business-zoned and industrial areas – can apply for an extension until 04:00. No business will automatically receive the exemption and will need to apply for the extension. On-consumption premises, such as guesthouses, places of entertainment and sports clubs, in residential areas may trade in liquor from 11:00 until 23:00, while casionos and hotels in residential areas can trade from 11:00 until 02:00. The bylaw stipulates that on-consumption businesses operating in liquor sales in a local or neighbourhood business area will operate from 11:00 until 23:00, while a sport or community club in the same area will operate from 11:00 until 00:00. On-consumption businesses selling liquor in general business, industrial and agricultural areas will operate from 11:00 until

STRINGENT: The new liquor bylaw will affect liquor outlets but should be welcomed by communities. PHOTO: PHOTO24 02:00, while those operating in alcohol sales in rural or other ad-hoc locations will operate from 11:00 until 00:00. The trading hours of special events such as fetes and carnivals will be determined by the temporary licence conditions. Off-consumption businesses such as liquor stores and shebeens, where liquor is not consumed on the premises, may trade from 09:00 until 18:00 from Monday to Saturday. These businesses do not qualify to apply for the extension of trading hours. The City encourages traders who wish to apply for the extension to submit applications, which will be free, as soon as possible. V Applications are available from any City Environmen­ tal Health office or from

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Safety comes under scrutiny A BILL aimed at creating a relationship between police, provincial oversight responsibilities and communities across the province has been passed by the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Standing Committee for Community Safety. This comes after a month of public participation and input from experts. The Western Cape Community Safety Bill makes provision for an ombudsman, who will hear complaints about police service delivery and who will report to the provincial parliament. The roles and functions of community police forums (CPFs) and neighbourhood watches is also stipulated in the bill. It also makes provision for the training and resourcing of these entities. “To date there is no legislation to give this vital aspect in the fight against crime any direction”, said Standing Committee for Community Safety chairperson, Mark Wiley. “At a time when public opinion regarding policing is at an all-time low, it is vital that every effort is made to re-establish policing standards and confidence in our law enforcers. “This can only be achieved by the public being part of the solution.” The bill will now be sent to provincial parliament for debate and final approval.

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THE UNUSED fields at the foot of Walmer Estate have spurred on residents to come up with creative ways to occupy the space. A proposal has now been submitted with council to transform the unused fields off Chester Road and Searle Street. According to the proposal, the fields are under utilised and presents a multitude of safety issues for the community. The fields are said to be used for drug abuse, illegal dumping, vagrancy problems and acts as an escape route for criminals. Shamiel Soeker – who also transformed the former neglected neighbouring plot into a verdant community garden and is a member of the Walmer Estate Residents Community Forum (WERCF) – collaborated with fellow resident Ruan Benande on ideas to improve the plot. “It’s a huge spot that is going to waste and there are so many things that could be achieved at these fields instead of allowing it to just fall into disrepair,” Soeker says. The pair identified that the area lacked sports and recreational facilities, proper toilets, a lack of public art – other than the usual graffiti – and no communal outdoor activities such as tai chi or yoga. “Building these facilities will need very little maintenance, yet it will bring many benefits to the community,” Soeker says. Their proposal calls for the implementation of cycling, rollerblading and skateboarding, a space for events, a free sports and recreational facility for the youth, as well as opening up the toilets at the site. Soeker explains that the space could also be used for skating and BMX events. He confirms that the process will be run through the WERCF organisation in future. Chairperson for WERCF, Moosa Sydow, adds that further proposals were submitted to council in September last year, calling for

PROMISED LAND: Residents are proposing to turn this rundown field into a cycle track and sports facility for the community. PHOTO: TAURIQ HASSEN light sporting codes such as netball and basketball to occupy the fields. “The proposal by Shamiel stems from the proposals we, as WERCF, submitted last year and we welcome the opinions from the community, but proper protocol needs to be followed when tackling this issue,” Sydow says. “We do not want a case where people from outside the community come in to do as they please. We are definitely excited about upgrading the land, but it does not mean we agree to every proposal that is submitted,” Sydow says. Ward councillor Brett Herron is excited about residents’ creative spurt. “I think this proposal is a fantastic idea and I completely endorse these ideas, but en-

courage more residents to follow,” he says. However, Herron confirms that other proposals have already been tabled for the same space and that the new proposal will have to join the others to be considered by the City of Cape Town. He did not write off the possibility of the proposal by the Walmer Estate resident panning out in future, but applauded the residents’ efforts in wanting to tackle pertinent issues within their communities. “We are currently looking at some other proposals for the area, but this proposal has been passed on and if it is feasible, I will be more than willing to provide some funding from my ward allocation budget towards this project,” Herron says.

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TO THE STREETS: Fifty volunteers from Rape Crisis took to the streets on Friday – International Women’s Day – to spread awareness of the harsh reality of rape. The campaign targeted business hubs in Athlone, Observatory and Khayelitsha, which the organisation most actively services. Rape Crisis is one of the country’s oldest non-profit organisations. It was established in 1976 and supports 5 000 rape survivors in this province annually. Here Thobeka Gedeni hands over a pamphlet to a pedestrian while explaining the services the volunteers provide.

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HILDREN with infectious and chronic illnesses will benefit from the multi-million upgraded Ward B2 at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Ward B2, which has capacity to admit 29 children, was officially opened by provincial minister of health, Theuns Botha, on Thursday. The R10.5m upgrade is the first major upgrade for the ward since being built in 1956. It has only received minor upgrades until now. OPEN: Donor Clare Wiese, Dr Marco Zampoli, Babalwa Dlakavu and This ward admits chil- her daughter Lindokuhle, Sister Lindiwe Teto, the Children's Hospital dren with a wide range of Trust’s Spencer McNally, and health minister Theuns Botha officially medical conditions includ- re-open the ward. PHOTO: SUPPLIED ing, infectious and chronic illnesses like TB and HIV and treats about are now more spacious, ablution facilities are also upgraded and there are dedicated of1 100 patients a year. The number of ward admissions and turn- fice spaces and a kitchen facility. Dr Marco Zampoli, a consultant at the over of patients has, however, significantly ward, says the upgrade is a welcome relief increased compared to 1956. Overcrowding and hospital-acquired in- to staff and patients. “Children and their fections became a serious concern as the parents deserve a modern, spacious and ward’s infrastructure struggled to keep up clean environment to recuperate. Likewise, with the increasing number of admissions. morale amongst staff will be lifted, which Despite these challenges, the ward and its will no doubt result in improved patient dedicated staff continued to provide the best care,” he says. Hospital CEO Dr Lungi Linda says the fapossible care to patients and their families. Furthermore, B2 remains an important cility is always striving to prevent cross-inarea for clinical research and training of fections among patients and adds the upgrade of Ward B2 will go a long way to immedical professionals. The ward’s operational manager, Lindiwe proving the health of patients. The upgrade of the ward was made possiTeto, says she is looking forward to the ward’s six new isolation cubicles, which ble by the 18-year-old public-private partnership between provincial government and have increased from two. “It was very challenging, before the ward the Children’s Hospital Trust. Louise Driver, the CEO of the Trust, says was upgraded, to find adequate isolation for they are extremely grateful to all the donors. infectious patients,” says Teto. “For example a seriously ill TB patient “Though this is the last ward to be upgraded, would sometimes be admitted to an isolation our work in improving the services is far cubicle for more than a month and we would from over,” she says. “This ward will continue to provide the be unable to admit other children into isolation because there was not enough space.” best medical care to treat the sickest and The ward now provides relaxation and youngest patients in the hospital and we will rest space for staff, patients and families continue to raise funds for the hospital’s prithat’s child friendly and attractive. Passages ority needs.” AD ADVERT VERTORIAL: ORIAL: Have you applied for your b-Smart card yet? If not, it is most likely that you haven’t heard of the fantastic card that ensures you a cash-back bonus of up to 5% on your daily purchases. The b-Smart card is underwritten by Cape Consumers. The company is celebrating its 66th birthday this year. Cape Consumers negotiates discounts with selected retailers on behalf of its members. These discounts are paid back to the members in the form of an annual cash back bonus in November. The card gives you access to personal

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Woodstock’s star on the rise

WOODSTOCK’S transformation from the bedraggled ugly duckling to a gleaming jewel on the cityscape continues. Adding to the already vibrant economic and social boom in Albert Road, a street block will be transformed into a retail and residential space. This comes after the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee approved the development proposal. The property stretches from Cornwall Street to Victoria Road, and from Baron Street to Gympie Street. The area is approximately 6 822 POTENTIAL: This plot is earmarked to be transformed into a rehectares in size. tail and residential hub. The proposed plans is to go before a full council meeting for approval. ments. Council will be asked to give its approval This follows the City’s Spatial Planning, Environment and Land Use Management for a number of permanent departures of Committee’s recommendation on Wednes- the Land Use Planning Ordinance, in order day 13 February that the Mayor submit this for the different properties and erven on development request to council for consid- this block of land to be merged. The area is historically characterised by eration. The application proposes to develop the larger, industrial-type buildings on properproperty into nine storeys consisting of a ties zoned for General Commercial purposretail component and a block of flats. The es, together and interspersed with numerflats will consist of 363 units, together with ous, small semi-detached Single Dwelling 493 parking bays which will also be used by row houses, many on smaller General Commercial-zoned properties. the retail component on the property. Due to the number of erven consolidated, It is predicted that the development will contribute hugely to the upliftment and vi- a Heritage Impact Assessment was done. tality of the immediate area, as well as cre- The application was also previously adverate a more sustainable and “equitable city”. tised to local and affected residents, associThis development requires council’s con- ations, the Cape Institute of Architects, and sent as well as departures from the Cape applicable City departments. Feedback and objections were impleTown Zoning Scheme Regulations, as every piece of land has different zoning require- mented and reflected in the proposal.

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OCIAL NETWORKS and the internet have become a place where people are re-united with old friends or make new ones. With the recent murder of a 65-year-old Sea Point man, reportedly after he had met with someone he had met online, People’s Post interns Luzuko Zini and Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn took to the streets to poll readers if they ever meet with people they chat with, and what precautionary measures they take before meeting the people.

MICHAEL JURD says he is against social networking. He feels it is a hub for problems and not belonging to any keeps him safe. “Belonging to a social network is like opening a can of worms. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you are in trouble. If I need to get hold of someone I call or SMS.”

NAZEEM AJ AJAM AM says: “Youths are easily fooled by someone pretending to be what they are not. Just because you don’t give personal information doesn’t mean you’re safe.”

AYE YESHA SHA TOYER TOYER says she was taught to never speak to strangers, something that she never disregards. “I wouldn’t meet anyone I don’t know. I will keep it at just chatting.”

VENUS LEES recalls a bad experience. “I have met with a person I chatted to online, but it was in a public place. I only did it once and I will never do it again.”

MICHELLE VENTER says while social networking can be positive, it has negative aspects as well. She feels it is great to use to get in touch with people you have lost contact with or who live far away, but she is cautious of the dangers. “It also has its down side, because of stalkers and people looking to cause harm.”

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ABOUT 16 000 council-owned rental units will be transferred to existing, qualifying tenants. This as the City of Cape Town embarks on the Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme aimed at giving residents the opportunity to own a home. The units for sale are single and row-type cottages and maisonettes. To encourage current tenants to consider the transfer of units, the City will contribute a transfer fee subsidy of R500. Qualifying tenants, with a monthly household income of less than R3 500, are also eligible for a discount of more than R80 000, while those with a monthly household income of between R3 500 and R7 500 may receive a discount of R7 500. In addition, council will also write off all residual service and rental arrears where the allocated subsidy does not cover the sale price and arrears. Multi-storey flats are not for sale as it can only be sold through sectional title. The City will host public engagement sessions to share information on the offer. Details of the sessions have not yet been

finalised. The City is also updating its housing database. To ensure the proper details of applicants are stored, council officials are requesting that applicants go to their nearest Housing Office to update their personal particulars. “It is imperative that the City has updated contact details for applicants so that they can be contacted should a suitable dwelling become available,” says Tandeka Gqada, the Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlements. City officials at the offices will assist applicants in updating their details, while applicants need to indicate whether they still qualify for a rental dwelling or a subsidised house in a new housing project. The City’s housing allocation policy states that all allocations will be done in order of the date of application in the target area, as well as to those applicants on the waiting list the longest, outside the target area. For more information phone 0 (021) 444 0333 or email 2

FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN: The Observatory Improvement District recently hosted local nannies at the Station Road Children’s Park. The initiative was to provide child-minders with information on child safety in public open spaces. The tips were provided by local security companies. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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EDUCATION is key. Annually, 2 000 pupils in the Western Cape fall pregnant. Only a third will return to school to finish their education. This was revealed by the provincial education department. Frightening and utterly dismaying. It’s clear the safe sex message is getting lost somewhere along the line. Apart from unplanned pregnancy, unsafe sex also carries the risk of HIV/Aids and other communicable diseases. But mark well these words – it’s futile to cast aspersions on pupils, as uppity, more well-to-do folk are apt to do. The goal is to keep these children, for that they still are, in school. There is now a little one to care for and what chances do young mothers have when their schooling is incomplete? Slim. The provincial education department has developed a policy to provide step-by-step guidelines on how principals and governing bodies should support pregnant pupils to ensure they stay in school. The Cape Winelands is one of the most heavily affected. They are to be given access to counselling by social workers and psychologists based at district offices. These pupils may also call the Safe Schools call centre on 0800 45 46 47. The policy also provides, in detail, guidelines on how to manage exams for pregnant pupils, especially for young mothers in Grade 12. The department’s efforts to help our youth is laudable, but the girl’s family – if she has any – also needs to step up. In 2010, 2 108 pupils in the Western Cape had fallen pregnant. In 2011, that figure was 2 097. Teen pregnancy is a fixable problem and has workable solutions. So, let’s end the sneering – there’s a little one waiting to be born.

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ALLOW me to use this opportunity to call upon the Department of Trade and Industry and the relevant parliamentary oversight committees to urgently look into the blacklisting of consumers who default on their credit agreements. Daily I hear people complaining about their inability to find jobs due to their negative listings at a credit bureau. Many of these people complain that their debts have been fully paid up and yet it reflects on their names at credit listing agencies. This is unfair and, I suspect, unconstitutional to punish the people twice for the same mistakes. In a country faced with massive unemployment it is stupid to allow adverse information to be posted against those who have settled their debts in full. Why not clear the names of those who have paid up their debts immediately and allow them to access the credit and job markets? We grant all forms of amnesties to those who commit serious criminal offences. However, those who are unable to honour their credit arrangements are faced with serious consequences due to their economic circumstances. They don’t want hand-outs, they want a second chance. Many of them have paid

their debts. They need to be allowed to access credit at retailers and be allowed to contribute towards the economy of this country. Those blacklisted for failing to pay their debts on time have to wait two years and longer to access the credit and job markets. Grant some form of relief to our indebted citizens who are imprisoned by their economic circumstances. Poverty is their only crime. (The government) wrote the National Credit Act (NCA) and you have the powers to amend it. We cannot allow our parliament to give greater consideration to the rights of big business and some credit agencies and ignore the rights of the majority of our people. I urge each member of the relevant portfolio committee in parliament to use this letter and bring some relief to our struggling and poor citizens. More than two million South Africans would immediately have access to credit and thousands of these would have access to jobs once parliament intervenes and provide some form of amnesty to overly-indebted South Africans. I am convinced their appreciation would be shown at the voting booths next year! Rozario Brown

Pledge to love and respect women AN ANTI-RAPE and murder pledge by South African pupils is not the only solution to solve the situation of gender-based violence in South Africa – if it is left solely to be championed by government or initiatives such as LeadSA. I believe faith-based organisations must preach the anti-crime message to its followers. Doctrinal faiths all expound and implore: “Thou shall not murder, steal, falsely accuse or desire someone else’s possessions”. We, the church, must be the moral conscience of society, lead by example and live out our faiths. Every community is plagued by crime and icons such as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Junior and Mother Teresa used peace as the common factor to bring about the necessary change. Effective and harmonious communica-

tion by all roleplayers is a vital component of peaceful change, and our mindsets must change in combating the pandemic of crime in our beloved country. During our Sunday service, all the men and boys in our congregation took a corporate pledge, signed it and had the women witness this public declaration to stop rape, murder and all forms of abuse against women and girls. The pledge stipulated that women and girls were to be loved, respected and defended with dignity, honour and grace. We pray fervently that this humble act will sow the seeds towards the redemption of the evil that men in our various communities commit. Our united prayer is: “God, bless Africa, guard her children, guide her leaders, and grant her peace”. Mark Kleinschmidt

personal choice

I STRONGLY believe religion and politics should never mix. Unbelievably, not every individual should have their personal beliefs and decisions impacted by your ingrained beliefs, which is based on a book written by a person, not on substantial fact. Abortion, whether legal or not, will always happen – whether it is performed in a safe, sterile environment by a qualified practitioner or done haphazardly with an infected coat hanger, because there will always be a legitimate reason for them. You may not understand the reasons, but you don’t have to. It’s not your business. I’m sure you’ll find that most women who decide to have an abortion have discussed it with their significant others and, if they haven’t, it would be because the men responsible would make unfit fathers or (are) unsupportive. Either way, it is up to the individual woman to decide how honest she wants to be. On the subject of family and marriage, it’s absolutely wonderful that traditional marriage and family units work for you. However, you are not entitled to force that definition of family on the rest of the population. Neither am I. People can live with whomever they like, however they like. Again, it is up to the people involved, not you or your god(s). Finally, to refer to atheists and other nonfundamentalists as “morally unclean”, simply because we find no valid reason to share your beliefs, is incredibly narrow-minded and downright rude. For the record, I was raised in a non-religious home, where logic and science was preferred. I have never been a promiscuous teenager and I am not an evil or mean person. I also don’t think I would get an abortion should I ever end up unexpectedly pregnant. However, I will not ever take away someone else’s choice to get one. Personal freedom and choice is a constitutional right. Anonymous


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IN ORDER to meet the demand for blood in the country, the South African National Blood Service must collect 3 000 units of blood a day. An average of 700 units of blood is needed every 24 hours to meet the demand for blood in this province alone. However, while one unit of blood can save up to three lives, less than 1% of eligible South Africans are regular blood donors. People are being encouraged to donate blood and help save a life. The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service’s Marlize Mouton says that even in 2013, with all the technology available to us, blood cannot be artificially manufactured. “Therefore we rely on the support of our voluntary blood donors,” she explains. Although 75% of the Western Cape population will need a blood transfusion during their lifetime, a mere 1.5% donate blood, Mouton says. The blood donor agency has basic donor criteria. You must be between 16 and 65 years old, weigh more than 50kgs, be in good health, live a safe sexual lifestyle and be committed to helping save lives. Donating blood has its benefits, Mouton says. “Every time you donate blood, you receive a ‘mini-medical’. Your iron, pulse, blood pressure and general health is checked before you donate blood.” However, she says more importantly is the benefit of knowing you have had an impact on saving someone’s life. Donating blood is a simple. “It is of utmost importance that you eat a substantial meal three to four hours before donating blood. Drink lots of water or juice on the day of donation and take it easy with exercise for that day,” Mouton advises. She says blood donated is rarely used in its donated state. “It is only used in its original state in cases of replacing massive blood loss in trauma emergencies. Mostly blood is divided into blood products, including red cells, plasma and platelets.” Red cells are used in the treatment of anaemia and bleeding after trauma surgery.

Plasma is used to treat burn wounds, bleeding disorders, to restore blood volume and to provide antibodies. Platelets are used to treat leukaemia, in bone marrow transplants and low platelet count. To become a donor, visit, or a mobile clinic. The service has mobile units visiting various venues throughout the province each day of the week. “Our clinic teams visit various libraries, community centres, churches, educational institutions, businesses, factories and shopping malls,” Mouton says. The clinic schedule can be viewed on

ISSUES 9 The service also has two fixed sites. People may visit 22 Long Street from Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 15:45. Alternatively, visit the N1 City Mall in Goodwood to donate. The donor clinic at the mall is open all week. They operate from 10:00 until 17:45 during the week, from 9:00 until 14:45 on a Saturday and from 9:00 until 11:45 on Sundays and public holidays. For further details call 0 (021) 507 6300, SMS “Blood” to 33507 or email 2

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LEADING THE WAY: Villager RFC chairperson Bruce Fraser (left) and Rameez Ismail, Villager rugby administrator, have made several changes to the policies of Villager RFC. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES

Villager plots a new path to glory LIAM MOSES VILLAGER RFC have embarked on a mission to restore its reputation as one of the country’s best rugby clubs. The Claremont club, South Africa’s second oldest after Hamiltons RFC, fell from grace last season when they were relegated from the top tier of Western Province club rugby. Villager finished stone last in Super League A, after 16 losses, a draw and a solitary win, and the poor performance lead to some introspection from the club’s leadership. Bruce Fraser, rugby chairperson at teh club, says he identified several problems after taking up his position near the end of the season in August. The most glaring problem, he says, was the amount of money being spent on salaries of players and coaches. “The current committee doesn’t want to fall into the same trap as everyone else and have to try and find R1.5m to pay players every year,” he says. “It’s not sustainable because there is no money out there. Where do you find sponsors? No-one is investing, so we retracted the money and none of our players and coaches will be paid. There are no contracts, no retainers or match fees.” Paying top players has become standard practice in club rugby and first team members at top clubs can earn as much as R14 000 per month. Fraser says players were previously attracted to the club solely for financial reasons, not a desire to play for Villager. “From our first team set up last year, when were relegated to Super League B, we had a

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THE Western Province Softball Federation (WPSF) general council will meet today to review its decision to not participate in the annual Softball South Africa (SSA) National Provincial Championship (NPC). The WPSF general council, which is made up of the chairpersons of affiliated clubs, elected not to take part in the tournament at a meeting in February (“WP Softball still out of tourney, says letter”, People’s Post, 5 March). However, the Federation could now overturn this decision after complaints from disappointed players at a feedback meeting on Tuesday 5 February. According to Noore Nacerodien, former chairperson and CEO of WPSF and former first vice-president of SSA, the initial decision in February was taken without the correct information being given to the clubs. “Their decision was based on what they (the chairpersons) were told. From the front – the way I heard it – the NPC is not approved and they have a problem with the interim committee,” he says. “However, there are no problems. The NPC is valid and approved by the South African Sport Council and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the interim committee has been supported by Sascoc. We have no right to say that the players can’t play.” Nacerodien, who is also an international referee, was present at the meeting along with about 40 officials and players. Nazeem Dulvie, chairperson of Westridge Yankees Baseball and Softball Club, was also present at both meetings. He echoed Nacerodien’s claims, saying clubs were told by the WPSF executive board that the NPC was “not sanctioned”. “At the chairpersons meeting in February some information was mis-communicated. The understanding was that the NPC wasn’t sanctioned and that was

Touchline topics Tuesday 12 March V Grassy Park: Senior training has kicked off at Spenston FC. The club will hold practice sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at Fairmont High School in Klip Road at 18:00. Junior training will commence on Friday 15 March and will take place at 16:30 on the same days, at the same venue. New members are welcome. For more information phone Rafiek Armien on 083 248 6305. Thursday 14 March V Heathfield: Ashford Athletic FC will hold its annual general meeting at its clubhouse in Sweetvalley Road at 19:30. All current members and anyone interested in joining the club are welcome. Saturday 16 March V Cape Town: The annual Boschendal/Jan van Riebeeck Festival Lion’s Head Challenge will take at Jan van Riebeeck High School, through the CBD. The race features a 17km trail run, the 7km fun run and a host of entertainment after the completion of the races. The trail run starts at 06:15, with registration open from 05:00 at a cost of R100 per person or R90 per person for groups of 10 people. The 7km fun run, through Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht, Bo-Kaap and the city centre, will start at 07:00. The entry fee will cost R35 per adult and R10 per child. Schools entering teams in the fun run have the opportunity to win R10 000 for the school registering the most entries by Thursday 14 March. Visit to enter. For more information on the event call Miranda van der Merwe on

when the decision was made,” says Dulvie. “But when we got to the meeting on Tuesday 5 March we were told that it is a sanctioned tournament. I don’t know if it was mis-communicated or if the information wasn’t available to them.” In the People’s Post article published on the same day as the feedback meeting, SSA’s interim chairman Basil Peters confirmed the sport was carrying on as normal despite the fact SSA were placed under administration by Sascoc. “Sascoc has given us a directive that the sport must carry on as it is. There’s nobody besides the interim committee running the sport,” he said. Both Nacerodien and Dulvie say players are upset at missing out on representing WP, missing out on potential national selection – which takes place at the NPC – and at not being consulted on the decision. The NPC will be hosted in Kempton Park from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 March. Should the decision to not participate be overturned, the WP will have less than nine days to select and prepare a team. “To get ourselves ready to go to Kempton Park is virtually impossible. There is going to a very rich, chequebook team,” Nacerodien says. “It’s going go to be those who can gather that sort of money in the space of a week.” He adds the tournament could cost the players around R6 000 per person. Dulvie shares the same concerns but says he will still be voting to attend the tournament, as this is what Yankees players have decided. He says 66% of the clubs will need to overturn their Tuesday 5 February decisions for WP to participate in the NPC. People’s Post attempted to contact Denise Paulsen, chairperson of WPSF, for comment but could not reach her by the time of going to print.

083 457 2472. V Fish Hoek: The Fish Hoek Beach Sailing and Surfski Club will host the 19th annual Cape Point Challenge Regatta. The regatta will see catamarans racing from Fish Hoek Beach to Cape Point and back. Entries for the race cost R500 per two-man boat and will close on Friday 15 March. The race will start from Fish Hoek beach, with the smaller boats setting sail at 10:00 and the larger boats at 11:00. Proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the National Sea Rescue Institute. For more information phone Mark Obree on 083 267 0982 or visit V Rondebosch: The Western Province Cricket Club (WPCC) Tag Rugby Super Series League will kick-off on Wednesday 27 March and run until Wednesday 8 May. Tag rugby is a non-contact version of the game that can be played by teams of men and women. Entry to the league costs R1 000 per team. The tournament will take place at the Colin de Jager Fields in Avenue de Mist. Free team tryouts will be hosted on Wednesday 13 March at 17:30 at the same venue. For more information phone (021) 657 3330. Sunday 14 April V Plumstead: Plumstead Cricket Club will host several charity walks and runs at its fields in Victoria Road. The event will feature a 5km and 10km walk, a 5km and 10km run, as well as various other fun, children’s races. The 5km walk and run will cost R40, while the 10km events will cost R50. The other fun events will cost R20 or R25. All participants will be asked to nominate a charity upon entry, and the charity with the most votes for each event will win the proceeds. For more information visit

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SKW to play for survival



K WALMERS will be playing for Community Cup survival when they host GAP Despatch at the Green Point Track on Saturday. The clubs are level on points, in third and second place on the table respectively, meaning that Saturday’s victor will qualify for the second round of the competition. The loser is knocked out. SKW would normally be considered favourites for the encounter, but the pressure of the situation could make Despatch much tougher opponents. Sedick Sieed, Walmers forward coach, believes his team will have to front up physically if they are to win the game. “They have huge forwards, who will come at us, so we must prepare thoroughly. We must work on our rucks, but I think we are going to edge them at the line-outs,” he says. “The scrums and the rucks will be important. We have to work very, very hard.” Sieed adds the game will be like “test match” and says his side must be tactically disciplined to win. “I think our guys are mentally prepared. They are very relaxed and are up for (the challenge). “The crowd will be with us and in our favour, and we must use it wisely. We must play smart rugby. If we win 3-0 its fine; we just have to win.” SKW started the competition in fine form, brushing aside United Bulk Villagers Worcester 49-26, at home, in their opening game before coming from behind to edge Griquas champions Aveng Moolmans Sishen 39-32 in Kathu.

However, the club’s march towards qualification was halted in Durban on Saturday when they lost 30-18 to Jonsson College Rovers, the Moor Cup and National Club Championship holders. Walmers were out-scored by four tries to two, with Sharks winger Wandile Mjekevu crossing twice for the home side, former Boland forward Nikolai Blignaut scoring one try and outside centre and former WP youth player Sergio Torrens also grabbing a try. Walmers responded with touchdowns from Adnaan Osman and Mogamat Johnson. Sieed believes his side could have won if not for a few key injuries. “I think we did very well under the circumstances – the rain, wind and our injuries. Even our stamina lasted and we scored in the last few minutes of the game,” he says. “It was very physical and very close until we were crippled by a few injuries. Travelling there was a bit tough and they are the champion team. “We knew that it would be a physical game.” Despatch suffered a similar fate when they faced Rovers in their opening game in Durban, losing 38-17 after conceding four tries and scoring two. The Eastern Cape side went on to make light work of United Bulk Villagers Worcester, scoring ten tries to their opponents two and winning the game 67-23. Despatch also found Sishen an easier prospect as SKW, beating them by scoring four tries to win 30-20. V The match will take place at the Track at 15:00 on Saturday 16 March.





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