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SALT RIVER: PROPOSED BUSINESS DISTRICT HOPES TO REVITALISE AREA
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Crime, graffiti and litter will be a thing of the past if a group of Salt River business owners have their way. They believe that the creation of a business improvement district will effectively tackle social problems like vagrancy and crime in their area. Chairperson of the proposed business improvement district, Wessel Botes, says businesses would thrive if traffic to the area could be increased. “There are all these incredible industrial buildings that are underutilised. There are opportunities in Salt River, but you also see the crime and grime which creates a negative perception of the area.” Chairperson of the neighbouring Woodstock Improvement District, Chris Lloyd,
has welcomed the news. “Woodstock has definitely seen an improvement in the last five years. The streets are both safer and cleaner. Every area could benefit from an improvement district.” Ward councillor, Bernadette Le Roux, is in strong support of having improvement district extend from Woodstock to Salt River. “It will bring a much needed boost to the area. The Woodstock Improvement District is continuously making progress, and Salt River can only benefit from a similar district.” The area will be split across ward 55 and 57. Ward 57 councillor Brett Herron declined to comment until the matter had reached the subcouncil. Consultant Gene Lohrentz from Geocentric, the company hired to assist in establish-
ing the improvement district, adds that Salt River is an ideal neighbourhood to resuscitate. “It’s a bright, vibrant place that just needs a bit of investment,” he says. “Usually improvement districts are started in areas that have completely degraded as a way to repair the damage. “Salt River is not degraded yet, but the signs are there. This is more preventative action,” he says. The area will be declared a Special Rating Zone, which will see businesses paying an additional levy on their usual rate. This will go to funding the improvement district. The improvement district will then provide security officers to patrol the area and cleaning staff to tackle public spaces. The area includes only the most commer-
cial streets of Salt River, Botes says. “It’s usually more difficult to get residents to consent to the improvement district. However, while they won’t be contributing towards the improvement district, they will feel the ripple effect.” The new rating area would encompass properties between Salt River Road, Albert Road, Durham Road and Victoria Road. The steering committee for the proposed improvement district will spend the next three months gathering written votes from all the businesses in the area. In order to apply to the City of Cape Town to implement the boundary, half of the businesses, plus one more, must vote yes to the proposal. For more information, visit cityimprovement.co.za/wordpress or contact Wessel Botes on 072 377 1275.
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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Making sense of mental illness
Living with a mental illness is trying and traumatising for most people. But adequate resources would go some way to helping. With July being Psychiatric Disability Awareness Month, Cape Mental Health and the Cape Consumer Advocacy Body are campaigning for better resource allocation to public mental health services. There appears to be a rising number of people with mental illnesses, Cape Mental Health spokesperson Maleeka Mokallik says. In South Africa, substance abuse and HIV/ Aids cause various mental health problems, including depression and dementia, which add to the mental health burden. “A 2008 study by the Alcohol and Drug
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Abuse Research Unit of the Medical Research Council found that the majority of people who have been admitted had a substance-induced psychotic disorder, which far outweighed those admitted for schizophrenia disorders and bipolar mood disorders,” Mokallik says. “Only 4% of the national health budget is allocated to mental health and in Cape Town there are only 1682 beds between four psychiatric hospitals.” The plight of woefully inadequate resources was recently taken to the streets of Cape Town. Complaints include too few beds in State hospitals, day hospital dispensaries not always stocked with medication on collection days, and therapy not always being available on request. Others spoke of the difficulties to get jobs and not disclosing their mental illness for fear of not being employed.
Misdiagnosed One such person is former teacher and mother of two, Vanessa, who was eventually correctly diagnosed with apsychotic bipolar mixed mood disorder. “My condition was misdiagnosed and for 16 years I was using the wrong medication, which aggravated my mental condition,” she says. “Whenever I spoke to my psychiatrist about my uncertainties towards my condition, he’d say I was imagining it. By accident the hospital changed by medication after they saw I was functioning better on lighter dosages. They were able to pin down my condition and diagnosed me with apsychotic bipolar mixed mood.” This means Vanessa experiences depression, agitation and anxiety simultaneously. “My illness came to the fore after I had my children and experienced severe post-natal depression, which went unnoticed, because of my sense of guilt towards them.” She saw psychologists and psychiatrists 18 years ago after her first episode, but resisted using the medication they prescribed. “Seven years ago I made peace with my illness when I recognised the symptoms before major episodes presented.” Her marriage suffered as a result. “My exhusband stopped paying my medical aid, which forced me to access the State health system.” She received “excellent help and had no problems with obtaining medication, but battled finding psychologists and psychotheraphy, because the system does not readily provide that”. Her illness led to a downward spiral and she had to leave her teaching job. “I was a danger to myself and others. I was admitted to Victoria Hospital where the doctors were sensitive and helpful, despite awful conditions and overcrowding. “But the nurses showed a lot of prejudice towards patients. I was fortunate to have a bed, while other patients were in armchairs and on mattresses on the floor. The
TO THE POINT: People with psychiatric disabilities recently demonstrated about inadequate mental health services at St George’s Mall. PHOTO: LULAMA ZENZILE/PHOTO24 lack of funds and facilities in State hospitals is evident, especially after you’ve used private healthcare.” She points out private healthcare “is not infallible, because they misdiagnosed me”. Stigmatised For Cape Consumer Advocacy Body chairperson Oscar January, who has a rare form of schizophrenia, difficulties set in at an earlier stage. “I always thought I was just going through the motions of puberty and growing up. I was constantly confused and paranoid, struggling to walk away from arguments, and I never shared the same reaction to situations as others did,” he says. “I’d often freeze up with vacant eyes and not know what’s happening around me.” He knew something was wrong and, at 19, a health professional told Oscar he had had a nervous breakdown – “of which I was unaware” – and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. “My time at Groote Schuur Hospital is a blur; I felt like I was there for two days, (but) it was two weeks before I was transferred to Valkenberg Hospital where I underwent electroconvulsive therapy.” He has been fortunate, he says, “because my family was very supportive from the start, but I’ve met many people whose families disown them because they don’t know how to handle their situations”. Through stigma, January has lost many friends. “People place you in a box and categorise you, and the media doesn’t assist with eliminating these stereotypes by claiming all schizophrenic patients are violent and
psychotic and forgetting the illness is treatable.” Families hide the mental status of their kin, making it difficult to get an accurate figure of the mental health situation in South Africa, he says. Topic is taboo He says mentally ill people experience great difficulty when trying to find work. “So many of our members have qualifications and are unemployed. The employment equity quota states that 5% of staff should be disabled. This figure needs to include mentally ill people, which is not the case at the moment. This stems from a lack of awareness and services, and because the topic is taboo.” January, too, has been at the receiving end of inadequate resources in the State healthcare system. “I am on anti-psychotic medication, which I have to take every evening before bed. One day I collected my medication from the day hospital and the dispensary never had my medication in stock. The pharmacist gave me substitute medication which had severe side-effects.” He suffered contact jitters and excessive sweating. “Functioning during the day was a serious issue and I only got better when I went back on to my usual medication.” Provincial health department spokesperson Faiza Steyn says pharmacy services checked recent out-of-stock records and there were no serious shortages to psychiatric agents.
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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
WALMER ESTATE: RESIDENTS FED-UP WITH ‘LIES’
Outrage at land transfer wrangle NICOLE MCCAIN
The Princess Street Hall is steadily falling into a state of disrepair, but will have to wait a little while longer before any renovations take place. But after years of waiting, the community is fed up with what they view as lies. “People have been fobbing us off,” says Moosa Sydow, the chairperson of the Walmer Estate Concerned Residents Forum. Owned by the provincial Department of Human Settlements, the hall is due to be transferred into the City’s hands. But the City says the provincial government is holding up the transfer. “The transfer of property from the Western Cape Government to the City will be initiated by the Western Cape Government – the current owner. The City’s planning and building development management department will not be involved,” says Cheryl Walters, the City’s director of planning and building development management. However, Bruce Oom, spokesperson for the provincial minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, reiterates they want to be rid of the land but also adds that the wait is not surprising as land transfer processes between government departments are full of administrative processes. “The City of Cape Town has expressed interest in using the hall for community purposes, dependant on their investigation into the feasibility of using the building and the support of the community. The development of the site is expected to be discussed at a meeting with City representatives later in July, after which there will be further clarity on the transfer process,” he says. Oom says the hall has been secured by the department and is cleaned regularly.
“Maintenance will be done by the relevant government department, dependant on the future use of the hall.” The hall was built in the 1960s, and was central to community life. Sydow remembers his brother’s wedding at the hall. Another resident, Neil Smith, grew up playing at the hall. “There used to be a secret passage under the stage that I discovered as a boy. We played at the hall as children and the YMO soccer team was started in the parking lot,” he recalls. “These also used to be smooching practising grounds!” Smith laughs. Noogh Hassen remembers his sister’s engagement party at the hall 50 years ago. “She was married in 1964. It was a lovely hall. Many people had their weddings there,” he says. The hall was home to the Princess Street Nursery School in the ‘80s and ‘90s, until a fire razed the building in 1998. “It was during the June school holidays. Everything was damaged. The carpets, the toys, everything,” says former teacher Faghmedah Hassan. After the fire, the building stood open for several years. The hall became home to vagrants and a crime den. The building was slowly pulled apart by vandals, with the floor boards ripped up and the exterior damaged. After years of dealing with the blight in their community, residents realised that the hall was going to be allocated to land restitution claims. This forced them to take to the streets in a protest march, which resulted in the site being taken off the list and secured. However, the hall still stands boarded up with residents unable to use it.
LAND CLAIMS: Walmer Estate residents are snarling in fury at the City and provincial government dragging out the transfer of the Princess Street Hall. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN
PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
STATISTICS: 25% OF PROVINCE BELONG TO A MEDICAL SCHEME
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Nearly two decades into democracy there is still inequality in healthcare in South Africa. Once fully introduced, the national health insurance plan can correct this, said statistician general Pali Lehohla. He was speaking at the Isibalo Symposium, a conference on evidence-based deci-
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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
WOODSTOCK: TRAFALGAR ‘DETERIORATING’
Swimmers fume over pool’s state NICOLE MCCAIN The need for upgrades at the Trafalgar Swimming Pool in Woodstock has swimmers hot under the collar. They say maintenance issues force the pool to close often and affect their training. Walmer Estate resident Ismail Gabie has been taking his children to the swimming pool for years and says it is heartbreaking to see the pool deteriorating. “This pool is used by the lower income groups with people often travelling from as NEGLECTED: The Trafalgar Swimming Pool is in need of far as Mitchell’s Plain to use it. It’s urgent maintenance, residents say. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN always been a safe place.” He says the walls are damaged and the the pool during winter and do repairs. But they haven’t done that in the last three seapool pumps often break. “The pool has not been upgraded in may- sons.” Walker says repairs and maintenance are be 20 to 30 years. You come to the pool on a day when it is 34 degrees, only to find it happening on an on-going basis and there are no pressing concerns at the swimming pool. closed because the pumps are broken.” In addition, the pool is only 48m long, just The pool also needs to be re-tiled, says Howard Williams, the chairperson of the shy of the competition size of 50m required by the club. Trafalgar Aquatics Club. Gabie says the lack of a competition-sized “Slight upgrades have been done but a major upgrade has been delayed for years.” pool disadvantages the young swimmers in The pool pumps are in dire need of repair, the community, as they are not able to comsays Williams, as they often stop working pete on the same level. However, there are no plans to remedy this, in the heat of summer, leaving swimmer despite the club’s request. sweltering and frustrated. “There are currently no plans to extend the It also makes it difficult for the swimming club to maintain their fitness, and the pool pool. There is deemed to be an acceptable number of competition-standard pools closes when the pumps break down. “We can’t handle that the pool is closed throughout the city,” Walker says. for a week or two. Where else must we go to train?” Williams asks. He says many swimmers at the club cannot afford to pay travelling costs to the nearest pool in Long Street. Belinda Walker, the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, says the pumps have only broken down once. “The filter malfunctioned once, in December last year,” she counters. N Trafalgar Swimming Pool is closed durOPE AYS ing the winter, as only four pools in the city RD SATU - 1pm are kept open. 9am This means the club is forced to commute to continue their training. The travelling costs hit the swimmers ALSO AVAILABLE: hard, Williams says. LARGE VARIEY OF TAPS & MIXERS WASHERS - PVC & RUBBER “We’re one of the cheapest clubs in the FITTINGS - BRASS & COPPER city and we’re community based.” FRIENDLY ASSISTANT & Williams feels funding is being diverted FREE PLUMBING ADVISE to other pools in more “popular tourist” areas, such as Sea Point. “They used to drain
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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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A recent survey buy Stats SA concludes that most Western Cape residents are happy with their healthcare. Of those polled, 81% said they were satisfied with the service they received. It was determined that over 60%still use public health services, but more than a third of patients do not go to their nearest health facility. The report cites long queues, a lack of availability of drugs and rude staff. Here readers share their thoughts.
NOZI NDOLELA uses State services because it is NOZI free. “I like going to State hospitals because I get the day off from work. When you visit State hospitals, you sit there all day and don’t pay a cent. I would not bother with a medical aid.”
NIC NICOLE OLE DA DAVIDS VIDS says that while there are some hospitals that offer a very good service, most public hospitals don’t. She has also experienced poor service. “I don’t go to my nearest clinic because the staff are rude.”
CINDY TELELO says using State services is cheaper. “I would not waste my time with a medical aid – all they do is take your money. You still have to fork out thousands and still pay the scheme at month end. I choose the cheaper option.”
DEAN COMBRINK DEAN COMBRINK says a medical aid is a smart choice and makes life easier. “I would not want to find myself stuck at State facilities. Having a medical aid makes things much easier than sitting in long queues and settling for poor service.”
SHAUN U’REN says he only uses private doctors SHAUN and hospitals as he has medical aid. “I travel to my nearest healthcare facility because I am lucky to have a private hospital close to my house. We have good healthcare with great doctors.”
MELISSA PE PETER TERSEN SEN says she very seldom needs to visit her general practitioner. “I don’t often go to the doctor or hospital. I can’t even remember the last time I was sick. My whole family is very healthy.”
SANDISILE MBONA MBONA’s visits to the doctor have all been good experiences. “I always go to State hospitals because I don’t have the money for private healthcare. The doctors and nurses there have always been very helpful.”
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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: COMMUTERS PLEA FOR PROTECTION
MyCiTi bus stop blues NICOLE MCCAIN
Shivering commuters are appealing to the City of Cape Town to relook their current bus shelters. As the winter chill continues, MyCiTi customers are becoming disgruntled with what they say is inadequate protection from the elements. Of the stops that have shelters, many do not have enclosed sides. Others only have one side enclosed. This lack of shelter sees the wind spitting rain straight through the shelters, drenching commuters waiting for their buses. Walmer Estate resident Andre Bothma says he was left sopping wet after he had to dash home from the bus stop during a recent downpour. “Heavy rain and an icy wind were buffeting the MyCiTi bus stop in Darling Street. Four pensioners were waiting for the Walmer Estate transport to arrive and there was no protection there. We were drenched, uncomfortable and miserable,” says Bothma. He says he considered waiting in a nearby shop, but was worried he would then miss the bus.
He says the bus ride offered short relief, as there was no shelter once he disembarked at Chester Road. “Once there, I couldn’t get any shelter either, and had to walk home in the pouring rain.” Fellow commuter Chad Lewis feels the design of the shelters needs to be reconsidered. “There is not much protection, and the wind blows the rain into the shelter because the sides are not enclosed. Many people have to walk home from the bus stop and need a place to wait,” he says. But the City of Cape Town says they provide enclosed shelters where they can, and there is little else that can be done to keep commuters warm and dry. “Shelters are designed and built after taking a number of factors into consideration. This includes the number of passengers using the stop, aesthetic considerations, as well as the physical space on a pavement or road surface. “Where possible and feasible, enclosed bus shelters are built,” says Brett Herron, the Mayoral Committee member for Transport. “Unfortunately it is not physically possible to build fully enclosed bus shelters at every stop, nor is it possible to always properly protect passengers against the unique challenges posed by the wet winter season in Cape Town,” he adds.
EXPOSED: MyCiTi bus shelters, many of which are not enclosed, have been leaving commuters soaked by winter rains. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN
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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
The days of lighting up with a beer at your favourite watering hole may soon be a haze of a memory. The health department now has bars, pubs, taverns and shebeens in its sights and wants to snuff out the whiff of tobacco curling into the air from the cigarettes of patrons. Enforcing this tighter squeeze on the nicotine pleasures of customers who can still give in to the demands of their lungs will not go down without some mumbling in the ranks of establishments. Especially so after establishments have gone to some trouble and cost to put in place special smoking areas. The State is reportedly proposing a new law which will ban smoking in all public areas. If approved, the new law will see an outright smoking ban. Patrons are still legally able to light up in allocated indoor and outdoor areas. Any smoking within 10m of a doorway will also be considered an offense. Tavern owners are reportedly not happy. They are said to argue that government’s proposed law is being pushed through the legislative process without much regard to how it affects their businesses. Gugulethu tavern owner Gus Ntlokwana is quoted as saying it “goes against tavern culture”. But anti-smoking campaigners reportedly say the percentage of smokers in South Africa has dropped by 4% to 28% since the implementation of anti-smoking laws. The main aim of the anti-smoking laws is to have a healthier nation – from smokers to non-smokers. Yusuf Saloojee, of the National Council Against Smoking, reportedly said it is “an issue of protecting the health of non-smokers”. Saloojee says the ban is “not out of step with what the rest of the world is doing”. Tavern owners are said to be calling for more consultation with government. They say they hope the proposed legislation will not be pushed through before they have had their say in the matter.
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It was highly disappointing and indeed sad to read that councillor Yagyah Adams suggests drug addicts be criminalised as a way to combat the scourge and protect society from them. What makes it so sad is that the suggestion comes from a councillor, who ought to have acquainted himself about this dreadful puzzling disease before going to the press with his reckless suggestion. In the first place, people found in possession of illegal drugs automatically get a criminal record – except for the juveniles, who are first-time offenders. And secondly, incarceration does not stop users from their addiction because addiction is so powerful it leads to a high rate of recidivism among users who commit crimes to feed their addiction. The councillor’s tone is so stereotypical of that of a great many people in society who regard people on substances as absolute scum. Addicts may behave like scum and callous animals, but deep down they are human beings struggling with a painful and complex disease which has defied modern science in finding a cure. The other common myth mentioned by people with little knowledge about addiction is that addicts have choices. This view is so crass that it needs addressing. Anyone introduced to any drug or mind-altering sub-
stance does not choose addiction, but chooses the drug for its mind-altering effects. These mind-altering substances, including cigarettes, cannabis and alcohol, are presented as wonder drugs that would send one into a state of instant bliss with one hit. Not once is it ever really mentioned to prospective users that one drink, one hit or one puff is enough send them down the dreadful and painful road of addiction. Once an individual becomes addicted, the damage is done. Addicts have no choice once they are addicted because addiction is a disease, beyond the control of most users. One hit leads to 1000 and it never stops. Once individuals are deep into their addiction, they reach a time when addiction is no longer fun. It is a daily curse and a painful mental prison without keys. Successful recovery from addiction is only possible when addicts become totally fed-up with their addiction, sincerely admit they need help and are fully committed to follow a programme for recovery. There are no drugs to cure addiction. Rehabilitation centres and prisons do not work if individuals are not willing to take the help they are given. The best help for users to recover is unconditional love. DR EV RAPITI
Thankful for kindness of stranger A few weeks ago I had been on my way to visit relatives during the days of extreme rain. Everything had been going according to the schedule until reality struck. I had to drive through a flooded section before I could reach my destination. Just there and then my car switched off and I could not get it working again. I immediately switched on my hazards and a young man approached me offering to help by giving me a jump start. It didn’t help so he proposed towing my vehicle back home and I agreed. I continuously apologised for taking up his time when he could be doing something else instead. When we reached my home I offered to re-
ward him with cash. He said it wasn’t necessary, but I insisted and he eventually took the money. I told him what he had done was extraordinary as he had stopped and helped me. With everything happening in society, he had every reason not to stop and help. People claim to have a vehicle problem, but instead they hijack or even kill people after getting them to stop. He took a chance and this incident has taught me to do a good deed. That same day my neighbour had engine problems and I helped them with a push start. If we can all stand together and reunite we could overcome all social and economic challenges within our community. DEWEN KENNI
Adult education . I think it is totally so awesome! I got my matric certificate in 1984. Is there any way for me to renew my certificate, seeing that adult education is doing so great. Any advice would be appreciated. Denise . I take my hat off to adults going back to learn to read and write. It’s so empowering. Moxie . I am Michelle Fredericks. I need help with my reading and my ABC, please. . It is nice that adults are going to study further. I would like to be a tour guide. . I think it is excellent – how wonderful! I am 48 years old and I am dreaming of completing my matric. I had to leave school at the age of 17 because I was pregnant and had to look for work. . Fantastic! I studied and got two degrees after I was 50. It was the best thing I did in my whole life! Anne Pregnant teens at school . It is so disturbing, disgraceful and unprofessional for teen moms to even be at school. I agree with Melvin Daniels. Concerned mom . It is sad that in a country such as ours children can get free contraceptives and abortions. And yet there are still teenage parents. What good would it do to deny a pregnant girl school? What future will that child have with a partly-educated mother? The father also has responsibility. The girl didn’t fall pregnant on her own. Let her have the baby and go back to school. JoJo TV . Please take that absolutely stupid advert about Wild Bean off the TV. We don’t pay for that. VG Behrens Dan Plato . Another talk-shop. Waste of time and effort. Dan Plato wants to be seen to be doing something to score political points. Leon
PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
MUTUAL STATION: NOISE LEVELS IRK RESIDENTS
Sounding off NADINE MOODIE
Residents are holding their ears in frustration in response to the noise coming from Mutual Railway Station. The noise is credited to the public announcements and the siren that sounds each time a train approaches the station. Pinelands resident Audrey Delgado lives one road away from the station and has lived in the same house for 19 years. She says the noise started in May. “It literally feels like someone is sitting on my cushion early in the morning. The noise starts at 06:00 and runs until 19:00. I’ve called Metrorail on numerous occasions and keep getting reference numbers for each complaint I lodge,” she fumes. “A few weeks ago the noise stopped, but it returned last week. Some of my neighbours even invested in earmuffs, while others installed heavy-duty curtains to block out the sound when they’re home.” The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee member for Health Lungiswa James says railway stations don’t have a set noise limit but council will investigate. “The only requirement is that the sound should not cause a nuisance and disturbance to surrounding residents,”she says.
“I don’t know if the noise levels at this particular station is higher than other stations.” Jenny White also lodged her frustration with ward councillor Brian Watkyns. “After many phone calls to different people, I finally managed to get hold of a very helpful Mr Kirsten who works for Metrorail and resolved the noise issue almost immediately,” she says. “Metrorail managed to control the noise, but it returned last week. The noise is at its worst when the wind blows in our direction. It’s torture.” Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz says the volume usually adjusts to ambient noise levels, but can vary depending on the wind’s direction or the direction the speakers are facing. “It is not Metrorail’s intention to annoy residents. Our primary objective is to inform our customers,” he says. “I requested that the station manager ensure that announcements be mindful of surrounding residents.” But Watkyns is pushing for a lasting solution. “Last week, I received more complaints about the noise. It is unfortunate Metrorail does not contact residents or heed the City’s feedback, giving an impression they’re disinterested. I’ve taken up the matter again, and we’re asking for a permanent solution.”
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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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Join Soli Philander and experience a hilarious look into the colourful people who make up the fabric of the Mother City. The ever popular and irrepressible personality invites you to the GrandWest Roxy Revue for the launch of his new show The Passion Gap which runs from Friday 26 July to 14 September, from Wednesday to Saturday. Soli takes a closer look at Cape Town, “the people and city of [his] heart”. The show features the “Passion Gap Ambassador of Cape Town” Gabieba Zuma-Gupta who will walk the red carpet, and Gadija is ever ready to tell audiences to stand up and speak out so have your issues at the ready. The Passion Gap will also feature a Haal Uit En Wys feature showcasing Cape Town’s existing and emerging music, dance and comedy talent. During the course of the show, Soli will review what makes Cape Town so special, and sometimes not so special. He has gone in search of bucket-toilet lovers, snoek addicts, Manchester United supporters, narcissistic hair disorder sufferers, yard flowers, two-Facebook skinnerbekke, Blackberry chargers, the last remaining Stormers supporters, radio presenters with South African accents and Gupta money to put together an unplugged slideshow of who this City does or doesn’t work for. He is also hoping that by the time the show starts, to have found an example of an honest politician. The veteran entertainer personifies all that is great about Cape Town. The award-winning performer, with more
LEKKER LAG: LAG: Soli Philander in the proudly Cape Town comedy, The Passion Gap. than 20 years of experience under his belt, became a household name nationally with TV programmes such as Liriekeraai, Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader, and more recently Liefling on Kyknet. Soli is also a veteran radio personality and the founder of Cape Town-based online radio station The Taxi, where he is the headline presenter. Doors open at 20:00 and the curtain will be raised at 20:30. Tickets are available from Computicket at R78.
QUEENS OF THE STAGE: STAGE: Lilly Slaptsilli (left) and Keiron Legacy are ready to entertain.PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Life’s a drag – so enjoy! enjoy! The Vivacious Vixens of the Villa, better known as drag duo Lilly Slaptsilli and Keiron Legacy, promise to entertain you with a volcanic variety of your favourite songs, frisky humour, dance and fashion. Their show, Mince Run, has been extended past its original end date at the end of July due to popular demand. The pair will continue to perform in their
Pradas at the Villa Supper Theatre at the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel in Strand Street. Catch Mince Run at 20:30 on Sundays. Tickets cost R300 and include dinner and the show. V Visit www.webtickets.co.za for more information or to book tickets. Or visit the pair’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/MinceTheArtOfDrag.
A dash of col colour our to g get et you you mo moving ving A kaleidoscope of colour, energy, dancing, music and fun awaits all participants in the Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Festival in October. The event will be an opportunity to keep fit and have fun as you get blasted with an array of coloured powder at each kilometre along the race. After the race, trade your running shoes for your party shoes for a colour and music festival with performances by Goodluck, Locnville, Roger Goode, Dean Fuel and DJ Mixi.
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The event will be open to people of all ages, who can enter in a team or individually. It takes place at the Ostrich Farm, off the N7, on Saturday 26 October. Early bird tickets cost R270 and includes a t-shirt, colour powder pack and entry to the race festival. Normal tickets will cost R290 or R320 with a t-shirt. Book at www.quicket.co.za. For more information on the festival visit www.colourmecrazy.co.za.
Jersey Boys a show to remember remember Jersey Boys has Capetonians tapping their feet and is putting bums on seats at the Artscape. Due to the popularity of the show, it has now been extended for another two weeks. From the first curtain call three weeks ago, the popularity of the show continues to rise. Owing to overwhelming public demand the sensational Broadway hit musical will
now run until Sunday 4 August. “We are delighted by the welcome the show has received and the response from Cape Town audiences is quite remarkable,” says Hazel Feldman, the show’s South African producer. Bookings can be made at Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on (021) 421 7695. For further information visit www.jerseyboyssa.co.za.
LISTEN UP: Letting his vocals do the talking at the Forever Young Amateur Music competition is Fuad Sawyer. Last Tuesday he, along with other wannabe musicians, took the stage at Ferryman’s Tavern at the V&A Waterfront and tonight (Tuesday) the organisers invite you to set the stage alight. The contest is aimed at showcasing the more mature amateur musician who does not necessarily have the opportunity to play live, but has a passion for music. Only people over 40 may enter. Prizes will include a contract to play for an extended period at Ferryman’s, an eight-hour recording session from Honey Soaked Recording Studio, Shure microphones, musical instruments and accessories as well as restaurant vouchers. A R100 registration fee will be levied and entry will cost R80 for spectators. This will entitle you to an R80 discount on your food and drinks bill on departure. Entry forms are available online at www.foreveryoung.co.za. and enquiries may be directed to email@example.com or Frank on 082 955 4390. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
HE’S READY: READY: This is your last chance to win one of five sets of double tickets to see Tevin Campbell live at GrandWest on Saturday 27 July. Joining the American crooner on stage are Emo Adams, The Black Ties and Jimmy Nevis. After a string of hits like Can We Talk, Brown Eyed Girl and I’m Ready, the international star will showcase some of his new material to Cape Town audiences. People’s Post is giving away the last set of double tickets this week. To win two tickets to the show, SMS the word “Tevin” and your favourite Campbell song to 34586. SMSes cost R1.50. Winners will be phoned. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
CORRUPTION: FIGURES ‘CONCERNING’
Public urged to blow the whistle
Public input is essential to reform corrupt State institutions. This was the EthicsSA reaction to Transparency International’s recently released global corruption barometer. It showed, among others, that one in every four South Africans have paid bribes, the highest levels of corruption are in the police and up to 90% of South Africans indicated they would act against corruption. According to government’s figures, South Africa loses close to R30bn to corruption annually. In a statement EthicsSA executive director Deon Rossouw said South Africans who want to make a difference against corruption need to become involved so that State institutions can be held accountable. “The power of citizens is essential in reforming corrupt institutions,” he said. “But everything starts at the top, therefore the right sounds need to come from political leaders. But the Protection of Infor-
mation Act and the delay in appointing permanent heads for the Special Investigations Unit and the National Prosecuting Authority indicates a lack of political will.” Rossouw said the independence and resources of anti-corruption units such as the Hawks, public protector and Special Investigations Unit must be strengthened. Neren Rau, executive director of the SA Chamber of Commerce Industry, said bribery is rooted in weak State institutions, inefficient service delivery and incompetent State officials. “Bribery and corruption destroys the foundation of a society and casts a dark cloud on economic growth and job creation,” he said. Transparency International chairperson Huguette Labelle said the findings signal warning lights for governments and the cries for help from the public should be taken seriously. “Politicians need to work to restore the trust of the public,” she said. Rossouw further said corruption in the private sector also needs to be tackled. He referred to construction cartels who were jointly fined a total of R1.46bn by the Competitions Commission as “something which makes the Nkandla saga look like a picnic”.
HEROES IN ACTION: Spiderman was one of a group of cleaners who flew in to save the day when, as part of its Mandela Day celebrations, two companies offered to clean Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s windows. They wore their costumes with pride and created a great amount of excitement among the little patients. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Beat str Beat stress ess curse and live live a llong onger, er, more fulfill fulfilling ing life life While we can’t avoid stress, health professionals say we can control how it affects us by changing our perceptions. This, in turn, can help reduce stress-related illnesses such as depression and heart disease. A medical insurance firm says it is time to “change our attitudes towards negative stress if we want to stay healthy”. And while good stress can make you more productive and creative, you cannot maintain a level of high stress for too long. “Should your stressors not let up, you could be heading for burnout,” says the firm’s Peter Jordan. “Having said that, if you can change your perception of stress and adapt to your stress, you can help alleviate the negative and focus on the positive.” Jordan says stress is “our emotional response to a situation”. “If you feel empowered and assured of your abilities, you will automatically be able to accept the challenge that is presented to you, taking it in your stride, rather than allowing it to get the better of you.” This, he explains, is why two people can react so differently to the same type of challenge, even when their skills are similar. Stress is a physical response to danger – whether real or imagined – and the body
goes into a “fight or flight” mode. Stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol are secreted, the heart rate increases to supply more blood to the muscles and lungs, the respiratory rate increases in an attempt to deliver more oxygen to the cells and mental alertness is improved. Jordan says there is good stress and bad stress. “Good stress is known as ‘eustress’. In this situation, the psychological response is used positively to enhance performance, and then the body returns to its resting state. Bad stress or ‘distress’ is what happens when your body perceives a situation as negative, or when the stress response is severe or prolonged,” he comments. “This can have negative physical effects on the body, manifesting as headaches, nausea, heart palpitations or, in chronic cases, physical and emotional illness.” Other side effects of acute stress include anxiety, insomnia, obesity, depression, mood disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse, Jordan says. According to the SA Heart Foundation, 75 to 90% of all patient visits to primary health care facilities are stress-related and a UCT study estimated the cost of cardiovascular disease in the country is current-
ly at R10bn. Jordan recommends these stressbusters: . Take supplements like vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin B which help to balance stress hormones and regulate energy levels. . Magnesium is often referred to as ‘nature’s tranquilliser’ and liquorice is the bestknown herb for supporting adrenal function and has been found to increase energy and endurance. . Limit caffeine which increases blood pressure. . Get regular exercise which produces en-
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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
WOMEN’S HEALTH: GENTLE HIKES A BENEFIT FOR MOMS-TO-BE
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TOP NOTCH: Karibu co-owner Werner Olivier, auctioneer Skippy of the Codfather and winemaker Adam Mason of Muldersbosch Vineyards. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED
Charity scores big
An evening of fine cuisine and wine, paired with an auction, ended on a high note for the Sunflower Fund. The charity auction evening recenlty held at Karibu at the V&A Waterfront featured wines from Muldersbosch Vineyards. R30 000 was raised for the Fund.
SCORE: Werner Olivier holds one of the bottles auctioned that night: the Nitida Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.
Being pregnant is no reason to stop your fitness and health regime. And hiking in Cape Town is a simple means of keeping active. Dr Etti Barsky, a sports physician and director of Preggi Bellies South Africa, says pregnant women can engage in almost any form of sports provided the risk of injury is minimal. In the absence of any medical or obstetric contra-indications, pregnant women should exercise on most days of the week, she says. It has been shown that exercise has many benefits for both you and your baby. Some of the benefits include decreased maternal weight gain and better than average placental growth improving supply of glucose and oxygen to the baby, Barsky says. With dozens of easy hiking trails in the Mother City, pregnant women are spoiled for choice, but they have been advised to check with their doctors first. Newlands Forest is one of the easy trails pregnant women can venture along. Tall trees keep you sheltered from the sun making this trail ideal for you and your family. With children in tow, a Sunday morning hike provides tons of photo opportunities as Mother Nature shows off her beauty. Icy streams, breathtakingly beautiful views and a slight wind rustling through the leaves are but some of the enjoyable aspects of the hike. Starting at Newlands Forest Station, you walk towards the mountain. During the walk there are some great views overlooking the city. The streams are the ideal places to stop for a quick refreshment. With the mountain as a backdrop and the scenic views all around, there are some great opportunities for photographs. Hiking enthusiasts say this route will always have a spot in their hearts. FD Khan is 27 weeks pregnant. She says nothing relaxes her quite like hiking. “I do not exercise regularly, so when I ventured along the trail at Newlands Forest recently, I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the hike as much as I had. With my two children tagging along, it was an easy enough hike for all of us,” she explains. “Spending an hour nestled between
QUALITY TIME: Ashraf Khan and his son, Maahir in Newlands Forest. tall pine trees and icy streams is a great way to spend a Sunday morning.” Hiking enthusiast Mogamat Shahmieg Allie says there are many benefits to hiking, but believes the rough terrain is no place for pregnant women. Allie is also the founder of the Ommiedraai Friends Athletic Club. A circuit of no longer than 2km is advisable for pregnant women, he says. “With varying contours and surfaces in the mountain, a flat terrain is better suited for pregnant women. It is important they do not over-exert themselves and raise their blood pressure too much while hiking,” Allie explains. He encourages hikers to always carry enough water and snacks. “Stay on designated trails and always bring along a warm jacket even in sunny weather, as the weather can quickly take a turn for the worse,” Allie suggests.
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Khan says there are a handful of beautiful routes one can venture on while pregnant as long as you listen to your body. “Take breaks if you are getting tired and have snacks and water at hand. If you are unsure, it is always good to check with your doctor,” she encourages. Barsky says one of the main benefits of exercising while pregnant is preparing your baby for the pressure and stresses of labour. V Follow this reporter @laila_newsie
DATE NIGHT: Derek and Cheryl Wilson toast a great evening.
ADVENTURE: ADVENTURE: Take a breather at one of the many streams rushing down the mountain.
BUT IS IT ART? ART? A wooden fire hydrant is adorned with odd shoes at the base of the trail at Newlands Forest.
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FINE DINING: Joanne Rodrigues and Lionel Lelyveld.
Give flight to your creativity with the Stamp Design Competition. Launched by the SA Post Office, the competition is for the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. Sapo senior manager of philatelic services Johan van Wyk says:
“Stamps are more than just a form of prepaid postage, they are miniature ambassadors that vibrantly narrate our lives.” The WDC 2014 stamp will need to do just that: illustrate and capture Cape Town’s rich design culture.
First prize is R22 000 cash, while the runners-up will receive R15 000 and R10 000 respectively. V Visit http://www.postoffice.co.za/group/ companynews/capetowndesigncompetition.html. Get more information on the themes at www.wdccapetown2014.com.
PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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Metrorail is investigating an online video showing rail security manhandling and forcing a woman off a train because she didn’t have a ticket. Cellphone video footage posted on YouTube shows the woman shouting at the Metrorail officials that she was unable to buy a ticket at the station because the ticket office was closed. A witness who spoke to People’s Post says this is not the first time he has seen security officials get physically aggressive with commuters. The witness, who asks not to be named, says the woman had boarded the train before 7:00 on Saturday 6 July. She was unable to purchase a ticket as the ticket office was still closed when she arrived at the train station, the witness says. The footage shows a small group of Metrorail officials with reflective jackets crowding around a woman, shouting and trying to forcibly remove her from a train at Koeberg Station. This commuter also tried to give the officials money for a ticket, but they refused to accept this and forced her off the train. Metrorail management has seen the video. Officials confirmed two similar incidents have happened in recent months.
Regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz says: “We certainly condemn the use of force and the manner in which the commuter was treated.” Should ticket offices be closed when customers arrive at the station, customers are allowed to purchase tickets on the train. “Customers may purchase tickets either on the train from portable ticket issuing machines or at the station of disembarkation. Should a commuter be stopped and not have a valid ticket for this reason, Metrorail employees must verify the ticket office hours of the station before issuing a ticket and/or levy,” he explains. The witness says this was not done. “This lady boards the train at Wetton station at 06:38 and the Wetton station ticket office only opens at 06:40. This lady was then asked to get off the train as she didn’t have a ticket. She refused, saying she would be late for work if she was forced to take the next train. “She even had the cash in her hand. She asked the guards to bring their portable ticket machine so she could purchase a ticket, but they would not listen,” he explains. Swartz says the YouTube footage unfortunately lacks the requisite clarity to positively identify the officials involved. View the video at http:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=oltQ7eyOuyU V Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to immediately contact Metrorail on (021) 449 5056/4336.
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sive lines right. We will look at our team work, our phase plays and executing.” The home side were second best from waanswyk High School will re-evaluate their under-18 rugby team’s the first whistle and conceded the first of structures after suffering a demoral- six first half tries just three minutes into ising loss to Fish Hoek High at home on the game. Fish Hoek inside centre Michael PrinsSaturday. The Tokai school were completely out- loo was the first to cross the whitewash played and conceded 10 tries in their 52-3 and his try was followed by scores from eighth-man Brent Booysen and left wing loss to their Far South rivals. Zwaanswyk coach Ducasonn Olyn says Jurgen Jacobsen shortly thereafter. Prinsloo scored his second of the game the defeat means his side will “have to go back to the drawing board” ahead of the in the 12th minute, before lock Avron Frieselaar touched down in the 20th team’s next encounter this weekend. “I’m not pleased with my team’s per- minute and fullback Michael Magman formance. We didn’t follow our structures crossed just before half-time in the 28th and the defence was shocking,” he says. minute. The visitors picked up where they left “We looked promising when we had the ball and you could see there was a bit of off in the second half, scoring their sevfire, but offensively they outplayed us. enth try through right wing Keegan NorFor us, this is big wake-up call. Now it’s ton after just five minutes. Flank Garic Mortimmer got in on the about getting our structures and defenact in 10th minute and his try was followed by two from outside centre Chade Kriger. I n response to the onslaught, Zwaanswyk could only manage a penalty from the boot of Biron Smith. The home side will be thankful that Magman couldn’t find form at the kicking tee and missed nine of his 10 conversion attempts. Olyn admitted that his side were simply outplayed by a much better team and praised Fish Hoek for their “exceptional” performance. “They deserve to be in a higher league, with better opposition. They are well coached and play to their structures,” he says. “They knew their calls and made good decisions. They exploited our weaknesses and they have a very good (tactical) kicking game. They really make their opponents work hard.” The match was the first for both sides in almost a month – SPEEDSTER: Fish Hoek outside centre Chad Kriger (left) due to the school holidays – and bursts through a tackle from Zwaanswyk High flyhalf Biron Olyn says a lack of match fitSmith during a match in Tokai on Saturday. Fish Hoek won ness also contributed to the 52-3. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS heavy defeat.
CHARGING: Hamiltons’ JG Gilomee (right) tries to charge down a kick from DurbanvilleBellville’s Deon Thiart (left) during a Super League A clash in Sea Point on Saturday. Hammies won the match 26-13 to wrestle first place away from DurbBell.PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/ GALLO IMAGES
OUT OF REACH: Paarl Gymnasium’s Wyatt Murphy (right) beats Keagan Wheeler (tackling) of SACS during a match in Rondebosch on Saturday. Paarl Gym won the game 55-3. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES
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REELED IN: Western Province under-21 wing Dillyn Leyds (right) is caught by Leopards player Wynand Oliver (left) during a match at City Park in Athlone on Saturday. Leyds scored a hat-trick of tries in the match.PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
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’Bosch bolster their trophy cabinet
ondebosch Boys’ High saw off a late fight-back from Paul Roos Gymnasium (PRG) to claim victory in the Cape Town International Hockey Festival on Sunday. ’Bosch raced to a 2-0 lead in the first half, but were forced to dig in and defend after PRG pulled back a goal late in the second stanza. PRG completely outplayed their opponents in the second half and would have levelled the scores, if not for the presence of Rondebosch stopper Nathan Rens. Rondebosch coach Lloyd Nel blamed his side’s poor second half showing on fatigue, after a long and tiring tournament. “I am very happy about the result. I don’t think we played to our true potential in the second half, but the guys hung in there,” he says. “They are very tired because they have played a lot of hockey. They had a tough game against Wynberg Boys’ High School in the semi-final, which took a lot out of them. I’m proud of them for hanging on like they did.” Paul Roos had the benefit of an extra day’s rest going into the final, after sealing their place with a comfortable 4-2 win over Netherlands side Kennemer Lyceum on Friday. Rondebosch were made to work harder for a crack at the title and secured a narrow 1-0 win over defending champions Wynberg Boys on Saturday. However, the schedules had no effect in the first half as it was dominated by the eventual victors. ’Bosch took the lead after just three minutes when Tayo Walbrugh tapped a pass into the shooting circle from right of field. Western Province under-18 star Zubayr Hamza doubled the lead 12 minutes later, after wriggling past two opposition defend-
STICK ACTION: Rondebosch Boys’ High School’s Justin Prins avoids the defence of PRG’s Paul Pretorius in his team’s 2-1 victory in the final of the Cape Town International Hockey Festival. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
ers in a well-worked penalty corner routine. PRG hardly troubled the ’Bosch defence and Rens was called into action for the first time in the 21st minute when he blocked a tame shot from Paul Roos’ first penalty corner. Rondebosch appeared to be cruising to victory, but the balance of power shifted at the start of the second half.
final whistle sounded just as Gym were about to take a long corner. Nel praised his side for having the metal to hold on, in spite of their fatigue. “Paul Roos played the better game in the second half, but we just hung in there. It’s been a long tournament, while some of our boys have come from (hockey) festivals as well. We had a tough run up to the final and that took it out of the guys.”
PRG dominated from the first whistle and scored in the ninth minute when Perryn Uys scored from his side’s first penalty corner of the half. The goal lifted PRG’s confidence and they were buoyed even further after their all-out attack won over the Hartleyvale crowd. PRG threw everything forward, but Rondebosch managed to hold out and the
ASD youth academy aims to play in the big leagues LIAM MOSES One of Cape Town’s most elite football academies is set to enter the professional ranks after purchasing a Safa Second Division franchise. Africa Soccer Developments (ASD) Cape Town was founded in 2009 to recruit and develop talented young footballers for Europe’s top leagues. Founder Mike Steptoe says ASD purchased the spot in the third tier to improve player development, but did not rule out a charge for promotion to the National First Division. “It is very difficult if you are going straight from junior football into senior pro-
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fessional football. The opportunity to have good quality opposition at senior level throughout the season is imperative,” he says. “The better ones will be much better equipped and some are slower developers than others, so we can keep them in a senior squad. Now we can go forward and (set our) sights on promotion (in the future) and perhaps go all the way over the next few years.” Last year, the Claremont-based academy inked a partnership with Second Division side Salt River Blackpool, which saw the renaming of the club to ASD Salt River Blackpool. The deal saw the clubs sharing resources and allowed ASD academy members to play
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