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WOODSTOCK: LIQUOR LICENCE REVOKED AFTER DRUG BUSTS

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A Woodstock tavern has had its liquor licence revoked after drugs were allegedly sold on the property. Rainbow Tavern in Albert Road is the third outlet to lose its licence under the new Western Cape Liquor Act, following an investigation by the Woodstock police and Western Cape Liquor Authority. Police had received several complaints relating to allegations of drug use and possession, says provincial minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde. Anti-social behaviour, fighting, drinking on the pavement and rowdy patrons are some of the concerns streaming in from the surrounding area. Drunk patrons are often found to be moving through the vicinity, knocking at every door requesting food, says Woodstock Com-

munity Outreach Forum chairperson Shamiel Abbass. However, revoking the tavern’s licence has not cleaned up the streets, he says. “The bad elements are still hanging around. You still see anti-social behaviour taking place. It’s difficult, because even if they are arrested, they are back the next day. As an organisation, our hands are tied. We can ask the people loitering on the street to move along, but we have no enforcement powers. It’s in the hands of the police,” he says. Residents such as Fasiegh Richards believe the pub brings down the image of the neighbourhood. “The area was being cleaned up so nicely and new businesses were starting to come in, making the area vibrant and alive. Then you get Rainbow Tavern, a place where every drunk vagrant in Woodstock hangs out and where cheap wine is easily accessible,” he says. Woodstock police spokesperson Sergeant

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More than ‘just a snip’ MONIQUE DUVAL @monique_duval Circumcision is a long-standing tradition in many cultures and religions in South Africa. Following several deaths at initiation schools around the country, the provincial Department of Health has launched an awareness drive to promote male medical circumcision. Circumcision forms part of the three-step approach to help prevent HIV infections. According to the department, the removal of the foreskin can reduce the chances of contracting HIV by up to 60%. Between April and August this year, 3 666 circumcision were performed by the department.

Spreading the word Armed with their own experiences and pamphlets, six men contracted by the health department have been visiting transport interchanges to educate men on circumcision. Speaking during a visit to Wynberg, Zama Qambi, who was circumcised in the bush in line with his family’s Xhosa traditions, is excited about the project. He was circumcised several years ago and says it took him a long time to heal. “If we had male medical circumcision when I was initiated, I would have definitely opted to go to hospital. It’s so much safer and the healing time is only six weeks,” he says. The men reported a mixed response from male commuters. Gerald Nkomane explains: “While circumcision affects men, there are many mothers and grandmothers who are raising young boys on their own. It’s important for them to know what their options are and make the right decision.” Procedure False Bay Hospital spokesperson Siyabonga Mahomba says male medical circumci-

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sions are conducted at health centres and district hospitals across Cape Town. He explains the men are counselled and examined by a doctor or nurse. “We recommend they get tested for HIV first,” he says. The men are given a local anaesthetic and the procedure takes about 30 minutes. The wound is stitched and takes about six weeks to heal.

Safety’s sake Arthur Herbert (32) recently underwent a circumcision and says he is quite pleased with the results. He was circumcised by his grandfather as a child, but as the entire foreskin was not removed, Herbert enquired about ways to have a complete circumcision. “I spoke to a nurse at the day hospital who advised by about male medical circumcision. Initially I was scared but decided to go ahead.” Herbert says he healed within three weeks. “I was given several injections to numb the area and they made the snip. They stitched up the skin and I was out of there in 20 minutes,” he says. “I encourage other men to consider having the procedure. It can help reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and helps to keep the penis clean.”

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Working late, picking up extra shifts and getting a second job was a spouse’s only way out of a violent marriage. But contrary to what you may think, it is not the wife who fears coming home to an abusive husband. With his head in his hands, tears stream down his face as John (42) shares his story of abuse at the hands of his wife Christina (40) and his 17-year-old son. The pair would often physically attack John; his wife would hit him with a broom while his son would punch him. While the majority of domestic violence victims are women, the abuse of men is far more common than beTradition lieved, experts say. Speaking on condition he not be John is a security guard. named, a 34-year-old Xhosa man who Tall and big in stature, he was circumcised 20 years ago says he towers over his wife, but agrees with initiatives to make cirsays he will not resort to BATTLE GROUND: Experts say abuse at the hands of women is not cumcision safer, but warns about the physical violence to defend as uncommon as many people think, as this illustration shows. consequences. himself. He explains for young Xhosa boys “I will not raise my hands to my wife or son. This caused a rift in our marriage, leading initiation and circumcision are reInstead I will argue with words or walk to more arguments and abuse.” While he can handle the assaults, it is the garded as the gateway to manhood. away,” he says. He says Xhosa boys opting for a medHe claims they have previously threatened emotional abuse that hurts most, he says. “Many people may think I am crazy ical circumcision as opposed to going to report him to the police. to the bush will face harsh criticism “I own a licensed firearm because of my claiming to be abused by my wife, but no from their peers and elders. job. My wife has told me she will call the po- one sees the deep emotional scars left be“It’s a very old tradition and the lice if I ever reported her for abuse. She says hind by the words she says to me. “I have unconditional love for my family pain you experience is what is seen to officers will believe her if she told them I and children so to be hurt in this way is not make you a man. Young boys opting threatened her with a gun.” for male medical circumcision will be As a result of the domestic violence, John something anyone can say I deserve.” John attempted to get help from the poshunned by their peers and will never has started booking his weapon in at the local lice, but says officers were apathetic to his be accepted,” he says. police station for safekeeping. He expressed his frustration at the “This way the authorities know I am not pleas. “One officer said I should move out of the house. The sector commander said he lack of education around initiation guilty,” he says. and says the public should know it’s His wife was recently served with an inter- was busy with paper work and was not available to attend to my complaint.” more than just a snip. dict. Community worker Beatrice Leng assist“Circumcision is only one aspect of “I applied for one as I cannot live like this initiation. There are many things any longer. 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SALT RIVER: FORMER BANK REFURBISHED INTO COMMERCIAL HUB

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Renovations are underway to transform a historical Salt River building into a commercial hub. The old FNB building, situated at the Salt River Circle, is being refurbished to house retail businesses. Due to the heritage status of the building, the exterior will remain almost unchanged, says letting agent Steven Wormald of Baker Street Properties. “The front windows will change slightly to create more of a shop front, but due to the heritage there will be no major changes,” he says. The older elements of the building will be restored and the shops will open up off an entrance foyer, Wormald says. He estimates the building will be completed by mid-December. The project is being developed by MAD World, the developers of the Bromwell Boutique Mall in Woodstock. MAD World had not responded to queries at our time of going to print. Renovations such as this signal growth in the area, says Salt River Improvement District chairperson Wessel Botes. “Since the Biscuit Mill was developed, we’ve seen a lot of the shops in the area being uplifted. After Salt Circle Arcade across the road was also developed, the area seemed to cool off for a bit so it’s a good sign that building is taking place again. Now it will hopefully spread across the circle to more derelict areas,” he says. The Locomotive Hotel, also at the Salt River Circle, is being refurbished after a fire gutted the building earlier this year. Local Nico Demus is glad to see the reno-

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Transplanting hope

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home over weekends and our house had to be checked to make sure it was a suitable enGroote Schuur Hospital’s dedicated trans- vironment.” Irma explains that she was diagnosed afplant team celebrated their 2 500th kidney ter constantly feeling tired and her body retransplant last week. The first kidney transplant at the govern- taining a lot of water which was evident in ment facility was done from a deceased do- her swollen face and limbs. She received a nor in 1967 and the hospital has seen an aver- particular kind of dialysis which is administered with a drip to the stomach. “At the time age of 61 transplants per year since then. One of the patients who has received a of hearing that there was a kidney available transplant at the hospital during the past 46 for me, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital was not yet performing kidyears is Irma Titus (28). And Irma is no stranger to the process – ney transplants so my surgery was done at she has received four donor kidneys in the Groote Schuur.” After her family moved to Johannesburg, past 22 years. She was one of a group of patients invited Irma’s next two transplants were done at Joto tell their stories at the hospital’s celebra- hannesburg General Hospital when she was tion of its milestone surgery held last week. 10 and 14. She later returned to Cape Town and her Unfortunately she was not able to attend as she was recovering from a kidney infec- last transplant to date was performed at the Red Cross Hospital at the age of 17. tion at the time. Irma says although it is not uncommon for “Although I went for my first kidney transplant when I was only six years old, I patients with kidney failure to receive more remember it very clearly. I was five when than one transplant, she does not know anythey diagnosed me with kidney failure and one else who has undergone the procedure I spent almost all my time in hospital for the four times. “When you receive your first next year,” she says. “My mom had to learn transplant as a child, the chances of your how to manage my dialyses so I could go body rejecting the organ are so much higher.” She says that her risk of rejection is much lower now as an adult but adds that the possibility of another transplant can never be ruled out. “Last week was the first time I had kidney problems as an adult and I felt really depressed when I was admitted to hospital. I thought: ‘Oh no, here we go again. I’m done. I’m going to need another transplant.’ But then I met a man in his seventies who has been living a healthy life with his donor kidney for more than 20 years. My spirits lifted immediately.” Irma explains that a healthy lifestyle and compliance with all medical requirements are key to survival. “It’s amazing what modern medicine can do and normally a lot of fuss is made about the medical staff who perform these procedures – and rightly so. But I think it is equally important to celebrate the patients involved in these procedures – the donors and recipients. They have the courage to undergo these procedures and stay strong.” Provincial health minister Theuns Botha agrees. “It is always important to pay tribute to the families of deceased donors who thought of others and donated their loved one’s organs at a very sad time.” Botha also encourages people to beGIFT OF LIFE: Margeret Lafember donated her kidney to her come donors, adding that it is brother Patrick Solomons 25 years ago. The pair attended the important to inform your famispecial event at Groote Schuur Hospital last week. With them ly of this decision and to regisis head of surgery Professor Del Khan. PHOTO: YUNUS MOHAMED ter as an organ donor.

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MAITLAND: SQUATTER CAMP RESIDENTS MAY HAVE TO MOVE

Plot to use public open space

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With plans by provincial government to make use of an open plot currently housing an informal settlement, the shackdwellers may soon be out on the street. Francina Hartzenberg started the Royal Road Informal Settlement 20 years ago when she moved onto the site with her one-year-old daughter. The settlement has since grown to 11 families, with over 30 children. But Hartzenberg says the conditions are far from ensuring a happy childhood. “The two toilets don’t work properly and are only cleaned two days a week. We use buckets and throw the waste into the toilets, which don’t flush and need to be emptied by council trucks. It’s better to use a bucket, because the toilets are dirty and it’s too dangerous to go out and use them at night. There are too many skollies in the area,” she says. Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services Ernest Sonnenberg says residents have been provided with chemical toilets, which are cleaned three times a week. The property is owned by the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works, and is currently being considered for the construction of a clinic by the Department of Health or a housing project by the City of Cape Town, says department spokesperson AlAmeen Kafaar. As the projects are still under consideration, a timeframe has not yet been established.

SIMPLE LIFE: Royal Road Informal Settlement resi­ dents have limited services and may have to move once the land is put into use. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN

In order for this to happen, the settlement will have to be moved, he says. “The current occupation of the land is illegal. Those currently living on the land will have to be relocated to another place. There are no plans to provide services to the site for the informal settlers living there. The department is not aware of any plans to include the informal residents in any housing project at this stage,” he says. Because this is not City-owned land, it is not possible to install

services, Sonnenberg says. Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlements Tandeka Gqada urges all residents to register themselves on council's housing database. “This can be done at any housing office. It is very important that those who are already on the database must be contactable,” she adds. But Hartzenberg has given up. “I’m used to it now. I’m done complaining. I talk and talk and the government does nothing. I’d

like to see something better for us, like electricity and flushing toilets,” she says. Timothy Goliath has also given up on services. “We see no changes. We’ve been promised lights and a waste container. But the litter must lie around on the site now and I have to do odd jobs to earn enough to buy wood,” the resident says. The open field next to the settlement also has residents feeling unsafe. “Skollies run through the plot.

It’s dangerous for us. Sometimes the police even come here, but we aren’t the criminals. I would patrol the area and make sure no one dumps, but then I can’t look for work,” Goliath says. Muggings and robberies are common in Royal Road, says Maitland Community Policing Forum chairperson Charnelle Southgate. “We have heard reports of people being mugged or robbed, and of the criminals escaping or hiding in the bushes,” she says.


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t’s the season of fun in the sun. But along with trips to the beach come dangerous currents which could cost you your life. This past weekend, an outing to the seaside took a turn for the worse for two families. Two teenagers drowned along the False Bay coast on Sunday. An 18-year-old boy from Lower Crossroads drowned at Mnandi Beach on Sunday while swimming with four friends. The search continues for the body of a 14year-old boy who is presumed to have drowned at Monwabisi Beach that same day. And these unfortunately won’t be the last. Here’s what readers have to say.

AMANDA BLOWS hates seawater because she’s afraid of sharks. “In a swimming pool I won’t have to worry about sharks. I know how to swim but I always panic when I’m in the ocean.”

ZINTLE JITA says she prefers swimming in shallow water as opposed to the open sea. “The chances of drowning are very slim. I would like to advise parents to watch out for the kids when they go to the beach.”

ASHLEY LUSTER LUSTER says even though he was once a lifeguard, he prefers swimming in a pool rather than in the ocean. “I know how to swim and I also know that beaches can be dangerous. A pool is much safer than the sea.”

KARL HAR HARTNICK TNICK says he knows how to swim but prefers splashing around in a swimming pool. “I’ve been swimming since my primary school years, but a swimming pool is best because it is a lot smaller.”

STEPHANIE ONTONY ONTONY says she doesn’t like the ocean’s waves and prefers the pool. “The pool is much smaller and safer. And I don't have to worry about any wild waves.”

GR GRAD ADWIN WIN MA MACF CFARLANE ARLANE says he taught himself to swim. “I learnt because I want to be able to help myself if I get caught in a riptide. Everyone should know that the sea is very dangerous.”

GARY CUMMINGS CUMMINGS believes that swimming pools are safer. “ I don’t know of anyone who drowned, but I do know that the sea is not as safe as the swimming pool.”

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The City of Cape Town is looking for its next batch of recruits to join the recently launched Auxiliary Law Enforcement Service. The service, which is a first in South Africa, allows members of the public to register as volunteers to perform and assist with law enforcement duties. Last week, the first batch of 16 volunteers were deployed for their first active patrol after undergoing training at the Metro Police College in the Criminal Procedure Act and other components applicable to their duties. Another 17 volunteers will join them soon. The Law Enforcement volunteers will be managed in terms of the requirements of the specific volunteering arrangements and without remuneration, benefits or other reward for employment.

Applicants who wish to join the volunteer service must be 18 and older, ablebodied, mentally and physically fit, have no criminal record, have a valid driver’s licence and be proficient in English, as well as Xhosa or Afrikaans. Candidates must also be South African or have permanent residency and reside in the boundaries of the city. Preference will be given to applicants with a Matric certificate. Candidates also need to pass a physical assessment and medical evaluation prior to appointment and will need to work at least 16 hours each month. Candidates will be required to wear uniforms and may have to carry firearms, if they pass the competency test. V Application forms are available at the City’s Law Enforcement offices and subcouncil offices. Call (021) 444 8235.

Enjoy good music as the sun sets The line-up of the Summer Sunset Concerts promises to have you tapping your toes. The event, at the V&A Waterfront, is free and a list of favourite musicians will perform. On Saturday 7 December, from EASY LISTEN: Tucan Tucan will entertain at the Summer Sunset Concerts. 18:00 to 19:00, Tucan Tucan will take to the stage. rating folk, blues alt-country and rock. This group of musicians from South Afri- Since 2006, Grierson has played in more ca, Argentina and Mozambique united to side projects than most local artists have alfuse their different styles of music. They bums. represent a vibrant melting pot of African That same day Wendy Oldfield will wow rhythms such as Kwasa Kwasa, Marraben- her faithful fans (18:45 to 19:30). ta, Mbaqanga, Maskandi and South AmeriShe has just released a new album, titled can elements from salsa and samba to jazz. Supernova, with Robin Auld sitting in the Catch Joshua Grierson on Sunday 8 De- producer’s chair. cember, from 18:00 to 18:30. V Each performance takes place at a different time A newcomer to the Cape Town music so keep an eye on www.waterfront.co.za for a full scene, Grierson is a one-man act incorpo- schedule.


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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Thursday, 28 November 2013

ZONNEBLOEM: HOMELESS SET UP CAMP ON PRIVATELY OWNED LAND

Vagrants ‘at home’ on property

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

A Zonnebloem plot abandoned years ago by developers has locals scared by a group of street people who have set up home. The property is made up of two privatelyowned plots, says the City of Cape Town’s acting executive director for Safety and Security Greg Pillay. “The Displaced Persons Unit and the Metro Police have been dealing with this issue for some time. They patrol the area on a daily basis to prevent permanent occupation,” he says. A source, who works opposite the site on the corner of Tennant and Keizergracht streets, says the group of vagrants should be removed as he has witnessed various crimes taking place. “A man living there was assaulting a woman, saying she was trying to remove his house. I see suspicious activity here daily, and suspect some women might be running a brothel from a shelter on the site. More recently, a young woman was mugged for her bag and cellphone while walking past the plot,” he says. “Students walk past daily. Must we wait until something serious happens to one of them?” He is also concerned about the health risk. “They often wash their clothes and themselves out in the open. You don’t know where to look,” he says. The health of the vagrants living on the site is a concern to local John Wanje-Luke, who regularly walks past the plot. “People are sleeping outside. They can easily get sick and they don’t have a toilet. It is also a security risk. People have been mugged here. I think they should be taken to a shelter and given help to find work,” he says.

NO PLACE TO GO: Vagrants have made themselves comfortable on this abandoned Zonnebloem plot. Bongani, who requested his surname not be revealed, has been living on the plot for a couple of years and works as a car guard at a nearby parking lot. He struggles to make a living and often sleeps under plastic covering on the site.

“We put up plastic and make a cover. Sometimes we even find a mattress to sleep on. Some just sleep under a plastic sheet. It’s very difficult in winter,” he says. “No businesses chase us away. It’s only Law Enforcement that chase us away.”

Artscape gala concert to bring home the message of Aids The New Apostolic Church Cape Choir and Rouchelle Liedemann are among the performers to lend their voices to the World Aids Day Gala Concert. Now in its ninth year, the concert takes place at the Artscape Opera House on Sunday 1 December. This spectacular, inspirational evening will include a star-studded lineup of artists and musicians who will perform with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Mario Verster.

Director, producer and performer James Earl Perry is to share the stage with South African divas Hanneli Rupert and Janelle Visagie. Amy Campbell, Lauren Laing, Lana Crowster and tenor Ivan Siegelaar will also be part of the celebration. The show starts at 19:00. Tickets are priced between R80 and R120. Book through Artscape Dial-a-Seat (021) 421 7695 or online through Computicket.

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A few years ago, people were moved to Blikkiesdorp, but they returned soon thereafter as they couldn’t find work there, Bongani adds. “At least here they can go to the soup kitchen and get a meal every week,” he says.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Thursday, 28 November 2013

EDUCATION: REDUCING ABSENTEEISM RATE AT SCHOOLS

Healthcare to go on the road

NOMBULELO DAMBA @MabulieD

Provincial government has committed to spend R24m to ensure pupils have access to primary healthcare services. Provincial ministers of health and education, Theuns Botha and Donald Grant, announced the plan this week, explaining that the roll-out is designed to enhance effective learning. Grant says: “I am delighted that this very exciting initiative by the health and education departments will see top quality healthcare being brought to the doorsteps of our schools.” The initiative will see a fleet of five Wellness Mobile Units visiting schools across the province to screen pupils in Grade R and Grade 1. It is hoped to reduce the absenteeism rate. The Department of Health has budgeted R11.5m as a contribution towards the payment of staff, fuel and other consumables. The Department of Education has allocated R12.5m to cover the cost of leasing the mobile service. This will include the operator, vehicles, equipment, maintenance and support. Although the programme initially targets the most disadvantaged schools, Grant says the plan is that it eventually reaches all pupils. “The investment in child healthcare will have many benefits for education. I have repeatedly said in the last four years that the protection of teaching and learning

time is a top priority. If we want to reduce the dropout rate, improve language and mathematics and the quality of passes in the NSC then we need to maximise every learning opportunity available to us. Many children miss valuable teaching time because of illness,” he says. The wellness units will be staffed by professional health practitioners that will screen the health of pupils and provide diagnostic assessment and treatment options. It will offer services such as screens for eyesight, hearing, oral hygiene, treatment of minor conditions especially those affecting the skin, mental health, speech, tuberculosis and dental health. “The screening of learners is a key element in our wellness strategy to reduce illness and bring about a healthier society. The solution lies in detecting disease earlier, and that is why we are targeting young children first where the benefits of preventing disease is the greatest,” Botha says. The initiative aims to individually assess every pupil once during each of the four educational phases. Various screening tests will identify if the child has any disabilities or challenges that may have not been diagnosed and could limit their performance. “We are therefore inviting the private sector to partner with us to expand the reach of this important service through either contributing directly to the cost of the service or through marketing specific brands on the mobile vehicle,” Grant says.

HEALTHY CAUSE: As part of People’s Post’s Women’s Day event earlier this year, guests were requested to donate bras for women who cannot afford to buy their own. People’s Post news editor Mandy King handed the donation to Beverley Sterley, a director of Journey of Hope which is based in Johannesburg. Sterley expressed her heartfelt thanks for the gift, saying there are many women in rural areas who do not have the means to afford their own bras. Journey of Hope facilitates a massive campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer during which participants ride on motorbikes through various provinces. People’s Post thanks all the women who have helped make this donation possible. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Vaccine shortage hits the Cape

FIGHTING BARRIERS: Provincial ministers Theuns Botha and Donald Grant with the CEO of the Health Foundation Michael Manning, who assisted with funding. They are keen on bringing effective health­ care to the province’s pupils. The service hits the road mid­2014.

A shortage of measles and Hepatitis B vaccines is hitting South African healthcare. In July, a batch of the Hepatitis B vaccine failed quality assurance testing at the National Control Laboratory and suppliers did not have back-up supply, which has resulted in the shortage. Provincial health minister Theuns Botha says the poor stock management at national government level means “our patients suffer as a result”. “We are looking at alternative ways to address the problem,” he says. The manufacturer also reported that there was a delay in the production of the measles vaccine, which was caused by international mass polio and measles campaigns. Botha says Professor Craig Househam, the head of the health department, has raised the matter with the national Department of Health and is awaiting feedback. “The provincial government health de-

partment has been allocated 4 430 vials of the Hepatitis B vaccine, which is expected to be released soon,” he says. However, Botha says the back-order amount for healthcare facilities in the province currently stands at 18 480. “As an interim arrangement, Hepatitis B and measles vaccines are being re-distributed between facilities to maintain the availability of vaccines at all facilities for as long as possible,” he says. Botha says the health department apologises for any inconvenience caused and assures the public they are doing their best to ensure supplies of these vaccines return to normal. “We will keep the public informed of developments in this regard. We encourage parents to keep in contact with local healthcare facilities to ensure their children are immunised when stock levels are restored,” Botha adds.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Thursday, 28 November 2013

LAND CLAIMS: ILLEGAL OCCUPIERS IN LEGAL WRANGLE

Housing war in District Six

NICOLE MCCAIN @nickymccain

RESCUE RANGERS: An additional 120 seasonal firefighters have been employed to help Fire and Rescue Services during summer. PHOTO: PHOTO24

Reservists to stand the heat

Fire and Rescue Services is ready to tackle an expected increase in fires over the summer months, with council employing an additional 120 seasonal firefighters. The combination of high temperatures and gale-force South-easterly winds becomes a major contributing factor in the rapid spread of vegetation and structural fires during summer and the seasonal firefighters will be on contract from November to March. They will be stationed at various fire stations and have been trained to fight veld fires and provide additional capacity to the permanent firefighters. This year, 75 reservist firefighters have also started training. They will, over time, be trained to the same level as the professional firefighters.

The reservists will have to volunteer at least 24 hours of their time per month. In addition, the service has procured specialized 4x4 compressed air foam tankers which will assist in extinguishing fires more quickly, especially in informal areas. Vegetation fires that occur in mountainous areas are particularly dangerous because of inaccessibility and limited water supply. Council’s Fire and Rescue Services teams deal with over 8 000 vegetation fires every year – mostly during summer – when the monthly average exceeds 1 500. Report fires to the Public Emergency Communication Centre by phoning 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

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The storm brewing over District Six is thickening. The former residents who illegally occupied several houses in June are squaring up for a legal fight against District Six Advocacy Committee leader Tania Kleinhans. Several of the illegal occupiers now claim Kleinhans jeopardised their court appeal to remain in the houses and cheated them out of money. Seven occupiers claim Kleinhans took R750 from each to represent them, but then failed to inform them of the court proceedings, says UDF representative Mario Wanza on behalf of the claimants. This resulted in the eviction of pensioner Galeema Stoffels, who had been allowed to stay in the illegally occupied house due to her age and health. “She didn’t know how far the case was because Klienhans didn’t inform her,” claims Stoffels’ daughter, who asked not to be named. “She had to pay R750, and she doesn’t have any money. The people threw her out of the flat. Is this the way people were evicted in the ‘60s? It’s happening again. My mother was just crying. She was so afraid.” The claimants have now approached the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to request they intervene. But provincial spokesperson for Rural Development and Land Reform Vuyani

Nkasayi says according to the department, the case has been closed. “The court case of illegal occupiers was finalised by the court in July,” he says. “After they occupied the houses in June, an eviction order was given for all but one occupant. To appeal this order, seven occupants gave Kleinhans R750 to lodge an appeal. This was apparently heard on 8 October, but was thrown out of court because none of the occupants were told they had to be there. They are now demanding Kleinhans return their money,” he says. However, the allegations have left Kleinhans fuming. She declined to comment when approached by People’s Post, saying only that she had appointed an attorney to take action against those who have made the allegations and any publications who print the claims. Wanza also alleges Kleinhans negotiated to receive a house in District Six without lodging any claims on behalf of her fellow occupiers. Nkasayi says the occupied houses have since been handed over to valid land claimants. “The department is dealing with remaining claims of District Six whereby we are working to build more houses for the remainder of the claimants, not illegal occupiers. The process of resettlement of District Six is an administrative process managed by the Department of Rural Development, and the illegal occupation of houses is not allowed,” he says.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Thursday, 28 November 2013

Beer, sun, fun – bl bliss iss

Capetonians cooled down this weekend sipping ice-cold beers while enjoying live entertainment at the Cape Town Festival of Beer. This was the fourth time the annual event was held at Hamiltons Rugby Club in Green Point. There was plenty to learn about the muchloved golden nectar. There were 200 beer brands on show. This included offerings from local, international, home, craft and mega breweries. There were also brewing demonstrations, best beer awards, food and beer pairings and guided beer tours. For the first time ever, festival goers could also try their luck at giant beer pong. Unlike traditional beer pong, this game had giant balls which had to be thrown into cups measuring 1.5m high.

SUMMER SIPS: SIPS: Max Mokoena enjoys an ice­cold beer while sipping up the sunshine.

HAPPY TIMES: TIMES: Andrew Swarts, Marvin Arendse, Robin Rutgers and Marco Saville catch up.

COOLING DO DOWN: WN: Adele MacCannel, Josh Sowter, Ray de Krielen, Roxanne de Krielen, Gila Sowter and Venetia Paulse. PHOTOS: TARREN­LEE HABELGAARN

SMILE SMILES: S: Abigail Frielinghans, Alex Smuts, Chris Brown, Harm Adriaan Voerman and Jen Godlonton.

RELAXED: Nicola Le Roux (left) and Concetta Isolano.

DATE DATE DAY: Peter and Ashleigh Norris toast the occasion.

FOR THE LOVE LOVE OF BEER: Chris Snyman (left) and Jeroen Poos.

MOVEMBER: VEMBER: Neil Swartz and Gerard Williams. BEER IN MO

HOME BREW: Catherine Clary and Liza LePage enjoy local beer.

CHEERS: S: Sam Reinders, Darren Klynsmith and Rodney Reinders. CHEER


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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Thursday, 28 November 2013

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Fairview Avenue is getting trashy. Woodstock residents are fed up of having to wade through litter. Resident Liesl Thaw says dirt lining the street is an everyday scene. “The experience of litter in Woodstock is not just on Fairview Avenue. This road is obviously an eyesore for us who live nearby. I’ve seen beer bottles lying in the gutter on Fairview Avenue. People just seem to have a culture of littering in Woodstock,” she says. However, litter is only a starting point, says Upper Woodstock Resident’s Association chairperson Grant Quixley. Leaving litter around promotes crime and grime, he believes. “We would like to encourage residents and those who work in Woodstock to take pride in our neighbourhood. It reflects badly on our residents and those who work here if the neighbourhood is scattered with litter. It degrades the area, which in turn attracts undesirable elements,” he says. Thaw speculates that the refuse might come from businesses in the area. “Many businesses pass the buck in Woodstock. There is limited bin space in those green bins the city supplies, so what do they do? They dump their boxes and other big trash items on the road sometimes. It is their responsibility to take big trash items to the dump, but they often don’t do it,” she says.

Quixley has heard similar rumours, but can’t be sure who is responsible for the dumping. “I’ve heard allegations that it’s surrounding businesses or possibly surrounding residents. It is, however, equally disappointing whether it’s businesses or residents. Everyone who works and lives in Woodstock should respect our common space,” he says. However, Mayoral Committee member for Utility Services Ernest Sonnenberg says neither are to blame. “The litter is mostly wind-blown – what is known as a wind paper trap area. Another contributing factor is that vagrants dig in the bins and create litter,” he says. Cleaning the street falls to the City, says Sonnenberg. “Different streets are cleaned with different frequency, depending on the type of area, such as business or residential. For example, CBDs are cleaned daily and residential areas are cleaned as required,” he says. “Bins are primarily placed in business areas where there are permanent staff to service them. Unfortunately we cannot place litter bins in areas where we cannot service them frequently enough,” he says. The City has received only one complaint, which was attended to immediately, says Sonnenberg. Although Fairview Avenue falls into the Woodstock Improvement District’s area, the organisation services businesses areas primarily, says project manager Chris Lloyd. The area will be monitored in future, he assures.

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Rough ‘justice’

People are innocent until proven guilty. That’s the law. There are a number of courts at the disposal of the justice system where, based on evidence, innocence or guilt is determined. These include the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, high courts and magistrate’s courts. There are also maintenance courts, the Equality Court and children’s courts. These are recognised, legal and constitutional avenues through which the justice system operates. No person or group has the right to work outside the jurisdiction of the courts. That’s what lawyers and judges are there for. We live in hope that the wronged will find justice and the guilty be brought to book. A shocking YouTube video clearly depicting the vicious beating of a suspected biscuit thief at the hands of what appears to be a security guard is a new low to taking the law into one’s own hands. The man sits prone as he is slapped about the face and punched, while his alleged assailant – wearing gloves – metes out his brand of justice. On a moral platform, how does one begin to compare the cost of a packet of biscuits to the flagrant disregard for the wellbeing of another man? The average human being would like to be treated with some respect and have their dignity remain intact. It certainly goes beyond the call of duty for one man to beat up another, even if a theft has taken place. No one has the right to be judge, jury and executioner. The new South Africa is not the Wild West. Anything does not go. How do we justify bad behaviour parading as doing good? Where is the moral compass that should guide us? Why does reason escape us when we think we can get away with wrong? Best leave justice to the legal system. There is no place for vigilantism in this democracy.

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Choices have consequences

The author JEB Spredemann quotes the following, which is so true: “Choices made, whether good or bad, follow you forever and affect you on your own path one way or another.” From a very young age until the end of our lives, we are continuously confronted with choices and there are, or should be, consequences or results from the choices we make. One of the fundamental choices we have to make is our religious way of living. It is the most important choice as it affects our lives on earth as well as after we die. The choice is to accept or reject Jesus as Lord and Saviour. This is the Christian choice. Each person has the choice to practise his or her religion of choice. Here are a few examples of other choices and consequences we may experience or see. One basic choice we have to make is the kind of citizen we want to be in our community. This fundamental choice is reflected in us as individuals as well as in our children through the way we choose to live our lives at home. Home is where the heart is supposed to be and your choice here is advertised by your and your children’s attitude towards each other, your authority and society as a whole. My late dad always stated that you bring up your children for other people because they advertise your home and your family. To choose to commit crime has consequences that affect you, your family and

your friends when you are arrested. No matter what the crime, society as a whole has decided via the justice system that there must be consequences. When you decide to become an addict, whether of liquor, gambling or the making of debt, there are consequences that affect your health, finances, morals and dignity. This sad choice definitely affects family, friends and the community negatively. When we decide to join any organisation or group, we know that there are personal consequences depending on the group or organisation’s code of conduct, rules and goals. At the voting stations, we have to realise that our choice of political party and politicians can drastically affect our daily, political or municipal way of life. The reason I decided to share this topic is motivated by the numerous young children I see begging at robots or loitering around the shops in my area daily. I have spoken to these children about the choices they make in not going to school and, therefore, being denied an education. This will have dire consequences on their status and employment in their and their children’s future. Making these negative choices seem like a big adventure now, but as we all know, time stands still for no man. When they open their eyes, they will be grown-ups with families struggling to survive because of the negative choices made and having to reap the consequences. KEITH BLAKE

Act now to halt country’s road carnage At the start of 2013 President (Jacob) Zuma, premier Helen Zille and the public protector were all asked to end South Africa’s road carnage by implementing simple measures which cut road deaths overseas by up to 90%. They failed to act and now it is likely that the annual road death toll in 2013 will equal or exceed the 15 000 or more who died in 2012. This failure to act makes our leaders re-

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BOFFIN: Yaseen Hamdulay with his computer. While he enjoys spending time online, this doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any other interests. Hamdulay enjoys rock climbing, strumming his guitar and doing Capoeria. “Capoeria is fun. It relaxes me and I have already completed my first Batizado,” he says. Hamdulay will also head for Russia in June next year to take part in the ACM International Collegiate Programming contest. “I have barely scratched the surface of my career,” he enthuses. “There are still many things to do out there.”

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know (their teammates’) strengths,” he says. “I have been working with a few boys in the gym on their strength, speed and balance; you can (already) see the change.” The tournament will see Province play both T20 and 40 over matches, with two games taking place on some days. They will face Limpopo and Eastern Province in their first two matches. Though the tournament does not have a final, and therefore no winner, WP will still be playing to win. “We obviously want to make sure our preparation pays off. We want to be unbeaten and want to win our games convincingly,” Gamildien says. “We want to make a name for ourselves, so that the other teams remember us and the players in the future. But the most important thing is for the boys to enjoy themselves. “It’s their first tournament, so they will get a taste of cricket in the future.” Gamieldien believes several of his squad have what it takes to make it all the way. He has tipped team captain Tatenda Shuttleworth-Richardson, vice-skipper Josh Schippers, batsman Johnathan Bird, swing bowler Ali Akhbar Shaik and leg-spinner Nazeem Noor to make a splash at the IPT. V Western Province under­13 squad: Josh Schippers, Chase Hermanus, Nazeem Noor, Riaz Paleker, Brent Johnson (all Wynberg Boys’ Junior School), Aadam Tomlinson (Darun Naim Islamic), Tatenda Shuttle­ worth­Richardson (Tafelberg Junior), Gabirle Gad (Reddam House), Ian Smit (Bastion Primary) Ali Akh­ bar Shaik (Rondebosch East Primary), Michael Mondry (SACS Junior), Guy Sheen (Hertzlia Junior), Johnathan Bird (Bishops Primary).

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