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ext time the lights go out, brazen thieves are probably to blame – again. Kensington and Factreton residents have been hit hard by a recent spate of cable theft. There have been three thefts in the last three months, says Neil Arendse, head of the City of Cape Town’s Metal Thefts Unit, known as the Copperheads. But Kensington police spokesperson Warrant Officer Ntombi Nqunqeka says there were three reports in July

alone, with two reported in May and three in April. Kevin Alexander, the spokesperson for the Kensington Factreton Ratepayers’ Association, says he is aware of several cases of cable theft. “Even I’ve been a victim!” he says. “A couple of months ago, the lines in Vliegtuig Road were stolen. They were replaced, and then stolen again the next day. Two weeks after that, they were stolen again.” Alexander says the residents have reached the end of their rope. “It’s a huge inconvenience. The community centres and schools are affected, and there are elderly residents who are left without electricity or telephone lines. It has a massive impact,” he fumes. Kensington resident Arthur Strydom

“Cable theft in any area has a large impact on residents and especially on businesses. In the Kensington area there is a large number of businesses which obviously suffer losses when power is off due to cable theft. However, the we do notify the electricity department immediately after we become aware of the theft and the cables are normally repaired or restored very quickly.” However, he says the City needs community involvement to fight the crime spree. “The Copperheads largely depend on community involvement and the reporting of such crimes. Some of our successes are largely due to community involvement. We have also identified ‘hotspots’ which we cover during our daily patrols and weekend operations.”

was without electricity after the cables in 5th Avenue were stolen last week. “We heard noises around 04:00, but they were gone by the time I got there. They also took the cable that runs along the side of our house. We were badly affected. There was no hot water for washing, and we weren’t able to cook,” he laments. “Fortunately, the cable was replaced the next day, but I worry that it will be stolen again. I think it needs to be placed underground.” Arendse says the City has been taking action to minimise the theft. “One arrest was made in conjunction with the K9 Unit and police for cable theft. The City’s Department of Electricity removed some of the overhead cables and placed them underground which should help,” he says.

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BIG READ: RAPE BY A FAMILY MEMBER ‘MORE COMMON THAN SOCIETY THINKS’

Daddy’s love hurts When Daddy’s TAMMY PETERSEN

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he hands that held the seat as she learnt to ride a bicycle belong to the same person who molested her for 13 years and stabbed her 17 times with a screwdriver. Child rape perpetrated by a family member is not as uncommon as people think, social workers say. Statistics reveal a woman is raped every 48 seconds in SA, and a worrying number of victims are children who should be forming bonds of trust with their primary caregivers. The scars covering Melissa’s body are nothing compared to her psychological damage. When her father first touched her at the age of seven, she thought he was showing af-

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fection. “Deep down I knew what he was doing was wrong, but I was just a child and he was my daddy. He was my hero. Why would he do anything to hurt me?” As the years progressed, so too did his advances, but with more aggression. “I had my first period when I was 11 and this upset him – it’s like he never wanted me to grow up. The touching stopped soon thereafter. I could finally relax.” The calm lasted a year. On a warm day in March, she was watching TV. Her dad lost his job and was at home. “I was still wearing my school uniform. He came into my room and asked about my day. Everything was normal.” Melissa didn’t know that minutes later her life would change. She heard him in the kitchen. “Out of nowhere he came bounding into my room and smacked me across the face. I was stunned. He got on top of me and started choking me. Then the blows rained down. I was crying, but it was like he didn’t realise what he was doing.” Exhausted from fighting back, she felt him rip off her school pants. “I wept like a baby while he raped me. It felt like I was watching this happen to someone else.” He left a tearful Melissa lying on the bed, wearing only her school shirt. Terrified and writhing in pain, she screamed that she would tell her mother. “I had never seen him so angry. He went to the kitchen and returned with a screwdriver.” He asked her to repeat what she’d said. “I did, then I felt the first stab to my throat.” The last words she heard before he stabbed her 16 more times were: “Now you will never be able to say anything.” In a semi-conscious state, Melissa lay in a pool of blood. “I rolled over and crawled towards the front gate, but only managed to make it out the front door. I heard people walking by, but couldn’t breathe or call out to them. All I made was gurgling sounds.” A friend found her in the doorway and called her mother, who phoned for help. She woke up two days later in ICU. Her father was the first person to visit. “He said if I told anyone what had happened, he would finish what he had started.” He had told her mother he wasn’t home at the time. “My father told me to tell the police someone had broken in while I was home. He gave me specific details, like the man had been wearing a balaclava when he attacked me and I didn’t see his face. I was terrified and stuck to his story.” At a check-up weeks later, she found she was pregnant. “Doctors told my parents they could have the baby aborted, but my father refused supposedly on moral grounds. My mother didn’t want to keep it, but he insisted.” Melissa went into labour seven months later. She was 12.

“Natural things like breastfeeding overwhelmed me. I was a child; I was supposed to be playing with dolls, not looking after a baby.” Her mother took over the reins. “She treated Janice like her own child. I was told from the beginning that this was now my sister; only a few people knew the truth. But that was what my parents wanted, and I had to accept it.” Life went back to normal as the family “swept everything under the carpet”. “But things were never the same. I never felt comfortable at home. I wished school would last forever; it was my safe haven. I hated hearing the school bell ring – it meant I had to go.” A year later, her father raped her again. “It became a regular thing; twice a month, when nobody was home. This time I didn’t fight back. I knew what would happen if I did.” A sense of betrayal, adding to the devastation of rape, is one of the strongest emotions experienced by a victim CUTTING TIE TIES: S: A survivor of rape by a family member who has been attacked by a family could choose to sever ties with relatives, as this photo member, says Kathleen Dey, the direc- illustrates. PHOTO: TAMMY PETERSEN tor of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. “I didn’t lay charges against him because “It inevitably breaks the alliance and trust within the family unit if the perpetrator is I don’t want Janice to know how she was cona relative. And while the family processes ceived. She grew up to be a normal, happy the knowledge of the incident, it often hap- teenager. I want to keep it that way.” The “hidden crime” of child rape has been pens that the during the assigning of who is responsible for causing the pain, the victim going unpunished for decades, Cape Town Child Welfare chief executive Niresh Ramkis blamed,” she says. “Facing the reaction of your support sys- lass insists. “It is a sad reality that most tem can be deeply hurtful once you take that mothers accuse and blame their own chilstep as the family might feel they need the dren of wrongdoing when they speak out,” perpetrator, especially if he is the breadwin- he says. “They feel a stronger need to protect their partner than their offspring. Instead of ner.” Melissa relived the horror for seven years. being an ally of their daughters, they are the Then, a week before her 21st birthday, she protectors of the perpetrators.” Dozens of cases of sexually abusive step-farealised she couldn’t carry the burden any longer. “I realised it was never going to stop. thers and even biological dads are being inI had a strange moment of clarity – things vestigated by welfare authorities. But these incidents are usually reported were never going to change. “My mother was cooking and I went to by third parties, such as school teachers. The long-term effects of childhood trauma stand next to her. I just blurted it out. I didn’t cry; I told her her husband was my baby’s includes psychiatric breakdowns, subdaddy. She was calm. She didn’t even look stance abuse and a warped set of family valsurprised. She just told me to take a walk, ues. “Without intense therapy and intervention, the repercussions later in life are cripand that she would speak to him.” Her mother did, and her response caught pling.” Other children are at great risk if paedoMelissa off guard. “She said she told him to never do it again. That was it; end of story.” philes are not brought to book, Ramklass Shocked that her mother would choose stresses. “Warning, begging and threatenher husband over her daughter, Melissa ing someone to change will only make them packed her bags. “My best friend had told my suppress their urges. And if it doesn’t hapaunt what had happened and she told me to pen in your line of sight anymore, look outmove in with her. I thought it was a new side – someone else’s child is probably the start, that I would finally be able to breathe.” victim now.” While Melissa never got justice, she urges But her ordeal was not over. “When the rest of my family found out, their reactions mothers to protect their children. “Rapists aren’t people who follow you astonished me. My one aunt threatened my father with an axe. His mother – my grand- from train stations or grab you in dark almother – accused me of seducing him. Oth- leys. Sometimes they are the people sitting ers chose not to speak about it,” she says. opposite you at the dinner table.” A small, round scar is her constant re- V Contact Rape Crisis on (021) 447 9762 or email in­ minder. Melissa now has a strained relation- fo@rapecrisis.org.za. ship with her family, and keeps her father V Share your views by SMSing the word “Post” fol­ lowed by your comment to 32516. SMSes cost R1. at arms’ length.


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YORK STREET: RESIDENTS TO TAKE TOUGHER STEPS

Grime and crime to go NICOLE MCCAIN

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ork Street residents have reached the end of their rope with a fire-damaged, rotting building and its tenants casting a pall over their community. They’ve tried picketing but with no success. Now they are planning to bring the building to the attention of Mayor Patricia de Lille and Dan Plato, the provincial minister of community safety. “Nothing has materialised. No one has been evicted. A lot was promised, but there has been no communication,” says Shamiel Abbass, chairperson for the Woodstock Community Outreach Forum. “We’ve done everything we can from our side for the last year and a half,” he adds. Richard Bosman, the City of Cape Town’s executive director of safety and security, says the site has been declared a problem building and is being monitored. “The owner is deceased. The Problem Buildings Unit is attending to the issue,” he says. Bosman did not elaborate what steps were being taken to secure the site.

The residents gathered three weeks ago to protest the illegal occupancy of the house. They say they have been waiting for years to have the illegal occupants removed and the eyesore refurbished. “How long is it going to take before someone takes action?” asks despondent York street resident Jenny George. She says residents feel unsafe with this problem building and are aghast at how the property has decayed. “A young lady almost got hijacked, but after the failed attempt the suspect ran into that building,” claims George. “There is also drug use taking place.” The building, which was gutted in a fire a few years ago, is only partially covered by rusting roof sheets. The walls are black with soot and crumbling in parts. “It’s unsafe to go inside. You don’t know when that ceiling will fall in,” George says. Neighbour Aziza Toefy was also fuming about the derelict building. “There are so many unfamiliar faces, people walking in and out. You don’t even know how many people are in there. There is no toilet, no water, no roof and no floors,” she

DERELICT: This fire-ravaged property in York Street sparked residents’ fury and demand officials take harsher steps to evict the illegal tenants. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN says. “And there are children living in those conditions!” Toefy also alleges that there is drug use taking place in the house, and suspects prostitution as well. Denver Arendse, who lives in the house, says they have no electricity but have water from an outside tap. He says most of the seven adults living in the house are unemployed and have nowhere else to live. He also says drug use takes place in the house. “They are smoking drugs, but there are no criminals living here. I step in when I see

things are too much, but you can’t keep people from coming in and out to visit,” he says. Arendse confirms that two of the four children living in the house are not attending school. Lungiswa James, the Mayoral Committee member for Health, says the City’s Department of Health has visited the site on numerous occasions. “There is a potable water supply and a toilet on the premises. Pest control services have been provided and there in ongoing engagement with the City’s Department of Solid Waste Management to clear refuse as needed,” she says.

Illicit cigarettes confiscated en route to the city

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Thousands of rands worth of illegal cigarettes are regularly transported across South African borders to the Western Cape and the Mother City. Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa says this phenomenon is on the increase and they are stopping more and more people transporting illegal cigarettes on main

routes. Last Thursday the provincial Traffic Department and the police seized 140 000 cigarettes with a street value of R160 000. The man transporting the cigarettes was arrested. “He was stopped and arrested at a road block about 5km outside Worcester. It was different cigarettes of different brands,” Africa said. Transporting illicit cigarettes is on the rise in this province, he insisted.

“We are arresting more people for the possession of illegal cigarettes, mostly on our main routes – the N1, N2 and N7.” He said the previous big haul was netted when traffic officials confiscated R1.1m worth of illegal cigarettes on the N7 near Morreesburg at the end of June. The South African Tobacco Institute said in a statement the confiscated cigarettes includes Chicago and Manchester

cigarettes. According to the statement the trade in illicit cigarettes in the Western Cape has dramatically increased since 2010. “Research by an independent agency found that 28% of the cigarettes sold in the province is illegal.” It says many illicit cigarettes are transported here via Zimbabwe, while large numbers are also produced locally.

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HEALTHCARE: NEW DOCTOR IN CHARGE

Big plans for Groote Schuur ELSABÉ BRITS

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he loves Cape Town so much that she never wants to leave, says the woman now at the helm of Groote Schuur Hospital. Dr Bhavna Patel, a specialist in family medicine and public health, was appointed as CEO of the hospital, which turns 75 this year. Patel heads the 3700-strong staff. About 20 000 operations are performed in 25 theatres and 45 000 people are treated at the hospital each year. It also has 200 clinics and 350 000 outpatients. Provincial health minister Theuns Botha announced Patel’s appointment last week in the same old building and not far from where Professor Chris Barnard performed the first heart transplant on 3 De-

cember 1967. “It is one thing to manage a hospital, but quite another to lead a world icon such as Groote Schuur. Dr Patel is absolutely suited for the position. One of the biggest challenges is to provide the best possible service for a growing population, with the same financial resources,” Botha says. Patel says: “We still do heart, as well as kidney, lung and bone marrow transplants.” The hospital has a budget of R1.8bn and Patel hopes to introduce more innovative technology and procedures, as well as to continue conducting research. Patel was the hospital’s senior medical services manager for five years before becoming Groote Schuur’s chief operating officer in 2011. After specialising in family medicine,

HEALTH FIRST: Dr Bhavna Patel now heads Groote Schuur Hospital. PHOTO: LIZA VAN DEVENTER/PHOTO24 she was in private practice in Rylands for 10 years. “I was born and bred in Cape Town and have two children at high school,” she says. To relax she enjoys artistic endeavours. And, yes, she can speak Afrikaans.

. Two other women who left deep impressions at the hospital are Dr HannahReeve Sanders, who in 1976 was the first woman in the country to be made chief medical superintendent of the hospital. Dr Jocelyne Kane-Berman took over from her in 1986.

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PEOPLE'S POST | WOODSTOCK | MAITLAND Tuesday, 30 July 2013

MAITLAND: PROBLEM PLOT DISPOSAL UNDERWAY

Site set to change hands

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site earmarked for housing is instead being turned into a home for petty criminals. Business owners in Maitland say the overgrown bushes and trees on the site along the railway line off Kensington Road provide cover for a host of illegal activities. Maitland CID manager Ralph van der Brock says the field is a tangled mess of overgrown trees and bushes – ideal cover for criminals. “The suspects steal cables from the neighbouring Grindrod container depot and can then hide and burn the cables down at their leisure. Drug abuse is also taking place there.” Denver Varrie, who works in the security department at Grindrod, says the field is a nightmare for the company. “The field backs onto our property and the guys just jump over the fence. They steal the cables from the refrigerator containers. The plot is covered in trees and bushes which the suspects hide between. They steal around 200 cables a month.” This adds up to several hundred thousands in loss. Another business owner near the field, who asked not to be named, says she had not had any run-ins with vagrants or criminals on the site. “But several residents have complained to me about vagrants on the field,” she says.

SORRY SITE: This field, which backs onto the Grindrod container depot, is said to be ground zero for criminal acitivities. Ward councillor Dereck America says the City of Cape Town is not responsible for the tract of land as it is owned by the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works. The site is earmarked for a housing project, confirms the department's spokesperson AlAmeen Kafaar. “The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works is cur-

rently responsible for the maintenance of the vacant portion of erf 25166 in Maitland,” he says. “The department will attend to the cutting and clearing of the vegetation on this portion. No security service has been deployed and the property is fenced. The disposal of the vacant portion of the property is under way in terms of the required ap-

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proval process.” Despite the complaints, Maitland police were unable to confirm any criminal activities at the site.

Div Divas as prep prepare are to dazzle Glitz and glam will be taken to a whole new level with the second annual Miss Gay Ambassador pageant on Saturday 10 August. The event, which will see 20 contestants vie for the ultimate prize of being crowned Miss Gay Ambassador, will be held at the Kensington Civic Centre. The extravaganza and will be hosted by Logan McGregor – Miss Gay Western Cape 2011 and the reigning Miss Diva South Africa 2012. From dazzling rhinestones to feather boas, the contestants will stun the audience as they aim to raise awareness and dispel perceptions of homosexuality. There will also be special performances by cabaret stars Manila von Teez and 3D.

The winner will also automatically be entered as a finalist in the Miss Gay Western Cape 2013, which will take place at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch on Saturday 5 October. Well-known Zilin Ayoki won this pageant last year. The show, which starts at 19:30 for 20:00, also aims to uplift the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed community. Admission costs R20; take your own XYZ. For more information on the event or to purchase your tickets, phone Logan on 072 584 8153.

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RESPONSIBLE PARENTING: SKILLS DEVELOPED

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“The area was pointed out by the residents as a hotspot for drug-dealing he battle to purge activities. We also identithe drug scourge in fied a suspected drug a crime-ridden commuhouse in Oxford Street, nity is tipping in favour which was raided and of residents. the activities stopped Lower Woodstock lowith immediate effect. cals believe they are We will continue to conwinning the war on centrate on the area to drugs, saying there has curb any illegal activibeen a decrease in drugties.” related activity. Another Woodstock Some attribute the resident, speaking on cleaner streets to a secondition of anonymity, ries of drug raids carsays she has noticed less ried out by police. suspicions behaviour in Last week, Woodstock her area, but credits this police arrested two men in Wright Street after QUIET: Greatmore Street residents say effective police raids have to the sale of a problem finding drugs on the purged the drug scourge from their area. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN building in Oxford Road. “All of Woodstock is premises. “There used to be a few people filled with drug dealing, especially A search of a house in Cornwall Street also resulted in two arrests. who looked like they were selling Oxford Street and Argyle Street. I’ve Woodstock police spokesperson drugs. No charges had been made, even heard that the drug dealers are Sergeant Hilton Malila says the but that’s what the residents sus- tipped off as to when the police will number of raids increased the last pected. Parents were worried to raid,” the enraged woman says. Shamiel Abbass, chairperson of send their children to the shop at month thanks to tip-offs. the Woodstock Community Out“The number of arrest at drug out- night because of it,” he says. However, the last few weeks have reach Forum, says he has noticed lets in the precinct is on the decrease and we have managed to close some brought less activity, a relieved Toy- less drug dealing taking place. “I’ve checked on hotspots three of the outlets. There is definitely a er says. “The streets seemed to have times and found the streets are downward trend in drug peddling in the precinct compared to last year,” cleared. I think it’s related to the po- clear. There are police vehicles on lice raids. However, I think the area patrol and it has made a big differMalila says. ence,” he says. Greatmore Street resident Nazier needs more police visibility.” “We’re really glad it has been Malila says Greatmore Street is Toyer credits police raids for the dip on Woodstock police’s pressure list. nipped in the bud.” in drug offences.

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Make big dre dreams ams come come true Ever wished that you could wear your slippers all day, and not just around the house? Reach For A Dream has created the perfect event for you. Reach For Your Slippers Day is the one day where wearing your slippers in public is not only socially acceptable, it’s actually encouraged. On Friday 2 August, people are encouraged to wear their slippers to the supermarket, the driving range, the hairdresser, school, work, and even the theatre while at the same time helping to raise

much-needed funds to fulfil the dreams of terminally ill children. Reach For A Dream is a foundation that strives to go beyond imagination to fulfil dreams and inspire hope in the hearts of children fighting life-threatening illnesses. This month they celebrate 25 years of making dreams come true. To support the Reach For Your Slippers campaign, simply buy your slipper sticker for R10 and swap your regular shoes for your favourite pair of slippers on Friday 2 August. Encourage your colleagues, chil-

dren’s school and community to take part in the Reach For Your Slippers campaign and get the whole of Cape Town wearing slippers in support of making dreams come true. As part of the campaign, Reach for a Dream will visit local shopping centres. To order your stickers or for more information about participating retailers and schools, phone 021 555 3013 or email genevieve@reachforadream.org.za. Stickers will also be available from Hirsch’s stores.

NEW SIGHT: New lenses are tested on Simbongile Zulu (8) from Prestwich Street Primary School. PHOTO: LIZA VAN DEVENTER/PHOTO24

VACANCY BULLETIN EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE DepArtment of heAlth Groote schuur hospItAl, observAtory Messenger remunerAtIon: r 68 010 per Annum servIce benefIts: 13th cheque, employer’s contrIbutIon to the pensIon funD, housInG AnD meDIcAl AID AllowAnce. requIrements: mInImum requIrement: Basic writing and reading skills. experIence: Hospital or messenger experience. competencIes (knowleDGe/skIlls): Ability to think logically and adjust routes and routines as necessary. • Good time-keeping. • Good communication skills in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape. DutIes (key result AreAs/outputs): Deliver and collect various items to and from wards, clinics, theatres and the Pharmacy, Medical Records, Sterilising and Departments. • Relief duties. • Other duties as required. enquIrIes: Mr L Terblanche, tel. no. (021) 404-5036

Sterilisation Operator (CSSD & GAS) (2 posts) remunerAtIon: r 81 312 per Annum servIce benefIts: 13th cheque, employer’s contrIbutIon to the pensIon funD, housInG AnD meDIcAl AID AllowAnce. requIrements: mInImum eDucAtIonAl quAlIfIcAtIon: General Education and Training Certificate (GETC)/grade 9 (Std 7). experIence: Appropriate experience. Inherent requIrement of the job: Willingness to work shifts including weekends, public holidays and night duty. competencIes (knowleDGe/ skIlls): Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape. • Good interpersonal relations skills. • Ability to work in a co-operative way within a team context. DutIes (key result AreAs/outputs): Effective application of sterilisation processes and techniques and promote/adhere to infection control as well as health and safety regulations. • Decontamination, packing and sterilisation of instruments linen and supplies. • Assist with cleaning and testing of sterilisation equipment, washing machines and autoclaves. • Maintain equipment in an optimum working condition and utilisation of resources. • Use autoclaves, washing machines and equipment/consumables in a cost effective manner. • Monitor, control and maintain adequate stock levels. • Report and assist with investigation of lost instruments/ equipment. enquIrIes: Mr S Lees, tel. no. (021) 404-4049/51 pleAse submIt your ApplIcAtIon for the AttentIon of ms n mbIlInI to the chIef executIve offIcer: Groote schuur hospItAl, prIvAte bAG x4, observAtory, 7935. InstructIons to ApplIcAnts: Z83 forms (obtainable from any Government department or www.westerncape.gov.za) must: Be completed in full, clearly reflect the name of the position, name and date of the publication (candidates may use this as reference), be signed, accompanied by a comprehensive CV, the names of 3 referees and certified copies of ID, driver’s licence and qualification/s. A separate application form must be completed for each post. Applications without the aforementioned will not be considered. Applications must be forwarded to the address as indicated on the advertisement. No late, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. CV’s will not be returned. Excess personnel will receive preference. Applications, which are received after the closing date, will not be considered. Further communication will be limited to short-listed candidates. If you have not received a response from the Department within 3 months of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful. It will be expected of candidates to be available for selection interviews on a date, time and place as determined by the Department. As directed by the Department of public service & Administration, applicants must note that further checks will be conducted once they are short-listed and that their appointment is subject to positive outcomes on these checks, which include security clearance, qualification verification, criminal records, credit records and previous employment. The Department of Health is guided by the principles of Employment Equity. Disabled candidates are encouraged to apply and an indication in this regard will be appreciated.

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EDUCATION: VISION AFFECTS LITERACY

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oor sight is one of the main reasons children struggle to read. This, coupled with children not learning in their mother tongue, are more reasons they struggle at school, said Maurita Weissenberg, director of the Shine Literacy Programme. She said children should not see a book for the first time on the first day of their school careers. “Children must be exposed to at least 300 books at an earlier stage. If this does not happen, children will struggle with literacy,” Weissenberg explained. The programme was started by Weissenberg in 2000, after she, as a remedial teacher, realised children need help with literacy. Support, in terms of literature and language skills, are provided to disadvantaged children in Grades 1 to 3. “We identified a need by some children in our reading and literature programme,” she said. Since the establishment of the programme it was found that nearly 60% of the close to 5000

participating children are not literate. The fact that English is not their first language when they commence school is one of the reasons why pupils have literacy problems from Grade 1. Sight is another problem, as parents cannot afford to have their children’s eyes tested. To eliminate poor vision as a stumbling block, the organisation has had the eyes of close to 600 children tested for free. About 10% of the pupils received spectacles. Brevan Robinson of Muller Optometrists has been involved in this initiative for the last three years. Simbongile Zulu (8) from Prestwich Street Primary School in Cape Town was one of the beneficiaries. “Now I can see letters of the alphabet, numbers and words better. I like my new spectacles,” he said. Divinity Toll (9) is another pupil of the school who, through the project, has a new outlook on literacy. “In the beginning I struggled a bit. My spectacles help me to see and read better. Now I can see words clearer,” she said.

WESTERN CAPE GAMBLING AND RACING BOARD

OFFICIAL NOTICE RECEIPT OF AN APPLICATION FOR A BOOKMAKER PREMISES LICENCE In terms of the provisions of Section 32(2) of the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Act, 1996 (Act 4 of 1996) (“the Act”), as amended, the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board hereby gives notice that an application for a bookmaker premises licence, as provided for in Sections 27(kA) and 55(A) of the Act, has been received. Applicant for a new bookmaker premises licence:

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ational protests are making a renewed call for tertiary studies to be made freely available. If there was no cost to higher education, would it lead to more skilled workers or would it be a drain on the State coffers, especially if students fail? People’s Post polled readers about this hotbutton topic.

KERWIN LIEDEMAN says if tertiary education is KERWIN free, the standard of secondary education has to be raised. “Free tertiary education is a good idea, but there would have to be strict admission standards and that means the level of high school education would also need to be improved.”

MICHAEL JANSEN JANSEN says the smart move would be to create more jobs instead of granting free tertiary education. “Free studies probably won’t work. You’ll have a lot of people with the same qualifications – where will everyone work if there aren’t more jobs?” he asks.

PHUMLA MFUMBE MFUMBESI SI strongly supports this idea and says free tertiary education would be a blessing to cash-strapped youth. “I would love to study tourism but my parents are unable to pay for it. I can’t afford it either. If higher education was free more people would be able to fulfil their dreams.”

DAMIAN KRIGE feels education should be available to anyone who is dedicated enough to make a success of their life. “If someone is willing to (study) they should be given the opportunity. Institutions should look at the person’s history to help them determine if they should qualify.”

ROCHELLE SHANNON believes many people would appreciate the opportunity as it can only help them succeed. “Even though I’ve been working for a long time, I would have liked to study further. There aren’t enough bursaries available and not everyone can afford it.”

CLIFF NDLELA says affordable tertiary education would be a better idea as people would have to pay back the money loaned to cover their fees. “To help people be serious and dedicated they should refund the money once they start working. This is a way of ensuring that people pass.”

NAT NATALIE ALIE DU T TOIT OIT feels such an initiative would be a move in the right direction. She believes tertiary education will help many who can only dream of an improved life as university fees are steep. “There are so many talented people, but not all can get the jobs without the qualification.”

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Fish Hoek’s national stars ready for battle LIAM MOSES

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wo of Fish Hoek Squash Club’s (FHSC) top players will aim to continue their winning streak in the South African Championships next week. Steve Coppinger and Rodney Durbach have been on form and had a measure of success at local, national and international level over the last two months. The pair were also part of the SA team that finished sixth – a place ahead of their seeding – at the Men’s World Team Championships in France in June. Coppinger took part in the Championships for the fourth time and says the result is one of SA’s best achievements in the international arena. “We had a very successful week and had some great wins. This year some of the wins were expected, which means the pressure was on us to get the result,” he says. “We had a great tournament four years ago, where we seeded 11th and also finished sixth. That was very different because everything was exciting and new, and we were the underdogs in every match. This year was different but the whole team played well in each match.” Coppinger will go into the SA Championships ranked number one in the country and 16th on the world squash tour. The Simon’s Town resident represents KwaZulu Natal in provincial competitions and recently lost out to Durbach’s Western Province in the final of the Jarvis Cup inter-provincial tournament in Port Elizabeth this month. Durbach, the club professional, says his recent successes give him a definite edge going into the SA Championships. “It gives you a huge boost psychologically. You are on a winning streak, so you just want to continue,” he says. “Our Fish Hoek league side is also winning the First League. It’s had a real momentum effect on everything that we are doing, individually and as a club.” Durbach, from Muizenberg, is one of the most seasoned players in SA, with 18 years and a record number of caps under his belt. He participated in the World Team Championships for the eighth time this year and is currently ranked fourth in SA. The SA Championships will be Coppinger’s last major tournament in South

HEAVY HITTERS: Fish Hoek Squash Club’s national team stars Steve Coppinger (left) and Rodney Durbach (right) hope to carry their international form to the upcoming SA Squash Championships. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES

Africa before heading back oversees for the start of the world squash tour in September. He recently had the biggest success of his professional career when he made it to the quarter-finals of the Tournament of Champions in New York in January. The 28-year-old says he hopes to win the SA Championships for the sixth time and carry the momentum into the international season. “The next few years will be crucial for me. I just want to keep on improving. I’ve had a very steady rate of improvement over the last four years or so. If I can keep that up, I will be very happy,” says Coppinger. “I’m looking to finish strong and it will set me up nicely for the start of the professional season.” The SA Championships will take place in Johannesburg from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 August.

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Villager RFC invites all members, players and supporters to the official launch of the 2014 season at Brooksider Pub and Grill at Brookside in Lansdowne Road, Claremont on Thursday 1 August at 20:00.

Guests will be introduced to the new coaching staff, while the new club website will also be launched. For more information call Rameez Ismail on (021) 703 0309.

Karate kid crowned world champ LIAM MOSES A young Zeekoevlei karateka has made history by becoming the first South African to win a World Karate Federation (WKF) junior event. Schean Marais (13) won a gold medal in the heavyweight kumite at the WKF Youth World Cup in Corfu, Greece earlier this month. Marais says he went into the tournament expecting to fail, but built up confidence with each fight he won. “The first fight was against someone from SA, but I had already beaten him in SA so I didn’t really think much of the victory. I started getting more confident after I won the other fights,” he says. In the final, the Constantia Waldorf pupil faced an opponent from Russia – a karate superpower ranked seventh in the world. “It was three-all with one second to go in the final, but I had more warnings so if it ended in a draw the referees would have voted for him. I thought I was going to lose, but I didn’t want to. I knew I had to win. He came in with a kick, but I punched him and won,” says Marais. The newly crowned world champion has been practising karate since the age of seven and has shown heaps of talent and determination since taking up the sport. Marais trains every day of the week, except Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Sensei Dylan Hammargren, owner of the Lakeside Samurai Dojo, describes his protege’s victory is an “incredible achievement”. “He is the only South African who has ever won a gold medal at a WKF junior event. SA had a team of 30 people at the tournament and almost everyone lost their first fight,” he says. “The competition level is very high. SA doesn’t do well at WKF internationals. When you are competing against countries that take karate a lot more seriously, it’s very dif-

THE CHAMP IS HERE: Schean Marais (left) recently won the heavyweight kumite title at the World Karate Federation Youth World Cup. With him is his sensei, Dylan Hammargren. PHOTO: LIAM MOSES

ficult. Our athletes don’t get as much exposure, so they are not geared to compete against those big countries. Almost 80% of the time they will go out without even scoring a single point. They lose within 40 seconds, so they, literally, don’t last one round.” SA also won two bronze medals at the tournament, which saw 30 countries do battle. Hammargren says Marais gives SA “hope” of winning their first medal at World Cadet and Junior Championships in 2014. “Karate is his number one sport. He is a talented soccer player as well; he played for Santos but he’s had to stop that,” says Hammargren. “A lot of youngsters may be talented, but without absolute dedication they are not successful. You have to train every day, you have to be in the gym every day and you have to watch what you eat.” Marais shares his sensei’s dream of lifting gold again next year.

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