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Home on the hill hillside side

NICOLE MCCAIN

Street people making themselves at home on Signal Hill have homeowners worrying about their security. People setting up camp in this vicinity has become a common problem, says Marc Truss, the CEO of the Green Point City Improvement District. “This has been brought to our attention from time to time, generally from hikers or bikers or people who have visited Signal Hill. The area is attractive to displaced people as it is off the beaten track and fairly secure with good vantage points and running

water. One could almost live off the land,” he says. No informal structures have been set up on the site, says Bradley Braithwaite, chairperson of the Green Point Neighbourhood Watch, although homeless people have been spotted sleeping on the mountainside. “They are constantly on the move and only stay there for a couple of days. There isn’t much shelter and they usually sleep under plastic to keep warm. They’re like gypsies,” he says. Lawrence Adams, who works in Springbok Road, says the drifters disturb people’s privacy by walking in the road drunk or beg-

ging for food. “There are only one or two that go over the mountain, but it’s a concern.” Braithwaite has warned residents to be vigilant. “It is a safety concern. Crime often increases when there are homeless people setting up camps in the area,” he says. Truss is also on alert for criminal activity from the homeless on site. “On sound information, we have reason to believe that within the homeless group, there are many criminals that work under the pretence of being homeless,” Truss says. “They give members of the public the feeling that they are destitute which in a way

allows these individuals many an opportunity to scavenge for items of value from kindhearted and unsuspecting individuals.” The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement is unable to man the site, says ward councillor Beverley Schafer, as the area is owned by SANParks and the City can’t monitor areas which it do not belong to them. “We struggle to enforce the law there. It is a concern though, because that is a heritage site and damage is being done to the environment,” she says. Despite numerous attempts, SANParks had not provided comment at the time of print.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

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Walls in Green Point are being defaced with an unwelcome type of artwork. Locals believe graffiti tagging is on the increase and have vowed to fight the vandalism of their neighbourhood. This encouraged residents to pick up their paint brushes to remove the spraypainted scrawls from walls across the suburb. They recently tackled almost 40 sites. Bradley Braithwaite, the Green Point Neighbourhood Watch chairperson, explains: “Graffiti has always been there, but now it’s starting to become a problem. Before it was restricted to lanes or steps, but now there was tagging at the entrance to the Urban Park.” This was one of the spots targeted in the cleaning blitz. “We covered a big area, starting at the Urban Park and working all the way up to Upper Portswood, Calvacade to Carreg roads, ending up at Glengarrif Road. We concentrated on Green Point’s infamous steps as well as parks,” he says. Over R1,8m was spent by the City of Cape Town to remove graffiti during the last financial year. “Complaints in the Green Point area have increased from almost non-existent to approximately three complaints per month over the past three months,” says Richard Bosman, the City of Cape Town’s executive director of safety and security. Resident Johana Clayton says she has noticed an increase in tagging, spreading all the way to Sea Point. “When I see it, I immediately think the area is becoming a slum. I’m sure it’s just bored people or substance abusers that tag the walls,” she says. Fiston Tharcisse, who uses the Green Point MyCiTi bus station to commute to work, says he hasn’t noticed an increase. However, he suspects homeless people are behind it. “I notice at the bridges under

Been a victim of crime? Share the details of your incident and warn your neighbours and readers from across the Southern Suburbs. Crime Watch, found under the “My Community” section at www.peoplespost.co.za, allows anyone to submit their experience online, acting as a caution to other possible victims. You may contribute anonymously. Should you be a victim of theft or robbery,

WHITEN UP: Green Point residents paint over tagging in their neighbourhood PHOTO: the station there are often homeless people who bother commuters. I think it’s the same group of people who would be behind the tagging.” Bosman says graffiti is often linked to school children, and an increase is noted during school holidays. “A lack of parental supervision has a serious impact, as we have found that most of the graffiti vandals are still minors who operate in the early hours of the morning without any form of parental supervision,” Bosman says. Graffiti has become such a concern that the neighbourhood watch has started an anti-graffiti team to target the vandalism, and Braithwaite is calling on residents to

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

ATLANTIC SEABOARD: INITIATIVE A NEAT IDEA

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Mouille Point, says Marco van Embden, the chairperson of the Mouille Point RatepaySecurity may soon come zooming up Atlan- ers’ Association. “We keep the place clean through the servtic Seaboard streets on a segway, if an initiative to make the area cleaner and safer is em- ices of Straatwerk and have security patrolling on segways. The result is low crime. braced by residents. David Lazarus, the chairperson of the Sea Everyone chips in to make it work.” He sees no reason for Sea Point not to Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay Ratepayers’ Association, announced the group’s inten- adopt a similar initiative. “It’s crazy that Sea Point doesn’t have one. tion to launch the Cleaner and Safer Streets Property values are maintained, and that’s Initiative at their AGM on Thursday. The initiative is based on a similar one if they don’t actually go up. You will not berunning in Mouille Point, and will see a full- lieve the difference it makes.” Van Embden adds that residents will feel time security guard patrolling on a segway, safe walking at night, will have a cleaner with a response vehicle on stand-by. Public spaces will also be cleaned by neighbourhood and will see fewer displaced Straatwerk, a non-profit organisation pro- people. Lazarus says the initiative will start along viding cleaning jobs for the unemployed. Lazarus says the ward has seen a popula- Beach Road in Three Anchor Bay, and will tion increase of 25% in the last 10 years, and expand as residents provide funding. The streets around those homes providing fundwith this an increase in crime. “The changes in the area mean we are fac- ing will be prioritised but residents are not obligated to pay towards the service. In addiing increased crime,” Lazarus says. There has also been an increase in home- tion, the initiative does not need to be apless people in the area and the Sea Point Im- proved by council beforehand. At this stage, Lazarus says 500 residents provement District is limited to Main Road and Regent Road, leaving Beach Road in are needed to get the initiative off the ground. “We’ve had great interest from sevneed of security and cleaning. “We in the community have to look after eral body corporates at apartment blocks,” ourselves to improve the area for our- he says. Interest was also shown by several resiselves,” he insists. The initiative has been a great success in dents attending the meeting on Thursday. Derek Slater of the Atlantic Seaboard Neighbourhood Watch welcomed the idea. “I’m delighted. If we can get people involved, it will produce results.” Deborah Glover says if Mouille Point has experienced so much success, it is bound to work in Sea Point. “I often walk along the beach front and am concerned about the number of homeless people and crime I see. I support any initiative working towards upgrading the area.” However, not everyone is convinced. “It’s a great initiative,” says resident and business owner Shane Alberts. “But we wouldn’t need it if the problem of street people was tackled. There are more field workers needed.” Des White added: “The motives are SAFETY ON A SEGWAY: Graham Hodson will be patrol- good, but it’s not practical. You need ling Sea Point streets as part of the Cleaner and Safer 99% of the residents to support it, and Streets initiative. PHOTO: NICOLE MCCAIN you won’t get that support.”

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Have your say on liquor bylaw

An entirely new bylaw for controlling the sale of liquor in the Mother City may be adopted to better address concerns raised during the first round of public participation earlier this year. The City of Cape Town’s Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning Portfolio Committee is considering proposed amendments to the existing Liquor Trading Days and Hours bylaw that could pave the way for the adoption of the Control of Undertakings that Sell Liquor to the Public bylaw. A public participation process will be held in September. The proposed new bylaw will allow licensed off-consumption businesses to trade on Sundays and to extend their trading

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

HOMELESSNESS: TEAM MAY GET THEIR PAYCHEQUES

Lifeline for fieldworkers

NICOLE MCCAIN

Fieldworkers for the city and Atlantic Seaboard who were facing unemployment have been offered a temporary paycheque from the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID). The fieldworkers assist street people in times of crisis and act as liaison between different services, and were funded through ward councillors Beverley Schafer and Dave Bryant’s ward budgets. However, at the end of July, the fieldworkers contracts came up for tender, despite the councillors understanding the service would be provided for a full year. Schafer and Bryant each made around R130 000 available from their allocations to pay for two fieldworkers in each ward. They believed the funding would cover a year of employment. They also understood there would be the option for the social worker to continue thereafter, but Social Development says that was never the agreement. Suzette Little, the Mayoral Committee member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, says the budget allocated per field worker through ward allocation funding was R65 000 for nine months. This amount includes training, resources and salaries. “The Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is in the process of reviewing the manner in which the fieldworkers have been employed. This is to ensure continuation of services and to avoid any gaps that may be experienced

through the completion of the contract period by the fieldworkers employed through the different mechanisms,” Little says. Currently the continuation of the employment of the fieldworkers is dependent on tenders, she adds. Marc Truss, the chief executive officer of the GP/OKCID says the fieldworkers are a necessity. “The fieldworkers are seen as an integral part in meeting with the social requirements that we face every day, therefore it is vital to keep them on board.” While it is not a long-term solution, Truss says the CID will be keeping the fieldworkers on for the near future. “We obviously cannot run this programme indefinitely, but we can certainly maintain this for a fairly lengthy period of time,” he says. “We are awaiting the outcome of the ward allocation for the new financial year, from July to June. With such financial assistance in place, we can supplement the individual packages or add additional fieldworkers in the respective areas once we have a better understanding of the rand value in accordance to the allocation.” For the time being, Schafer has been withholding funding from her budget for fieldworkers pending the development of a new system for hiring fieldworkers. “A query into the funding and how it has been used is underway. We need to have fieldworkers on a contract for a whole year or have their contracts renewed every year. This project needs continuity, not for people to lose their jobs after nine months.”

CUL ULTURE TURE FOR FOR KIDS: KIDS: The Klub Interact Deutsche Schule recently celebrated its 18th Cultural Day at the German International School. KIDS is a school-based junior rotary organisation consisting of pupils. The aim of the club is to improve the critical situation of children at homes, living on the street or who are refugees in Cape Town. The afternoon was filled with raffles, craft sales, dances, sketches and songs. The raised funds go to Cape Town-based children homes to provide the children with art and craft materials. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

New MyCiTi station station under construction construction Construction on a new MyCiTi station at the V&A Waterfront is underway. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, which will coincide with this section of Breakwater Boulevard once again being opened to traffic. The Waterfront Station at the end of the route is situated on the main trunk route that connects with the Civic Centre station – the point from which passengers can catch connecting buses to other destinations on the MyCiTi network. There are other kerbside stops in the V&A Waterfront precinct, such as Breakwater and Waterfront Silo. These stops are located on area routes that also connect with the main hub at the Civic Centre station, but via different routes. Traffic to the Granger Bay side of Victoria Wharf will be re-directed onto a parallel

road that leads to the current tour bus parking area. Traffic signage will be in place to help direct motorists, as well as pedestrians who use the current MyCiTi or Golden Arrow bus services. For the duration of this construction, the ranking for metered taxis will be moved to the grass embankment area near the Table Bay traffic circle. The tour bus drop-and-go zone will remain in place where the current tour buses are parking and there will be five reserved parking bays. Parking for tour buses will be moved to the open parking area at the Table Bay circle. The development of the actual top structure of the MyCiTi station will start in February, with an expected completion date of July next year.

Wednesday 21 August V Sea Point: The Union of Jewish Women will be hosting a talk entitled Innovations in Gynaecology by Professor Alan Alperstein. The talk takes place at 7 Albany Road from 10:00. Entry is R20. Call (021) 434 9555.

PAYING TRIBUTE: The Lighthouse Association for the Blind, an organisation which has been serving the needs of the visually impaired for 77 years, said farewell to long-serving members at their annual general meeting last month. Andre Vosloo, retiring chairperson of the association, presented Clive Payne (left), retiring Honorary President who boasted 36 years of service, and Pat Strydom, member of the Management and Finance Board, with gifts to express the association’s appreciation. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Wednesday 21 August V Green Point: The Table Bay Toastmasters Club will be holding a meeting 18:00 for 18:30 at The Swiss Club. Guests are welcome and entrance costs R85, including a meal. Phone Ian on 074 434 7760 or Geoff on 083 280 2456 or visit www.tablebaytoastmasters.co.za. Thursday 22 August

NOTICE OF A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN A meeting of the Council of the City of Cape Town will be held on Wednesday 28 August 2013 at 10:00 in the Council Chamber, 6th floor, Podium Block, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town. Please note that limited seating is available in the public gallery of the Council Chamber and, therefore, seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to attend the meeting, you are requested to contact Michelle Alberts on 021 400 3708 between 09:00-16:00. All requests for attendance must be received by no later than a day before the meeting. You will be required to provide your surname, initials and contact telephone number. Visitors are kindly requested to be seated by 09:30.

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V Gardens: The South African Children’s Home will be hosting a fundraising gala concert, called Voices for the Children, with Zanne Stapelberg, The Cape Youth Choir and the Jan van Riebeeck Primary School Choir. The concert will take place at 19:00 at Jan van Riebeeck High School in Kloof Street. Tickets cost R150. For more information, phone 060 354 3018. Friday 23 August V City Bowl: Cape Town High will be hosting a fashion show with designers Honey Child and other boutiques. Clothing will be modelled by pupils. Pre-sale tickets cost R30 and tickets at the door are R40. The show starts at 19:00 and is a matric farewell fundraiser. For more information call 071 339 4330. Tuesday 27 August V City Bowl: Join the Friends of Iziko South African Museum when historian and author Dr

Helen Robinson will reveal the fascinating history of life and settlements along the Liesbeeck River. Years of research has revealed interesting stories and characters which emphasise the role the river has played in the formation of the Southern Suburbs as we know them today. The talk will take place at the Iziko South African Museum at 25 Queen Victoria Street at 18:30. Entrance costs R30. For more information phone 072 225 6893. Saturday 31 August V Camps Bay: Camps Bay High School will be hosting the Past Pupils Sports Day. For further details contact Vivienne Ashcroft at campsbayschools@gmail.com. Saturday 31 August V City Bowl: The next Poetry Circle at the Central library will take place at 14:15. The guest poet will be writer and performer Khadija Tracey Heeger who recently launched her debut anthology “Beyond the Delivery Room”. After the performance in the library’s Arena Area, there will be an open mic session followed by light refreshments. Entrance is free, but a small donation for refreshments is welcome. For more information contact Marcia at focalmr@gmail.com or via SMS on 083 539 8442


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

COMMUNITY SAFETY: CITY STREET GROUND ZERO FOR DRUGS AND CRIME

Cape’s castle of gloom NICOLE MCCAIN

Prostitution. Drugs. Fights. The section of Castle Street between Bree and Buitengracht could be something out of a mafia movie, if reports from residents are anything to go by. The nightclub, Embassy, was raided earlier in the month and two people arrested for prostitution. However, according to locals this is not the only crime committed. Drug deals take place openly in the street, says a woman who travels along Castle Street to work. “I’ve witnessed drug dealing out in the open. It’s become a terrible area to walk through. I once had a gold chain ripped from my neck there. It’s getting progressively worse, and many of my colleagues and I are scared to park there,” she says. Another woman, speaking on condition of anonymity, says she carries a weapon for protection. “There are always people loitering in the street, but they don’t bother me because they know I carry a tazer. It’s shady there. Drug dealing is prevalent.” A business owner close by, who also did not want to be named to protect his business and customers, echoes this sentiment. “There is blatant dealing. The crowd it attracts is not what you want around your business. It impacts on the whole neighbourhood.” He adds that open brawling near

CRIME DEN: Castle Street has been described as a pit of drugs, fighting and prostitution by business owners and pedestrians. his store is a major concern. “There have been fights with 15 people shouting and swinging fists. If there are customers in the shop, the leave immediately. There have been two fights in the last month.” People’s Post witnessed money exchange hands in the street but could not verify if drugs were involved. A man in the street also assured

People’s Post that he could “fetch” drugs from down the road. Richard Bosman, the City of Cape Town’s executive director of Safety and Security, referred all enquiries to the police. Numerous arrests have been made in the area, says Captain Ezra October, spokesperson for the Cape Town Central police. “The corner of Castle and

Buitengracht Streets has been identified as a crime hotspot by sector managers of Sector One, Cape Town Central Business District. “The police have received complaints concerning two problematic apartments blocks inside the premises.” He says police will be keeping an eye on the area.

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“We have planned operations for within the near future and we have enforcement measures in place with the assistance of our integrated police partnerships to monitor any drug dealing on a daily basis with the help of CCTV cameras.” Any witness or informants who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stop on the toll free number 08600 10111.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

TRANSPORT: INCREASE DRIVEN BY PETROL PRICE SPIKE

Fare hike looms ASTRID FEBRUARIE

The South African National Taxi Council says commuters can expect an increase in taxi fares at the end of the month. Local fares should increase by 10% while long distance fares will increase by 20%. This translates to local route prices rising by between R1 and R5 while long distance routes will be hiked by R10 and R50. The move comes in the wake of the latest fuel price hike. Petrol rose by 32 cents a litre and diesel by 33 cents a litre. Philip Taaibosch, the secretary-general of Santaco, says: “We based the increase on the Taxi Fare Index which we use to calculate taxi fares. If we do not increase the fares, operators will not be able to transport their commuters. Operators are already paid below the breadline and without the increase they will not be able to use their taxis.” Fares do not increase annually, Taaibosch explains, but when an increase is considered and put into effect, both the commuters and operators are kept in mind. “There are many people who use taxis that are also paid below the breadline. We had to figure out how we can accommodate them without really affecting their pockets,” he insists. “If one has to look at professional prices, meaning private transport services, taxi operators’ prices are still very low.” General secretary of the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta) Mzoxolo Dibela says although taxi fares are expected to increase at the end of the month, a final decision must still be made.

“We have given commuters enough time until the end of the month to re-adjust their travel allowance if there is a hike in the fare,”he says. They are “not concerned about losing commuters” due to the fare hike. “People are willing to pay an extra rand or two because they need to use the taxi services. They have realised taxis can only operate if they can afford the fuel – without it, no one will be able to use the service,” he says. Taaibosch adds they will take the initiative to educate not only taxi operators but also commuters on future price hikes. “We need to ensure that commuters understand when the price of fuel increases, taxi fares will need to increase too, which is only fair,” he says.

ANGELO COLLINS COLLINS says most drivers are complaining about reaching targets set by their bosses. “It’s only fair for the taxi fares to also increase. We’re hoping to increase the fare from Grassy Park to Wynberg with R1,20.”

MARIAM FEBRU FEBRUARY ARY says the taxi fare hike is ridiculous. “The price of food, water and electricity is already expensive and every penny I have counts. I am a pensioner and it not easy for me to fork out money.”

SEMON GE GEOR ORGE GE says the increase is not too bad. “We have to accept when the price of fuel increases, so will fares. I do not mind paying a little bit extra, because it is a service I need to use daily.”

ADEEB JO JOSEPH SEPH says the petrol price increases constantly, but taxi fares remain the same. “As a taxi driver I am reaching target, but it’s difficult because I have to make R400 a day.”

FAGHRIE MAR MARTIN TIN says the increase is above commuters’ means. “The increase in the petrol price is ridiculous because it affects the economy and personal travel budgets.”

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Applications to the University of Cape Town’s financial aid system are now open. The application period for financial assistance in the 2014 academic year will close on Thursday 31 October. The university launched Change Your Future last week to encourage suitable candidates to apply for financial assistance. UCT together with donors, companies and government partners distributes over R440m a year. These funds are generally used to aid disadvantaged students and families across South Africa. One such student is Zayaan Farouk, who is pursuing her passion in animation. Thanks to the financial assistance she is currently in her third year of a BA degree in Fine Arts. She hopes to one day become a graphic

designer and animator. “I receive a grant and a travel allowance that enables me to get to and from the campus, and access to the Wellness Centre.” Farouk is one of 3 361 students receiving financial aid this year. UCT vice-chancellor Dr Max Price says: “These are students who can become the next generation of engineers, health practitioners, astronomers, lawyers, political scientists, musicians, writers, teachers, researchers and university professors – the people who will help South Africa to grow and prosper.” Applicants must be South African citizens or permanent residents, should not hold a tertiary qualification and must apply for an approved full-time undergraduate degree. Phone the UCT Financial Aid office on (021) 650 3545 or visit www.uct.ac.za.

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

CBD: DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL OVERTURNED

Court stops minister

MARTIENS VAN BART

The Habitat Council trumped the provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Anton Bredell’s decision that the historical Lutheran barn, dating from the 1700s, in the Cape Town CBD may be developed into a modern business complex was reversed by judge Dennis Davis with costs because the minister exceeded his powers under an outdated, unconstitutional ordinance. The development was rejected by the City of Cape Town. The judgement was given to the Constitutional Court for financial ratification and the development was referred back to the City. Bredell did not oppose the Habitat Council’s court application to have his upholding of the appeal by developer Gera Investments Trust be declared void. The Habitat Council, led by Marie-Lou Roux (81), is assisted by the Strand Street Evangelistic Lutheran Church Council. Besides Bredell and Gera, the respondents were Western Cape Heritage and the South African Heritage Resource Agency. The case stems from an intention of Gera to construct an office building and parking garage at the Martin Melck granary, circa 1764. The City’s management committee for land use, Spelum, rejected the plans on 13 April 2011.

Gera appealed against the decision, and Bredell upheld the appeal on 12 October last year. He refused the City’s request that the plans be changed in consultation with experts on 28 February. The Habitat Council then took him to the Supreme Court to have his decision declared void. The court was also asked to declare Bredell’s decision unconstitutional. According to court documents, Bredell conceded that his decision, based on legal advice, was unconstitutional. He acted in terms of section 44 of the Land Use Planning Ordinance (Lupo) no. 15 of 1985. The ordinance gives him powers and rights which exceed those of local governments. According to a draft order drawn up between the parties, Judge Davis ordered that Gera may appeal against the decision of Spelum to the City within 21 days. What the makes the trial and judgment of more importance is that the judge showed the wide-ranging effects of the unconstitutional Lupo ordinance. Under Section 4(1)(e) and (f) of the Constitution, a provincial government may not disregard the decision-making powers of local authorities. Spheres of government and all organs of State within each sphere must respect the constitutional status, institutions, powers and functions in other spheres of govern-

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ment respect and may take on no other powers and functions except those assigned to them under the Constitution. Under section 156(1)(a) of the Constitution, a municipality has executive powers and rights to review local government business. This includes municipal planning. However, Judge Davis ordered that his court order will only be applicable to the particular case. The provincial government

currently handles 380 appeals, while at least seven new ones are submitted every week. It would set an untenable precedent to generally apply the unconstitutional manner in which the Lupo ordinance was applied. Bredell was ordered to inform all municipalities in the Western Cape and all local governments of the Eastern and Northern Cape that the Lupo ordinance is unconstitutional.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A WALK TO REMEMBER: People’s Post staff participated in the Bidvest Unity Walk on Sunday. Over 50 000 Bidvest employees and their family and friends took to the streets of Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth to help donate wheelchairs for the Quadriplegic and Paraplegic Association. The company donates one wheelchair for every 75 employees who “walked for those who can’t”. Members of the media were also challenged to participate. Bidvest pledged to donate one wheelchair for every seven journalists who participated in the 10km walk. People’s Post team members Candice Paulsen, Laila Majiet, Astrid Februarie, Tammy Petersen, Tarren-Lee Habelgaarn and Christelle Wiese put their best foot forward.

CBD: PLAN TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY

Operation navigation

Navigating your way around the CBD may soon become easier. With new street numbering, new parking bays and other improvements planned for the city centre, motorists can breathe a sigh of relief. Over R300 000 has been allocated for this project. The Cape Town CBD will be the first in the country to feature this international practice of including building numbers on the same signs as street names. The project is a joint initiative between the City of Cape Town and the Central City

Improvement District (CCID). Mayoral Committee member for Transport Brett Herron says the upgrade will save motorists time and fuel. Chief operations officer of the CCID, Tasso Evangelinos, agrees. “Motorists will be able to decide which way to turn into a street in order to find their destination,” he says. “This will save them time and fuel as they will no longer need to re-route or back-track to the correct street. Companies such as couriers, online retailers, cabs and food delivery companies – the bulk of whose business

includes matching addresses to street names – will also enjoy enhanced operational efficiency through the new numbering system.” Bree Street, Loop Street and Long Street are already a part of the sequenced numbering system. With more than 200 intersections in the city centre, the most prominent ones will be numbered by the time the project is completed next year, Evangelinos says. “We encourage building owners to prominently display their building numbers, as this will help to ensure that the street num-

bering system is even more effective for users of the CBD,” he adds. The recent infrastructural upgrades also include the allocation of over 130 motorcycle parking bays and 35 disabled parking bays in the CBD. There were previously only 39 dedicated motorcycle parking bays in the city centre, compared to the more than 400 motorcycles accessing the CBD daily. Herron says: “These bays are easily accessible and strategically located near services and facilities such as museums, libraries, hospitals and medical practices.”


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Educated guess There must be a lesson in here somewhere. The provincial government is allocating R6m in an effort to stop gang-related violence. The funds will reportedly be siphoned from the education budget. In a joint statement premier Helen Zille and mayor Patricia de Lille are quoted as saying this budget will be “diverted from other priorities in education”. Representatives of the City of Cape Town and the provincial government is said to have met with residents in Manenberg to discuss “new steps” which could be taken to meet the safety concerns of teachers at schools in the area. The City and provincial government are said to have limited authority in the fight against crime and violence as neither have “powers when it comes to investigating crimes and securing convictions in a court of law”. Both the City and provincial government would reportedly still play their respective roles in crime prevention. The joint statement says “everything possible” is being done to ensure safer communities through crime prevention programmes, but they will “never successfully tackle gang violence if gang members responsible for violent crimes and criminal behaviour are not brought to justice and put behind bars”. Manenberg is just one of the areas identified as experiencing high gang-related violence. In other areas, too, school children have to spend their holidays behind lock and key to avoid becoming a crime statistic, while many have to walk home from school in fear of being hit by a stray bullet. What is the lesson here? That education – widely regarded as a way out of crime-ridden neighbourhoods – should take a back seat to the fight on crime? Which “other priorities in education” will, as a result of this decision, draw the shortest end of the stick? How many classrooms could’ve received much-needed resources? How many textbooks could’ve been bought? Is this not a case of throwing much-needed funds at a bottomless pit in a society where many turn to gangsterism, both out of desperation as well as choice? We can only hope it works.

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Assure citizens that 10111 works Your SMSes On Tuesday 13 August I read a disturbing report in People’s Post. The report outlined the negative issues regarding our most important lifeline: the emergency number 10111. What disturbed me even further is that the most senior officer in the province should have responded, but did not. This report is, in my opinion, a very serious issue and should receive a response from the most top brass. An investigation should be launched by the most senior officers in our province and give us the assurance that the 10111 life-line

is guaranteed to be the lifeline it intended to be. We, the public, have to be assured and reassured that the 10111 number is efficiently run by adequate command and control structures and staff, and that transgressions by staff have to be dealt with as a criminal act. I challenge you to read that report and see why I am sending this email for your urgent attention and response to us, the public, you are to protect and serve – Servamus Et Servarmi. KEITH BLAKE

Madiba money could be better spent In response to “Mountain Faceoff” (People’s Post, 6 August): I think that this is a good idea, but I feel there are more pressing issues which need to be attended to in our country and in our city. There are a lot more things that need the resources and time of our government. Many roads are named after him and even our money has his face on it. This monument will cost a lot of money and there are other things that needs our

money, namely education, housing and sanitation. Our government needs to start looking after us, the people of South Africa, and not just one person or one legacy. As a young person in South Africa I feel we are the future of this country and if more effort could be put into us, then we can make this country a better place for all the people. TANIAN ZION

Fighting for survival a daily mission It saddens me to see South Africa moving back to the “Stone Age” as it were. I look around and see people struggling daily. I read the articles, watch the news and wonder what is becoming of our society. Life truly seems to be a vicious circle. Just take a look as our pensioners are broke on pay day; more and more criminals (act) out of desperation to give their families the basics; people now steal food and no longer luxury items; people of above-average status are even compromising. Life is hard enough as it is and daily we are reminded to switch off appliances and save water. Petrol is another issue. It is good for business and the environment, but at what price to us? What about those who do not have a choice because of awkward hours or location? It makes me wonder why we slave away

endlessly at our workplace if there is no benefit other than (on) retirement. It seems even the basics are out of reach. This is the sad reality – we all know it. It is one big chain reaction of unemployment, alternative means of survival, crime, businesses suffering, fewer homes and vehicles being bought, more debt to pay off, suicide, drugs and alcohol abuse, and broken families. After all of this we are left to pick up the pieces. We are being fooled to pay for services we no longer have full access to (like) water, electricity, transport. It’s not only unconstitutional, but leaves a bitter taste in our mouths and very few can see a glimmer of hope as fighting for survival is a daily battle. When do we breathe? Where is our light at the end of the tunnel? Samantha Kerchhoff

Mount Madiba . I think the proposed monument is hideous. Please don’t ruin our beautiful mountain! . While Mandela’s own party destroys his legacy some Dutch architects want to make money out of us, building an eyesore that defaces Cape Town’s greatest treasure. How can that be in the peoples’ interests? Jeremy Farrell ‘No answer at 10111’ . I phoned 10111 last Monday at 21:40. Last week guys were in my yard. I was so scared. They are still coming... They say we must work with them, but they are not looking after us. It’s very wrong; why are they there? . English is the official language in the country for government and private sector business use. To be honest, I have not encountered a policeman who does not have a command of the English language. I have, however, had problems contacting 10111. . In response to the article “No answer at 10111”. I’m a member of a neighbourhood watch which has a radio directly to our local police. They do not answer; sometimes they pitch. If not, they claim their batteries are flat!

Liquor trading . If liquor outlets are to operate on Sundays it should be allowed to trade on voting day, too. So nobody must be allowed to operate on Sundays, especially shebeens. It must be stopped. . It must be closed on a Sunday as it is a holy day – the day that God created. . Sunday is the first day of the week. Stop referring to it as a holy day. . I don’t think it’s such a good idea to have the liquor places trade on a Sunday. It will increase absenteeism on a Monday because some don’t know when to stop. And on a Saturday, you might extend the trading hours until 19:00, then clients can prepare in advance for a Sunday. Be kind to the families where there is a problem of alcoholism. Thank you. . Now you see more illegal shebeens and your on-consumption places are selling, while your off-consumption must be closed. Share your thoughts! Please note that no racist, sexist or discriminatory SMSes will be published.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

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back home Journey back Dynamic new acting duo Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana return to their roots in Hayani. Hayani, which means “home” in Venda, is on the planks until Saturday 31 August at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio at 19:00. This original play reflects on the meaning of home in the South African context since its transition. as well as what it means to be a South African. It tells the story of two young black South African men trying to establish themselves in a country that is yet to define itself. Their journeys begin with each taking a trip back “home” as they weave their personal narratives and try to better understand who they are. Atandwa goes back to New Brighton in Port Elizabeth and Nat makes his way to Thohoyandou in Limpopo (formerly Venda). Each journey navigates memories from their childhood and teen years – some painful, some funny, some awkward, but each one enriched by the detailed and honest portrayal of the two friends. Performing against evocative live music composed by Matthew Macfarlane and a striking set design by graffiti artist Mak1One, the story is vividly brought to life as Atandwa and Nat captivate and lure audiences into a magical display of intimate and

beautiful storytelling. “Home is where the heart is, is the central theme of the play”, Kani explains. “Where is your true home? How do you find it? How do you keep from leaving it? These are some of the questions which we explore and deal with in Hayani. It is really the voice of a generation nearly lost and forgotten, and which is yearning to be heard. For us this is homegrown storytelling at its truest, a homecoming story which we hope will tug at raw heartstrings and which is honest.” Ramabulana adds: “We use these moments in our lives to take the audience on their own journey down memory lane and give them an opportunity to remember the moments in their lives which brought them to who and what they are now. In essence we are reminding each other that we are all the same and we are all just vessels of memory and feeling trying to make sense of the circumstances that we have been dealt.” Tickets are R120 throughout and R100 for the Baxter Monday special which includes a meal with the performance. Book through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. V Five People’s Post readers can win double tickets to the show. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za to enter the competition.

GOING BACK IN TIME: Expectant, a contemporary coming-of-age story told against the backdrop of a 400-year colonial history of young, white, Englishspeaking South Africans, will take to the stage of the Alexander Upstairs Theatre from Tuesday 20 until Saturday 24 August. Posed as the late-night conversation-stains of a young woman (Rebecca Makin-Taylor, pictured) who finds out she’s pregnant and isn’t sure she can stomach having another version of her own uncertainties materialise in front of her, the play addresses the fault lines in our country’s creolised culture with a dark sense of humour and sobering interpretation of the new South Africa. Makin-Taylor is astounding in a sensitively crafted performance that is as alluring as it is alarming. The show will run at 20:00 and tickets cost R80. To book phone (021) 300 1652 or visit www.alexanderbar.co.za.

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REFLECTION: Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana in Hayani at the Baxter Theatre.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A magical face-off for top title up Magic, Mime and Clowning, Juggling and Ventriloquism contests. The multitalented Anele Dyasi (15) has performed at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. Liam MacKenzie (16) has a penchant for mentalism and card magic, while coin-trick enthusiast Siyamthanda Mzangwa (18) is a top mime and clowning performer. Aaron Simon (15) is a keen close-up entertainer and avid card manipulator, while Samuel Spiller (17) is a quick-fingered wizard and talented mime artist. Vuyolwethu Foslara (16) has been developing his “floral sensation” to entertain audiences. Kabelo Moreheng (17) is a keen student of stage magic, mime and clowning, while Alex Paterson-Jones (17) is a natural entertainer with a friendly comedic style and a keen fan of card magic. Adam Schroeder (16) entertained and delighted families at the Traditional Children’s Magic Festival with his musical magic act. Siyanda Tofile (18) brings style and poise to the magical party with his excellent manipulation skills. Tickets, at R100, are available MAJESTIC: Young magicians will vie for the 2013 at Computicket. Western Cape Junior Magician title at the Baxter V Visit www.collegeofmagic.com or call Theatre. PHOTO: SAM BURROWS (021) 683 5480.

Magical mayhem will abound in enchanting Cape Town as 11 of the Mother City’s most talented teenage wizards go wand to wand for the Western Cape Junior Magician title at the Baxter Theatre on Sunday 8 September. The charming adolescents who will face off at the championships and dazzle audience and judges with their dexterity and showmanship in the Close-up and Stage magic categories. Luzuko Bedi (20) has excelled in Close-

In her dressing room, an egotistical prima donna gets ready for the evening’s performance. She has been playing Sweeney Todd’s Mrs Lovett for the last 19 years, her life full of predictable routines. But on this day everything is about to change. The fragile foundations of her life begin to crumble and she must face some uncomfortable truths. Funny, dark and ridiculous, the fresh, new South African play Encore! by Debbie Robertson pulls the curtain aside and takes a look backstage at the creative types behind the perform- DIV DIVA: A: Tarryn Saunders in Encore! at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective ance. in Observatory. PHOTO: SUPPLIED Chris Fisher plays four entertaining characters who challenge the tive in the Methodist Church hall, corner of domineering diva, played by Tarryn Saun- Milton and Wesley streets, Observatory until Saturday 31 August at 19:00. ders. V For more information visit www.facebook.com/ She’s having a really bad day. events/558228000879932/ or email curious.no­ Encore! has a 13 age restriction. It is on at the Theatre Arts Admin Collec- tions.entertainment@gmail.com.

Be swept away by Madame Butterfly A treat awaits opera lovers when young singers from the Cape Town Opera present Madame Butterfly. The production will be staged at Sanders South Africa on Spring Day (Sunday 1 September) in a feast of sight and sound when these talented singers, in costume, present a short programme of some of the most popular music from Puccini’s most heartrending opera. SUMPTUOUS: Cape Town Opera will stage Madame Butterfly Playing host to the mys- at the intimate venue Sanders South Africa. PHOTO: SUPPLIED tery of the geisha this elegant showroom, with its high ceilings, is be an interactive question and answer the perfect place to showcase these per- session with the singers. formers. Madame Butterfly will run at Artscape Appetising and interactive, the after- Opera House on Thursday 19, Wednesday noon in this unusual venue will delight 25 and Friday 27 September at 19:30 and opera lovers and those who want to enjoy on Saturday 21 September at 18:00. Guests music in an intimate space. Expect to en- will be able to purchase tickets to the spejoy delicious snacks and a glass of wine cial gala performance on 21 September. as the voices take over, while the per- V The Spring Day production is from 15:00 to 17:00 formers show their versatility with addi- at Sanders South Africa, 33 Salt River Road, Salt tional lighter items. River. Book tickets, at R50 each, on 086 123 4448. Following the performance there will Seating is limited.


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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

ON OUR SHORES: MIKE AND THE MECHANICS ARE HERE!

Pop leg legends ends say it lloud oud LOUISA STEYL

The legendary English rock/pop act Mike and the Mechanics are gearing up to wow South African audiences and are set to perform live in Cape Town for the first time. Band leader and founder of the group, Mike Rutherford, is no stranger to Cape Town and says he regularly visits the city. He is particularly fond of the Cape’s “outdoorsy” atmosphere and loves the wide open spaces and even owns a home in the Mother City. In fact, while visiting here last year, he even completed his first Argus Cycle Tour.

Living Years Also while in Cape Town last year, Rutherford re-recorded the band’s No 1 single “The Living Years”, a song he says he is most proud of. The song was recorded for the 25th anniversary version of “The Living Years” and features Cape Town ensemble Isango. Rutherford explains he was introduced to the group by a friend and points out that while they are relatively unknown in South Africa, they have performed often in Europe. Mike and the Mechanics had been relatively quiet over the past years until Rutherford, who initially started the band as a side project while in Genesis, decided to breathe new life into it. Rutherford explains that he has always enjoyed songwriting and wasn’t ready to give up and Mike and the Mechanics was a good vehicle to be writing for. Having lost vocalist Paul Young in 2000 and having other vocalists in between, Mike

and the Mechanics released a new album, The Road, in 2011 with Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar on vocals, Luke Juby on keyboards, Gary Wallis on drums, and Anthony Drennan on guitar and bass. Rutherford says there are plans for the release of a ‘best of’ anniversary album.

VEHICLES OF CHANGE: Mike Rutherford (middle) of Mike and the Mechanics will be at the Grand Arena with two new vocal additions: Andrew Roachford (left) and Tim Howar.

Classics Having skipped Cape Town the last time Mike and the Mechanics played in South Africa in 1993, Rutherford says he is looking forward to performing in the city. He says fans can expect to hear all the old Mike and the Mechanics favourites, along with one or two new songs and even a few Genesis classics. As part of the concert, the band will be supporting the M-Net Naledi Children’s Literacy Project. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the project and audience members are asked to bring along books to donate, which will be distributed to school libraries. Charity Rutherford says it makes sense to use a big concert for charity and adds the Naledi Children’s Literacy Project was a good choice as it is a charity that M-Net already works with. He points out that as far as his personal charity work goes, he tends to lean more towards supporting organisations that deal with children. Mike and the Mechanics will be performing at the GrandWest Grand Arena on Tuesday 20 August, where they will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “The Living Years”. Tickets start at R285 and are available at Computicket.

Conc oncert ert a music musical al mast masterpiece erpiece John Williams and Meditation from Thais by Massenet, featuring top violinists as soloists. The Senior Wind Band, directed by Head of Brass Merlin McDonald, will perform a compilation from District Six The Musical and the Intermediate Wind Band, directed by Head of Woodwinds John Rojas, will perform Lord of the Dance. Another feature of the concert will be a performance by the celebrated Ifidyoli Ensemble, a product of Beau Soleil’s string development programme, directed by Kathleen Garrity. They will be joined by pupils of the Ottery Methodist School. V For more information call (021) 761 1894 or (021) 761 9005.

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Musicians of the Beau Soleil Music Centre will pull out all the stops at their prestigious annual gala concert. The event, the 30th this year, will be held at the City Hall on Saturday 31 August. The concert features Beau Soleil’s 400 pupils who are drawn from 121 schools across the Cape Peninsula. The Junior Concert is at 15:00 and tickets cost R60 for adults and R20 for children. The Senior Concert takes place at 19:30 and tickets cost R80 for adults and R40 for children. Highlights of this year’s senior concert will be the Senior String Orchestra, directed by Head of Strings Marina Louw, performing the theme from Schindler’s List by

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PEOPLE'S POST | ATLANTIC SEABOARD | CITY EDITION Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The Rothweiler takes to the ring

LIAM MOSES

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UNSTOPPABLE: Primrose RFC’s Mustapha Marlie (centre) over dives over despite the attentions of several Villagers players during a WP Club Rugby Super League B match in Kenilworth on Saturday. Primrose won 25-18. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

Muay Thai kick crashes into its target with over 350kg of force, wrecking tissue and potentially splintering bone. The ancient Thai martial art is widely recognised as one of the most brutal and dangerous. Pain is part and parcel, ribs are frequently shattered and ring deaths are not unheard of. But these facts have not deterred one Cape Town fighter from diving headlong into the sport and immersing himself in the culture. Jarred Rothwell comes across as an unlikely warrior – friendly, respectful and almost always a sporting a smile. However, any doubts about his abilities in the ring vanish once you see him strike a bag. “I went to a fight and I immediately knew this is what I want to do. I love the art, the spiritual aspect and the culture. Muay Thai has to be doing something right to be here for over 3 000 years,” he says. “I learned the history about how the Burmese and the Thai fought in front of the king, but they couldn’t show him their backs; how they would pay respect to the king and how they would fight for honour to the death.” The Observatory resident says the sport helped him regain his confidence and selfbelief, after being bullied and ridiculed by a teacher in primary school. “If I had this mentality, perhaps I wouldn’t have been afraid of that teacher. I wouldn’t have fought physically, but I would have known to stand up for myself,” Rothwell says. “That’s what I find in Muay Thai – the more I learned and trained, the more confident I became.” The former Pinelands High School pupil is South Africa’s top Muay Thai

LEAN AND MEAN: Dragon Power’s Jarred Rothwell will represent South Africa at the Sportaccord World Combat Games in Russia.

FLYER: DHL Western Province wing Cheslin Kolbe (centre) is tackled by Elgar Watts (left) and Boom Prinsloo (right) of the Cheetahs during an Absa Currie Cup match at DHL Newlands on Saturday. Province narrowly won 15-14. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

United FC gear up for Engen KO LIAM MOSES United FC are raring to go after replacing Chippa United in the 10th annual Engen Knockout Challenge. The Bishop Lavis side were announced as Chippa’s replacement on Wednesday 14 August and club chairman Winston Saulmann says they are ready to do battle despite the short notice. “We have been training throughout, as our under-17’s are in the last 16 of the CocaCola Cup. We are well prepared for the tournament,” he says. “If we can reach the semi-finals it will be good. Just to qualify from the group stages will be a bonus, because it’s not every day that we play against the likes of Santos, Ajax and ASD Academy. “With the team we have, we are hoping to qualify for the group stages. After that it’s (the) knockout (phase), so it can be anybody’s day.” Saulmann adds that his side’s biggest strengths are their “skilful midfield”, pacy attack and reliable goalkeeper. United FC are one of three Bishop Lavis based sides that will play in the Knockout Challenge, of which People’s Post is the tournament’s print media sponsor, along with Island Rovers and Bishop Lavis FC.

Saulmann’s young side will join Group D, where rivals Bishop Lavis, tournament favourites ASD Academy and Atlantic Nacional await. United will face Lavis in their opening game at 19:20 on Friday and Saulmann says the local rivalry adds an extra dimension to the already tough tournament. “It’s definitely more challenging. I think we should give a good account of ourselves against Bishop Lavis, because we are quite familiar with them,” he says. “ASD will be the biggest challenge. I’ve watched them play on quite a few occasions. They play very well and have some of the best players.” He adds that everyone at the club is “very excited” about playing in the tournament and says reaching the tournament is a milestone. Then Engen Knockout Challenge will take place from Friday 23 till Sunday 25 August at the William Herbert Sports Complex. The Challenge was initially planned to take place from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August, but last week’s heavy rains left the pitch waterlogged. The organisers decided to postpone the tournament after a pitch inspection on Thursday. The times and fixtures remain unchanged.

fighter, despite only starting to train seriously four years ago. He remains undefeated in the country and has fought and won in Australia, Russia, Thailand and Uzbekistan. Now he will return to Russia to take on the best this sport of warriors has to offer, at the 2013 Sportaccord World Combat Games. Only fighters invited by the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur (IFMA) can participate and it takes more than just a stiff jab or powerful kick to meet the requirements. “The IFMA saw that I was on the circuit for a long time, that I have a lot of respect and that I have the etiquette,” Rothwell says. “You have to follow all of that. You can’t just knock someone out and then expect to qualify. You have to be invited. You have to uphold what Muay Thai stands for – the technique, discipline and respect for your opponent and teacher. It’s not just about being the best fighter. You have to be an all-round ambassador of the sport, so that we don’t change the culture.” Rothwell has been hard at work preparing for the World Combat Games, training at the Dragon Power Muay Thai gym in Paarden Eiland for up to six hours a day. He will spend the next month in Thailand focusing on nothing but training. He left Cape Town yesterday (Monday). “The Rothweiler” does not know who he will be fighting at the tournament, which takes place from Friday 18 to Saturday 26 October, but could potentially face legend Yodsanklai Fairtex. However, he has no fear for his opponent, only respect. He says facing Yodsanklai will be an honour. “I believe I am destined for this. I believe I was a warrior in a past life,” Rothwell says. His participation in the tournament is made possible by his sponsors Aoson South Africa and Swagg Apparel.

PHOTO: LIAM MOSES

TALK TO THE HAND: Graham Geldenhuys (right) of Rondebosch Boys hands off Joel MacQuene (left) of SACS during a match in Claremont on Saturday. Rondebosch won 18-17. PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/ GALLO IMAGES


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SUPER WING: Hamiltons RFC right wing Terry Jacobs scores a try during a WP Club Rugby Super League A match against Maties in Green Point on Saturday. Hammies won 20-16.PHOTO: PETER HEEGER/GALLO IMAGES

Maroon Machine misfires against Hammies LIAM MOSES

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amiltons put in a resolute defensive performance to overcome Maties in the Western Province Club Rugby Super League A in Green Point on Saturday. Super League A log leaders Maties were expected to come out on top against their title rivals, after notching up a 29-7 victory in the first round. The match looked to be going to script it when Maties flyhalf JH Potgieter put his side in the lead with a penalty after five minutes. But Hamiltons hit back just three minutes later, taking the lead when inside centre Morgan Newman burst through a gap

and fed flyhalf Shane Vallender for a try against the run of play. Scrumhalf Dustin Jinka converted the try. Maties dominated territory and possession from the kick-off, but failed to convert their superiority into points. The Maroon Machine made regular incursions into the Hammies 22 in the first half, but were rebuffed by determined defence each time. Maties could only alter the scoreboard through penalties and Potgieter went on to score a further three and miss two attempts in the blustery conditions in Green Point. The first half finished with the visitors leading 9-7 and Hammies missed an opportu-

nity to reclaim the lead early in the second, when Jinka skewed a penalty attempt. He made up for the miss in the 48th minute when his kick into the Maties’ try area was gathered by Terry Jacobs for Hamiltons’ second try. Jinka converted and then goaled a penalty in the 61st minute to help his side open up a 17-9 lead. Maties refused to accept defeat and renewed their assault on the Hammies try-line after sending in reinforcements from the reserves’ bench. The breakthrough finally came in the 30th minute, when Maties were awarded a penalty try when the referee ruled that Hammies had collapsed a maul destined for the try-

Mitchell’s Plain team to take on South Africa’s best Six young Mitchell’s Plain residents will take on the best South Africa has to offer at the national finals of the Kia Sorting Chance Soccer Street Soccer programme. The Good Hope street soccer team won the Western Cape Provincial final in Gugulethu on Wednesday 14 August, beating Orlando Pirates street soccer team 2-1 in the final. Good Hope will fly to Johannesburg next month, in hopes of claiming a place in the national final on Saturday 14 September and a trip to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil if they win. The national final will be the culmination of over six months of street soccer matches in Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Welkom, involving over 6 000 boys and girls under the age of 13. In the Western Cape, weekly round robin matches took place in Manenberg, Athlone, Grassy Park, Ocean View, Masiphumelele and many other areas. The tournament sees each street in each suburb form a team to take on neighbouring streets. In total, 800 teams of six players

STREET CHAMPIONS: The Good Hope street soccer team won the provincial finals of the Kia Sporting Chance Street Soccer Programme on Wednesday. They are, from left, Tosca Thomas, Leroy Swartz, Theslyn Thebus, Chubasco Jacobs, Beauren Matthews, Ashton Smith and coach Mariam Mohamed. PHOTO: SUPPLIED each participated in regional leagues since May. The Kia Street Soccer programme teaches life skills through the game of soccer.

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line. Dean Grant added the extras to narrow the deficit to just one point. Jinka gave his side some breathing room six minutes later when he nailed a penalty attempt and Hammies managed to hold out for a memorable 20-16 victory over the mighty Maties. The win sees Hamiltons surge to the top of the Super League A table with 54 points, while Durbanville-Bellville hold second place with 53 points after a 17-17 draw against regional rivals Bellville RFC on Saturday. UCT are third on 40 points after their game against Helderberg was postponed because of waterlogged fields at Groote Schuur.

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