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WITTEBOME: ACCCESS POINTS A SAFETY AND HEALTH HAZARD
Station security squabble MONIQUE DUVAL
ittebome residents have raised concerns about the security at the Wittebome train station after a decision by Metrorail to fence up one of two access points. The two entrances are situated in Castletown Road and residents have been using both entrances for several years now. They claim the decision has resulted in an increase in vagrants and “dodgy characters” in the area. Jeanette Stoffels says she was shocked to see the second entrance closed and has been subsequently using the first entrance. “I spoke to one of the security guards and he informed me that the entrance was closed for safety reasons. Stoffels says after using the tunnel to access Main Road last week she noticed the area had become rundown and was attracting vagrants. “Since the second entrance was closed, I haven’t been using the tunnel. Last week, I used the tunnel to get to Main Road and I noticed a couch in the tunnel and realised that vagrants are now using the tunnel for shelter,” she says. “The second entrance to the station is filled with litter and there are dodgy characters congregating there. Closing the entrance has been to the detriment of the community. The people sleeping and gathering in the tunnel are a security risk to the community.” She says she is also concerned about commuters who now have to pass the second entrance to get to the train station. “Commuters coming from the other side now have to pass the second entrance to get to the first entrance and now have to pass the people in the tunnel. There is no lighting in the tunnel and this is very dangerous. The tunnel is often cleaned by the City of Cape Town,” Stoffels says. Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott said the second entrance was closed as a safety measure and to prevent fare evasion. Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz confirmed the City is responsible for maintaining the tunnel and says the station precinct is cleaned by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Swartz says the Railway Police and Metrorail Protection Services were informed of the residents’ concerns and will conduct a security assessment at the station shortly.
SHELTER: Residents in Wittebome have raised concerns about the closure of an entrance to Wittebome train station.
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
DRUGS: THE HELL PARENTS FACE
‘My child is a drug addict’
t is the crack of dawn and Fatima Johaardien (not her real name) is getting ready to go to work. The air is cold and the usually bustling streets are quiet as this mother of one prepares her lunch. Her 22-year-old son is still asleep. He is a drug addict. Tik is his poison. With a girlfriend and a two-year-old child, he is causing heartache and pain for all those who love him, his mother says. Thousands of rands of stolen items later, Johaardien says she is no closer to finding help. “My husband and I work to put food on the table. As much as we would like to stay home and watch over our son, we just cannot afford to,” Johaardien says. The Tafelsig mother is one of thousands who are battling the scourge of drugs. She says his addiction is causing rifts in the family. She says, tearfully: “Everyone feels partly responsible for his addiction. We, as parents, question where we may have gone wrong or what we have done to push our child towards drugs. “There have been days where I want to just give up and take my life so that I can escape the pain of seeing my child go down this horrible road that leads to nowhere.” Despite being unemployed, her son says getting drugs is a walk in the park. “There is always a friend who has and who will give you drugs for free.
When I have money I repay the favour and buy drugs for that person,” he explains. Venetia Orgill, a Beacon Valley mother who is leading the fight against drug abuse, says this is the reality of every third home in Mitchell’s Plain. Her only son hanged himself five years ago after being addicted for 10 years. He had been clean for three years when he committed suicide. “He sent me to the shop for yoghurt. I came back and had to cut him down from the rope. My daughter and son sold two homes in Beacon Valley for less than R200 000 to feed their addiction,” she says. Orgill says she wants to become the “Mama Madiba” of substance abuse, as no mother deserves to live this way. Drug counsellor Dr Ellapen Rapiti says drug addiction drains a family in every sense of the word – psychically, mentally, emotionally and financially. “Parents should not see their children’s addiction as a result of bad parenting. Addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their standard of education or social class,” he says. It is a parent’s responsibility to find the time to seek help. “The best place for parents to learn about addiction and to get help is at support groups. Parents must make the sacrifice to attend them. Sadly, far too many parents make excuses not to attend yet they will go on moaning about their miserable lives. These parents only have themselves to blame for not taking charge of their lives and dealing with the problem
head on,” he says. Rapiti has seen and counselled many families battling addiction. He has been afflicted with drug addiction in his own family and sought the help of support groups. “Mothers come for help distressed, depressed, broken and helpless. After attending a few meetings they leave feeling empowered on how to deal with the problem,” he says. Dagga and tik remain the drugs of choice for people in areas like Mitchell’s Plain, while cocaine and heroine are the drugs of choice in more affluent areas. This is according to a recent study by the Medical Research Council. Siphokazi Dada, a scientist at the council’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit, says while drugs are the preferred substance in Mitchell’s Plain, alcohol is the preferred substance in Khayelitsha. The study was conducted between January 2010 and January 2012. Tik usage in Mitchell’s Plain has increased from 16.1% in 2010 to 29.9% in 2012. “Tik, heroine, dagga, alcohol and mandrax are the preferred choice of substance for women in this area,” Dada says. She says 31% of drug users in Mitchell’s Plain are between 20 and 24 years. V Contact Rapiti, who runs a support group at Westridge High School on Saturdays, on (021) 397 6029 or email robertrapi firstname.lastname@example.org. V Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of re covering addicts supporting each other to stay clean. Their 24hour helpline is 00839006962. Meetings are free.
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
WESTLAKE: RESIDENTS HAVE 10 DAYS TO OBJECT
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estlake residents have 10 more days to object to the approval of another two liquor licences in their neighbourhood. Police say there are already too many liquor traders in the small, densely populated area and, if more licences are approved, this will most likely lead to an increase in cases of assault and domestic violence. When People’s Post visited the area, neighbouring residents were not aware of the applications. When informed, opinion was divided. Kirstenhof police’s Warrant Officer Rodney Franks, Commander Crime Prevention and Media Relations, confirms that the owners of 4 Finch Road and 5 Cedar Road have applied for off consumption licences. The Finch Road resident has also applied for a micro-manufacturing licence. This means, if approved, the licence will not only allow them to sell liquor for consumption elsewhere, they will also be allowed to make alcoholic drinks on the premises, such as at a brewery. Franks says: “Both applications were finalised and submitted to the Western Cape liquor board for consideration.” According to liquor board records, the applications were advertised on 2 August, giving residents just less than a month, until next Saturday 31 August, to object. Franks adds it should be noted that Kirstenhof police is the only party who has objected to these applications so far. He says this was done because disturbances have been addressed at these locations in the past. “We also raised our concerns concerning the negative social impact it will have on an already embattled social environment in Westlake and the impact on crime in the area as a whole,” says Franks. Chairperson of the Westlake Backyarders’ Association Monde Phiri says, although the community doesn’t always know about residents applying for liquor licences, some are happy about the increasing number of traders. “It is each person’s democratic right to apply for a licence and I think we need more traders here,” says Phiri. Finch Road resident Matthew Nyaba does not agree. “This is not a good idea. There are already a lot of liquor traders in Westlake and if there are more, it will be really bad for existing business.”
He adds, although the community mostly has a good relationship with police and the existing traders are well regulated, more traders would probably make it harder to manage. His uncle Paul Nyaba agrees, saying there are enough liquor traders in Westlake. Westlake ward councillor Penny East says she cannot comment on the applications as they have not reached her office. It takes between six months and a year for applications to be approved or denied and the police report and all objections will be taken into account. V Objections to the applications can be mailed to 80 St George’s Mall, 6th floor, Walldorf Arcade Build ing, Cape Town, 8000 or delivered in person before 31 August.
A WALK TO REMEMBER: People’s Post staff participated in the Bidvest Unity Walk on Sunday. Over 50 000 Bidvest employees, their families and friends took to the streets of Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth to 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. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
CRIME PREVENTION: RESIDENTS JOIN FORCES
Everybody needs good neighbours CHRISTELLE WIESE
he BKM Neighbourhood Watch has formed a subcommittee made up of women whose vision it is to “get back the caring aspect of the community”. This was done as part of the watch’s current focus on community building and with the aim of forming a stronger bond within the community by calling on all residents to reach outn and get to know their neighbours better. The group will arrange social activities for residents in the BKM area, starting with a Spring Day gathering in Hiddingh Park from 10:00 to 12:00 Sunday 1 September. Children will be entertained with a jumping castle and treasure hunt while parents can chat to neighbours and enjoy snacks and coffee on sale. Laura Crous who heads up the BKM women’s group says this is just the first of many events planned by the group of 10 women. “We brainstormed ideas for fun activities which the community can take part in,” says Crous. “These include a newcomer’s tea to welcome new residents to the community, appointing street coordinators to assist residents in their street to get to know each other and welcome new neighbours, exercise groups to arrange walking, running or cycling groups, organised play dates in local parks and the opportunity for residents to meet and get to know the police officers who work in their neighbourhood.” Crous says, as BKM members, she and her husband are involved with neigh-
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Have your say on liquor bylaw bourhood watch patrols and that is important and worthwhile, but it didn’t help her to get to know her neighbours. As a mother to young children, she was also especially interested meeting other parents. “I grew up in a small farming community in KwaZulu-Natal where everyone was a neighbour and we all knew each other. After high school I moved to Cape Town to attend university and for the first few years never really realised how much I missed my small community. It was only after I got married and settled permanently in the Cape that I realised how isolated so many people were and that there were very few places that had a real community vibe,” says Crous. She says the Bergvliet area is one such place and she believes this BKM initiative will prove that. “We should stand together and enjoy our valley in a positive way.” V Call Norma Ferguson on (021) 715 5557 for more information on the new BKM group or the Spring Day event.
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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 next month. The proposed new bylaw will allow licensed off-consumption businesses to trade on Sundays and extend their trading hours within certain limits. It also makes provision for licensed on-
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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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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
FISH HOEK: TWO YOUTHS CHARGED
n investigation has been launched into the alleged illegal sale and consumption of alcohol at a private party at the Fish Hoek Civic Centre last weekend. This comes after two Fish Hoek teenagers were charged with the assault of a Spanish teenager. It is believed a fight broke out, resulting in assault charges being made. The civic centre was leased by an individual whose name the City of Cape Town will not release until the investigation is complete. A Constantia father, who asked to remain anonymous to protect his son’s identity, says his son and two visitors from Spain and England attended the party for under18s. “My son received the invitation via Facebook. After going through the invitation, which stated that there was a R40 entry fee and no alcohol would be present, my wife and I decided it was (fine) for (them) to go. I dropped them at 20:00 and went to have dinner in Kalk Bay,” he says. “At 22:00 I received a frantic call from my son saying they were being beaten (by a group of boys). I raced to get to him and 10 minutes later I received another call from him saying they were in the parking area and the six boys have returned.” His son managed to run away and made his way to Main Road, where he was collected by his father. “When we (arrived at) the civic centre we found the Spanish teenager had been beaten. He sustained various injuries including damaged teeth, bruising and contusions to his torso, neck, ribs and legs,” the father says. He phoned the police and entered the civic centre to look for the alleged perpetrators. “More than 70% of the teenagers at the party were completely inebriated and some of them laying in their own vomit,” he says. “I also witnessed alcohol being sold on the premises. The Spanish teenager was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The English teenager ran away and was found wandering the streets of Fish Hoek.” He says both boys are traumatised by the incident. The father also contacted ward councillor Felicity Purchase to inform her of the incident. Fish Hoek Police Station spokesperson
Warrant Officer Chris Cloete says they received complaints from nearby residents about a “rowdy party” and responded to a noise complaint. He confirms a fight broke out between some of the party goers. “Police officers were called out a second time to attend to an assault which took place in the parking area. “According to the report a fight broke out on the dance floor and moved to the parking area. A case (of assault) was has opened.” He confirms two teenagers were charged with assault and are expected to appear in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Wednesday 21 August). Meanwhile, Fish Hoek High School principal Gavin Fish says he was informed of the party and the incident on Monday 12 August. He says he addressed the matter with pupils who attended. “A resident sent photographs of the party which shows alcohol bottles strewn around the vicinity on Sunday morning and drunk teenagers,” says Fish. “There are also reports of inappropriate sexual behaviour at the party.” Purchase says the Fish Hoek sub-council is outraged at the abuse of the civic centre and says officials were “deliberately misled when the venue was booked”. Belinda Walker, the City’s Mayoral Committee member for Community Services and Special Projects, confirms the facility was hired to a private individual to host a birthday party for 180 guests. The City will be conducting an investigation. Attempts have already been made to contact the woman who had booked the venue to give her an opportunity to respond to the allegations. “On her permit, the hirer indicated that there would be no alcohol on sale at the event,” says Walker. “After several attempts by the facility officer to contact her – and after leaving several messages – we have not been able to get hold of her, but we will continue to track her down.” V Anyone with additional information can email Walker on Belinda.Walker@capetown.gov.za. V What are your thoughts on the party? Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1.
Bin theft is a dirty business MONIQUE DUVAL Residents in Diep River have been asked to clearly mark their wheelie bins after 61 bins have been reported stolen in the area. Diep River police spokesperon, Warrant Officer Keith Chandler, says police officers noticed an increase in wheelie bin theft during July. “Residents who have had their bins stolen are required to report the case to the South African Police Services and submit a case number to the City of Cape Town to have their bins replaced. In July, 49 cases were reported and we have recorded 12 additional cases for August,” he says. “We ask that residents clearly mark their bins. They should include their entire address, so that when police officers see individuals walking with bins, they can confiscate it.” Warrant Officer Chandler says the bins are usually stolen to be used as a means to transport stolen goods and scrap metal. He explains that last month police also confiscated stolen shopping trolleys. “The trolleys were also being used to transport goods and police officers have been confiscating trolleys regularly,” he says. Wiitebome resident Jeanette Stoffels says her area is also on thieves’shopping list for bins and have started to mark the containers. “We have started to mark our bins by spraying or painting our address on it,” she says. Mayoral committe member for Utility Services Ernest Sonnenberg says in the 2012/2013 financial year the City received 13 092 requests to replace stolen wheelie bins. He explains that its costs the City R R432.54 to replace a stolen bin. “In the
CONTAINER: Residents are urged to mark their wheelie bins. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL event of a stolen bin, the theft must be reported to the South African Police Services, who will provide a case number or affidavit. The resident must then report the matter to the City and provide their account number account number, address, contact details and the case number or affidavit before a new bin will be delivered.,” he says.
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
TRANSPORT: INCREASE DRIVEN BY PETROL PRICE SPIKE
Commuters to fork out more for a ride ASTRID FEBRUARIE
he South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says commuters can expect an increase in taxi fares at the end of the month. Commuters can expect the price of local fares to increase by 10% , while long distance fares will increase by 20%. The local routes will be increasing by between R1 and R5, while long distance routes will be increasing by R10 and R50. This 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, 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 taxi fares operators will not be able to transport their commuters. Taxi operators are already paid below the breadline and without the increase fares, they will not be able to use their taxis.” Taaibosch says taxi fares do not increase annually, 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. “If one has to look at professional prices, meaning private transport services, taxi operators’ prices are still very low.” Taaibosch says they will take the initiative to educate not only taxi operators but also commuters on future price increases. “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. 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. Dibela says they are not concerned about losing commuters due to the taxi fare hike. “People are willing to pay an extra rand or two because they need to use the taxi services. “People 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. V What is your take on the looming increase in taxi fares? Starting with word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMSes cost R1. V People’s Post polled readers on the increase.
SEMON GEORGE has no problem with the planned increase in taxi fares. “We have to accept when the price of fuel increases, the taxi fares will increase as well. I do not mind paying a little extra, because it is a service I have to use daily.”
VIRGIL DAVIDSON, who works in the taxi industry, says he is happy taxi fares will be increased at the end of the month. “Petrol is expensive. If we want to provide a service we need to up our prices, which is only fair.”
FAGHRIE MARTIN says the increase of both taxi fares and petrol is above commuters’ means. “The increase in the petrol price is ridiculous because it affects the economy and personal travel budgets.”
MAUREEN BOOYSEN says she already struggles to make ends meet. “I can’t afford to spend more money, even if it is just R1. I have a budget; if I do not stay within the budget I can’t afford to buy other things I need.”
ANGELO COLLINS says all taxi drivers complain about achieving targets set by bosses. “Everything’s increasing, so it’s only fair for the taxi fares to increase as well. We’re hoping to increase the fare from Grassy Park to Wynberg with R1,20.”
ADEEB JOSEPH says the petrol price increases each month, but taxi fares remain the same. The taxi driver says he struggled to make his daily target due to the rising price of fuel. “I reach the target set by my boss, but it’s difficult because I have to make R400 a day.”
MARIAM FEBRUARY is disappointed in the planned taxi fare hike, describing the increase as “ridiculous”. “The price of food, water and electricity is already expensive. Every penny I have counts. I am a pensioner, so it not easy for me to fork out money unnecessarily.”
CHEVONNE ARENDSE is content with the hike in the taxi fare, despite not being able to afford the extra funds. She says she will still be making use of the service provided by the taxi industry. “Although I can’t afford the extra money, I don’t have a choice in the matter.”
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
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Sleeping Beauty ballet at Artscape was a smashing success, drawing young and old dance lovers. Tchaikovsky’s popular classical ballet was directed by Elizabeth Triegaardt who danced as the Lilac Fairy when the show was staged in Cape Town in 1975.
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
POLICE: COMMITTEE WANTS ANSWERS
UNDER THREAT: The service provided by Golden Arrow Bus Services is under threat due to a lack of funds. PHOTO: PEOPLE’S POST ARCHIVE
Mum over cop count JAN GERBER
Bus crisis looms due to subsidies JAMES-BRENT STYAN The government’s subsidised passenger bus service is under threat. Services delivered by private bus operators such as Golden Arrow and Putco depend on subsidies, but annual increases have long since ceased to cover the cost of these services. Subsidies are paid to keep ticket prices low. Up to 50% of ticket prices asked by bus services are covered by subsidies. These subsidies already amount to R4.5bn a year. In a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport, the South African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) warned the bus network could fall apart if government doesn’t step in urgently. Saboa said the annual increase in subsidies is less than inflation. Subsidies were meant to increase with an average of 7.45% over the past four years to cover costs, but only increased with an average of 1.78% a year. Another problem is the fact that passenger bus services have depended on a temporary contract system between operators and the
government for the past 17 years. These temporary contracts determine, among others, annual increases and routes, but lead to great uncertainty because contracts are renewed monthly. Member of parliament Ian Ollis said bus operators are struggling because they are unsure of their contracts and feeble increases. “Since 2003 there has been almost no new investments or re-capitalisation in the public bus service system.” Ollis said the government should find a short-term solution before bus services come to a standstill nationwide. “Operators should be given a three-year contract which will allow the transport department to complete the national transport strategy. Increases in line with inflation should also be implemented. This will ensure the sustainability of these public transport systems, at least for the immediate future,” said Ollis. Tiyani Rikhotso, spokesperson of the Department of Transport, said the department is aware of the situation. “It is a priority for the department to develop a module which will bring greater surety.”
he police refuse to reveal information on the police officer to citizen ratio. Last week provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer told the Western Cape parliament’s Standing Committee for Community Safety revealing the statistics for specific police stations in a public forum would make police officials vulnerable to further attacks. At a press conference last month provincial minister for community safety Dan Plato said there is a correlation between the areas with many citizens for each police officer and high crime rates. He requested that the committee gets answers from the police on the matter. According to the statistics Plato received from the police, there are 3 239,77 citizens to each police officer in Mitchell’s Plain. The national average is 303 citizens to each police officer. It is believed it is 245 in the Western Cape. In Nyanga, where most of the murders – a total of 233 – in 2011/2012 were committed, there are 1 418,98 citizens to each police officer. Lamoer said these statistics are incorrect and should never have been released. “I will not expose my members to further attacks,” he said. “When I explain, you (the committee) will see what I mean.” The ratio between police officers and citizens does not sketch the full picture, Lamoer said. There are, for example, members of the forensic unit and dog unit who assist at various police stations, but are not included in this ratio. There are also cases where there are 500 police officials in an area where 38 000
people live, but about 600 000 people enter the area daily. Lamoer admitted he would want more police officers in the province, but this is subject to national policy. Member of parliament Grant Haskin referred to a legal opinion received by the Standing Committee for Public Accounts – of which he is the chairperson – which states the Western Cape’s Constitution determines that committee meetings should be held in public by default. “I do not think the circumstances are extraordinary enough,” Haskin said. “The public has just as much of a need as we have to understand.” The committee decided not to grant Lamoer’s request to have the meeting in camera. Committee chairperson Mark Wiley said: “Although we respect the police’s request for confidentiality, the request goes to the heart of our democracy and this principle needs to be further discussed in our respective parties and parliament.” The committee also questioned why the Western Cape police has not submitted its annual reports to provincial legislature since 2007. The provincial constitution compels them to do so. Wiley labelled this as unacceptable, as the reports are important in his supervisory role. Further all the other provincial legislatures received annual reports. “Why is this province treated differently?” he asked. Lamoer said this matter was referred to national police commissioner Riah Phiyega for further instruction. She will appear before the committee on Tuesday 27 August. V What are your thought on the matter? Starting with the word “Post” SMS your comments to 32516. SMS cost R1.
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Art the fun way to get funding
Women’s Day at Westcott Primary The men of Westcott Primary School in Diep River celebrated the ladies at the school ahead of Women’s Day. When arriving at school on Thursday 8 August, each woman received a rose. During second break, they were treated to a special Women’s Day tea and delicious eats. Leizel Benjafield from Westcott says: “We hope other schools also celebrated and honoured their ladies.”
LOVELY: Computer literacy teacher Bryan Cuff (left) and Rob de Villiers surprise Grade 1 teacher Carol Miller with a rose.
CREATIVE MINDS: Kirstenhof Primary School pupils Dylan Sander (far left) and Jedd Viljoen (far right) created this candelabra from empty Danone NutriDay yoghurt containers. Photographed with them are their team Kim Garner and Marcell Bester, the NutriDay school liaison officer. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
ENTREPRENEURS: Grade 7 pupils at Kirstenhof Primary School held a market day recently and 25% of each child’s profit will be donated to non-profit animal rescue society TEARS. Seen here (from left) are Kimberleigh Reddiar, Ashleigh April and Jessica Wessels who sold homemade jewellery and cake pops. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Budding artists at various schools are waiting with baited breath to hear if their creations have won enough votes in an art campaign. Artwork done by pupils at Kirstenhof Primary, Steenberg High and Zwaanswyk High schools have been on display at Hi-Q Tokai. These schools have been adopted by Hi-Q Tokai. This hotly contested competition is driven by Hi-Q and Goodyear, in conjunction with several other tyre and undercarriage retailers, a service station and aligned suppliers in the Western Cape. The competition has had pupils putting their creative fingers to work in a bid to secure the big cash prizes for themselves as well as for needy children or a NOT TIRED OUT: Zwaanswyk High School pupils at Hi-Q Tokai. feeding programme PHOTO: SUPPLIED at their school. Goodyear Western Cape sales repre- popped in to view the artwork and cast sentative Lizce Boonzaier said 16 schools their votes, the better chances they had,” in closest proximity to each participating said Boonzaaier. Hi-Q Tokai’s Keith Wallis said he was tyre fitment centre or service station had been invited to take part in the project. pleased to have an opportunity to support The competition was offered within his dealership’s neighbourhood schools. “We have always taken an interest in three different age categories: Grade R to our local community,” Wallis said. 3, Grade 4 to 7, and Grade 8 to 12. “The project was the brainchild of my The pupils had two themes to explore: business partner Frans Maritz and we Energy and Conservation. How they chose to depict these impor- are grateful for the fantastic support of tant issues was entirely up them, as long all suppliers and other sponsors, who as they worked in pencil, charcoal or have come on board this meaningful project.” paint. The winners will be announced at a “The schools had about two months to enter their creations,” says Boonzaaier. special function which will be held this She said teachers at each school have month. Pupils whose artwork represents the presented Goodyear with the 10 best arttop three in each category, their parents works from each category. These were on display at Hi-Q Tokai, and representative from each of the winning schools will all be invited to attend. she said. The winning pupil from each category The Tokai schools’ artwork is competing against art from schools in Sea Point, will each receive R5000, while the winCape Town’s CBD, Hermanus, Citrusdal ning school per category will receive and Douglas, all of which was on display sponsorship to be used at their discretion for a needy pupil, who need not necessariat their adopted store. “We’ve had loads of stunning artwork ly have participated in the project, or a entered. Competition is tight and they all feeding programme at the value of want to win, so the more people who R10 000.
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013 The cost is R30 per trading car. For more information phone Pam Miller on (021) 762 1376.
Tuesday 20 August V Meadowridge: The Meadowridge Baptist Church is offering a 14-week grief recovery course from 19:30 at 136 Ladies Mile Road. Tickets cost R100. To book or for more information, phone Sue at (021) 712 1218 between 08:30 and 16:00 or email email@example.com.
Saturday 24 and 31 August
V Plumstead: The Prostate Cancer Support Action group will meet at 17:45 for 18:00 in the auditorium at Constantiaberg Mediclinic. Men and their carers are welcome to attend and share experiences. Dr Andre Dreyer has kindly agreed to address the meeting on prostate brachytherapy long-term results. For more information call or SMS the group phone on 073 560 3067. Thursday 22 August V Constantia: The TimeOut Ladies Club will host a bus trip to the West Coast National Park to look at the Spring flowers. The coach leaves from Constantia Village Shopping Centre at 08:45 and will stop for another pick-up at Pick n Pay in Tableview at 09:30. Phone Carol Coombes on (021) 557 0794 or 084 580 1469 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org. V Plumstead: Plumstead Rusoord will host a mini bazaar at the home. There will be pastries, pies, perfumes, fruit and veg, biltong and droëwors on stage, while there will also be live entertainment, line dancing, wheelchair gym and exercises. The library will have books, magazines and newspapers, and there will be great prizes up for grabs in the bingo competition. There will be a surprise menu for lunch at R45. For more information phone Chanre or Madre on (021) 761 2323. Saturday 24 August V Plumstead: A car boot sale will be held at the grounds of the Plumstead Presbyterian Church in Victoria Road from 08:00 until noon.
V Constantia: The Rainbow Puppet Theatre will perform a puppet fairytale at Constantia Waldorf School at 10:00 and 11:15. Admission costs R20. For more information phone (021) 783 2063 or email email@example.com. Sunday 25 August V Constantia: Hike along the Yellowwood Traverse around Grootekop with the Friends of the Hout Bay Museum. Meet at Constantia Nek car park at 09:00. The duration of the Grade 3C hike is four to five hours. Obtain additional information by cont acting Fred Nebe on (021) 790 3287. V Constantia: The Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fair will be held at the Alphen Community Centre hall in Constantia Main Road from 10:00 until 16:00. A variety of items will be on sale. Entry is free and there will be ample parking and refreshments are available. Obtain additional information by contacting Des on 084 626 7499. Thursday 29 August
SOAKING UP THE SUN: Juanita Petronio and Marlon Shaw from Woodstock enjoy a sunny view of Hout Bay on the weekend. PHOTO: CHRISTELLE
V Hout Bay: The Friends of Hout Bay Museum will host a fireside chat in the museum hall in Andrews Road at 18:30. The guest speaker will be Athol Surtees, who will speak on Salmon Fishing in Mongolia. Everyone is welcome to attend the evening, which will see soup, glühwein and garlic bread served. Admission is R30 for members and R40 for visitors. For further details phone the museum on (021) 790 3270.
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PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG 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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Residents have a right to housing September 2010 brought to light the plight of the poor and working class of Hangberg; a community whose struggle is for land and decent housing. The community battled against the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police to protect their homes and families from the unjust onslaught by Helen Zille. In 2011, a Peace Accord was signed by the Peace and Mediation Forum, the City of Cape Town and provincial government. The signing of the Peace Accord, and it being made an order of the court, has only further imprisoned us as a community. Currently the City of Cape Town has four plots of land in or around Hangberg which has been earmarked for housing development. Two of these pieces of land have people living on the land and they have been living there for more than 15 years. Instead of starting development on the vacant land, the City of Cape Town is using this court order, granted by the High Court, to force these people to move into our own Blikkiesdorp, (namely) Lil’ Blikkies. These families have said they will not move until they have peace of mind that their concerns are addressed. Despite the concerns raised in a memorandum handed over to mayor Patricia de Lille by the Hout Bay Civic Association (HBCA) and various other community organisations, the City continues to ignore our issues and this is evident by the construction of Lil’ Blikkies. The HBCA condemns the City of Cape Town for failing to consult the people in the manner our former State president would have. We condemn the construction of our own Blikkiesdorp. By accepting it (which we will never do), it will mean the continued fight for land, decent housing and the Battle of Hangberg was in vein and we will never surrender the dream of one day having land
which we, as residents, own. We note with great concern that these temporary relocation areas are not temporary at all and the set-up of such areas in communities have only meant an increase in gangs, drugs and crime. I refer to “Dallas and Texas residents’ City showdown”, People’s Post, 9 July. The Freedom Charter, as adopted at the Congress of the People in Kliptown on 26 June 1955, states: “There shall be houses, security and comfort! All people shall have the right to live where they choose, be decently housed, and to bring up their families in comfort and security. Unused housing space is to be made available to the people. Rent and prices shall be lowered, food plentiful and no one shall go hungry. A preventive health scheme shall be run by the State. Free medical care and hospitalisation shall be provided for all, with special care for mothers and young children. Slums shall be demolished, and new suburbs built where all have transport, roads, lighting, playing fields, creches and social centres. The aged, the orphans, the disabled and the sick shall be cared for by the State. Rest, leisure and recreation shall be the right of all. Fenced locations and ghettoes shall be abolished, and laws which break up families shall be repealed.” This is what Nelson Mandela and Ashley Kriel fought for, not these ghettoes being provided by the State. And we will not be apologetic about not accepting it! The HBCA is a community-based organisation in Hout Bay. It has been in existence for 31 years. It was known as the Hout Bay Action Committee in the apartheid era and we have a history of advocating for the struggles of the poor and working class in Hout Bay. HBCA SECRETARY ROSCOE JACOBS, HANGBERG
Assure citizens that 10111 works 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. And an investigation should be launched by the most senior officers in our province and give us the assurance that the 10111 lifeline is guaranteed to be the lifeline it intended to be. We, the public, have to be assured
Your SMSes . The building is beautiful. The architects did a wonderful job. Toll roads (are just) more money for our corrupt government. . 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 . Yes, it’s true. I phoned 10111 on a Monday at 21:40. Last week guys were in my yard. I was so scared. They (police) 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! . I really thought I was the only one having a problem with 10111, but after reading People’s Post I was not surprised. I had a dreadful experience when my neighbour, a lady aged 67, had an asthma attack about 02:30. . 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. 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
PEOPLE'S POST | CONSTANTIA | WYNBERG Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Laugh out loud with Soli The irrepressible Soli Philander will have you laughing in the aisles with his new show The Passion Gap. Currently on at the Roxy Revue Bar at GrandWest, The Passion Gap runs from Wednesday to Saturday until Saturday 14 September. In The Passion Gap Soli takes a closer look at Cape Town “the people and city of my heart”. The show features The Passion Gap ambassador of Cape Town, Gabieba Zuma-Gupta who will walk the red carpet, and the wonderful character Gadija who is ever-ready to tell the audience what to stand up and speak about. The Passion Gap will also feature a Haal uit en wys (take out and show) feature showcasing the Mother City’s existing and emerging music,
dance and comedy talent. During the course of the show, Soli will review what makes Cape Town so special and, sometimes, not so special. From bucket-toilet lovers to snoek addicts, ManU supporters, narcissistic hair disorder sufferers, yard flowers, two-Facebook skinnerbekke, Blackberry chargers, the last remaining Stormers supporters, radio presenters with South African accents and Gupta money to put together an unplugged slideshow of who this city does or doesn’t work for. Doors open at 8:00 and the curtain will be raised at 8:30. Tickets available from Computicket at R78. V Five People’s Post readers can each win double tickets to the show on Thursday 22 August. Go to www.peoples post.co.za to enter. Winners will be notified by phone or email.
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MAJESTIC: Young magicians will vie for the 2013 Western Cape Junior Magician title at the Umlingo Festival of Excellence. PHOTO: SAM BURROWS
A magical face-off for top title 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 2013 Western Cape Junior Magician title at the Umlingo Festival of Excellence 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 are from all over Cape Town. Luzuko Bedi (20), from Khayelitsha, has excelled in Close-up Magic, Mime and Clowning, Juggling and Ventriloquism contests. The multi-talented Anele Dyasi (15), from Khayelitsha, has performed at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. Plumstead’s Liam MacKenzie (16) has a penchant for mentalism and card magic, while coin-trick enthusiast Siyamthanda Mzangwa (18), from Zwelethemba, is a top mime and clowning performer. Aaron Simon (15), from Plumstead, is a keen close-up entertainer and avid card manipulator, while Samuel Spiller (17), from Rondebosch, is a quick-fingered wiz-
ard and talented mime artist. Vuyolwethu Foslara (16), from Khayelitsha, has been developing his “floral sensation” to entertain audiences. Kabelo Moreheng (17), from Crossroads, is a keen student of stage magic, mime and clowning, while Alex Paterson-Jones (17), from Hout Bay, is a natural entertainer with a friendly comedic style and a keen fan of card magic. Adam Schroeder (16), from Pinelands, entertained and delighted families at the 2013 Traditional Children’s Magic Festival with his musical magic act. Siyanda Tofile (18), from Crossroads, brings style and poise to the magical party with his excellent manipulation skills. Bedi returns to the Baxter Theatre stage, eager to claim the Close-Up title. “I’ve shown the province what I can do with illusions last year. Now I can’t wait to impress them with my Close-up act. What you’ll see will be both amazing and mystifying.” Tickets, at R100, are available at Computicket. V For more information about the Western Cape Jun ior Magician Championships visit www.collegeof magic.com or call (021) 683 5480.
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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.
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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
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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 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
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-
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