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Taking up battle of addiction JUANITA WILLIAMS

THE battle against substance abuse has been bolstered by Hope House Addiction Counselling Centre. It was officially opened by Mayor Patricia de Lille on Thursday. The centre, on the corner of Main and Military roads, has a waiting list of clients, mostly children, looking for guidance in their battle against drugs. De Lille said: “We have been fighting substance abuse for many years and I was very upset by the headlines in the Cape Times about babies affected by mothers addicted to tik. Without intervention people will go into a downward spiral. This damages the family and robs people of their full potential. Small babies have no choice but to absorb what their mothers are

eating and at six weeks the brain damage is permanent. It is unfair that young children’s futures are jeopardised by the action of the parents.” About 1 000 babies are reported to be born to mothers addicted to tik. De Lille called for all the NGOs and NPOs to work together as there is a lack of coordination to monitor the impact of the prevention work being done. “No one can do it alone, we need a joint effort to heal and assist the vulnerable people of the city. There is no easy way to recovery, and after rehabilitation there is no ongoing support. We must up our game on the prevention side.” The City launched the Don’t Start, Be Smart campaign two months ago and there’s a 24-hour/ seven days a week helpline staffed by professionals (0800 435 748). “But these interventions are not enough to

prevent the scourge of drugs. We need the full might of the law against merchants. It is not normal for merchants to live in the same street as law-abiding citizens, so that drugs can be bought two doors away; it is wrong.” Provincial education minister Donald Grant added that the cost of prevention is “so much less than that of rehabilitation”. “This is a war we simply have to win. Law Enforcement say 93% of the drugs are imported. We must work on demand and get the children to say ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol and make informed choices. Hope House chairperson Geoff Fox explains: “We reach out to the fallen and the weak and guide the confused with various counselling services – whether it’s stress and anger management or trauma.” “Addiction,” he says, “is my primary focus.” Judy Strickland, the founder of Hope

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Tuesday 9 October 2012

Remembering a great mother Dear reader, I once again dedicate my column to my beautiful, courageous mother who passed away 17 days ago after living with breast cancer for years. I also dedicate this column to all those who have lost their mothers and to every individual and organisation championing the fight against cancer. This is the most difficult piece of writing I’ve had to do in my 20-year career and I am writing every word with a broken heart that yearns for my mother. The day my mom died, my entire world ceased to exist and after two weeks of unbridled grieving, my pain at losing my beloved mother is as intense as the day she was diagnosed with cancer. I am not alone in my loss as my mother left behind a legacy of love, generosity, inspiration and tenacity. In our home, she advocated the importance of spirituality and education. She touched the lives of many – often in ways her husband and six children learned of only after her death. My mother inspired her younger sister to work and make her own money in an era when women stayed at home. My mother always had kind words to say about others, regularly sent monetary gifts to the mosque, offered a warm meal and groceries to anyone who stepped into our home and always gave the gift of her smile, even when she had the most excruciating pain. I was blessed to have slept beside my mother the last night of her life and to remain with her until the end. This was painful, but I would not have had it any other way.

The day before my mother died, many of her neighbours visited and said prayers at her bedside. Nearly every one left crying. This is how my mother touched lives. Yes, she was a fiery, strong, independent, smart woman who achieved her goals and who, even throughout her illness, remained the matriarch, giving her family clear directives. At the same time, my mother was a soft, loving, deeply-caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbour. My family and I continue to draw strength from one another, and from the torrent of love, support and compassion from relatives, friends and colleagues – for which we are very grateful. Among the many beautiful messages we’ve received, were these poignant words: “My mother is the keeper of my childhood and the historian of my life...” The keeper of my childhood is gone; that chapter of my life has closed. My mother was my mummy, my best friend, my role model, my confidante, my fan, my financial advisor, my counsellor. She loved me in a way no other can and will. I have been truly blessed and honoured to have had her as my mother and will continue to love and cherish her and my memories of her, forever. Till next time, go well! ConnectED is a weekly column by People’s Post editor Feroza MillerIsaacs who can be contacted on feroza@peoplespost.co.za. People’s Post in online. Visit www.peoplespost.co.za.

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AGELESS ART: An exhibition of Beatrix Bosch’s (pictured) work is on show at The Great Cellar, Alphen Estate, Alphen Drive, Constantia, from Thursday 18 to Thursday 15 No­ vember. Bosch’s 45­year career has taken her around the world into public buildings, galleries and corporate boardrooms. Her work preserves Africa’s wildlife for generations to come in the form of leather works that are unique pieces of art. Bosch had more than 34 solo exhibitions and group shows locally and in USA and Switzerland. Texture is Bosch’s signature and her flair is for abstraction in design. Her unique leather artworks have brought her acclaim for over four decades.

action group will meet in the auditorium of MediClinic Constantiaberg in Burnham Road at 17:45 for 18:00. Dr Karl-Heinz Jehle will talk on sex and prostate cancer. Newlydiagnosed patients and their partners or carers are welcome to attend. For more information call or SMS 073 560 3067.

WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER Bergvliet: The Bergvliet-Meadowridge Ratepayers’ Association’s general meeting will be at Bergvliet Primary School, Children’s Way, at 19:45. Belinda Walker, the City’s Mayco Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, is the guest speaker. The two Ward councillors for the area will also provide their reports. The meeting is strictly members-only. New members resident in the area can join the association at the meeting on payment of R40 annual subscription. Call (021) 712 7115.

FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER Bergvliet: Bergvliet Primary School will hold an open day from 16:00 to 19:00. Interested parties can view the facilities and the pupils’ visual art, technology, computer skills and academic programme. Entertainment will be provided by the school choir from 17:00. Refreshments will be available. Phone 0 (021) 715 1103 for further details.

SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER Wynberg: Former pupils of Wynberg Senior Secondary School will host a back-toschool party at Club Montreal for pupils who matriculated from 1994 to 2004. For more information phone Alison Samuels 0 071 361 6836 or Bradley Swail 0 076 039 0078. Tokai: A craft market will be at Tokai Library from 09:00 until 15:00. The market will sell quality homemade crafts. Refreshments will be available. For further details or to book a stall call Carol on 073 157 6266.

SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER Constantia: The monthly 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. For details call Des on 084 626 7499.

TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER Plumstead: The prostate cancer support

THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER Meadowridge: The Friends of Meadowridge Library will host an illustrated talk by David Davidson, who will speak on his visit to the World Cup Flower Show in Nagasaki, Japan in August. It will be his first talk on the subject. The talk will take place at the library hall at 11:00. Tickets are R25 and R20 for members. Refreshments will be served. For more information phone (021) 712 9360.

FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER Newlands: The Cape Natural History Club will host a talk by Tony Rebelo, from Sanbi, on the restoration of the fynbos at the Tokai Nature Reserve at The Athenaeum at 20:00. Entry is R20. Enquiries to Eleanor on (021) 762 1779 or visit www.capenaturalhistoryclub.co.za.

WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER Plumstead: Associated Seniors will host a bus trip to Hermanus and the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, with the bus leaving at 09:00. Tickets cost R100. For further details call Ursula Schenker 0 (021) 761 8774 or 0 078 382 4668.

SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER Bergvliet: NatinLine Solo Dancers will hold a line dancing carnival at Bergvliet Primary School from 14:00 until 18:00. The event will be an opportunity for interested parties to see what line dancing is all about, while line dancers will have the opportunity to showcase some of their dances. Entrance is R40. Take your own snacks and drinks. Alcohol is not allowed. There will also be lucky ticket draws. Everyone is welcome, dressed in Brazilian or Jamaican carnival outfits, or just a carnival hat. For more information contact Natalie on 076 648 9585 or nat@natinlinedancing.co.za.

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Plumstead: The Associated Seniors Club will host a visit to Schoongezicht in Paarl at 09:00. Tickets cost R150. For details call Ursula Schenker 0 (021) 761 8774 or 0 078 382 4668.


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Tuesday 9 October 2012

People’s Post Constantia-Wynberg Page 3

Stations get a facelift

DIGGING THE DIRT: Construction is underway at Heathfield station. Photo: Juanita Williams

JUANITA WILLIAMS

HEATHFIELD station is undergoing a major makeover as part of the Park n Ride World Cup project, which began in 2010. A large area on the Bergvliet side of the station is being prepared for improved parking and safer walkways. Lighting is to be upgraded and the station will be easier on the eye, as soft and hard landscaping work is on the cards. The other four stations included in the R11m upgrade are Steenberg, Diep River, Kenilworth and Claremont.

The work is estimated to be completed within three to five months. Ward 71 councillor Penny East says the work is quite advanced: “The idea is to make the Park n Ride facilities safer, cleaner and more comfortable for motorists and encourage them to make use of the public transport. The road capacity is overstretched and the idea is to reduce carbon emissions. “”We also hope to install lock-up facilities for bicycles to link up with the new cycle lanes.” The Directorate of Transport, Roads and Stormwater says the aim is to “promote a diversity of travel modes and practices

that will influence the choices made by commuters in order to reduce the number of vehicular trips, minimise travel time and optimise travel costs, especially during peak hours”. At Steenberg station there will be 18 more parking bays for motorists, improved lighting and landscaping. Diep River’s parking area will be upgraded and safe, convenient waiting areas provided for commuters. Landscaping and lighting will be improved and a new pedestrian sidewalk provided so people will be able to walk safely from De Waal Road to the station. Pedestrian crossings and traffic calming measures

will also be put in place. On the eastern side of Claremont station, the rough surface will be tarred and the stormwater facilities upgraded. Better lighting and some landscaping is also planned in the parking area. At Kenilworth, a pedestrian sidewalk will be built along the front of the station building, leading to a new demarcated road crossing. Resurfacing and hard landscaping are planned for the parking area. Future upgrades will focus on stations located on the central and northern line from Cape Town to Khayelitsha and Cape Town to Bellville.

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Fundraising for rescue teams THE month of October sees the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Volunteer Wild Fire Services (VWS) celebrate Rescue Month. Various activities, such as a course on being waterwise, meeting firemen

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Keepers of the Common JUANITA WILLIAMS

MEADOWRIDGE Common has been awarded conservation status. And it could not have come sooner for Fiona Watson, who represents Friends of Meadowridge Common on the Ward 73 Committee. Signage to this effect will be put up on the Common. It has been named a conservation area because of its biodiversity status. Watson says the biodiversity was threatened this year by the sudden spread of white daisies (Dimorpho-theca pluviallis). “It seems that someone spread the seed all over the Common, and there were masses of densely-packed daisies covering large areas. Parents were photographing their children sitting in the daisies. Although the daisies look pretty they are invasive and are actually endangering the growth of the 130 indigenous species on the Common.” The Common is a remnant of the original Bergvliet Farm (343ha) owned by Dr FWF Purcell who collected 595 herbarium species between 1914 and 1919. “My research is housed with his list at (the South African National Biodiversity Institute) Sanbi’s archives in Kirstenbosch,” says Watson, who has been identifying and photographing the plants for many years. She has several large volumes of high-definition photos of the different plants, names, description and habitat. “The City has proclaimed 17 conservation areas in an endeavour to protect and preserve the flora of our botanical kingdom, which is one of the richest in the world, but highly threatened because of the destruction of habitats. These sites are managed by the City Parks, assisted by Friends’ groups with the City’s environmental resource management’s biodiversity branch offering advice.” Watson and a friend spent many hours removing the daisies from the Common by hand – “to prevent the biodiversity of endemic species being outgrown by one common daisy which was smothering and hiding the beautiful range of flora.” The Common is renowned for its rare Red Data Book species; Diastella proteoides is just one of the plants ranked as critically rare and endangered. “Two other vulnerable species seem to have disappeared a number of years ago. If we do not preserve our biodiversity we are failing in our stewardship and the Common’s (flora) will be at risk.”

NEW STATUS: Fiona Watson on Meadowridge Common. Photo: Juanita Williams The Friends have re-introduced some vulnerable species into the rehabilitation area, which is fenced off with ropes and bollards. Visitors to the Common can follow the paths leading to storyboards showing colour photographs and names of the indigenous plants. Watson has also produced broadsheets showing the plants for each month of the year. She says the term “conservation” implies the species present must be preserved and plants cannot be removed or the flowers picked. Plants not historically present on the site may not be introduced; the introduction of further plants and species already present must be sourced from the neighbourhood to preserve the generic integrity of the local species. There are constant threats to the survival of the plants. Watson is concerned that waste disposal trucks have been driving through the protected area to empty the bins. “The men used to fetch the rubbish on foot, but recently they have been using a vehicle which is putting the indigenous plants at risk.” The Friends are also against the tarring of the road leading through the Common.

On a Journey of Hope ANNE SIROKY

BEING asked to journal the Journey of Hope Breast Cancer Ride 2012 is an opportunity of a lifetime. I accept that God chose this experience to connect on a personal level with breast cancer survivors. Journey of Hope 2012 is a motorcycle ride undertaken by, among others, a group of breast cancer survivors. The ride kicked off on Saturday 6 October from Amanzingwe in Broederstroom, through the Eastern Free State, KZN and then into Ushaka Marineworld in Durban on Saturday 13 October where it will end. The aim of the ride is to raise awareness of breast cancer and funds, as well as spread a message of hope. I dedicate this journey to my friends Elaine Page and Helen Stutz, and to the memory of Ahmina Miller and Mariam Abbass. On this journey I met a man and women – each with their own story of how the disease has impacted their lives, and those of families and friends. Breast cancer survivor Zelda Erasmus has a path of faith, perseverance, support and love. Helena Nell’s path has taught her life is preparation for eternity; to grab life with both hands and make it count. Her story is one of hardship as she lost a son to cancer. She believes there’s no place for cancer in her life; her saying is that she lives at 1 Defeat Street. Cancer, she says, needs to be fought on a mental and spiritual level and she has no fear; she fears only God! Kathy Mal-

herbe hopes to help at least one woman to save her life. Each day is a blessing for Heleen Scholtz. Lorraine Leburu lived a healthy, disciplined life and never believed cancer was for her people. Now her story is a testimony, a channel and a vessel to many. Nonki Rampoporo believed cancer would never affect her as it was an elderly people’s disease. Now she believes God is bigger and He can destroy the disease. She refuses to live in negativity and chooses to embrace life. Julie Kemp, who loves biking, inspires women through her public speaking. She will take her story globally to educate people on the plight of cancer. Timothy Mlenje never thought of breast cancer when he found a lump in his breast. His advice is that everyone is vulnerable, check your body, report anything strange. Our 351km journey took us from Johannesburg to Midrand, then Vosloorus, Heidelberg, Villiers, Frankfort and Reitz. Very bad roads took us on to beautiful Bethlehem – a place with great affinity because of the name. It gave me new strength and inspiration to tackle the outreach together. . SA number one volleyballer Anne Siroky was the Shoprite Checkers SABC2 Woman of the Year for Sport 2007, Western Cape winner for the Old Mutual Sowetan SABC Community Builder of the Year 2007 and a recipient of the Imvusa Foundation’s Community Spirit Award. She is founder of The Future Factory, an NPO focusing on life skills and sports development at schools.


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Tuesday 9 October 2012

People’s Post Constantia-Wynberg Page 5

Robber dies after shootout

A HAIL of gunfire greeted police officers who walked into a robbery in progress in Tokai.

The officers, from Kirstenhof and Diep River police, responded to an initial complaint of an alleged hostage situation at a Tudor Road house on Thursday. As officers approached the house, a man stormed out of the front door and opened fire. Bullets hit one officer in his left side, but he was wearing a bulletproof vest and was only bruised. The officer returned fire and hit the suspect. Two more suspects ran out of the house and also opened fire on the police. The two fled the scene in two vehicles parked in the driveway. The suspects had ransacked the house of valuables and packed them into the cars, one of which belonged to the resident. The cars were found abandoned in Constantia. The injured suspect was taken to Groote Schuur Hospital under police guard. He died as a result of his injuries. Kirstenhof detectives are investigating a case of house robbery and attempted murder. Anyone with information is requested to contact Lieutenant-Colonel June Cilliers on 0 (021) 701 2426 or Detective Cap-

tain Johan Brink on (021) 702 8900. . Three armed men robbed a store in Main Road, Constantia, recently. Captain JS Saayman, of Diep River police, says the men had pretended to be shoppers when they entered ADM Superette. Ishak Dawood, who was serving at the counter, says it was a very quiet evening. “The three men strolled in like customers and I wasn’t suspicious at all. They caught me completely off-guard. Two of them pointed guns at me and the third one had his gun under his coat. People had paid their accounts and I had the money hidden under the till. The men damaged the till when they forced it open.” Dawood says he did not recognise any of the men. “I am just glad no-one else was in the store at the time.” Security at the historic store has been beefed up. ADM Superette first opened its doors in 1875. Dawood’s grandfather took over the store in 1905. The suspects fled the scene in a white Toyota Avanza which Saayman suspects may have been linked to another incident in Hout Bay recently. Anyone with information of the robbery can contact Detective Sergeant Arnold Bosch at 0 (021) 710 7321.

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Men at work in Wynberg JUANITA WILLIAMS

RESIDENTS and rat runners need no longer wonder what’s going on behind the “net curtains” in Wynberg West. The pavements along Tenby, Wellington, Cogill and Egglestone roads were dug up two weeks ago. These are now being shielded by orange netting. This has caused problems for vehicles trying to pass residents’ cars parked along the route. The City says the contractor – CBI-African Cable – has dropped notices in the post boxes of residential and commercial properties directly affected.

Dr Les Rencontre, the City’s Director of Electricity Services, explains: “The old, ageing high-voltage underground cables and other electrical equipment is being replaced to cater for new growth and to ensure the reliability of the electricity supply to the area is maintained at the required level.” He says the bulk of the civil installation work should be completed by mid-November. “Cable jointing work requiring smaller excavations at intervals along the cable route will be done between mid-November and end-November.” Rencontre says reinstatement of all sidewalks should be completed by the end of November.

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My battle with weight loss TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN

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Now lean and healthy, his story of how a health scare in Grade 11 was the cold reality he needed to lose weight. The 20-year-old student talks candidly about his battle to keep his weight down. He had gone from a “chubby baby” to an overweight child and teenager. “I’ve always had the problem of being overweight. In primary school I was always the biggest in the class and at high school I was called nicknames like ‘Porky’. Being short didn’t help either,” he says. At his heaviest, he tipped the scales at close to 140kg. Those closest to him were a tremendous source of comfort to him. “My family never made me feel bad about myself, they always encouraged me.” Being judged and stared at is a feeling he says he knows well. He explains that from a young age he has had to put up with his peers looking at him when he bought things from a cake sale or tuck shop at school and even if they went to eat out. “The children and even my friends always use to watch to see what I bought and how much, but I’ve always had a healthy appetite and a love for fried food.” He says he had tried on numerous occasions to shed some pounds through sports and attempts to eat healthy but his efforts were never successful. This resulted in a low self-esteem and made him very selfconscious. “It is easy to get depressed when you are always picked on and you can’t find the clothes you want. I tried to get rid of the weight, especially in high school. He adds: “I was always scared to talk to girls because I thought they wouldn’t want a guy like me when there was other guys

with six packs,” he says. However, one girl did take note and he says she has been with him through “thick and thin”. His turning point he explains came in Grade 11 when he became very sick and was later diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. “It was a huge shock to me; I thought it (diabetes) only affected old people,” he says. He says people have two options: “You can either feel sorry for yourself or make the best out of it. For me it was a wakeup call and I decided to change my life style.” Although he had many previous failed attempts he decided to take out a gym contract, make changes to his diet and seriously start to take part in sport. By the beginning of matric he had lost

almost 40 kg, which he says was ‘a nice feeling for change’ because many of his peers were shocked to see him looking thin. When asked what he thought made this time different, besides having been sick, he says: “If you change for others it will never work, but do it for yourself and it will.” He says having lost weight has made a huge impact to his self-esteem and he is less self-conscious but still loves eating his KFC and other fried foods but not as often as he did. When asked if he had any advice for others struggling with weight issues he says: “Don’t let your physical appearance define who you are inside.”

Learning to eat again TARREN-LEE HABELGAARN

AN EATING disorder gave her control, but, she says, her health is not worth the risk. A 30-year-old woman spoke to People’s Post, on condition of anonymity, about her battle with the eating disorder bulimia. “When I was younger I watched a TV programme where they spoke about bulimia and showed how someone forced themselves to vomit. I was about 18 when I first decided to see if I could also force myself to throw up,” she says. Bulimia nervosa is defined as an eating disorder, triggered by an emotional reaction, in which short periods of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging or fasting. “I had a lot of personal things going on in my life; I had no control over what was happening. What I eat, when I eat, where I eat and when I threw up were all things I could control and that was my trigger,” she says. She adds that bulimia is a very personal eating disorder. The routine becomes second nature where you excuse yourself from a room and relieve yourself, she says. “Not many people in my life know about my struggle. I would eat out with friends and everyone would say ‘Wow, you eat a lot’. I could eat a lot because I knew after every meal or snack I was going to excuse myself and throw up.’ Her eating habits did not, however, come without consequences. She became very sick and was diagnosed with malnutrition and tuberculosis. She believes bulimia affects people in different ways – some may lose weight and others not. In her case, she did experience weight

loss, but her poor health made it less obvious. “People probably assumed it was just because I was sick that I had lost weight.” Her life took a turning point in December when her teeth started falling out and she had noticed her uvula (the small tongue in the back of her throat) had become elongated. “I have no gag reflexes anymore. It’s like burping to me and when you throw up that much the acid from your stomach stays behind in your mouth and starts affecting your teeth.” It brought home a harsh reality. “For the first time I actually thought ‘oh my gosh, I am going to die if I don’t stop’. We all die eventually, but I didn’t want to make it any sooner than it had to be.” Her stomach had become so used to being empty that she says: “It felt comforta-

ble to eat again.” She now eats small portions to try and adjust her body again. ‘It has been eight months since I last threw up and I’m very proud of myself. When the bubbly chocolate first came out I bought one and ate the whole thing; then I wanted to throw up, but I told myself ‘no’. And then I went and walked for about an hour because I knew I won’t throw up in public.” Whenever she gets the urge she does something to take her mind off throwing up. “It was a mental block at that stage of my life, but I still can’t get over putting myself through that. No matter the situation, my advice to others who are thinking of doing it is, ‘don’t do it, it is not worth it’.”


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LEADER

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Truck stop IN THE early 1990s, Mitchell’s Plain was cordoned off by minibus taxis. People were trapped. Traffic came to a standstill. Roads led to nowhere. Nobody could get in. Nobody could get out. Few went to work. All were held ransom by the unified action of taxi drivers. Those were the dying moments of the struggle days. People on the Cape Flats know it well. The country burned; it was a looters’ paradise; people got hurt. That was the day taxis ruled the roads of the biggest Coloured township in the country. Fast-forward to the past two weeks. The actions of truck drivers nationwide now hold the country captive. Goods are not being transported. If the strike by SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) continues, essential services will come to a grinding halt. Few would remain unaffected by this action. These concerns are already being feared. Availability of raw materials for manufacturing; goods for essential, life-saving services, like medical equipment; food; packaging. In some small way – or another – each person will feel the effects of the truck drivers’ strike as they hold out for their pay hike demands. The strike is reported to cost the transport industry R1bn in revenue each week. In the Cape, three people, a child among them, were hurt and three trucks were set alight. Satawu denies involvement in violence, but has reportedly called on rail and port workers for support of a secondary strike. It will cripple the country. Some may be reminded of the days when people were encouraged to hoard baked beans – then in anticipation of the “swart gevaar”, now because there simply may be no stock to replenish store shelves. We can build a nation only with likeminded people. Even so, everyone has the right to a fair salary. Let’s hope the strike comes to a quick conclusion.

Red meat gives brain power

Coal or wood better options POIGNANT is the letter that puts a one-sided slant on the volatile substance gas prompted by Tony Robinson as an alternative fuel to electricity (“No light bulb moment”, People’s Post, 14 August). (He is) resigned to fighting for nuclear power stations Eskom promised to build and subsequently no constructive action (was) taken by Eskom to relieve the woes of the population. Many have suffered from gas explosions and valuable lives, properties and possessions destroyed. (It is) a silent killer. Unsuspecting, as one sleeps, the gas stove leaks gassing the whole family. Also gas leaks explode when one strikes a match. Buying gas

is expensive (and) unsympathetic dealers charge exorbitant prices. (There is) also irregular availability of gas. With the vast supply of coal in this country, a coal stove not only cooks food and boils water, but doubles as a heater. On cold winter nights the family can sleep in the kitchen on mattresses. One can also have coal stoves or wood-burning stoves in the lounge – as seen in companies that market the coal and wood stoves. The cold is amplified in a corrugated iron shelter as the cold cuts in to one in an intense way off the corrugated iron. KEITH VINCENT Plumstead Letter shortened – Ed

Alternative way to look at things WHILE stationed at Table Bay Harbour as a police officer I realised that, in fighting crime, you have to try out resources and techniques to outsmart criminals. I (used) binoculars and realised it would be a permanent resource in my police vehicle. It gave me the edge to observe the layout of my precinct from a distance. I have arrested many an unsuspecting, confused criminal committing a crime and I was not even nearby, but the criminal was right in front of me – thanks to the powerful binoculars. Night vision binoculars can be used after dark.

In the past, I have tried to sell this practice to our law enforcement agencies, without success. The community is continuously asked to help in the fight against crime and here is my contribution. If this proposal is accepted it has to be extensively advertised so criminals (know) they are being watched. I have started this campaign in conjunction with Lansdowne police. I hope this time the proposal I am forwarding receives the practical credit it deserves. KEITH BLAKE Ottery

IN REPLY to Martin Struthmann’s SMS (People’s Post, 25 September). All meateaters, whether they be birds or mammals, have their eyes in front of their heads. On the other hand herbivores have their eyes on the side of their heads – to glance over their shoulders to see pursuing meateaters. British researchers set out to prove that children of vegetarians – who are perforce vegetarians – have a higher IQ than the children of meateaters. To their consternation they found it was the opposite: children of vegetarians have a much lower IQ than those of meateaters. Being honest researchers they decided to find out why. They found that in red meat, and only in red meat, there is an element that builds childrens’ brains. Children must have at least 75g of red meat three times a week. I realise many vegetarians hold senior positions, but they became vegetarians as adults. Their parents were not vegetarians. I hope you do not deprive your children of red meat; it is to their disadvantage. PETER N MARAIS Tokai


NEWS

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Answering a cry for help JUANITA WILLIAMS

CHILD abuse is a way of life in many communities. “Children have to be taught that their bodies are precious and to violate them is wrong,” says Cheryl Morilly of Childline in Wynberg. “For many children talking to a counsellor is the first time they have had an adult’s full attention and support.” The Childline cottage in Fleming Road is calm and serene, with happy murals on the wall and comfortable couches. The social workers use play therapy – which includes the use of toys and games – as a counselling medium with young children. Nutritious snacks and drinks are offered to the children. Gaining their confidence is the way to go, and it usually takes a few sessions to build an open relationship. More often or not, says Morilly, it has been found that sexual abusers are men who watch pornographic movies. “They befriend children and invite them to watch porn, and tell them ‘I want you to do that’. Children also complain about men in cars who ask them to go with them for money. It is (difficult) to understand why men abuse children.” Clive Human, of STOP (Standing Together to Oppose Pornography), explains: “Men who have been exposed to porn as young children often manifest addiction later in life. I recently dealt with a man who filmed his 14-year-old stepdaughter while she was undressing for a bath. He admitted he had been exposed to porn as a child. Addiction is a chemical reaction in the brain; it raises the dopamine and adrenalin levels and men progress from soft to hard porn as they become desensitised.” Human runs support workshops for men addicted to porn. Obtain details from www.STOP.co.za. Childline also holds workshops for parents to encourage them to spend quality time with their children. Morilly says: “Some children keep quiet about abuse and only talk about it in adolescence. They seem to need to talk as they make the transition from childhood

to adulthood, and they want answers. Often children get quite attached to us and don’t want to stop the sessions, so we have an open-door policy if anyone needs to come back or reach out. But we keep in contact with the teacher or parent for six months to check if there are any changes in behaviour.” She adds: “The severity of the cases varies from children complaining that someone has touched their private parts to repeated rape, which is common in some communities.” Childline Wynberg deals with cases from Ocean View, Hout Bay, Maitland, Lavender Hill, Grassy Park, Guguletu, Parow and Langa. “Teenagers often refuse to come to see us, so we suggest they just come once to see what it is like and we soon win them over. We help them deal with their feelings and make sense of what has happened to them. What seems like a big, overpowering monster in their lives becomes a controllable issue. During child abuse awareness and prevention workshops in schools, we start by explaining what abuse is, as sometimes they don’t recognise it. We empower them by teaching them that their body parts are unique and they can say ‘no’,” says Morilly. “Often being able to speak about rape is a huge relief for a young person. If the sexual offender is someone in the home, they could be arrested and ordered to move out of the home. Sometimes the mother and child have to move out. Children may be placed in foster care, a place of safety or with a family member. “These circumstances are usually investigated by a social worker to ensure the child is no longer at risk of further abuse. Bail conditions have to be upheld or the accused can be re-arrested immediately. Children often feel guilty if they have caused the arrest of someone they are close to and trust.” The three social workers at Childline Wynberg have up to 30 cases on file and children are counselled once a week for three to eight months. There is a long waiting list so it can sometimes take up to two months to see a counsellor. The Childline toll-free helpline (08000 55 555) is available all hours.

REACH FOR THE STARS: As part of their curriculum the Grade 4 classes of West­ cott Primary School in Diep River have been learning about food groups, hygiene and healthy eating. One of their design and technology tasks was to make a healthy sandwich, in a crea­ tive shape. Emilie Walters made a rocket and used cookie cutters to cut stars. Photos: Supplied

MADAME BUTTERFLY: Ro­ byn Williams made butterfly sandwiches.

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FEATURE

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Tuesday 9 October 2012

Author with a wild streak JUANITA WILLIAMS

BORN TO BE WILD: Graham Cooke with his leopard cubs.

THE photo of Graham Cooke with a leopard cub sealed the deal when he wanted to have his life story penned.

at the savannah, and all my childhood passion for wildlife returned. It was my first moment of connection and the first of many trips.â&#x20AC;? She took up wildlife photography and wrote her first article about cheetahs for a magazine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very thrilled and began making a name for myself.â&#x20AC;? When her parents relocat-

ed to Cape Town, she joined them and began writing professionally for Africa Geographic, Country Life and Longevity. This is Van Rielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third book. The first â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Life with Darwin and other Baboons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tells the story of Karin Saks, who works with chacma baboons. The Crowing of the Roosters, her second book, was nominated for the Alan Paton Award in 2005.

She is involved in raising awareness and funds for animal and wildlife organisations South African Mass Animal Sterilisation; the Caprivi Carnivore Project, run by Lise Hanssen, a Lakeside woman who has spent 20 years in Namibia working with predators; and SanWild, founded and run by Louise Joubert in the Lowveld, as a rescue centre for wild animals.

 

The result is the story of Cooke authored by Fransje van Riel. Van Riel and Cooke were at the launch of My Life with Leopards at Kalk Bay Books. It captures the story of how Cooke, as a 22year-old rookie game ranger at Londolozi in 1993, met and fell in love with two six-week old leopard cubs. Van Riel, who lives in Constantia, says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graham doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find it easy to talk about his leopards, and he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t told anyone the full story before. He explained how he instinctively understood the cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fears: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They were very wary and my heart opened up to them and I gained their trust.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story builds up in terms of emotions and I was literally in tears while I was writing.â&#x20AC;? Cooke spent a week in Cape Town with Van Riel and the rest of the story was recounted in emails. Cooke lives in the Magaliesburg and works as a freelance safari guide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The experience of bringing up the cubs still pains him,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The leopard cubs changed his life forever.â&#x20AC;? Van Riel was an air hostess with KLM before she found her real passion in life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; writing about and photographing wildlife. Born in Laren, a small village 20 minutes from Amsterdam, she was 13 when she moved to Tunbridge Wells, UK. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a child, I loved writing stories about wildlife.â&#x20AC;? She returned to Holland to work at Schiphol Airport with Transavia Airlines, and later joined the KLM flight crew. Her first trip to Africa was a life-changing experience: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I spent three days in Kenya just marvelling

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GENERAL

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Reza needs the gift of life JUANITA WILLIAMS

EACH day is a precious gift for Reza Price (15) and his family as they anxiously await news of a bone marrow donor who could give him new life. The Grade 9 pupil at Westerford High School in Newlands has weekly and bi-weekly blood transfusions at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. After the transfusions he feels well enough to go to school, but often feels too ill to continue lessons. In the Price home, in Pinati Estate, Lansdowne, there is a sense of underlying calm which is closely guarded by his mother Zeenat. This despite the ever-increasing odds building against her eldest son, Reza. Four years ago, the Price family had their world turned upside down when Reza, then 12, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia in September 2009. His sister Leila was the first to notice something was wrong, when she saw him slumped over in the back seat of the car. She thought he was playing the fool and poked him in the ribs. This evoked no response from Reza, and he was rushed to hospital. Tests showed his platelet count was dangerously low. This is one of the symptoms of Aplastic Anaemia, a rare condition where the body does not produce sufficient new blood cells to replenish existing blood cells. Reza’s condition has now become so severe that he is completely reliant on blood transfusions, which cost a fortune. The teenager remains upbeat and shows strength of character. Reza says he really misses not being able to enjoy a good game of cricket or soccer with his friends, and because of his illness, he has

AMBITIOUS: Wynberg resident Sharron Marco­Thyse has been appointed as one of five trustees of the newly­estab­ lished Pioneer Foods Education and Community Trust. The trust will focus on education initiatives, with the aim to uplift communities. It will also assist in the provision of school buildings or equipment for public schools and edu­ cational institutions, as well as the provision of scholar­ ships, bursaries and study loans. Marco­Thyse is also di­ rector of the Centre for Rural Legal Studies in Stellenbosh and chairperson of the SA Wine Industry Trust. Photo: Hannes Thiart

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NEEDS HELP : Reza Price and his mother Zeenat. Photo: Supplied had to stay away from parties and gatherings. He can’t risk compromising his immune system by getting an infection. He also has to be extremely careful of physical contact because of his low platelet count. For people who are diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia, one of the answers is to have a bone marrow transplant – however, the donor must be a near match. Both Reza’s siblings, as well as his parents and most of his close relatives have been tested, but none are a match for Reza. The Sunflower Fund recruits potential bone marrow stem cell donors to help patients like Reza and many others in need of a life-saving match. A bone marrow drive is being held for Reza in the foyer of the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands on Bandana Day, Friday 12 October from 07:00 to 10:00. Anyone wanting to know about becoming a bone marrow donor can contact the Sunflower Fund on the toll free number 0800 121 082 or visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za.

Top award for digging in the dirt A CONSTANTIA NGO which seeks to address food security has gone from digging in the dirt to palming a R50 000 innovation award. Soil for Life (SFL) is one of five winners – whittled down from the original 19 – at the Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards, held at the Baxter. Founder/director Pat Featherstone’s presentation illustrated SFL workers have had their hands deep in the dirt for ten years, teaching people how to grow fresh, nourishing, safe food to beat the food crisis. She says: “SFL addresses poverty and poor nutrition by providing individuals with skills that help communities in impoverished areas to provide cost-efficient food for themselves, while learning to create their own small businesses.” Featherstone plans to use the money to create a short documentary highlighting the SFL programme and its impact on families and communities. This will address, among others, food security, health, income generation, waste recycling and job opportunities. The film is expected to showcase the work and attract donors and broadcast SFL’s message nationally and hopefully throw a lifeline to the poorer communities.

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Featherstone says: “We also want to upgrade the website, weekly blog, and provide an educational programme to raise awareness and create a high organisational profile to help raise funds.” Through SFL’s Food Gardening Enterprise and the Home Food Gardening Programme, 827 poorly-educated, unskilled and food insecure individuals in impoverished communities around Cape Town were taught the skills to grow their own food in an environmentally sustainable manner. SFL has established 538 productive home gardens, which benefit 3 500 people, by teaching people how to create opportunities for themselves using low-cost or freely available material while simultaneously cleaning up their communities. The project also offers a programme which teaches simple business skills. Participants are encouraged to pursue their newfound capabilities at home or in groups and to set up small outlets for their wares. The Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre is an NPO established in 1999, which identifies, rewards and promotes social innovation in public service and civil society. Impumelelo has awarded more than 300 projects that solve key public problems.

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NOTICE OF MEETINGS OF THE SUBCOUNCILS OCTOBER 2012 Notice is hereby given that the meeting of the 24 (twenty four) Subcouncils for the City of Cape Town will take place at the time and at the different venues as indicated in the schedule below: Subcouncil Venue

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Council Chambers, Royal Ascot, Milnerton

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Kraaifontein Council Chambers

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Council Chambers, Voortrekker Road, Goodwood Parow Council Chambers, Tallent Road, Parow Council Chambers, cnr Jakkalsvlei Avenue and Kiaat Road Bonteheuwel Bellville Council Chambers, Bellville Civic Centre

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Durbanville Council Chambers

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Strand Council Chambers, Strand

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Solomon Tshuku Hall, Site C Khayelitsha

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Lookout Hill Tourism Facility, Khayelitsha

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Ruth First Community Hall

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Fezeka Council Chambers, Gugulethu

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Vanguard Community Hall, Vanguard Estate Portland Community Centre, Mitchells Plain

Raven Room, Pinelands Training Centre, Pinelands Council Chambers, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town

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Athlone Minor Hall

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Rondevlei Subcouncil Chambers, Lotus River

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Council Chambers Fish Hoek

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Council Chambers, Alphen Centre Constantia Oostenberg Council Chambers Kuils River

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Strand Council Chambers

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Colorado Community Centre

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Khayelitsha Training Centre

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Manager Peter Deacon 021 550 1001 Fred Monk 021 980 6053 Johannes Brand 021 590 1676 Ardela van Niekerk 021 938 8050 Martin Julie 021 695 8161 Pat Jansen 021 918 2024 Carin Viljoen 021 970 3002 Izak du Toit 021 850 4149 Vathiswa Njaba 021 360 1351 Lunga Bobo 021 630 1600 Kayise Nombakuse 021 630 1600 Kennith Snippers 021 371 4550 Lunga Bobo 021 630 1600 Christopher Jako 021 630 1600 Mariette Griessel 021 531 3437 Marius Coetsee 021 487 2055 Edgar Carolissen 021 637 9757 Okkie Manuels 021 700 4020 Desiree Mentor 021 784 2011 Brian Ford 021 794 2493 Pieter Grobler 021 900 1502 Richard Moi 021 900 1508 Raphael Martin 021 371 4551 Anthony Mathe 021 956 8000

To access to the full agenda and all supporting documentation 72 hours before the meeting go to www.capetown.gov.za/subcouncils.

DIGGING DEEP­ ER: Soil for Life’s Pat Feather­ stone (left) and Sandi Lewis with the award. Photo: Supplied

Highlight the date of the subcouncil meeting, choose the subcouncil you require and download the agenda. Please report any difficulties to the relevant subcouncil manager. ACHMAT EBRAHIM CITY MANAGER


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Tickle your funny bones GET a biting wit, satirical dialogue and great comic timing with Butlers and Bunny Chows from Wednesday 10 until Friday 12 October at the Intimate Theatre at Hiddingh in Orange Street at 20:15. Tickets cost R60, R40 for students, R45 for block bookings of 10 and can be booked by Computicket. Contact

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Tuesday 9 October 2012

Mahola, Zoid go Unplugged HOME-GROWN South African stars Zolani Mahola and Karen Zoid will be at the Fugard Theatre for two concerts only.

They will feature in Afro Rock Unplugged! on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 October at 20:00. Mahola is the renowned lead singer and magnetic front-stage personality of the Grammy-winning band Freshlyground. Zoid, South African Music Awards (Sama) winner for Best Female Artist, has a name that is now the byword for emotionally charged, downright incendiary South African rock music. As one of this country’s most popular and recognisable singers, Mahola had acting on her mind when she left Port

Elizabeth to study drama at UCT. Since joining Afro-pop group Freshlyground in 2002, however, she has become known for her captivating stage presence. Since releasing her first solo album, Poles Apart (2002), Zoid has become such an important part of the home-grown scene. She has managed that unusual and frequently tricky feat of balancing popular appeal with critical praise; of securing an audience of both Afrikaans and English speakers; of retaining her individuality in a market known for its desire for sameness. Zoid, whose followers have been called the “Zoid Generation”, has shared the stage with international acts like John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Metallica, Simple Plan, Hothouse Flowers, Seal and UB40. Zoid Afrika is her latest album. Concert-goers can expect a double serving of brilliant music in an outstanding collaboration. The concerts take place at the Fugard in Caledon Street, District Six. Tickets, from R110 to R140, available through Computicket or the Fugard booking office on (021) 461 4554.

DRINK UP: From left, Aphiwe Menziqa, Rameez Nordien and Evelyn Brink.

CLASS ACT: Solo­ ist Magdalene Minnaar with Camerata Tinta Barocca will be at St Andrew’s Church, Somerset Road, Cape Town, on Wednesday 10 October at 20:00. Tickets cost R70 and R90 and wine and fruit juice will be on sale at inter­ val. Call on 0 083 684 7318 or visit website www.ctb­ music.co.za

Two choirs, two shows THE Philharmonica Choir of Cape Town, together with the Cape Town Youth Choir, will hold two performances of Choral Masterpieces, a selection of choral music repertoire. The first performance on Saturday 13 October will be held at the Toringkerk in Paarl at 18:00. On Sunday 14 October the second

performance will be held at the Diocesan College chapel in Rondebosch at 16:00. Tickets, at R100 for adults and R70 for children, students and senior citizens, are available from Computicket or by contacting Jill on 0 (021) 797 2274 or 2 jill.gribble15@gmail.com.

Win tickets for HIStory WIN! WIN! WIN! People’s Post readers can win five pairs of tickets for the HIStory show at Artscape on Thursday 11 October. SMS the word “Jackson”, your name and the People’s Post edition

you read to 34586 by Wednesday 10 October at 17:00. SMSes cost R1,50. Winners will be notified by phone and have to collect their tickets at the venue on the night.

CELEBRATING TALENT: Artscape CEO Michael Maas, back, celebrates the imminent start of the Artscape National Youth Music Competition with, from left, Threslin Southgate (clarinet), Caron Tremble (bassoon) and Danielle Rossouw (clarinet). The competition kicks off today at the Artscape Theatre. People’s Post readers can win one of two double tickets for the finalist gala concert on Saturday 13 October at 19:30 at the Artscape Theatre. SMS the word “gala”, your name and which edition of People’s Post you read to 34586 by Thursday at 13:00. SMSes cost R1,50. Winners will be notified by phone and have to collect their tickets at the venue on the night. Photo: Supplied

Djalili come to GrandWest AWARD-WINNING funnyman Omid Djalili plans to let you see the wacky side of life in his comedic act at the Grand Arena on Saturday 27 October. The British-Iranian comic is not only acclaimed as one of Britain’s funniest stand-up comedians, Djalili has also featured in a host of popular films, including The Mummy, Gladiator, Spy Game and Pirates of the Caribbean III. He has been commissioned to do his own series for BBC1, The Omid Djalili Show. He is one of the UK’s funniest, freshest and most original comedians. After great success at the Edin-

burgh Festivals of 1993 and 1994 with a one-man theatre piece, he became a festival favourite with a string of sell-out comedy shows. It started in 1995 with Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner’s Son. He has performed every year since 1995 and in 2005 Djalili returned to the festival with his most successful show to date, No Agenda. His international appeal is vast, having performed in Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and Qatar. The show starts at 20:00 with tickets, from R288 to R568, from Computicket.

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SNEAKING UP: Engen Santos FC midfielder Tyrone Arendse steals possession from Mpumalanga Black Aces player Themba Njwaga during a National First Division match at Athlone Stadium on Saturday night. Santos were defeated 0­1. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

ON BENDED KNEE: Old Mutual Cricket Club batsman Dane Piedt hits a ball towards mid­ wicket during a Western Province Cricket Association amateur 20/20 match against Vic­ toria CC. Photos: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

JUST SHORT: Victoria CC’s Gareth Dreyer of Victoria Cricket Club runs out Zakier Kathrada of Old Mutual. The game was played at the Wally Wilson Oval A field in Rondebosch on Saturday. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

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Santos get stuck against Black Aces

LIAM MOSES

A YOUNG and inexperienced Engen Santos FC side will need to improve on their lacklustre opening match performance. This according to coach Mart Nooij, who described his chargers performance against Mpumalanga Black Aces as “disappointing”. The “People’s Team” kicked of their National First Division (NDF) campaign with a forgettable display and an unsatisfactory 1-0 loss in front of less than 100 people at Athlone Stadium on Saturday night. After watching his troops falter against their much less illustrious opposition, Nooij admitted that they would need to pick up their play this weekend. “There are a lot of things that we still need to improve on. We are a young and inexperienced team with an experienced back bone, but the young ones are determined,” says Nooij. “The performance was a little disappointing. We started very nervous and we were not comfortable on the ball.” Both teams started the game shakily and played far too many long balls in the opening 20 minutes. When the teams finally shook off their early season rust and settled into the game, around the 35 minute mark, Santos started to dominate possession and territory. After several minutes of patient build-ups, the hosts fashioned their first chance from a counter-attacking move. Stalwart Tyrone Arendse put Edwin Sitayitayi through on goal, with a well weighted through ball. The forward squared the ball for winger Salmaan King. However, a last-ditch tackle stopped King

from striking the ball and Aces responded with their own counter attack. After breaking into the Santos box, a Black Aces player was judged to have been fouled and the referee awarded a penalty. Esau Metsweni stepped up and casually struck the ball past Santos keeper Pa Demba Touray, into the top right hand corner of the net to take the lead in the 44th minute. Santos continued to dominate in the remaining minutes of the half, but could not fashion any further chances before the break. They seemed invigorated when they returned after half-time and came close to levelling matters after just 30 seconds. Sitayitayi managed to lose his marker again, but shot straight at the keeper after receiving the ball in space, on the edge of the box. The striker was proving to be a constant danger to the Aces defence, and five minutes later he headed a cross narrowly wide of goal, after climbing highest to meet a teasing ball from King. Black Aces seemed content to sit on their lead and play on the counter, and they would have been made to pay had Santos not squandered their chances. Nooij bemoaned his team’s lack of composure in front goal and blamed the poor finishing for the loss. “After a quiet 20 minutes we got control of the match and dominated, but then you have to score goals,” says Nooij. “Unfortunately we got a penalty against us from one of their few attacks into our box, but we got the opportunities. We dominated the second half, but we did not score a goal. In this league, and any other league, you need to score goals to win matches.” The Dutch coach refused to speculate on his team’s chances of earning promotion, saying there were still “29 games to go”.

THROUGH THE GAP: Milano United striker Keanan Thomas beats Seun Ledwaba and Mpho Mvelase of United FC during a National First Division match at Wynberg Military Base on Sunday. Thomas played an integral role in his side’s 1­1 draw. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images


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PERFECT TIM­ ING: Moeneeb Abbas of Unit­ ed Cricket Club plays a hook shot during a Western Prov­ ince Cricket Association amateur 20/20 match against UCT CC at the Wally Wilson Oval B field in Ronde­ bosch on Satur­ day. Photo: Peter

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120 000km, F/H, 18inch wheels, S/R

Renault Megane GSI 2002 179 000km

Latest Payslip + 3 months bank statement, copy of ID, proof of address needed. No Driver’s License needed. Blacklisted welcome. Mon, Tues 8.30-5.50pm Wed-Fri 8.30-8.30pm Sat 8-5pm Sun 9-1pm


PeoplesPost Constantia Wynberg Edition 09 Oct 2012