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Making them happy Steenberg High School musicians Reneeca Beukes (left, euphoni um), Miche van der Rheede (tuba) and LeighLynn Smidt (baritone sax) are proud new members of the Cape Philhar monic Youth Wind Ensemble. The three are also members of their school’s successful music programme which they all agree has helped them grow personally and academical ly. Read more on page 10. PHOTO: LOUISA STEYL
Protecting the vlei
TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji
othing beats the feeling of sitting next to the water and watching the birds as they take a splash. Not many people have that in their community, and many have to pay to enjoy such a tranquil view. Having been blessed with the beautiful Langvlei in their area, people in Lakeview say they will do whatever it takes to protect it. Over the past few weeks, Lakeview Neighbourhood Watch had their hands full with people stealing from the Langvlei. A few weeks ago a man was caught taking the grass from the vlei. He was caught redhanded with a trolley full of grass, which he allegedly sells to other communities. They have also caught people stealing Egyptian geese which the suspects allegedly
sell for R200 and the eggs for R90. The watch has also been struggling with people that go there to drink. After they are done, they dump their bottles in the water. To make sure that all this doesn’t continue to happen, the Lakeview Neighbourhood Watch is working towards having a fence around the vlei and a gate so that they can monitor who comes in and out of the vlei. They will also create a path to make it easier for people visiting the vlei to enjoy walks around the area. Monica Petersen, chairperson of the neighbourhood watch, says they want to maintain the beauty of the vlei. “This is something that we are blessed with. It’s so nice to sit there with your family and watch the birds but there are people who destroy it, and we won’t allow them,” says Petersen. “The vlei is very important to us. We have to look after it. All the species that live there
make our lives better as well, so we need them. If we allow people to destroy it, we can just as well kiss it goodbye. Other people have to pay to enjoy birdlife or go to such places, but we are blessed to have it here,” she says. In an effort to stop people from dumping rubbish in the vlei and stealing grass from it, there has been an educational awareness project, Petersen explains. “We had a conservationist who told us all we need to know about the vlei and its importance. People were told that the grass that is harvested close to the vlei is not good for gardens. It will eventually die because it needs a lot of water,” she says. “If people need grass for their garden, they should go buy some at garden centres. People must also stop feeding the geese. These are wild birds and by feeding them you’re taking away their wildness.” The neighbourhood watch says they are
also working on having the vlei cleaned up as people are dumping in it. They also hope to have invasive species cleaned out as well. Belinda Walker, Mayoral Committee member for community services and special projects, says people are warned that if they are caught they will be criminally charged for stealing an indigenous species of grass or animal. “The grass is indigenous, which grows in its natural state and does not require any form of maintenance. The removal of the grass, as well as any animals, constitutes a criminal offence and as such does not carry a fine. Any person caught will be criminally charged and prosecuted,” she says. “However, one has to realise that criminal charges can only be instituted if there are witnesses to the crime who are prepared to testify in court.” V Continued on page 2.
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FROM PAGE 1 “Unfortunately, many cases are lost due to the fact that witnesses are not willing to attend court,” Walker says. The Langvlei forms part a greater stormwater catchment area. This stormwater run-
off flows into Langvlei and from there it eventually flows into Zandvlei. From this it can be seen that the vlei forms an integral part of the stormwater management for the area north of its location.”
A community member relaxes at the Langvlei as she enjoys the cool breeze and watches birds play in the water. Though the Langvlei is threatened at the moment, resi dents say they will do what ever it takes to protect it. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI
Julian Cleophas is the campaign producer for an upcoming film entitled Alison: The Movie, which will make its international debut at the Encounters Film Festival in June. The movie is directed by Uga Carlini.
From Silvertown to silver screen EARL HAUPT @EarlHaupt
ulian Cleophas has lived most of his life in Silvertown, but due to a series of events, now has a vested interest in the silver screen. Silvertown became his home after living in Kuils River for the first five years of his life. After journeying through Turfhall Primary School and Belgravia High School, he eventually ended up studying a B.Sc course at the University of the Western Cape. However, his path would take a dramatic turn after enrolling at the Raymond Ackerman Academy (facilitated by the UCT Graduate School of Business) where he studied entrepreneurship. While there, Cleophas was introduced to the world of modelling, which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world while participating in various fashion campaigns. The environment opened up the door for him to pursue a career in film and production. He still pursued alternative career paths while modelling. “After the entrepreneurship, I was pursuing an educational initiative called i-Wizz kids which was a concept I was pushing that was focused on an incentive-based online educational platform for high school students to find educational resources and provide them with a social networking platform to enhance academic achievement.” However, following a stint in Raizcorp’s Pitch and Polish competition, Cleophas landed up at Visual Impact. There he met Uga Carlini, director of Alison. Alison is based on the true story of Alison Botha, who was raped, stabbed and disembowelled – and survived to rebuild her life
as an inspirational speaker. Botha’s story was first transformed into a best-selling book “I Have Life” which has been translated into seven languages and a perennial on Penguin’s best seller list since 1998. According to Carlini, this is the first time Alison has ever allowed cameras into her home. Critics have described Alison as one of South Africa’s most hotly-anticipated hybrid films. “Deploying a bold mixture of fairy tale idiom and unflinching frankness to tell its story of survival, resilience and triumph, Alison has already been dubbed “a story of monsters, miracles and hope.” Locally it has been selected for the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival (Thursday 2 - Sunday 12 June) as well as the Durban International Film Festival (Thursday 16 - Sunday 26 June). Alison will also be the opening film of the Mzanzi Women’s Festival on Friday 5 August and is set for an exclusive Nu Metro Women’s Month theatrical release on Friday 12 August. Cleophas says that being part of the project has been nothing short of inspiring. He says that the entire experience was also a learning one, because from a modelling and acting perspective, he only got to see one side to the entire process, but since he has been at Visual Impact and involved with the Alison project, it became more specific to what he was promoting. “You have to attach an identity behind the brand. There has got to be a feeling with regard to how this specific film is dealt with. You have a person who is a hero to many people, who is this element of hope, a symbol of ‘I can’. You know, where things might not be the best, but it is okay.” V Visit www.alisonthemovie.com.
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Spate of shootings hit Lavender Hill TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji A Lavender Hill mother died while holding her child in her arms, after she was shot in the eye while at a shop. On Saturday 7 May at about 21:20 Steenberg police responded to a shooting at Welton Road Lavender Hill. On their arrival they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the eye. It is alleged that the 30-year-old victim, Nicolette Serengie, was at a shop with her child in her arms when unknown gunmen in a vehicle opened fire at them. The age of the child is unknown. The victim ran up to a house in Welton Road and banged on the door. According to an occupant of the house, she found the victim sitting on the stairs and the victim collapsed face down to the ground. The child was unharmed and was taken away by the father. Paramedics declared the victim as dead. Five cartridges were found on the crime scene. The motive for the shooting is unknown. A case of murder has been opened for investigation. On the same day, at the same time, police responded to a shooting incident at Depsiton Crescent, Lavender Hill. On arrival they found a 32-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to his left side. The victim was treated on the scene and transported to Victoria Hospital for medical treatment. According to the victim, the perpetrators are not known to him. Bystanders say they saw a grey vehicle drive down the street slowly and then several shots were fired from the vehicle. The motive for the shooting is unknown. A case of attempted murder was opened for investigation. Later that evening, when police were patrolling in Lavender Hill, they saw a group of people standing at Stone Court. They approached the group and were shown a 30-year-old victim lying on the stairs. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to her stomach. She was transported to Groote Schuur Hospital for medical treatment. According to the victim she was walking down Depsiton Crescent when she was shot. The motive for the shooting is unknown and the perpetrators are still at large. A case of attempted murder was opened for investigation. Anyone with information on these incidents is requested to contact Steenberg police station at 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop at 086 001 0111. All information will be treated as confidential.
Building police partnerships TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji
rygrond residents had an opportunity to raise their concerns and worries on crime at a recent meting. Muizenberg police hosted an imbizo at Capricorn Primary last week Tuesday. The imbizo looked to improve and build community and police partnerships and to find solutions and accept suggestions to address crime in the area. Part of aim of the meeting was to facilitate interaction between the community and Muizenberg police officers. Attending the imbizo were Colonel Ismail Daniels, the Muizenberg police station commander and Brigadier Aaron
Mlenga, Wynberg Cluster commander. They were joined by the management of Muizenberg police. Frank Bokhorst, chairperson of the community policing forum, as local councillor Albertina Ngqame also attended the meeting. Community members who attended raised various concerns about the selling of drugs in their area. They also requested the establishment of a mobile community service centre. Residents raised a need for an increase in personnel and the allocation the Pelican Heights area to a nearer police station. Responding to the concerns raised by the community, Daniels requested the community come forward and provide infor-
mation to police. He reiterated that meaningful successes can only be achieved with the help of the community. Mlenga gave the community the assurance of their support and commitment in fighting crime. He also explained the practicalities of the establishment of a mobile community service centre. Mlenga encouraged the community to stand together and establish street committees and neighbourhood watches to help in the fight of crime. Community members also thanked the police for their visibility in the area as well as coming out to engage with them every now and again.
Gang shooting injures one A 34-year-old man from Cafda in Retreat narrowly escaped death after he was shot several times on Tuesday 10 May. It is alleged that at about 15:10 the victim was sitting on the corner of Komlosy and Blagden Street Cafda when the suspects approached him. One of the suspects shouted at the victim, using very strong swear words. The suspect then took out a firearm and fired several shots at the victim. As the victim was running away, he felt pains to his chest and right arm and he collapsed in a field. The suspects fired five shots and ran away.
The victim was transported to Victoria Hospital with private transport. Nine cartridges and one projectile were found at the scene. The motive for the incident is gang related. A case of attempted murder was opened for investigation. In a separate incident – following patrols by members of the Crime Prevention Unit of Steenberg in St Aiden Street, Lavender Hill – on Monday 9 May, a 34-year-old man was arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm. The suspect was found in possession of a 9mm Z88 Parabellum pistol with one maga-
zine and eight 9mm live rounds, but didn’t have a licence. A case of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition was opened for investigation and the suspect appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s court on Wednesday 11 May. Steenberg police would like to thank the community for their continuous support in providing information about illegal activities. Anyone with information is requested to contact Steenberg police station at 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. All information will be treated as confidential.
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RELAY AGAINST RACISM
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oin Cycle of Life and People’s Post this weekend as we walk away from racism in the first Relay Against Racism family fun walk at the Vygieskraal Stadium in Rylands. The event on Saturday consist of a 22-lap family and corporate fun walk around the track, representing one lap for each year of South Africa’s democracy and aims to unite all people against all forms of racism, xenophobia and related intolerances. More importantly, the event aims to bring together people from all walks of life to promote a better understanding and trust between various communities. There will be plenty of activities for children, including face painting and jumping castles, while exciting spot prizes will be up for grabs. The local DJ in attendance will be Ron X Rated, a very popular radio DJ, who will be providing the perfect music setting for the day. The WP marching squad will also join in on the festivities. Event organiser, Rozario Brown, says a number of schools have indicated that they are in the process of putting together teams to participate in the walk. Schools, corporates, church groups, seniors clubs, sporting bodies and especially walking and running clubs are encouraged to enter teams of 10 or more into this event. The team with the highest number of participants into the event will win a cash prize of R1000 and the head of the team with the most participants stands to win a complimentary stay at any Protea Hotel in South Africa. Entry into the event is R25 for pensioners and children under the age of 13, and R40 for people 13 years and older. Each participant will receive a free gift and a beverage at registration and every participant that completes the Relay Against Racism will also receive a certificate of appreciation in recognition of your support and commitment to walking away from racism, xenophobia and related intolerances. Participants are urged to dress in colour (representing our rainbow nation) and take along handmade posters and banners denouncing all forms of racism. The event starts 09:00. Registration will also take place on event day from 07:00. The main prizes for the day includes a trip for two on the world famous Blue Train, valued at over R37 000. There will also prizes up for the grabs to the most colourful and brightly dressed male and female participants. There will be food vendors selling great products on the day. V For entry forms call Sharon on 021 391 0140, enter online on www.relayagainstracism.co.za. Entries will also be accepted at the event.
Join Society for the Blind for meal with chop sticks The Cape Town Society for the Blind is hosting a Chinese evening at the Tai Ping Restaurant in Dean Street, Newlands, on Thursday 30 June. Starting at 18:30 for 19:00, visitors will be able to enjoy some fine tastes of China and support projects for the visually impaired and blind from these communities. Tickets are R200 for the seven-course meal. V For more information and booking call Nicky on 021 448 4302.
Astronomical anomalies The Egyptian Society of South Africa is hosting a talk, “Red Sirius and other astronomical anomalies”, by Auke Slotegraaf, today (Tuesday) at 19:30, at St George’s Grammar School, Mowbray. Members free; visitors pay R25. Secure parking in school grounds. V Information from 021 557 5082.
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Changing lives through books TIYESE JERANJI @jeranji
from Hillview, Capricon, and Overcome Heights. “We didn’t have a library in our area and ohn Nicholson (50) from Hillview says it was difficult for kids to study. I had to children need to be loved and given a plat- do something for them so that they can form to be kids. have a place where they can read and gain It is for this reason that he started the knowledge as this is very import. Omega View community projects 10 years “I wanted a place as well where they can ago. Due to his love for children he started get help so that they can improve their pass a soup kitchen where he was feeding kids rate. From that idea of wanting to have a from his area and the surrounding areas. proper place for kids the library grew,” He then noticed that they didn’t have a li- says Nicholson. brary where the kids could go and read or Now they are extending the library and even get help to do their homework. their wish is also to have internet connecThat need for a library led to the birth of tion so that it will be easy for anyone using his library called Siyafunda – a Zulu word the library to do research. for “we are reading”. “We are helping them with home work Started with only 70 books in his garage as well and we want help with internet contoday it has grown to over 7000 different nection so they can research and do their books and he is grateful to the people that projects. We have kids after school from have helped him increase the number of about 14:00 to 17:00. “While they are reading we also give books in the library. The library is used mostly by children them a sandwich if we have. That satisfaction and smile as they walk out of the library is a good thing. It gives a joyful feeling and satisfaction that I made a change in someone’s life.” Day after day he gets calls from people who want to help him so that he can help other kids. Tuesday 17 May he got a visit from Anroux Marais, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport, to Anroux Marais, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport visited see what he does John Nicholson from Hill View who runs a library from his garage for and how the minthe community to see how they can help him.
istry can assist him. Nicholson says he hopes they will help out. “She wanted to check if the library is up and running so that she can make a report of the things that we need then they will assist us. I’m very grateful of all the support and we are really hoping we get sports equipment.
“We are still in need of more books as well as we want to divide the library into sections for younger ones and the older ones.” Part of the Omega View community project Nicholson wants to start a cycling club as well but they still don’t have equipment and they are pleading for donations. V To donate, call Nicholson on 074 695 4191.
6 COMMENTS EDUCATION
Mind the gap year Midyear exams are underway, and your matric scholar should be sharing their aspirational plans. Do they want to pursue further education, join the working world or a thought more scary… take a gap year? Parents often fear that their child may be left behind, sleep the whole day and party all night; or, that they lose momentum and never go back to study. Take a look at the pro’s and cons of a gap year. Start by asking them a simple question: “what do you want to achieve by taking a gap year?” Be open minded to the possibility that your child is exhausted and uninspired after 13 years of schooling. Your child may simply be looking for opportunities to travel or grow their knowledge base through work experience. Perhaps they have plans to focus on other aspects of their personal development though community work or to discover their driving passion. Your child’s happiness is as important as their independence. Another challenge to consider is the fear of failure and separation from circles they have become subconsciously dependent on. Your child could be unable to see the implications of their decisions made in fear of being ostracised or rejected. Be aware of this emotional challenge and try seeking opportunities to expose them to new experiences, which will buffer their resilience to change. Being able to adapt to a changing environment will help them cope throughout life’s curve balls. Keep in mind that children are encouraged to start thinking and making decisions for themselves earlier in life, verses days when teenagers were forced to leave school early to seek employment. If your child is able to display a clear plan of growth, even if just though menial employment opportunities, it might help them mature enough to realise that you can’t drive a Ferrari or find a solution to solve world hunger without proper further education. Being able to take a gap year may be the one thing to help your child realise how fortunate and necessary a higher education is to achieve your dreams. V This column was contributed by False Bay TVET College. Look out for more study success strategies in People’s Post in the last week of every month or go to www.falsebaycollege.co.za.
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Remove art to restore serenity I was at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens this morning (Tuesday 17 May) and horrified to see some “artwork” added to the beautiful little pool and wooden bridge, destroying the rustic peace of this scene. This is a total travesty of everything Kirstenbosch stands for – natural beauty, the one place one can view nature in safety and quiet. William Sweet Love “artist” should remove his stuff (“Water Wars”) and placard forthwith and restore this little corner of serenity! If he wants a platform for his work then he should build his own little pool and put it in an exhibition hall of art – it is certainly out of place where it destroys the natural beauty. This is a world heritage site that attracts thousands of visitors from overseas – I believe there were 6000 people there on the last public holiday. Thank goodness that I got a beautiful photo of the pool and rustic bridge last week – now the scene is spoilt with a bright blue statue and lots of red blobs (frogs? turtles?) floating in the water. Shame on you Kirstenbosch! There is also a huge pile of water bottles on display in the courtyard as one enters at the bottom gate – a huge rectangle stacked and on top of it (unbelievable!) a huge post box red dog with running shoes on (meaning?) – and in contrast just further along by the beautiful pond water feature a wonderful display of big Bonsai trees, some 150 years old – how incongruous is that! That is the sort of display the visitor should be met with on entering the Gardens. What does one come to Kirstenbosch for – more garish stuff that one finds all over cities? Surely one comes to Kirstenbosch for natural beauty, peace and serenity? I spoke to other people staring in disbelief at the scene and they were also shocked at this contravention of the very thing Kirstenbosch Gardens stands for. There is not even a bin on the premises because it would upset the aesthetic beauty of the scenery, and now this? What are the people who make the decisions thinking? JEANETTE AIREY Sandvlei
Still fighting for freedom Whether you’re fighting a just cause, breaking the law and infringing on other people’s rights is wrong and should be discouraged. Community leaders, union leaders, student leaders – if you entice violence, vandalise property, intimidate or force people to be part of your cause, what do you call yourselves when you look in the mirror? A leader, freedom fighter or activist? You are in fact an oppressor. Freedom is the right of an individual to act out of free will. If you have a handful of people willing to protest with you for a just cause, without any tactics, you can pat yourself on the shoulder and rightfully call yourself a leader. “No-one but ourselves can free our mind”, so what right do you have to force people to act according to your will? Society is falling apart because we fail to recognise freedom for what it is – the respect and tolerance for another, even if they don’t see things the way that you do. This freedom has been fought for and in many instances died for. CARMEN NAZIER Ottery
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Animals nicer than people To Yagyah Adams (“Death penalty is required”, People’s Post 17 May) very well said – the time has come to create an atmosphere of abject fear among those in society who create abject fear amongst the innocent in society. The only point that I would take up with Adams is the second last paragraph “While we have the most violent society on earth, those – who live in a well-protected leafy suburb, far removed from violence – want to lecture the victims of violence”. Not quite true: the Constitutional Court was created by our late Madiba in 1994 – subsequently this then politically created Court abolished the death penalty on 6 June 1995. Prior to this, the last political hanging was of Jeffrey Boesman Mangena on 29 September 1989. My attitude towards the abolishment of the death penalty is that it should have been voted on by the public in a referendum – however, in those early days it may well have got the vote in favour of abolishment. I am prepared to bet that if this was
put to the vote today via a public referendum (including those living in protected leafy suburbs), it would probably be reinstated as it appears that the only language criminals do not understand is that of going to prison. A Parliamentary law should be passed that stops bail applications for murderers, rapists, paedophiles and other gross crimes. Sentences are a joke – Parliament in the same way should set out minimum, without parole sentences of say murder (30 years), rape (20 years), child molesters (20 years) and not leave this currently arbitrary decision to magistrates and judges. Sadly this will probably never happen – South Africa, as the rest of the world, plays the political game of “Constitutional Rights”; these working more in favour of criminals than victims. Never must we say of criminals “they are worse than animals” – there is only one major difference between modern day society and animals, and that is that animals are a lot nicer! ROD TOERIEN Email
Death sentence no deterrent In People’s Post (17 May) Yagyah Adams wrote “Death penalty is required” to curb crime. Really? If indeed capital punishment would “curb the crime rate”, why has South Africa’s murder rate been on the decline since it was abolished in 1995? Then the rate was 67.9 per 100 000 people; at present it’s 32.2 per 100 000 people (a similar phenomenon occurred when Canada abolished it in 1976; their murder rate also declined). In the United States, a September 2000 New York Times survey found that during the previous 20 years, the murder rate in states with the death penalty has been 48% to 101% higher than in states without the death penalty. The Economist echoes this, saying “there is no solid evidence that the death penalty is any more effective at deterring murder than long terms of imprisonment. This seems counter-intuitive. Surely death must deter someone. But the kinds of people who kill are rarely equipped, or in a proper emotional state, to make fine calculations about the consequences. Even for those who are, decades of imprisonment may be as great a deterrent as the remote prospect of execution.” In European countries which have banned such extreme sanction, their murder rate remains far below that of America’s. More than two-thirds of countries have done away with it either in law or in practice. Even in Malaysia, a zealous exponent of state-sanctioned killings for drug
dealing, the Malaysian Bar has urged the government to abolish the death penalty. Records have shown that the death penalty has not reduced the number of offences, but they have instead increased. This shows that the death penalty has a zero deterrent effect. Amnesty International states: “The threat of execution at some future date is unlikely to enter the minds of those acting under the influence of drugs or alcohol, those who are in the grip of fear or rage, those who panic while committing another crime, or those who suffer from mental illness and do not fully understand the gravity of their crime.” A number of violent crimes, notably murder, rape and assault, are called “social fabric crimes” by the police because many of these offences are committed by people known to one another in familiar environments. In South Africa, 50.3% of women murdered are killed by an intimate partner. Elevated blood alcohol levels combined with unemployed status was also found to be associated with intimate killings. Obviously then, drink and drugs exacerbates the violence when the killer has lost his civil faculties. And hardly, in the rage of the moment, will the potential killer think: “Hold on a moment, I may get the death penalty for this.” Indeed, if that thug knows he could face the death penalty, nothing will hold him back from further violence against others. CHRIS CHARLES Glencairn
Death penalty is never a solution Regarding “Death penalty is required” (People’s Post 18 May). Criminals do not fear the death penalty. Why would suicide bombers continue with their vile belief in martyrdom? Few people consider consequences when they contemplate their murderous plans. Stirring up emotions about one particular case is tantamount to instigating violence. Many more victims lose their lives daily. No right-thinking person will ever “find an excuse for murderers” – a very dangerous lie used by lovers of death penalty to confuse ordinary people. Of course everybody sympathises with victims when they fall prey to deranged people. It is a blatant lie and generalisation to mention that “they (opponents of death penalty) never mention the anguish
of a parent whose child was murdered while playing in a neighbourhood park”. Ours can never be regarded as “the most violent society on earth”. What about the US, where 33 000 gun-related deaths are recorded each year? What about Syria, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, all death penalty countries drowning in devastating violence, to name a few? Those in “leafy suburbs” do not lecture the victims of violence. They will continue to warn against this Trojan horse. The biggest lie, “death penalty is the only punishment criminals fear”: the truth and reality will one day catch up with this modern-day Goebbels. KOERT MEYER Email
PEOPLE'S POST | RETREAT Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Weekend crime bust Muizenberg Police arrested 19 people for crimes varying from fraud to robbery over the past weekend. On Friday police officers conducted various searches and crime prevention patrols in Sectors 1 and 2. Officers arrested an 18-year-old resident of Overcome Heights for the possession of two packets of dagga in St Patrick Avenue, Overcome Heights. At about 17:40 the officers were patrolling in Potberg Road, Hillview, where they noticed a suspicious motor vehicle. The vehicle was stopped and searched and the police found 10 bags of tik. A 29year-old resident was arrested. Later that day, while patrolling in Diamond Drive, Sheraton Park, officers not-
Lavender Hill residents came together to discuss their challenges and to come up with solutions through a workshop organised by Learning in Reach.
ed a white VW Golf with two occupants, who behaved suspiciously. On searching the vehicle, police found 20 small plastic bags containing tik. A 22-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were arrested. At the same time, a 51-year-old man was searched and found to be in possession of dagga in Diamond Drive. On Saturday at about 05:20 police responded to a complaint of a member of a neighbourhood watch who was following a blue VW Polo, believed stolen. The vehicle was pulled over in Royal Road, Muizenberg, and was found to have been stolen in April in Cape Town. The three occupants of the vehicle, all men aged 33, 42 and 43, were arrested for being in possession of a stolen car.
Thinking beyond gangsterism
avender Hill residents came together on Saturday 14 May to discuss the challenges and opportunities within their community. About 40 community members met at the inaugural co-design workshop held at Seawinds Community Hall. The workshop was run by the non-profit organisation Learning In Reach. The aim of the workshop was to identify skills within the community as well as formal and informal support structures that are in place. Some of the challenges identified by the group were thinking beyond gangsterism and trying to express the positive stories and people that come from the area, despite the challenges that they face. The lack of an extensive neighbourhood watch network in the area that has proven successful in other areas was noted as something worth exploring. Lack of employment was also discussed as a huge challenge. Those that attended were told that in order for change to happen, success needs to be celebrated and identified more. Vuyisa Qabake of Learning in Reach, who chaired the workshop, says defining oppor-
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PEOPLE'S POST | RETREAT Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Aquarium raggies swim off into sunset Ragged-tooth sharks, which have been living at the Two Oceans Aquarium, are being released into the sea today (Tuesday). The aquarium is set to release all the ragged-tooth sharks from the current I&J Predator Exhibit. Another release will also taken place on Thursday 2 June and the sharks will be released off Mossel Bay. This is in preparation for the closing of the I&J Predator Exhibit for repairs in mid-June and the long-awaited opening of the new large scale exhibit, the I&J Ocean Exhibit. The sharks have been tagged with internal multi-purpose transmitters. These transmitters have a 10-year battery lifespan and will transmit to various acoustic monitoring receivers that are dotted along the southern African coast. “As with all our previous shark releases, we are really excited as we will receive data from these transmitters for the next 10 years, and through that will continue to contribute to the scientific research being conducted on
sharks around the southern African coast,” said Tinus Beukes, operations manager of the Two Oceans Aquarium. Yesterday (Monday), aquarium staff removed the first two ragged-tooth sharks from the I&J Predator Exhibit at around 08:00. Divers manoeuvred each shark into a transparent PVC cone. Once secured, the sharks were moved to a holding tank placed into the exhibit. From there, the sharks were moved to a 6000F holding tank on the back of a transport truck. The truck and tank are fitted with complete life support systems that will maintain water quality during the journey to Mossel Bay. This morning, the sharks were transported to the harbour, transferred to a boat and taken out to an offshore reef for release. A similar procedure will take place on Wednesday 1 June when the second set of sharks are removed from the I&J Predator Exhibit and transported to Mossel Bay for release on Thursday 2 June.
Family fun day with scouts at Zandvlei The 1st Muizenberg Sea Scouts group, that teaches and encourages young people to participate in sailing, camping and other exciting Scouting activities, is hosting an event on Sunday 29 May. Cubs and Scouts and their families and friends from all over Cape Town are expected to attend the event at Zandvlei. There will be a host of fun activities – from a bird and reptile show to carnival games and tombola.
There will be boerewors rolls for sale and if the weather permits, the Scouts will be taking people out on sailing boats. There will be a bookstall, a pancake stall and fun activities for children, like face painting, henna tattoos and a selfie booth. All proceeds from the event will go to the 1st Muizenberg Sea Scout Group that provides unique opportunities for girls and boys from the age of 7 to 18 to participate in outdoor activities.
The caracal, which was found trapped, had minimal injuries to its paw and a dislocation of one of his toes and was treated the SPCA Wildlife Unit in Grassy Park.
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ildlife inspectors last week released a caracal that had become trapped in Hout Bay, back into the wild. Inspectors were alerted to the trapped caracal on on Sunday 15 May. Megan Reid, Wildlife Unit supervisor, and trainee inspector Kelly Spence arrived on the scene to assist the Urban Caracal Project in freeing the animal. The caracal had minimal injuries, a dislocation on one of its toes, and was moni-
tored for two nights at the SPCA Wildlife Unit in Grassy Park before its release back into the wild last Tuesday. The Urban Caracal Project led by Laurel Klein Serieys, together with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, fitted a tracking unit onto this caracal. This will allow the Urban Caracal Project to monitor all of the animal’s movements in its natural habitat, therefore ensuring the conservation of the species across the Table Mountain National Park.
Following the nursing of the caracal back to health, it was then released back into the wild with a tracker so that its movements can be tracked.
THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN’S RELIGIOUS DESK IS NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL, SERVING ALL FAITHS The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate hereby declares the City’s Religious Desk open and fully operational. The Religious Desk will serve as a platform for the religious sector to engage with the City on various matters such as available land for religious institutions and collaborative initiatives in line with the directorate’s basket of services: street people, early childhood development, substance abuse, poverty alleviation, youth development and vulnerable groups. The Religious Desk is also responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive database of all religious institutions within the boundaries of the City of Cape Town, which will be made available on request after completion. Contact the Religious Desk on 021 444 5487 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and assistance.
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PEOPLE'S POST | RETREAT Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Plastic’s not the enemy DESIREE RORKE @dezzierorke Plastic is inevitable. It’s not the enemy – we are. World renowned Belgian artist William Sweetlove reckons a world without plastic is no longer possible. “The problem isn’t the plastic itself, but the fact that people burn it and throw it into the sea,” he says. He brings this conservation message home in a whimsical yet compelling exhibition of neo-pop sculptures, which opened at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Wednesday 11 May. Labelled “Water Wars”, the exhibition tells the story of mankind’s war with water. By 2025, one in three people will live with absolute water scarcity, according to the food and agriculture organisation of the United Nations. “Yet, the excesses of humanity are threatening our natural resources,” he says. Sweetlove’s sculptures are made from recycled plastic from landfills and transform ordinary animals and objects into iconic figures. His unique works of art have challenged people to become environmental thinkers for close to 50 years through more than 600 exhibitions worldwide. It is not difficult to see why. The pieces are bold and playful, but definitely make you think. More than 60 red, black and white penguins positioned or rather installed in the Vlei Garden, for example, draw the attention to the impending short-
age of clean drinking water. “They have water bottles tied to their backs suggesting a survival measure, and face the mountain in an almost pleading fashion – pleading for fresh water.” At the Old Dam, the Fisherman-hunter sculpture speaks to our dwindling ocean resources. “In order for the fisherman to survive, he eats less and therefore has shrunk. As there are no fish left in the ocean, he has now become a hunter.” In addition to his solo work sculpture, Sweetlove has worked collaboratively with other artists for more than 20 years as a member of the Cracking Art Group, founded in 1983 in northern Italy. Their collective work calls attention to environmental and social issues. One such poignant installation shows the plight of the turtles in Venice as they try to escape the canals that keep them from reaching the ocean. The founder of the Cape Town Art Agency, Dirk Durnez, who collaborated with Sweetlove and South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) on the exhibition, says the exhibition aims to create a change of mindset about conservation – especially in young people. The exhibition will continue at Kirstenbosch until Saturday11 June, after which it will journey through South Africa, ending in Pretoria. Karl Stouthuysen, Belgian consul to Cape Town, officiated the exhibition. He said initiatives like this stress the need for ecological awareness. “Water is most precious for all creatures great and small.”
Leigh Nell, left, from The Jazzyard Academy, gets some of her fellow musicians in tune to help with raising funds for tennis development. PHOTO: GARY VAN DYK
Talent and tunes for development
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ennis development in the Western Cape is getting tuned in with some support from top talents. Empext and WP Tennis will be hosting a gala jazz fundraiser at the Artscape Opera House on Saturday 18 June starting at 18:00. One of the organisers, Joey Fourie, explains that this initiative has been put in place to address social change in poorer communities in the metro (and elsewhere) through sport – in particular tennis. “We understand that many communities face pressing problems and that interventions that talk more substantially to poverty alleviation, education and job creation might be more needed,” he says. “However, we have the skill-set, network, knowledge and access to relevant partnerships to impact meaningfully on some of these areas through tennis.” He explains that the project has started with tennis because it presents a fantastic lifelong sport option and vehicle for imparting life skills. “Today, it costs a child R15 000 per year (at the entry level and excluding the cost of
In front of one of the sculptures are, from left, Dirk Durnez (Cape Town Art Agency), Karl Stouthuyzen, Sarah Struys (Kirsten bosch) and William Vaesen (Cape Town Art Agency). PHOTO: DESIREE RORKE
equipment) to learn to play tennis as compared to R500 to R2500 per year to play cricket, because the only coaching programmes in existence are private programmes. “The situation cries out for a subsidised coaching programme to be implemented by WP Tennis through schools and (once established) clubs in black communities.” Fourie, who will also be performing, adds the event at Artscape will include keynote speakers Lorenzo Davids, CEO of Community Chest, and Dr Shirley Zinn, author of Swimming Upstream. “We’ve got a great line-up of talents for the show,” he says. “This includes the Andrew Ford Quartet, Adelia Douw of the Delft Big Band, The Jazz Yard Academy from Bonteheuwel and the New Apostolic Church Children’s Choir, while there will also be extracts from Mike van Graan’s latest play Pay back the Curry!” V For more information call Joey on 084 880 7012 or email email@example.com. Tickets are R195.
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PEOPLE'S POST | RETREAT Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Steenberg pupils play a new tune
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Another lesson the girls have learnt is self-discipline. “The more discipline you have the more you can achieve with your music,” Reneeca says. It’s this ethic that made the three perfect candidates when the wind ensemble was looking for new players earlier this year. “It was an opportunity we might not ever get again,” Leigh-Lynn says.
can be myself through music, even when other people don’t understand me.” These are the words of Reneeca Beukes, one of three young Steenberg musicians who have blown their way into the Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble. Leigh-Lynn Smidt (baritone saxophone), Reneeca (euphonium) and Miche van der Rheede (tuba) from Steenberg High School have joined the orchestra after only a few years with the school’s music programme. With the help of non-profit organisation Musiquelaine South Africa and legendary band leader Ian Smith, the school debuted their Steenberg High School Symphonic Wind Band in 2014 after the music programme’s inception in late 2013. With their new appointment to the Youth Wind Ensemble; Leigh-Lynn, Reneeca and Miche are a testament to the project’s success.
Well-rounded youth Musiquelaine board chairperson, Louis Fouché explains that the aim of the project is to produce “well-rounded young civilians” who can create structure in their own lives and make wiser decisions. All three girls agree that their music lessons have changed their lives dramatically. “I got to know myself much better,” Leigh-Lynn says, adding that she grew as a person, learned to focus and improved academically. Last year she was elected the Representative Council of Learners (RCL) chairperson for
From left: Reneeca Beukes (euphonium), LeighLynn Smidt (baritone sax) and Miche van der Rheede (tube) have been chosen to play for the Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble. her school and this year she has been chosen as a prefect and nominated as band leader. “I never knew I had the potential for leadership.” Reneeca says her music lessons, and more specifically playing music written by others, have helped her process her emotions and also learn empathy for others. The band has given her a sense of self-worth and made her more of a people’s person. Miche points out that one of the main lesson she learnt was respect. “You need to respect your conductor when he speaks; you need
to stop what you are doing and listen.” She also found confidence going from being a shy and nervous teen to making lots of friends. Grade 10 learners Miche and Reneeca both started playing music at church. Miche originally wanted to play the trombone, but after signing up for the school’s band she ended up on the tuba. “I was a bit nervous, because it’s a big instrument,” she says, but she soon found she quite enjoyed it. Reneeca says she’s attended every practice since joining the school band in Grade 8. She started
out as a trumpeter before Ian asked her to try her hand at the euphonium, which she also thoroughly enjoys. Grade 11 learner Leigh-Lynn has been with the band since its inception.“I like to participate in everything,” she explains. Like her peers she also switched instruments, starting on the clarinet before moving to alto saxophone and later the baritone saxophone. It took one look at the baritone sax and Leigh-Lynn was hooked. “I thought: ‘Oh my gosh, this thing is beautiful’.”
Youth Month through art Artscape Theatre will be launch- kunjalo Edujazz Concert with ing an exciting and jam-packed guest artist Jimmy Nevis on SatYouth Month programme with urday 4 June. the first of their new Artscape The Benjamin Jephta Quintet Lunch Hour Concerts on will be joined by other young artWednesday 1 June. ists for a run in the Artscape AreStarting at 13:00, the first free na from Thursday 9 to Saturday Artscape Lunch Hour Concert is 11 June. presented in association with the That same weekend will see an Cape Town Philharmonic Oches- explosion of hip-hop culture tra in the Artscape’s Chandelier when the popular show Cape Foyer where the young musi- Town’s Most Wanted returns to cians from the Masidlale strings the Artscape Theatre for three and woodwinds projects will per- performances on Friday 10 and form. Saturday 11 June, before ALLBaThese young musicians – from Langa, Mamre and Nyanga – form part of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s youth development and training projects where children between the ages of six and 17 receive strings and woodwind training from members of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra both in their communities and at the Artscape Theatre complex on a weekly basis. Artscape’s new monthly Lunch Hour Concerts will showcase the different departments within the theatre complex and Capetonians working in the city are invited to take a break from their daily routine to enjoy a chance to experience the magic of theatre. This first concert will also launch an exciting month-long programme Benjamin Jephta will bring his quintet to aimed at celebrating Youth Artscape as part of the theatre’s Youth Month, starting with the Se- Month programme.
sters brings South African and Dutch hip-hop artists together on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June Another popular returning production is the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival with a line-up of 100% South African music on Saturday 18 June. Young jazz musicians will complete a 10week mentorship programme with artists like Camillo Lombard (piano), Frank Paco (drums), Wesley Rustin (bass), Marc De Kock (saxophone) and musical director Amanda Tiffin (vocals), before taking to the stage to raise funds for the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre. Other highlights of Artscape’s Youth Month programme include a dance production, Tribute to Christopher Kindo, The Shakespeare School Festival and the African International Theatre and Dance Festival. Visit www.artscape.co.za for the month’s schedule. The next Artscape Lunch Hour Concert will be in association with the Cape Town Opera on Tuesday 19 July. The concert will form part of the media launch for the Artscape Women’s Arts Festival which will start at 11:30 that day. V For more information about the events at Artscape Theatre, visit www.artscape.co.za or visit www.cpo.org.za/outreach/ for more about the Masidlale project.
Balancing act Self-discipline has been a key factor in helping the girls juggle their extra-mural activities with their academic work. Miche, for example, also plays for her church band which means she has to attend rehearsals for three differing bands each week. “I set myself a time-table,” Reneeca explains, making sure she has time for herself and friends. “I enjoy music, so I spend most of my time playing and practicing so that I can be successful with music and make everybody proud,” she adds. Leigh-Lynn has also employed her own method of time management, especially now with work load that comes with being in Grade 11 and says: “Even though it’s hard for me I know that everything I do has a benefit for me.” While Renecca and Leigh-Lynn dream of careers in law and civil engineering respectively while being part-time performers, Miche hopes to study music and travel the world as performer. For now however, their focus is on their school work and their music. In October they will join the Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble when they tour to Robertson and Swellendam.
STORY TELLERS: Students
from the Bridgetown Theatre Company (BTC) will be perform ing their original comedy Parent Stress at Artscape Theatre’s mini High School Drama Festival which runs for free at 14:00 and 17:00 until Thursday 26 May. The festival serves as an audition for the theatre’s main High School Drama Festival in August. From left: Zimkitha Miya, Mujahied Kamish and Martinique Bayman will be telling the story of three “weirdo” youth who get the opportunity to change their socioeconomic situation but have to face their parents’ disapproval. Visit the Bridgetown Theatre Company Facebook page for more information.
Big bands bring the jazz The Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival is coming of age this year. The festival, which celebrates its 18th year this month, will showcase 24 school, college and community big bands in the Baxter Concert Hall from Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 June. The Uni-Sound Big Band will kick proceedings off on the Wednesday alongside Rondebosch Boys’ Prep Jazz Band, Pinelands High and Wynberg Boys High’s Jazz bands, the Stellenbosch Youth Jazz Band and the Edujazz Big Band. The Thursday night will see performances by The Little Giants, St. Joseph’s Marist College Jazz Band, the Beau Soleil Music Centre, the Delft Big Band, Bergvliet High and Wynberg Girls High’s big bands. Friday sees SACS’ junior school
and high school junior and senior jazz bands perform alongside the Sans Souci Jazz Cats, Rustenburg High School for Girls’ jazz band and the Alumni Big Band made up of Dan Shout, Justin Bellairs, Mike Rossi, Marc de Kock, Claire de Kock, Ian Smith, Vaughn Fransch, Jody Engelbrecht, Willy Haubrich, Siya Charles, Nick Green, Shaun Johannes, Darryl Andrews, Andrew Ford and Adam Coolsaet, conducted by Mike Campbell. On Saturday the stage will be shared by Johannesburg’s Pridwin P’zazz Jazz Band, Heathfield and Westerford High School’s bands, Rondebosch High’s junior and senior jazz bands and the UCT Big Band. V Tickets cost R100 or R50 for seniors, scholars and students from Computicket. Tickets for all four performances are R350.
PEOPLE'S POST | RETREAT Tuesday, 24 May 2016
INSPIRING YOUTH: A handpicked group
of 92 teenagers from Cape Town and surrounds recently produced their own sellout show at GrandWest’s Roxy Revue Bar. The show was part of the Inspired Stages Mentor’s Programme for teens with a passion for the stage and a desire to inspire their peers. Split into four groups, they were challenged to create a 20min ute themed show and had to market the event, sell the tickets and raise money for their nominated charity. The programme also saw them receive intensive daily workshops, life coaching and mentorship.
City lend helping hand to vendors T
he City of Cape Town has unveiled its recently implemented policy which will empower community-based small businesses during a presentation by Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor for the City of Cape Town. The presentation took place at the Fezeka Council chambers, wherein subcouncil 11 is based. Subcouncil 11 encompasses ward 42, ward 44, ward 45 and ward 49. In her presentation, De Lille made it known that quotations for services can now be requested directly from communitybased vendors in a specific area or from a specific community for the procurement of goods and services for amounts less than R30 000, which may include construction. The lack of service delivery to communitybased businesses has been a contentious issue with various vendors within the Athlo-
ne area saying they do not have access to basic ablution facilities. “When goods and services are sourced from service providers outside of the ward or subcouncil, this creates an uneven spread in the creation of and access to economic opportunities in the city for these enterprises. We learned that financial strain is placed on community-based suppliers to comply with mandatory legislative requirements,” explained De Lille. She said the City wanted to afford the smaller companies an opportunity to provide services. She stated that the standard operating procedure (SOP), which was drafted, includes a guide on what vendors need to do to ensure that they are compliant with the policy. De Lille added that the SOP has been circulated
for comment among subcouncils and ward committees and was signed off last week. “Each contract represents meals on the family table, school fees being paid, and travel money for those in the family. By investing in communities in this manner, we hope to help address some of the social ills that are linked to poverty and unemployment. The SOP will also require contractors to make use of local labour through our Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) database,” she said. The identified services that the City will require from the contractors will include, but not be limited to, cleaning and waste removal, catering, laundry and hygiene and general maintenance. Subcouncil managers will invite local ven-
dors to submit their applications within and register on the City’s database, and those who are already on the database will be maintained as well. The subcouncil will have an oversight role, along with the various line departments who are using the service providers. “The vision here is to level the playing field, but also to get to a position where the person running a cleaning or construction project in a neighbourhood is someone from that area. “It helps build a sense of pride in your community. More importantly, it brings a greater sense of financial security which in turn unlocks other opportunities for the contractor. Job creation is one of our single biggest challenges and redress is one of main priorities,” concluded De Lille.
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Pedestrians: take care Pedestrains should also follow the rules of the road. It’s a sad reality in South Africa that pedestrians constitute more than a third of all road death fatalities, especially at festive season peak times. Many South Africans do not have a driving licence, can’t afford public transport, and are forced to walk wherever they need to be. Unfortunately many of these pedestrians don’t always follow the rules of the road, and the results are often catastrophic. In January, for instance, the minister of Transport Dipuo Peters noted that up to 35% of all fatalities on the country’s roads during the December 2015 festive period were pedestrians. “We find too often that pedestrians don’t understand the dangers they pose to themselves, and other road users, by running across busy highways and roads, and by not being visible enough to motorists. Road safety needs to begin at a young age, and it needs to include education on how to be a safer pedestrian,” the Automobile Association (AA) says in a statement. The AA says although it is illegal to walk on national highways (except under certain conditions such as when your car has broken down), enforcement of this law is poor, leading to risks and danger. “While we understand there is a need for people to make a living, there is also a need for safety. We call on government to be more cognisant of people walking on, or crossing, highways, or operating small businesses on the side of national roads where they are placing themselves and motorists in danger.” The AA says it is important for motorists to adapt to the conditions they are driving in, and to always be aware of their surroundings. Further tips to ensure better road safety for motorists and pedestrians are:
. Pedestrians may be distracted by electronic devices, making them unpredictable. Always be on the lookout for potential problems when driving. . There will be more pedestrians in built-up areas. . Schools are especially dangerous as children often don’t think about the traffic.Think about the children because chances are they are not thinking about you. . Take care when passing a taxi or a bus. Passengers may be alighting and may be unsighted of oncoming traffic. . In poor visibility be especially mindful that pedestrians may be on the road. Pedestrians wearing dark clothes without any reflective covering are especially difficult to see. . Follow the rules of the road, pay attention, and drive to the conditions of the road. Pedestrians, too, should ensure their own safety. Some tips for pedestrians include: . Make yourself as visible as possible, consider wearing reflective gear. . Don’t walk or cross national highways or roads. . Don’t use electronic devices while walking; always be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions (such as texting while walking). . Don’t drink or use drugs before walking on the road. If your senses are impaired, you will not be able to pay sufficient attention to your surroundings. . Don’t gamble with your safety by trying to run through traffic, at some point you will lose. “We are again urging every road user in South African, be they motorists, motorbike riders, cyclists, or pedestrians to ensure their own safety by following the rules of the road, and not to take chances with their lives because their actions impact on others,” the AA concludes.
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ehicle owners should be careful of counterfeit parts. Bilstein South Africa, the local importer and distributor of Bilstein gas pressure shock absorbers, has warned motorists not to be misled by counterfeit versions of the brand’s Airmatic spring/ damper, the fitment of which will severely compromise a vehicle’s stability and safety, according to a press release by Motorpress, Damper assemblies with integrated height-adjustable air springs are fitted to a number of upmarket SUVs and sedans. These complex, sophisticated assemblies combine electronically-controlled hydraulic damping with air springing and can react instantly to road conditions, driver inputs, and speed. Unfortunately, they are frequently copied or inadequately refurbished and sold at a price much lower than the original – often with the inference that their performance will be the same as or similar to that of the original. These counterfeiters go to great lengths to pass their product off as a Bilstein but there are a number of key visual differences that can be used to verify the authenticity of the product. For starters, a fake “Airmatic” was 40 mm too long. Dimensional accuracy is critical and if the suspension is forced to work through an abnormal arc, it will cause not only incorrect geometry under certain conditions but also premature failure of rubber bushings and mountings and accelerated wear of other components such as constant velocity joints. Key differences between real and counterfeit units include: . On a Bilstein unit the remote valve cylinder is invisibly laser welded onto the damping tube, whereas on the fake item uneven “spot” welding is evident where it attaches using a similar interface. . One of the most obvious differences between the real and the fake is how the yoke, which straddles the vehicle’s suspension arm, is at-
A 40mm difference in overall length will force the suspension to operate in a suboptimal arc, causing accelerated wear. PHOTO: MOTORPRESS tached to the damper tube. The Bilstein item has an open tube which is pressed onto the shock body and then welded both above and below. The fake uses a casting which is closed at the bottom, has a longer boss and is welded onto the shock body on the upper side only. . Viewed from below the genuine part has a dimple in the centre of the end cap. . The edge of the bellows on the Bilstein unit is extremely accurately and precisely aligned relative to the steel crimping ring. Extra crimping marks and a large and/or irregular overlap of the rubber are tell-tale signs that the bellows has been replaced, or that the entire unit is not Bilstein. . The Bilstein unit has a satin
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attle of the Titans IV is one of the most rewarding bodybuilding and fitness shows in South Africa with a staggering R142 000 in prize money. The show will be hosted by Body Building & Fitness South Africa on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June and boasts a new venue at the Durbanville High School auditorium moving from the previous CPUT Bellville campus venue. Khayelitsha policeman Xolile Damba has won the previous three shows walking away with the overall title. “The show has seen tremendous growth since the first show back in 2013. We started off as a local show in Cape Town and since then we attracted top athletes from around the country. This year will be no different. We even have an athlete travelling from the UK to compete,” said Kevin Schwartz, owner of Battle of the Titans “Georgie Norval from the UK has seen the benefits at this event which gives back to the athletes like no other. We have fitness categories from beach bikini to fitness bikini, men’s cover model to men’s muscle model and then our full blown hardcore bodybuilders bringing their best physiques to the stage. There will be fitness and health companies giving the public advice on healthier
living, so come along and grab a sample or two,” said Schwartz. Besides the prize money, several companies are on board sponsoring prizes in the various divisions. With the increase in prize money each year, this fixture is penciled in in the diary of some of the finest male and female athletes in the country.“The feedback is just phenominal each year, I believe we have a winning recipe and this is the main reason why the show has grown in stature. Battle of the Titans is all about giving back to the athletes and to create a stage like no other for them to showcase their physique,” said Schwartz. The winners in the overall beach bikini, fitness bikini, cover model, and men’s muscle model categories will walk away with R10 000 each. The overall men’s winner receives R35 000. A new addition this year is that personal trainers will also get some recgonition. The personal trainer will receive R5000 if their client wins an overall title. On Friday 10 June the athletes will register at the venue from 17:00 to 20:00 at R150. Entry per division is R250. Pre-judging starts at 09:00 on Saturday morning with the main show at 18:00. Main event tickets are available at Computicket. Charles Tertiens from Karl Ahari fame will be the MC.
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Kevin Schwartz and overall winner Xolile Damba last year at Battle of the Titans.
PHOTO: STEHAN SCHOEMAN
Non-governmental organisation Oasis have introduced a football program, called football3, to the communities around their organisation’s base in Schaapkraal with the main focus being to educate the youth in the skills of fair play and respect using football as a tool to carry over the message. It was introduced at the youth centres within the communities to focus on scholars after school, who use the centre on a regular basis. Since its origins in Medellin, Colombia, football3 has been further developed by the “streetfootballworld” network members around the world into a comprehensive methodology to address a range of social topics, such as gender equality, health and peace building. According to Clifford Martinus, founder and chairperson of Oasis’ Reach For Your Dreams, football3 empowers young people to take responsibility for their actions and treat others fairly. The programme is named after its “three halves” – a pre-match discussion, football game, and post match discussion. Following the match, they reflect on their behaviour and the behaviour of their opponents, with points awarded for goals as well as for fair play. As football3 is played without referees, players must learn how to resolve conflicts themselves through dialogue and compromise. A mediator is appointed for each match,
but is not actively involved the actual game itself. He or she conducts the pre- and postmatch discussions and delivers a verdict if there is any decision which cannot be resolved. All other decisions are decided by the participating players. Oasis is sending a delegation to streetfootballworld Festival16 in Lyon, from Friday 1 July to Thursday 7 July.
Eugene Minords (left) and Martine Samuels have been selected as a delegation leader and youth leader that will be attending the Festival16 in France in July.
Upsets at Killarney Karting Championship Perfect weather and brisk racing highlighted the third round of the 2016 Western Cape Karting Championship at Killarney on Saturday 21 May. Saturday’s races featured a few interesting upsets as well as some expected results among the day’s highlights. Dario Busi (Automan Birel) bounced back form a controversial Cape national in April to take overall honours away from the expected front runners with a couple of wins – his first in the high school Rotax Junior Max 125 class, according to a press release by WPMC Kart Club. Busi won the opening races ahead of Jason Coetzee (RKT Kosmic) Sebastian Boyd (Boyd Freight Kosmic), Andrew Rackstraw (Tony), Daniel Duminy (Kosmic) and Aidan Strydom (TurboTech CRG) in race 1 and from Sam Lock-
hoff (Kosmic), Rackstraw, Coetzee, JP Hamman (Kosmic) and Strydom in race 2. Coetzee bounced back to take the finale from Boyd, Busi, Duminy, Hamman and Strydom. The primary school Maxterino 60s delivered their usual fireworks as Charl Visser (Battery Energy Zanardi) put two wins over principal rival Joseph Oelz (Zanardi) to take the day. Troy Dolinschek (Makita Kosmic) was the star of the day as he took a third, a second and his first win in the class in the finale to end up a close second overall and ahead of Oelz. The little u.8 Cadet class kids saw Paul Malcolm dominate, winning the first two races from Reza Levy (Jive) and the third from Reese Koorzen. Levy, Mischca Williams and Joaquin de Oliveira shared out the third places with Ethan Stier right there among them.
Dino Stermin (Designer Trims RKT Kosmic) made no mistakes as he took a trio of wins to hold off Delano Fowler (Suprocom FA) and further strengthen his Senior Max open 125 championship lead. Hylton Peters shared third places with Arnold du Toit, ahead of Richie Napier and Nicholas Jacobs. Julian van der Watt (Kosmic) beat Jonathan Thomas (Partners CRG) two DD2 gearbox wins to one to take overall honours for the day while Tristan de Nobrega and the returning Chad Daniel shared third places ahead of DD2 debutant Delano Fowler and Luke van Rensburg. Napier topped the Clubmans action ahead of Kian van der Merwe and Jody van Rensburg. The Cape karters return to Killarney for their midwinter fourth round on Saturday 11 June.
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ilano United have missed the chance to gain promotion from the National First Division (NFD) after being held to a 1-1 draw in their final league match against Baroka FC. Milano needed to beat Baroka and hope results elsewhere went their way in order to sneak into the promotion/relegation playoffs for a coveted spot in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) next season and they seemed to have aided their cause after Mzwanele Mahashe opened the scoring to give the lead, which they carried through to half-time. However, they would be pegged back by Baroka’s Thabiso Kutumela to give the hosts a valuable point which saw them claim the NFD title and gain automatic promotion to the PSL next season. The result meant that Milano United finished sixth on the table, five points from a potential third place finish, which would have seen them qualify for the playoffs. In other results on Sunday, Santos, already assured of NFD survival, succumbed to a spirited FC Cape Town at Athlone Stadium, while Cape Town All Stars could not provide Milano with a much-needed favour when they lost to Mbombela United at the Kanyamazane Stadium. Other results from the final day of the NFD: Witbank Spurs 5-1 Moroka Swallows Thanda Royal Zulu 3-2 African Warriors Vasco Da Gama 0-1 Black Leopards Royal Eagles 3-1 Mthatha Bucks Highlands Park 4-1 AmaZulu
The Message Trust South Africa and Sports Chaplaincy South Africa (SCZA) have teamed up to arrange an event for all soccer enthusiasts called Kick24, in aid of breaking the chains of crime, gangsterism and unemployment in Cape Town. The event takes place at Ajax Cape Town’s Ikamva training ground from 12:00 on Friday 3 June until 12:00 on Saturday 4 June. The professional team, which also boasts a few local celebrities, will play for the full 24 hours and the goal is to get 24 teams to challenge them one hour at a time. Visit www.message.org.za/kick24/ or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LET YOUR BUSINESS BE NOTICED!!! TO ADVERTISE CONTACT Zaakir Williams of Santos (left) heads the ball away from the FC Cape Town’s Siphelele Hleleni in their National First Division match played at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday. The Parowbased club won the final league fixture of the season 21. PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS
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