TYGERBURGER | ELSIESRIVIER Woensdag, 23 Januarie 2013
‘Tsoenami-plant’ stonk haar ANDRÉ BAKKES Tannie “Liekkie” Jordaan (77) het ’n woonstel vol verrassings. In die een hoek is daar ’n unieke koffietafel, in die ander is daar tientalle porseleinpoppies en aan die ander kant van die vertrek staan ’n skootrekenaar. Die mees fassinerende verrassing groei egter in ’n pot op haar stoep – ’n geheimsinnige plant, wat Liekkie behoorlik gestonk het. Watse vreemde plant is dié wat honderde klein plantjies van sy eie op die blare dra? “Ek noem dit die tsoenami-plant,” vertel Liekkie met groot oë. ’n Vriendin van haar destydse buurvrou het die plant teruggebring van Asië ná die tsoenami in 2004 en toe gee sy vir Liekkie ’n klein blaartjie. Sy plant dit toe en nou gee sy self blaartjies vir enigiemand wat saam tob oor dié buitengewone plant. “Is dit nie wonderlik nie?” vra sy terwyl
sy staar na haar heldergroen vriend. Die naam van dié plant, wat haar voortdurend laat kopkrap? Die geleerdes noem dit ’n Kalanchoe daigremontiana Itulehti! Ja, gelukkig is die naam selfs verwarrender as die plant self. ’n Vertaling van die groot Latynse woorde is blykbaar “Moeder van duisende”. Die plant staan ook bekend as die “Duiwel se Ruggraat”, “Alligatorplant” en die “Meksikaanse hoedplant”. Die unieke plant reproduseer deur “babas” te maak rondom die kante van elke blaar. Dit kan gepluk word of wanneer dit self afval, groei daar nuwe plante waar dit val. Liekkie praat met net soveel passie oor haar ander stokperdjies. Een daarvan kan bespeur word wanneer sy agter haar skootrekenaar, wat sy blykbaar nog glad nie verstaan nie, en rekenaarspeletjies speel. “Dit hou die angsaanvalle weg,” sê sy met ’n glimlag. Haar jeugdigheid en lus vir die lewe is inderdaad merkwaardig.
A shared passion to help others ANDRÉ BAKKES The odds of finding someone who has dedicated 20 years of his/her life to voluntary service is slim, so it is indeed a long shot to find a husband and a wife who have done this together. Gary (54) and Shirley Müller (51) of Bothasig have been serving as volunteers for the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre since the 90s. They have seen riots, blazing fires, fatal accidents, gunshot and stab wounds, and people in desperate need. Alternatively, they have also witnessed tears of joy, rejuvenation, reconciliation and hugs that seem to last forever. Making a difference for no compensation is probably the most noble thing one can do in a society that has been consumed by isolation and self-interest. They received a pat on the back by the city in December last year at the first annual Disaster Risk Management Volunteer Awards – along with 104 other volunteers. The volunteers’ “outstanding dedication to duty”, equates to 985 years of voluntary service to safeguard Cape Town. About 45 of those years were contributed by the Müller-family, who are currently based in the Milnerton unit. Says Gary: “I started in May 1990 and Shirley started one year after me. Those days it was Civil Defence and then changed to Civil Protection. It started when we took our son to an open day at Milnerton fire station. There was a stall that elaborated a bit on this volunteer programme and I thought it was fascinating!” Gary’s love for first-aid was the catalyst for his enlistment and since then he has used this knowledge to save hundreds of lives. Just this Saturday he started at 18:30 and only signed off at 03:30. In this time they attended to a motor accident, a stabbing incident of a youngster, a house robbery in Table View and a suspected heart attack at Killarney racetrack. It often happens that injured or sick people are taken to the fire station before they go to the hospital, so one moment the volunteers could be keeping themselves busy in the operations room and then they are tasked with emergency CPR. Gary spent more than 400 hours last year doing voluntary work at the Milnerton unit. He also works for ER24, so there is precious little “Gary-time”. Shirley used to be more active in the the care and comfort section of the unit, but these days she has become less involved due to the demands of her daytime job at Trafalgar Property Manage-
Tannie Liekkie Jordaan van Goodwood is baie trots op haar misterieuse “tsoenamiplant”. FOTO: ANDRÉ BAKKES
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Shirley and Gary Müller proudly hold their Disaster Risk Management Volunteer Award certificates. PHOTO: ANDRÉ BAKKES ment. When asked why people should consider becoming volunteers she responds: “The medical staff we have at the moment are so over-worked. People sit on their backsides and do nothing! Why don’t they give something back to the community?” Gary is also the chairperson of the local neighbourhood watch, part of the community policing forum and has previously helped out at the victim support unit. “Youngsters from as young as 16 can become volunteers at the Milnerton unit, which keeps them off the streets. Over the years there have also been many who used this as a stepping stone to become firefighters and paramedics,” he adds. Gary and Shirley’s stories captivate one and all, so in many ways they are compensated in experiences and a feeling of making a difference. Sometimes they will just walk around in some mall then someone will come up to them and thank them for saving someone’s life or delivering a baby. “Half of Du Noon can be named after me – since I delivered them into this world!” laughs Gary. Volunteers enlisted with the city have played an important role in assisting during major incidents and disasters in Cape Town, such as major wildfires, flooding and fires in the informal settlements and even dealing with oil spills along the coastline. V Contact Gary on 083 402 9218 if you want to join any of the organisations he belongs to.
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Civic Honours a great accolade As of this Monday (21 January), residents can nominate individuals or military units for Civic Honours. These prestigious awards recognise South African citizens who have followed responsibilities which include, excellence in upholding the rights of others; serving others above oneself; or contributing to nationbuilding through outstanding service and achievements. Individuals, organisations and military units that have distinguished themselves are acknowledged through extraordinary acts of service or outstanding contributions to their community and the city. The awards are given in terms of the City’s Civic Honours Policy, which was adopted by Council on 3 December 2008. The policy identifies the following main categories for awards: V The Mayor’s Medal which acknowledges outstanding contributions that are made voluntarily by individuals or associations in various fields, such as community affairs; social affairs and services; cultural affairs; youth affairs; recreation and sport; conservation; economic affairs; and extraordinary bravery. V Freedom of the City is an award given to individuals, military units or organisations which have distinguished themselves through heroic service. There are currently three living Freemen of the City: former state president and Nobel
laureate Nelson Mandela; Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; and former chancellor for the University of the Western Cape, Dr Richard van der Ross. V The signing of the Civic Honours Book which is an invitation for a person to sign or inscribe their name against a citation of their achievement in the “Civic Honours Book”. V Freedom of entry into the City is an accolade which is only given to military units, to recognise the outstanding service to their country and city. Military units that receive this honour may march through the streets of Cape Town during all ceremonial and other occasions with ”swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying”. A Civic Honour may be nominated on behalf of a living person or in memory of a deceased person. All the nominations must be presented in writing, indicating the honour to be bestowed and include an adequate motivation. The public are invited to submit their nominations through post to the Office of the Executive Mayor, Private Bag X9181, Cape Town 8000 or via email to Levona.Africa@capetown.gov.za before Friday 22 February. The Civic Honours Policy is available on the city’s website at www.capetown.gov.za/ policies; or a copy can be obtained by phoning 021 400 5841.