Archive for September, 2013

Stripes spotted?

Table View is the setting of a brand new animation, Madagascar 5: Escape from Du Noon.
In this movie, Marty the Zebra, was captured by animal poachers, held up in Du Noon before it finally escaped on Sunday evening.
Marty nearly got hit by a vehicle on the corner of Blaauwberg and Koeberg roads much to the surprise of the driver and a security guard.
Fortunately he side-stepped the car with a smooth clippety-clop evasive manoeuvre and took a right turn up Blaauwberg Road – towards Madagascar.
On his way there he noticed a pleasant looking vlei on his right and the absence of cars made it look pretty inviting.
What he’s up to now is a mystery, but it will all be revealed in Madagascar 6: One Too Many Zebra Crossings.
Table View Neighbourhood Watch (TVN), the local police, as well as the currently unknown driver and security guard, reckon the above is based on a true story.
There is therefore a real possibility that Marty is now chilling somewhere in Table View.
TVN chairperson, Ryno Roberts, elaborates: “We found it pretty amusing when we heard that there may be a zebra running around in Table View. Two witnesses saw it, but even though TVN and the police responded in full force, we could not find it.”
Spokesperson of Table View police, Lt Elizabeth Munro, tried hard to stop laughing when TygerBurger made an enquiry. She says they could only find the zebra stripes.
Munro says the possibility exists that it was a prank phone call, but she later admitted that there were quite a few witnesses to the outrageous tale.
Roberts first pitched the twist in the script that the zebra might have been side-tracked by the vlei next to Blaauwberg Road.
He continues: “Just a few weeks ago I heard that some farms near Durbanville have been targeted and robbed of their animals.
“It is perfectly possible that someone stole a zebra, took it to Du Noon and then it escaped down Koeberg Road in the direction of Table View.
The “incident” was reported on TVN’s Facebook page and there was quite a response.
It seems that everyone has a pun or two ready for this most unlikely of sightings.
One wrote: “On his way to Madagascar!”
Another wrote: “Ah, I wish I had known this! In the US a few months ago I was asked what the most dangerous animal I had ever seen in our street was.”
“All I could say was a tortoise, but a zebra would have been better.”
If anyone spots the “alleged” zebra they can contact Table View Police Station on 021 553 8233.
And when you go zebra-spotting, take your camera and send a photo to
Roaming Matilda safe
The horses at Milnerton Riding Club were in for a smelly surprise last week when a striped relative decided to drop in and eat their feed and drink their water.
Just before the horses became really fed-up with the globetrotting zebra TygerBurger reported on last week (“Stripes Spotted”, it was immobilised and transported to Rustenburg Farm in Somerset West.
It was originally suspected by the Table View Neighbourhood Watch that the zebra might have escaped from Du Noon animal thieves, but it has since come to light that it became “bored with life” on a farm along the N7 and decided to explore the world beyond the fence.
Fictional claims that “Marty the Zebra” starred in Madagascar 5: Escape from Du Noon were therefore thoroughly debunked.
It was also discovered that Marty is, in fact, a Matilda (for the lack of a better name).
One grain of truth in last week’s article is that Matilda became overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of the “Big City”, and after it was nearly run over on the corner of Koeberg and Blaauwerg roads it fled into the Diep River vlei.
Koos Retief, biodiversity area manager for Milnerton, sums up the merry Matilda’s journey from there when he says: “She lived next to the river in the Diep River section of the Table Bay Nature Reserve for a few days. We first noticed her on the west side of the Killarney Race Track. She then came into the riding club after smelling horses and probably feeling lonely.”
A safe haven for Matilda was unpleasant for the horses, however.
The riding club’s yard manager, Audrey Hanson, elaborates: “The horses were very stressed out! They were off the food and ran around the whole place, clearly upset. Even in the stables, they were shaken and nervous, running around in circles. They didn’t like the smell of the animal.”

If Matilda had eyebrows she would have lifted one of them now.
Hanson continues: “The horses knew something’s there, but they didn’t know what it was! The zebra didn’t want to be away from the horses though. When the horses were taken to the stables at 15:00 she would run around and was probably thinking: ‘Where have my friends gone?’ In the morning it was quite funny, because she was running up and down and we’re thinking: ‘Ah! Dressage! That’s beautiful!’ In fact, the horses do beautiful dressage when they see the zebra – tails up and snorting, like ‘Look at me’!”
Hanson says she wishes they could keep the zebra. Matilda now feels loved and lowers her eyebrow (which she doesn’t have).
Hanson muses that the only horse who could stand the zebra was Turbo.
Matilda probably thought there were sparks between her and the stallion.
Turbo probably reckoned he could just about stand the smell without completely freaking out.
Retief concludes: “There are two types of zebras in South Africa. The berg zebra, an indigenous zebra to the Western Cape, and the plains zebra, which is from the Serengeti and the Lowveld. This one is a plains zebra.”
They immobilised and transported Matilda on Thursday afternoon.
Everything proceeded without a hitch, so it would be appropriate to end this fairytale saga with the words: “And she lived happily ever after.”
When the rusty-coloured caracal feline opened her eyes, the pain subsided for a moment and was replaced by surprise.
The caracal (rooikat) was lying on the back seat of a Mercedes.
Within seconds she was doing her best “don’t-you-dare” impression when a person tried to open the door.
This seemed to work, because that face contorted with fear.
She can remember crossing the N7 near Melkbosstrand… feeling an unbearable pain shoot through her leg and then passing out.
Two people were peering through the window this time. She hisses and spits.
By the time the feline was darted by the SPCA the inside of the car had lost the Battle of Claw and Seat.
The story begins with a Canal Walk businessman driving from Yzerfontein on the N7.
Unfortunately, he hit a caracal on his way towards Cape Town and was faced with a dilemma – should he drive on or try to save the unconscious cat?
He chose the latter.
The man loaded the cat into his car on the back seat and raced to Hakuna Matata Veterinary Clinic in Bloubergstrand.
Once he arrived he left one of the windows slightly open and went in to inform Dr Carike van Loggerenberg of the new patient.
Much to everyone’s shock the feline awoke from her slumber while he was gone.
Says Van Loggerenberg: “We informed the SPCA and had to wait for them to arrive and dart her. Her back right leg was broken. This kind of injury requires that she stays immobilised during aftercare, so the only thing the SPCA could do was to put her down. It was very sad, but one must look at the bigger picture.”
Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s wildlife unit manager Brett Glasby says they had to dart the animal through the gap in the window.
“She was a wild animal and very defensive. There was an extra element of danger because the animal was injured,” he explains.
Both Van Loggerenberg and Glasby say that the driver showed compassion to try to help the animal, but that he didn’t go about it in the right way.
Glasby says it was lucky the caracal didn’t wake up while he was driving.
“We really appreciate what the gentleman did. Not many people would do what he did, but it would have been a very dangerous situation had the animal woke up while he was on the N7.
“The wild cat could also have woken up while he put it in the car. While we appreciate what he did, it is better to get someone who is trained and able to do the handling,” says Glasby.
According to him one can save the SPCA’s number on one’s phone for quick access or one could phone the City of Cape Town’s 107-number, who in turn could notify the SPCA.
The cracked dry surface of Hakskeen Pan bakes in the sun, just waiting for history to happen.
Distant hills peek over the horizon trying to catch a glimpse of the roaring spectacle on the flat Northern Cape plain, where adrenaline-junkie extremists have converged in their souped-up hot-rods.
Karl Ebel from Table View roars over the desert floor in his 1940 Chevy. The course is starting to break up, but he continuous unabated… 120 km/h… 140… 160…
When he reaches 170 km/h, he sees on his GPS that he’s wheel spinning.
Ebel needs traction and is running out of track, so he short-shifts the gear into fifth and floors the accelerator.
At 190 km/h the car started spinning around.
“Before I knew what was was going on… I couldn’t even dip the clutch quick enough, because the motor had stalled and I was already going backwards before I realised it was spinning. I was just hoping that it wouldn’t dig in. I thread the steering wheel through my hands and tried to ensure it didn’t lock on either side and I just held on!”
Ebel’s Chevy spun 20 times that run.
“It’s a dry lake, so there was plenty of fine dust. Then I saw bits of blue sky through the dust and thought I came to a standstill, but I hadn’t. I was still spinning. It was quite a surreal experience,” he laughs.
This incident happened at last year’s Speedweek event at Hakskeen Pan.
Possibly right about now, while reading this very sentence, Ebel is again attempting to cross the 300 km/h threshold. But this time he has learnt from his mistakes.
“This year we will be using the more slippery body shape of a 1980 Mustang. On paper we ought to reach 300 km/h,” he adds.
The only problem is Ebel will not be racing “on paper”, but rather on dry desert floor.
“The car feels quite planted up until 180, but then your perception of depth becomes exponential. So the faster you go the more radical your depth perception is. The sensitivity of the car is increased and believe me, you are correcting the car the whole time. You have to put delicate inputs into and… You need to feel it…”
The Mustang, or as Ebel calls it, the “Monstang” is powered by a 327 small block Chevy. The motor has quite a list of “go-fast-goodies” in it, but according to Ebel it is “still not a bank breaker”.
He elaborates: “We are running an overdrive manual gearbox and a high diff ratio with tall tyres. We are also running naturally aspirated, so there are no power additions. This combo sees us over 300 and we are looking forward to see what happens!”
So, what motivates someone to push the boundaries of sanity to such a degree?
“I’m a bit of a petrol-head hey,” says Ebel unsurprisingly.
“I do enjoy the rush, but for me it’s more about the art form. It’s about putting together the concept, building it yourself and seeing it run.”
He adds as an afterthought: “It’s quite an adrenaline rush really.”
You don’t say!
There were a couple of teenagers, but none of us were mutants, ninjas or turtles.
Yet, the set resembled scenes from that ageless classic animation. We really did feel like heroes in a half-shell (the hard hats we wore in the tunnels looked like shells, after all).
TygerBurger was invited to go on Matt Weisse’s underground tunnel tour on Heritage Day and enjoyed every moment of it. Note, the newspaper itself has no emotion, but the lucky journalist has.
The tour started at 14:00 when a group of 20 daredevils climbed down a manhole cover at the back of the Castle of Good Hope. For the next hour we found ourselves in ankle deep water underneath the city.
The rush of wading through the ancient tunnels was just as strong as the current trying to wash us out to the harbour. Spider webs and cockroaches added to the atmosphere and the echoes of exclamations kept us on our toes. We were told that smugglers might have used these “gragte” to transport valuables, but unfortunately not one of us found a gold coin (if one of the smugglers dropped a coin it would have washed out to sea in a matter of minutes).
Parts of the underground canals and rivers date back to 1652. They used to supply the passing ships with fresh water and later these rivers flowing through the city became pleasant walkways shaded by Oaks with bridges going over them. As the years passed and the city expanded they were eventually covered up and forgotten.
Props were not needed to make this a truly exciting experience, but there were props nonetheless. A light show, limbs of dummies and a treasure hunt assisted in setting free the imagination of those who needed more than just the realisation that we’re walking in tunnels under the city.
Matt’s been doing it since 2010 and says there are three routes varying in difficulty. We walked along the easiest because of a group of kids and journalists armed with cameras. In this same tunnel the TV-show Fear Factor dared the contestants to eat cockroaches. Thankfully, these were not on the menu on Heritage Day.
The toughest of the tours transpires under Long Street, so for the truly adventurous people out there, this would be highly recommended.
After heavy rains the tunnels (which are in some places big enough to drive a car in) will be raging with water that fell near Table Mountain. I admit there were moments when my imagination ran riot… What if suddenly a wall of onrushing water came from behind? My last moments on this Earth would consist of me trying to keep the work’s video camera from being damaged…
During this particular tour one is first taken through the Castle and given a bit of background on the Dutch. Then one climbs down a simple manhole that looks like Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole and then… Hold on! Do not step on one side of the tunnel! Balance on both sides! Be careful! The water comes down with a vicious speed, but no one loses their footing.
By the time we reunited with daylight, we were walking on icicles, but that didn’t matter. We didn’t let our cold feet stand in the way of braving this completely different and thoroughly entertaining adventure.
A tunnel tour with a qualified guide and a professional medic can last one to three hours.
For more information go to or contact Matt on 082 482 4006.
According to an anonymous reader the governments of the world are hiding something huge…
There might actually be two suns!
The reader is also open to the possibility that there might be a large planet somewhere between the Earth and the sun and she’s not talking about Mercury or Venus.
The reader and a friend used different cameras when they photographed the sun recently.
The various images all had one thing in common – a ghostly sphere borders the sun.
What could this be?
The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) reckons it’s a lens flare.
The reader insists, however, that it is much more likely that they’re hiding something from us.
She adds: “It’s been very hot recently and this could be the reason. I’ve been on the internet and I can’t find anything that says something strange is happening! I mailed the photos to SAAO and they told me it’s an optical illusion. How could three cameras have the same optical illusion?”
Most are well aware that suns or planets don’t just drop by the solar system for a quick visit and then scuttle off again, but this newspaper nonetheless thought it could be interesting to hear what SAAO says about these photos.
When TygerBurger told an SAAO outreach astronomer Nicola Loaring that she’s clearly part of an elaborate and globalwide conspiracy, she laughed: “Well, obviously I’m in on it!”
Cape Town Photographic Society’s Detlef Basel clears the confusion up for almost everyone when he says: “We are dealing with a camera flare. If this was to be a new planet the rest of the world would have known about it long ago.”
The reader obviously refuses to believe this.
“This doesn’t make sense what they are saying. For three days I took pics and from three different cameras.
“Also the weather! Why doesn’t anyone want to see the facts,” she asks in exasperation.
Considering that the “other” heavenly body is about eight times smaller than the sun when viewed from Earth, it would either be absolutely massive and far away, or alternatively, as big as the Earth somewhere between our planet and Venus.
Since the “other body” can be seen next to the sun it cannot be a planet because from our perspective it would only be a silhouette.
This “other body” produces its own light so it could be a sun.
However, if there’s another sun in the vicinity then we are already dead according to Isaac Newton.
Loaring concludes: “Light often bends or refracts through the lenses of cameras. This multiple reflection can result in multiple images of the object and other artifacts which is what I think the spot is on her picture.
“It is also common to have ‘ghost images’ or flares when the primary light source is particularly bright.”
She knows she’s got it.
It’s not in the way her gym gear clings to her bronzed body or in the way her genes complement her commitment.
She’s got it because she knows it.
Confidence is what it’s all about.
The perfect body and genes help of course.
With summer reportedly just around the corner (believe it or not), Bellville’s Michelene Adamo spoke to TygerBurger about staying fit, eating properly and the benefits of looking good.
This nutritionist, dancer and fitness coach recently won Ms Bikini at the Mr and Ms Fitness event and was, as a result, nominated to represent South Africa in Las Vegas in November.
The 37-year-old beauty competed against youngsters almost half her age, but she triumphed nonetheless. The expression “run-of-the-mill” simply doesn’t apply to her.
So, ordinary people like you and me might well think we will never look good in a bikini, so why read further – people’s eyes will self-destruct if they had to see me in a bikini?
Michelene, however, reckons it’s not really how you look, but how you feel.
“There are a lot of women who might be slightly overweight, but they are full of confidence, voluptuous and absolutely beautiful. They look stunning! For me it’s all about health,” she emphasises.
As a nutritionist one can expect her to be health-conscious and she doesn’t disappoint.
“Everybody seems to have it the wrong way around. They avoid fatty products, but in my opinion you have to go all natural – full creams, natural fat and stay away from the starch. Meat is very good and is top of my list,” she smiles.
Thankfully Michelene adds that you can spoil yourself once or twice over weekends by reaching for the chocolates.
Exercise is obviously an important part of the equation. Michelene reckons one should find something you are passionate about (such as dancing) and just do it.
The last thing people will do is follow her example and gym one hour a day every day of the week, but then again, most people won’t be representing the country in Vegas.
Hopefully she will be heading that way. problem is, she needs to raise enough funds for the trip.
“The whole trip will cost me about R30 000,”she says. “I’m really hoping to get sponsors. In turn I can market their products, do speeches for them or simply to be ready whenever they need me!”
Michelene certainly has determination on her side.
One gets the feeling that if she cannot go, she wouldn’t let it stand in her way of getting people to feel better about themselves.
She concludes: “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong. My passion is dance and nutrition… and through my passions, I desire to inspire others to live their best life!”
Now, for a change, she is depending on others to help her make an impression on a global stage.
As the speed boat flitted across the violent waves, seven heroes stared fixedly at the horizon.
Milnerton’s Fabian Higgins from Metro Emergency Medical Services and two of his colleagues were preparing to take the plunge.
Icy water slammed against the boat as it rounds the Sentinel at Hout Bay.
Off in the distance, the rescue divers saw other National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) boats circling the capsized Miroshga.
Somewhere trapped inside the sightseeing Miroshga three people were desperately contemplating the dangerous dark ocean.
It is the afternoon of 13 October 2012.
The Miroshga rescue and the resultant fatalities of that day would be repeatedly scrutinised for the foreseeable future.
But less focus would fall on the bravery of the people who pulled off this pioneering and daring rescue.
Now the seven-man team is one of the finalists for the Centrum Guardian of the Year Award.
This competition gives the public the chance to vote for the most deserving emergency and rescue services employees.
The rescue team that saved three women from the ill-fated Miroshga is this province’s only representatives.
Higgins has experienced his fair share of hair-raising moments in his 20-year career, but this day rises above all of the others.
“None of us knew what to expect…” he tells TygerBurger. Higgins and his colleagues are based at the rescue unit in Pinelands and got the call at 14:30.
They were told that a boat had capsized near the Boss 400 shipwreck near Sandy Bay and that there might still be people trapped in the hull.
It took the team 25 minutes to just get to Hout Bay.
When the three divers arrived at the harbour a man and his wife offered to take them to the scene in a speed boat.
Two firemen also came along in case their help was needed.
“There was a horrendous swell in the water and we were soaking wet by the time we got to the capsized boat,” he continues.
“At that stage we were aware that only one person had died of the 41 people who were on board.
“One person was missing, however, and three were trapped somewhere in the hull. Two or three NSRI volunteers were sitting on the hull and seemed to be communicating with those trapped inside.”
The speed boat stopped a few metres from the Miroshga and Higgins jumped into the water.
“The sea was very rough and tossed the boat around quite heavily. I had no idea what the boat looked like upright and it was difficult to figure out what exactly was going on under the water. I had to look for some kind of entrance to the cabin while the boat was rocking violently,” he continues, before adding that it was very dark once he entered the cabin.
All he knew was that the survivors were stuck somewhere in the hull on the starboard side. He searched around in the tumultuous environment among the floating ropes, bags and cameras.
“It was like a whirlwind has gone through the cabin! It was quite hectic… I had no idea whether the boat might sink at any moment with me in it.”
Finally he found a small entrance that resembled a cupboard and opened it. For the briefest of moments the inside of the hull was illuminated and Higgins saw legs. Against all odds the survivors found a little air pocket.
He couldn’t swim into the hull due to the size of his diving gear equipment, so he grabbed one of the legs, blew bubbles out of a breathing apparatus and finally made the survivors know he was under the water trying to save them.
The first survivor he dragged back from the watery grave grabbed on to him for dear life.
He went down again, but his air was almost used up so he had to come to the surface and give one of his colleagues a chance to be someone’s hero.
The simple fact that he played a part in this miraculous rescue is all the vindication he needs.
If, however, they win the competition then the R50 000 will be used to buy rescue equipment for the province.
Every single one of our local heroes deserves all the recognition that comes his way, but in the meantime they will settle for a vote.
The team consists of Higgins, Eben Lourens, Elvin Stoffels, Capt PJ van der Merwe, Gert Voigt, Merwin Nel and Douglas Jones.
Go to for an audio interview with Higgins as well a gallery of photos.
* To vote for this team go to, go to the “centrum guardian” Facebook page or SMS “Drive” to 34020.
Die liggaamsbouer trek sy pienk voorskoot aan. Vanaand gaan die skaapboud práát!
Die gehoor? ’n Fraaie nooi van Brackenfell en duisende Kêrels wat Kook-aanhangers.
In kykNET se gewilde realiteitsprogram sal Chalene Schlechter moet kies tussen Bloubergstrand se Johan Terblanche, Durbanville se Laurentius Fullard en mede-Brackenfeller, Niell Horn.
Dit gaan natuurlik nie net oor hul spontane persoonlikhede of sprankelende voorkoms nie, maar ook oor hoe goed hulle kan kook!
Die eerste episode van die tweede reeks is verlede week uitgesaai en Johan was die man met die pan.
TygerBurger het met die sportvoedselkundige liggaamsbouer gaan praat oor hoe dit voel om nou in die openbare oog te wees.
“Ek stap maar met my sonbril en hoed rond,” sê Johan laggend.
Die nuwe kykNET-reeks is geskiet in Maart, maar Johan is baie geheimsinnig oor wat die uiteinde vir hom was.
Vanjaar is die reeks uitgebrei na 28 episodes, wat beteken dat sewe meisies elkeen die geleentheid kry om op ’n afspraak met drie verskillende kêrels te gaan. Ná afloop van die drie afsprake, nooi elke meisie haar potensiële kêrels gelyktydig na ’n laaste afspraak: ’n ete by ’n spog-restaurant waar sy hulle een vir een uitskakel totdat sy met die kêrel van haar keuse oorbly vir nagereg.
“Was dit jy, Johan?”
Die TygerBurger se beste pogings om die wenner te ontmasker, was ’n liederlike mislukking.
“Dis ’n geheim,” antwoord Johan.
“Komaan, Johan. Hoe kon sy nie geval het vir jou pienk voorskoot nie? Dit was jy, nê?” vra TygerBurger weer. “Julle sal maar die program moet kyk,” hou hy vol.
Die gespierde kêrel van Bloubergstrand glo die belangrikste ding was om die kykers te laat lag – vandaar die pienk voorskoot.
“Ek word gespot oor die voorskoot op Facebook! Maar meeste het daarvan gehou – veral die ouer tannies,” verduidelik hy.
Johan het al sy sjarme gebruik op Chalene, maar sy het bietjie baie gepraat, grap hy. Gelukkig het dit tot gevolg gehad dat daar geen ongemaklike stiltes was nie.
In vorige episodes het Johan ook gesien dat die meisies deur die kêrels se kaste gaan krap. Hy het toe sjokolades daar weggesteek. Hierdie tegniek het goed afgegaan by Chalene nadat sy erken het dat die pad na haar hart deur sjokolade loop.
Johan het vooraf geen idee gehad van hoe Chalene gelyk het nie en hy het op die kamera voorspel dat sy “’n blondine met ’n mooi lyfie” is.
Die donkerkop Chalene was nie baie in haar noppies met Johan “Nostradamus” nie, maar toe die skaapboud bedien is, het sy hom vinnig vergewe.
Johan reken die geheim vir ’n suksesvolle eerste afspraak is om so veel moontlik uit te vind oor die ander persoon.
Hy het baie geleer van Chalene en haar ander “persoonlikhede”, Candy en Bonnie.
“Candy is die flirty een. Uhm… Bonnie… Er… Ek kan nie te veel onthou van Bonnie nie…”
Kyk gerus Kêrels wat Kook op Donderdae om 21:00, Vrydae om 16:00, Saterdae om 06:00 of Sondae om 21:30.
Die Here se voorneme was om ’n kerk te laat bou vir die Sunningdale-gemeenskap.
Elke uitdaging en elke oorwinning was lankal beplan.
Sy nuwe huis sal 660 m² groot wees en 88 000 bakstene sal gebruik word om die NG-gemeenskapkerk in Braseltonweg te bou.
Die gemeente sal soms geïntimideer voel deur die grootsheid van die projek, maar een wonderwerk na die ander het die taak aansienlik vergemaklik.
Sondag 21 Julie het Hy gesien hoe honderde dankbare mense uit alle gemeenskappe die inwydingsfeesdiens bygewoon het.
Die erf is in 2009 gekoop en die bouproses het middel verlede jaar begin. Saterdag is die voordeur van Rhodesiese kiaat aangebring en toe was die kerk kant en klaar.
Ds. Philip Botha het met TygerBurger gepraat oor hoe die bouplanne een na die ander wonderbaarlik in plek geval het.
“Oor die afgelope jare was daar baie uitdagings. Die erf was teen ’n baie billike prys vir ons aangebied, maar R428 000 was nog steeds vir ons as ’n jong bediening ’n groot klomp geld!
’n Sakeman kom toe na my toe en sê hy sal die deposito betaal. Twee kerke in Amerika het ons ook gehelp. Toe kom dieselfde sakeman weer na my en sê dat die Here wil hê hy moet sy splinternuwe Mercedes SLK vir die kerk skenk!”
Die volgende uitdaging was om ’n verband te kry. Met die finansiële wetsverandering was dit inderdaad ’n wonderwerk om die verband aanvanklik te kry, maar toe moes die kerk ’n manier vind om die verband van R1,6 miljoen te laat werk vir ’n gebou van R2,7 miljoen.
“Mergon Foundation het vir ons R100 000 gegee, so ons het uiteindelik R1,7 miljoen gehad om mee te werk.
“Om ’n bouer te kry wat die taak kon verrig met só min geld, was óók ’n wonderwerk! Iemand het aan ons kombuistoerusting geskenk en Marina Landscaping het amper 60 bome geskenk,” voeg Botha by.
Vrydag 19 Julie het die amptelike inwydingsnaweek begin met ’n dans en ’n bring-en-braai en Saterdag is ’n familie-pretdag gehou.
Die multi-kulturele gemeentelede het nou ná ’n dekade hul eie kerk. Die opwinding was tydens Sondag se diens tasbaar.
Botha sluit af: “Die hart van ons bediening is dat mense van verskillende tale en kulture hier tuis kan wees. Ons droom is om hierdie wêreld meer soos die paradys te maak. Daar was harmonie tussen mense, diere en die natuur.”
More than a decade after the 2.3 km Sandown Link Road was conceptualised and one year after construction started, it is now a race against time to complete it before 17:00 on 18 September.
Bad weather and the national labour strike are teasing desperate commuters and eager developers.
The official opening will go ahead on 18 September, with various high profile guests set to attend the ceremony, but there is a very real chance that the road will not be completed.
Not open

“The completion of the road is imminent, but there is a strong probability that it will not open to the public on the 18th,” says one of the developers, Aska Property Group’s Tony Clarke.

“If we had good weather from now to the 18th and no labour problems then we would have a chance. It is completely out of our control. We need 10 clear days of weather and labour to surface the road.”
The construction cost of the section from the R27 (West Coast Road) to the M12/N7 is R82 million, but the eventual benefit of the road is invaluable.
Traffic along Koeberg and Blaauwberg roads has reached absurd proportions, especially with these routes being upgraded all the time, in the name of development.
Most commuters have mastered the art of patience, but now with Sandown Road nearly done the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be beckoning.
People from the northern suburbs who want to go to the coast and avoid Blaauwberg Road, the major roleplayers (Milnerton Estates, Garden Cities and the Aska Property Group) and in particular Parklands and Sunningdale residents are counting the days to completion.
The new extension will open up traffic to the M12 and N7 and includes a road-over-rail bridge and ancillary underground services.
Clarke continues: “When one looks at a road that is all road infrastructure, but one of the services that go beneath the road is water. Ancillary services therefore include an enormous new water main that runs underneath the road. It’s a 900 mm in diameter pipe that now feeds the area with fresh water.”
The Sandown Road extension contract of R64 million has been complemented by the extension of Parklands Main Road, as well as the construction of the Potsdam/N7 Interchange in 2007 and the M12/bridge over Diep River in 2011.
Various roleplayers that included the provincial government and the City of Cape Town all pulled together to make travelling from A to B as easy as ABC.
On 18 September, Premier Helen Zille will unveil the plaque and then MyCiTi buses will take the guests on a tour of the new road and bridge. It is also pencilled in that the Traffic Department will open the road to traffic at 17:00.
Now it’s up to the weather and labour to play along.
Burglary in Table View and surrounds has steadily increased in the last five years according to the released crime statistics.
This is no surprise to Table View police station commander, Col Dirk Vosloo.
“Table View is in policing terms known as a property crime station due to the volumes of property crimes reported in the station area yearly. In the last five years burglary has increased by 24.5%, in the last three years with 10% and year on year by 14.3%.”
Vosloo reckons one of the reasons for this is down to the perception that the area is seen as an affluent one by criminals.
“There are specific areas that attract more burglaries than other areas,” he continues.
“In the Parklands area, the block between Raats Drive on the South, Wood Drive on the West, Sanddown on the North and Gie Road on the East, are targeted mostly due to the geographical placement of the area.
“It is easily accessible from the bushy areas along the railway line and N7 areas. The new Sanddown extension will also have its influence on the crime of the area.
“There will be easy access to the N7.”
He adds that the increase in area size is having a direct impact on the response times of the police to deal with this crime effectively.
Continues Vosloo: “Table View is growing at a rapid rate towards the north of the precinct. Most development is in the Parklands and Sunningdale area. There is a daily influx of people into the area.”
This expansion places even further strain on the desperately low number of police officers as reported on 7 August in the TygerBurger article entitled “Police in short supply”.
The police to population ratio in Table View is approximately three times lower than the provincial average.
According to Dan Plato, Western Cape MEC of Community Safety there is only one Table View police officer per every 721 citizens.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape apparently boasts an average of one officer for every 245 citizens and in South Africa the ratio is one officer per every 303 citizens.
Says Vosloo: “Staffing of a police station is done from a provincial level and locally we have no role to play.”
“Many factors influence staffing levels at a police station, but the number of serious (contact) crimes like, murder, rape and aggravated robbery play a major role. Table View is not a big contributor to those crimes if one look at the provincial picture.”
Table View’s murder rates are one of the lowest in the country, with only six from April 2012 to March 2013. This figure has been decreasing over the last few years.
There has been a 12.2% increase in murders in the province during 2012/2013.
Vosloo’s frank dissection of the statistics is a breath of fresh air in comparison with his peers throughout the province.
A few days after the statistics were released Plato said: “Not only are we not given access to crime statistics, we are also not given any information to indicate where problematic areas are.
“The people of this province deserve these answers.
“The key indicators have shown an increase when compared with last year, while others have shown a decrease. Out of 28 crime categories, 22 have shown dramatic increases – this is simply unacceptable.”
. Common robbery (mostly the grabbing of handbags and cellphones) has steadily increased in Table View over the years.
“We will continue to patrol the hotspots and make people aware through the media and by handing out pamphlets in these hotspot areas,” says Vosloo.
“It is important to make people aware not to ‘display’ their cellphones to potential robbers. Through police patrols, we observed many people, especially students, busy on their cellphones completely cut off from the world around them.”
He concludes by saying that Table View is “very fortunate” that there is a massive growing interest in community mobilisation in the past 12-18 months.
“The Community Police Forum together with the neighbourhood watch structures in the three sectors, are doing amazing work to be the eyes and ears of the police and in patrolling their streets, day and night.
“As a station commander, I am really humbled by their contribution.”
On 14 April 1988 and 20 August 2005 fate grabbed the collars of two rugby players and condemned them to lives in wheelchairs.
Along with three other quadriplegics, these two Milnerton residents have been invited by the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Fund (the Springbok’s official charity) for the annual “For the Love of the Game Fundraising Banquet” on 25 September.
During the event that will be broadcast on Supersport 1, they will meet all their rugby playing heroes from South Africa and Australia.
TygerBurger used the opportunity to let Chris Labuschagne (42) and Vulisango Solomon (38) tell their heartbreaking stories, and by doing so, create awareness around this dangerous game.
One day in 1988 during training in a Northern Cape town the 15-year-old lock (Labuschagne) was practising “second phase” with his team-mates.
The coach decided to have one more go at perfecting the technique and from a line-out, Labuschagne grabbed the ball. His team-mates “binded” around him and then, as practised before, he fell to the ground in order to release the ball.
One of the defenders went over the loose ruck and landed on Labuschagne’s neck.

“I immediately heard that break, went numb and realised something was terribly wrong,” he remembers.

At that stage his team-mates were still fighting for the ball, but all Labuschagne could think of was trying to breathe while lying face-down on the grass.
“I was lying on top of the ball. They eventually rolled me onto my back and called the ambulance, but it took them a long time to get to the school due to all the flooding we had there that year.”
He was first rushed to the local hospital and then to Bloemfontein and a few days later to Pretoria, but by then it was obvious that Labuschagne had broken his neck.
He was told he broke some cervical vertebrae in his neck and would be paralysed from the neck down for the rest of his life.
Labuschagne credits his faith and support system of those around him for getting him through this traumatic period.
Since then he has regained about 70 % of movement in his arms, succeeded in getting a diploma in IT Technology and now works at T-Systems in Pinelands, happily married to his wife Natasha.
Solomon’s story to date has been less fortunate.
“I couldn’t believe it when they told me that I wouldn’t walk again … A social worker had to explain it to me. I was told not to worry, because the worry will kill me,” says the Eric Miles Cheshire Home for the Disabled resident.
The scrum collapsed onto the hooker’s neck during a club rugby match in 2005.
One of the only things Solomons can remember right after the tragedy was someone telling him that he “can’t wake up now” because they’re waiting for the ambulance.
Frozen images of the shock on other players’ faces still haunt him at night, however.
He could never return to his job in Epping and after the incident his days have been preoccupied with getting from A to B.
Both reckon it is vital that the public take heed and take whatever safety measures possible for everyone who plays rugby.
Creating awareness is partly what the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund is all about.
The fund implements initiatives to make the game safer and reduce the number of injuries taking place, while also offering help and hope to those rugby players suffer catastrophic and serious rugby injuries. “When tragedy strikes on the rugby field, the Players’ Fund steps in to help our fallen heroes,” says the Player’s Fund’s general manager, Gail Ross.
It currently supports 105 quadriplegics across South Africa.
According to an anonymous member of a Residents’ Monitoring Committee (RMC), thousands of litres of leachate might have contaminated Diep River since 1 July.
However, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) categorically denies this claim.
The RMC member told TygerBurger that a contractor who has been removing the leachate from the site for the last 15 years stopped working on site at the end of June.
Leachate is liquid that extracts solutes from other matter as it passes through it. In an environmental sense, leachate most commonly refers to water acquiring properties from the refuse that it contacts.
In other words, it is produced when water comes into contact with waste, particularly household waste, in a landfill.
The RMC member elaborates: “On average the contractor would supply three 30 000 litre tankers daily to transport the leachate off the site and these vehicles would average four to five loads each day of the week.”
At the time of contacting TygerBurger on 23 August, the RMC member said that authorities have still not assigned any extra vehicles to remove the leachate.
He adds: “According to my calculations, from 1 July up till date (23 August), we would have transported in excess of 16 million litres of leachate offsite to treatment facilities. What has happened to this excess? How much has run into the stormwater and hence into the Diep River?”
On 22 July the contractor apparently saw a leachate pond overflowing into the storm collection dam, which eventually runs into Diep River.
DWAF poured cold water on the RMC member’s claim when they stated that leachate did overflow into the stormwater pond, but that the stormwater pond is designed to receive the overflow in the event of an emergency.
There was apparently a lot of water that the pond had to accommodate on the day of the incident and no leachate escaped into the environment.
Insofar as the possibility of leachate polluting Diep River, DWAF assures the public that the City of Cape Town has put measures in place to address the management of the leachate dams.
DWAF investigated the situation in Vissershok when they received the complaint on 15 August and inspected the site again yesterday.
They concluded by stating that the only concern they had was that a contractor to remove the leachate wasn’t appointed timeously by the City of Cape Town.
The anticipation grows quickly in the audience as the Fairy Godmother comes out onto the stage at GrandWest Casino.
“Where is everyone?” asks the Fairy Godmother.
A shady character who stands elevated among the audience says authoritatively: “Look up!”
The Fairy Godmother hesitates for a moment.
“No! I am the Ghost of GrandWest Past! I am here to take you on a journey back to the year 2013 and to a war between two schools!”
In a heartbeat the stage fills up with 150 Milnerton High School performers and 45 minutes later they are crowned champions of the GrandWest High School Jam competition.
“This competition is open to all schools in the Western Cape,” explains the school’s drama teacher and the architect of the musical, Laura Bosman.
“The school will put a proposal together for a musical extravaganza with singing, dancing and a little bit of acting. The top 10 schools are selected for the preliminary round and then the top three are chosen for the finals. We won, but we are so grateful for the other school’s variety to keep this competition fresh.”
If one listens to the concept behind the winning school’s musical then it is no surprise that they were victorious.
Bosman elaborates on the musical: “There are two schools that are vying for the trophy. One girl from the one school falls in love with a boy from their opposition, goes to their rehearsal, sees what they are doing, tells her school, the two break up and there is a big, fat fight and it all ends when they love each other again.”
I got the impression that Bosman must have told this story a million times before, because she never took a breath during this particular synopsis.
The seed of inspiration for their next performance was first planted when the school won the same competition two years ago.
Bosman mulled over the content for months and then in April this year the rehearsals started.
The show uses songs such as “The Final Countdown” and “Somebody to Love” and then they change the words to suit the musical itself.
The headmaster, Paul Besener, heard them rehearse every now and again, but saw the show for the first time during the preliminary round.
It took his breath away, and he described it as “world class”.
It is still a long time before the next competition, but Bosman reckons it could be a good idea to work together with a few disadvantaged schools next time and share their now extensive experience.

Socio-economic challenges in Joe Slovo Park and Du Noon continue to affect crime statistics in Milnerton police’s precinct.

At first glance the recently released statistics for the period between April 2012 to March 2013 in Milnerton and surrounds look worrying.
Murders have gone up from 35 to 45, robbery with aggravating circumstances from 238 to 325 and burglary at residential premises from 602 to 795.
Of the 29 listed crime categories, only 10 have shown a decrease.
The biggest of these were the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition that went down from 29 to 19 and commercial crime from 578 to 484.
The latter is countered, however, by the dramatic increase in robbery at non-residential premises that shot up from 27 to 70.
One of the most serious “crimes” in the area isn’t even included in the statistics – apathy.
Milnerton police station commander, Brig Marius Stander, elaborates: “We organise many crime prevention meetings, but when the day comes that room is empty. People must be informed and become aware. Knowledge directly affects the individual’s safety.
“One could hear at these meetings that crime is up in your street and you could realise it’s because the street lights are not working or because the municipal grass needs cutting.”
Stander is jealous of the way the community pulls together just a few kilometres to the north in Table View and surrounds where there has been a tremendous growth in the local neighbourhood watch and street committees.
How long it will take for Milnerton to realise that this is the only way to go, is uncertain.
Stander admits that the community and the police should be pooling their resources and working together.
“The community are our eyes and ears. Without them there will be no witnesses when a suspect appears in court. Also, if they don’t look after their possessions by activating their alarms or leaving it on their car seat then our job becomes much harder,” he says.
Regarding the unfavourable statistics, Stander emphasises that it is no surprise, since they work with it on a daily basis.
“It is a reality for us. We are worried about housebreakings in the Milnerton Central area and the more serious robberies in Du Noon and Joe Slovo. These two areas receive special attention.”
He adds that about 98 % of the murders happened in one of these two areas.
Stander reckons the best way to get the crime under control in these areas is social upliftment.
“Living conditions there are dire in some places. Various resources could be improved such as lighting and especially unemployment. In an ideal world we would have a police station in Du Noon.”
Milnerton’s statistics are roughly in line with those in the province, with 22 categories showing a dramatic increase as opposed to 19 in Milnerton.
The most serious of these increases (percentage increase in brackets) are murder (12.2%), attempted murder (40.9%), aggravated robbery (21.4%), illegal possession of firearm (21.4%), carjacking (45.6%), cash in transit robbery (114.3%), robbery at residential premises (22.5%) and robbery at non-residential premises (23.4%).
Dan Plato, Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, finds these increases “totally unacceptable” and reckons one of the ways to keep the public in the loop is to release statistics more regularly.
Says Plato: “Crime statistics provide a measure of success of policing, but they are also a valuable tool for responding to crime patterns and directing valuable resources to where they are most needed. This can only be done by having access to statistics on a regular basis, so that various role-players such as other government departments and civil society can respond to the changing crime patterns and help to prevent crime.”



Water is no stranger to the yachting fraternity. They do, after all, stare in the face of an intimidating storm and sail through it with panache.
That’s why they didn’t let a bit of flooding get in the way of having a whale of a time at Milnerton Aquatic Club (MAC) on Saturday.
While the wind was howling, the cold biting and Rietvlei once again crept up towards the clubhouse, members celebrated the annual MAC Opening Cruise.
It didn’t all go according to plan, however.
In Roman times, nations went into land battles waving banners to identify themselves and they chanted war cries to intimidate the enemy.
In drier times (remember them?) MAC members used to adopt this ancient tradition to decorate their boats at opening cruises. This weekend they had to make do without fancy decorations. But, there was plenty of flour!
Conservation officer, Pat Downing says: “Eve Howarth told me that, in all her 30 odd years of being a member, has she laughed so much at the antics of the children and Patrick, the groundsman, who sprayed everyone with the fire hose, water pistols and flour bombs.”
The communication officer Angela Gray elaborates on this annual event at the beginning of spring: “It is usually marked by a formal raising of the national and club burgee (flag) followed by a review of the fleet – a colourful tradition that is steeped in more than 600 years of Royal Navy tradition and history, wherein Admirals (and/or royalty) used to review their fleet on special occasions. Unfortunately boats were unable to launch for the sail-past and thus this couldn’t happen.”
Given that the opening of the new season also marked the anniversary of a five-year plan, Commodore Ross Cowing chose to use the occasion to review the club’s achievements by honouring those who had been working towards these goals.
Continues Gray: “Clearly the plan had worked and there was an extensive list of achievements – from MAC having the youngest team in the Lipton Cup for a few years, to boasting National Champions in various boat classes, as well as having youngsters who have travelled the World and represented South Africa at various World Championships in wake-boarding, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. Their achievements are an inspiration to all and have certainly laid down a great foundation for what promises to be another enjoyable and successful season at MAC.”
Downing agrees when she adds: “The Flag Officers pranced around like Neptune’s workers and with such a start to the aquatic season of 2013/14, which was a complete break-away from the traditional ceremony of an opening cruise, the new season promises to be a good one for aquatic sports.”
Go to for a photo gallery of the day.
Die jong seun, wat mal daaroor was om kultoertjies op die trein te doen vir ’n ekstra geldjie, het eendag gesien hoe sy pa verneder is deur die polisie.
Dit het hom heeltemal getraumatiseer en hy kon nie verstaan hoekom swart mense so behandel word nie.
Toe stap hy op ’n keer in die straat saam met sy ma toe ’n wit priester sy hoed gelig het vir haar. Dit het ’n lewensverandering teweeg gebring vir die jong seun. Járe later is hy met ’n Nobelprys vereer.
Desmond Tutu se lewe is net een van die besonderse mense waaroor die joernalis, vertaler en dromer skryf in haar jeugboek Suid-Afrikaanse Helde en Ikone.
Wendy Maartens van Tableview is hoog in haar noppies met haar tiende boek in agt jaar. Suid-Afrikaanse Helde en Ikone is gemik op kinders tussen grade 3 en 7, maar terwyl sy verduidelik waaroor dit gaan, besef ’n mens dat ouer lesers ook iets daaruit kan leer.
Drie en dertig Suid-Afrikaanse ikone is bevry van politieke en geskiedkundige feite en die persone self is eerder bestudeer en hul karakters opgesom in kort en kleurvolle snedes. Meeste van die ikone is welbekend, soos Sara Baartman, Danie Greyling, Koos de la Rey, Sjaka en Nelson Mandela.
Daar is ook ’n paar wat smeek om beter geken te word. “Een verhaal gaan oor ’n anonieme 11-jarige Vrystaatse boerseuntjie wie se pa gevangene geneem was deur die Engelse in die Anglo-Boereoorlog en in ’n konsentrasiekamp naby Groenpunt opgesluit was. Die seun se ma het altyd vir hom gewys in watter rigting sy pa was. Die Engelse het toe die res van sy familie gevang, maar hy het ontglip en kaalvoet gestap van Bloemfontein, deur die Engelse linie tot in die Kaap!”
Maartens kan nie uitgepraat raak oor al die karakters in haar boek nie. Sy vertel ook van Enoch Sontonga, die komponis van Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Dan Nelson Mandela.
“Ek wil vir kinders leer dat daar ’n vonk is wat die Hemelse Vader in elkeen van ons gesit het. Enigiemand kan iets noemenswaardig vermag. ’n Mens moet nie vaskyk in die politiek nie, en dit is wat ek met hierdie boek doen. Dit só belangrik dat kinders die nodige leiding kry oor hoe om mense se optrede te interpreteer en hul eie binnestem te vertrou. Om hierdie rede het ek die boek opgedra aan alle Suid-Afrikaners wat aanhou om die klein dingetjies te doen wat uiteindelik ’n verskil maak.
“Die wete dat my woorde soms wit klippies is, wat ander help om ’n pad in hul eie verhaal te vind, is ’n dubbele vreugde!”
Thousands of Melkbosstrand, Atlantis, Table View and Milnerton residents will embrace the decision that the planned 500 hectare Western Cape Regional Landfill site between Melkbosstrand and Atlantis has been scrapped.
The vociferous objections by the public led by Willem Steenkamp have finally been heeded by authorities, so for now the site on Donkergat farm will remain undisturbed.
The man who managed to garner massive amount of support from the area, Steenkamp, informed TygerBurger of the decision by Anton Bredell, MEC of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.
Says Steenkamp: “This has been a seven year struggle for me personally and is indeed a victory for us as a community as well as all our neighbours in Dassenberg, Atlantis, Blouberg, Table View, Milnerton and so forth. For those that are not fully aware – our town and surrounds were threatened with the implementation of an enormous 50 metre high landfill site on the doorstep of Melkbosstrand which would have served as the new waste treatment facility for the Western Cape.”
There have been a plethora of media reports over the last few years about the proposed landfill site and those who oppose it.
Steenkamp adds that it was never a case of “not on our doorstep” argument, but rather one pointing out the fundamental flaws in the whole political process of those in power seven years ago.
Various ratepayers’ organisations, unions and residents launched the country’s biggest appeal against a Record of Decision ever and after authorities granted the appeal, a court case ensued.
It was ruled that the appeal should never have been granted and it was back to square one for the opposition.
Thousands of man-hours and rands were spent over the course of seven years, so this decision by Bredell is a weight off Steenkamp’s shoulders.
Suffice to say that chairperson of the Melkbosstrand Ratepayers’ Association, John Taylor, is also over the moon.
“Now it’s up to the City to decide what they’re going to do from here,” he says.
Taylor adds the visual impact of the proposed site would have been an eyesore, as can be seen at the Vissershok landfill site.
There’s also talk about expansion happening to the North of Melkbosstrand, and having a landfill site there would have stymied this.
Steenkamp thanked everyone who pulled together to prevent this from happening when he said: “Although it sometimes might have felt as if we were fighting a losing battle and spending so much money on a lost cause, it goes to show that persistence pays off and justice still prevails. I appreciate everyone’s tremendous support.”
Steenkamp concludes with caution: “The minister’s decision isn’t final. If it is decided that the landfill should be at the alternative site near Kalbaskraal then there is a chance that the courts might be called upon again.”
At 09:00 on the morning of 2 February Michael Bierman’s life took a turn for the worse.
He was navigating around the traffic circle of Sandown Road and Sunningdale Drive when the driver of a black SUV bumped into him and raced away again.
At first it seemed like an innocuous incident, but just a few months later the 42-year-old Bierman’s medical and mechanical bills are skyrocketing and his loss of income at his job has intensified.
Now he is looking for witnesses, one in particular, to come forward and ease his pain.
Bierman is in constant agony. A pinched nerve in his neck is making his life untenable with mind-numbing pain in his arms and the medical bills escalate by the day.
The only way doctors can cure him is to perform a R100 000 surgery. Bierman has no medical insurance.
According to him the Road Accident Fund will most likely foot the bill of the operation, but this might only happen in a few months, so he has to carry the costs temporarily.
Between February and August his medical bills have already become unmanageable – along with his life.
“I can’t sleep any more. The pain in my left arm is sometimes bearable but most of the times off the chart. The pain has now moved to my right arm, so I need this operation as soon as possible. I can’t sleep and I can’t do my job any more,” he tells TygerBurger.
Bierman is a freelance film technician and requires the use of his arms.
His financial problems were just exacerbated when he was told that the frame of his motorcycle was also cracked.
The driver of the SUV not only changed Bierman’s life, but then raced off after the accident without stopping.
Bierman has often reminisced the moment of reckoning, so he remembers the day well.
“I went into the circle and wanted to turn right into Sunningdale Drive. As I came back vertical to go out the circle to the left there were about nine cars waiting for me and a car to exit. The next moment from the corner of my eye I saw a black vehicle darting at me from the side and then the car hit me,” he says.
Bierman didn’t fall off his motorcycle, but the bump was serious enough to cause months of trauma.
“The driver just looked at me and drove off! I got his registration number, but it was later claimed by the owner of the personalised number plate that he sold his car before the accident. I will never forget the driver’s face, but I can’t find him anywhere.”
Of the nine cars waiting at the circle the front was a white Opel Cadet. Bierman says this person saw the whole incident unfold and even yelled at the man who drove off.
Bierman never thought of taking his details and now he needs that man to come forward as a witness.
Having a witness could be vital when Bierman tries to claim the money from the Road Accident Fund.
With the Integrated Rapid Transport (IRT) system now almost completed in Table View, ward councillor Heather Brenner has warned residents near Blaauwberg Road that higher density development is on the cards.
However, a resident who lives in the nearby Arum Road refuses to accept this stance.
“I’ve lived in Arum Road since 1974 and I’m fine with some densification, but there has to be a limit. Ten units on a plot surrounded by others with just one house is too much,” says Eric Joffee.
He is referring to a proposal by a property group in which two adjacent plots (one bordering Blaauwberg Road and one Arum Road) might soon be developed into 10 residential units.
This application and subsequent objections have come up at the local subcouncil, then at the City of Cape Town’s Spatial Planning, Environment and Land Use Management Committee (Spelum) to make a final recommendation and, finally, appealed to province.
Says Brenner: “There has, in the past five years, only been two applications in Arum Road for higher density. In the first the developer asked for 21 units in a combination of four plots that he had bought.
“It was my recommendation that the number of units be reduced to 12 in the interest of there only being a gently paced increase in the environment.
“That went on appeal and province increased the number to 14, but I managed to keep it down.”
She cautiously adds that Table View will not remain a “little backwater” forever.
“The market and various influences will change the face of Table View, but I believe we are doing it in a very responsible manner.
“It is important that people are not developing the area out of proportion.”
Having received only two applications in Arum Road over five years suggests that it will still be a while before relative densification will take place, but Brenner is certain that the “momentum will increase”.
Joffee touched on the “detrimental” effect that development in Arum Road will have on property prices, but Brenner says studies done overseas indicate the opposite.
“Developers will probably pay higher prices for property along the IRT route, which has transformed this area. One should embrace it. I understand people’s issue with densification. I lived in Table View for 50 years. In fact, when I moved in there were only 28 houses! Back then the residents wanted roads and shopping centres and public transport. They all demanded this because it made the area more attractive for other people. Now people are saying the opposite.”
Joffee is wholly in favour of “keeping with the ambience of this quiet street”.
He adds that Arum Road between Grey and Janssens is a quiet residential street consisting 90 % of single residential plots mostly built in the 70s.
According to him the proposal to build 10 units (with an underground parking area, possibly connecting Blaauwberg Road with Arum Road) is totally unacceptable.
“The nearby residents objected strongly to the proposed development. Some 134 written objections were submitted to the Milnerton subcouncil,” he says.
Brenner responds by saying that the increase in residents and the increase in traffic concerned her more than the actual building of 10 rather small units.
She was also fearful of through-traffic between Blaauwberg and Arum.
The decision was referred to Spelum, which in turn referred it to the full council which made a recommendation.
The applicant appealed this decision, however.
Joffee finally questions the true value of public opinion when he says: “Recently there have been articles in the mainstream press on changes that the City Council wish to make to the rules governing how the public can have an input into the process for approving or disapproving planning applications by developers. Fears have been expressed that the proposed changes to the rules would effectively remove any meaningful input from the public.”
Brenner responds: “There is no intention to remove meaningful feedback. The intention is to improve the proper value of the opinion.
“The public participation process can shine a light on certain viewpoints we might not have considered before we make a decision.”
One becomes two, two becomes four, four becomes 1 000.
The power of social media is unimaginable.
After Table View’s Lona Marais (47) was “attacked and assaulted” by a 4×4 driver last week Monday, her husband posted a heartfelt plea on an internet forum.
“If anybody in the Blouberg/West Beach/Table View area knows of a middle aged white male, overweight, with a newish silver double cab 4×4 without number plates, please let me know. If the identified person is the person that attacked and assaulted my wife. I will pay a R50 000 reward no questions asked,” he wrote.
The message was posted on various other forums and soon the “hunt” for the driver was on.
The suspect handed himself in at the police station when he realised the uproar his actions caused.
Since then most media houses have reported extensively on the incident.
It has come to light that Marais and a friend were on a training ride on Perlemoen Street in Bloubergstrand that morning when the suspect skipped a stop sign while talking on his cellphone and almost collided into her.
Marais shouted at him and then he allegedly rolled down his window and started insulting her.
Soon after he got out of his vehicle, spat in her face, punched her arms, twisted one behind her back and tried to force her into oncoming traffic.
“Luckily all cars stopped and people tried to intervene,” said the husband. “But everybody was too scared to approach this guy as he was screaming he would kill all cyclists and everybody else.”
The suspect will appear in court at the end of this month, but the manner in which public pressure resulted in the man turning himself over to the police is noteworthy.
“The benefits of social media cannot be underestimated,” says Table View Neighbourhood Watch’s (TVNW) Gemma Redelingshuys.
This neighbourhood watch has a blossoming Facebook page with thousands of members.
Almost daily someone will report an incident on the page and within minutes people will “be on the lookout”.
Table View Police spokesperson Lt Elizabeth Munro agrees that social media is a “wonderful tool”, but she adds that it presents a new challenge as well – regulation.
“I’m very happy with TVNW’s page because Gemma usually phones me and verifies an incident before it is posted,” she explains.
“People like to add ‘tails’ to stories and their opinions could turn something positive into something negative, so one should be careful,” she explains.
Too often one only hears about crimes while the convictions go unreported.
In the last week the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court dished out a total of 53 years’ imprisonment to six people apprehended by the Milnerton detective branch.
Spokesperson for Milnerton police, W/O Daphne Dell says: “We so often hear the public saying that nobody gets convicted in court so it is not worth the effort to open a case. With these convictions we can see that justice does prevail and that suspects do get convicted and sentenced to prison for crimes committed.”
Business robber Sailor Mazula was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment; murderer Akhona Sankahla to 15 years; robbers Ntandazo Mphante, Siyabonga Mrawuli and Masixole Matyila to seven, seven and four years respectively; and burglar Devon Wolfaardt to five years.

Dell went on to describe each of the cases separately, the first being that of business robber Mazula.

“The complainant was in his shop when four males entered, one armed with a shotgun and three armed with 9mm firearms. They threatened the workers and demanded cash and the safe keys. They assaulted a witness, took cash and ran away. The owner chased after them, but when he grabbed one suspect a shot was fired towards him and he had to let go again.”
Sankahla, who was convicted for murder, was seen killing someone in Joe Slovo Park by stabbing him in his chest, back and in his left armpit.
The blood trail of the deceased led right to the front of his girlfriend’s house.
The three convicted robbers, Mphante, Mrawuli and Matyila were involved in the same violent incident in Joe Slovo Park.

Dell elaborates: “While the complainant was walking he realised he was being followed by three men. He started to run, but one pulled him by the back of his shirt and after a struggle the complainant was hit on the forehead by a firearm. After this the men robbed him of his possessions.”

Wolfaardt, who was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for housebreaking and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), broke down his neighbour’s door and stabbed someone in the head.
Dell elaborates: “The complainant was at home with her boyfriend and kids. She then heard a bang at her front door, but it was locked. After three bangs she noticed that her front door was kicked open by her downstairs neighbour’s son. She asked him what he was doing, but he did not answer her. He pushed her out of the way and, with a knife in his hand, walked to her boyfriend. She screamed for help when Wolfaardt started stabbing him.”
In four relatively minor cases fines to the value of R5 500 were handed down. Zandisila Maqetseba was fined R2 000 for the possession of dagga and a dangerous weapon, while Gert Cupido, Abel Jonkers and Ntsikelelo Safuge were fined R1 500, R1 000 and R1 000 respectively for possession of drugs.
A Sunningdale family escaped serious injury last week when a car drove right through their bedroom wall at the exact moment when neither were lying in their bed.
At the moment of impact the woman attended to a restless baby and her husband went to sleep in another room.
After the accident the unidentified driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot and the suspicion exists that he might have been under the influence.
The father, Abbo Dussoumanou, says it was very fortunate that no one in his family was injured, but he adds that the whole affair has left a very sour taste in his mouth.
The car drove over a ditch and through the bedroom wall in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“It was terrible. At about 03:00 a car slammed through our main bedroom wall. Our bed was splintered,” he says.
According to him his wife, Oussoumanou, got out of the bed when their one-year-old baby cried in the next room.
While she was giving their baby milk she heard the noise reverberating through the house.
Abbo went to sleep in his other child’s room early that morning and he also got the fright of his life when he heard a “tremendous noise”.
“Everything shook! I had no idea what it was, so I locked the door and phoned the police. It might have been burglars… When the police arrived we saw a car where our bed used to be. The driver must have thought he or she killed someone and didn’t want to face the music,” he says.
Thankfully the family will not have to cover the costs of repairing the house since they are not the owners.
Oussoumanou is nonetheless suffering from shock, adds Abbo.
The incident was reported on Table View Neighbourhood Watch’s website on Wednesday and immediately drew a big response.
Questions surrounding the accident were answered by a friend of the family, Bruce Sanderson, who exclaimed in a post: “God is great!”
Suspicions that the driver might have been driving under the influence will now never be able to be verified according to Community Police Forum chairperson, Chris Visser.
The driver had to be tested right after the accident, and in fleeing it would be very difficult to prove that he was intoxicated.
The police are looking for any information 021 521 3800.
Is it a mole? Is it a drill? No, it’s Hypothermic Man!
A homeless person found the perfect hiding place after an “altercation” with someone on Friday afternoon.
Unfortunately he didn’t take all the factors, such as his size, into consideration.
More than 12 hours later, the hypothermic man was dug out from under an ablution facility in Bloubergstrand.
Vanessa Jackson, spokesperson of ER24, elaborates: “At around 04:00 on Saturday morning Milnerton crews received a call for assistance where a man was stuck in a small hole under the public ablution facility off Marine Drive.”
All the emergency personnel could see when they arrived on the scene were a pair of feet sticking out from under the building.
The feet apparently belonged to a 29-year-old homeless person.
“The person responded to the paramedics’ calls so they started digging away at the cold, wet beach sand. Spades had to be brought to the scene,” continues Jackson.
The man was treated for “hypothermic symptoms” due to the cold and was transported to New Somerset Hospital. Despite being stuck between a rock, well… sand, and a hard place for hours, the man was in a stable condition when he was handed over to hospital staff.
Jackson says the man told paramedics that he had to run away from someone and hide in a safe place.
The small hole under the building seemed sufficient, but as soon as he managed to wriggle himself in the “wriggle back out” became problematic.
“His hands were probably stuck as well, so he couldn’t dig himself out,” says the disbelieving Jackson.
Frantic calls for help were finally heeded the next morning at 04:00 when two people walking home along Marine Drive heard him.