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tbabdanni

“I know I’m gorgeous,” chuckles Danni Carrera Beanz.
“But looks aren’t that important to me. I’m more of a thinking type. And a digging type. Yes! Digging holes, now that is special!”
Danni digs, but she has plenty more to offer than just holes in the ground.
She is a “therapy dog”.
And her human, Edith Kriel of Jelly Beanz, is also a therapist.
TygerBurger chatted to the two recently about the “therapy dog” initiative by the Table View-based non-profit organisation that gives hope to children affected by trauma and abuse.
Edith was easier to understand, primarily because of her ability to speak.
“We called her Danni so a child could see her as a boy or a girl,” says Edith. “As part of Danni’s work, children might project their own issues onto her, so they can choose what they want Danni to be.”
Danni, who has been involved in playful tug-of-war with a rope, stops briefly and tilts her head quizzically.
“So I’m a kind of quasi-gender 11-month-old Newfoundland dog? It has a ring to it. Yes… I can see where you’re going with this, human!”
She grabs the rope again and grapples with it.
Edith continues: “Her surname, Beanz, is self-explanatory, and her middle name comes from the Porche Carerra model. Porche were our initial sponsors.”
Danni is still undergoing obedience training, but she has already left her mark on Jelly Beanz.
Not on the carpet, no.
“We went to a school recently and talked about how dogs could be used in work, such as police dogs. After the assembly a little girl went to her teacher and told her about trauma in her own life, something she has never told anyone before. The girl then asked the teacher if she could go talk to Danni about it – and the lady who belongs to Danni. I become sort of insignificant, because Danni is now the drawcard,” explains Edith.
Danni puts his paw on Edith and yips: “There, there human. You are also important. I don’t know what I would do if there weren’t someone to scratch my tummy every day.”
Edith adds inaudibly: “ss…sss….sss..s”
“Excuse me?” I ask while Danni cocks one of her ears.
Edith speaks a little louder: “She also likes food…”
Danni sits bolt upright and pants: “You said ‘food’. I heard that!”
The dog looks at me insistently.
“Did you hear that? My human just said ‘food’! I like it, yes! Delicious food… Yummy!”
On the website yourpurebredpuppy.com, the Newfoundland is described as being “calm, dignified, and generally quiet”.
They forgot to add the conditional clause “as long as you don’t mention food”.
“She loves her pellets and eats a relatively large amount of food every day… So we would love it if someone helped us sponsor her food for a while,” says Edith
She adds that Absolute Pets in Parklands sponsor Danni’s grooming twice a month.
Danni barks: “When has the discussion of food suddenly fallen off the agenda?”
Edith pretends she doesn’t hear Danni.
“The most important aspect is, of course, the role Danni will be playing at Jelly Beanz. If a child sees Danni make a mistake then it’s a very useful place to begin a conversation about how we all make mistakes, how we manage it and how people respond to it.
“Also, just having an animal there for the children is comforting. Danni is my co-therapist,” elaborates Edith.
“Yes, yes,” says Danni, nodding her head in agreement.
“I’m a therapist food indeed. I do, after all, love children and definitely want to food whenever I can. At times like this I am reminded of my favourite Frederic Weatherly song.”
Danni howls melodiously: “Oh Danni boy, the food, the food is calling…”
Edith concludes: “Yes, we use food to motivate her.”
A motivated dog indeed!
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tbabheiron1

A quadriplegic 35-year-old man paints a line on a blank canvas, controlling the brush with his mouth.
He is going to paint the Grand Canyon.
While expressing himself expertly his mind flashes back to 1 January 2005, when he was sitting on a rock in Paternoster.
He paints another line while he sees himself standing up on the rock and diving into the dark blue water below.
Heiron Joseph from Eric Miles Cheshire Home blinks quickly to get the recurring image out of his head.
There was an unseen sandbank beneath the water and when he dove into it he broke the c4 and c5 vertebrae in his neck.
“The moment I plunged into the water I just experienced a numbness, which was almost like getting cramps, because the water is really cold along the West Coast,” he remembers.
Someone rescued him that fateful day, but he was already in a coma.
When a dazed Heiron woke up in hospital he was told he would be paralysed from the neck down for the rest of his life.
He recalls that moment the doctor shared the tragic news all too well.
“But I can’t even begin to explain how I felt,” he tells TygerBurger.
“I simply couldn’t comprehend never walking again. I wanted the ventilator to stop right there and then.”
In hindsight, Heiron believes the accident was a blessing.
“If I take stock of the last eight years of my life compared to the 27 years during which I was able bodied, I realize that my accident was a blessing in disguise. I have achieved more, given back more and become more appreciative of life. I was a different person then… Now I know I’m here for a purpose. My journey, which is to spread the message that there is life beyond tragedy, has just begun,” says Heiron determinedly.
His journey is bursting with oil colours depicting landscapes, and his story is delivered to distant parts of the world such as Germany, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Heiron has sold many paintings since he took on art as a hobby, and he has sold to people all over the world.
It comes as no surprise that this man from Milnerton is inspiring others while he journeys through life.
“It took me quite a while to master the brush while holding it in my mouth. Control is obviously a difficult thing to achieve, but serious concentration does the trick.”
Painting the Grand Canyon has taken him the better part of a month, spending three to four days a week painting. He knows he should take a break when he starts feeling pins and needles in his arms and legs, caused by the strain on his neck vertebrae.
But the shape of the Grand Canyon is beginning to take form on the canvas – this will be his greatest painting to date.
Every day Heiron seizes is gift.
That day in Paternoster could have been his last were it not for someone who saw him dive in and never come up.
If he let his misery get the better of him he would never even have left the hospital.
Instead, he is a shining light of encouragement.
Heiron’s dream is to paint the seven wonders of the world on one canvas, something he says would be a message of hope.
Heiron has just recently sold his fourth painting and has another client from Australia lined up.
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If the quadriplegic artist who lives at Eric Miles Cheshire Home had to paint his current situation he will only require one colour – black.
Black is his mood, black is his future, black is his disposition.
Heiron Joseph (35) is one of the patients at the special needs home who have been notified that they will have to find sponsors in order to continue their stay there.
TygerBurger reported on this three weeks ago in the article entitled “Disabled to be evicted from home”.
For Heiron, the date of eviction has apparently been moved on by a month after several sponsors came forward.
He now has enough funds to extend his stay there till the end of October, so the pressure to find sponsors has been lifted ever so slightly.
TygerBurger also wrote about Heiron in May this year in the article “Tragedy beaten by art”.
Now there is a very real possibility that art might be beaten by tragedy.
“I feel extremely stressed and depressed,” says Heiron.
He sells his art, which he paints by gripping a brush in his mouth, for people from all over the world, but according to him the money he makes is not enough to safeguard his future at the home.
“Paint alone is very expensive… I don’t know,” he continues.
“It seems as if I continuously have to overcome obstacles.”
In 2005 Heiron dove into a sandbank and broke the c4 and c5 vertebrae in his neck.
It left him wholly dependent on special care for the rest of his life.
“Not only do I need the care at Eric Miles, I also have made so many friends here – in Milnerton and in Table View,” he says.
Staying at the home in Sanddrift is his primary goal, and he is reaching out one final time to TygerBurger’s readers.
He is very thankful to the few who have come forward and sponsored him on a monthly basis to ensure his continued stay at the home, but he is still approximately R3 000 short.
The deadline might have been postponed for now, but Heiron’s cry for help has never been stronger.

tbabkarin

Five globe-trotting stuffed rhinos have contributed to one of the highest honours for a Table View teacher.
But for Elkanah House senior primary’s head of digital learning, Karen Stadler, the award she is about to receive in America is secondary to what the Travelling Rhino Project is all about.
Stuffed rhinos Lilitha, Lesedi, Siyanda, Zintle and Makulu ultimately create awareness surrounding the plight of one of South Africa’s Big Five.
Along with a journal, each of the rhinos travel around the world to school children eagerly anticipating the stuffed animal’s arrival.
Children write in the journal about their adventures with the rhino and then mail the rhino and journal to the next school, sometimes located on another continent.
Unfortunately one of the five rhinos (Zindzi) disappeared on a bus in Hong Kong.
Zintle was chosen as a replacement and, as a result, was sent to Singapore. She has since returned to South Africa.
Each rhino carries a message of hope and cooperation.
Thanks to Stadler, children from all over the world are now aware of the rhino’s plight.
Such a grand project deserves grand recognition, and that is exactly what the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) did by honouring Stadler.
The teacher is the winner of the SIGOL (ISTE’s online learning special interest group) Online Learning Award and she will be flying to Atlanta in July to accept it.
“I am blown away… I’ve been a teacher for 25 years and this is it,” said a delighted Karen.
“ I was a regular teacher up until 2007, but from the next year I’ve been working in the IT department and working with integration, and that’s where my passion really started.”
Karen belongs to the Global Classroom Project, a group of international teachers who promote global connections and projects.
“I realised from using those connections I could create a flat-standing type of project with the rhinos,” she said.
Stadler first heard the rhino’s plight when she went on holiday to the Kruger National Park in July 2012.
“I took a photograph of five rhino drinking water and then became interested in poaching statistics. It haunted me. I thought of the possibility of those five rhinos still being alive. It’s practically zero by now… I wondered what I could do and joined the Rooting for Rhino School Route Challenge, and it got me thinking about what else I could do. I didn’t have money to throw at it, but I needed to make a difference.”
That’s when she launched her Travelling Rhino Project via the Global Classroom Project.
The rhinos spread the word of their plight on a global scale and create awareness among tomorrow’s leaders.
The messages in the journal are heartfelt and insightful.
According to Stadler she would love more South African schools to become part of the project, so if anyone wants to read more about it or follow the adventures of the five rhinos they can go to https://saveourrhinos.wikispaces.com/HOME, or go to Twitter (@travellingrhino) or Facebook (Travelling Rhinos Project).
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tbabliesl

 

The entire management of the Melkbosstrand Community Centre was arrrested and charged with benevolence on Saturday.
This was the first time ever that anyone has been arrested on this charge, which, if found guilty in a court of lore carries the maximum sentence of a lifetime in altruism.
The tongue-in-cheek arrest over the weekend greatly outrivaled this article’s intro.
A court of lore?!
“On Saturday the public viewed quite the spectacle when we were arrested by members of the police, the fire brigade, the neigbourhood watch, Avenue Response and Law Enforcement.” said Liesl Schoonraad from Melkbosstrand Community Centre (MCC).
“This was all done as part of a fundraising effort towards the project ‘No violence against women and children’.”
She adds that the convoy of officers completely ignored the lipstick and pretty smiles when they made the arrest.
The 10 MCC members were whisked away to the police station where their fingerprints were taken.
After their rights were read they were stuffed into a small jail cell – so much for their rights!
Schoonraad says charges also included prostitution, illegal trading, drinking in public, armed robbery and hijacking.
These were, of course, all fabricated.
The reason for the prank was to get members of the public to “bail” them out and then use the funds to provide education to those who cannot afford it.
“Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and at the Community Centre we firmly believe that charity should begin with the young,” says Schoonraad.
With their “sad faces” behind bars, the team managed to raise R10 200 in cash.
The jailbirds also received donations of coffee and food from corporate donors.
Schoonraad says various escape attempts were made during the day, but none were successful.
“We had good laughs, but it is important to remember that we were sitting in the very place we are trying to get the youth to stay out of. Once you have committed a crime, it is no laughing matter, your future changes in that moment.”
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Frail care facilities are in the firing line due to impending enforcement of the ambitious Older Persons Act of 2006.
Many smaller and private frail care facilities will have to spend millions of Rands to get “up to standard” or risk being closed down.
Closure would inevitably leave thousands of old people in the province without a home.
“We have 10 inhabitants over the age of 60 living with us,” says Eric Miles Cheshire Home for the Disabled manager, Alet Bosman.
“Two of them have been living here since 1976. It is their home. Now we are beginning to think we might have to send them away because of this Act, which is perhaps a little over ambitious for a country such as ours.”
Some of these regulations are theoretically sound, but according to Bosman, are impractical.
It will take a minimum of six months to complete a course, during which the carer may not work at an old age home.
Most carers, according to Bosman, have never done a course at HWSETA, yet they have been treating older people for decades.
Another regulation which draws Bosman’s ire is that each older person needs a comprehensive and personalised care record, which takes an huge amount of time to keep updated.
“One can also now never restrain an older person without a doctor’s note. Restraining an older person who is in an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s Disease is sometimes the only way to temporarily control the person. Now we need a doctor’s note. Why?” asks Bosman.
She and numerous anonymous owners of facilities in Milnerton and Table View have many questions such as these.
“This law has been around since 2006. Why is it such a priority for the Department to enforce it almost eight years after it first saw the light?”
Western Cape social development MEC Albert Fritz said although the Act was finalized in 2006, it was only promulgated for implementation on 1 April 2010 in the Government Gazette. Provinces then had to await the National Department of Social Development providing the Delegations of Powers before provincial departments could begin implementing the Act.
He said the provincial department was now required to enforce the legislation.
Fitz adds that if an Old Age Home does not adhere to regulations and is forced to close, then inhabitants need to be placed in alternative accommodation.
“This process will be done in consultation with me or my delegated authority,” he said.
Bosman and her peers at other Homes insist there has been no public participation process before the Act was promulgated, but Fritz insists this is not the case.
“Public hearings took place whilst the Act was in draft format. This was done by the Western Cape Standing Committee on Social Welfare Services as well as National Parliament. Also the draft Act was gazetted for public comment and input, before the normal process followed which applied to all legislation before being promulgated.”
Fritz also apparently ran a media campaign regarding registration in 2012.
But Bosman says: “Many families of the elderly people willingly put their parent or parents into a Home, knowing exactly what to expect. They are happy with the care provided there. Were these families’ opinions ever considered?”
He also asserts that the law will be applied “across the board”, but the Department will provide funding for its subsidised Old Age Homes in order to comply with norms and standards.
Within a few weeks health specialist, local authorities and the department’s social workers will be auditing and assessing hundreds of homes in the city.
Tygerburger spoke to a few old age home managers along the western seaboard and quite a few of them were aggrieved and despondent.
Ulrike Thaele from Table View’s K-Sera Frail Care Home, says their audit is in November, so they will close their doors in October.
For 23 years nobody cared about us. We had to work with nothing. Now, when we have no energy left we are being pushed further under water. We served the community and helped so many older people, of whom 99% suffer from either Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Now we have to stop because of this Act. What makes a good carer? A certificate? No, quality of service! Our challenges are enormous. We are currently a home for 26 old people, some of them living here for just R4 500 – R5 000 a month. Now they will have to move to a Home where they will have to pay about R13 000 a month.”
She said smaller Homes were entirely excluded by the Act.
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tbabcancer2

 

Every single blown kiss made it to Sandra’s heart – a kiss to say “I love you”, a kiss to say “Thank you”, and a kiss to give her strength.
“Beat the cancer and get better soon,” it seemed to say.
The emotional teacher could not hear the heartfelt songs or well-wishes of the children that morning, because she was standing behind a Panorama Medi-Clinic window.
Yet, the message was clear – the three to four-year-old children of Milnerton’s Covenant Kids Pre-Primary School misses her very much. Sandra Wright (59) of Edgemead has touched a countless number of lives in her career as a pre-primary teacher.
She has left a mark on each child who was privileged enough to have her as their teacher, yet Sandra has a different view.
And these marks were never deeper than those left on Friday when about 15 pre-primary kids, assistant Sonia Kleine and owner Stefan Pflocksch waved at her from the hospital’s parking lot. They sang while holding up flowers to her, called out to her while carrying well-wishing signs and blew kisses to her while she was crying in the hospital window. Sandra is currently undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. She will have to go back to hospital on 17 March to undergo another 22 hour chemo session.
TygerBurger spoke to her on Friday, the very same day on which she was temporarily discharged. The children’s flowers and personalised “get well soon” messages meant the world to the surprised teacher.
“They mean so much to me. They are my life. They are my reason for getting up in the morning. They’ve made my life complete. They’ve enriched my life beyond measure…”
One the children’s grandmother, Cheryl Braude, organised the surprise visit and told TygerBurger that Sandra is struggling to pay her medical bills. Cheryl has made it her mission to raise as much funds as possible to help the teacher. So far she has only raised just over R1 000, so it goes without saying that she is well short of the minimum amount that needs to be paid.
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tbaberosion

 

The problem of coastal dune erosion along the west coast is a priority for the three spheres of government who are “working towards” solving it.
Yet, one of the biggest reasons for dune erosion – the removal of kelp by the city – remains ongoing.
Removing kelp from beaches quickens the process of dune erosion, as can be seen in the state of “dunes” in Melkbosstrand.
To compound matters, collectors who remove kelp and deliver it to feed abalone on farms, have been removing too much of it.
Chairperson of Melkbosstrand Ratepayers Association, John Taylor, elaborates: “When kelp normally washes up, some of it is pushed right up towards the dunes. This protective kelp layer then acts as a harbour breakwater would. It stabilises the dune and assists with vegetation re-establishement.”
In fact, Melkbosstrand is aiming to qualify as a Blue Flag beach, and for that a certain amount of kelp should be removed.
Whilst the City of Cape Town removes kelp from a few beaches as a service delivery function, this removal is limited to those beaches that are subjected to high recreational use and no longer function as natural systems.
Permits for collectors to remove kelp from designated beaches are issued by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
During Taylor’s correspondence with the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP), he was told the matter of kelp removal has been taken to the Provincial Coastal Committee (PCC) where all three spheres of government are working together to solve the problem of coastal erosion.
Over the years collectors have also been harvesting beyond the kelp removal zones, such as the beach between 1st and 5th Avenue in this coastal town.
Not only have they ignored warnings and removed kelp illegally, in the process they’ve damaged infrastructure in the residential area.
One resident states in a letter to DAFF: “During an incident in December last year the kelp removal truck drove on the pedestrian pathway between 1st and 5th Avenues. Collectors dragged kelp over a lawn in all directions. The lawn is being irrigated at taxpayers cost and at this rate there will be no lawn left to irrigate. They should be held accountable… but since they get away with it they continue as they please.”
Odwa Dubula from DAFF responded, saying the collectors were acting unlawfully.
Kishan Sankar from DEA&DP adds:
“Please report any transgressions as they occur. Transgressions can be reported to Clement Arendse at carendse@environment.gov.za and Odwa Dubula from DAFF at OdwaD@daff.gov.za). Please copy the Coastal Management Unit into correspondence relating to these matters to coastal.enquiries@westerncape.gov.za.”
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The “spent fuel” issue at Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, along with every other similar power station around the world, is increasingly becoming a serious concern.
There are currently in the region of 1 400 tons of spent fuel stored at Koeberg, and nobody knows what the best way to dispose of it is.
The number of pools in which these highly radioactive rods are stored are few, and Eskom has recently said they have resorted to “triple-stacking”, in which three times the amount of rods are stored in any single pool.
These pools do two things – provide cooling and radiation shielding.
Roughly every seven centimeters of water cuts the amount of radiation in half.
Koeberg insist that nuclear waste is “extremely well managed throughout the world, probably managed better than any other waste”.
But what happens to the incredibly radioactive rods in the long term remains unknown.
He adds that the word “safer” is relative, since the rods are still extremely radioactive, and would stay that way for thousands of years.
“Koeberg needs about 30 tons of uranium ore fuel rods to operate. These rods decay over time, but the 1 % spent plutonium, which is the main ingredient for nuclear bombs, remains radioactive for 10 – 20 000 years,” continues Becker.
“Koeberg opened in 1984 and they originally said that within five years the conundrum around spent fuel would have been solved. We were recently told during the Public Safety Information Forum on 27 March that the issue would be resolved in five years time.”
According to Becker the danger exists that the combination of over-stacked pools and a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a tsunami could pose a serious nuclear threat to large parts of Cape Town.
Eskom’s Stakeholders Management Manager, Lewis Phidza, says there are currently 2 117 elements of spent fuel, of which 112 are in dry storage casks, 1 009 in the Unit 1 spent fuel pool and 996 in the Unit 2 spent fuel pool.
Each fuel element has a total mass of 670 kg.
Phidza adds: “Although the plant was designed for an operating life of 40 years, the original fuel rack capacity of the spent fuel pools was only for four fuel cycles. These spent fuel pools have been re-racked twice in the past to increase the used fuel storage capacity. The re-racking and expansion of the storage capacity of spent fuel pools is a normal international practice performed to international standards and regulated by the national nuclear regulatory body in each country (the National Nuclear Regulator for South Africa).”
He adds that Koeberg spent fuel cooling systems are designed with independent cooling pumps and heat exchangers.
He insists that spent fuel and all radioactive waste arising from nuclear power operations are “extremely well managed throughout the world”.
According to him countries that produce used nuclear fuel either recycle (recover the uranium and plutonium) and dispose of it in deep geological repositories, or directly dispose of it in these geological depositories without recycling it, or finally with continued interim storage.
He concludes: “In April this year the Minister of Energy launched the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute that is tasked with the siting, construction and operation of radioactive waste and spent fuel disposal facilities on a national basis.”
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tbabkite2

 

The sand stings Graham Howes’ ankles. He looks down the beach and feels the wind tugging at his hair. Above him the motionless seagulls race against the tempest and with one turn of their wings they shoot downwind – Jonathan Livingston Seagull style!
Graham’s heartbeat quickens.
Today he will also fly.
“There is a moment when you just get so excited, because you know what is about to come,” says the Big Bay resident and Red Bull King of the Air kite surfer.
“You also get nervous because you know there are consequences for what you are doing. The bigger you go the harder you fall!”
Most people stay indoors during these “perfect days”, but Graham and his friends see how far they can push the envelope, very much in the vein of Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
TygerBurger caught up with Graham just a few days before he was due to test his skills with the best in the world at the annual Red Bull competition that will be held right in his back yard.
“This competition is all about going big and impressing the crowd rather than being judged on one’s technical ability. It is also all about having fun, which is important. Having fun and keeping it fresh means you will always progress.”
There are apparently four competitors in a heat and after 10 minutes one person will be eliminated. The scores will be reset to zero and then the whole process will be repeated until just the winner remains and progresses to the next round.
Last year Graham fell out in the quarter-final round after he came up against one of the best kite boarders in the world and one of Graham’s idols – Ruben Lenten.
“He is constantly just pushing the boundaries of kite surfing! The other day he rode in a 60 knot storm. You can’t even stand on the beach in wind like that,” he says.
It is, of course, this challenge that fuels his desire.
“When I started kiting it seemed to me to be a limitless sport. You are not limited to the power of a wave or the size of a boat. You can go as high as you want…”
Graham adds, however, that someone’s body can take quite a strain during a wipe-out. Not all of his injuries have been the result of kite surfing, but there have indeed been enough to emphasise his last point.
“It’s hard to stay fit if you are not on the World Tour,” he says with a hint of regret.
The Red Bull competition is, in fact, the only one he does in a year.
Don’t miss the King of the Air Kite boarding competition in Big Bay at the end of the month. The precise date depends on the weather. Follow TygerBurger on twitter for updates when a date is announced.
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tbabbrandon

 

Brandon’s eyes tell a story his demeanour does well to hide.
At first glance Brandon Moyo is just an 18-year-old who is about to take on the world, but under the mask the Bloubergrant High School kid is devastated and afraid.
First his tragic story might drown one in the reality of his situation before it resurrects one with his courage.
The only-child’s dad died when he was in Grade 11 and then, during his matric finals, his mother also passed away.
He is supported by a good friends of his mom, friends and teachers, but ultimately he is utterly alone.
Everyone who knows about him is proud of the fact that he achieved a Bachelor pass in his exams, yet the one person he is desperate to share it with now looks down at him from heaven.
“I know my mom is proud of how I’ve been coping since the whole tragedy struck,” he says.
TygerBurger interviewed him just a few hours before he headed to the University of Johannesburg to apply to study business science.
Before the end of the interview the teenager became the embodiment of sadness and perseverance.
He will never forget that night of 10 November 2013.
“I was about to write my third paper – biology. My mom was diagnosed with a liver disease, but she was doing fine, still going to work and stuff. But it was eating her up inside. On the Sunday night at about 23:00 she was in terrible pain – breaking out in a sweat. She didn’t want to go to hospital, but I phoned her best friend nonetheless. My mom’s friend took her to the hospital because it was decided that I should be studying. I was writing history that Wednesday and biology on the Friday.
“Before my mom left she was smiling and said that I should bring her stuff the next day when I come to visit. The next day I woke up and went to school and that afternoon when we went to the hospital we were told…”
His voice becomes fragile.
“… she was gone… She once told me that I’m the one with the brighter future… That is how I concentrated… It was very difficult.”
That evening his English teacher, Sue McIntosh, came to Brandon’s home and prayed with him and comforted him.
“She said that even though my mom has passed away, there are people around me who love me and can help me push through.”
The principal also phoned him and said that Brandon could take supplementary exams if he wanted, but Brandon refused.
He got a B for history and a C for biology.
“All I did was pray and trust God and rely on my friends for support.”
Brandon wrote biology paper two on the Monday, so he couldn’t even attend his mom’s memorial service. Now the house is engulfed in a deafening silence.
Brandon had to let go of his dream to study biotechnology because of inadequate marks and he is on his way to apply for a new course and a study loan. All of this will happen in a distant city where he knows no-one. His loneliness is tangible. His fear is suffocating.
Yet, if one takes into account his steely determination and strength of character, one just knows that Brandon will succeed in whatever he pursues.
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The “who”, “where” and “when” is easy.
The challenge is the “how”, but it can be achieved if one heard the “why”.
With the support of Spice4Life.co.za, the founder of a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), Tembile Nyoka, is creating waves of change in Du Noon.
More and more people in Du Noon are knocking on the door of Nculundu Academy of Learning and asking Nyoka for computer literacy training.
With a few donated computers and heaps of motivation, he uses the local community centre as his temporary base and teaches about 60 people to market themselves online.
But how can he do this with antique computers, an erratic venue, severely limited funding and a day job?
Both Nyoka and his biggest supporter, CEO of Spice4Life.co.za, Michelle Korevaar, have an unwavering belief in his NPO.
They also have the “why” to see it blossom.
He elaborates: “I grew up without parents around me, so I had to be my father and my mother from an early stage. Now to see people standing at the robots and trying to get jobs is difficult. Some of them are starving… So I thought to myself what could I do to change the lives of others…?”
While Korevaar listens to his story tears well up in her eyes.
She explains: “I also had a time in my life where I was on my knees. And it grows empathy. There are people who care, but they just don’t know how to make a difference. Being quiet is in fact being a victim. It’s like saying to the world that we don’t have a solution.
“Having been in that space, rolling up and being silent doesn’t make any sense to anybody. We all have a voice and we must do what we can right now!”
If good deeds could feed off words alone, then Nyoka and Korevaar’s statements would see the whole of Du Noon on the internet in no time.
Unfortunately there will be perils along the way.
Nyoka first came to the conclusion that he had to help people around him in 2011, but getting his NPO registered just after some of his possessions were repossessed by the banks when he lost his job made things almost impossible.
He moved to Johannesburg to get his NPO started and after he returned a handful of computers were sponsored to him by a well-wisher.
He got permission to use the community centre in Du Noon, but before long the hard drives of seven computers were stolen. This left him with just four.
Nyoka, having studied to become a technician, fixed these computers himself, but to date none of them has an internet connection.
This essentially means he takes learners to internet cafes and pays for their skills acquisition by the hour.
He asked a basic fee of R50 per month last year, but the learners could not pay, so now Nyoka does it for free.
When this expense is added to the money it cost for him to become qualified to start the NPO and setting it up, the bigger picture is clearer.
The Metro paramedic Nyoka is running at a tremendous loss just in order to help a few around him.
Korevaar elaborates a bit on her company’s role: “We have a non-profit side to our business called the Spice4Life Youth Academy. We often work in Du Noon and continuously identify needs.”
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The heavy bass sound travels unhindered through the night into the suburb.
A Parklands woman and her husband hears the noise most nights, especially over the weekends. According to her these “unbearable sounds” sometimes thump on well into the night and early morning.
“Sometimes I hear it up until 05:00,” she exclaims.
At first she thought the noises were coming from a nearby home, but upon inspection she discovered it emanates from nightclubs.
Now she is calling on the community living near Parklands Main and Link Road to stand up and complain to law enforcement.
“Something must be done! It cannot go on this way,” she says.
The woman does not want to be named, she merely wants to “plant a seed” of discontent.
According to her law enforcement will only do something about the noise if enough people complain.
Not so, says law enforcement services spokesperson, Neil Arendse.
“We carefully consider every complaint, regardless of how many people support it,” he says.
TygerBurger contacted a few of the nightclubs in question, and all of them claim to diligently follow the rule of law.
Manager of Mingles Lounge Parklands, Sam Ide, says law enforcement has visited the club before “but we are always within the law”. “We recommend all nightclub owners to stick to their licence agreement,” says Ide.
One of the nearby clubs have, however, indicated that Mingles Lounge Parklands trade much later than the 2am deadline their licence stipulates.
According to this person they have footage to prove this and say Mingles’ sound system is “twice as powerful” as their own.
The man says people complain, but nothing is being done about it.
Ide strongly denies any wrongdoing and says he goes home at 02:00 and Mingles closes at that time.
According to the City of Cape Town, noise can be defined as “unwanted sound”, and an audible acoustic energy that adversely affects the physiological and/or psychological well-being of people, or which disturbs or impairs the convenience or peace of any person.
The Parklands couple have been living in the area for 20 years and for the last three have been disturbed by the noise and their peace has been shattered. According to Assistant Chief Nathan Ladegourdie the appropriate by-law states that if music is audible outside a premises it constitutes an offence. He also said that the nightclubs in the vicinity have been previously warned about excessive noise emanating from their premises.
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Mingles Lounge Parklands has been forced to close temporarily and fined R60 000 for breaking several bylaws.
This news comes after TygerBurger reported last week in “Nightclub noise upsets resident” that the sounds emanating from Mingles and surrounding clubs were driving a nearby resident up the wall.
One day after TygerBurger spoke to Mingles manager, Sam Ide, the owner was supposed to appear in court for contravening several bylaws.
Said Ide in last week’s article: “Law enforcement has visited us before, but we are always within the law. We recommend all nightclub owners to stick to their licence agreement.”
This week the Designated Liquor Officer for Table View, W/O Sterreberg Jooste, said law enforcement had fined the club three times before, one for not servicing their fire hydrant, one for using a DJ without an entertainment licence and one for not displaying their population certificate.
Ide also said that Mingles close at 02:00 and never after that.
“I have given them two compliance notices for not closing before 02:00. As a result the Western Cape Liquor Board took them to court. Mingles had to answer three questions: why do they have a wooden structure outside without permission from the municipality, why are they serving alcohol outside their premise and why do they occassionally have a DJ without an entertainment licence?” said Jooste.
Mingles were fined R20 000 for each of these counts.
The club was also closed until they get a certificate of compliance from a sound engineer (confirming that the noise coming from the club is within the law).
According to Jooste, if the club opens again it will only be allowed to be open until 02:00, with no exception.
The fine of R60 000 will have to be paid within 21 days.
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Two horrific motorcycle accidents in Table View this Easter weekend left one person dead and another critically injured.
In the fatal accident a man sustained “multiple amputations” when a BMW collided with his scooter onn Marine Drive on Saturday.
And on Friday morning a 35-year-old rider allegedly crashed his motorcycle on Otto du Plessis Road.
A TygerBurger reader who prefers to remain anonymous, witnessed the immediate aftermath of the fatal accident.
“In a split second many lives were changed, bright futures shattered just because one person did not have respect for the rules of the road,” she mused before recounting the events that led up to the traumatic experience.
“On Saturday I went for a morning run at 05:15 on the cycle path at Sunset Beach. I heard a car approaching at a very high speed and then a light metallic luxury sedan flashed recklessly past me in the direction of Table View. I still thought to myself that the driver is driving as if he intended to get someone killed. Five minutes later I noticed that the road barrier was bent and that there were debris laying on the cycle path. To my horror I realized the cylindrical object laying across the cycle path was a full length unclothed human leg with a sport shoe still attached to the foot.”
According to ER24’s spokesperson Werner Vermaak, the biker sustained “multiple amputations” and was declared dead on the scene.
Says Vermaak: “The driver of the BMW was assessed by paramedics and found without any serious injuries. The local police that attended the scene later removed him. The exact cause of the incident is not yet known and will be investigated.”
The anonymous reader says she was fortunate to have a torch and reflective clothing with her and flagged down oncoming vehicles before emergency services arrived.
For the rest of my life I will remember this morning run on Easter Saturday for all the wrong reasons and I will not tolerate any person speeding again,” she concludes.
Meanwhile, the motorcyclist who crashed his bike the day before was slightly more fortunate than the scooter rider.
He is nonetheless in a critical condition at the time of going to press.
Says ER24’s Vermaak: “Members of the local National Sea Rescue Institute came across the incident and immediately started stabilising the rider before emergency services arrived. Paramedics from ER24 and Life Healthcare arrived on the scene and initiated advanced life support treatment. The rider sustained multiple injuries and was rushed off to a nearby hospital for further stabilisation.”
The exact cause of the incident is not clear but those who attended the scene said the rider appeared to have hit the road barrier.
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Some starve, some die from exposure, dehydration, or suffocation, and others try to chew through their own limbs.
Mankind’s cruelty towards animals is undeniable.
After a Phoenix resident witnessed the slow and painful death of a rodent, she is now attempting to get rodent bait banned.
The resident, who prefers to remain anonymous, elaborates: “Having witnessed firsthand the suffering of these creatures, it will haunt me forever. I want to redeem myself for my bad decision to use these baits (sheets of glue).”
The resident doesn’t know why there are so many rats and mice in Phoenix recently, but she guesses that it could be due to the canal that was closed, overcrowding in neighbouring Joe Slovo Park or the overflowing sewerage pipes.
She just knew the time had come to start ridding the suburb of rodents.
She turned to baits and now she is haunted by the picture of the rat “squirminig and crying for hours until it died a painful death”.
Her neighbour saw a rodent chewing off its own limb.
SPCA’s spokesperson Lise-Marie Greeff-Villet says the baiting of rodents is a difficult topic.
“The mandate of the SPCA is to prevent cruelty to all animals, and none of us want to see even a rat experience the painful death of poisoning.”
The Animals Protection Act (APA) states that a person will be committing an offence if the person “lays or exposes any poison or any poisoned fluid or edible matter or infectious agents except for the destruction of vermin or marauding domestic animals or without taking reasonable precautions to prevent injury or disease being caused to animals”.
Greeff-Villet continues: “According to the APA one is allowed to use poison to destroy vermin if you do it responsibly and take all reasonable precautions to prevent the poison from affecting any other animal (or human). However, the reality is that for the layman to use poison in a controlled and zero risk environment, is almost impossible.
“Death by poisoning is arguably the most cruel and inhumane way to kill an animal, and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA strongly advises that more humane methods of trapping (passive trapping) and destruction be used.
“We are also vehemently opposed to glue traps and any mechanical traps – both instruments that cause immeasurable and prolonged suffering before death.”
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The proverbial cobwebs are multiplying at Centre Point Shopping Centre, which has been standing empty for months now.
The planned R260 million redevelopment of the centre in Loxton Road has been postponed again and again because the required number of tenants haven’t yet signed the lease agreement.
A minimum of 60 % of the tenants need to commit and sign lease agreements before demolition can take place.
The revamp first had to start in February, then May, then September and to date nothing has been done.
It is planned to first raze the current building to the ground.
Actual construction on the “modern, convenient and air-conditioned mall” will then start three months later and it was initially foreseen that the project will finally be completed by 30 March 2014.
The client is the Government Employees Pension Fund and the R260 million centre will be administered by Public Investment Corporation (PIC).
TygerBurger has received many queries over the months and every time the leasing agent from Newton Commercial Properties, André Bauermeister, responded by saying construction will start imminently.
According to Bauermeister, 60 % of the retail space has already been assigned to shops and businesses, which includes Pick n Pay, Clicks, MTN, Crazy Store, Nedbank and Absa.
Now PIC’s general properties manager, Lesiba Maloba, is singing from the same hymn sheet.
“We anticipate completing lease agreements with key tenants promptly and beginning the demolition and the rebuilding,” assures Maloba.
Zane de Decker, asset manager of PIC, said at the time that potential tenants are very positive about the redevelopment of the Centre Point Shopping Centre and see the transformation as extremely promising for both their businesses and the surrounding areas.
The residential space above will only be sold much later in the process.
The proposed redevelopment allows for greener principles to be applied, including passive ventilation of service passages, south-facing glazing, naturally ventilated parking – and it will promote greater awareness of energy use among both consumers and tenants.
As a result the centre, once it is finally completed, will be classed as a “four star green-rated shopping centre”.
The shopping centre of 10 000 m² will comprise of two retail levels connected by escalator and the basement parking will be connected to the retail level by escalator.
Parking would suffice for 400 customers at a time.
There will also be 42 apartments on three levels above.
It has also been reported before that this centre will inject new life into the suburb.
PIC is one of the leading investors in South Africa and is a shareholder in developments such as the V&A Waterfront, Cavendish Square and Tyger Valley.
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Residents living in the greater Milnerton area are confused and angry at PIC Real Estate Asset Managers (PIC REAM) after construction on the Centre Point Shopping Centre was halted.
The lack of communication regarding the delay has led to a proliferation of rumours being passed around.
“The company that is building the centre went bang,” exclaims one reader.
Another says all the staff at PIC REAM who worked on the centre have been replaced, and it is taking their replacements longer than anticipated to pick up where the others left off.
Two people working for PIC stated off the record that there are serious in-house issues.
One person said: “I cannot tell you what is going on, but I’m sure you know already.”
The truth behind the delay is a mystery to the community, architects, engineers, leasing agent and, unfortunately to TygerBurger as well.
On 3 April this newspaper emailed urgent questions to the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) communication department.
At the time of writing this article, the only response forthcoming from communication manager Sekgoela Sekgoela was: “I am prepared to say we will be continuing with the construction and we will communicate this position soon. Regarding the timelines for completion – can we chat next week as I know there will be concrete dates.”
He sent this response on Monday, 12 days after the first email.
Questions such as “What ‘in-house’ issues are there to be resolved? Why has there been so many complications in building this shopping centre? And, what message can you give future tenants?” have been completely ignored despite eight follow-up mails from TygerBurger’s reporter. André Bauermeister from Newton Commercial Properties was a little more forthcoming.
“The completion date were extended to the end of 2015, but after this recent delay this date will be postponed,” he explains.
In November 2012, 60% of the retail space had been assigned to shops and businesses, including Pick n Pay, Clicks, MTN, Crazy Store, Nedbank and Absa.
Whether this figure will be affected by the plethora of postponements remains to be seen.
TygerBurger has on numerous occasions over the past couple of years reported on challenges facing PIC REAM.
The R260 million shopping centre was originally set for completion in October last –year.
In 2012 TygerBurger’s article entitled “Overdue centre still missing point” reported that construction had been postponed because the required number of tenants hadn’t signed the lease agreement.
The completion date was moved from October 2013 to 30 March 2014 and then to December 2015.
Years of planning and budgeting has resulted in a big hole in the ground.
“Future tenants must please be patient,” says Bauermeister, before adding that construction will start soon.
For the public, these promises sound familiar.
In November 2012 PIC’s general properties manager, Lesiba Maloba, said: “We anticipate completing lease agreements with key tenants promptly and beginning the demolition and the rebuilding soon.”
Zane de Decker, asset manager of PIC, said at the time that potential tenants are very positive about the redevelopment of the Centre Point Shopping Centre and see the transformation as extremely promising for both their businesses and the surrounding areas.
One postponement after the next, without proper communication as to what is really going on, just adds fuel to an active rumour-mill.
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When Winnie Grobbelaar was 39- years-old and six months pregnant she tried to scale Dune 7.
Back then she only managed to climb up halfway and was pushed the rest of the way. She apparently rolled back down.
Almost 42 years later, the determined Flamingo Vlei resident went back to Walvis Bay to finish what she started.
This time the 81-year-old great-great grandmother became one of the oldest people to climb the 130 meter high sand dune.
The younger onlookers willed her on every step of the way. “C’mon Aunty Winnie! You can do it Aunty Winnie!”
She took a moment to catch her breath when she reached the spot where she gave up so many years ago.
She looked back proudly at how far she has come this time and stole a steely glance at the intimidating peak.
“The children just ran up! And I really wanted to join them at the top,” she told TygerBurger during a recent interview.
“People wanted to give me a hand on my way up, but I just said ‘No, no, no, no! I must do it all by myself!’ And made it she did!
According to her the feeling of achievement was indescribably euphoric.
She didn’t let her age stand in her way of seeing the desert from above.
Winnie did not walk down herself. Where she rolled down belly-and-all so long ago, she was this time pulled by her legs.
She fondly remembers looking up once she reached the bottom and seeing the long trail her backside made in the dune.
Not every one could identify with her resolve though.
“My son-in-law preferred to sit under a tree at the bottom and watch us. When I asked him later if he saw me he just said: ‘You’re a mad fool!’,” she continues with a childlike giggle.
She adds that her late husband, Garth, probably looked down from heaven thinking his wife had lost her marbles.
“A couple of policemen must have heard about this crazy woman and also made their way to the dune. When I reached the bottom they walked up to me a shook my hand! They were so surprised.”
Winnie went to Walvis Bay with a few family members by boat as a surprise birthday gift.
On her way back most of the passengers continuously congratulated her.
The first time she felt she pushed her body maybe a tad too far was much later when she was back in her home. Her legs, feeling weak, could not support her in the bathroom and she fell right into the tub. There she lied a few minutes, unable to get up, and just thought about how wonderful the desert looks from above.
Winnie laughs wholeheartedly when TygerBurger suggests she should climb Table Mountain next, or even Kilimanjaro!
She admits however that her climbing days are now over. Winnie will nonetheless continue to leave impressions, such as the trail down Dune 7, on people’s hearts.
The enthusiastic Flamingo Vlei lady has too much sparkle to go quietly into the night.
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A gang of robbers have been terrorising Melkbosstrand and surrounds, with four incidents reported between 21 April and 13 May.
According to Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch spokesperson Nicky Versfeld, it is fortunate that no one has been injured during these incidents.
She adds there is a very real possibility that the suspects could return.
“Residents are urged to remain vigilant and on high alert. The latest terrifying incident in Klein Zout Rivier involved shots being fired and windows smashed in order to gain access,”said Versfeld. “Fortunately due to quick thinking and a plan (a security gate barricading residents) the family were safe from harm and able to call for help immediately. The police, watch, Avenue Response and ADT responded within minutes,”she said.
Assisted by the K9 unit, the security personell scoured surrounding bush areas but despite working tirelessly until the early hours, the suspects managed to avoid detection and capture.

Melkbosstrand police station commander, Capt Ronita van der Toorn, said the suspects involved during the different incidents were described and police believe them to be the same group of people. They are well-spoken, possibly foreign and even a bit nervous. The same kind of gun has also been described.
This surge in robberies has just reinforced the call for the community to get involved and join the local neighbourhood watch.
“People must consider the whole community and not just their street or neighbours. We have a great partenership with the watch and security companies,” said Van der Toorn.
Versfeld agrees: “We need people to get actively involved and keep our present momentum going.”
Local Community Police Forum chair John Taylor adds it is important for people to keep their safety gates and garage doors closed and set their alarms diligently.

“Residents at and in their home have more items of value available and can provide easier access to a safe with additional valuables and firearms. Jewellery, laptops, tablets, cell phones, cameras, cash and so forth are taken,” he said.
“Three of the above incidents occurred where there is no neighbouring property bordering the back of targeted homes. Areas are poorly lit, or not at all, with vegetation allowing concealed suspects to observe and strategize, and move in once the opportunity presents itself. Victims hanging up or removing washing or smoking have been targeted.”
Versfeld says it might be wise to keep a panic button in one’s pocket at all times and teach children what to do during a possible home invasion.
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The police have given a name to the group of robbers who have been operating in the greater Melkbosstrand area over the past two months. They’ve been dubbed the “Balaclava Gang”.
Whether the gang operating along the West Coast is connected with the other balaclava gangs who have targeted various neighbourhoods in Cape Town over the past two years is not a certainty, but it isn’t being ruled out.
Two weeks ago TygerBurger reported in the article entitled “Wave of robberies hits Melkbos” that a group of robbers have been terrorising the area with four incidents reported between 21 April and 13 May.
Both the local neighbourhood watch and the police sent out a warning to residents to be vigilant, with the suspicion that the robbers might strike again at any time.
This foreboding has been justified after the gang of four or five robbers struck at least twice in the last two weeks.
Last week Monday the gang broke into a house in Sunningdale and the Monday before that they hit a farm along the N7.
The same modus operandi has led police to believe that this is the work of an organised gang who wear balaclavas.
According to Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch spokesperson Nicky Versfeld, the robbers usually operate at night.
“People should be vigilant as soon as it gets dark. This gang, of which at least one person is armed, would wait for a victim to come out of the house for some reason, such as getting something from the car or going to the washing line. That’s usually how they gain entry into the house,” she explains.
The gang followed the same modus operandi when they robbed people living on a farm along the N7.
“The family was watching television that evening when the pump, which is outside, allegedly broke,” says Philadelphia police spokesperson Capt Frederick Rossouw.
“The man went out to investigate and when he came back the gang followed him in. We suspect the people monitored the house the whole afternoon.”
Rossouw said the gang usually steals valuables they can carry and then sell.
The suspects in this incident fled on foot due to the rough terrain and were possibly picked up by a vehicle on the road.
Many of the attacks have occurred next to a greenbelt or at houses adjacent to dense bushes that provide concealment before and after the incident, says Versfeld.
Rossouw adds that the gang would bind people’s hands behind their backs with cables and then search the premises for valuables.
He continues by saying that they suspect two firearms were used during the attack along the N7, of which one might have been a toy gun.
This cannot be confirmed, and Versfeld says one can in any case never count on a weapon aimed at you being a toy.
“Thankfully, there have been no further attacks in Melkbosstrand since the last article. It is still advisable to be on your guard at night in your homes and also join the neighbourhood watch,” she says.
This particular call for action published in TygerBurger two weeks ago has borne fruit, with a “steady improvement”, according to Versfeld.
“The response has been good and we want to thank those who came forward, but there is also space for more. We increased the patrols in the area and people are becoming more aware,” she says.
Melkbosstrand police commander Cpt Ronita van der Toorn agrees that the best way the community can react to the threat posed by the Balaclava Gang is to join the local neighbourhood watch.
Van der Toorn concludes by saying that Balaclava Gang leads are being followed up, but to date no arrests have been made.
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A member of the so-called balaclava gang died on his way to hospital after one of the gang’s last victims, a Melkbosstrand police officer, shot him in the arm and the left side of the torso on Tuesday last week.
Three other robbers managed to escape into the bushy terrain next to Narcissus Street, despite heavy police, K9-unit, chopper and neighbourhood watch presence.
“This was once again the same modus operandi as the other house robberies in the area,” said Melkbosstrand police commander Captain Ronita van der Toorn.
TygerBurger reported on the robberies in recent articles titled “Wave of robberies hits Melkbos” and “Gang strikes again”.
“Last week Tuesday at about 21:00 four balaclava-clad males armed with a revolver, a panga and gloves entered a house in Narcissus Street when a resident briefly stepped outside. The entire family (husband, wife and two young children) were held up,” said Van der Toorn.
One of the robbers demanded the police officer open his safe and that is when the man apparently reached for his gun and shot the suspect twice.
The exact circumstances behind the attack are still being investigated, she says, but preliminary investigation indicates the officer acted within his rights.
The other three suspects escaped with a laptop, wallet, iPhone and cellphone.
Van der Toorn said there were no other injuries, but that the family are very traumatised.
“Some of our members had just exited a meeting at the station when the complaint came in – we were therefore able to assist at the station briefly with answering calls and conveying information both to the police and to our watch response team members before departing for various duties and to observation points, including extra patrols in the area and along the R27.
“One call in particular that I answered was from security at the reserve alerting us to the fact that suspects were seen there, which gave an immediate indication of where to start searching.
“At times like this the station becomes extremely busy which is why we have called for and encourage volunteers to assist with answering the telephone at the police,” said Versfeld.
“It is concerning when someone uses a gun for protection and ends up killing someone. The risk of them getting injured or even ending up in jail in the process becomes so much bigger when it happens. Obviously in this specific case, the person who fired the shot is trained, but one must be very, very careful when firing shots at an intruder,” he says before adding, “it is best to do what robbers want in these situations.”
Taylor urged the public to remain “vigilant” – a buzzword in recent times for Melkbosstrand residents.
“These guys are part of a bigger syndicate and it is far from over,” he warns.
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Sunset Beach’s Kyle Nel was one of the first people to come across the rotting carcass of a 12-metre Southern Right whale on the beach on Saturday morning.
The once majestic animal, now just a badly decomposing mass of flesh entangled in rope, was lying in the breakers.
Before the City of Cape Town’s disaster management team arrived, Nel witnessed a triggertrap being removed from the whale’s tail by bystanders.
This trap, an invention designed to entrap octopus, was clearly not the cause of the whale’s death, but according to the Dolphin Action and Protection Group, this is the third whale to get caught up in these devices.
The source, who prefers to stay anonymous, says there are up to 600 of these traps placed near Cape Town, and added the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have given permission for up to 6 000 to be used.
Ropes weighed down with cement drag the lines down vertically. The traps are placed horizontally along the lines, far beneath the surface of the water.
Meanwhile, the disaster management team and environmental affairs arrived a short while later, but their efforts to remove the carcass were hampered by rough seas and inclement weather.
Disaster Operations Centre acting head Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said the carcass, measuring 12 metres, was taken to the Vissershok Landfill Site where it was disposed of. He said what caused the whale’s death remains unclear.
TygerBurger spoke to the University of Cape Town Marine Research Institute’s Professor Charles Griffiths, who said it is not uncommon for whales to wash up on shore.
“The Southern Right whale, of which there are between 5000 and 6000 in the world, can live between 50 and 80 years. If they die further into the ocean they will sink to the bottom, but if closer to land they often drift onto the beaches,” he said.
During the morning, when Nel saw the whale in the breakers, there wasn’t a bad smell in the air, but just a few hours later the carcass began to rot.
According to Solomons-Johannes, the whole Sunset beachfront had “a distinct terrible smell”.
After much effort authorities finally loaded the huge carcass onto a truck and it was taken to the landfill site where it was buried.
One whale carcass can feed hundreds of bottom dwellers in the ocean for months.
Griffiths said it is unfortunate these carcasses are taken to landfill sites, but adds it would be a logistic nightmare and very expensive to transport the carcass it back out to sea.
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A group of mostly destitute women at the Ark City of Refuge standing in a tight circle first have a group prayer before sharing their tales of desperation.
One tells of her struggle to get off tik, another elaborates on her sombre past.
“It was horrible, horrible…” says an emotional Emilene Ferreira (51).
“Because the Ark is run on Christian principles, most of them have discovered God,” she says.
Milnerton’s Emilene, who plans to walk the Camino de Santiago spiritual pilgrimage in Europe, listened to some of the heartbreaking stories.
She decided to sleep at the Ark near Mfuleni on Friday night so that she knows precisely what to take with her on her spiritual journey through Spain.
The people at the Ark will not walk with her, but they will be in her heart.
She will tell all who are interested about the organisation in Cape Town that looks after people with no refuge.
The Ark, in addition to providing for the physical needs of people, use Christian-based counseling and life-skills to bring about spiritual, mental, and physical healing to facilitate re-introduction to the community.
They depend on donations in order to provide the help they offer, and there are never enough.
Emilene took it upon herself to raise awareness for the Ark while she walks with God through Spain on the pilgrimage.
This will be the third time that she will meander through the country, the first walk she took was an 800km journey on the Camino Frances.
Last year she took a group of 12 pilgrims from numerous countries on the same route.
There is no time limit on these pilgrimages.
Emilene continues: “This time I am starting in Seville on 23 May and will walk 1000 km to Santiago de Compostela, which is where all the Camino routes end.”
Camino de Santiago means “The Way of St James” and is a pilgrimage that has been walked for more than a 1000 years.
Initially a Catholic pilgrimage, it has since evolved into a vastly popular multi-denominational event which roughly 200 000 people walk every year.
“St Francis of Assissi walked this pilgrimage 800 years ago, and now every 100 years they issue a special Compostela (a certificate).”
Some will cycle the route, some will ride on horseback and some will walk with donkeys, but most just walk it in solitude.
In order to get a Compostela, one must walk the last 100km.
“One will walk during the day and then find a place to sleep, often in small towns during the night. Sometimes one will sleep in a church loft and sometimes in a hostel with up to 30 people in a room. I find that because I am free from all my ‘normal’ responsibilities that occupy our everyday life. it leaves me with all this time to contemplate. I feel incredibly close to God when I do this.”
Emilene hopes to meet the right person who could help the Ark with consistent funding.
Last year she walked for her friend Sonja van Rhyn who suffers from Multiple System Atrophy, an incurable illness.
“It was just incredible how people have responded. She has been getting phone calls from all over the world,” exclaims Emilene.
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Sabrina’s dream used to be something her mother simply endured – up to a point.
When Sabrina was just two-years-old she stood in front of a mirror and sang her heart out.
Inevitably her mother would yell: “Quiet!”
A lot has changed since then.
These days Sabrina Jakubowski (17), a grade 11 pupil at CBC Senior High school in Parklands, sticks to the notes quite expertly.
Her undeniable talent has been spotted by international scout from the United States, Kim Myers.
As a result Sabrina’s dream of “making it big in the real world” got a massive push in the right direction – to Orlando, Florida.
She elaborates: “To get there I had to compete against top singers in all the provinces in Johannesburg. I made it through and will now be one of 30 competing singers representing South Africa…”
But before she could follow her dream she had to first raise R60 000, but she didn’t let this hurdle stand in her way.
Within three months the Jakubowskis managed to reach this target through various fundraisers.
Now, armed with a lot of confidence and a little bit of luck, Sabrina hopes to leave a lasting impression on national and international agents when gracing the big stage.
The ARTS (Applause Rising Talent Showcase) is a well respected family orientated event and will apparently offer substantial exposure to industry professionals.
For five days, hand selected talent from all over the world will be in attendance to “gain education, exposure and encouragement” from these authorities.
The pressure that comes with performing is not new to Sabrina, she entered the Cape Town Voice last year and made it to the top 10.
The pressure might, however, be a bit more intense during ARTS, but Sabrina is ready for it.
“I will be nervous, yes, but once I get on stage then I will know that this is my chance,” she exclaims.
“I want to complete my matric and then ideally move to America and try to break into the pop music scene over there.”
She reserves special thanks for her mother, Andrea, who has been supporting her for years.
“I used to want her to stop singing, but now I just want her to sing the whole time. I am extremely proud of her,” says Andrea.
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Roof blues banished

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A howling wind tears at the black plastic on the roof of a house in Ou Skip Caravan Park – but it’s no holiday.
Inside the dwelling a cash-strapped elderly couple sit in their living room, praying that the sandbags they use to keep the black bags in place will be sufficient.
It’s raining as well, so inside every room buckets dot the floor to catch the dripping water.
It’s been two hours since Sandra Kline (69) emptied the buckets so she gets up and attends to this tedious but important task.
When it rains this is her task. Every two hours, day or night, she has to empty the buckets.
Her husband, Stanley (74), did his best to cover the roof, but the over-flowing buckets suggests that his efforts have counted for little.
Sandra has hated every moment he was forced to return to the top, but she knew something had to be done and that there was no-one who would help them.
The couple were desolate, feeling that nobody cared about their leaking roof – but they were wrong.
There are people who care!
Their neighbour, Gerald Brannan, knows someone who does volunteer work at Table View’s Round Table and the Round Table chairperson, Domnique Wiid, knows people who could sponsor roof sheets.
As a result, eight Round Table members, roof fitting professionals and a waterproofing company will be answering the Kline’s prayers.
If all goes according to plan they will have a brand-new roof by next week.
“We are so grateful,” exclaims Sandra.
“We are pensioners, and unfortunately our funds have run out. This leaking roof is just getting worse and worse.”
“Our roof leaks even when it is not raining,” she says incredulously, before explaining how water builds up between the ceiling and the dilapidated roof itself.
The roof isn’t the only challenge the Klines are facing, Stanley is also having to receive treatment for a prostrate problem at Somerset Hospital.
“Things have taken a turn for the worse ever since we received bad advice from a broker when we retired,” says Sandra.
But their knights in shining armour – the good people volunteering at the Round Table – heard their pleas.
Says Domnique: “When someone asks me why we help others then I say the answer lies in their joyful faces. This is all the vindication we need.”
The Round Table has managed to get 23 of the required 40 roof sheets and are hoping to obtain the rest as well. If neccessary they will use the R5 000 saved from their own money, but any help from the public would be appreciated.
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More than 500 years ago the KhoiSan culture dominated the shores of the Western Cape.
Never quite proliferating, they lived and died without ever leaving significant structures behind for future archeologists to discover.
Besides rock paintings and humble possessions such as pottery, the certainty of their existence can be tracked through history by their skeletons – a treasure in itself.
When construction started on a house in Melkbosstrand, the last thing builders thought they would uncover was a human skeleton.
They soon came across another and phoned the police, who seized the find until they could rule out any foul play.
The Heritage Foundation was contacted once this was ruled out, and two weeks after the initial find University of Cape Town archeologist Louisa Hutten was at the building site looking for clues.
“The police first thought they had three skeletons, but it turned out to be two – a women and a young child (most likely four or five years old),” says Hutten.
While Hutten’s team were on the site they uncovered a third skeleton, which was just as perfectly preserved as the other two.
Quite remarkle considering that it could be as old as 3 000 years.
As opposed to the other two skeletons, this time the team could see in what position it was lying.
Like the skeleton found in 1999 next to Otto du Plessis Drive, the male skeleton Hutten’s team uncovered was also lying in a foetal position with one hand resting underneath the chin.
“Sometimes a hand is under the chin, but most of the times the hands are together,” explains Hutten.
There has been a lot of media attention dedicated to this latest find in Melkbosstrand, which surprises Hutten, because it is quite common to uncover evidence of KhoiSan existence – in particular finding skeletons buried in the sand.
“The alkaline and salt in the sand and shoal are quite good for preservation, so many skeletons are uncovered along the West Coast.”
When an archeologist comes across a skeleton, they carefully search the surrounding area, at the correct depth, for pieces of coal or shards of pottery. Finding any one of these would be a great indicator as to how old the skeleton is.
In the latest discovery, pottery was found in the vicinity, which suggests that the skeletons were buried there between 500 and 3 000 years ago.
“The pottery suggests that there has been contact with other groups further north. They have most likely been exposed to material culture. The late Stone Age goes back to 40 000 years ago, but pottery in their culture goes back to about 3 000 years ago,” she explains.
The skeletons were claimed from the police and unearthed from the sand, and now reside at the University of Cape Town.
Soon the carbon dating process will begin and a more accurate age can be calculated.
“Skeletons we have dated quite recently have ranged between 500 and 3 000 years old, so my estimate at this stage is indeed between that period. We will date a fraction of the rib. The age would eventually be accurate within 30 to 40 years either way.”
Building was temporarily halted when the Heritage Foundation became involved, and according to Hutten it will start again promptly.
She says an archeologist will hopefully be on site during the next few weeks.
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“Ieeeeee!” yells the parent.
The child’s eyes widen, wondering why the character in the book screamed so loud.
She has read this story to her sibling many times before, but for her daughter every time is like the first.
She passionately continues reading the children’s book of Wendy Hartmann while her child studies the illustrations carefully. She is from Table View.
“Look,” exclaims the mother. “She jumped right out of her beautiful shoes!”
Her child gasps and then improvises an innocent song about Sisi right there and then.
Hartmann’s newly released book Sisi goes to school and other stories is proving to be a hit with youngsters and even with a few adults.

The 4-year-old wonders about the bunny-rabbit called Sisi who has to go to school and Marana is fascinated by the characters’ shoes.
Both seem engrossed in the tale.
It is clear that Wendy’s book, which is delightfully complemented by Joan Rankin’s watercolour paintings, awakes the child in each of us.
This alone is reason enough for the 66-year-old Wendy to do what she does.
“If you can still appreciate things and feelings through the eyes of a child then you’re well on your way being an adult,” muses Wendy.
While she was writing her latest work, the second book of the Sisi collection, the trick was to live up to this philosophy and let the child within her speak louder than her responsible adult voice.
“I had to resolve Sisi resolving her own fear of going to school for the first time. It was so difficult to get her to handle it in a way that you’re not telling a child to handle it,” says Wendy.

This of course clinched it for the scared sister.
If her younger brother isn’t afraid then it stands to reason that she is not afraid and, in fact, never was.
“Adults tend to forget the little things and battles they went through as a child. One shouldn’t! If you remember it then you are able to assist the next person so much better.”
When Wendy was asked whether she can remember the start of her own school adventure she responded: “I remember parts of it… I mean, heavens, I’m 66!”
Sisi’s story would not have been nearly as compelling were it not for Joan’s illustrations.
Marana’s daughter just needs one moment to look at the picture before she knows infinitely more than what is revealed in black and white.
Wendy admits that Joan’s illustrations are stunning.
Getting the message through to a child is clearly a team effort on a grand scale.
The writer conceptualises, illustrator visualises, publisher realises, parent dramatises and the child fantasises.
Sisi speaks to us all.
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By the time the fourth engine roars to life the earth trembles.
The only airworthy Shackleton in the world and the pride of South African aviation, was permitted a ground run this Saturday in front of about 50 admirers.
A ground run for this monster aeroplane isn’t necessarily unique at Ysterplaat Air Force Base, but it is nonetheless an experience that is sure to stay with observers for a long time.
Once a month the four engines are started as a mechanical imperative.
During the run TygerBurger spoke to museologist Chris Teale, a passionate man who flew in the Shackleton countless times.
He was, in fact, one of the lucky few who were on the plane during it’s very last flight in 2008.
“It was very emotional,” says Teale while swallowing a lump in his throat.
“We flew on a Saturday… We didn’t even tell the public it was the last flight.”
He looks at the huge aircraft with love.
“A friend of mine and a patron of the museum and the Shackleton, Elmien Steyn, touched this aircraft and said it has a spirit. That it was alive…”
Teale couldn’t say enough about the majestic Shackleton during the interview.
Both he and the aircraft are 57 years old.
“The heyday was from 1957 to 1984. Her biggest role wasn’t offensive in any way, despite the fact that she was built as a maritime attack aircraft. Strangely enough her greatest role was always search and rescue. She has 24-hour endurance! One day we took off from here before the sun came up and flew right around the borders of South Africa. From Cape Town up the East coast, around the borders of the country and down the West Coast. We saw the sun set that same day!”
Teale introduced the whole Shackleton team and every single one would love to see it fly again. But they all agree with Henry James Potgieter, the chief engineer who has worked on the Shackleton for decades (since 1959).
He is apparently the longest serving Shackleton flight engineer in the world.
He glows with pride when he points out that on the side of the aircraft, the plane’s name reads “Pottie’s Private Bomber”.
The reason why it would probably never fly again is because of it’s priceless value, and if something had to happen a large piece of history would be wiped from the planet.
Most of the last Saturdays of the month it undergoes a ground run and everyone is invited to witness this remarkable and deafening event. One can also make much-needed donations to keep it in a working condition.
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Canal Walk set the bar very high last year when they invited kids into a giant freezer – aptly named Snow World.
So this year they had a tough act to follow with the Snow Play Park.
The advertisement for the latest edition certainly whetted the appetite, but adults accompanying their kids into the “park” will wonder what it is their children are smiling about.
It, is, of course, not about the adults. So when one judges the wide eyes and smiles of the little ones then it is safe to assume that the Snow Play Park is once again proving to be a hit
If your kids like to slide on ice, marvel at colourful decorations of sweeties, candy canes and all things snowy then this is the place to go.
There are small ice/snow filled areas and a charming, unimposing rollercoaster ride.
Asnow globe” in the middle was also a favourite and wonderful photos were taken there by keen parents.
Tickets cost R70, with a R30 special for snow play for tots under two, and R50 tickets for mini riders between two and five years. Those who simply want to wander through this “jolly folly” and experience the magic of the season pay just R20.
Children are, of course, not concerned with price. All they want is novelty, and that is what they’ll get at the Snow Play Park. Mission accomplished for Canal Walk!
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Tensions are running high in Joe Slovo Park around the construction work for the Integrated Rapid Transport (IRT) along Omuramba Road.
Ward councillor Joy McCarthy admits that the situation is escalating and that swift and decisive action is needed.
The spotlight has fallen on Joe Slovo Park after Luthando Lekevana was doused with petrol and allegedly threatened to be set alight by six women on 1 July.
Milnerton police confirmed that the women were arrested for attempted murder, but spokesperson W/O Daphne Dell also hinted that Lekevana might not be what he claims.
Reports surfaced last week that Lekevana insists that he is a SA National Civics Organisation (Sanco) leader.
Sanco could not confirm by deadline whether Lekevana is a leader, or even belongs to their organisation, but McCarthy vociferously debunks his claim.
Marches, petitions and unrest have become more prominent as the weeks have gone by.
There was initial dissatisfaction with the fact that the labour recruitment for the IRT was not being done from the local area. A meeting was organised with the community and the IRT team and the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.
McCarthy says, however, that a “deposed faction” made deceitful assurances that further escalated the violence.
“One of the persons who refused to sign the employment contract and was presumably harassing one of the men who had signed the contract, was stabbed to death by the latter,” she adds.
A petition was delivered by this faction in which they demanded the removal of McCarthy due to lack of transparency (she apparently never called a public meeting), honesty, integrity and service delivery.
“These include lobbying various non-profit organisations, the expansion of the reblocking programme and attempts to relocate a container for daily use as a clinic. The list goes on.”
McCarthy reckons the authors of the petition is, in fact, hampering service delivery that she and the city are trying to bring to their community.
With this in mind she concludes: “If they lack services, they will only have themselves to blame.”
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Another protest rocked the northern suburbs last week Friday when hundreds of unhappy Joe Slovo Park residents caused havoc by burning tyres in the street, as well as throwing stones and bottles at police.
Officers retaliated by firing rubber bullets and stun grenades into the crowd and arrested 23 protesters for public violence. Six of the suspects are women.
This latest protest followed just a few weeks after Du Noon residents also took to the streets in the name of service delivery.
Authorities, however, have suspicions that these protests are more than just people unhappy about housing. JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, told TygerBurger that it seems to be orchestrated by a handful of people and that it might be politically motivated.
He adds, however, that he cannot prove any of these claims at the moment.
As secondary roleplayers the City of Cape Town needs help from the police and the criminal justice system, but Smith says these bodies are failing them at the moment in this particular regard.
“Our conviction rate is very low, so what stops these gang leaders from continuing to cause disruption?
We cannot let the public of Cape Town be subjected to this chaos indefinitely,” he insists.
Smith is more particularly concerned with the N2 episode near Khayelitsha when rocks were thrown on the national road and some disrupted traffic flow through various other methods.
When asked if the Khayelitsha N2 chaos might be linked to Joe Slovo’s protest he says: “We have information from people that there is an orchestrated campaign behind this. We are meeting with some informants and we believe we are on the verge of finding out who orchestrates it and where the money comes from.”
Smith adds that they have CCTV footage as to how these disruptions are done and how quickly it happens.
He even mentioned that it is suspected that certain members of the media are in cahoots with these protesters and actively “assist and fan” their cause.
On Friday morning sections of Omuramba Road, Racecourse Road and Koeberg Road in Milnerton were closed and Smith reckons this is indicative of the protesters wanting to frustrate the public.
“Some are late for work and others even lose their jobs. This appears, when one looks at the footage, to be their primary purpose,” he adds.
Smith is now recommending that a new approach to deal with gang leaders must be found before someone gets killed.
He elaborates on a possible new approach when he says: “We will photograph protest ringleaders and offer rewards to the community member who could give us information that could lead to successful arrest. I cannot says when this will become a reality though, but it must happen soon.”
Protesters did not have permission to protest in the streets.
Ward councillor Joy McCarthy agrees completely with Smith and says the incentive behind the protest in Joe Slovo is to make the ward “ungovernable”.
“These protests are popping up all over the place. We have two interdicts against the ringleaders of these incidents. The purpose is to obstruct. They don’t want any progress and say the DA has not worked for us,” she concludes.
All 23 suspects appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
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What was intended to be a mass protest action of 3 000 people turned into a damp squib last week Friday when less than 100 Joe Slovo Park residents took to the streets.
Those who did turn up did their best to voice their concerns about a lack of housing in the township.
A few bad apples did, however, manage to disrupt law and order in the morning when they threatened others from going to work and burnt tyres in the streets.
This resulted in Freedom and Democracy Road as well as Printers Way being closed for a while.
Besides the few who were forbidden to go to work, the worst knock-on effect was traffic along Koeberg Road and Racecourse Road.
The legal march started at 10:00 and proceeded along Koeberg until the singing and dancing minority turned left into Racecourse towards the City Council Administrative Block opposite Paddocks Shopping Centre.
Local police spokesperson W/O Daphne O’Reilly confirmed with TygerBurger that there were no injuries reported and that the day proceeded relatively peacefully.
During the march the protesters held posters aloft to clarify some of their qualms – “We demand better housing” and “Red card for Joy”.
The “Joy” that protesters were referring to is ward councillor Joy McCarthy who has been trying her best to maintain peace in Joe Slovo Park and regularly responds to residents’ growing complaints in the area.
When she was asked how she feels about the poster directed at her she responded: “It disappoints me, knowing what I’m trying to do for the community and that I will still continue doing for the community. I take it where it comes from – it’s election time, it’s silly season.”
Considering the number of ANC T-shirts on show during the protest it is hardly surprising that McCarthy says the protest was mostly electioneering.
She says the issue of housing has been a long-standing problem.
“It’s a catch-22 really. Some have occupied every square inch of available land. Land that is intended for mixed-use development. So we can’t build as long as they are occupying the land.”
The mixed-use development plan is to build three-storey flats of which the residential top two floors are located above commercial.
The protest action, originally intended to be 3 000-strong, decreased to 1 000 when the application was lodged with the city.
The broader community didn’t know what to expect after the Du Noon protests last year, when thousands of people marched down Koeberg Road.
McCarthy, who keeps her ear to the ground, knew the recent protest would be more manageable.
“The community of Joe Slovo are a lot quieter and a lot calmer than the community of Du Noon. I spoke to community leaders afterwards and it is clear that most residents are fed up with this nonsense. Some say that others can march, as long as they are allowed to go to work,” she concludes.
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A lack of housing is pushing relations between Phoenix and Joe SLovo Park to the limit.
Thankfully threats such as “If the Joe Slovo Park residents are not given permission to erect their shacks, there would be a lot of dead people in Phoenix” have since been replaced with “We do not want bloodshed but rather to live in harmony”.
The situation is, however, far from being resolved. On Monday night this week, local ward councillor Joy McCarthy met with representatives of both communities.
This latest meeting was called after weeks of growing unrest. Last week Thursday tensions seethed when Phoenix residents held an all-night vigil to keep their Joe Slovo Park neighbours from invading the land on the corner of Democracy and Freedom roads.
Plots were apparently sold on this land for between R350 to R800 and already demarcated, according to McCarthy.
By Friday, there was no trace of the plot demarcations but tempers were high.
Says McCarthy: “I was asked to address the Phoenix residents that evening on the open ground, as they were concerned for their safety and the outcome should the land invasion go ahead. I informed them of the existing City of Cape Town interdict prohibiting intimidation and further land invasion and assured them that should shacks be erected, they would be removed.”
The meeting was then hijacked by some of Joe Slovo Park’s residents.
The next day there was another meeting and that was when someone threatened McCarthy, saying there would be “a lot of dead people in Phoenix” if they were not allowed to erect shacks.
Two days later, on Monday night another meeting was held. This time the tone was “moderate”. The meeting was chaired by Elliot Jiba from the South African National Civic Organisation and responded by Sam Moloi for Phoenix Residents’ Association.
“They were partly mollified, but then went on to issues harking back to 2001 when the mixed-use land along Freedom Way was supposedly to be developed,” says McCarthy. Joe Slovo Park residents claim plans had been drawn up for flats and a budget was set aside, which vanished and since then nothing has happened.
“They were angry when I pointed out the ANC was then in government, so they should ask them what happened to the money. This is the land which they now want to occupy as they claim it actually belongs to them, but was ‘stolen’ by the municipality,” she concludes.
The outcome of the last meeting was that the residents of Joe Slovo Park would stave off land invasion as long as the executive mayor, Patricia de Lille, respond to their grievances within 10 working days.
What happens after that is anyone’s guess.
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Pandemonium broke out in Joe Slovo Park on Thursday when Law Enforcement removed 100 shacks from land along Freedom Way.
About 200 shacks were demolished in terms of a final interdict granted to the City of Cape Town in November 2012.
Thursday night the evicted shack dwellers were attempting to re-erect their shacks and some even attacked the local Assembly of God church to vent their feelings.
An anonomous source alleged the church has been given permission to use the now empty land as a parking lot.
This evoked the ire of the evicted dwellers and spurred many on to damage the church by setting it alight.
Local ward councillor Joy McCarthy said: “The church lost its PA system, chairs and files, to name but a few.”
On Friday evicted shack dwellers apparently threatened to burn down the academically outstanding Sinenjongo High School if the principal didn’t resign.
“She is the best thing that has happened to the high school since its inception, but these hoodlums only care about the power struggle, not the devastation it causes. Safe Schools have been notified,”said McCarthy:
McCarthy sums up the previous days events when she pointed out that eviction notices were served on all the residents by the sheriff, who explained the reasons and advised that unless relocated, these dwellings would be demolished as they were illegal and on City of Cape Town land. They were defiant and continued to add to the number of shacks.”
During the eviction the South African Police Service was on hand and “acted accordingly”, according to Col André Traut.
Residents burnt tyres in the road just before Law Enforcement arrived on the scene and within minutes the tense situation escalated even further when shacks were razed to the ground.On the scene on Thursday Joe Slovo residents claimed that rubber bullets were fired towards protestors, but the provincial police spokesperson, Traut, would not want to confirm this.“We were asked to maintain law and order and we did act accordingly. The protestors posed a real threat to our members and Law Enforcement,” he explained.
“The unrest was obviously in response to the carrying out of the eviction order,” McCarthy added.
“Burning barricades were placed in the roads to try and prevent the combined forces accessing Joe Slovo Park. In terms of the eviction order, they were not housed elsewhere. They are meant to return from whence they came. If the City were to house them elsewhere after the eviction and demolition, it would mean that they had successfully jumped the housing queue. This would not be fair on the many residents in the area still patiently waiting for houses of their own.”
One resident who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation concludes: “It is so sad to see the smoke stained windows of the church. Many people are stunned that this could happen.
“The community is, however, divided between those who support the radicals and those who don’t. The flattened area where the shack dwellers resided resembles a ‘ground zero’ warzone. Only the few shacks that were re-erected stand defiantly. Primary and high school children left for school that morning only to return to demolished homes. What do children make of this? It is so sad!”
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This is all part of the ANC’s ploy to make the province ungovernable,” says ward councillor Joy McCarthy in response to the stoning and burning of a MyCiTi bus in Montague Gardens last week Wednesday and yesterday’s (Tuesday) protest action.
Incited Joe Slovo residents have once again made the news when they vented their anger towards the City of Cape Town.
Last week 46 residents destroyed a MyCiTi bus and once again they played the card of a lack of housing.
TygerBurger has reported extensively on the growing tension in the area over the last month.
Yesterday a protest broke out in Bosmansdam and Montague Drive. As a result these roads had to be closed. Milnerton police spokesperson Daphne O’Reilly said at the time of going to press that no arrests have been made and no injuries were reported. “We managed to push the protestors back into Joe Slovo Park, so now Freedom Road is closed,” she explains.
In last week’s incident 40 suspects were released on bail after appearing in Milnerton Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of public violence and malicious damage to council property.
The city and McCarthy have condemned the attack on the bus, most of which was caught on security cameras.
During the attack eight passengers had to abandon the bus and the city’s mayoral member for transport, Brett Herron, said it was a miracle these passengers did not get injured.
Herron said at the time: “Although they did not sustain any physical injuries, they are in a state of shock. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this callous disregard for residents’ safety and council property.”
McCarthy has explained to the residents in several meetings that housing is a national mandate and they should instead aim their fury at the ANC, but her words are falling on deaf ears.
“The city will not bow to their demands while we are still in charge,” insists McCarthy.
The city is not alone in standing defiantly against the unhappy minority in Joe Slovo – the neighbouring residents of Phoenix are seething.
She warns ominously, “If the disorder from Joe Slovo Park boils over to Phoenix then I can assure you they will not take it lying down. They are already very upset with the perception that the value of their properties are continually dropping.”
The city has in the meantime implemented additional law enforcement measures on the MyCiTi buses. Says Herron: “We will make every effort to ensure the safety of MyCiTi passengers. Law enforcement officers will continue to patrol the route between Table View, Killarney and Milnerton and officials will now also be deployed on the buses to protect the passengers and the City’s property.”
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A handful of Joe Slovo Park residents, under the guidance of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), are demanding that ward councillor Joy McCarthy be “relieved of her duties”.
On Friday about 50 residents marched to the municipal buildings bearing a memorandum in which they stated their demands.
The peaceful and legal march was carefully monitored by Milnerton police, who have been on high alert over the past month due to severe unrest in the informal settlement.
During March, calls for better housing have been replaced by calls for McCarthy’s resignation. Some residents are claiming that she never meets with the community at large and fails in her mandate to help them.
McCarthy has told TygerBurger on numerous occasions that the unrest is being instigated by a few “bad apples” and that this is all part of a greater plan to make ward 4 ungovernable for the Democratic Alliance.
Ward 4 falls under subcouncil 1, and the chairperson, Heather Brenner, says the unrest is undoubtedly a game of electioneering.
Brenner is also wholly supportive of McCarthy, who she describes as one of the best councillors she’s come across.
“She has a huge area, from Century City to Killarney Gardens, and then she has this little spot – Joe Slovo Park – that takes up most of her time. This is classic electioneering. People are trying to stir up nonsense. People are just trying to make a name for themselves. It is a gross waste of time,” says Brenner.
She doubts whether anything will come from the memorandum, which at worst might result in a long investigation into McCarthy’s doings.
Sanco provincial organiser, Charles Kanku, says he met with certain members of the community recently and they told him that not everyone is invited to these meetings.
Says McCarthy: “I do not deal only with ‘my favourites’. I have regularly demonstrated I will meet with any individual or group who requests it but will give preference to the registered groups and the law abiding, not the rabble rousers and inciters of violence who take the law into their own hands anyway, despite my advice or input. I do in fact engage with the acknowledged community leaders in the form of emails, phonecalls and meetings.”
When it was suggested to Kanku that Sanco’s involvement in Joe Slovo Park is a game of electioneering, he responded: “Some people think that just because it is election nothing should be done and rather wait for it to pass, otherwise it will be called electioneering.”
During Kanku’s visit he was taken to the area where law enforcement officials removed illegal structures and “destroyed the homes of families”.
According to him he nearly cried when he saw it.
“People should have been given warning, and also alternative housing,” he said.
According to a Joe Slovo resident who was removed from his illegal structure that day, they were given a warning just a few days earlier.
McCarthy also said the residents were warned years before that they were occupying the land illegally.
With regard to alternative housing being provided to residents whose illegal structures were demolished, McCarthy said it would be unfair to the thousands of families who are on the housing waiting list if others suddenly jumped the queue.
Kanku added: “Joe Slovo residents are more concerned with the issues at hand than to remove the councillor. The mission isn’t to remove the councillor, it is for the councillor to correct what she is doing wrong.”
Kanku is also very unhappy with how the residents have breached law and order in the area.
“People cannot go and burn churches, schools or buses. Sanco doesn’t support this behaviour in the slightest. If they are unhappy they must follow the correct channels,” he concluded.
Several protests have turned ugly in the month of March, which TygerBurger covered extensively.
The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also joined the growing choir of opposition when chamber president Janine Myburgh said: “We already have court judgments making union organisers responsible for the damage to property caused by their undisciplined members on protest marches and the same principle should apply to other demonstrations.
“There are usually organisers involved and I would like to see some of them in court and possibly being sentenced to perform community service. A bit of community service might give them a better insight into the problems of service delivery,” she continued.
“It is a basic principle of law that people who performed illegal acts were responsible for the consequences of their illegal actions.”
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It is like the wild west in Phoenix. There are no laws to protect us such as those on the other side of Koeberg Road. This man is hard core, so I would rather not comment on the matter.”
Finding anyone willing to be quoted directly regarding Phoenix liquor store owner, Sam Moloi, is nigh impossible.
Objections from the community are just one of the routes council can follow to close down Sam Moloi’s off-consumption Phoenix liquor store, known as Uncle Sam’s.
Moloi was granted a liquor licence without a temporary land use departure (TLUD) from council.
A TLUD is needed when one wants to run a business from a residentially zoned property.
Having a TLUD when applying for a licence in terms of the old Liquor Act was not, however, deemed necessary.
The new Act, which came into effect in March this year, makes this compulsory. But a liquor licence is renewed automatically unless there are objections from the community.

“Most people here don’t have a problem with my business. Ask them,” insists Moloi.
The adjacent creche owner, Amanda Feyt, was involved in a well-publicised spat with Moloi in 2010, and she even tried to close Uncle Sam’s down by taking the legal route.
This time Feyt refused to comment.
However, McCarthy says she is not intimidated by Moloi and will investigate how he originally got his licence.
Moloi claims he never relies on intimidation and is a community leader of high esteem, regularly diffusing Joe Slovo Park unrest.
His acts of “diffusing” the masses have apparently been misunderstood.
McCarthys says in March this year Moloi explicity threatened that “If the Joe Slovo Park residents are not given permission to erect their shacks, there would be a lot of dead people in Phoenix”.
It is alleged that Moloi sold plots of land for R1 000 each to Joe Slovo Park residents but Moloi flatly denies this.

“Joe Slovo Park has the most expensive real estate in Africa,” she quips.
Moloi responded by saying that he demands evidence of this “baseless” accusation before adding: “During the unrest it was me who intervened with the Joe Slovo Park residents. I talked to them, listened to their issues and said they must go about things the right way to get land to build their homes on.”
Moloi’s intervention, or interference, depending on who you believe, in the unrest isn’t the reason McCarthy is keeping an eagle eye on Uncle Sam’s though.
“There is a mosque and a creche in the vicinity of Uncle Sam’s, people have claimed that young children walk out of the store with trolley-loads of liquor and a huge liquor truck often blocks off the road completely during delivery,” she says.
Moloi denies that children buy liquor at his store.
As for the other objections, McCarthy isn’t the first to point this out.
The liquor licence was initially granted in 2008 but during the renewal process in 2009 the local police lodged objections which were ignored by the liquor board.
The local Firearm and Liquor Control Designated police officer wrote at the time that the store is too close to a church (400 meters), a creche (20 meters), and a primary school (300 meters), and that the council has stated the land is zoned as residential. The police indicated they opposed a renewal, but these objections were ignored and the licence was renewed.
Ever since then the police have had no qualms with Moloi, because he has a valid off-consumption liquor licence.
Moloi applied for a TLUD to operate legally in 2011.
McCarthy says the departure would have given him permission to use his home as premises for his business.
The departure was turned down by the subcouncil, the decision was appealed and finally not upheld.
“We are not sure how he can have a business licence, which he needs to get the liquor licence. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” she says.

“McCarthy is destroying my name just because I am an outspoken person. I was never corrupt, I was never a thief. I work hard and started this business with nothing,” says Moloi.
Suggestions that Moloi owns at least one illegal shebeen have also been countered by his demands for proof.
McCarthy says the licences under the old Liquor Act granted to many liquor stores across the peninsula are technically illegal.
McCarthy denies Moloi’s claim that her “vendetta” is racially motivated. “This is certainly not a race issue. If someone runs a business from home selling koeksusters and there are a handful of customers a week then council wouldn’t have a problem, but in Apollo Way there are big delivery trucks blocking the road. It is next to a creche and near a mosque. Also, the level of alcohol abuse is directly linked to domestic violence.”
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“Remember Marco, no one is watching and you have nothing to prove. Stay above 150 feet…”
These were the last words spoken to 22-year-old Marco Pheil by the chief flight instructor at Morningstar, Len Klopper.
When Pheil never returned from his solo run last week Tuesday, Klopper alerted emergency services and it was soon discovered that Pheil had tragically crashed his gyrocopter on a farm near Bloubergstrand.
Farm owner Seymour Currie, the first person on the scene, said Pheil’s body was “completely charred”.
“He still had his earphones on. It was horrific. I would never wish anyone to see what I saw,” said Currie.
Just a few hours later Klopper took it upon himself to phone the the Bredasdorp commercial pilot’s parents.
He knows Pheil’s parents well, and it was one of the worst things he’s ever had to do.
Says Klopper: “I have kids as well. Nobody wants to outlive their own children… One thing is certain. Marco died doing what he was extremely passionate about. Flying was his life and he was a natural talent. He was a fully qualified commercial pilot and grew up in a family of aviators.”
Klopper elaborates on the fateful morning when Pheil lost his life: “He was on six hours flying solo. In the morning session we went up and I instructed him on a specific set of criteria in crop spraying. Then after the flight he took a break and probably had some coffee.”
Pheil took off in reasonably windy conditions (10 to 15 knots), something not out of the ordinary at all.
“When aeroplanes and helicopters are locked away, that’s when gyrocopters come out. Windy conditions are very favourable for this type of aircraft,” he explains.
The Civil Aviation investigation into what caused the accident is still ongoing, but Klopper is quietly confident that Pheil was not to blame.
“Long before Marco died his employer also spoke very highly of him. He said he is a very competent and conscientious young man,” said Klopper.
All Pheil’s experience could not prevent him from crashing a few kilometres West of Morningstar airfield towards Blouberg Hills.
Right after the craft fell from the sky a fire broke out on Currie’s farm, destroying about 40 hectares of vegetation.
“When paramedics arrived on the farm they found the light aircraft completely ablaze and the surrounding veld burning rapidly. The pilot of the aircraft was already dead. Provincial services were on scene to extinguish the fire,” says ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring.
The local aviation industry is still in shock days after the tragic accident occurred.
Says Klopper: “A gyrocopter accident is very unusual. I have been a pilot for 30 years and trained over 70 pilots and have never come across something like this.
“If there is a technical issue with the craft at a higher altitude then it can be safely landed, but techniques such as crop spraying and game capture require one to fly at lower altitude and then it becomes dangerous, because you’re on the ground before you know it.”
Klopper insists that everything that could be done to ensure a safe flight for Pheil was done beforehand.
“There is no compromise on safety,” he says.
His attitude towards safety is backed up by the Safety Award of the Aeroclub of South Africa, which he won last year.
If all went according to plan Pheil would have completed his training in about four more hours of flying solo.
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The odds of capturing that perfect shot of lightning is slightly less than actually being struck by it.
But Table View’s Alex de Kock managed to take two remarkable photos of the elusive phenomena within the space of a minute last Saturday – in Cape Town nonetheless!
Quite understandably, the images that were uploaded to various social media platforms went viral, and Alex is caught right in the thick of things.
Braving a lightning storm on Blouberg beach is childs play when compared to keeping track of where the photos are being used illegally.
“I copyrighted the images and will be selling them eventually,” says the 54-year-old marketer and wedding photographer.
Capitalising on this rare phenomenon isn’t, however, what this story is about.
Rather, it is about overcoming the odds, having incredible luck by being at the right time and place, and about reaching a zenith in one’s hobby.
“Sadly, I don’t think I will ever take another photo as special as these two,” says Alex hesitantly.
To quote Photography Mad’s website: “Lightning is one of the hardest photographic subjects to shoot successfully.”
Alex’s two lightning shots could easily be considered as the best ever taken along the West Coast.
TygerBurger contacted the man whose photo got 2 000 likes on Facebook in one day, and he gladly shared his story.
“I’m in a rhythm of waking up at five, but on a Saturday I normally go back to sleep. On that particular day I didn’t.
“I thought I could be lying awake in bed or take my D700 Nikon for a spin! I bought that Nikon, a real fancy camera, a year ago,” he continues.
Alex got in his car and drove down Blouberg Road in misty weather, which he knew was far from ideal for taking low-light shots of Table Mountain.
He could easily have turned back, but fate had something better in store.
“I was on a deserted beach at 05:30 with my tripod and camera when I noticed lightning over Robben Island. It was far away,” says Alex.
Much to his delight the storm appeared to be moving closer.
“The flashes became quite hectic,” he exclaims.
He pointed his camera towards the sea and tried a few shots, but the lightning was either too far away or over exposed.
As the storm moved closer to shore he decided the best chance of capturing a flash would be to leave his shutter open for 30 seconds, but right after a picture was taken it takes another 30 seconds to process it and, as Murphy would have it, the periods between photos were the ones he needed to photograph.
He then decided to leave the shutter open for 10 seconds, with a F-stop of nine, and a slow ISO.
What this essentially means for laymen is that he could take a pic every 20 seconds (a 10 second exposure and 10 seconds processing).
An hour and a half and approximately 200 photos later, he captured two bolts in two photos.
“I immediately knew I got them, but the anticipation was intense! When I got into the car after the rain hit I checked the photos on the view finder and couldn’t believe it.”
His son uploaded a photo onto Facebook and from there it took on a life of it’s own.
For photographers, moments like these come once in a lifetime.
And Alex is certainly enjoying the ride!
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An issue described as “extremely sensitive” by sources is resulting in tensions running high in the greater Table View area.
The local Community Police Forum (CPF) and Table View Neighbourhood Watch (TVNW) are squaring off against a breakaway faction calling themselves Parklands Neighbourhood Watch (PNW).
Table View police are, at the time of going to press, keeping their distance and not commenting on what appears to be a growing concern.
As a result, the question about whether PNW is legal remains unanswered.
Parklands residents are unsure whether to support PNW or stick with the tried, trusted and efficient TVNW.
The fuss started when TVNW member and Parklands resident, Bjorn Harrison Sagar, decided Parklands, Sunningdale and the new Rivergate suburbs were being marginalised by the existing neighbourhood watch.
These areas fall under Table View police and TVNW sector 2.
Sagar established a breakaway neighbourhood watch, allegedly without the necessary permission from the police or the CPF.
According to him just under 50% of the active Parklands members of TVNW followed him to PNW. That means there have recently been two neighbourhood watches patrolling the streets of sector 2 – one not recognised by the other.
Rumours about PNW members’ “heavy-handedness” and them “doing the police’s job” have been doing the rounds, but Sagar says these are completely false.
“Bring these guilty parties forward. There are none! We are strongly opposed to this way of doing things,” he insists.
“When opening this watch we have acted within our constitutional rights. We are not doing anything illegal.”
According to him he has had numerous high level meetings with various authorities in the recent past and is confident PNW will be allowed to operate.
Sagar reckons people should see the “bigger picture”.
“We are all here for crime prevention. We want to help the community and we should all work together. Claremont has four neighbourhood watches. Bothasig has one. Edgemead has one. Why can’t Parklands also have one?”
CPF chairperson, Andrew Brace, insists that PNW is not recognised by the CPF or the police.
Brace adds: “In Mitchell’s Plain there were eight neighbourhood watches, but most were closed down by provincial commissioner Arno Lamoer because of a lack of coordination. The more watches there are the harder it becomes to coordinate matters. The CPF is made up of many forums and we have to make it work. We and the TVNW form part of one of the biggest success stories in the province. Quite frankly, Sagar doesn’t want to work in these structures.”
TVNW’s Ryno Roberts also reckons PNW is illegal.
“Why interfere with something that works? Yes, according to us they are illegal, but that isn’t our decision. We would prefer to stay out of it. This creates confusion in the neighbourhoods,” he says.
Table View station commander Dirk Vosloo has indicated he will release a statement on Thursday or Friday, clarifying the matter.
One of the reasons mooted for the opposition towards PNW is that the police wouldn’t want to sit in even more meetings.
Sagar responds by saying everyone should meet during the CPF meetings, so there would be no need to have extra meetings.
“Why is there a satellite police station in Parklands?” asks Sagar before answering: “Parklands needs focussed micro-management. People call us vigilantes and say we’re illegal, but they should sit down, take a breath, and really think about it.”
Brace responds by saying that there is indeed a neighbourhood watch operating in Parklands – TVNW sector 2.
“There are three sectors in the greater Table View area and each has its own watch. TVNW sector 1, TVNW sector 2 and TVNW sector 3.”
Spokesperson for the local CPF, Gemma Redelingshuys, weighs in: “According to South African Police Service Act, Act 68 of 1995, the police shall, in order to achieve the objects contemplated in Section 215 of the Constitution, liaise with the community through the CPF. No structure is able to exist in Table View without being registered through the local CPF and the local police. “Ultimately the CPF is responsible for the whole community. At this point in time, there is no act in place allowing the Department of Community Safety to grant a neighbourhood watch structure legal grounds to exist within a community. In a community with an already well-established neighbourhood watch with strong ties to the community, local authorities and armed response, a second neighbourhood watch is nonsensical.”
During multiple interviews with involved parties (not all of them quoted above), a lot was said off the record. The residents who are unwittingly caught in the confusion, need this issue to be resolved as soon as possible.
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Despite strong opposition from Table View Community Police Forum (CPF) and the local police, Parklands Neighbourhood Watch (PNW) might very well become a recognised entity before the end of the year.
Section 6 of the Community Safety Act No 3 of 2013, which is envisaged to come into operation towards the end of the year, will provide a legal framework for the accreditation of neighbourhood watches by the Department of Community Safety (DOCS).
Chief director of civilian oversight at DCOS, Gideon Morris, says the act will pave the way for future legal accreditation.
TygerBurger reported last week in the article “Crime fighting tension” that a new entity calling themselves PNW is rocking the crime prevention boat in the community.
The local police did not comment at the time but it has since come to light that Table View police station commander, Col Dirk Vosloo, is also opposed to PNW.
The direct question of whether he supports PNW at this juncture was met with a definitive “No”.
“In Table View we have an active neighbourhood watch covering all three sectors. Parklands falls under Table View police station. Currently Table View police are opposing the establishing of a second neighbourhood watch,” said police spokesperson Lt Elizabeth Munro.
She adds, however, that they are awaiting possible procedural changes, as meetings took place between DOCS, the provincial CPF board and the provincial police.
Sagar is upset at the opposition he is receiving for opening an organisation he describes as “willing to cooperate” and “there for the community”.
Brace insists a new watch must have the support of the CPF and the police, and that there TVNW is already an efficient watch serving the greater Parklands community .
TVNW is seen as a sterling example to other watches in the city, so Sagar was asked why PNW wants to create an alternative.
“I’d rather talk about why it is better to create our own watch than point out why we didn’t like TVNW,” he says. “We can raise funds for our specific area and we can micro-manage our specific demographic issues. Parklands, as opposed to the beach front or Flamingo Vlei is demographically hugely different. There are many, many issues that make us very different to the rest of the area.”
When asked what TVNW’s response was to Parklands (Sector 2) being micro-managed, when most of the current PNW members still belonged to TVNW, Sagar said: “Right near the end we put it in writing that the eight members of Sector 2 met as a sub-forum and voted on it unanimously. We put it to them that we needed a response, but we did not get one at all. We merely want to create an alternative for Parklands residents.”
For Vosloo, the reasons behind the split aren’t important.
He wants the community to get involved in crime prevention, but he insists authorities should beware of setting a precedent by recognising PNW as a watch.
“Tomorrow Sunningdale want one, then Bloubergrant want one, then Big Bay want one. One day we will have a meeting with the neighbourhood watches and there will be 20 watch chairpersons where we now have one or two that relay information through to their various structures,” says Vosloo.
“I have absolutely no problem with Sagar as a person. It’s just a question on how they are doing things. Why fix something that isn’t broken? And now he jumps right over us and goes straight to DOCS and the head of the provincial CPF. This has become an issue and that is the problem,” says Vosloo.
Keeping things simple and efficient is one of the core reasons why Vosloo and Brace oppose PNW.
Brace says TVNW has structures in place. It has two different radio networks – one for the watch and one for the CPF. The latter links armed response companies, security companies, medical groups, law enforcement and the police. This network isn’t for the public. The watch members use the former network and the sector captains, who filter information from one to the other, have both.
So if a member of the watch sees something suspicious, the message first goes to the sector’s captain, who then escalates the message to relevant authority.
“A new watch would definitely complicate matters,” says Vosloo, “We cannot afford another radio in this station and from a management perspective for me to work with another watch, another meeting, another forum is illogical.”
Sagar, on the other hand, doesn’t believe a new watch would complicate matters at all.
He reckons PNW could sit in at CPF meetings and the police would not need a new network, as PNW would use the same structure to get messages through to the CPF network.
“We do not need permission from the CPF to start a watch,” says Sagar, “they are the liaison between the public and the police…It is considered to be a courtesy to notify them of a new watch.”
Disregarding opposition, PNW has been patrolling the streets in Parklands and surrounds for many weeks.
Vosloo and Brace admit PNW isn’t doing anything illegal.
“We just cannot at this stage recognise them as a recognised body,” says Vosloo.
Brace adds: “I discourage people joining PNW, because it might then be seen as being recognised by the CPF.”
Vosloo says: “The fact that they are now organised with bibs and everything has created uncertainty with the existing structure, TVNW.”
For Sagar, the opposition won’t stand in the way of him trying to keep Parklands a little safer.
“I don’t think the public knows how under resourced Table View police really is. I cannot understand why they don’t embrace us with both arms. There are no issues between PNW members and TVNW members. We all know each other! When I see a TVNW member patrolling our street I wave.”
Opposition towards PNW might be for nothing if the new act is approved, which is just a matter of time according to spokesperson of DOCS, Greg Wagner.
Currently, however, the act states that a new watch need the permission of the police and the CPF, and it shall be accountable to both.
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The well-publicised dispute between Table View community police forum (CPF) and Parklands Neighbourhood Watch (PNW) seems no closer to a resolution.
Verbal punches have been thrown by the chairpersons of the CPF and PNW, both maintaining they are fighting for the community.
Suffice to say, CPF chairperson, Andrew Brace and PNW chairperson, Bjorn Harrison Sagar, are not the best of friends.
Despite TygerBurger reporting on 14 May in the article titled “Fight for new ’watch” that the PNW could become a recognised entity before the end of the year as per section 6 of the Community Safety Act No 3 of 2013, the accusations continue to fly.
Question marks surround Brace and Sagar’s on-the-record quotes such as “I don’t have anything against him as a person” when taking their off-the-record quotes into account.
Sagar thought he had this when provincial community police board (CPB) chairperson Peter Mead emailed Table View police, Brace and Sagar on 13 June.
It read: “At the last meeting we concluded by saying that we would ask all affected parties to submit their position in writing for assessment… To date no one has submitted anything. In light of this I consider the case closed. Table View police and the CPF now join the many, many stations that have more than one watch and I look forward to their continued engagement to provide a safer community.”
Mead told TygerBurger on Monday, however, that the CPB does not say PNW is now a recognised entity, but rather that the CPB is in no position to withhold Sagar’s application.
“The statement above came from an extremely drawn out process where the CPB offered assistance to mediate between parties that were at odds as to the viability and relevance of a new watch in the Parklands area. After much debate we asked all of the parties concerned to submit their position in writing for us, as mediators, to take it to our partners to try and guage its merit. There were no submissions. Therefore the matter was closed,” says Mead.
To this Mead responded: “As CPB chairperson it is not my core function to oversee the origination and formalisation of watches. Please refer the matter to your local CPF.”
Mead later told TygerBurger that this statement by him, in no way implies or suggests that the CPF has any authority to grant status to a watch.
“It clearly states that they can assist in the origination and formalisation – they can assist in setting them up,” he explains.
As for PNW, Mead says that neither the CPB, the local police nor the CPF are in a position to withhold someone’s application to start a watch.
“The legislation is quite clear – if someone wants to start a watch and they fulfil all of the requirements, then there is nothing standing in their way of becoming one.”
According to Mead and chief director of civilian oversight at the Department of Community Safety (DOCS), Gideon Morris, there is currently no legislation governing the operation of a watch.
“We have the draft in place (Community Safety Act No 3 of 2013) but to say that current legislation stipulates that a watch needs the permission of the local CPF to operate is not correct,” he says.
Brace and Sagar are both convinced their interpretation of the situation is right.
According to Brace the opposition towards PNW is coming from the local CPF, the school’s forum, the ratepayers association, the ward councillor and the non-governmental organisation forum.
He also claims they can continue to count on the support of local police commander, Col Dirk Vosloo.
Sagar also depends on Vosloo conceding to PNW’s wishes to become a recognised neighbourhood watch, but according to Mead no amount of opposition or support will be taken into account if “all the requirements are fulfilled”.
“According to this constitution, PNW went over and above the local CPF and the police to try achieve their goals, knowing fully the regulations controlling neighbourhood watch structures,” said Brace.
He said DOCS undermined the local CPF and police by acknowledging PNWwithout consultation.
He says PNW is unconstitutional and Sagar is not a team player.

 

 

 

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Stacey Marinus from Durbanville has been inspiring others to take up acrobatics since the age of three.
Now in her 10th year, Stacey is still a natural when it comes to contorting into positions that make onlookers gasp for air.
She was recently honoured for being the best “Junior Solo” performer in her age group at Sun City’s American Dance Awards. This is the third year running that someone from Dance United School of Dance in Melkbosstrand has come back with this prestigious award.
It also means she qualifies to compete for the South African team at the National Championships in Boston, USA, which will be held next year July.
There will be more than 3 000 dancers there next year. Suffice to say her mother Karen and her teacher, the owner of the dance school, Liezl Künz, are both over the moon and beaming with pride.
When TygerBurger asked Karen who Stacey got her abundant talent from she laughed. One got the idea that she suddenly thought of her husband trying to touch the back of his head with his feet.
“Probably more from her mother,” she laughs again. Karen wasn’t a dancer herself, but she always wanted to do it.
Her teacher Liezl continues: “There were more than 900 entries into this year’s event at Sun City. This is a huge honour for Stacey.”
Liezl is just as proud of her other dancers, who also shone in Sun City. Some 18 dancers participated and they came back with nine “ultimate golds” plus special judges’ awards, four “ultimate golds”, one gold, one “high silver” and four trophies.
Stacey practices regularly and intensely, so it’s no surprise that her passion for what she does has brushed off on her peers at Gene Louw Primary School in Durbanville.
Liezl reckons not everyone can be champion dancers, but every single person can benefit from dancing. She says: “When my own child started doing hip-hop at my studio his concentration levels increased tremendously in his school work.”
Besides Stacey, other children from the dance school who qualified for the event in Boston are Justin de Nobrega, Adrian Williams, Mathew Fortuin (who was runner-up in the “SA Teen Male Dancer of the Year 2013”), Juan-Marc Loretz, Luc Kunz and Ashley Engelbrecht.
Other competitors were Stephanie Barnard, Tamsyn de Wet, Tevin Wiener, Abby-Gail Engelbrecht, Jonathan Matroos, Adrienne Victor, Bellannca Schelhase, Kiara Kekana, Sarah O’Brien, Emily Heinz and Joy Brown.
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Hundreds of years of false stereotyping and misconceptions can be undone by a simple revelation – despite our differences, we all desire peace.
What was once animosity between a few Jewish girls and their Arab peers has been transformed into mutual understanding thanks to the Israel Centre of Cape Town (IC), Partnership2Gether and the Peres Centre for Peace (PCP).
Eight girls from the Middle East participated in the recent Rabin Memorial Peace Soccer Tournament at Century City. Plenty of goals were scored, but the only one that counted was promoting peace.
TygerBurger spoke to two teenagers who grew up in the same vicinity west of Jerusalem, yet their culture and religion are worlds apart.
Both were taught to hate the other, but once they crossed the great divide they became good friends.
Hatzav Nechushtan is 17 years old and lives in a Jewish village called Giv’at Ye’arim.
The 15-year-old Sandy Awad Allah lives just 4 km away in a Palestinian village called Bait Naqquba.

With the help of PCP’s Dvir Zivan who acts as a translator, Sandy adds: “In the beginning we thought the Jewish girls wouldn’t like us, but we were surprised. Now we are best friends forever!”
Hatzav continues: “People are people, no matter where they come from, no matter who they believe in.”
Responding to the question whether the conflict in the Middle East could be resolved if all concerned were to overcome their misconceptions, Dvir answers: “In every conflict you get your side. You build your opinion there.
“You can say a lot of things, but when you see a face in front of you, you erase most of these opinions. By speaking together and playing together you cancel this out.”
This is why soccer was chosen as one of the ways how these girls can get to know one another, as well as players from Langa, Herzlia Middle School, St Cyprians and the Grassboots developmental team.
Jewish people’s first language is Hebrew, then English and a little Arabic, while the Palestinian first language is Arabic, then Hebrew and a little English.
Israel’s “Co-existence Team” obviously had difficulty communicating with one another and with the local players, but Dvir says this wasn’t a problem.
“We don’t really need to speak, because sport is the international language!”

According to Dvir they would answer: “We don’t know what you want from us. It’s not we and they, it’s us.”
The head of IC, Yaniv Nachmias, elaborates: “It was a chance for us to bring the group here and show that Israel is for peace, and promotes co-existence and tolerance. Arabs, Muslims and Jews can eat and laugh together, work together, train together and be together. These teenagers share the same problems of your average teenagers. They have a lot in common. This programme is just another step towards peace.”
According to him the soccer was “just an excuse” for the girls to get a little inspiration from South Africa and see that boundaries can be broken, regardless of your ethnic or religious background.Insofar as the resistance a programme such as this receive sin Israel, Yaniv reckons those who are against reconciliation “shout the loudest”.“Every average Israeli and Palestinian wants peace and prosperity so that that everyone benefits from it. But, the most vocal are the extremists on both sides,” he concludes.
Our very own Nelson Mandela wrote in Long Walk to Freedom: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
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The true cost of one missing bolt is yet to be determined.
A Transnet Freight Rail train carrying a consignment of coal en route from Bellville to Saldanha derailed as it was passing under a bridge near Fisantekraal on Sunday.
According to Transnet the 25 wagon colossal wreck might have been caused by sabotage.
Says spokesperson Mike Asefovitz: “The derailment occurred on a single line due to a loose rail; which we suspect was an act of sabotage, but this can only be confirmed on completion of an investigation which has been launched.”
There were no injuries, but the bridge was damaged to such an extent that the road leading from Klipheuwel Road to Paarl had to be closed.
The road was still closed on Monday when TygerBurger inspected the scene.
At that time risk and environmental officers were on the scene to assess the damage and ensure no harm was being done to the environment.
Several rumours as to what might have caused the derailment circulated in the air on Monday.
The accident happened near the railway switch, so a few people were certain a mechanical fault at that precise point caused it.
Two people who are a bit wide around the waist even joked that they were walking on the tracks when the train nudged them from behind and consequently derailed.
By far the most persistent rumour involved the theft of vital parts of the track in order to sell as scrap metal.
Asefovitz responds: “Just one bolt holding the track down was unscrewed, so I don’t think anyone would go through that trouble to sell a bolt. At this stage I cannot speculate. We would have to wait for investigations to be concluded. We are certain the accident wasn’t caused by just normal wear and tear on the track, because the evidence would immediately point to that and it doesn’t.”
He adds that it is very rare for someone to wilfully remove parts of the track to intentionally cause a derailment.
“In essence, however, any theft along the tracks becomes sabotage. The theft of overhead wires could result in an accident,” he continues.
“All we can confirm at the moment is that the locomotive was re-railed at 20:55 on Sunday and that it is too early to pronounce on the expected time of reopening the line. Fourteen of the 25 wagons are still on their side and are set to be re-railed by the infrastructure team that is on site.
“Bulldozers are also on site to aid in the cleanup process.”
The road will be reopened as soon as the integrity of the bridge is determined.
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The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has advised the City of Cape Town against approving any development applications within a 16 km radius of Koeberg Nuclear Power Station up until July 2016.
Any development that could increase the population and, as a result, extend the emergency evacuation time in case of a disaster will therefore be highly unlikely for the time being.
Development in Melkbosstrand, parts of Bloubergstrand, all the way to Parklands, West Beach and a large part of Atlantis will be put on hold until the NNR has approved a new Traffic Evacuation Model (TEM).
The NNR has supported the 2012 TEM, but to date not approved it.
Frustrated developers are sitting with their hands in their hair, because virtually every application sent to council for approval has been objected to by Disaster Risk Management, which enforces the stance of the NNR.
The R140 billion Wescape mixed-use development along the N7 which would include housing for about 800 000 people has been put on hold and the Rivergate development near Sandown Road Link received plenty of opposition from Disaster Risk Management since the get-go.
The former falls in the 16 km “red zone” radius of the power plant and the latter lies on the very edge of it.
Rivergate is also a mixed land use development, with a commercial strip on either side of Sandown Road, a business and light industrial area to the north of the commercial strip, and a more affordable residential area south of the commercial strip extending down to the Diep River.
The marketing director of the ASKA Property Group behind the Rivergate development, Tony Clarke, is curious why it is taking the NNR so long to approve the TEM.
“Once there were questions by the NNR whether the area could be evacuated within 16 hours a few years ago, the city was approached by a consultant engineering firm to show that the area could in fact be evacuated in time.
The city had no funds to do that, so ASKA and Milnerton Estates approached the city and said we will fund the study, provided that the City remains the client. That traffic engineering company found that you can evacuate the area well within the period without the introduction of Sandown Road Link.”
This report was verified by an independent study.
Clarke adds that he has no doubt that the area could be evacuated in time, but regardless of this statement, he says that for authorities to block development on the fringes of the red zone is pointless, since one can walk from Parklands to the boundary of the red zone in 30 minutes, never mind 16 hours.
“One cannot quantify the costs as a result of all the application objections and delays,” he says.
Last year the Koeberg Public Safety Information Forum said it would be possible to evacuate the five km zone within four hours and the 16 km zone within 16 hours as stipulated, but this did not take into account the proposed Wescape development.
The city now has until 31 January to submits its action plan with details of mass care centres and evacuation measures to the nuclear regulator.
The NNR recently submitted a report to the City Council in which it advised the city to exercise caution when approving plans that will increase the number of visitors moving through the red zone. It should apparently limit approvals for projects that include retirement homes, schools and accommodation for the disabled. Any developments that would increase the population by 10 % in the north-east of the 5 to 16 km zone should also be discouraged.
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One month after the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) advised the City of Cape Town against approving any development applications near Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, the provincial government paved the way for the development of the controversial Wescape “mini-city”.
The provincial planning MEC Anton Bredell, has recently given the nod to change the city’s “defined urban edge”.
As a result, the city’s biggest urban development project to date could now potentially be built between Melkbosstrand and Atlantis.
According to communiTgrow (a joint venture between five companies) they have applied for the expansion of the boundary of Cape Town by amending the city’s Spatial Development Framework.
Now that Bredell has given the green light, communiTgrow will have to go through various other applications, such as environmental impact assessments, rezoning and subdivision of the land.
Nothing is imminent – developing Wescape might only start in three years’ time, according to communiTgrow.
TygerBurger reported in December in the article entitled “No development allowed: 16 km radius” that the NNR has advised the city against approving any development applications within a 16 km radius of Koeberg Nuclear Power Station up until July 2016.
This is due to the emergency evacuation time in case of a disaster
That means it is highly unlikely that the city will approve a project in this period that is eventually expected to increase the population by 800 000.
Once the exit routes from the power station have been improved, the city could conceivably approve the controversial Wescape development.
One unemployed woman who lives in Atlantis and wishes to remain anonymous says the people of Atlantis have never been approached for feedback regarding the project that will ultimately affect their lives the most.
The lack of employment in the vicinity is one of her major qualms.
“Utter madness,” she exclaims.
Her sentiments are echoed by various companies and residents along the West Coast.
If public opinion is anything to go by, Wescape will have to contend with plenty of opposition before it finally comes to fruition.
The 3 100-hectare proposal will be the first mega-housing development in the city since Mitchells Plain was established in the early 1970s.
The plan is to have it situated between the N7 and Atlantis to the north-east of Melkbosstrand.
The R140 billion project involves 200 000 houses, 415 schools, 370 public service facilities and 15 sports complexes built over the next two decades.
It will mainly be focused on lower income groups.
The population of the area is expected to reach 800 000 by 2036.
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Her whole body aches.
Every determined step towards her goal seems harder than the one before, but she persists.
She breaks down in tears, when utter isolation drives her to the precipice of submission, but she persists.
The frightening magnitude of Charlotte Steyn’s 5 327 km journey haunts her day and night, but she never gives in.
Now, as she approaches the mountain she last saw on 21 March, her body protests and time presses hard on her.
As always, Bloubergstrand’s Charlotte doesn’t know what waits for her over the horizon.
Will there be people waiting for her?
Will she be there in time?
Will the pain pills deafen this urge to stop and rest her throbbing foot?
She walks on.
Just like she did that day when she left her home and her friends behind in the name of charity. Even at the very start she envisioned the end of her journey through South Africa, and now she is only a few kilometres from Big Bay.
To walk through nine provinces and create awareness for nine causes – her goal was always crystal clear.
Eager and admiring people wait for Charlotte at the five kilometre mark. They take on the final stretch of her journey with her.
As with so many curious people before them, she answers their questions one by one.
“Did you really walk through South Africa?” “On foot?” “Were you afraid?” “What was the most difficult part?”
Her story has evolved, but the questions stay the same.
“It first occurred to me that our country might be shaped like a heart and that I should walk within this outline. But then I saw it was really a warped heart, and with that came the realisation that the heart of our country needs healing.
It signals our broken society, to be fixed through service to humanity, by chivalrous caring, kindness and loving,” says the 34-year-old.
Charlotte walked on behalf of nine charitable organisations to represent key aspects encountered in life (childhood; education; health; HIV/Aids; disabilities; elderly; human rights; the environment; animals) with an umbrella organisation giveall2charity (www.giveall2charity.org).
She encountered incredible and hair-raising moments along the way.
“I have shouted at the top of my voice a few times during this trek, for survival. Life-threatening situations were for real: near-drowning, an attack by crazed dogs, an impassable gorge, a most precarious way along the cliffs above the ocean, dehydration, exhaustion, isolation,” she continues.
In the quiet stretches of dust and mud she also had epiphanies.
“I’ve realised how powerful one’s mind is, and that determination is key, but without a sense of direction, it means absolutely nothing.”
At the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga she was certain people would shed their negativity and appreciate the country once again if they could see what she saw.
At God’s Window she saw God reading books written by humans and commenting about it to His angels.
“I try to compress all the experiences, trying to convey the meaning of this journey, but there is still much to embroider on. A lasting image was created by a young child, early one Saturday morning as I walked past another informal village.
“This girl child had a two litre Coke bottle, the cap unscrewed, with some fake hair pushed inside. The child nurtured the bottle as if a real doll.
“When she waved at me and then hugged the bottle, again it was clear that love is what we have in common. Life consists of feeding hunger and fulfilling a hunger for love.”
There were moments when Charlotte wanted to crawl into a little ball and weep under a desolate tree until she had the strength to carry on.
Walking through barren parts of the Northern Cape redefined the word “solitude” for her.
When a car stopped in front of her, when no-one was around, her heart quivered, but nothing untoward ever happened to her.
Her journey was blessed all the way.
The people she met will live with her forever, and when TygerBurger asks her if she could name a few people who left a lasting impression on her she was overwhelmed by hundreds of names and nameless faces.
On Sunday her journey ended at Big Bay, but in her mind she is still walking.
It isn’t impossible that in her mind Charlotte will be walking through South Africa for the rest of her life.
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The disbelieving masses stare up into the sky and marvel at the jaw-dropping aerobatic manoeuvres.
The highly skilled pilots dive in unison, soar into a loop and then barrel-roll until their aircraft almost stalls.
Everyone bar the pilots gasps.
Who are those crazy guys?
TygerBurger interviewed one of the six South African pilots who have been selected to fly in the newly formed Red Bull Aerobatics Team of China.
It is curious that Scott Ternent (34) from Milnerton doesn’t sound insane when one speaks to him.
“You try and keep it safe and stick to your capabilities, but you often hit a bit of turbulence and end up really close to the other aeroplane. That’s when you rely on your skill to manage the situation quick enough and not fly into the other aeroplane,” he laughs.
Ternent was over the moon (probably doing a loop of some kind) when he heard he was selected as one of the six South African pilots to fly in the Red Bull Aerobatics Team of China.
“I’m still pinching myself, because I’m actually living the dream. It sounds very clichéd, but it’s exactly what it is. We all dream of doing what we love and now I’m part of a really cool team as well!”
The team, started by Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Wei, is flying four XtremeAir XA42 aerobatic aircraft, painted in the Red Bull China colours. They will be performing on the international air show circuit.
This high g-force experience will keep Ternent grounded, because his passion is his fulfilment.
“I’ve been flying for 14 years,” he says.
“I got all my training in the Air Force, but even before that, I’ve always wanted to fly. Living on the edge was never new to me. I grew up surfing and racing motor cross. Aerobatics was kind of the next step…”
That’s not a step Scott. It’s a leap.
Just speaking to him about the feeling one gets when the g-forces shoot through the roof is seriously disconcerting.
“G-forces are the result when you change direction rapidly and your body wants to continue in the direction you were going. The blood in your head wants to end up in your feet! If you are not working hard enough to keep it in your head then you will black out.”
These pilots tense up their lower bodies before they go into a tricky turn in order to prevent this from happening. They are also quite used to the strains of zipping through the air like enraged hornets.
A passenger would in all likelihood pass out at the most convenient moment, i.e. right at the beginning.
For someone who stares improbability in the face it is hardly surprising that Ternent becomes, in effect, addicted to the adrenaline.
“I can never understand why people do drugs, because there are so many other ways you can get a high! In December I’m doing an advanced freefall course, doing some skydiving, because that is just how I am. I’m always looking for something new.”
The most surprising revelation is when Ternent says his mother is very proud of him!
In the end, regardless of anyone’s preconceptions, these men deserve all the credit in the world.
Local film-maker, Hilton Mundy, will be filming a documentary following the South African pilots as they form their team and fly these high performance aerobatic aircraft. A dedicated website has been built for the film, which includes full pilot bios and a sneak preview video of the launch of the team (www.artofformation.com).
Hilton concludes: “This is a great opportunity to showcase some of South Africa’s top aerobatic pilots in a film that will focus on the skill, commitment and discipline that these pilots undergo each time they strap themselves into the aircraft.”
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Every now and again something spectacular happens.
Many people miss these fleeting and enchanting moments, but none of them was at the Ostrich Range on Saturday.
It was impossible not to be captivated by the colour explosions.
And underneath the blue and orange and green and pink there were care-free humans!
More than 6 000 adults, teenagers and toddlers made their way to the venue near Melkbosstrand to party and paint their hearts out in the FedGroup Colour me Crazy 5 km Run and Colour Fest.
Their immaculate white attire temporarily glowed in the warm sunlight and then tons of powder paint blotted out the sun.
Soon people gathered at the starting line in anticipation for the “paint stops” along the way. Once there the staff declared war on the masses and bombarded them with enough paint to thoroughly depress the prolific Picasso.
Just a few paint stops later and even mothers would not be able to recognise their own children.
Then the music festival began and people bathed in hypnotic tunes until late.
Once home, they bathed again.
And again.
And finally, the only thought that lingered longer than the paint on one’s pants was how cool it would be if every day was a festival of colours.
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The crowd gave a half-hearted applause when the Hip Hop crew “Lil Shifterz” from Melkbosstrand was introduced.
As the crew walked onto the stage one of the members, 12-year-old Juan-Marc Loretz, was slighty terrified while another, 14-year-old Justin de Nobrega, was quietly confident.
In the back of the hallway the six-member crew’s coach Rudi Ward came face-to-face with the reality of the situation.
These kids were just moments away from winning the junior division at the South African Dance Hip Hop Championships.
“Don’t mess this up guys… just focus,” he thought to himself nervously.
The owner of Dance United School of Dance, Liezl Künz, felt particularly jittery. Not only did the crew represent her dance school but her son, Luc, was also on stage.
“The Lil Shifterz are not well known in the Hip Hop circles,” elaborated Liezl.
Would they surprise the audience?
Well, it took the crowd just 10 seconds to lose it.
“The audience all stood up during the routine and cheered them along! It was amazing,” said Liezl proudly.
“One could see what the cheering did to the children. They were so chuffed. The energy in their routine came from the audience, and the result was there for all to see. Simply outstanding!”
The first-timers blew everyone out of the water when they were crowned junior South African champions at the prestigious event.
Says Rudi: “I was shouting my lungs out and when they won I just ran backstage and hugged them. I was so happy! All those hours of practice paid off.”
Now, if they can raise the neccessary R30 000 per dancer, they will be heading to Las Vegas in August to compete in the World Championships.
Their coach experienced this honour himself a few years ago and knows what it will take to make an impression on the world stage.
Liezl attributes the crew’s success to the hard work and determination of each member, and of course, Rudi’s inspired choreography.
When he took on the responsibility of coaching the youngsters in December last year they were just a group of dancers with potential.
Now they are ready to take on the world.
Liezl, who has seen the effect dancing has had on her own son, cannot emphasize the importance of hip hop enough.
“The children have developed unbelieveable coordination. In a usual dance technique there are a certian amount of moves every eight seconds. In hip hop everything happens three times faster. It stimulates a child’s brain and it triggers their concentration levels tremendously. My child’s schoolwork has improved in leaps and bounds.”
Considering the incredible number of hours these children put into their routine, their achievement becomes even more noteworthy.
Thanks mainly to Rudi’s inspiration and the members’ perspiration, Lil Shifterz has now shifted stealthily into the spotlight.
And when they pounce, Las Vegas will know it.
The Dance School will be having a fundraiser “Sport Quiz” event on 6 June in Melkbosstrand where there will be great prizes to be won. Of course, most will attend on the pretence of competing in a sport quiz, when in actual fact they just want to see the Lil Shifterz.
More about the fundraiser will be published in TygerBurger closer to the event.
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