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One of the major economic powerhouses along the western seaboard, the Chevron Refinery, is facing one of its biggest challenges in recent memory.
How will they stay economically viable if Burgan Cape Terminals is allowed to open a fuel storage and import facility at the harbour?
Burgan has already received its licence from the National Energy Regulator (Nersa), but the company is still waiting for the results of an environmental impact assesment (EIA).
Both Burgan and Chevron South Africa are waiting anxiously.
TygerBurger spoke to Nobuzwe Mbuyisa, chairperson for Chevron and the South African Petroleum Industry Association, about how this decision could impact the Milnerton refinery.
Over the years the refinery has taken a large dose of criticism from the local community, mostly for their pollution concerns, but the company’s economic benefits remain conclusive.
If Burgan is given the green light and if no import regulations are placed on them, then Chevron will suffer.
“If the refinery becomes economically unviable we’re looking at 500 direct and 13 000 indirect jobs lost,” says Mbuyisa.
“We’ve also got skills development programmes earmarked for the local community and we work closely with the library at the primary school in Dunoon and a laboratory at Bosmansdam High School.”
Mbuyisa admits Chevron is indeed fighting for its own survival, so to speak, but that the potential negative effects on the greater scheme of things could be devastating for South Africa’s manufacturing industry as a whole.
“South Africans have more to lose than Chevron. Every winter we run out of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) because of a limited import infrastructure, so refineries play a very big role in supplying LPG. The closure of even one refinery will have a significant impact on the LPG market. Many industries rely on this market and this could result in a chain reaction going forward,” she explains.
The refinery also apparently produces sulphur as a by-product, which is then used as fertiliser.
“So if we stop producing it, sulphur would have to be imported from another country, which creates jobs there and not here,” elaborates Mbuyisa.
Chevron has contested the licence given to Burgan, a company that would be in direct competition with it.
Burgan has queried Chevron’s stance, and questioned their opposition.
Mbuyisa, in turn, says Chevron has no issue with healthy competition, as long as it serves the greater good of South Africa’s socio-economic challenges.
The latter fears Burgan might flood the market with an unlimited amount of clean imported fuel, which could potentially have devastating effects for Chevron.
“We are very concerned about this decision to grant them a licence. Nersa should take appropriate action now to prevent an unwanted future,” she stresses.
Much depends on the outcome of the EIA, which in this case solely focuses on the socio-economic environment.
All Mbuyisa’s concerns will be taken into account by the authorities.
If Burgan is allowed to operate from the harbour after the EIA, then Chevron hopes the imports will be carefully regulated.
If this doesn’t happen then Chevron will, according to Mbuyisa, be unable to make up for their major recent investment in the Milnerton refinery.
“During the current shutdown, we have spent R451 million in 45 days alone. This is not including the one billion rand that we have spent on fixed supplies and services.”


In 1984 the Swiss couple, Emil and Liliana Schmid, decided to go on a year-long journey to explore the world.
One thing led to another and before they could count to 713 000, they travelled 713 000km in 30 years through 181 countries.
In the same car!
The 73-year-olds have been the record holders for the “Longest driven journey” in the Guiness Book of World Records since 1998
Love grows strongerIt is therefore no surprise they found their way to Melkbosstrand and Table View in their Toyota LandCruiser FJ60 recently – for the second time.
“We love Cape Town, but the traffic is too much,” says Emil in his Swiss accent.
It was his 73rd birthday on Tuesday when TygerBurger contacted him.
He laughs before he says: “You are the second person to wish me a happy birthday today. My wife was the first!”
Their love evidently grew stronger with ever passing kilometres on their Toyota’s odometer.
“The car is as ancient as me,” jokes Emil, before adding that the engine is still running smoothly, but the body has taken a beating.
Answers to TygerBurger’s questions come quickly, because the Schmids have done just over 250 interviews since they started their journey.
The attempt to ask a unique question was shot down when Emil answered the next without a moment of hesitation: “There are not enough roads in Antarctica! It is also very expensive and virtually impossible to get permits. We live out of a retirement pension from Switzerland and it’s not bad, but not nearly enough to go to Antarctica.”
Most people can only dream of having the funds available to see but one country, and Emil is aware how lucky they have been.
“In Switzerland most couples would buy a house, but my wife and I decided to rather see the world. Then later her mother died and left us some money in her will and then later my mother also died. Since then we have lived off a pension,” he continues.
The challenge of getting enough money to continue their adventure isn’t as big as overcoming insufficient infrastructure, terrorism or bureaucracy.
“In some countries, especially in Africa, the roads are non-existent! And then in Nigeria there is the Boko Haram, to name but one of the many terrorist groups out there. But the biggest challenge must be getting the right visas to travel through the world. Before Switzerland went to the Schengen Visa system it was much easier, but now that we fall under the whole of Europe it can take a very long time to get it,” says Emil.
Into AfricaNow they are heading into Africa once again to see places they have never seen before. One Emil is particularly looking forward to is Ethiopia, since mountainous terrain is where his soul finds peace. For this reason Mongolia has a special place in his heart. Pacific islands are also calling once again, but this time the Schmids want to skip Samoa and Papa New Guinea.
“We have been there before, and mostly when you visit a country for the second time it holds some disappointment.”
The thought of them going to one place every December holiday like “normal people” must be a depressing proposition.
“This time we want to go to Micronesia. It is very small with a few islands, so we hope to hop from one island to the next.”
TygerBurger stops Emil right there and says we cannot steal any more minutes from his birthday. If he had to recount all their immensely interesting stories collected on their journey then they might hold a new record in the Guiness Book of World Records – “the longest telephonic interview”.
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Abby has not been to Timbuktu…
However, she has been to Alaska, Canada and Antarctica, to the antipodeans, Philippines and England.
Sunningdale’s Abby has been invited to go to hundreds of places all over the world and spread awareness about marine biology.
The people in Timbuktu don’t know what they’re missing (the ocean for starters).
TygerBurger published an article in 2011 about Abby, who was about to commence a year-long journey around the world.
She didn’t stop though, she’s still globetrotting three years later.
She started her jolly life as a character in a book written by marine biologist Heidi de Maine.
“Kids were always so excited when they left aquariums, but they ultimately only remembered one or two things. I thought about ways to get them to remember more and expose children who don’t live near the sea to what goes on underneath the surface. I just ended up talking about it and then my husband said I should write a book, with Abby as the main character” says Heidi.
She then realised the best way to market her book, Abby’s Aquarium Adventures, and to create awareness, would be to get a soft toy to actually travel the world.
Along with teaching children about marine life, Heidi hopes to promote marine biology as a career and get children interested in it.
One recipient would post Abby to the next, and while she visits, take photos of her adventures.
These photos are then posted to along with a delightful account written by Abby herself.
It is suspected that these accounts are actually written by Heidi, but TygerBurger’s investigation into this possibility has been fruitless.
“Hi Sea Fans,” exclaims Abby in one of her blog posts.
“I got to do winter in the Antarctic too…thanks to Sabrina! Becs left for warmer weather in the UK and I stayed behind to see what goes on when it’s REALLY cold!! When it’s cold and windy…it’s REALLY COLD AND WINDY!”
Since Abby’s globe-trotting days have started Heidi, has written another book called Predators, in which Abby also stars.
In the meantime, Abby’s stardom is growing. She has received a list of invitations from all around the planet (excluding Timbuktu).
So the sky is the limit for Abby, which is good because there’s plenty more to do.
“Abby told me she’d like to see many more aquariums opened up in more remote areas, especially in countries where people are over-exporting fish,” says Heidi.
“She is particularly perturbed by the ships in Japan that just go out to kill a lot of sea life and then leave half of the catch in the sea. She wants to educate everyone!”


A year and a half ago Sandrift East’s Angus Kerr (18) was told he had 24 hours to live.
A lot has changed since that ominous day.
For one, it has recently been announced that he is a joint winner of Lead SA’s Youth Hero award.
“I was speechless when I heard,” says the Tafelberg High School learner.
Lead SA spokesperson Sheyaam Hill says Angus is a “special young man”.
“Angus is a cancer survivor whose brave work with cancer patients earned him the title. He, along with other ‘Warriors’, visit paediatric wards across Cape Town with the aim of cheering up children fighting the aggressive disease. Angus is on a mission to put a smile on someone else’s face, to create – if only for a few minutes – a space in which the young patient can forget the cancer and enjoy the things many of us often take for granted.”
Gone was the carefree, selfish boy who loved playing sport.
That day the new Angus was born – a fighter, a motivator and a philanthropist.
“There were times when I was very depressed. I was basically alone for eight months. I needed to talk to someone who also went through this type of treatment,” he tells TygerBurger.
On 1 January last year Angus returned from holiday and complained about shortness of breath and bad eyesight. That night numerous tests were performed on him in hospital and the next morning he woke up to the teary eyes of his family.
The diagnosis hit him like a bombshell.
“Only 30 % of my blood factory was working. Everybody around me was crying so I just had to stay positive. It was definitely the worst day of my life.”
Eight months of chemotherapy, hope and determination has since lead to his leukaemia going into remission, but his battle is far from over.
One lonely and despondent cancer patient is one too many, according to him.
“I want to be that person who I never had. I want to motivate others,” he says.
Last year September he started the organisation “Angus Warriors: Teens with Cancer” and since then more than 60 cancer patients have benefited from the group of volunteer cancer survivors.
It’s not an easy mission and Angus knows it. He used to go to the bathroom to cry, so that his parents wouldn’t see, and got rid of his aggression by hitting a punching bag.
“I know what they’re feeling, but I maintain that before the day is out I will make them smile.”
It’s no surprise that Angus wants to be a motivational speaker one day.
In the meantime he strives for smiles, and in doing so, he shows the whole world that good deeds come in droves.

Counting coins



More financially savvy than an accountant! More thoughtful than a theorist! Able to stack his one rand coins as high as tall buildings!
Is it a nerd? Is it in vain? No! It’s OneRandMan!
The mysterious superhero known as the OneRandMan lives in Century City.
If you haven’t heard of the OneRandMan, where have you been?
His identity is being kept under wraps for good reason, since keen members of the public would crowd him out of his own home if they knew where to find him.
This month Sanlam has initiated a social experiment to coincide with July (National Savings Month).
So, if the analogy of the caped superhero is taken further, then this Superman gets his power from “Sunlam”.
His Kryptonite is debt.
The social experiment entails the OneRandMan’s entire salary being paid to him in one rand coins.
Every single expense is now being paid with a stack of one rands.
A huge pile goes to his credit card debt and another to his car payment. Seeing the sheer number of coins leaving him in droves is eye opening.

Where once he had a mountain of riches, he is now left with but a molehill.
His free time has also become rather precious.
One interview is followed by a video shoot, followed by another interview, followed by a dentist appointment.
TygerBurger contacted him just after the latter, which thankfully for the dentist, the OneRandMan’s medical aid paid.
“I must have been in at least 30 interviews this month! The media has definitely kept me way too busy,” he laughs.
Sanlam approached him because he fitted the profile of the person they would want to be the face of the experiment.
“I immediately came on board, but I never knew what I was letting myself into,” he says.
He is, nonetheless, not sorry for being part of something so memorable.
“Just last night I took my girlfriend on a date and had to pay the bill in one rand coins. The waiter’s face was priceless.”
He has learned many lessons in this adventure, the most important being that one should truly understand the value of money and realise the importance of savings.
The mysterious OneRandMan has had to come to terms with fame and responsibility. People approach him and say they recognise him as the OneRandMan.
All he can do in such a situation is smile and nod his head. His public persona will soon be just a memory, but the OneRandMan hopes that from next month he will eat less pizza and hopefully have more than R200 left five days before pay day.
If the OneRandMan can do it, so can we!



Six Melkbosstrand National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) members braved misty weather and rough seas last Wednesday night to save two fishermen off the Elands Bay coastline.
The extraordinarily dedicated NSRI volunteers finally managed to bring the fishermen home at 06:00 Thursday morning, just in time to take a quick shower and get to work.
NSRI Melkbos’ station commander, Rhine Barnes, was joined by crew members Bruce Sandmann, Louis Roux, Hein Kohne and first-timers Mardi Valke and Dalene Erasmus when they left for Elands Bay.
Accompanying them was Marnette Meyer, who took a couple of photographs of the rescue.
The volunteers drove to Elands Bay with their rescue boat Spirit of Vines and arrived there at 21:00.
The fishermen, aged 73 and 45-years-old, first alerted rescue services of their predicament by cellphone.
Their 25 horse powered motor lost died on them somewhere near Elands Bay. The only info they had was that the water was about 20 meters deep and they could barely spot an orange light on the coast. The mist were getting heavier and the waves increasingly choppy.
The NSRI and the local police had lost radio contact with the fishermen, so rescue services had to try and figure out where the fishermen were most likely to be.
According to Barnes the freezing cold fishermen were finally spotted about a mile off the coast, when one of the NSRI searchlights reflected off one of the fishermen’s jackets.
After the rescue the Spirit of Vines had to go all the way to Lambert’s Bay for recovery. At 03:00 she reached Lambert’s Bay and then three hours later they finally got back to Melkbosstrand.
Concludes Barnes: “It was the first operational call for Mardi and Dalene and they did exceptionally well!”
The two thank everyone who had a hand in the rescue.


The people who find themselves “shunted” to Wolwerivier over the next few years will seemingly have to make do without vital services and infrastructure.
This statement by Wolwerivier Action Group’s (WAG) chairperson, John Taylor, is all the public can go on for now after the media was excluded from attending a stakeholders meeting about the Wolwerivier development last week Thursday.
“Our immediate concern is the undertaking given by the City of Cape Town to provide all the necessary infrastructure and services in Phase 2,” he explains.
“During the meeting it became clear that Wolwerivier Phase 2 is highly unlikely to happen for at least seven to 12 years due mainly to the cost of infrastructure and the planning processes still to take place. When it does take place it is likely to accommodate 5 500 homes with a potential population of around 40 000 to 50 000 people, given the inevitable likelihood of ‘backyarders’,” he cautions.

Understaffed police, shebeens, drug abuse and densely packed shelters will only be exacerbated without essential social services such as playschools, health services, churches, spaza shops, skills development and training and communal gardens.
While WAG has been opposing the possibility that the settlement could grow to 50 000 people, one of their primary concerns has been current conditions Wolwerivier residents have to live in.
WAG wants to create a “stable community” for those who have already been moved from Richwood and those the City plans to move from the Vissershok/Frankdale landfill site during Phase 1.
“This ‘stable community’ ideal is clearly an impossibility for at least seven to 12 years – something that was apparent to any reasonable evaluation even before the City embarked on the Incremental Development Area (IDA) at Wolwerivier,” he says.
Currently there are about 20 families without employment and almost all are living a hand to mouth existence, he says.
“Given their dire circumstances, coupled with the infiltration of drugs and alcohol, criminal activity and domestic violence is certain to rise, particularly as there is almost no policing. Plus about 150 children have no access to schools. This situation will only get worse as more people are moved here,” continues Taylor.
Without the proper infrastructure, Taylor says there is still an alternative route for the City.
“We previously identified Phase 1B of the Rivergate development close to Du Noon as being appropriate for the development of social/public housing – particularly as this was a condition of rezoning. This site affords the perfect location for resettling the Richwood and Vissershok/Frankdale people as it is close to schools, employment, hospitals/clinics, transport, shops and so forth,” he concludes.



The 70-year-old retired nun stared at one of the questions in the K53 Learners Drivers Test.
She knows this…
Next to her a young whippersnapper, who hardly looks old enough to be in high school, put his pencil down and handed in the completed test.
“My, my,” said Cecilia Bailey to herself. “These youngsters are quick.”
Months later, after a whole lot of practice, Cecilia was finally ready to take her Driver’s Licence Test.
Suffice to say at her age, raised eyebrows met her whenever someone heard the woman from Table View was trying to get her licence.
In the end she put all the doubters in their place when she passed it in Milnerton on Saturday last week.
Here is someone who once walked solemnly in the halls of a convent for 26 years – now sitting behind the steering wheel of a Hyundai and taking gaps in traffic when they appear.
“People are so reckless these days,” exclaims Cecilia.
“They treat stop signs as yield signs!”
A lot has changed in the behaviour of motorists since the sixties, and Cecilia would know, because she did indeed drive for two years before she went into the convent in 1967.
“Once in the convent we didn’t even go out, so all my wonderful driving skills just went cold.”
In 1993 she left the convent and only got the opportunity to get a licence again this year.
She decided to take the learners and complete the Driver’s Licence practical instead of just renewing the licence.
“I thought it would be like riding a bicycle, but it was very difficult once I got behind that steering wheel!”
The word “difficult” takes on a double meaning here, as she explains: “I am very tall, so I had to concertina myself just to fit in.”
She gives a childlike chuckle.
“The Austin A55 I drove had gears on the steering wheel and back then there was no such thing as a four-way-stop.”
Cecilia is evidently no slouch when it comes to overcoming obstacles, but as with any great achievement, she couldn’t have done it without the help of someone else.
“Layzelle de Lange of The Yard deserves a lot of credit. I would have never passed the test were it not for her. She’s an absolute star!”
Cecilia found these cones invaluable in her quest.
She found that she is a natural in alley docking, but it took plenty of practice to get the hang of parallel parking.The dreaded clutch-control also took some doing.
“Once you’ve mastered clutch-control you can do anything,” she laughs again.
Layzelle’s support also prepared Cecilia for her greatest nemesis during the test – Cecilia herself.
“The test is not about knowledge, it’s about nerve. You’ve got to have the sense of confidence that you can drive. It isn’t about your skills as a driver, but your calibre of driving under pressure.”
Now that she has her licence she can go wherever she fancies, but she hasn’t driven anyhere alone yet.
According to her this will come in good time.
Perhaps one day someone will see a tall elderly lady laugh behind the steering wheel moments before she puts pedal to the floor and race towards the sunset.
While wearing sunglasses, of course!




As the search for the two missing boys who were swept into the sea on Sunday continues, the possibility has arisen that vandalism could have played its part in the tragedy.
Five boys were playing on a makeshift raft in the Black River canal and at about 16:00 the Table Bay National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) received a call informing them the boys had been swept out to sea.
All five apparently jumped off the raft and tried to swim to shore, but only three made it.
According to Paarden Eiland City Improvement District manager Patricia Tallant, a debris trap near the mouth of the canal might have prevented the calamity.
These nets span the canal outlet to prevent debris washing into the sea or up the canal.
Another one was apparently also stolen recently, so the debris trap is ineffective.
According to local NSRI station commander Pat van Eyssen, a security guard spotted the children playing under the Marine Drive bridge, and later noticed them being swept out to sea.
It is unclear whether the makeshift raft, believed to be empty barrels, came from higher up the canal. If so, the the debris trap might have played a part in preventing the barrels from reaching the mouth of the canal, where the children found it.
Van Eyssen says the origin of the raft will form part of the investigation.
“The kids shouldn’t have been there in the first place,” says Tallant.
“At least twice a month our patrolmen must warn a child not to swim in there. In the summer people swim in there almost every day! None of them seem to realise how rough the water is when the tide comes in.”
The canal is also often used for fishing or as an escape route for criminals.
Tallant says “scrap merchants” regularly go into the canal to remove something they can use.
“Maybe the canal should be fenced off, but that will be expensive,” she says.
“It’s a pity we have to wait for tragedy to strike before we focus on these type of measures,” she concludes.
On Sunday the NSRI’s volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched a sea rescue craft and vehicle after receiving the call.
Provincial government EMS and rescue, the Red Cross AMS Skymed rescue helicopter, police, a police diving unit, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and Cape Town Fire and Rescue divers, Life Care Paramedic Response and ER24 ambulance services responded. “The three survivors were transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in stable condition for observation for secondary drowning. They were accompanied in the care of police and police trauma counsellors,” Van Eyssen says.
Despite an extensive search, no sign of the two missing children have been found and police are continuing an ongoing search.




Canal Walk shopping centre has resorted to random hand-held metal detector checks at entrances in an effort to curb the concerning trend of mall robberies.
Last week Canal Walk shopping centre was hit twice in three days, with armed robbers stealing an estimated R3 million worth of goods.
On Thursday, iPads and iPhones to the value of roughly R1 million were stolen from the Apple store and on Saturday approximately R2 million worth of jewellery and watches was stolen from Harris Jewellers.
The alarming increase in these kinds of robberies, which often involves well-dressed criminals who blend in with the shoppers, resulted in police organising an emergency press conference on Sunday.
Canal Walk has also engaged in “urgent consultation” with the police, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety, security consultants, Business Against Crime, and retailers.
“The recent increase in robberies at shopping centres and stores requires a clear strategy from the police, in cooperation with the centre’s security company. We further need to make sure our customers are aware of what is being done to clamp down on this types of criminal behaviour. Canal Walk has taken immediate steps, increasing security presence and conducting random hand-held metal detector checks at entrances,” she said.
Gavin Wood, CEO of Canal Walk, said that they are taking a “zero tolerance stance” against crime.
Police deputy provincial commissioner Major-General Sharon Jeftha said there was no indication a syndicate is operating in the Cape.
The police have, according to her, arrested 15 suspects linked to mall robberies in the last four months, but apart from the same modus operandi, there appears to be no connection between them.
Robbers apparently focus on cellphone and jewellery stores, especially those close to mall entrances. They pretend to be customers when entering the targeted store, and don’t hesitate if there are customers.
They would take staff and clients to the back of the store, while other robbers would take whatever they can.
Staff and clients are kept in the storeroom while the robbers cleans out the stock.
Herbst said the best way to curb this type of crime was to rely on “cutting-edge technology with highly visible policing and rapid emergency response”.



Canal Walk shopping centre has raised the ire of licensed firearm owners after implementing increased security measures.
The centre’s response to the recent spate of mall robberies has been the introduction of random searches for firearms at security points.
This has upset some licensed firearm owners, who have vented their anger on Facebook.
At the time of writing, the Facebook group “Firearm Owners Boycott Canal Walk”, which started last week, had racked up over 400 members.
“Look, I’ve seen the signs (no guns allowed) on the doors for some time and just totally ignored them along with everyone else. Now the centre is starting to enforce it. I’m actually sick to death of it,” says the founding member of the group, Table View’s John Harley.
Harley’s opinion is shared by many on Facebook and Twitter.
“We’re being painted as the criminals and we’re not,” exclaims Harley.
“This government said that I’m competent to possess a firearm in a public or private place and to use it for self-defence. Now who the hell is someone else to say that I’m not?”
Harley and other licensed firearm holders are now finding themselves in a pickle, because they are also not allowed to leave their firearm in their cars while they go into the mall.
This means they will have to leave their homes without the means to defend themselves in a way they see fit.
Harley says he would grudgingly accept it if Canal Walk followed GrandWest Casino’s example by providing a safe place where they can keep someone’s firearm while the person is on the premises.
But this should only be an option, states Harley, if the centre has applied to be a Firearm Free Zone (FFZ) in terms of Section 109 of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000.
Canal Walk CEO Gavin Hood said Canal Walk has not been declared a gun free zone in terms of the Act.
“It is our understanding as private property we are permitted to implement reasonable restricted entry provided these are appropriately communicated to our customers,” said Hood.
“This may inconvenience some shoppers, and we apologise for this. However, we are sure the majority of customers understand the reason for these security measures.”
In addition, perimeter fencing and improved access control will be installed before the festive season and police presence will be enhanced on site.
“We will also continue to work closely with Century City Precinct security who incorporate number plate recognition at the entrances. In addition to the existing response vehicle, tactical response vehicles have been deployed on the perimeter of the property in the event of an incident occurring. Centre management has also engaged with high-risk tenants to reassess security measures at store-level.”




A domestic dispute escalated to a tense hostage situation and an attempted suicide last week.
It is suspected that a Parklands couple had an argument on Thursday morning, which built in intensity in the mind of the man throughout the day.
Later that night, fuming with anger, he showed up at the woman’s place of work and held her hostage. Two hours later he stabbed her in the head and then tried to cut his own wrists.
Table View police spokesperson, W/O Daphne O’Reilly, says the woman works at a video store in Ashwood Centre, Parklands.
“An unresolved argument resulted in all of this. The man turned up at the video store just after 19:30, probably with the intention of carrying on this dispute,” says O’Reilly.
The man then apparently took out a knife and forced it against the woman’s throat.People who witnessed the incident immediately notified the police and within minutes they arrived on the scene.
A hostage negotiator and the task force were also called in once the situation was assessed.
“The hostage negotiator tried his best to diffuse the tension, but despite being in there for a long time he was unable to,” she continues.
“The man then stabbed the woman in her head and then he cut his own wrists.”
It was around about this time when onlookers claimed they saw flashes and heard bangs.
It was believed that shots had been fired, but the police did not confirm this. However,two stun grenades were apparently used to disorientate the suspect.
Just after the suspect had slit his wrists, the task force swept down on the premises and both the man and the woman were rushed to Somerset Hospital after receiving immediate medical attention. “Everything was over just after 22:00,” says O’Reilly, confirming that the couple are on the road to recovery.
The man is facing charges of assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm.
O’Reilly adds that even though hostage situations are rare in Cape Town, there are always trained negotiators on hand to respond.
Most of them are police officers, so hostage negotiation isn’t their only responsibility.
Domestic disputes and abuse within families are rife, however.
O’Reilly emphasises that there are many avenues a person who feels threatened by his/her partner can take.
“We have organisations such as the Community Intervention Centre and Families South Africa (Famsa) who can help people to resolve domestic disputes. One can also get a protection order, so there are structures in place to help someone.
“People don’t need to suffer through abuse alone,” she emphasised.
The identity of the couple is being withheld until the man has appeared in court.


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.


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.


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, or go to Twitter (@travellingrhino) or Facebook (Travelling Rhinos Project).




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.”



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.












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 and Odwa Dubula from DAFF at Please copy the Coastal Management Unit into correspondence relating to these matters to”



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.”




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.



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.


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.




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.



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.”



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.


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.


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.



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.





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.



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.




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.




“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.






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!



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.


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.


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.





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.


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.



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.



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.


According to an anonymous reader the governments of the world are hiding something huge…
There might actually be two suns!
The reader is also open to the possibility that there might be a large planet somewhere between the Earth and the sun and she’s not talking about Mercury or Venus.
The reader and a friend used different cameras when they photographed the sun recently.
The various images all had one thing in common – a ghostly sphere borders the sun.
What could this be?
The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) reckons it’s a lens flare.
The reader insists, however, that it is much more likely that they’re hiding something from us.
She adds: “It’s been very hot recently and this could be the reason. I’ve been on the internet and I can’t find anything that says something strange is happening! I mailed the photos to SAAO and they told me it’s an optical illusion. How could three cameras have the same optical illusion?”
Most are well aware that suns or planets don’t just drop by the solar system for a quick visit and then scuttle off again, but this newspaper nonetheless thought it could be interesting to hear what SAAO says about these photos.
When TygerBurger told an SAAO outreach astronomer Nicola Loaring that she’s clearly part of an elaborate and globalwide conspiracy, she laughed: “Well, obviously I’m in on it!”
Cape Town Photographic Society’s Detlef Basel clears the confusion up for almost everyone when he says: “We are dealing with a camera flare. If this was to be a new planet the rest of the world would have known about it long ago.”
The reader obviously refuses to believe this.
“This doesn’t make sense what they are saying. For three days I took pics and from three different cameras.
“Also the weather! Why doesn’t anyone want to see the facts,” she asks in exasperation.
Considering that the “other” heavenly body is about eight times smaller than the sun when viewed from Earth, it would either be absolutely massive and far away, or alternatively, as big as the Earth somewhere between our planet and Venus.
Since the “other body” can be seen next to the sun it cannot be a planet because from our perspective it would only be a silhouette.
This “other body” produces its own light so it could be a sun.
However, if there’s another sun in the vicinity then we are already dead according to Isaac Newton.
Loaring concludes: “Light often bends or refracts through the lenses of cameras. This multiple reflection can result in multiple images of the object and other artifacts which is what I think the spot is on her picture.
“It is also common to have ‘ghost images’ or flares when the primary light source is particularly bright.”
She knows she’s got it.
It’s not in the way her gym gear clings to her bronzed body or in the way her genes complement her commitment.
She’s got it because she knows it.
Confidence is what it’s all about.
The perfect body and genes help of course.
With summer reportedly just around the corner (believe it or not), Bellville’s Michelene Adamo spoke to TygerBurger about staying fit, eating properly and the benefits of looking good.
This nutritionist, dancer and fitness coach recently won Ms Bikini at the Mr and Ms Fitness event and was, as a result, nominated to represent South Africa in Las Vegas in November.
The 37-year-old beauty competed against youngsters almost half her age, but she triumphed nonetheless. The expression “run-of-the-mill” simply doesn’t apply to her.
So, ordinary people like you and me might well think we will never look good in a bikini, so why read further – people’s eyes will self-destruct if they had to see me in a bikini?
Michelene, however, reckons it’s not really how you look, but how you feel.
“There are a lot of women who might be slightly overweight, but they are full of confidence, voluptuous and absolutely beautiful. They look stunning! For me it’s all about health,” she emphasises.
As a nutritionist one can expect her to be health-conscious and she doesn’t disappoint.
“Everybody seems to have it the wrong way around. They avoid fatty products, but in my opinion you have to go all natural – full creams, natural fat and stay away from the starch. Meat is very good and is top of my list,” she smiles.
Thankfully Michelene adds that you can spoil yourself once or twice over weekends by reaching for the chocolates.
Exercise is obviously an important part of the equation. Michelene reckons one should find something you are passionate about (such as dancing) and just do it.
The last thing people will do is follow her example and gym one hour a day every day of the week, but then again, most people won’t be representing the country in Vegas.
Hopefully she will be heading that way. problem is, she needs to raise enough funds for the trip.
“The whole trip will cost me about R30 000,”she says. “I’m really hoping to get sponsors. In turn I can market their products, do speeches for them or simply to be ready whenever they need me!”
Michelene certainly has determination on her side.
One gets the feeling that if she cannot go, she wouldn’t let it stand in her way of getting people to feel better about themselves.
She concludes: “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong. My passion is dance and nutrition… and through my passions, I desire to inspire others to live their best life!”
Now, for a change, she is depending on others to help her make an impression on a global stage.
Die liggaamsbouer trek sy pienk voorskoot aan. Vanaand gaan die skaapboud práát!
Die gehoor? ’n Fraaie nooi van Brackenfell en duisende Kêrels wat Kook-aanhangers.
In kykNET se gewilde realiteitsprogram sal Chalene Schlechter moet kies tussen Bloubergstrand se Johan Terblanche, Durbanville se Laurentius Fullard en mede-Brackenfeller, Niell Horn.
Dit gaan natuurlik nie net oor hul spontane persoonlikhede of sprankelende voorkoms nie, maar ook oor hoe goed hulle kan kook!
Die eerste episode van die tweede reeks is verlede week uitgesaai en Johan was die man met die pan.
TygerBurger het met die sportvoedselkundige liggaamsbouer gaan praat oor hoe dit voel om nou in die openbare oog te wees.
“Ek stap maar met my sonbril en hoed rond,” sê Johan laggend.
Die nuwe kykNET-reeks is geskiet in Maart, maar Johan is baie geheimsinnig oor wat die uiteinde vir hom was.
Vanjaar is die reeks uitgebrei na 28 episodes, wat beteken dat sewe meisies elkeen die geleentheid kry om op ’n afspraak met drie verskillende kêrels te gaan. Ná afloop van die drie afsprake, nooi elke meisie haar potensiële kêrels gelyktydig na ’n laaste afspraak: ’n ete by ’n spog-restaurant waar sy hulle een vir een uitskakel totdat sy met die kêrel van haar keuse oorbly vir nagereg.
“Was dit jy, Johan?”
Die TygerBurger se beste pogings om die wenner te ontmasker, was ’n liederlike mislukking.
“Dis ’n geheim,” antwoord Johan.
“Komaan, Johan. Hoe kon sy nie geval het vir jou pienk voorskoot nie? Dit was jy, nê?” vra TygerBurger weer. “Julle sal maar die program moet kyk,” hou hy vol.
Die gespierde kêrel van Bloubergstrand glo die belangrikste ding was om die kykers te laat lag – vandaar die pienk voorskoot.
“Ek word gespot oor die voorskoot op Facebook! Maar meeste het daarvan gehou – veral die ouer tannies,” verduidelik hy.
Johan het al sy sjarme gebruik op Chalene, maar sy het bietjie baie gepraat, grap hy. Gelukkig het dit tot gevolg gehad dat daar geen ongemaklike stiltes was nie.
In vorige episodes het Johan ook gesien dat die meisies deur die kêrels se kaste gaan krap. Hy het toe sjokolades daar weggesteek. Hierdie tegniek het goed afgegaan by Chalene nadat sy erken het dat die pad na haar hart deur sjokolade loop.
Johan het vooraf geen idee gehad van hoe Chalene gelyk het nie en hy het op die kamera voorspel dat sy “’n blondine met ’n mooi lyfie” is.
Die donkerkop Chalene was nie baie in haar noppies met Johan “Nostradamus” nie, maar toe die skaapboud bedien is, het sy hom vinnig vergewe.
Johan reken die geheim vir ’n suksesvolle eerste afspraak is om so veel moontlik uit te vind oor die ander persoon.
Hy het baie geleer van Chalene en haar ander “persoonlikhede”, Candy en Bonnie.
“Candy is die flirty een. Uhm… Bonnie… Er… Ek kan nie te veel onthou van Bonnie nie…”
Kyk gerus Kêrels wat Kook op Donderdae om 21:00, Vrydae om 16:00, Saterdae om 06:00 of Sondae om 21:30.
Die Here se voorneme was om ’n kerk te laat bou vir die Sunningdale-gemeenskap.
Elke uitdaging en elke oorwinning was lankal beplan.
Sy nuwe huis sal 660 m² groot wees en 88 000 bakstene sal gebruik word om die NG-gemeenskapkerk in Braseltonweg te bou.
Die gemeente sal soms geïntimideer voel deur die grootsheid van die projek, maar een wonderwerk na die ander het die taak aansienlik vergemaklik.
Sondag 21 Julie het Hy gesien hoe honderde dankbare mense uit alle gemeenskappe die inwydingsfeesdiens bygewoon het.
Die erf is in 2009 gekoop en die bouproses het middel verlede jaar begin. Saterdag is die voordeur van Rhodesiese kiaat aangebring en toe was die kerk kant en klaar.
Ds. Philip Botha het met TygerBurger gepraat oor hoe die bouplanne een na die ander wonderbaarlik in plek geval het.
“Oor die afgelope jare was daar baie uitdagings. Die erf was teen ’n baie billike prys vir ons aangebied, maar R428 000 was nog steeds vir ons as ’n jong bediening ’n groot klomp geld!
’n Sakeman kom toe na my toe en sê hy sal die deposito betaal. Twee kerke in Amerika het ons ook gehelp. Toe kom dieselfde sakeman weer na my en sê dat die Here wil hê hy moet sy splinternuwe Mercedes SLK vir die kerk skenk!”
Die volgende uitdaging was om ’n verband te kry. Met die finansiële wetsverandering was dit inderdaad ’n wonderwerk om die verband aanvanklik te kry, maar toe moes die kerk ’n manier vind om die verband van R1,6 miljoen te laat werk vir ’n gebou van R2,7 miljoen.
“Mergon Foundation het vir ons R100 000 gegee, so ons het uiteindelik R1,7 miljoen gehad om mee te werk.
“Om ’n bouer te kry wat die taak kon verrig met só min geld, was óók ’n wonderwerk! Iemand het aan ons kombuistoerusting geskenk en Marina Landscaping het amper 60 bome geskenk,” voeg Botha by.
Vrydag 19 Julie het die amptelike inwydingsnaweek begin met ’n dans en ’n bring-en-braai en Saterdag is ’n familie-pretdag gehou.
Die multi-kulturele gemeentelede het nou ná ’n dekade hul eie kerk. Die opwinding was tydens Sondag se diens tasbaar.
Botha sluit af: “Die hart van ons bediening is dat mense van verskillende tale en kulture hier tuis kan wees. Ons droom is om hierdie wêreld meer soos die paradys te maak. Daar was harmonie tussen mense, diere en die natuur.”
On 14 April 1988 and 20 August 2005 fate grabbed the collars of two rugby players and condemned them to lives in wheelchairs.
Along with three other quadriplegics, these two Milnerton residents have been invited by the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Fund (the Springbok’s official charity) for the annual “For the Love of the Game Fundraising Banquet” on 25 September.
During the event that will be broadcast on Supersport 1, they will meet all their rugby playing heroes from South Africa and Australia.
TygerBurger used the opportunity to let Chris Labuschagne (42) and Vulisango Solomon (38) tell their heartbreaking stories, and by doing so, create awareness around this dangerous game.
One day in 1988 during training in a Northern Cape town the 15-year-old lock (Labuschagne) was practising “second phase” with his team-mates.
The coach decided to have one more go at perfecting the technique and from a line-out, Labuschagne grabbed the ball. His team-mates “binded” around him and then, as practised before, he fell to the ground in order to release the ball.
One of the defenders went over the loose ruck and landed on Labuschagne’s neck.

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

At that stage his team-mates were still fighting for the ball, but all Labuschagne could think of was trying to breathe while lying face-down on the grass.
“I was lying on top of the ball. They eventually rolled me onto my back and called the ambulance, but it took them a long time to get to the school due to all the flooding we had there that year.”
He was first rushed to the local hospital and then to Bloemfontein and a few days later to Pretoria, but by then it was obvious that Labuschagne had broken his neck.
He was told he broke some cervical vertebrae in his neck and would be paralysed from the neck down for the rest of his life.
Labuschagne credits his faith and support system of those around him for getting him through this traumatic period.
Since then he has regained about 70 % of movement in his arms, succeeded in getting a diploma in IT Technology and now works at T-Systems in Pinelands, happily married to his wife Natasha.
Solomon’s story to date has been less fortunate.
“I couldn’t believe it when they told me that I wouldn’t walk again … A social worker had to explain it to me. I was told not to worry, because the worry will kill me,” says the Eric Miles Cheshire Home for the Disabled resident.
The scrum collapsed onto the hooker’s neck during a club rugby match in 2005.
One of the only things Solomons can remember right after the tragedy was someone telling him that he “can’t wake up now” because they’re waiting for the ambulance.
Frozen images of the shock on other players’ faces still haunt him at night, however.
He could never return to his job in Epping and after the incident his days have been preoccupied with getting from A to B.
Both reckon it is vital that the public take heed and take whatever safety measures possible for everyone who plays rugby.
Creating awareness is partly what the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund is all about.
The fund implements initiatives to make the game safer and reduce the number of injuries taking place, while also offering help and hope to those rugby players suffer catastrophic and serious rugby injuries. “When tragedy strikes on the rugby field, the Players’ Fund steps in to help our fallen heroes,” says the Player’s Fund’s general manager, Gail Ross.
It currently supports 105 quadriplegics across South Africa.

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

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



Water is no stranger to the yachting fraternity. They do, after all, stare in the face of an intimidating storm and sail through it with panache.
That’s why they didn’t let a bit of flooding get in the way of having a whale of a time at Milnerton Aquatic Club (MAC) on Saturday.
While the wind was howling, the cold biting and Rietvlei once again crept up towards the clubhouse, members celebrated the annual MAC Opening Cruise.
It didn’t all go according to plan, however.
In Roman times, nations went into land battles waving banners to identify themselves and they chanted war cries to intimidate the enemy.
In drier times (remember them?) MAC members used to adopt this ancient tradition to decorate their boats at opening cruises. This weekend they had to make do without fancy decorations. But, there was plenty of flour!
Conservation officer, Pat Downing says: “Eve Howarth told me that, in all her 30 odd years of being a member, has she laughed so much at the antics of the children and Patrick, the groundsman, who sprayed everyone with the fire hose, water pistols and flour bombs.”
The communication officer Angela Gray elaborates on this annual event at the beginning of spring: “It is usually marked by a formal raising of the national and club burgee (flag) followed by a review of the fleet – a colourful tradition that is steeped in more than 600 years of Royal Navy tradition and history, wherein Admirals (and/or royalty) used to review their fleet on special occasions. Unfortunately boats were unable to launch for the sail-past and thus this couldn’t happen.”
Given that the opening of the new season also marked the anniversary of a five-year plan, Commodore Ross Cowing chose to use the occasion to review the club’s achievements by honouring those who had been working towards these goals.
Continues Gray: “Clearly the plan had worked and there was an extensive list of achievements – from MAC having the youngest team in the Lipton Cup for a few years, to boasting National Champions in various boat classes, as well as having youngsters who have travelled the World and represented South Africa at various World Championships in wake-boarding, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. Their achievements are an inspiration to all and have certainly laid down a great foundation for what promises to be another enjoyable and successful season at MAC.”
Downing agrees when she adds: “The Flag Officers pranced around like Neptune’s workers and with such a start to the aquatic season of 2013/14, which was a complete break-away from the traditional ceremony of an opening cruise, the new season promises to be a good one for aquatic sports.”
Go to for a photo gallery of the day.
Die jong seun, wat mal daaroor was om kultoertjies op die trein te doen vir ’n ekstra geldjie, het eendag gesien hoe sy pa verneder is deur die polisie.
Dit het hom heeltemal getraumatiseer en hy kon nie verstaan hoekom swart mense so behandel word nie.
Toe stap hy op ’n keer in die straat saam met sy ma toe ’n wit priester sy hoed gelig het vir haar. Dit het ’n lewensverandering teweeg gebring vir die jong seun. Járe later is hy met ’n Nobelprys vereer.
Desmond Tutu se lewe is net een van die besonderse mense waaroor die joernalis, vertaler en dromer skryf in haar jeugboek Suid-Afrikaanse Helde en Ikone.
Wendy Maartens van Tableview is hoog in haar noppies met haar tiende boek in agt jaar. Suid-Afrikaanse Helde en Ikone is gemik op kinders tussen grade 3 en 7, maar terwyl sy verduidelik waaroor dit gaan, besef ’n mens dat ouer lesers ook iets daaruit kan leer.
Drie en dertig Suid-Afrikaanse ikone is bevry van politieke en geskiedkundige feite en die persone self is eerder bestudeer en hul karakters opgesom in kort en kleurvolle snedes. Meeste van die ikone is welbekend, soos Sara Baartman, Danie Greyling, Koos de la Rey, Sjaka en Nelson Mandela.
Daar is ook ’n paar wat smeek om beter geken te word. “Een verhaal gaan oor ’n anonieme 11-jarige Vrystaatse boerseuntjie wie se pa gevangene geneem was deur die Engelse in die Anglo-Boereoorlog en in ’n konsentrasiekamp naby Groenpunt opgesluit was. Die seun se ma het altyd vir hom gewys in watter rigting sy pa was. Die Engelse het toe die res van sy familie gevang, maar hy het ontglip en kaalvoet gestap van Bloemfontein, deur die Engelse linie tot in die Kaap!”
Maartens kan nie uitgepraat raak oor al die karakters in haar boek nie. Sy vertel ook van Enoch Sontonga, die komponis van Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Dan Nelson Mandela.
“Ek wil vir kinders leer dat daar ’n vonk is wat die Hemelse Vader in elkeen van ons gesit het. Enigiemand kan iets noemenswaardig vermag. ’n Mens moet nie vaskyk in die politiek nie, en dit is wat ek met hierdie boek doen. Dit só belangrik dat kinders die nodige leiding kry oor hoe om mense se optrede te interpreteer en hul eie binnestem te vertrou. Om hierdie rede het ek die boek opgedra aan alle Suid-Afrikaners wat aanhou om die klein dingetjies te doen wat uiteindelik ’n verskil maak.
“Die wete dat my woorde soms wit klippies is, wat ander help om ’n pad in hul eie verhaal te vind, is ’n dubbele vreugde!”
At 09:00 on the morning of 2 February Michael Bierman’s life took a turn for the worse.
He was navigating around the traffic circle of Sandown Road and Sunningdale Drive when the driver of a black SUV bumped into him and raced away again.
At first it seemed like an innocuous incident, but just a few months later the 42-year-old Bierman’s medical and mechanical bills are skyrocketing and his loss of income at his job has intensified.
Now he is looking for witnesses, one in particular, to come forward and ease his pain.
Bierman is in constant agony. A pinched nerve in his neck is making his life untenable with mind-numbing pain in his arms and the medical bills escalate by the day.
The only way doctors can cure him is to perform a R100 000 surgery. Bierman has no medical insurance.
According to him the Road Accident Fund will most likely foot the bill of the operation, but this might only happen in a few months, so he has to carry the costs temporarily.
Between February and August his medical bills have already become unmanageable – along with his life.
“I can’t sleep any more. The pain in my left arm is sometimes bearable but most of the times off the chart. The pain has now moved to my right arm, so I need this operation as soon as possible. I can’t sleep and I can’t do my job any more,” he tells TygerBurger.
Bierman is a freelance film technician and requires the use of his arms.
His financial problems were just exacerbated when he was told that the frame of his motorcycle was also cracked.
The driver of the SUV not only changed Bierman’s life, but then raced off after the accident without stopping.
Bierman has often reminisced the moment of reckoning, so he remembers the day well.
“I went into the circle and wanted to turn right into Sunningdale Drive. As I came back vertical to go out the circle to the left there were about nine cars waiting for me and a car to exit. The next moment from the corner of my eye I saw a black vehicle darting at me from the side and then the car hit me,” he says.
Bierman didn’t fall off his motorcycle, but the bump was serious enough to cause months of trauma.
“The driver just looked at me and drove off! I got his registration number, but it was later claimed by the owner of the personalised number plate that he sold his car before the accident. I will never forget the driver’s face, but I can’t find him anywhere.”
Of the nine cars waiting at the circle the front was a white Opel Cadet. Bierman says this person saw the whole incident unfold and even yelled at the man who drove off.
Bierman never thought of taking his details and now he needs that man to come forward as a witness.
Having a witness could be vital when Bierman tries to claim the money from the Road Accident Fund.
One becomes two, two becomes four, four becomes 1 000.
The power of social media is unimaginable.
After Table View’s Lona Marais (47) was “attacked and assaulted” by a 4×4 driver last week Monday, her husband posted a heartfelt plea on an internet forum.
“If anybody in the Blouberg/West Beach/Table View area knows of a middle aged white male, overweight, with a newish silver double cab 4×4 without number plates, please let me know. If the identified person is the person that attacked and assaulted my wife. I will pay a R50 000 reward no questions asked,” he wrote.
The message was posted on various other forums and soon the “hunt” for the driver was on.
The suspect handed himself in at the police station when he realised the uproar his actions caused.
Since then most media houses have reported extensively on the incident.
It has come to light that Marais and a friend were on a training ride on Perlemoen Street in Bloubergstrand that morning when the suspect skipped a stop sign while talking on his cellphone and almost collided into her.
Marais shouted at him and then he allegedly rolled down his window and started insulting her.
Soon after he got out of his vehicle, spat in her face, punched her arms, twisted one behind her back and tried to force her into oncoming traffic.
“Luckily all cars stopped and people tried to intervene,” said the husband. “But everybody was too scared to approach this guy as he was screaming he would kill all cyclists and everybody else.”
The suspect will appear in court at the end of this month, but the manner in which public pressure resulted in the man turning himself over to the police is noteworthy.
“The benefits of social media cannot be underestimated,” says Table View Neighbourhood Watch’s (TVNW) Gemma Redelingshuys.
This neighbourhood watch has a blossoming Facebook page with thousands of members.
Almost daily someone will report an incident on the page and within minutes people will “be on the lookout”.
Table View Police spokesperson Lt Elizabeth Munro agrees that social media is a “wonderful tool”, but she adds that it presents a new challenge as well – regulation.
“I’m very happy with TVNW’s page because Gemma usually phones me and verifies an incident before it is posted,” she explains.
“People like to add ‘tails’ to stories and their opinions could turn something positive into something negative, so one should be careful,” she explains.

Tow-truck wars

The muddy underbelly of the tow-truck industry has become even murkier by the death of 45-year-old Linley Spencer Summers.
On the afternoon of 15 June, Summers was stabbed and pronounced dead soon after.
The accused, Chris Olieslager (40), maintains his innocence and on 28 August it will be up to the prosecutors to prove that he was the one who stabbed Summers.
In the meantime, Maitland police are requesting assistance from the public to come forward with eyewitness accounts.
W/O Siyabulela Vukubi, spokesperson for the local police, elaborates on the incident: “It is alleged that a container truck and an unknown car were involved in an accident whereby three tow trucks showed up to attend to that particular accident. An argument ensued between the tow truck drivers, after which one allegedly stabbed the other. The victim died later in hospital.”
However, Summers’ brother has also made allegations attacking Olieslager’s character and work ethics.

Olieslager was contacted by TygerBurger to respond to these, but he couldn’t comment under the advice of his legal representation.

He did admit that he is “dying” to comment, because there is “a whole lot that needs to be exposed”.
Summers’ brother, Lance, says that Olieslager threatened his brother’s life the night before the alleged attack.
Another tow-truck operator who wishes to remain anonymous says that the suspicion exists in the industry that the accident was a set-up.
Hearsay, suspicions and accusations are all that TygerBurger has to go on at this stage.
The police, the legal teams and this newspaper are looking for proof.
What is certain is that both the tow-truck companies Summers and Olieslager work for arrived at an accident scene at the Koeberg interchange in Maitland on 15 June.
Summers was there with his child and it is alleged that Olieslager stabbed him after an altercation.
According to Lance, Summers’ son was in the car when he heard an argument break out between his dad and Olieslager.
The child did not see his father get stabbed, but when he heard that someone was injured he allegedly saw Olieslager walk away from the scene and put a knife back into his pocket.

Lance continues: “I had a conversation with the accused the night before. He told me that my brother put out a contract on his life of R200 000. This was later denied to me by the person who was apparently funding this hit. That night the accused threatened to kill my brother.”
Olieslager and an accomplice then handed themselves over to the police. After Olieslager appeared in court he was given bail of R2 000. The next court date is 30 August.
Lance is not certain if the death of his brother is connected to a territory battle between the tow-truck operators.
He concludes: “In 1998 there were 35 tow-truck companies operating in the CBD. Now there is only one – Urban Towing. I’m convinced that Olieslager has contacts in high places.”
The operator who wishes to stay anonymous says that the tow-truck industry is cut-throat. The person adds: “It is vital for the public to be educated. If they are in accident they must insist on signing a document with the price of towing on. They must remember that there is a limit some insurance companies will pay. I know of operators who will charge up to R7 000 to tow a vehicle. The towing industry does not have a good reputation. It’s very sad.”
Summers is survived by his wife Karen and children Chandré, Joshua and Zara.
His family placed an advertisement which reads: “A smile for all, a heart of gold. One of the best the world could hold. Never selfish, always kind, what a beautiful memory you left behind. One last hug daddy from Zara. We love and miss you.”
“We are maxed out. I have an over-sized sail and it is super-hard to hold down. The other guys are on a slightly smaller kit and they’re loving it, thinking ‘This kid is finished’!”
Somehow on the last mark Mitchell Wagstaff manages to pull a sweet inside move.
“I was blowing foul, but I managed to take the wind from the guy just below me! That was it, I was just holding on with everything I had and just hauling butt to the finish line!”
The 20-year-old South African champion has had many unlikely victories in his thriving career, but there’s nothing unlikely about his shot at windsurfing stardom.
The Port Elizabeth boys might choose to differ, but if they can’t win when windsurfing at home then their opinion doesn’t really carry much weight.
“Winning there was mindblowing. They weren’t expecting that one at all,” laughs Wagstaff.
He competed in three championships in South Africa this year before claiming the crown of fastest windsurfer.
It was almost inevitable when considering his dedication and sheer talent.
His journey started on the motocross track, but by the age of 11 he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“Motocross became a bit expensive for me and since my farther’s been windsurfing for 21 years I decided to join him one day. I had no idea what I was trying out and I got absolutely destroyed, but that was when it all started,” he remembers.
Fate would have it that motocross’s loss was windsurfing’s gain. More particularly the slalom division’s gain.
“Slalom is just a race discipline. The standard is known as “downwind slalom” where you zig-zag your way downwind.
“We synchronise four minutes and then an imaginary gate opens, so you could be 20 feet back or right on the line when it starts. It’s very much about skillful tactics.”
When asked to elaborate on these tactics, Wagstaff first touches on “positioning”.
Basically one should always try to be upwind of one’s opponent, who might as a result be slowed down by “spin-off” (turbulence). Another tactic involves the turn, or the “gybe”.
The master-gyber explains: “You can choose different lines, but your goal is to enter the buoy really high and exit on the buoy so that there is no space for anyone else to get in.”
He sometimes trains with his nemesis and friend, Sunset Beach’s Peter Lumley, but when he just wants to relax he goes for a bit of wave sailing off the coast.
“The slalom is more meticulous and edgy, but when I go wave sailing it’s just me and the wave.
“Rig up my smaller sail, go 10 to 15 feet in the air and the wave disappears beneath you.
“When you’re up their you’re hovering you just manage to pull in this little forward loop and do a quick roll and sail away with a big smile on your face.”
He has been invited to participate as a wildcard in the Professional Windsurfer Association’s World Windsurfing Tour in Turkey from 19 to 24 August.
He has also been invited to represent South Africa in the 2013 Mauritius Indian Ocean Championships.
Go to for audio/visual material about Wagstaff.

For more info go to his Facebook page “MitchwagstaffSa1111”.
This year a pastor from Table View will aim to break eight world records, organise a massive flash mob and, quite astonishingly, read the entire New Testament in one sitting.
That wasn’t a typo.
What’s more, he will be reading the New Testament to a hip-hop beat that schoolchildren from all over Cape Town will be beatboxing.
Durbanville school kids are apparently keener than anyone.
Lukas Korff (aka Miracle Cuzzy) is ultimately trying to spread the Word of God in a way that teenagers can relate to.
In order to raise funds and create awareness of this massive undertaking, Korff will hold a series of astounding feats to go with his previous world records.
On 12 July he will be attempting a “Beat-Box Ultra Marathon” for 10 hours; on 13 July he will be trying to break the Mitt Boxing Speed World Record; on 29 July he will go for the “most catches of a golf ball at 100 metres” (which is currently six); after which he will be attempting a Boxing Mitt Ultra Marathon of 10 hours on 31 August; the fastest round of golf (with a putter nonetheless!) on 30 September; the most 100 metre chips on a golf course on 4 October; and finally the most 100 metre putts on 17 October.
Lo and behold, on 26 October he will be reading the New Testament in 17 hours!
The “who, what, where and when” are the easy parts.
The real question is the “why”.
Korff has a ready made answer for this one: “I was the drug addict. I was the man who supplied drugs to my friends. I was the violent, alcoholic, idiot.
“Then I had my experience, my encounter. My miracle. I was in a car accident in Johannesburg and the doctor said I will never walk again. I literally wasted away on a bed of sheep skins. Then I made a deal with God when I asked him to heal me and, in turn, I will make a change in the lives of others.”
He started his journey on the road of redemption when he became a pastor, but it was only after the tragic death of his first wife.
“She had cystic fibrosis – a long and disgusting disease. And then in 2006 she passed away. The next year I hid under covers, sleeping, drinking, on anti-depressants and then in 2008 it was the Argus.”
“People kept telling me, ‘C’mon. You said if you stand for nothing you fall for anything. Take a stand!’,” remembers Korff.
The inspirational pastor then completed the Argus while riding on a bicycle without a seat.
He laughs.
“I stood the entire route!”
Since then he has broken 13 jaw-dropping world records, such as sinking the longest putt (115 metres), punching a speed bag for over 26 hours, and the fastest round of golf with just a putter in 42 minutes (he hit a 250 metre drive that day!)
All these are impressive, but if he can manage to read the whole New Testament in one sitting, with the force and conviction of an energetic rapper, then it would probably take the cake.
Korff gave a demonstration to TygerBurger, but one should really hear it. How do you write to the beat of a hip-hopping beatbox?
“The in-hab-itants of Je-richo where per-ver-ted with sin-and-corrupt, surrounded by a wall so-thick-that chariots raced on top…”
Korff wants people to donate funds in order to give audio Bibles to kids from 100 schools nationally.
There are even people from Pakistan and South Korea who have expressed an interest in the project.
A portion of the money raised will also go to the Gen-X Youth Centre.
To get in touch with Korff go to his page on Facebook or contact him on 061 014 0988.
For the Zapp family there is no tomorrow – there is only now.
Besides their four children, Herman and Candelaria Zapp have populated the present with persuasive inspiration and an astonishing narrative of their adventures.
Thirteen years ago the couple from Argentina set out to see the Americas in their 1928 Graham Paige vehicle.
A six-month endeavour evolved into a 13-year odyssey around the globe, and quite naturally two people became six.
Herman (44) and Candelaria (42), along with their four children Pampa (10), Tehue (8), Paloma (5) and Wallaby (4) have been sharing their unexpected journey with people from all over the world.
Last night they continued this trend at Milnerton Aquatic Club and soon they will be on their way to Namibia and then boldly carry on through Africa.

TygerBurger spoke to them before they gave their final presentation in South Africa.

“We are not special. We are just like everyone else, but we are doing something special,” exclaims Candelaria with a heavy Spanish accent.
“If you have a dream you must not be afraid to follow it. Yes, there are many ups and downs – so many challenges – but you must just go, go, go!”
Herman adds: “We know it will be tricky, but that is what we’re looking for! Adventure, challenges… Every day is exciting, every day we don’t know what will happen. That is what keeps us alive and in love, because we work together to overcome.”
The couple left their whole world behind them in 2000 when they bought an old car from a friend in Argentina and set off to Alaska. They had enough money to last them six months.
Through the goodwill of people they’ve met on their journey, neither the money nor the motivation to continue ever dried up.

After the Argentina-Alaska journey they travelled from La Quiaca (Argentina) to Ushuaia (the southern most city in the world); from the West of the USA, through Canada, all the way to the East of the USA; all the way around Australia; from Oceana to Japan, China and India; and then they finally arrived in South Africa.

They wanted to travel through Africa in a year, but SA was so fascinating they’ve been here for more than eight months!
Candelaria explains: “You have it all here! The mountains, the beaches, the trees… Everyone told us we will fall in love with Cape Town and I was worried about this, because if everyone tells you that then you expect too much and be disappointed. But Cape Town is even better than we thought!”
According to Herman people also told them that they will be robbed somewhere along their journey through South Africa – and indeed they were.
“They were right! But they never told me about baboons! Baboons stole our medicine,” he laughs.

The family has been exceptionally fortunate, since they have never been the victim of a serious crime or illness on their 13-year journey.

When Herman and Candelaria were asked to name one (one!) highlight they struggled.
“One?” asks Candelaria. “I would say the biggest highlight is people! Making friends with the locals.”
Another part of the journey that sparkles with wonder was when the family put the vehicle on a raft and rowed through the Amazon jungle.
She adds that the most difficult part of their travels was that very first day when they left their lives behind.
“Your mind had so many questions and there were no answers. It was very difficult to hear your heart. Everybody else also had many questions. The unknown is scary… We were so afraid and fragile the day we left. But we also felt powerful, because we were conquering our fears. That first day our car broke just 65 kilometres into our journey! I think it was very good that we didn’t return back home to fix it, or we might never have left,” says Candelaria.
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After years of pleading with authorities for traffic lights in front of the school in Koeberg road, Ysterplaat Primary’s personnel had to tell each and every learner that they will never see their classmate again.
They also had to notify 11-year-old Ester Nsenga-Banza’s parents that she was killed by a reckless taxi driver.
On Friday morning at 07:50 children were waiting on the western side of the main road for the traffic warden, Tammy Roos, to allow them to cross.
A teacher at the school, Marisa Meyer, elaborates: “Traffic stopped on the left hand lane and the right hand lane was empty. Tammy stood in the middle of the two lanes and held up her stop sign while the children crossed. Ester was holding her sister’s hand when she walked past Tammy.”
Speeding taxi

Then in dreadful moment the lives of several people changed forever.

Tammy saw a taxi speeding towards her in the right hand lane…
Ester’s sister, Doel, was suddenly yanked out of the way by Tammy.
Both of them – as well as the other learners who watched the scene unfold – saw the taxi pulverise the gentle Ester.
Straight after the horrendous accident the scene teemed with people trying to help.
Ester’s family was notified and they were there in a heartbeat. They would have seen paramedics and two teachers administer CPR on the unrecognisable and mangled ruin that was their daughter.
According to Meyer, Ester’s heart started beating again, upon which her father called out: “Praise the Lord!”
Ester died on the way to the hospital.

A couple of teachers and principal Johann Kruger had to literally carry the grief-stricken family into a room in the school itself.

All the people who saw the accident received counselling and every child at the school was informed of the morning’s tragedy.
A tragedy that should have been prevented according to Kruger.

“I have been urging the authorities to erect a set of traffic lights in front of the school since 23 April 2003. Last year two of our learners were seriously injured on separate occasions! People just refer our request from one person to the next,” says Kruger.
An indent has been placed in the road, a stop sign was given to the traffic warden and small poles were erected on the side of the road.
Kruger says it wasn’t a day before those poles were destroyed by vehicles.
Neither Kruger nor Meyer can understand how a few hundred metres up the road there are two sets of traffic lights (placed within 15 metres of one another) while authorities simply refuse to place any where more than 400 children cross a busy road twice daily.
Ward councillor Bernadette le Roux
confirmed that there will be a meeting that will involve all the role players “as soon as possible”.
Traffic and roads engineers will join her and Kruger and the way forward will be carefully analysed.
She adds: “Firstly, I want to say that it is a disgusting incident! The driver probably knows the area well and he must’ve seen the traffic warden and the schoolchildren! I heard he tried to drive away from the scene were it not for another motorist who blocked his escape route.”
Le Roux also asks whether a traffic light would suffice, since children get run over whether there’s a traffic light or not.
On Thursday morning at 07:15, parents and teachers will be participating in a peaceful protest in front of the school in Koeberg road.
A memorial service for Esther will be held at the school on Friday.
The gloomy overcast clouds cast a shadow over proceedings at Ysterplaat Primary last week.
The father and mother of 11-year-old Ester Nsenga-Banza were planting a tree on the school grounds in memory of their daughter, who was brutally killed in front of the school by a reckless taxi driver on 11 May.
With every spadeful of earth they wept and with every tear shed, onlookers were submerged in despair.
These included schoolchildren, the principal Johann Kruger, senior manager: operating licensing and permits Bernie McMahon, and MEC for Transport in the Western Cape, Robin Carlisle.
TygerBurger reported on 15 May in the article entitled “Traffic light’s high price” how Ester was run down at 07:50. The taxi driver allegedly ignored the traffic warden’s stop sign, barely missed Ester’s sister Doel and then doused the light of Ester’s life.
He apparently tried to flee the scene, but the vigilant community prevented him from escaping.
The taxi driver appeared in court and received R1 000 bail.
The private and public sector jumped to assist the impoverished family with money and other goods.
Representatives of two of these private companies, Stodels and Pick n Pay were also present during the morning.
Pick n Pay donated R12 000 to the family and Stodels R5 000 along with clothing and a Waterberry tree.
Says Nick Stodel, managing director of Stodels Nurseries: “The story of Ester really touched our hearts and we hope in some small way we can relieve some of the financial burden facing the family. It won’t bring Ester back, but there will be a tree to commemorate her life and hopefully this drive will raise more awareness about the totally unacceptable accident statistics caused by reckless driving on our roads.”
Pick n Pay’s marketing manager, Mark Jennings admits that he too found the story of Ester’s death disturbing.
“We immediately knew we had to help the family,” he elaborates.
“There are so many tragic stories and we help so many. This one was particularly sad and horrible.”
John Kalenga, who arrived in South Africa in 2007 from the Congo urges the government to do something for the school before the tragedy is repeated. “I don’t want anyone to feel the pain we are feeling now,” he says.
The school’s principal has been asking authorities to erect a traffic light in front of the school in Koeberg Road for years.
His insistence has, however, been falling on deaf ears.
Bernie McMahon said the provincial government will do everything in its power to avoid a similar incident.
The Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE) is looking to roll out an integrated traffic management system at schools in the province.
This news came after an 11-year-old schoolgirl was killed when she crossed Koeberg Road.
TygerBurger reported on this accident in last week’s article entitled “In memory of young Ester”.
The integrated management system will apparently include a tracker, which will be connected to a traffic light.
The traffic light will then turn red when a car approaches and a pedestrian is trying to cross the road.
PRE’s senior manager for operating licensing and permits, Bernie McMahon, revealed this during the tree planting ceremony at Ysterplaat Primary in memory of Ester Nsenga-Banza.
This system might, according to McMahon, be implemented at most schools.
“It’s no good if we are all here today and tomorrow our intervention stops. Safety is ongoing. Children are the future of tomorrow. We need to roll this out. Ysterplaat isn’t the main focal point,” she explains.
The Safer Schools initiative will also ensure that children are educated on the dangers of crossing a road.
“We will educate the children on an ongoing basis and then they will go out and educate their families and friends,” she says.
A lot of research will have to be done before it can be decided what traffic calming measure will be installed where, but insofar as the other projects go, it is clear McMahon is eager to get the show on the road.
“We need clear signage in front of schools, humps where there should be humps and traffic lights where needed. We are also giving reflector jackets to Ysterplaat in the meantime,” she concludes.
Ysterplaat Primary’s principal, Johann Kruger, has been asking authorities to erect a traffic light in front of the school in Koeberg Road for years.
Several accidents later and it seems as if Kruger might finally get his wish. Until new traffic lights are installed, however, they will have to make do with reflector jackets for traffic wardens.
What does suffering from tuberculosis (TB) and climbing Kilimanjaro have in common?
While scaling the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5 895 metres one might experience shortness of breath, nausea and hallucinations.
These are just some of the symptoms and side effects of TB and its treatment.
A clinical psychologist at Brooklyn Chest Hospital, Leigh Rynhoud (40), will attempt to conquer the mountain in September and raise funds for the hospital, particularly for the treatment of deadly strains of TB.
The Bothasig resident says the funds will be used for two projects, namely visitor transport and a work-skills project.
“I know how important support from the patient’s family is and some of them cannot afford to come for a visit. As for the work-skills project, some of the reasons why people end up getting TB include not eating healthily or not looking after themselves appropriately. To just release them from hospital and put them in the same situation after a year of fighting the illness doesn’t help. They must learn something new,” she explains.
The hospital treats about 250 patients who suffer from Extremely Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB).
In Rynhoud’s professional capacity, she faces a proverbial Kilimanjaro every day.
She has to motivate patients who are staring death in the face.
“During therapy I would sometimes tell the patient to look at Table Mountain. I would say: ‘You can’t wish yourself to the top. All you can do is try. And even while you walk around the hospital grounds, if that is your training for climbing it, it is still training for climbing that mountain’,” continues Rynhoud.
So, in order to raise funds and motivate her patients, she has decided to climb Kilimanjaro.
“It could take a patient up to a year to overcome TB, so my journey started on TB Day on 25 March and will end a year later,” she says.
Rynhoud will be paying for the trip herself, so all the money raised will go straight to the hospital. The success of her journey depends on people out there donating money for a good cause.
According to her, people gladly donate money for cancer or HIV/Aids, but they are not so considerate when it comes to TB.
One of these reasons, according to Rynhoud, is that people tend to underestimate the disease. Which leads to the question, how serious is TB really?
She sums up the problem in her blog ( “According to the WHO, approximately 8,7 million people became ill with TB in 2011, 1,4 million people died and 10 million children were left orphaned after their parents succumbed to this disease worldwide. It is estimated that in the 22 high burden countries there are 10 million people living with active TB. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest proportion of new cases per population in the world. In 2011 it was estimated that there were nearly 30 000 people in the Cape Town metro area suffering from TB.”

To donate go to and click on donate and then on the Kileighmanjaro.vs.TB link.
Nostalgie en inspirasie het Sondag getrou in ’n melodieuse skouspel by GrandWest se Grand-arena. Die uitmuntende Bakgat-Country-Opskop, waarvan TygerBurger die mediaborg is, het die gehoor op hul voete gehad met bekende liedjies deur beroemde kunstenaars.
“Country road take me home’’, “Tiny Bubbles” en “Rarest Flowers’’ was net die regte medisyne om jou ou platespeler en LP’s af te stof, ’n cowboy-hoed en stewels aan te trek, en terug te gaan in tyd.
Die Afrikaanse cowboy, Lance James, het die taak van seremoniemeester verrig en die Musiekwêreld-orkes het verseker dat die vertonings altyd vars gebly het.
Al was die Opskopvertoning gedoop in herinneringe, het Die Campbells gewaarborg dat vandag se country-musiek nie afgeskeep word nie.
Teen die einde van die vertoning was elkeen van die kunstenaars op die verhoog en het hulle gesorg vir ’n uitsonderlike country-klimaks toe Die Campbells en James omring was deur sterre Ricus Nel, Matt Hurter, Wynand en Cheree Strydom, Barbara Ray, Alan Ladd, Billy Forrest, Manie Jackson en nuweling Sulize Bester.
Bakgat-Promosies se eienaar, Christo Booyens, is baie in sy noppies ná nog ’n suksesvolle Country-opskop.
“Dit was die eerste keer dat ons ’n band gehad het!
“Hulle het baie hard geoefen en ons is baie dankbaar vir hulle bydrae. Ons is natuurlik net so dankbaar dat so baie mense opgedaag het. Daar was meer as 4 000 mense,” sê hy.
TygerBurger was die hoofborg en dan het Bokradio, Radio Helderberg en Musiekwêreld in Bellville ook ’n rol gespeel in die skouspel.
Garth Hewitt, WP-Koerante se advertensiebestuurder, het gesê R10 van elke kaartjie wat verkoop is, sal geskenk word aan die TygerBurger-Solidariteit-beursfonds.
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Three words changed Tracey Jegel’s life forever. Three words dumped her into a deep pit of despair and tested her unyielding determination. Three words took her right to death’s doorstep and, ultimately, opened her eyes to life’s wonder.
Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia.
“The doctor told me that I needed a bonemarrow transplant… I was just 19 years old and did not want to die,” says present-day nurse, Tracey.
Back then she thought cancer was synonymous with death, but in her case it had the opposite effect.
It reinvigorated her.
The odds were that she would succumb to a life of hardship and that she would never be able to have children of her own.
Faith, hope and love never consider the odds.
TygerBurger caught up with the resolute Parow resident to get to the root of her enthusiasm.
Since she was diagnosed with cancer, scrutinised by doctors and saved from despondency, Tracey has gone on to win several medals at the World Transplant Games (WTG).
When she crossed the finish line in 2009 and won a gold medal in the 3 km walk for South Africa, one would have been forgiven for thinking at the time that her race only started three kilometres back.
In fact, it started more than a decade earlier when she heard those three words for the first time.
“In December 1995 I was in Tygerberg Hospital and all alone. Then a whole group of doctors and students came in the room and I thought it was a bit strange. So they said to me that the test results were not good and that I have Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML). I thought I was going to die… The more they explained the more I cried,” remembers Tracey.
She was told that she would need a bonemarrow transplant from a relative donor, who in this case was her older brother.
In August the next year the transplant was performed.
She was told that there was a possibility that her body might reject it, so about two to three months after the transplant she went into a relapse.
“The doctors expected it to happen, so they had a ‘boost’ ready, but I thought I was in remission and now it’s coming back… That was my lowest point. I found my strength in prayer and my family, particularly my mother,” she adds.
She was told that the chemotherapy and total body radiation sessions would leave her infertile and, in effect, propel her straight into menopause.
This devastating news inadvertently led to her happiest moment.
A few years later a gynaecologist confirmed that she was pregnant. She was to be the first post-bonemarrow transplant recipient who conceived naturally.
Tracey immediately phoned her husband, Brendan.
“I was like a teenager! I just couldn’t stop laughing! It was a miracle. I gave birth to Matthew (now 5) and then six months later I was pregnant again with Phoebe (4), who was born in 2008.”
Tracey insists that two miracles (in this regard) are enough.
She and her husband-to-be, Brendan, first went to the bi-annual WTG (Budapest 1999), where Tracey won a silver medal in the 3 km walk.
She has competed in numerous WTGs since and excelled in this event. She has also started competing in 10-pin bowling and petanque (form of boules), but now her biggest challenge has become her age – and there’s no cure for that!