Wednesday, April 30, 2008

City cuts cable theft loss by millions

By Tina George
30 April 2008

The City of Cape Town is very pleased with the figures that were announced by the Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Sydney Mufamadi, that the theft in Cape Town was down from R22 million to R500 000 for this financial year.

“This proves that the City of Cape Town and this multi party government is committed in fighting the scourge of copper cable theft and tackling issues head on,” says Councillor Pieter van Dalen, Chairperson of the Copperheads Task Team.

Van Dalen went on to say that citizens should not think that this is the end of them because they have achieved this result.

“We will be strengthening the task team’s duties, make more visits to scrap yards and be more vigilant as we are doing so well at the moment,” added van Dalen.

Cricket South Africa appoints new Proteas team manager

By Henry Booysen
30 April 2008

Cricket South Africa has appointed the Proteas team doctor Dr Mohammed Moosajee as the national team manager after a string of interviews has led him to be the leading candidate this week.

According to Media officer for Cricket South Africa Michael Owen Smith Dr Moosajee is an passionate sports person has his own private practice and serves on many administrative positions within cricket, including being the Chairman of the Highveld Lion and as Director on the board of Cricket South Africa.

When the announcement was made by Gerald Majola CEO of Cricket South Africa he mentioned that it shouldn’t be to hard for Dr Moosajee to fit in as he was already part of the cricket family.

“Dr Moosajee has a great passion for sport, and we believe his experience and knowledge of cricket will hold him in good stead for this position.

Dr Moosajee’s new appointment will take effect from the 1st of June and will last for three years.

Nkosazana Dlamini - Zuma to launch the South Africa-Senegal Joint Commission for Bilateral Commission

By Anele Siwa
30 April 2008

South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will today host her Senegalese counterpart Foreign Minister Cheick Tidiane Gadio, for the launch of the South Africa – Senegal Joint Commission for Bilateral Commission (JCBC) at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

“Minister Dlamini Zuma will co-chair this session of the South Africa – Senegal (JCBC) within the context of South Africa’s priority to strengthen bilateral political, economic and trade relations between the two countries with a view to consolidating the African developmental agenda”, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa.

Mamoepa says to having cordial and fraternal relations, South Africa and Senegal cooperate on a wide range of issues, both bilaterally and on multilateral arenas.

Both South Africa and Senegal are members of the NEPAD Steering Committee and work closely on issues affecting the African continent.

According to Mamoepa this first session of the South Africa – Senegal (JCBC) is expected to, among others classify possible areas of co-operation between the two countries, with particular focus on the following issues:
· Agriculture
· Arts & Culture
· Defence
· Environment and Tourism
· Minerals and Energy
· Transport
· Trade & Industry
· Women Empowerment
· Youth
· Finance (remittances)
· Communications
· Education
· Health
· Sports and Recreation

Senegal is one of the most economically developed states in the West African region, with relatively good physical infrastructure, a relatively diverse industrial sector and a well-educated and skilled work force.

Disabled people receive a boost

By Ilhaam Hoosain
29 April 2008

The struggle against the abolition of the inequalities and discrimination of people with disabilities has received a major boost.

From Saturday, May 3rd, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities comes into operation, while its Optional Protocol kicks in 30 days later.

South Africa is one of the first countries to approve the Convention last year and the SA Human Rights Commission welcomes this turn of events and is particularly pleased.

This Convention will combine all the needs of people with varying disabilities into provisions that the State must ensure is gradually grasped.

Local legislation must now align itself with the contents of the Convention in order to guarantee that transformation takes place for people with disabilities that affect them on a daily basis.

The SAHRC says that it is encouraging that the international community, through the drafting of the Convention, seeks to elevate the standards of living for this vulnerable group, which ideally will result in socio-economic affirming and empowerment for people who have, to a large degree, been isolated in terms of general access. People with disabilities make up the largest cross-cutting minority group in most countries. It is not a homogenous group and therefore, diverse capacities must be accommodated.

They go onto to say that the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, poverty and civil wars, to name but a few challenges faced by Africa has a catastrophic impact on the prevalence of disabilities. It is noted that our sister countries Egypt, Gabon, Namibia, Tunisia and Mali have also ratified and we are hopeful that the rest of African will follow suit.

The Commission is particularly concerned about access to education, health, social security, employment, physical environments and independent living within a broad group of rights that must be instituted in order to fully realize equality for all. Quick action must be taken to achieve and surpass the minimum employment targets of 2% in both government and business.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Eleven suspects arrested for 21 stolen vehicles

By Anele Siwa
29 April 2008

Police achieved a great success over the past long weekend by recovering 21 stolen vehicles and apprehended 11 suspects in different areas in the Western Cape.

According to police spokesperson Captain Elliott Sinyangana the police detectives attached to the vehicle unit get on a joint effort in tracing and tracking down vehicles reported as stolen in different stations within the Western Cape.

“In Khayelitsha alone eight reported stolen vehicles were recovered and the sequence is as follows: One beige Mazda Marathon - Registration number: DCP714EC ,Engine and Chassis number changed.

The second vehicle is a Toyota Hi-Ace white in colour - Registration no: CA 839997, stolen from Stellenbosch. Third vehicle,Toyota Hi-Ace white in colour - Registration number : CA 517234, Engine and Chassis altered.

The fourth one is a Toyota Venture - Registration number: CA 500351, Engine and Chassis number altered, fifth vehicle is a Ford Bantam stolen from Table View. The Sixth vehicle is a Mazda 323 Sedan stolen from Claremont”, Sinyangana explains.

Sinyanga says the Seventh vehicle was stolen in Tulbagh during April Month ,the eighth vehicle recovered in Khayelitsha is a Mazda 323 sedan that was stolen in Kuils River , May 2007.

According to Sinyangana the following Vehicles were found in different areas, like Nyanga, Guguletu and Grassy Park.

> White Mazda 323 -Reg no CA 626309 Engine and Chassis no altered
> Green VW Golf - Reg no CA 542357 Engine and Chassis no altered
> Green Microbus Engine and Chassis no altered
> Nissan 1400 Engine and Chassis no altered
> Blue Jetta Engine and Chassis no altered
> One Blue Fiat Uno - Reg no CA 145574 Engine and Chassis no altered
> One White Nissan 1400 - Reg no ND 514235 Engine and Chassis no altered
> One blue Toyota Cressida - Reg no CA 240593 Engine and Chassis no altered
> One silver Toyota Cressida - Reg no CA 818211 Engine and Chassis no altered

"Due to the fact that some of these vehicle's engine and chassis numbers have been changed, the investigation to establish where the vehicles were stolen from is underway” says Sinyangana.

People who reported their vehicles as stolen can make contact with the Vehicle identification Section, ask to speak to Senior Supt SH Magandela at (021) 9501120.

Argentinean ship in Cape Town for training

By Tina George
29 April 2008

The Frigate Libertad, a sail training ship of the Argintinean Navy is currently in Cape Town until May 2 for a six- day goodwill visit as a guest of the City of Cape Town and the SA Navy.

“Every year this ship makes a big trip around the world with the Argintinean navy members. The main purpose of this trip is to train our last year cabin of our naval academy and to share experience with the South African Navy, “says Captain Gustavo Diaz Duran.

“We train our navy members with practical manoeuvres and classes on board,” says Duran.

Also to participate in the world-renowned training course is, South African Navy Officer, Thandeka Snail who will be joining the ship for two months.

“We are very happy and proud that we will be having a South African that will be joining us,” adds Duran.

The ship weighs 3 765 tons and measures almost 104 metres in length and 14,3 metres across the beam.

Members of the public will be able to visit the ship from 2pm to 6pm until May 1.

The wait for Zimbabwe's poll results continues

By Ilhaam Hoosain
29 April 2008

The verification process of the election results in Zimbabwe's presidential election has not yet began.

On Monday the Zimbabwe Election Commission said that recounting has been completed in five of the 23 disputed constituencies and that the verification of presidential ballots will commence today.

According to the SABC, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says they have been told not to come near the command centre until they are invited.

The wait for the March 29 election result has led to a standoff that has raised fears of bloodshed and drawn opposition accusations that President Robert Mugabe is trying to rig the outcome.

Political analysts say that a win for Mugabe, would deepen the economic collapse of the once prosperous country. But Western powers, they say, are likely to pour in aid and investment if victory goes to the MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Community Information Network

By Ilhaam Hoosain
29 April 2008

Community Notices

Cape Town Child Welfare is seeking people, preferably under the age of 45, to become adoptive parents or emergency parents. Any stay at home mothers, with slightly older children of their own, should consider this way of making invaluable, but temporary contribution in a baby’s life. For more information contact Anne Bruce or Mandy Frieslich on 021 790 2300.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is appealing to Capetonians to help alleviate pressure on the province’s blood supply by attending donation clinics. Any healthy person, especially those belonging to the O blood group, who would like to donate can go to the WPBTS Donor Centre at 22 Long Street, Cape Town or call WPBTS on 021 507 6300/6364.

Animal Rescue is appealing for donations of bric-a-brac, antiques, clothes, books, CD’s and saleable household items for their markets. All funds benefit township and informal settlement animals. Call Julia on (021) 396 5511 for details.

Looking to lose a few kilos and getting fit the fun way? Well then move along to the Salt River Community hall and join Taebo classes which are held every Monday evening from 17:30 – 18:30. The cost of the classes is only R10. For more info call Nawaal on 021 447 8894.

If you would like our community information network to announce your community notice, submit a paragraph detailing the information of your event or project. Send those details to or fax them to 021 448 5451. You can even give us a call on 021 448 5450. Don’t forget notices that can uplift the community in any way- will be announced free of charge.

Mfuleni Police in search of man

By Henry Booysen
29 April 2008

The Mfuleni police department is searching for a man who might be of valuable assistance in a murder investigation.

According to Senior Superintendent Denise Brand the man known as either Andrew or Andrè Tromp cannot be located and latest information is that the man could be driving a white Toyota car which they believe is owned by the murder victim Theodora Billings.

“On Thursday 3 March 2008 at approximately 19:30 the body of a 37 year old male, Theodora Billings, was found in the road behind Blue downs Clinic close to Buttskop Road. The deceased had several gunshot wounds to his body.

They are appealing to the public to help the investigating officer, Detective Constable Bongani Mxoli if they have any information.

The investigating officer can be contacted at Mfuleni Detective branch on 021 906 1380 or 073 5677492 otherwise the public can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

'Card skimming at its worst’- Business Against Crime

By Celeste Ganga
29 April 2008

According to Business Against Crime (BAC) card skimming has been on the increase at an alarming rate since last week. BAC has learnt that the police are closing in on these syndicates and groups involved in skimming.

“It also appears as if there is a marked increase in crimes during card-not-present transactions. It is deemed incumbent on all users of credit cards, and especially businesses that demand credit card details to be provided telephonically to heed the seriousness of their crimes and the risks towards clients,” says BAC’s Annelie Rabie.

BAC aims to highlight this peak in criminal activity to both the restaurant and tourism sectors as well as members of the public.

“BAC in the Western Cape will be entering into discussions with the Commercial Crime Unit of SAPS and Fedhasa with a view to determine what, in addition to awareness programmes amongst players in the hospitality industry, can be done to highlight the seriousness of credit card crimes,” says Rabie.

Monday, April 28, 2008

14 years later - South Africans less enthusiastic to vote

By Rhodé Marshall
28 April 2008

Fourteen years after the first free and fair South African elections not many people are looking forward to the upcoming 2009 elections as they did in 1994.

Bush Radio took to the streets to hear whether the public is as enthusiastic as they were 14 years ago.

“It’s not like… it’s not like the first time now. Yes some of us will vote but they are not impressed like they were since the things that have happened now. People expected a lot of things to happen but the government didn’t make things the way they promised,” says a 30-year-old man.

“I have voted many times already. I’m also excited to vote again, I’m looking forward to it,” an elderly woman said.

“I feel nothing because, we seemed to have been let down by our leadership in various ways,” says a local shop owner.

NSRI appeals to sea users to be very cautious

By Henry Booysen
19 May 2008

The National Sea Rescue Institute is appealing all sea users to be extra cautious while making use of the sea as big swells is being experienced along the coast.

According to NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon they have evacuated their equipment from their Bakoven base as high tide swells push through the base which could result to possible damage of their equipment.

“A main concern is anglers fishing from rocks who are at risk of being swept off rocks by waves that may swamp areas along the coastline. In places the swell is pushing up to 30 foot in height,” says Lambinon.

They are appealing to all sea users to wear life-jackets at all times.

'Water management device benefits all' -City

By Celeste Ganga
28 April 2008

According to City Director for Water and Sanitation Sipho Mosai -since the City of Cape Town installed water management devices, the response by residents to the initiative has been positive. He adds that it indicates that it (the device) offers very real benefits for water consumers, and in particular, those who are poor and indigent.

“This project was initiated because of the increased demand for water as a result of an increase in population, more development spurred by a burgeoning economy, climate changes adversely affecting rainfall levels and substantial water loss through leaks. I would like to assure residents that this device really will work for them, once its purpose and benefits are fully understood,” explains Mosai.

He adds that the device is not a pre-paid water meter, “it helps to save water. In other words, you can set it in whichever volumes of water that you want to receive”. Mosai goes on to explain that it helps you to determine immediately whether you have a leakage on your property- this will prevent unexpectedly high water bills.

City congratulates first 30 film industry graduates

By Tina George
10 May 2008

Thirty Cape Townian film graduates have completed South Africa’s first ever mentorship training programme for the film industry.

The unique one year learner mentorship programme was initiated by F.I.L.M, a non-profit organisation set up by Cape Town’s leading film companies to address transformation and the critical shortage of managers in the film industry.

The proud students received their certificates from Cllr Simon Grindrod, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism.

The graduates, aged between 25 and 40 years, hail from the Cape Flats and other previously disadvantaged areas.

According to David Wicht, owner of Film Afrika, the graduates were all selected for the course because of the talent and commitment which they demonstrated whilst being employed in the industry for two years or more.

“F.I.L.M’s aim is to accelerate career opportunities through work-based mentorship as well as formal accredited courses with a primary focus on production managers, line producers, accountants and assistant directors,” says Wicht.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Cllr Grindrod said that Cape Town was fast becoming the film industry capital for Southern Africa.

“The film industry is one of the Big Five income generators in Cape Town and the Western Cape’s film industry contributed an estimated R3,5 billion to the South African economy.”

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Freedom Day celebrations kicks off in Lansdowne

By Rhodé Marshall & Anele Siwa
27 April 2008

As South Africa celebrates its 14th year of democracy, President Thabo Mbeki addressed thousands of people at the Turfhall Park in Lansdowne.

President Mbeki gave details of the progress made and difficulties faced over the past 14 years of democracy.

He said South Africans can not say they are free when blatant racism still exists within our society.

He urged people to stand together and fight racism. South Africans across the country are celebrating the end of apartheid rule today.

Premier of the Western Cape Ebrahim Rasool was also at the event, praised the president for the vision he has for African renaissance.

Rasool said although South Africa has freedom, it still has difficulties. He mentioned problems such as: crime and the housing backlog.

According to President Mbeki, South Africans are free today because they said: “Enough is enough for the Apartheid regime,”

As Mbeki is approaching his last term in the presidential office, he says much has been achieved in the past fourteen years but a lot is still to be done.

Ski boat experiences mechanical difficulties close to Shelley Beach

By Rhodé Marshall
27 April 2008

The National Sea Rescue Institute says yesterday afternoon they were called to assist a ski boat that was experiencing mechanical difficulties close to Shelley Beach.

“Skipper Herman Kristy told us that although he still had motor power and was in no imminent danger he was unwilling to attempt to bring his craft shore with the mechanical engine difficulties he was experiencing,” says NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

Lambinon says the skipper had 6 crew members on the boat and asked rescuers to take the crew members whilst escorting him to safety.

“Once ashore no further assistance was required and we can commend the skipper for approaching this situation in the safe manner he did,” says Lambinon.

16-year-old school girl goes missing, again

By Ilhaam Hoosain
27 April 2008

Fezekile Teka, a 16-year-old school girl, went missing for the first time on the 7 March 2008, but was then found on 22 March 2008. She has now gone missing for the second time since 7 April 2008.

Fifi or Fezi as she is commonly known, is believed to have been last seen in Sunnyside, Pretoria and it is also believed that she was in the Benoni area.

The young girl has brown hair and eyes, she is of medium height and weighs approximately 50kgs.

“She was last seen in a faded blue jeans, white top, jean jacket and black suede shoes. Her hair is in a curly pony tail.

“Fezi can be noticed with a scar on the left side of her nose,” says Dessie from the Pink Ladies.

The Pink Ladies urges anyone with information to please call them on 072 214 7439 or the Investigating Officer on 011 724 1056.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Titans not resting yet

By Ilhaam Hoosain
26 April 2008

The Titans, just came out from winning the Standard Bank Pro20 title after an exciting victory over the Dolphins on Friday night at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, will now lead Cricket South Africa’s challenge in the international Pro20 champions league.

"The Titans and the Dolphins are the two teams to represent Cricket South Africa against their rivals from England, India and Australia," says CSA spokesperson Micheal Owen-Smith.

Friday night’s success made the Titans the most successful franchise in South Africa this summer with victories in both the limited overs competitions – the Standard Bank Pro20 as well as the MTN Domestic Championship.

It is the first time that the they have managed to win two major franchise titles in one season.

The other trophy on offer, the SuperSport Series four-day competition was won by the Diamond Eagles.

Gerald Majola, CEO of Cricket South Africa, congratulated the Titans on their success.

"On behalf of Cricket South Africa, I would like to congratulate the Titans on winning the Standard Bank Pro20 final.

"They showed excellent form and are worthy winners of a tournament that has captured the imagination of the South African public.

"We are confident that the two finalists will do extremely well in the Pro 20 League against the two top teams from England, India and Australia to be played in the UK in August this year. "

Kite surfer rescued after failing to get airborne

By Ilhaam Hoosain
26 April 2008

On Friday at14h00, the NSRI St Francis Bay were activated following a report from an eye-witness observing a kite-surfer being swept out to sea at Cape St Francis.

“We launched our rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and NSRI volunteers responded by vehicle directly to the scene.

“A 40 year old local male was rescued from the surf, half a mile out to sea, in 25 knot South Westerly winds, and his kite and board were recovered,” says Craig Lambinon.

He goes on to say that the kite-boarder had been swept out to sea after failing to get his kite airborne.

“The man was not injured and required no further assistance after we brought him safely to shore aboard our rescue craft,” says Lambinon.

Argentinean tall ship arrives in Cape Town

By Rhodé Marshall
26 April 2008

One of the World’s tallest and fastest sailing ships the ARA Libertad which belongs to the Argentinean Navy arrives at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday as part of a six day goodwill visit.

The ship is one of the largest of its kind in the world and will dock at the Waterfront until it leaves fir Mauritius on 2 May.

Cape Town is the first stop for the ARA Libertad on its eight month around the world trip and returns to Argentina on December 6.

Welcoming the ship will be Cape Town Deputy Mayor Grant Haskin along with a 21 gun salute from Signal Hill.

The ARA Libertad which was built in 1958 has been in Cape Town thrice before.

Anyone who is interested in seeing the ship can visit Quay 2, at the V&A Waterfront.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Metro Cop who attacked Sea Point resident faces disciplinary charges

By Rhodé Marshall
25 April 2008

The investigation into the Metro Police officer who has been accused of assaulting a female Sea Point resident has been completed. He now faces disciplinary charges which will take the form of a internal hearing on 12 and 13 May.

Constable Lourens Bester became knows to the public after he apparently assaulted Deidre O’Neil on 25 March this year – outside Sea Point High School – for not cleaning up her dog’s faeces.

“Statements had been received from Mrs O’Neil and two witnesses, the hearing would seek to determine whether the force used by the officer in arresting Mrs O’Neil was appropriate.

According to the Constable Bester the action of the woman was a contravention of a bylaw related to cleaning up dog faeces in public places, which resulted in him choosing to arrest her.

Dugmore says WCED is preparing young South Africans for democracy

By Rhodé Marshall
25 April 2008

The Western Cape MEC for Education Cameron Dugmore says although schools could do more to educate learners about democracy, that his department is not failing in the task to do so.

At a debate organised by the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust and Shikaya – a non-profit organisation – discussions took place of how to promote and develop compassionate and caring young people in order to prevent future violence.

“It is important for learners to be politically literate, that is to know and understand democratic processes. The importance of volunteerism, social service and involvement in a democratic society are emphasised, and the causes, consequences and prevention of pervasive social ills such as violence and abuse,” says Dugmore.

The MEC says learners can learn about democracy through the Representative Council of Learners (RCL) who he has witnessed to be students with strong leadership qualities.

“Our learners through the RCL can play important roles in promoting a positive attitude to the school environment. This includes applying peer pressure on those who have no concern for the interests of others and persist in denying others the right to quality education,” explains Dugmore.

Title deeds given to West Bank Residents

By Henry Booysen
25 April 2008

Residents living in council houses in West bank near Kuils River have been given title deeds last night.

According to Councillor Frank Martin the city has been in negotiation with the Province for more than two years and finally title deeds have been handed over to 500 home owners in West Bank.

“Various complaints was received and fielded by the local Housing Department as soon as allocation started. It was alleged the beneficiaries took transfer but not occupation of the houses and immediately allowed paying tenants to move in. As a result, property transfers and the handover of title deed ceased,” says Martin.

He said that the decision to hand over the title deeds after a survey showed that at least 500 of the original beneficiaries were still in occupation.

‘High food prices leading to poverty’ –COSATU

By Celeste Ganga
25 April 2008

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and about 30 other organisations participated in a protest at Parliament on Thursday night against the rise in food prices and the electricity blackouts by Eskom.

“We are starting this campaign to make sure we address the food price crisis that is leading to poverty in many of our communities,” says COSATU’s Tony Ehrenreich.

He added that churches and many civil society organisations are committed to the programme, “we invite other concerned citizens to come out and be part of future protests”.

“Unless we stand together to fight these food prices which we are legitimately able to do, we are going continue to be further impoverished,” says Ehrenreich.

Metro Police Task Team to bring order within their officers

By Rhodé Marshall
25 April 2008

After action has been taken by the Metro Police Task Team to improve service delivery and order within the Metro Police, all 694 officers recommitted themselves to their code of conduct.

As of 1 May 2008 Metro Police officers are obliged to wear name badges when on duty, they will undergo a physical training programme and retraining in their various departments will be ongoing.

City of Cape Town Manager, Achmat Ebrahim says while training will be taking place, at the same time internal investigations and disciplinary hearings where officers are charged with breaching the code of conduct or other rules will be speeded up.

“The signing of the one page pledge is compulsory and copies have been provided to each one of the 694 officers. The Metro Police force is currently focussing on getting the basics right in terms of discipline and proper financial and governance performance,” says Ebrahim.

Ebrahim who also heads up the team says that there are no quick fixes to dealing with the unpopular Metro Police but he wishes to appeal to Capetonians to bear with the task team while they are addressing ‘deep rooted problems'.

Man arrested for murder of police reservist

By Rhodé Marshall
25 April 2008

Police say that a man has been arrested for the murder of 21-year-old reservist constable, Ernestine Verone. The 33-year-old suspect was taken into custody Friday morning in Kewtown Athlone.

He is appearing in court on Tuesday – facing charges of murder and attempted murder.


Two dead in shooting incidents in Athlone

By Henry Booysen
23 April 2008

Two shooting incidents in Athlone have led to two people being fatally wounded in Athlone.

According to Police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn in the first incident a 18 year old female was fatally wounded in the head while she and a friend was standing at a informal structure in Lourie Road in Bridgetown, Athlone.

“It is alleged that a single shot from an unknown origin was heard, wounding the female victim in the head. She passed away on the scene,” says Steyn.

Three men on the scene were taken in for questioning and a case of murder was opened.

In another incident in Athlone a 21 year old police reservist constable and a friend were attacked while sitting in a station VW Jetta in Kudu Street.

“Several shots were fired at the vehicle by unknown person or persons during which the female was fatally wounded in the head. Her friend sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was taken to hospital in a serious condition.”

Police have opened up a case or murder and attempted murder and anyone with information can contact Athlone Police Station on (021) 697 9238.

Community Information Network

By Rhodé Marshall
25 April 2008


# Tape Aids for the blind is urgently in need of volunteer readers to help create audio material for the visually impaired. If you enjoy reading, all you have to do is give up two hours of your time once a week between 8am and 4pm to help with a talking book. E-mail them on or call Rhonette on 021 689 5983.

# Have your children outgrown their clothes? Well then don’t throw them away, help other children who are in need of it. Cape Town Child Welfare is urgently seeking donations of children clothing for kids aged between 0 and 14 years. For more details or to arrange collections call Melody Volmink on 021 638 3127

# looking to lose a few kilos and getting fit the fun way? Well then move along to the Salt River Community hall and join Taebo classes which are held every Monday from 17.30 – 18.30. The cost of the classes is only R10. For more info call Nawaal on 021 447 8894

# The Homeless People’s Sanctuary plans to offer free computer lessons to the youth of Retreat and surrounding areas. If you are interested all you have to do is call them with your ID number or visit them at he Retreat Community Hall on the corner of Concert Boulevard and Cradock Road, Retreat. Phone 021 702 0462 for more details.

# The SPCA needs blankets for dogs in kennels. Contact Lindy on 021 700 4141 if you would like to help.

If you would like our Community Information Network to broadcast your community notice, submit a paragraph detailing the information of your event or project. Send those details to, fax it to 021 448 5451. You can also call us on 021 448 5450. Don’t forget… we will broadcast it free of charge!!!

NSRI assists ill diver

By Henry Booysen
25 April 2008

The National Sea Rescue Institute reacted to a urgent call in Plettenberg Bay yesterday after a diver operating at Jacobs Reef fell ill after taking a dive.

According to NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon they activated the Baycare Ambulance Services and the NSRI station doctor to their rescue base where the ill diver was stationed on a diver charter boat.

“The diver reported that he had been feeling ill the past few days and we suspect that the dive he undertook at Jacobs Reef may have complicated his illness,” says Lambinon.

The driver who was suffering from dehydration and was treated and taken to a local doctor’s surgery for further medical tests and was later released in a satisfactory condition.

No load shedding expected next week –Eskom

By Celeste Ganga
25 April 2008

According to reports, Eskom said on Thursday that there are no power cuts scheduled for next week. Because next week will be a short working week, with public holidays on Monday, Thursday and Friday- the utility’s scheduled power cuts will not go ahead. Previous figures have shown that demand for power is relatively low during public holidays.

A statement by the utility says that although the demand for energy in the evenings is expected to be stretched, it doesn’t intend to go ahead with load shedding unless unexpected problems arise.

Eskom says it’s working with municipalities on initiatives to minimise the demand for electricity by the required 10%. Municipalities who are able to do save power would be excluded from the load shedding schedule- given that they maintain the 10% reduction.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Koeberg Interchange starting date announced - UPDATE

By Rhodé Marshall
24 April 2008

The Western Cape Department for Transport and Public Works has announced May 8, as the starting day for the long awaited makeover of the Koeberg Interchange.

“Over the next 24 months, my Department’s road division will be spending R690-million on a project that will dramatically ease traffic flow congestion – into 2010 and beyond,” says MEC Marius Fransman.

The Minister says that Koeberg mirrors a new approach by his Department to the construction industry.

“I am tired – and I’m not shy to say this – gatvol – of the slow pace of transformation in this industry. We’ve been talking nicely to those we’ve considered role players about our vision for this province, and some of them have been standing next to us on podiums, smiling and holding our hands, and saying: ‘Let us move forward together for the benefit of all the citizens of the Western Cape. But what has been the reality?” explains Fransman.

He says Koeberg has given them the opportunity to give recognition to the skills levels that are known in the Western Cape.

“This time, we intend using that opportunity – to benefit as many people as possible in this province, and to enhance the main objectives of the government that I represent.”

Fisherman rescued off boat in St Francis Bay

By Henry Booysen
24 April 2008

On Wednesday the NSRI had responded to a urgent request that medical assistance was urgently needed on board the Chokka fishing vessel after a 43 year old crewman collapsed from unidentified reasons.

“We launched our NSRI rescue craft to rendezvous with the Chokka boat which was making her way, at best speed, towards St. Francis Bay and Private Care Ambulance Services and our station doctor,” said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

He elaborates that when they arrived at the scene the patient was conscious but very anxious after being unconscious for some time.

“Although found to be in a stable condition the patient has been transported to hospital by Private Care Ambulance Services for further tests.

City Health contains outbreak of MDR TB at local high school

By Celeste Ganga
24 April 2008

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department has acted swiftly to contain an outbreak of Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) at Edgemead High School. Chairperson of the City’s Health Portfolio Committee and Ward Councillor for Edgemead and Bothasig- James Vos- says City Health and the provincial health department recently heard about a learner at the school who didn’t respond to treatment of MDR TB.

“On notification of the Edgemead learner’s situation, City Health immediately visited the family and requested that the learner be removed from school until the disease had been brought under control,” explains Vos.

He adds that although the risk of transmission at the school is considered as minimal, the City took decisive action to prevent transmission and create better awareness of the country’s TB problem.

Vos says TB is a very common disease in South Africa, “last year 27 000 cases of TB were in Cape Town alone. As it is a curable disease- the City offers free diagnosis and treatment”.

The treatment of TB lasts between six and eight months. One of the challenges in the process is to get patients to complete the treatment as some stop their medication as soon as they feel better. This could result in a small percentage of cases developing into MDR TB.

Road closures on Freedom Day

By Ilhaam Hoosain
23 April 2008

On Sunday the 27 April a “National Freedom Day” celebration will be hosted by the National Department of Sports and Culture at Turfhall Stadium in Cape Town.

“Motorists should note that Jan Smuts Drive between Turfhall Road and Lawson Road will be closed to traffic from 8am until 8pm and all side streets in the area of the stadium from 6am until 8pm on Freedom Day,” says Traffic Service’s Merle Lourens.

Lourens adds that alternative routes motorists can use is “from Kromboom Road just before they get to Lawson Road and for the Turfhall Road area- people can use the route from the Lansdowne bridge, motorists can come from that side”.

She urges motorists to be patient because there will be busses dropping people off and approximately 11 000 children are being expected where they will be celebrating the freedom of the youth of South Africa.

Missing mentally disabled man found - UPDATE

By Rhodé Marshall
24 April 2008

The Pink Ladies say that Kagiso Bobo Gababusi has been found in Krugersdorp Hospital after a member of the public contacted them, giving details of Kagiso's whereabouts.


The police are searching for Kagiso Bobo Gababusi who went missing on 28 March 2008. The 21-year-old is mentally disabled and from Johannesburg.

It is believed that Kagiso was at a church mass meeting and then got onto one of the many buses that were at the event.

He was last seen wearing a black tracksuit with white stripes, a grey polo neck jersey and black Reebok takkies. Kagiso is of medium height, weighs approximately 65kgs, and has black hair and brown eyes.

Kagiso responds to both Tswana and Afrikaans.

Anyone with information can call Inspector De Villiers on 072 551 2712.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

‘Grade 6 learners improve literacy skills, but maths remains huge challenge’ –Dugmore

By Ilhaam Hoosain
23 April 2008

A key finding of the latest study by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) shows that Grade 6 learners in the Western Cape are making steady progress in improving their literacy skills, but still struggle with mathematics.

The WCED assessed the literacy and numeracy skills of 71,874 Grade 6 learners from 1,034 schools in the province in October and November 2007.

The percentage of learners achieving more than 50% for literacy across the Western Cape has increased gradually over the past four years from 35% in 2003 to 42.1% in 2005 and 44.8% in 2007. This reflects an increase of 9.8% since 2003.

While the results reflect consistent progress in literacy, the department still has a long way to go to ensure that learners meet the assessment standards of the national curriculum for both literacy and numeracy.

CCTV cameras to be installed around the city

By Rhodé Marshall
23 April 2008

The Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) network is to be expanded as part of a five year safety and security plan. Doctor Martin van der Merwe, Director of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) says the safety and security plan is open for public comment.

“The IDP sets the City’s budget priorities until 2012 and each year citizens and stakeholders are invited to help review the strategy. There are difficult choices to make, we need to match the amount of rates and tariffs we charge with the level of service needed,” says van der Merwe.

He says the City of Cape Town has plans to establish a Multi – Disciplinary Advisory and Technical Team under the Metro Police which will develop a new CCTV plan.

“The City will continue to work with the South African Police Services in combating drug trafficking, vehicle theft, improving safety in high crime areas, combating taxi and gang violence and crime against women and children,” says van der Merwe.

The public has until 30 April 2008 to provide comments. Written submissions can be posted to the City Manager at Private Bag X9181; Cape Town 8000 or you can also fax it to 021 400 1332.

Man’s body found on beach in Strandfontein

By Rhodé Marshall
23 April 2008

Police say the body of a man was discovered yesterday morning by a jogger on the beach near Lucannon Street, Strandfontein.

“The decease was dressed in red shorts and (a) grey T-shirt and his hands were tied behind his back with wire. He has an open wound, possibly inflicted with a blunt object to his head,” says police spokesperson Inspector Bernadine Steyn.

Inspector Steyn says they are investigating the possibility that the man could have been murdered elsewhere.

“We have opened a case of murder for investigation,” says Steyn.

Anyone with information can contact the investigating officer Sergeant John George at the Strandfontein police station on 021 370 1516.

WC rural schools to receive R40 million for better teachers

By Celeste Ganga
23 April 2008

The National government has allocated more than R40 million rand to Western Cape rural schools with the view to assist these schools to recruit teachers where they find it difficult to recruit and retain qualified and competent teachers in scarce skills subjects.

“These rural schools (especially on farms schools) will definitely be able to get by with the extra incentives (money) set aside- which means they will now have extra money to recruit teachers with incentives of up to R11.528 000 per year, per post. We are certain that we will be able to attract certain teachers to the rural schools,” says WCED spokesperson Gert Witbooi.

He adds that this is a ground breaking initiative from the department and from government, “it will go a long way in helping to stabilise the system and give learners a fair chance in life to be able to succeed”.

Witbooi says that the recruitment programme will start in June/July and the programme will be an ongoing one.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Incidents of rape and abduction shock Western Cape

By Henry Booysen
22 April 2008

Two incidents of rape and abduction have taken place on the Western Cape in the respective areas of Fish Hoek and Ocean View over the weekend.

According to police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn in the first incident a fifteen year old female was walking home from her friend’s house when she walked past 5-7 men and suddenly felt a needle-prick at the back of her neck.

“She became drowsy and the suspects put her in a red vehicle. They allegedly drove to a house in Muizenberg where she was given alcohol and allegedly raped by some of the men,” says Steyn.

The victim then woke up alone in the house between 9am-10am on Sunday morning and a passer by then took her to the Ocean View police station

In a second incident a seventeen year-old was walking home from her friend house too when suddenly five men stopped next to the victim and allegedly forced her into a red vehicle.

“They blindfolded her and forced her to her to consume alcohol after which she was allegedly raped and indecently assaulted,”

The suspects drove around with the victim until Sunday morning and then dropped her off at her friends place in Ocean View until 07:15.

In the first incident a case of Abduction and rape was opened and in the second incident a case of rape, indecent assault and abduction were opened.

City gets ready for winter storms

By Rhodé Marshall
22 April 2008

The City of Cape Town has approved a plan to tackle the winter storms which is about to hit the Cape.

The South African Weather Service says the Western Cape can expect normal rainfall from May to September this year, but there are expectations of possible floods.

Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Elizabeth Thompson says they have introduced special flood risk reduction measures.

“Apart from corrective actions during flooding, the readiness plan provides for the pro-active cleaning and upgrading of stormwater infrastructure, drains, regular inspections of retention ponds and watercourses, a public education programme and a disaster response and relief management plan,” says Thompson.

She says that the City has mapped out an estimated 4000 ‘high flood risk’ structures within informal settlements that could be affected by the storms.

“A crucial part of the readiness plan is to warn residents in high risk areas about the possibility of flooding. In consultation with local communities every effort is made to warn all high risk flood prone areas of their status,” says Thompson.

Residents can reduce their vulnerability by applying the following tips:

· Make sure that the drainage system on your property is not blocked
· Raise the floor level of your house so that it is higher than the land outside
· Dig trenches around the house to redirect water away from the house
· Report any blocked drains, intakes and illegal dumping
· Water proof roofs and clear gutters

Flooding, blocked drains and service disruptions can be reported to the Technical Operations Centre: 0860 103 054. If there is a life or property threatening emergency, call 107 (from a landline) or 021 480 7700.

Eskom facing a skills challenge

By Celeste Ganga
22 April 2008

At the moment Eskom is facing a skills challenge which is associated with the new power stations that are being built and need to be operated. According to Manager for Demand Side Management at Eskom Andrew Etzinger, they are currently recruiting 1 500 technical skilled workers into the utility every year.

“But it’s not just a case of recruiting; we also have to build up the skills of our existing employees. And to this end we have a number of events and interventions. One of which is an interaction taking place this week between Eskom employees and their Russian counterparts-where they are taking part in a workshop in Cape Town,” says Etzinger.

He explains that at the workshop various aspects of transmission systems, power systems and energy saving concepts are being discussed, “basically information and ideas are being shared- both from their side and our side”.

The recruitment process has been on the go for the past 18 months. Etzinger says it’s aimed at both local and international talent, “at the moment we have a team in the USA which is recruiting skills to bring back to South Africa.”

“We’ve been busy (in) USA, Europe and Australia. So it’s an ongoing issue of claiming and obtaining the necessary skills both locally and internationally,” explains Etzinger.

Past weekend saw interesting results for Super 14

By Ilhaam Hoosain
22 April 2008

The weekend's results have thrown the race for playoff places in the 2008 Super 14 wide open.

Four of the top six teams before the start of round 10 were beaten, allowing some of the challengers to make up. The results included defeats for the top two teams, the Crusaders and the Sharks who, after nine rounds of play, remained unbeaten.

The Crusaders slumped to their first loss of the 2008 campaign, going down 5-18 against the Chiefs combination. The Chiefs’ win was inspired by flyhalf Stephen Donald, who controlled the game, preventing the Crusaders from stamping their usual authority. Despite loss the Crusaders remain six points clear at the top of the standings.

The Sharks’ first defeat came when the Brumbies beat them 21-27 in Canberra. Their first defeat of the season reduces their lead to just one point and piles on the pressure for their final two tour games against the Waratahs and the Crusaders. The win moves the Brumbies one place up the log to eighth.

The Waratahs moved from fourth to third place with a 26-3 bonus point win over the Lions, while the Stormers beat fellow challengers,the Hurricanes at Newlands to move into fourth place ahead of the Chiefs.

The Stormers, who started the day in seventh position, dominated the first half with the Hurricanes to change sides at 10-0. The Stormers defence was tested in the final 10 minutes but held firm to deny the Hurricanes a bonus point.

The Western Force suffered after they were beaten 29-12 by the Reds, their third loss in four matches. The result sees them slip from 6th to 9th position.

The Bulls bounced back from their bad run of form with a 47-17 win over the Highlanders at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. In better form, the Bulls ran in six tries to lift themselves out of the bottom three.

New ‘Koeberg Interchange Development’ to be launched

By Ilhaam Hoosain
22 April 2008

The launch of the much awaited 'Koeberg Interchange Development' will take place on the 23 April at 12pm in Cape Town and will see an ease traffic congestion on the interchange that feeds four major traffic lanes.

This road that is used by more than 19 000 vehicles a day will be launched by Transport and Public Works Minister Marius Fransman. The R690 million development will create business and employment opportunities and most importantly ease the frustration faced by thousands of motorists daily.

The launch will be in the form of a Press Briefing with presentations on how Koeberg looked in the 1950s, today (2008) and how it is going to look in future.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Education funding increased

By Christopher Dodd
21 April 2008

The education MEC Cameron Dugmore has announced an increase in the provincial education budget. The budget of R9,019, billion is a 17% increase on last year’s. The priority will be improving the quality of the poorest primary and secondary schools with new libraries, science labs and extra classes.

According to Ministry spokesperson Gert Witbooi the extra funding is needed to improve school building maintenance money as well as for teacher training and development;

“The decades of inequality still reflect in our school infrastructure; it reflects in the fact that most of our schools are located in areas of poverty and crime; and it reflects the fact that our teachers are not fully equipped to give the necessary academic input.”

The improved teacher training and development will better equip teachers for the challenges of working with children in areas of high levels of poverty, crime and other social problems.

COSATU to picket for jobs and poverty in the Western Cape

By Henry Booysen
21 April 2008

The Congress of South African Trade Unions will be holding a picket outside the Provincial Parliament on Thursday in outrage against high costs of food and electricity as they believe it is being imposed on poor communities in the Western Cape.

According to Tony Ehrenreich COSATU General Secretary in the Western Cape the Provincial Government appears to be in denial with regards to the rising prices and current cost of living.

“We insist that the Provincial Government convenes an urgent food summit to discuss the crisis and ways in which to address it,says Ehrenreich.

He said that COSATU will be setting out a plan of action with churches and different spheres of society as they believe that there is a number of ways that the prices of food can be reduced.

Community Information Network

By Rhodé Marshall
21 April 2008

# Have your children outgrown their clothes? Well then don’t throw them away, help other children who are in need of it. Cape Town Child Welfare is urgently seeking donations of children clothing for kids aged between 0 and 14 years. For more details or to arrange collections call Melody Volmink on 021 638 3127

# Looking to lose a few kilos and getting fit the fun way? Well then move along to the Salt River Community hall and join Taebo classes which are held every Monday from 17:30 – 18:30. The cost of the classes is only R10. For more info call Nawaal on 021 447 8894

# Tape Aids for the blind is urgently in need of volunteer readers to help create audio material for the visually impaired. If you enjoy reading, all you have to do is give up two hours of your time once a week between 8am and 4pm to help with a talking book. E-mail them on or call Rhonette on 021 689 5983.

# Africa Ablaze is hosting a jazz and live entertainment evening with the band Sold Out on Sunday 27 April 2008 from 19:00 at Plumstead High School in Basil Road. Tickets are R40 so for more information or bookings call 082 669 1670.

# The Homeless People’s Sanctuary invites the unemployed and homeless to apply for sewing, candlemaking, soapmaking and lifeskills programmes. Apply at the Retreat Community Hall at Concert Boulevard in Retreat. They are also in need of volunteer management committee members, specifically a treasurer and people with expertise in secretarial services. Interested? Call 021 702 04 62.

If you would like our Community Information Network to advertise your community notice, submit a paragraph detailing the information of your event or project. Send those details to, fax it to 021 448 5451. You can also call us on 021 448 5450. Don’t forget… any notice which aims to uplift the community we will broadcast free of charge!!!

Titans take on the Dolphins in Pro20 Final

By Ilhaam Hoosain
20 April 2008

Top scorer and wicket taker, JP Duminy was also answerable for a crucial run out but it was not enough to stop the Titans from winning Sunday’s Pro20 semi-final at Sahara Park Newlands.

The Titans now have to face the Dolphins in the final and the winning margin was only six runs in a real nail-biter than went down to the wire. The Cape Cobras needed an impossible seven runs off the last ball to secure victory but a six to tie the scores would have been enough to put them through to a home final on their higher log position.

But it was not to be as all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe, who has been the up-and-coming star of this season’s competition, had Henry Davids caught off the final delivery of the match. Shortly afterwards there was a mix-up between Duminy and Herschelle Gibbs which resulted in the run out of Gibbs.

The Titans total was set up by the opening partnership between Faf du Plessis and Gulam Bodi, with du Plessis making top score of 44 before being run out.

The Titans looked set for a bigger total until Duminy, called into the attack when Rory Kleinveldt was unable to complete his share of overs because of a groin injury. He did pick up four wickets including the key ones of AB de Villiers and Albie Morkel.

Cobras versus the Titans in their final over and the Titans came out shiningand they will now play the Dolphins in Friday’s Pro20 final at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.

Six arrested after armed robbery in Grassy Park

By Celeste Ganga
21 April 2008

Six suspects were arrested on Saturday night after an armed robbery occurred at a food-outlet in Ottery Avenue in the Grassy Park area. According to police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn- it’s alleged that about ten armed men entered the premises, threatened the staff at gunpoint and ordered them to lay face down.

“They then robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash taken from the cash registers and the safe in the backroom. A cellular phone was also taken from one of the staff members,” explains Steyn.

She adds that the suspects fled the scene in a white Ford Bantam bakkie. “No shots were fired and nobody (was) physically injured during the incident”.

“Metro Police members spotted the vehicle later in Mitchells Plain and continued to approach the suspects. There was an exchange of fire between the suspects and police. One of the suspects sustained a bullet wound to his foot. Six male suspects were arrested and an illegal firearm seized. The wounded suspect was medically treated and discharged from a nearby hospital,” says Steyn.

The six suspects are scheduled to appear in the Wynberg Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Time is running out for students rewriting matric exams

By Ilhaam Hoosain
21 April 2008

Time is running out for 170 000 matriculants who failed, but are receiving a second chance to write their final exams.They have been through rigorous preparations, run by specialist teachers. They will find out if it was all worth it in a month’s time. Monday is the last day of extra tuition before the matric exams.

The SABC reports that getting to class every week was a challenge for some. So they are hoping it will pay off. Hiccups across the country initially delayed the start of classes.

The number of pupils who failed, and chose not to re-write the exam are of concern. In its current format, the exam can still be re-written until 2011. It’s been reported that curriculum changes prevent them from going back to school.

Thousands of matriculants who failed their exams last year are not ready to write next month. The exams are scheduled to start on 5 May 2008 , says the National Teachers Union (Natu) in KwaZulu-Natal.Natu spokesperson Musa Gumede says the Department of Education's recovery plan has failed to equip pupils for the exams.

Education MEC Ina Cronje says more than 100 000 people are expected to write the supplementary examination in KwaZulu-Natal, out of the 170 000 that have registered nationally.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

CSA welcomes Indian Premier League

By Ilhaam Hoosain
20 April 2008

CEO of Cricket South Africa, Gerald Majola, has welcomed the launch of the Indian Premier League in Bangalore.

“CSA congratulates the organisers on launching this very exciting new jewel in cricket’s crown”, Majola said.

“There is no doubt that the IPL is going to add a lot of value to the growth of cricket, and bring a new audience into the game just as T20 cricket has done over the past few seasons.

He adds that they feel that South Africa has made a major contribution to this phenomenon by successfully hosting the ICC’s inaugural T2O World Championship recently. India has now taken up the baton and is running very well with it.

He believes, however, that it is vital that the International Cricket Council creates a six-week window in the international programme each year for the IPL tournament so that it does not encroach on any international tours.

“In this way, there can be no conflict between national playing contracts and those of the tournament. An ideal time would be the last two weeks in April and for the month of May.”

Public meeting in Retreat against substance abuse

By Rhodé Marshall
20 April 2008

This Tuesday the ward councillor for Retreat will be hosting a public meeting addressing issues such as tik, liquor and other substance abuse.

Councillor Jan Burger says at a previous meeting in the community, a concerned parent said many people talk about the abuse of substances forgetting about the suffering endured by the family of those addicted.

“We thought this is something a person must pick up as you always hear of organisations in the area, but when you need it where are they?” says Burger.

He says organisations attending the meeting will be given an opportunity to tell the community how they stand to gain from their resources.

“If my child is addicted we must realise that me as the (parent) must know how to handle it. In your community there are plenty of organisations most probably but not all of us suffer the same. So we would like to provide clarity of where is best to go,” says Burger.

The meeting starts 19:00 - Tuesday, 29 April at the Retreat Community Hall.

Eight die in two vehicle accident

By Ilhaam Hoosain
20 April 2008

In Bredasdorp in the Western Cape, eight people have been killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles.

Police say the accident happened near the Overberg town on the road to Napier last night.

All the occupants of the two cars died in the crash. Three people were declared dead on the scene, while the other three died as a result of their injuries on the way to Otto du Plessis hospital at Bredasdorp.

Two of the dead are young girls, while an adult male and three women also died.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Anti-drug protest to take place in Cape Town

By Rhodé Marshall
19 April 2008

Protesters have gathered in Cape Town to take part in an anti-drug campaign. The campaign is aimed against the increase of substance abuse particularly the drug known as ‘tik’.

It has been reported that the Foundation for a Drug Free Society is organising the event. A memorandum is to be handed to provincial government as part of the campaign.

Chairperson for the Foundation for a Drug Free Society, Maulana Mogamat has been quoted by SABC News as saying: “With all these plans that have been put in place, the scourge of drug abuse is still increasing and we need to get that information from the state, and find out why their plans are not working.”

Exciting Pro20 semi-final clash expected at Newlands

By Rhodé Marshall
20 April 2008

Headlining battles is expected from established cricket stars such as Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers and Charl Langeveldt as the Cape Cobras takes on the Titans in the Pro20 semi-final clash at Sahara Park Newlands on Sunday.

The winner of this game is scheduled to play the Dolphins next Friday for the Pro20 final.

The Dolphins were victorious by overpowering the Gestetner Diamond Eagles by five wickets at Kingsmead stadium on Friday evening.

Now that rainy days have been predicted for the mother city over the weekend it is believed this could be favourable for the bowlers.

According to Cricket SA, rising star players to watch out for include: Andrew Puttick, Henry Davids, Vernon Philander and Rory Kleinveldt who plays for the Cobras.

On the Titans side there is Heino Kuhn, Faf du Plessis, Ferhaan Behardien and Ethy Mbhalati.

City combats electricity and non-payment

By Celeste Ganga
19 April 2008

The City of Cape Town’s Electricity Department has a Revenue Protection Unit that is constantly on the trail of those who tamper with and bypass electricity meters - therefore recovering approximately R10 million each year that would otherwise be lost to the City.

“The unit is constantly out there in the field. We are recovering electricity which is used and not paid for. This benefits all consumers within the City because it prevents the increase of tariffs,” says Head of the Unit, Neil Ballantyne.

He adds that the total system losses currently running at 9.3%, “this is made up of technical and non-technical losses. The technical losses on a predominantly cable network are in the order of 6%, which means that the loss due to tampering and bypassing is in the order of 3.3%”.

Ballantyne says that the team is recruiting more members and that these figures can be improved upon.

“The City has to pay Eskom for all electricity consumed. If we don’t receive payment for the consumption that is “stolen”, our electricity tariffs need to be increased to recover the cost of this “stolen” electricity and therefore every electricity user is affected,” explains Ballantyne.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Community Information Network

By Celeste Ganga
18 April 2008


# Rag a non-governmental organisation dealing with the socio-economic reality in the Western Cape- will be hosting a computer course. The courses will be held at 9 Klipfontein Road- which is the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Athlone. It runs from the 5th of May to 14 June. For more information call 021 633 5167

# Cafda Bakery in 8th Avenue Grassy Park produces nutritious bread which cost R4 a loaf and has a long shelf life. Individuals, businesses or organisations can buy bread directly from the bakery. If you want to know more, call Mrs M Naidoo on 021 706 2050 for details

# The Denver and Renee Andreas Youth Club (DRAYC) will be hosting a carnival under the theme ‘Celebrating Freedom Day’- the carnival will take place on the 1st to the 3rd of May. It will take place at Akkerndale Primary School ground in Kraaifontein. The aim of the event is to raise funds for their organisation. Their vision is to establish youth clubs and build youth centres. For more information call Lynnecia on 021 946 1505 or 084 381 6958 or email

# Eric Miles Cheshire Home for the disabled at 18 Cosair Road, Sandriff needs volunteers to help in their second hand clothing shop. They also need donations of good quality second hand clothing. If you think you can assist call Mel on 083 543 6272 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 3pm and Saturdays between 10am and 1pm or call the Home on 021 55 22 120.

#Looking to lose a few kilos and getting fit the fun way? Well then move along to the Salt River Community hall and join Taebo classes which are held every Monday evening from 17:30 – 18:30. The cost of the classes is only R10. For more info call Nawaal on 021 447 8894

If you would like our community information network to announce your community notice, submit a paragraph detailing the information of your event or project. Send those details to or fax them to 021 448 5451. You can even give us a call on 021 448 5450. Don’t forget notices that can uplift the community in any way- will be announced free of charge

Capetonians in for extremely cold weekend

By Henry Booysen
18 April 2008

Weather on the Cape Flats this weekend will be chilly with weather forecasters predicting very cold weather signalling the first sign of winter.

“The first outbreak of cold weather this year will occur from Saturday, taking ore effect on Sunday,” says forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng.

According to forecasterat Cape Town International Airport Lynette van Schalkwyk temperatures are expected to be on the low side as well with Cape Town experiencing a maximum of 17 degrees and the Cape Flats a maximum of 18 degrees.

“We are also expecting strong southerly winds for the afternoon with wind speeds of 40km per hour,” says van Shalkwyk.

No rain is forecasted for Sunday but temperatures are still expecting to be very cold, with sunshine coming to the Cape again by Tuesday.

School on the 29 and 30 April 2008

By Ilhaam Hoosain
18 April 2008

The Department of Education has been receiving a number of applications from schools to close on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 April 2008, which is in the middle of three public holidays.

The 28 April is a public holiday because Freedom Day falls on a Sunday and the first of May is Workers Day, while the second of May was made a public holiday to compensate workers for losing a public holiday as a result of Human Rights Day falling on the same day as Good Friday.

The department has turned these applications down and says that these two days will be normal working days for schools in the Western Cape, and for officials of the Western Cape Education Department.

The national Minister of Education approves the school calender more than a year in advance after thorough consultation with all interested parties.

MEC for Education in the Western Cape, Cameron Dugmore says that in light of a lengthy easter recess, we only have a limited number of schooldays available for us, and we have to make the most of them to complete the curriculum. It would not make sense to declare another school holiday at this stage.

Kayamandi residents to receive houses

By Celeste Ganga
18 April 2008

The MEC for Local Government and Housing, Richard Dyantyi will be joined by the Executive Mayor of the Stellenbosch municipality- Patrick Swarts on Friday who will be handing over houses in Watergang, a new precinct within the Kayamandi area (Stellenbosch).

“The symbolic hand over by the MEC will include houses that are earmarked for elderly people and physically disabled people, respectively. The MEC will also hand over a duplex unit, which is the entirely new concept within the Kayamandi housing landscape,” says spokesperson for the Department Vusi Tshose.

He adds that the entire project consists of 522 houses to be built. The value of the project is R14 397 000, “the project commenced in September 2007 and 115 houses are now complete. Another 200 houses are in various stages of completion and will be handed (over) in the following months”.

Tshose explains that this revisit to planning in Kayamandi resulted in the Kayamandi Urban Renewal and Revitalisation Plan (KURP) or commonly known as the Kayamandi Master Plan.

“The KURP consists of various projects such as the neighbourhood revitalisation programme, sport revitalisation programme, the town centre revitalisation programme and the Kyamandi Economic Tourism Corridor,” says Tshose.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Khayelitsha festival gets go-ahead from the City

By Celeste Ganga
17 April 2008

The City has given the green light to R800 000 in funding for the inaugural Khayelitsha Festival- the largest event of its kind in the City.

“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to create R800 000 towards the new Khayelitsha Festival. This will be the very first one and will hopefully be as successful as the Soweto Festival- which has really put Soweto on the map,” says Mayoral Committee member for Economic Development and Tourism, Simon Grindrod.

The City’s contribution is funded from existing programmes of the Economic, Social Development and Tourism Directorate. The total festival budget is R6.4 million.

“It’s my intention that this will profile and highlight the talent, the business opportunities, creative parts of Khayelitsha and begin the process of revitalising that area in terms of economic development,” says Grindrod.

The focus areas of the Festival are in travel and tourism, health, beauty and fashion, food, beverage and nutrition, leisure and lifestyle exhibition.

Picket outside Inter Parliamentary Union meeting

By Rhodé Marshall
17 April 2008

The People Against Suffering Suppression Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) will be holding a picket outside of the Inter Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) meeting to ask the IPU to use its authority to intervene in the Zimbabwean situation. The protest takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

“We believe intervention is necessary. We believe that the sovereignty of South Africa has been attacked through three million people being forced into South Africa through starvation,” says PASSOP spokesperson Braam Hanekom.

He says the mismanagement of Zimbabwe is directly responsible for them being in South Africa and that this time over the electoral period is a window of opportunity for government to intervene.

“We can not tolerate reckless remarks like the comment passed by our President (Thabo Mbeki) that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe. (This) will only further encourage xenophobic attacks.

“We really hope that this protest will influence the leadership in Africa and the members of parliament at the Inter Parliamentary Union meeting to act and not just talk,” says Hanekom.

Hanekom adds that they are encouraged by the Speaker of Parliament and says he hopes they follow through with action.

The protest will be from 12:00 – 14:00.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

City calls for safety when using hospital bend

By Henry Booysen
16 April 2008

The city is concerned about news photographers and reporters who fail to follow procedure while using the Hospital Bend as they fear for injury to take place.

According to the Executive Director of Transport, Roads and Stormwater Directorate Eddie Chinnapen the concern follows after a photographer from a local newspaper failed to follow procedures while at the De Waal Bridge site.

He said that the photographer was not wearing proper protective clothing and did not report to the site office to be briefed on safety measures.

“The site has an unblemished safety record to date and would like to maintain it. It would be most unfortunate if anyone is injured because the correct safety procedures were not followed,” says Chinnapen.

He elaborated that although the city cannot allow any situations to prevail when safety regulations are ignored, they would certainly assist the media in all means.

They are appealing to all media representatives to report to the site office at Health Park Building a Groote Schuur Hospital.

Parts of Da Gama Park without water due to pipe burst

By Celeste Ganga
16 April 2008

Most of the Da Gama Park area near Simons Town has been without water since Tuesday afternoon. According to Charles Cooper of the City of Cape Town- City officials initially struggled to find the cause of the loss of water. It was found to be a burst pipe up in the mountain side.

“They (officials) commenced repair work on Tuesday night and this continued through to today (Wednesday) and we hope to have water repaired by close of work today ((Wednesday),” says Cooper.

He adds that the problem has also affected Welcome Glenn, “in this area residents are experiencing low water pressure.”

“We do as always call upon people to please ensure that any taps which were opened during the phase without water- are kept closed. Because if the water supply is restored and nobody is at home, and the taps are open- the water will just run away and you going to see the damage on your water account at the end of the month,” adds Cooper.

Shabangu to hold Imbizo in CT

By Celeste Ganga
16 April 2008

On Wednesday and Thursday the Deputy Minister for Safety and Security -Susan Shabangu- will address communities in Cape Town on criminal matters.

“The issues the Minister will be focusing on are child protection, gang violence, domestic violence as well as drug and alcohol related matters. As well as any other issues the community would like to address,” says South African Police Service’s -Phuti Setati.

“We will be starting at Nonzamo Community Hall in Lwandle. On Thursday we will be in Mitchells Plain at Glendale Secondary School. Both Imbizos will start at 14h00,” adds Setati.

Shabangu will be joined by Western Cape MEC for Community Safety -Leonard Ramatlakane, SAPS top management and other stakeholders.

Both Imbizos will be preceded by Truancy Operations, which are aimed at removing children from the streets.

Shabangu is known for making the controversial "shoot to kill" comment last week.

Dates for Pro20 semi-finals revised

By Rhodé Marshall
16 April 2008

Logistical concerns have resulted in changes being made to the dates for the two Pro20 Series semi-finals.

On Saturday a Super 14 rugby match involving the Stormers is scheduled at Newlands – the same day that was scheduled as a reserve day for the Cape Cobras and Titans clash. The match has now been moved to Sunday at Sahara Park Newlands.

The Dolphins and the Gestetner Diamond Eagles will play their semi-final match at Sahara Staduim Kingsmead on Friday.

Sunday’s match in Cape Town is a day match which starts at 14h30. Tickets are available at the stadium and from Computicket outlets.Prices for seated adults are R50 and R30 for children. Those on the grass pay R40 for adults and R20 for children

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hendricks says he owed Najwa a favour

By Rhodé Marshall
15 April 2008

The state witness who claims Taliep Petersen’s widow asked him to arrange for hit men, testified in the Cape High Court today that his reason for helping Najwa and not going to the police was that he felt he owed her a favour.

As Fahiem Hendricks was cross-examined for a second day in a row, Accused 1’s legal council Klaus von Lieres und Wilkau stated to Hendricks that he should have been aware at that stage that he was involve with dangerous things.

“I felt maybe I owe her a favour because I borrowed money from her," he responded.
“Is this how one pays back a favour?” asked von Lieres and then told Hendricks that he surely doesn’t expect the court to take him seriously, to which Judge Siraj Desai said: “The court will make that decision.”

In Hendricks’s testimony yesterday he said he borrowed R10 000 from Najwa before she asked him to help her have her husband murdered. This money was to help the witness with his Takeaway business in Mandalay.

Today von Lieres placed emphasis on the fact that Hendricks seemed to have forgotten that he previously asked R20 000 from - Najwa which she occurred on two occassions. To which Hendricks says, he did borrow R20 000 from Najwa once and then left a motor vehicle in her possession until he was able to pay her back, and the second time was the R10 000 in 2006.

The credibility of Hendricks was questioned by Najwa’s legal council saying she continuously had to phone Hendricks for him to repay his debt – that being a reason for all the calls that was made to his cellular phone and not to plot Taliep’s death.

“Najwa is going to tell the court that she is fond of money and when people do not pay her she phones them. It’s in her nature,” said von Lieres.

The trial continues in the Cape High Court.

City launches 2010 poster competition

By Celeste Ganga
15 April 2008

The City of Cape Town launched a host city poster design competition on Tuesday with prizes totalling R30 000 for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

“The winning poster should feature the 2010 corporate slogan, namely Ke Nako- Celebrate Africa’s Humanity and will be used to promote the Mother City, “says the City’s 2010 co-ordinator, Teral Cullen.

Each of the nine South African host cities is given the opportunity to produce a poster to promote and position themselves. Once the local advocating panels have selected the winning poster, it will be referred to FIFA who will announce the winner in September.

“The winning colour poster needs to capture the essence of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, highlighting distinctive features and unique attributes. The winning design will be reproduced in various sizes ranging from murals on buildings to lapel pin size,” says Cullen.

She adds that a panel of judges will shortlist the submissions which will be published in the local media, “the public will be able to vote via sms for their choice of design which will inform the panel’s final decision”.

The short-listed designs will be announced for public voting on 15 May 2008.

The closing date for the competition is 12 noon on 6 May 2008.

For more information on how to enter or for any other details e-mail Electronic entries in PDF format are preferred and must be e-mailed to the same address.

Erasmus Commission delays again

By Henry Booysen
15 April 2008

After a failed attempt by the City of Cape Town to have the Erasmus Commission activities suspended yesterday, another urgent application has led to the Commission being adjourned earlier than normal today.

In today’s proceedings the Commission heard the testimony of Senior Superintendent Lesley Swiegelaar who was testifying about his role in the spy saga.

The Commission was then interrupted by Lawyer Ron Paschke who represents the city manager and city speaker in a bid to have the proceedings delayed by two weeks, but his application was dismissed.

Anwar Isaacs the former community member had to testify this morning but his testimony was postponed until next month as lawyers of the City said that they were not provided with his affidavits in time.

The outcome of the urgent interdict that is being launched by the City will be heard in the Cape High Court tomorrow.

Soaring food prices could cause riots

By Ilhaam Hoosain
15 April 2008

The cost of basic foods has risen sharply around the world in recent months, sparking violent protests in many countries. The SABC reports that riots over soaring food prices cannot be ruled out in South Africa.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven says this is why it is necessary to channel the anger into peaceful protests.

The labour federation started a protest march against rising food, fuel and electricity prices in Polokwane on Sunday and today protestors will march in the North West. On Thursday, Gauteng and the Western Cape will be targeted.

For the moment, the price of milk is also expected to rise by roughly 10 c, at the end of the month.

Milk producers say this is not enough to cover their rising cost of production. They say many farmers are closing shop as they are battling to survive.

R2, 80 out of nearly R9 paid by consumers for a litre of milk according to milk producers is what they receive.

Free State Farmers want government to fix the price of milk at a level which will be their contribution costs. They also would like to establish a milk exchange where buyers can bid for milk.

Specialised Burn Unit at Tygerberg Hospital is upgraded

By Rhodé Marshall
15 April 2008

The Western Cape Department of Health opened an upgraded Specialist Burn Unit at the Tygerberg Hospital yesterday.

“The treatment of severe burn wounds is a painful process for patients and to be successful - specialised medical knowledge applied in a special, customised ward with modern medical equipment is needed.

“This is precisely what is made available today to the inhabitants of our province,” says MEC Pierre Uys.

The Specialist Burn Unit at the state hospital cost R2, 2 million. The MEC says most casualties in the burn unit are as a result of assaults caused with boiling water, acid or paraffin.

“The unit has personnel with exceptional expertise who are able to achieve world class results and we are very proud of them,” says the MEC.

’90% of South Africans oppose abortion-on-demand’ - survey

By Celeste Ganga
15 April 2008

A recent survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) shows that nine out of ten adults view an abortion as ‘wrong’ if it is for economic reasons. A similar attitude was shown among 75% of South Africans, even if there is a strong chance of the baby being born with a defect.

Since the initiation of the abortion legislation, Doctors for Life International (DFL) has been warning law makers that the public doesn’t support abortion-on-demand.

“We think that the study conducted (four studies over four years) is significant. However, we have been saying this for a very long time, since the inception of the Abortion Act in 1997- we’ve been saying that the legalisation of abortion is not consistent with democracy- this research really conclusively shows that,” says Legal spokesperson for DFL, Martus de Wet.

He adds that this research is now consistent with other studies published in 2004 which also showed that a high percentage of people are also against abortion.

The research also shows that approximately 25% of women who have abortions suffer from post-abortion syndrome, a recognised psychological condition.
For more information on the survey conducted by the HSRC visit

Monday, April 14, 2008

State witness says Najwa requested a ‘hit’

By Rhodé Marshall
14 April 2008

As the controversial trial of the legendary musician Taliep Petersen continues in the Cape High Court, Fahiem Hendricks who is under witness protection took to the stand today.

The anxious witness told a packed courtroom that after numerous phone calls from Accused 1 she invited him to her Athlone home asking whether he know someone who could do a ‘hit’.

“I told her I don’t know such a person. I’m not interested in such things,” Hendricks told the court.

He said Najwa continued to ask him to arrange something for and after her persistence he asked Abdoer Emjedi whether he knew anyone.

Emjedi was staying at Hendricks’s house while he was going through a divorce.

Hendricks says he returned to the Grasmere Street home of the Petersen family to continue talks of Najwa’s request, where she then told him the hit was on her husband.

“There was said he had a diamond deal where a lot of money was lost. She said they were going to divorce then he has to get half of everything,” says Hendricks who continued his testimony by saying Najwa gave him a clear outline of when it would be best to murder Taliep.

When State Prosecutor Shareen Riley asked whether Najwa said how she wanted the hit done, he replied: “She said he must be shot.”

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