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EASY TO SEE: The damage is clearly visible even on the outside

wall of the apartment

CRUMBLING: The walls around Garcia Flats have collapsed in

multiple places

PEELING AWAY: The roof in Joan Petzer's apartment

is damaged due to damp, which she says started three

years ago Pictures: MATTHEW FIELD

Cambridge flats shocker


“They don’t cut the grass,

they don’t clean up,

nothing. Nothing gets

d o n e .”

This was the lament of Joan

Petzer, a resident of Block A in

Garcia Flats, Cambridge, who

says her apartment has been

affected by damp damage for

over three years.

No repairs, maintenance undertaken for years, huge bills due to water leaks

“Three years ago I reported

it, because it started bubbling

down the side,” Petzer said.

“All these tiles have been

lifted and we tried to replace the

door because of the damp

damage as well.”

Petzer said the problems

began three years ago but

nothing has been done since,

despite numerous complaints.

“Th e y ’ve got to know that

nothing’s getting done,” she


“I don’t know why they can’t

help us fix it. I don’t know why

it’s a battle to get things fixed.”

In addition to the damage

caused, Petzer said she was also

stuck footing the bill for all the

water being wasted.

“We ’re paying for water

which is leaking, even though

it’s not our fault,” she said.

Petzer also raised concerns

about the lack of maintenance

of the rest of the building.

The GO! & Express visited

Garcia Flats last week and

found that the wall around the

complex was broken in multiple

places, the grass was overgrown

and piles of rubbish dotted the

c o u r t ya r d .

When contacted, the

caretaker of Block A said they

had passed the complaints on to

their superiors and could not

comment without their


SA again records fewer than 2,000 daily cases


SA recorded fewer than 2,000

new cases of Covid-19 in a 24-

hour period on Monday, for the

first time since Friday.

Health minister Dr Zweli

Mkhize announced on Monday

night that 1,985 new infections

had been recorded in 24 hours.

Th i s after 2,505 new cases

were confirmed on S u n d ay

night and 2,418 on Saturday


The latest confirmation

takes the country’s total

number of infections to


Mkhize also sa that 121

Covid-19 related deaths had

been recorded in the past 24


These included one from

KwaZulu-Natal, 20 from

Gauteng, 20 from the Eastern

Cape, 24 from the Western

Cape, eight from the North

West, 16 from the Free State, 23

from Limpopo and nine from

the Northern Cape.

This means that the country

now has 14,149 confirmed

fatalities linked to the

respiratory illness.

Mkhize said the country’s

recovery rate had increased to

86%, with a confirmed

540,923 recoveries to date.

The figures are based on

3,693,721 total tests to date, of

which 18,849 were done in the

past 24-hour cycle.



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Dark, confused


CROSSWORD number 1197

Netflix version of ‘Mowgli’ misses the mark


Given just how much of a

cultural juggernaut

Disney has become, it

can be easy to forget that ch u n k s

of their most famous animations

are based on source material

that, in some cases, is far

removed from the wholesome

and thoroughly sanitised

versions the House of Mouse

wants us to see.

Case in point, when you

think of The Jungle Book, the

first thing that probably comes

to mind is Phil Harris’s loveable

goofball Baloo singing about

taking it easy while Louis Prima

delivers a memorable jazz

number as King Louie.

What you probably won’t

think of is how Rudyard

Kipling’s original story, on which

the movie was based, is way

more violent and includes

scenes such as Mowgli – the

man-cub and main focus of the

story – leading a herd of

elephants to completely destroy

a human village in revenge for

its inhabitants harbouring an

ivory poacher.

While you won’t find any of

this in the Disney versions, the

live-action Netflix adaptation

has opted to stick closer to the

source material to deliver a

darker, gritter take on Kipling’s

wo r k .

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

is directed by Andy Serkis (who

also plays Baloo) and on the

surface, the story follows the

same basic beats as its Disney


We follow the young human

Mowgli (Rohan Chand) who is

abandoned in the jungle and

raised by a pack of wolves,

along with the wise jaguar

Bagheera (Christian Bale).

Eventually he’s forced to

defend himself and his family

from the evil tiger Shere Khan

(Benedict Cumberbatch) as well

as a ruthless hunter named

Lockwood (Matthew Rhys).

This version borrows a lot

more elements from the original

book but funnily enough,

that actually hurts the film

ove ra l l .

In addition to the “u n c a n ny

va l l e y ” nature of the CGI, the

film also cannot seem to decide

who its target audience is meant

to be.

On the one hand, the

unrelenting brutality of the story

along with all the uncensored

violence suggests that this was

meant to be some sort of dark

deconstruction aimed at adults.

On the other hand, there are

weird moments of cartoonish

slapstick and comedy clearly

aimed at a younger audience.

It leaves the impression that

there were two versions of this

film and rather than choosing

one or the other, they just

slapped both together and

hoped for the best.

In the end, comparisons

between M ow g l i and Disney’s

Jungle Book (both the original

and the live-action remake) are

inevitable and while M ow g l i

may be closer to the original

source material, the Disney

versions know exactly what they

want to be and are stronger as a


Give it a look if you are

curious, but if you really want a

more accurate version of

Kipling’s work just read the



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Charges to be laid over ‘cruelty’

NSPCA accuses handlers of

‘a b h o r re n t ’ treatment of sheep

SET TO BE SHIPPED: The NSPCA says its inspectors witnessed sheep being kicked, dragged by the ears and punched in the face

at a Berlin feedlot Picture: ALAN EASON


The NSPCA has announced

that it will be laying

criminal charges of

animal cruelty against the

handlers at the feedlot in Berlin,

which is housing about 50,000

sheep expected to be shipped to

the Middle-East by Kuwaitbased

company Al Mawashi.

According to the NSPCA,

inspectors tasked with

monitoring the loading of the

sheep witnessed acts of

“abhorrent cruelty”, which they

say are contraventions of both

the Animals Protection Act (No

71 of 1962) and World

Organisation for Animal Health

(OIE) standards.

“Handlers employed by Al

Mawashi and KLTT [Kuwait

Livestock Transport & Trading]

kicked and dragged the sheep

by the ears and punched sheep

in the face, in front of our

i n s p e c t o r s ,” the NSPCA claimed

in a recent statement.

“Furthermore, sheep have

not been sheared.

“This at a time of the year

when they are travelling into

excessive heat.”

The NSPCA hit out at the

department of agriculture, land

reform & rural development,

which they say has been

negligent in its handling of the

o p e ra t i o n .

In particular, the NSPCA

criticised the decision to

allocate two newly

qualified veterinarians to take

charge of the large operation.

“The Eastern Cape

department of rural

development & agrarian reform

held a celebratory function in

East London.

“MEC Nomakhosazana

Meth and the department

revered this brutal trade,” said

the NSPCA.


SAFETY FIRST: Aware.org.za is urging South Africans to

consume alcohol in a responsible manner Picture: PIXABAY

Be responsible

when drinking -

a w a re . o rg . z a


While there are many people

who are undoubtedly excited

about the unbanning of alcohol

under the level 2 restrictions, the

Association for Alcohol

Responsibility and Education

(aware.org.za) is urging

residents to not get carried away.

The organisation said it was

important that South Africans

practiced a “culture of

m o d e ra t i o n ” when it came to

consuming alcohol.

Aware.org.za CEO Ingrid

Louw said people should pay

close attention to the health and

safety protocols and do their

part in preventing further Covid-

19 infections.

“It is without doubt that if we

do not adhere to the guidelines

in place to protect each and

every one of us, that we risk

returning to a state of restriction.

“We are urging South

Africans to demonstrate our

ability as a nation to be

responsible and avoid

irresponsible and risky

b e h av i o u r,” said Louw.

Along with the necessary

lockdown restrictions that must

be followed, Louw said South

Africans must also abide by the

necessary safety measures that

are required with regular

alcohol consumption.

“Do not binge drink, do not

drink and drive, respect the rule

of law, and let us move forward

in our social contract as

c i t i z e n s ,” she said.

Louw said it was also

incumbent on traders to t ra d e

responsibly and to sanitise their

stores regularly.

“Our success in curbing the

spread of the virus rests on our

ability to trade responsibly,

practice responsible drinking –

including practicing a culture of

moderation – and adhering to

government lockdown

restrictions and Covid-19


“Our behaviour today

determines our tomorrow,”

Louw said.


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TV study programme for matrics


To help matric students

prepare for the upcoming

end-of-year exams, the

department of basic education

(DBE) recently launched their

free-to-air television initiative,

Woza Matrics.

The initiative is led by the

department in collaboration

with SABC, MultiChoice and

eMedia investments.

Special programmes will be

broadcast on SABC 3, all DSTV

packages and on Openview

DBE launches free-to-air initiative to run every day for next 12 weeks

(Channel 122) every day from

8am to 10am and from 1pm to


For the next 12 weeks,

starting Tuesday September 1,

Woza Matrics will air

programmes designed to assist

matrics in their studies and will

cover the following topics:


*Life Sciences

* G e o g ra p hy

*Physical Science



*English First Additional



*Business Studies

“This initiative has come at

the right time when we are

working to get schooling back

on track.

“Matric is always stressful,

but 2020 has been filled with

unusual stresses,” said DBE

minister Angie Motshekga.

“It is abundently clear that

additional support is required

for learners and we will

continue to provide this.

“There are a few months left

before the end of the year and

Woza Matrics will give learners

the support they need to prepare

for the final exams.”

The initiative has been

welcomed by the Council of

Education Ministers (CEM), who

said it would go a long way in

assisting matric learners in

preperation for the exams.

MultiChoice Group CEO for

general entertainment and

connected video Yolisa Phahle

said they were happy to do their

part in helping students.

“We are grateful and

privileged to have been invited

to contribute to what is a pivotal


“The disruption to all of our

lives as a result of Covid-19 is

still yet to be fully realised, but

our responsibility and

commitment must be to ensure

that we minimise the impact on

our youth, by empowering them

through knowledge and skills,”

said Phahle.


50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: Brian and Dorothy Tiltmann

celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday

September 5, having married in 1970. The couple have a son,

Brenden, and two grandchildren, Reegan and Morgan P i c t u re :



TIME TO ACT: Mdantsane Zone 3 residents marched to the Highway taxi rank to raise awareness about gender basedviolence.


Residents take stand against

gender-based violence

EYE ON THE BALL: An inquisitive vervet monkey watches a

few rounds from its safe perch at the East London Golf Club




East London’s first weekend of

Spring looks set to be another

chilly one, but thankfully not as

cold as last week’s.

Thursday is expected to be

mostly pleasant, with clear

skies, a high of 23°C and a light

14km/h breeze from the southwest.

Temperatures should remain

steady on Friday, along with

clear skies again.

However, the wind is

expected switch around to the

north-east and increase to


It is expected to switch back

on Saturday, from the southwest,

at 22km/h.

The change in wind

direction should bring some

light cloud with it and will see

the temperature drop to 20°C.

S u n d ay ’s temperature is set

to peak at 20°C again, with

some light rain in the afternoon.

The wind will blow in from

the south-east at a light 11km/h.


A group of about 50 young

people from Mdantsane’s Zone

3 on Friday marched from their

area to the nearby Qumza

Highway taxi rank, calling for

an end to gender-based

violence (GBV).

Led by non-profit

organisation Real View

Foundation, the marchers

displayed placards denouncing

GBV in their communities and

called on law enforcement

agencies to do their part in

ensuring the perpetrators stayed

locked up.

As Women’s Month drew to

an end, Real View Foundation

founder Bulelani Fowl said

raising awareness about GBV

needed to continue until the

scourge was eradicated.

“The reason behind this

campaign is that GBV cases

keep occurring in our

communities, but we don’t see

anything being done.

“Recently, in our area, a

young woman was strangled to

death by her partner, and we

then decided as the community

to deal with this matter by

removing the man in our

c o m m u n i t y,” Fowl said.

He said the perpetrator had

since been arrested and

sentenced to a prison term.

The march was in

partnership with two other

NPOs, Indod’okwenyani Men

Support Group and The Better

Future, and was also joined by

ward 14 councillor Zininzi


“I am fighting for women

and children. I am pleading

with men to stop abusing and

killing our women and children.

Let’s protect them instead,” Fow l


Real View Foundation is an

NPO focusing on vulnerable

children while also catering for

senior citizens. Fowl said the

foundation ’s main goal was to

help needy people in the

c o m m u n i t y.

Mtyingizane said as a

woman, mother and wife she

had decided to stand up and be

part of the campaign in her

ward, because she was also

affected by the daily

occurrences of GBV.

“As the leader of this ward, I

want to encourage young

people to open these kind of

programmes to elders, as we are

aware as adults that our children

are being abused and we are

willing to fight with them.”

Mtyingizane said they

wanted their voices to be heard

by law enforcement so

protection of the vulnerable

could be prioritised.

“This GBV is not only

happening in our community,

but worldwide,” she said.

The Better Future founder

Avela Matinise echoed

Mtyingizane’s words about the

importance of showing

s o l i d a r i t y.

“My foundation solely

focuses on homes that have

senior citizens as breadwinners

and young children who

depend on grant payments.

“Since I am dealing with

children in my foundation, they

are being raped and killed, so

being part of this campaign

plays a huge [role] not only in

my foundation, but in my

community as well,” Matinise


Founder of Indod’o k w e nya n

Men’s Support Group,

Nkosinathi Fulani, said the

dignity of men needed to be

restored in communities,

because it had been tarnished

by those men who found it

normal to kill and abuse women

and children.

“Our aim as the support

group is to recruit men and

teach them about not being

violent towards their partners,

parents and children.

“Raising your hand to

anyone does not measure the

level of your manhood.

“Let us unite as men and

combat this pandemic that is

affecting our country,” Fulani

said. — DispatchLIVE

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TNPA focusing

on female staff

Only 2% of global maritime workers are women


While Women’s Month has drawn to a

close, the Transnet National Ports

Authority (TNPA) has said it will

continue to strive towards the advancement of

gender equality within its ranks.

According to statistics from the International

Transport Workers’ Federation (ITWF), only 2% of

global maritime workers are women.

The International Maritime Organisation

(IMO), meanwhile, says only 1%-2% of global

seafarers are women, and the vast majority (94%)

work within the cruise industry.

TNPA chief harbour master and acting COO

Captain Rufus Lekala said they had been putting

in place a “deliberate marine transformation

s t ra t e g y ” to encourage more women to enter the

i n d u s t r y.

“Since the establishment of the National Ports

Authority 20 years ago, we were intentional in our

efforts to transform the marine operations

environment by recruiting and developing

women and other previously disadvantaged


“Today we have many women tug masters,

marine pilots and harbour masters within our port

system and women can also be found in

technical, engineering and operational roles that

were previously the domain of men only,” said


Acting general manager for human resources

Nandi Tyamzashe said TNPA had taken a number

of steps to help women in the industry, such as

employment drives, assisting female students and

organising bursaries.

“Our participation in external programmes

such as Take a Girl to Work Day demonstrates that

TNPA has strategies in place to attract and

develop women in the industry from a grassroots

level and up,” Tyamzashe said.

In contrast to global averages, nearly 40% of

mission-critical jobs within TNPA are held by

women. These jobs include port managers,

harbour managers, chief engineers and pilots.

Three of the eight commercial ports managed

by TNPA have female port masters, while four of

their eight harbour masters and six of their eight

deputy harbour masters are female.

“During times of international strain and

economic uncertainty, such as we are

experiencing right now due to the pandemic, it is

predominantly women and girls who are severely


“An absence of educational opportunities and

economic instability are powerful obstacles and

when combined with inequality, can seem

i n s u r m o u n t a b l e ,” said Tyamzashe.

“This is why our goal isn’t simply to make the

odd space for women across our business.

“We want to ensure that representation and

skills are increased at all levels and that an equal

amount of mission-critical positions are created

for women and girls to thrive.”

DRYING UP: Dams across BCM saw a net decline this week Picture: MICHAEL PINYANA

Dam levels fall in BCM


While provincial dam levels remained stable at

50.7% this week, dams in the BCM area saw a net

decline across the board.

The two dams worst hit were Nahoon and

Rooikrans, which each dropped by 1%. As of

Monday, they stood at 45.1% and 75.7%

r e s p e c t ive l y.

Gubu, meanwhile, dropped down to 63.8%

from last week’s 64.5%, while Bridle Drift found

itself sitting at 41.7% per the latest readings.

Once again, Wriggleswade remains the worst

affected dam in the area and the only one below

40% capacity. The latest readings put it at a

worrying 14.2%.

In a sign of just how dry BCM has been lately,

even Laing saw a net decline, the first in a long

time. However, at 100.1%, there is little risk that it

will empty any time soon.

'No to GBV'

Asaqhama Kekezwa

What has South Africa

turned into? What has our

country become?

For our own man has

turned upon us, even our

sons, fathers and brothers.

What have we done to

deserve this?

Is anyone out there?

Can you even hear us?

As our voices shout

louder than our pain, our

emotions intended to be

hurt by their extractions.

What have we done to

deserve this?

‘Covid-19’ - a poem

Asaqhama Kekezwa

It’s hard to believe that it

will pass

The way it kills and

infects our loved ones

One mistake, another

person is dead

So we have to stay

indoors and stay prepared

Wear your mask and


Stay indoors, you’ll get

a surprise

Obeying the rules is

quite cool

Than being outside and

catching the flu

Shops are closed and

even our schools

Beaches too, now we

sw i m in our pools

We wash our hands to

protect ourselves

We eat our vitamins to

strengthen our cells

We watch the news and

hope for the better

They bury alone, we all

pay together

We give thanks to our


And grieve for the


● Let’s be reminded to

obey the regulations.


King William’s Town’s weekend

will start off rather hot before it

finally cools near the end.

The temperature on

Thursday is pleasant enough,

topping off at 21°C. A 14km/h

wind from the south-west will

help keep the clouds away,

leading to clear skies.

Friday, meanwhile, is

expected to be a scorcher with

the temperature shooting up to


The wind switches slightly to

the south-east but otherwise

there’s no change.

There is yet another big

change on Saturday as the

temperature drops all the way

back to 22°C. The wind will

pick up speed to 18km/h, this

time coming in from the south,

and this will bring some light

cloud along with it.

Temperatures remain stable

on Sunday, but a moderate

22km/h southeasterly is

expected to bring some muchneeded

rain along for the


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Cherish all moments

in life, and especially

with those you love

We can’t control what happens, but can choose our attitude

Maturity and particularly the “golden

ye a r s ” in the lives of humans are very

often characterised by much

contemplation about life and recalling

experiences from the past.

We are clearly a function of those

experiences and memories to a greater

or lesser extent.

While we do not have total control

over what happens in our lives, how we

react to people and handle events will

almost invariably determine how

significant those experiences will be in

our memories.

In a word, it’s all about attitude.

It is no surprise that much appears in

literature about life regarding “moments

to cherish”.

Concerning friendship, Amy Lee

Mercree says: “Forever friends are a

treasure chest of understanding and

compassion. Cherish them.”

A somewhat “bigger picture” view on

life, incorporating the myriad

experiences and encounters we have, is

reflected on by Nyki Mack: “Always take

time to cherish every single moment you

get, and always take a second to remind

yourself how special that moment truly

is and just how lucky you are to have it ...

Remember that there is someone

somewhere wishing it was their

m o m e n t .”

The message in that view contains a

sobering reminder that we should not

take anything for granted, that we should

appreciate all experiences, encounters

and the memories that they make.

Of course, not all experiences are

always ideal or pleasant.

However, unpleasant moments also

have a role to play.

For most of us, life seems to groom us

to be gregarious, to generally seek the

company of others and to thrive on

being active and involved as much as


But is there not more to what could

constitute a broader range of “moments

to cherish”?

Eve Ensler proposes the merits of

solitude on occasion: “Cherish your

solitude. Take trains by yourself to places

you have never been. Sleep out alone

under the stars.

“Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go

so far away that you stop being afraid of

not coming back. Say no when you don’t

want to do something. Say yes if your

instincts are strong, even if everyone

around you disagrees.

“Decide whether you want to be

liked or admired.

“Decide if fitting in is more important

than finding out what you’re doing here.

Believe in kissing.”

Then there is the question of love,

which the Bible tells us is greater than

both faith and hope, and is therefore the

foundation on which all good things are

built. It follows that moments to cherish

would of necessity strongly incorporate

love at many different levels.

Two powerful quotes underline this

train of thought:

“Cherish every moment with those

you love at every stage of your journey.”

- Jack Layton

“To love is to accept a soul entirely,

not wishing that the person was

otherwise, nor hoping for change, nor

clinging to some ideal past. To love is to

cherish the individual standing before

you presently - charms, quirks, and all.

To love is to give someone a piece of

your heart that you will never, ever

r e c l a i m .” - Richelle E Goodrich

We are all afforded this one life, and

we would be well advised to cherish the


TV junk pollutes young minds


Charles Beningfield

Have you ever noticed the little tag line

across the top of some television

schedules which says: “We cannot be

held responsible for incorrect

information supplied by the channels”?

Th e y ’re simply telling you they just

don’t trust the people who compile the

schedules. And can you blame them?

After five tedious months of lockdown,

I’ve learnt that what appears in

print is very often not what you get.

Why this incompetence?

And who is responsible for content

and the increasing flood of violence, sex

and bad language inflicted upon the


One evening last week, we watched

a “new and exclusive” show, on prime

time mind you, about family life in a

leafy city suburb in England.

On the face of it, perfectly


Set among manicured lawns, neat

tree-lined streets, nice houses and what

appears to be ordinary people - until you

hear the language!

Is this really the way people speak

n owa d ay s ?

Or maybe you are following a

particular series and looking forward to

the next episode, only to find that it has

been summarily axed, just like that.

Or a programme is randomly



Roy Hewett

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interrupted to run mindless advertising,

mostly patting themselves on the back.

And the repeats! I have been on more

reruns with Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear

than I’ve had hot breakfasts.

I’ve never been very good at Roman

numerals so I have to ask my wife Naomi

occasionally to tell me when a certain

programme was made.

If she says three or four years ago, I

am relatively happy as a lot of what is

thrust upon us was made at least 10 to

20 years ago.

For this some are paying more than

R900 a month!

Perhaps as we get older we become

less tolerant of today’s way of life but to

my mind there is far too much foul

language, sex, violence and bloodshed.

You see it in films, the news and even

in sitcoms.

Some children’s cartoons too, depict

unnecessary cruelty. And what type of

effect must the unreal lifestyles in the

soap operas have on impressionable

yo u t h ?

Though safety checks and blocking

mechanisms have been introduced over

the years, many parents still seem to let

their children watch anything they like.

There is nothing constructive to be

achieved by piping scenes of sadistic

violence into thousands of homes day in

and day out and subjecting young minds

to continuous exposure of whatever is

offered on the screen.

There has to be plenty of material

available for public enjoyment and

instruction which does not involve the

casual use of dangerous drugs, brutality,

foul language and pornography.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off

to watch another episode of Deal or No

Deal for the third or fourth time.

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Safety first at swim school

Instructors extra

careful with kids

and virus threat


In a coastal city such as East London,

learning to swim is important. It’s no

surprise, then, that the city has its

fair share of swim schools.

A good example is Wanda’s

Swimming School, founded and run by

Wanda Steyn for the last 14 years.

She teaches students of all ages,

from babies to adults.

“We teach them how to swim, teach

stroke correction and we even enter

students into galas,” Steyn said.

“We even do some charity work.

Th e r e ’s a man who comes from

Butterworth and he brings us children

who cannot swim.

“This way, they can have a little

experience of swimming.”

The swim school normally operates

out of Body Classique Fitness Centre on

the East London beachfront but since

gyms have been forced to close due to

the lockdown restrictions, Steyn has

had to find alternative venues.

When she spoke to the GO! &

Express on Monday, she was

sharing the Swim Stars pool in Stirling.

In addition to the trouble her

business has found itself in, Steyn also

had to deal with contracting Covid-19

earlier this year.

“I was dead sick, and even went to

hospital. I lost weight because I

Open road, deal

with beach bins



As the beaches are open under level 2

restrictions, could BCMM please

explain why the road to the Nahoon

l i f e s ave r s ’ shack remains blocked?

The rubbish bins at the end of the

Beach Break boardwalk have not been

emptied since the move from level 3 to

level 2. Why not?

At the lifesavers’ shack there is one

bin without a bottom, one half under

the sand and one that has almost

disappeared under the sand.

There used to be a bin between the

shack and the river, but this has long

since been swallowed by the sand.

Please open the road and attend to

the bins.

STAYING AFLOAT: Wanda Steyn helps young student Breanna Sumu learn to swim Picture: MATTHEW FIELD

couldn’t eat,” she said.

Thankfully, she managed to make a

recovery but the brush with the virus

has encouraged her to ensure stringent

safety measures are carried out at her

s ch o o l .

“Firstly, you have to get your

temperature taken and must sign in,”

Steny said.

In addition to screening for obvious

symptoms, this also allows for easy

tracking in the event that a student or

one of their family members later tests

p o s i t ive .

“When a child is out of the pool,

they have to blow their nose on a wet

wipe and throw it into a drum. Often

they might have a runny nose which

they want to wipe on nearby surfaces.”

Steyn said she also made sure to

sanitise the area regularly, and

instructors wore a face mask during

lessons. Classes are also limited in the

number of students.

“We do two students per instructor.

It’s only family and siblings that are

allowed to swim together,” Steyn said.

Those looking to sign up for the

school or find out more information

can visit the Wanda’s Swimming

School Facebook page, e-mail

wandasteyn12@gmail.com or call


Cricket SA AGM postponed


Cricket SA’s much anticipated annual

general meeting has been postponed.

CSA were to elect a new president

to replace Chris Nenzani, who

resigned earlier this month, at

S a t u r d ay ’s AGM.

They were also to fill at least two

spots on the non-independent side of

the 12-person board.

With Prof Steve Cornelius also

having resigned earlier in August, a

spot opened up on the independent

section of the board.

In a press release issued on

Monday, the organisation said a

review of the governance model of

CSA on the outstanding matters

recommended by the Nicholson

commission of enquiry in its report

needed to occur.

The second issue is its

troublesome forensic report.

Not only was it unavailable to

C S A’s members council, but

according to IOL, required the

officials to sign a non-disclosure

agreement in order to view the


The tenuous nature of the report

was such that CSA’s acting president,

Beresford Williams, told parliament it

was not ready to be given to the sports

portfolio committee.

Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa,

who on Friday signalled his intention

to be part of CSA’s AGM, had wanted

to see the report.

The statement further said the

organisation needed to take the

following steps:

● Engage with the members council

on the various issues they have raised

and ensure alignment for the stability

of CSA;

● Engage with the minister of sports,

arts and culture, the South African

Sports Confederation and Olympic

Committee (Sascoc) and other

stakeholders of CSA;

● Extend the recruitment process for

any board and board committee

vacancies that may arise after

completion of the above strategic


● Provide a detailed review of CSA’s

transformation strategy that takes

account of the launch of the office of

the independent transformation

ombudsman; and

● Reconfigure the organisational

structure to ensure the remedial

actions recommended by Fundudzi

in the forensic review are


The postponement of the AGM

couldn’t have come at a worse time

for the embattled organisation.

Last week, it fired its CEO,

Thabang Moroe, after a nine-month

disciplinary process that is set to be

resolved in the Labour Court.

CSA also recently relieved its chief

commercial officer, Naasei Appiah,

and head of sales and sponsor

relations, Clive Eksteen, of their

duties. - Ti m e s L I V E

All not lost

for school




As the former SA Schools coach and a

man who operated in that set-up for 4½

years, Mzwakhe Nkosi knows that

what goes around comes around on the

country’s talent conveyor belt.

The production line has been

cruelly interrupted by the Covid-19

pandemic, and though the system is

hard-wired to crank back into action,

human fragility can’t be underestimated

when the switch gets flicked.

“What do you say to a matric who

played rugby their entire life and just

wants to be in the school’s first team?”

Nkosi said. “Now there is a big void in

that player’s life.”

The suspension of all schools rugby

also comes with more tangible

complications. “There now is no

opportunity for players to market

themselves for universities or

academies. Those players are broken.”

Nkosi believes a natural selection

process will reveal itself soon enough.

The wheat will separate from the chaff

in a country that remains one of the

globe’s pre-eminent rugby nurseries.

As Nkosi explains, the country’s

rugby infrastructure and systems will

ensure that the top talent flourishes.

Coupled to that, players who adapt best

to the lockdown will prosper.

Behind that is a system that can help

fast-track talent to where it needs to be.

There may be no play but the SAR u g by

Union’s Elite Player Development

programme is far from dormant.

In fact, Nkosi believes individuals

may actually re-emerge from lockdown

better rounded players. “What lacks in

our modern player is rugby EQ and

rugby IQ. The lockdown has given

players and coaches the opportunity to

improve online.

“The type of player to come out of

this is the player who focused on those

extras. It will be the scrumhalf who can

pass properly off the base, or who can

box kick with accuracy, the tight

forward who isn’t just be big and

strong, but who will be solid in his

fundamentals at the set piece.

“Basically, it will be the player who

has now used his time most effectively.”

In SA, however, things are never

that straightforward and the system

might throw up anomalies.

“The 15-year-old was going to play

under-16 this season will now probably

go straight into the A-side. That is a

massive jump.”

Nkosi said while the EPD

programme might sharpen their minds,

p l aye r ’s conditioning would require

urgent attention upon resumption.

“I’m confident we will see a steady

stream of players coming through the

system and that the Junior Springboks

will be able to pick from. All is not

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How the 1974 tour

saw Lions record total

victory over Boks


As the 1974 rugby season opened, the news came

that former Springbok captain Hannes Marais had

been persuaded to come out of retirement from

international rugby to skipper SA against the

visiting British Lions, captained by the

canny Willie John McBride.

The story goes that a meeting had been held in

London to which potential tourists had been

i nv i t e d .

McBride explained to those in attendance that

the tour would not be easy and racial issues would

be sure to arise.

He then ordered that the double doors at the

front of the hall be opened.

“Anyone who doesn’t want to tour is free to

leave this meeting now,” he said. “No-one will

think any less of anyone who walks out.”

Amid silence, only one player left the meeting.

At the time, the Boks had only been beaten by

the Lions (or Britain as they were then called) in

1891 and 1896, the pioneering tours.

In 1896, SA registered their first win in

internationals, beating Britain 5-0 at Newlands.

Before World War 2, SA had vanquished four

touring teams from Britain.

In 1903 SA won 2-1, in 1910 2-1, in 1924 3-1

and in 1938 2-1.

After the war, the Lions drew the 1955 series

2-2, but lost in 1962 (3-0 to SA with one draw),

with the same margin in 1968.

McBride had been on both previous tours to

SA and was familiar with SA’s method of play.

The 1974 tourists were strong in all

departments, particularly scrumming, while they

were determined not to take intimidation from any

team they faced.

They had a call, the infamous “99 call”, which

would be shouted and then they would punch the

player nearest to them in a free-for-all.

In the third Test, Lions fullback JPR Williams

ran 55m to land a solid punch to one of SA’s

forwards after a 99 call.

The tourists beat all seven teams they faced

before the first Test at Newlands and had gelled

into a most formidable combination.

South-Western Districts were beaten 97-0 in

Mossel Bay 11 days before the Test.

There were six new Bok caps for the opener,

which was very nearly a Western Province side

because they had done well running with the ball

just prior to the Test.

Flank Boland Coetzee, scrumhalf Roy

McCallum, centres Peter Whipp and Johan

Oosthuizen and right wing, Chris Pope, all WP,

were in the team, along with a new lock,

Tra n s va a l ’s Kevin de Klerk.

The Lions won the game 12-3, with the only

score for SA coming from a dropped goal by

Dawie Snyman.

The SA selectors panicked.

There were seven new players for the second

Test at Loftus Versveld, including six new caps,

along with a positional shift.

Caps were given to hooker Dave Frederickson,

eighthman Dugald MacDonald, scrumhalf Paul

Bayvel, flyhalf Gerald Bosch, centre Jackie

Snyman and left wing Gerrie Germishuys, with

Morne du Plessis moving from eighthman to flank,

while Niek Bezuidenhout replaced Sakkie

Sauermann at prop.

Out were hooker Piston van Wyk, Coetzee,

McCallum, Dawie Snyman, Oosthuizen and wing

Gert Muller. However, the Lions were again too

good, this time winning 28-9.

At Port Elizabeth for the third Test, the selectors

wielded the heavy axe, and introduced six new

caps: Locks Moaner van Heerden and Johan de

Bruyn, flank Polla Fourie, eighthman Klippies

Kritzinger, scrumhalf Gerrie Sonnekus and centre

Jan Schlebusch.

In addition, Van Wyk returned at hooker,

Jackie Snyman went from centre to flyhalf, Peter

Cronje took Snyman’s place at centre, while Tonie

Roux replaced Ian McCallum at fullback.

Sonnekus was a disaster at scrumhalf but, to be

fair, he did not receive much good ball from his

f o r wa r d s .

Again the Springboks were completely

outplayed, the winning score this time being 26-9,

with Sonnekus taking the bulk of the flak for the

lacklustre display by the home team.

The fourth Test at Ellis Park drew a crowd of

75,000. The Lions were looking for a clean sweep

of the series but could SA at least get one win?

This time only one new cap was introduced:

Kleintjie Grobler at eighthman - the fourth

eighthman of the series - with Kritzinger moving

from number eight to flank and Fourie dropped.

John Williams returned at lock in place of De

Bruyn and Bayvel made a return at scrumhalf after

i n j u r y.

There were three penalties to Snyman and a

magnificent try to Cronje and SA finished with 13

points on the board.

Amazingly, Cronje’s effort was the first try to be

scored against the Lions since the game against

Western Province seven weeks earlier.

But it was not enough to win. The Lions replied

with two tries, a conversion and a penalty to finish

with 13 points, leaving the match drawn.

And so McBride’s team left our shores

unbeaten, having won 21 of 22 matches, and

leaving rugby-lovers in SA with plenty of food for


Ahead for the Springboks lay a tour of France

in late 1974 with a reciprocal tour by the French

to SA in 1975.

But thoughts were now turning to the

proposed 1976 tour to SA by New Zealand.

Could the Boks regroup and be ready for their

main enemy, the All Blacks?



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du Toit

Centre for deaf raising funds with virtual run


COMEBACK: Former Springbok captain Hannes Marais, who was

brought on to skipper the Springboks against the visiting British

Lions Picture: FILE/SAM MAJELA

September is Deaf Awareness Month and to

mark it, the Carel du Toit Centre in East

London will be hosting a virtual run to raise

funds for the non-profit organisation.

For the Hear to Run challenge, participants

will be tasked with running a total of 100km over

the month of September.

“What we’ve done is create a Strava group and

we’re appealing to individual runners and

anybody who is interested,” said Carel du Toit

Centre principal and project manager Paula

Ku m m .

“As an NPO, funds in the months of lockdown

have been incredibly hard to come by.

“Th e r e ’s also the added expense of sanitising

and aquiring personal protective equipment

( P P E ),” she said.

She said the run would help to raise awareness

for the centre.

“We’ve come to the point where awareness of

our school is an ongoing challenge and we just

thought we had to do something to get our social

media up and going,” said Kumm.

“What better time than when most things are

moving online or to social media?”

Those looking to take part can sign up for

S t rava, either on the phone app or online at

w w w. s t rava.com. Next they must search for the

Hear to Run group and request to join.

Once signed up, their challenge will be to

complete their 100km before the end of

September. Participants are also encouraged to

find sponsors to help raise funds for Carel du Toit.

“They can get people to sponsor them per

kilometre or sponsors can do a once-off donation.

“With all funds raised, nothing is going to an

individual. It’s all going to the centre,” Kumm said.

Donations can be sent to the following


Carel du Toit Trust

Nedbank: Vincent Park

Account No: 120 602 8726

Branch code: 120 622

Ref: Your Name Run100

For more information, visit the Carel du Toit

Facebook page.

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