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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
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
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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Netflix version of ‘Mowgli’ misses the mark
Given just how much of a
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
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
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
“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
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
Meth and the department
revered this brutal trade,” said
SAFETY FIRST: Aware.org.za is urging South Africans to
consume alcohol in a responsible manner Picture: PIXABAY
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
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-
“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
“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
“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
restrictions and Covid-19
“Our behaviour today
determines our tomorrow,”
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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,
The initiative is led by the
department in collaboration
with SABC, MultiChoice and
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:
* G e o g ra p hy
*English First Additional
“This initiative has come at
the right time when we are
working to get schooling back
“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,”
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September 5, having married in 1970. The couple have a son,
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TIME TO ACT: Mdantsane Zone 3 residents marched to the Highway taxi rank to raise awareness about gender basedviolence.
Picture: SIVENATHI GOSA
Residents take stand against
EYE ON THE BALL: An inquisitive vervet monkey watches a
few rounds from its safe perch at the East London Golf Club
Picture: MATTHEW FIELD
W E AT H E R
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,
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
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
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
“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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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
“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
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'
What has South Africa
turned into? What has our
For our own man has
turned upon us, even our
sons, fathers and brothers.
What have we done to
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
‘Covid-19’ - a poem
It’s hard to believe that it
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
Obeying the rules is
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
We eat our vitamins to
strengthen our cells
We watch the news and
hope for the better
They bury alone, we all
We give thanks to our
And grieve for the
● Let’s be reminded to
obey the regulations.
KING WILLIAM’S TOWN WEATHER
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
In a word, it’s all about attitude.
It is no surprise that much appears in
literature about life regarding “moments
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
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
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
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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
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
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
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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
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,”
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
● Engage with the members council
on the various issues they have raised
and ensure alignment for the stability
● 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
● 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
LIAM DEL CARME
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
“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
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
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
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?
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