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18 M ay 2010
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night's performance of Carmina Burana. Ismail Mahomed reviews the show on Page 10. Photo: Steven Lang
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News in brief
Local caught with child
A local man accused of being in
possession of child pornography was granted bail at the Grahamstown Magistrate's Court
The man was arrested on his
farm after police found pornographic photographs of boys on
his cellphone and computers.
The provincial head office of
the SAPF was alerted by police
in Durban after a man who had
been chatting with the accused
received pornographic pictures
of boys from a local man.
Warrant Officer Sherolene
Williams said: “The Grahamstown police received a permit to
search his house. Pornographic
pictures were found in his computer and cellphone.”
The accused’s cellphone
was confiscated for further
He was released on R2 000 bail
and will appear in court on
Man murdered in Joza
A man was found dead in Joza
during the early hours of Saturday morning. WO Williams said:
“It is alleged that the deceased
had come from a local tavern and
was stabbed to death. No arrests
have been made.” Any person
with more information can contact the Grahamstown detectives
on 046 603 9200.
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Court move ‘a Grahamstown issue’
ttorney Brin Brody called a
press conference on behalf of
the Grahamstown High Court
Action Committee last week Thursday in which he encouraged Grahamstown residents to take action
against moving the seat of the High
Court to Bhisho.
Brody said: “The message I
want to convey on behalf of the committee is that it has done what it
can. It is now up to the residents of
Grahamstown to take this further,
everybody knows what is at stake.”
He said moving the court is now a
“Grahamstown issue” and called for
“opposition from the roots up” which
includes opposition from unions, all
local political parties and Rhodes
Brody confirmed that the committee has dispatched about 50 letters and memoranda opposing the
move to recipients such as President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President
Kgalema Motlanthe, heads of court
and various ministers.
The committee has also circulated the letter to 150 businesses
and government organisations in
Grahamstown, many of which have
addressed letters which oppose
the move to Justice Minister Jeff
The current version of the
Superior Courts Bill leaves it up to
the minister to decide where the seat
of the High Court will be situated and
the area of jurisdiction. The bill has
been approved by Cabinet and will
be tabled before Parliament. A parliamentary portfolio committee will
then hear the submissions. Brody
said, “Previously, the bill was indefinitely postponed. Now the minister
wants the bill through this year, so
there’s not a lot of time.”
He confirmed that if the Superior Courts Bill is approved by Par-
liament, East London will no longer
have a High Court as there is no provision for it in the bill. The only court
will be in Bhisho, meaning that East
Londoners will have to travel 50km
to litigate in court there.
Brody said if any members of the
public wanted to air their views, that
they should address a letter to the
minister. Residents can send letters
to Radebe at the following address:
Minister of Justice and
Mr JP Radebe
Private Bag X276
Lolwana from the situation and delivered him into police custody.
When he was released two days
later he went to the complainant’s
home, approached her mother, and
threatened her with a knife, claiming that he would kill and rape her
and her children if they did not
drop the charge laid against him.
However, the complainant's mother ignored the threat and Lolwana
was further charged with assault
after this incident.
During the trial, the young complainant gave compelling evidence.
Giving her testimony via camera
from a room adjacent to the court
she was asked, in a play-like scenario, to show the court what the accused had done to her.
Without hesitation she used the
anatomically correct dolls provided
to re-enact her own rape. Members
of the gallery exclaimed with shock
at the graphic nature of her evidence. After a full hour of testimony
the court adjourned to allow the
complainant to rest.
During cross-examination by Lolwana's defence the young complainant also remained resolute, saying
“he's lying” repeatedly when told
Lolwana's version of events. However she became more and more upset
as Lolwana's claims were relayed to
her. The court adjourned briefly to
allow the complainant some time to
calm down, during which defence attorney Mziwanele Solani apologised
to the prosecution for having to
cross-examine the young complainant, but added that he was compelled
to challenge her account.
The complainant's testimony
was concluded when she was asked
to enter the court with a social worker for a form of identity parade. Out
of the approximately 20 people in
court, including police officers, court
officials and the public gallery, the
complainant twice, clearly and forcefully, pointed to Lolwana when asked
to identify the man who raped her.
The prosecution then called
Doctor Makubalo of Fort Beaufort
Provincial Hospital to the stand.
She testified that the complainant’s hymen had been completely
eradicated and that, after nine days,
a sexually transmitted infection was
clearly present in her body. The defence did not contest that the com-
plainant had been raped.
During the cross-examination
of Lolwana, state prosecutor Nicky
Turner grew increasingly frustrated
with him, at one point calling him an
“outrageous, outright liar”.
The accused, who left school in
Grade 5 and has several prior convictions for housebreaking, changed his
testimony from question to question,
often ignoring the questions entirely.
Makuala found Lolwana guilty of
rape, but said that the state failed to
prove that he had assaulted the complainant's mother. After sentencing
the state called on clinical psychologist
Karen Andrews to testify in aggravation
of the sentence.
She testified that the complainant
had experienced the profound threat of
annihilation and a total loss of control
during her rape. Andrews said that the
complainant was severely traumatised,
living in such fear that she is unable to
function, which will impede her intellectual, social and emotional growth.
The defence asked that the judge
consider that this was Lolwana's first
Sentencing will take place on
Man convicted of raping 8-year-old
A 24-YEAR-OLD man from Tyoksville, Fort Beaufort, has been convicted of the rape of an eight-year-old girl.
The incident occurred on 22
September last year when the accused, Matshawe Lolwana, found
the complainant playing behind a local house. He gagged her, bound her
hands, and raped her.
Approached by a passer-by who
shouted at him, Lolwana fled the
scene. Lolwana, who was armed with
a knife, threatened the complainant;
saying that he would stab her if she
told her mother about her rape.
The complainant freed herself
and, on her way home, encountered
her younger brother who asked her
why she was crying. She told him
what had happened.
However, the complainant was
reluctant to inform her mother
but, after she told her uncle, the
matter was reported to the police
nine days later.
Upon hearing about the incident
the community approached Lolwana
and threatened him with violence.
The complainant’s uncle removed
Police investigating illegal abortion clinics
POLICE are aware of four illegal
abortion clinics in Grahamstown
and will inform the health department about new posters which
have been put up around town,
advertising “same day 100% safe
Warrant Officer Sherolene
Williams said, “The police will
inform the Department of Health
about the posters. It is then the department’s responsibility to investigate if the organisation is illegal.
If this is the case, the police will
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phoned the number on the poster
and asked whether the business
was registered with the Department
of Health, the woman who answered
the phone said she would get back
to the reporter “next month”. She
refused to comment further.
Settler’s Hospital manager,
Bongiwe Moyake, said they do have
women who come in with what the
hospital calls “miscarriages” but
that Settler’s does not ask questions about the causes as it is not
She said they have not seen an
increase of women coming in with
Senior manager of health programmes, Nkau Kgasana, said,
“Abortion clinics have to apply to
the MEC for health who will then
send officials to go and look whether it complies with health regulations and the Health Act. They will
then give this report to the MEC
who will decide to give the clinic a
permit or not.”
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Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert –
a personal memoire
TAX FREE... Rhodes Democratic Alliance Student Organisation were positioned outside the
Rhodes Bantu Steve Biko Building asking students to sign their petitions in support of zero VAT
on textbooks, declaring education as an essential service. Photo: Prudence Mini
DA calls for tax
he Rhodes Democratic
Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) held
a picket last week Friday in a
motion to have VAT scrapped
on all textbooks.
This national campaign
ran during the course of last
week in 17 universities across
the country in support of
Democratic Alliance (DA)
Member of Parliament, Dion
George’s proposal for zero
VAT on textbooks.
According to the campaign’s briefing sheet, all
books are subject to the 14%
rate of value added tax (VAT)
under the current South
“South Africa lags behind
the rest of the world in our tax
policy on books. In numerous
countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Philippines and Australia,
no tax is charged on books at
all. Comparative research has
also shown quite clearly that
reducing the cost of books,
by reducing VAT charged on
them, has a powerful effect
on the purchase of books and
readership,” the briefing read.
The DA believes that taxing
books is a tax on learning,
knowledge and literacy. In efforts to prioritise measures to
promote literacy and education, they believe that zerorating on books would be a
cost-effective measure to contribute towards this.
DA Constituency Operations Manager, Francois
As a matter
Greyling said that the initiative
is looking at creating awareness of this issue as well as
gathering support from the
public. He said if books were
zero-rated, a library making
a purchase order of 3 000 new
books could purchase roughly
400 additional books which
would have a positive knockon effect for those South Africans relying on libraries as a
source of knowledge.
“We are fighting for it to be
passed as a Bill in Parliament,
not only for students but the
average man on the street and
he added. He said that this
campaign runs together with
another ongoing programme
to declare education as an essential service, which would
prevent teachers from striking.
“To look at a student’s
perspective, money is an issue and textbooks change
every year, so this may seem
like a small thing but every
bit helps,” said Rhodes DASO
branch leader, Frederik Kirsten in referring to the importance of the campaign. “We are
also trying to get pressure off
the students so they can focus
on more important things,” he
added. He said that there has
been a positive response from
the students for this initiative
with many signing the petition
to show their support. Rhodes
student, Chipo Chakungu said
that she signed the petition as
books are so expensive and
she finds it even more difficult to buy books as she is not
Another student, Sandile
Dube liked the idea of the campaign as cheaper books would
mean saving more money.
WITH the rugged looks of
Harrison Ford, the former
First XV No 8 and Hall Warden, Van Zyl looked to be
the perfect Stellenbosch
product when we met in
about 1973. He was teaching
Sociology at the University
I was teaching Anthropology at UCT and HW van
der Merwe, a newcomer
from Rhodes to UCT, was
trying to bring the social
scientists in the Western
Cape together. Discussions
were robust – the Maties
suggesting that they could
turn the government round
from within, the Ikeys that
opposition had to be principled and open.
Van Zyl, having spent
time at Rhodes, seemed
open to both views – and
became active in the Study
Christianity in Apartheid Society
(SPROCAS), an initiative
of the Christian Institute to
plan for a society after apartheid, which included some
more open-minded Nationalists and intellectual revolutionaries like Ric Turner,
whom the state was to
I was visited by one of
the Maties who explained to
me that he was not an Afrikaner, but German (implying a mediatory role). “They
Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert:
feel you are a boerehater,” he
“No,” I replied, “Not a
boerehater but a papbroekehater, perhaps. They all kowtow to the old prof even when
they know he’s lying. The only
one who doesn’t is Slabbert.”
“Ah,” said the mediator,
“Slabbert. You know, he is an
orphan. He was not brought
up by his own parents.”
We next met when, following ex-Rhodian Ben Dekker’s
pompous pricking campaign
against “Div” Graaf in Rondebosch in 1971, Van Zyl captured the seat for the seat for
the Progressive Party, bring-
ing support to end Helen
Suzman’s lonely vigil as the
only principled opponent of
the Nationalists in Parliament. He recruited, among
others, Errol Moorcroft –
farmer, Rhodian, Rhodes
scholar, and rugby star –
who became the first Progressive to win a rural seat
They were not like other
politicians – they only spoke
the truth, even when not to
their electoral advantage.
Like Helen Suzman, they
were not for sale, regardless of the size of the bid.
Moorcroft spent most of his
time working for people who
could not vote for him, jeopardising his support from
among those who could.
along with Alex Boraine,
from formal politics, to establish the institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa)
and to work quietly with
HW van der Merwe and the
exiles to build channels of
communication, was a cruel
blow to his party, but it freed
him to make a special contribution to our astonishingly peaceful transition from
apartheid to democracy.
He remained, as my
German colleague had told
me, “an orphan”: not tied
to the traditions and prejudices of his ancestors, but
wholly, remarkably and honorably, his own man.
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The property which houses
the historical Phoenix Roller
Mills was sold on Friday to
Bud Hare from Grahamstown, who did not wish to
disclose the amount. “It was
a good deal. I got a good deal
and Bonsor got a good deal,”
he said. The mill itself was
not sold for R55 000, as stated in Friday’s edition of Grocott’s Mail, but in fact for R80
000. Dave Mullins from Dave
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is satisﬁed with the outcome
of the auction.
Kingswood Junior School
invites all Grannnies and Grandpas to
Friday 28 May 2010
Junior School 09h30
(For more information Tel 046 6036650)
presented by the Grade 7 Class of
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Date: 27th and 28th May 2010
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Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Liberty and Progress
Warm greetings from the USA
Rhodes student and VG old girl Thandolwethu Zono, who is studying in America on a hockey
scholarship, is a woman of her word. Before she left Grahamstown, she promised Grocott’s Mail she
would keep in touch with her hometown
he two performances of Carmina
Burana at the Guy Butler Theatre on
Thursday and Friday last week left
audiences with a sensation of stunned awe,
admiration and immense pride.
Did we do this? Did this happen in our
town? Surely you have to go to the big cities
or maybe even Europe to see performances
of this calibre? It was incredible to have on
stage such an amazing wealth of musical
talent. Grahamstown has high expectations
for a small town in the Eastern Cape because we are accustomed to seeing shows
of the highest quality. The Grahamstown
Music Society has regular concerts, local
schools have more than their fair share of
musical talent and of course we host the
National Arts Festival which appears to be
getting better every year.
However, having all these talented musicians and singers would be of little value if
they all operated independently. What made
the Carmina Burana performances so
spectacular was having so many people on
one stage all working in unison to provide a
powerful, yet harmonious treat for
It was the experience of having such a
diverse group of people, all doing different
things at the same time that made the event
so memorable. There were various choirs
represented from TEM Mrwetyana to
Kingswood College, singers from a variety
of cultural groups and musicians from just
about all ages.
The performances were a wonderful
example of what can be achieved through
unity. The musical talents of Grahamstown
got together and produced something way
above the ordinary.
Last week, there was another remarkable show of unity when a group of community leaders got together to protest
against plans to move the High Court out of
Grahamstown. We don’t know if this unprecedented stand will ultimately be successful,
but at least we can say that we united for
a common cause and we gave it our best
shot – something like the performers of
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the UMass athletics website (www.
have been in Amherst for almost
umassathletics.com). These past
four months now, and it seems
Tel: 046 636 1173
four months were tough and hard. It
like just yesterday I was all set
felt like a complete shock to my sysand packed, filled with such emotion
tem, I never knew I had certain musand boarding a plane to come here.
Getting fat can
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harm your health PAGE 8 celebrates birthday PAGE 10
cles. I was contemplating making
The University of Massachusetts
PAGE 3 at Settlers
some excuse so I’d have to go home
(UMASS) has really blown me away.
again. We have just been training
The hockey programme is unlike
and not playing many matches, exanything I have done before. The way
cept for a few practice ones and fun
everything is run, one would think
we are a professional team. Playing
Our team looks promising,
hockey here is a fulltime job. Being
having three foreign players repa part of this programme has taught
resenting Australia, England and
me a great deal of teamwork, comSouth Africa respectively. And I
mitment and hard work.
must add that the coaching staff is
Firstly, waking up at six in the
morning to walk in the freezing
On Fridays, wearing my Bafana
snowy weather to head to practice
Bafana t-shirt draws a lot of attenwas not one of my favourite motion. The Americans are excited for
ments at all. But now that it is nicer
the World Cup too and a number of
out, it is a pleasure being out on the
my friends and people I know are
turf and playing. They most certainly
coming down for the tournament,
do not work on African time at all.
which is fantastic.
Punctuality is something the coachI plan on doing some recruiting
es really enforce.
for UMASS when I come back home.
UMASS is MASSive and has a
So there is an opportunity for the
wonderful campus. When you are V
young talent in the Eastern Cape
doing new things, and seeing places and hoping
on a campus with just over 26 000
meet up with my American friends who were at and South Africa to have the experience that I’m
students, you’d tend to feel lost and alone but to
Rhodes as exchange
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The decision to come here was a great one
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I certainly do not regret it, smiles all round.
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The hockey season only begins in August, sickness manages to creep in, my faith helps to
We have just finished the academic year and
are on summer break. So university only com- which will be exciting. I am really looking for- strengthen me and I have built a great support
mences again in the first week of September. I’m ward to it. You can catch our home games live on system here so I’m well taken care of.
hodes University student Thandolwethu Zono, who recently received a sport scholarship to the University of Massachusetts (UMASS), has arrived safely in the USA
and will soon begin training.
In an interview with Grocott’s Mail last week, Zono said she couldn’t believe the reality
of the opportunity. “When I sit down and think of how I got the scholarship, I realise it is
God’s work as I couldn’t have done it on my own,” she says.
Zono, who matriculated from Victoria Girls’ High School (VGHS) and who is currently
in her second year of studying a Bcomm Accounting at Rhodes University, said she first
heard about the hockey scholarship when a hockey coach from James Madison University
visited South Africa looking for high school learners to fit the criteria of the scholarship.
“My name somehow got on the list of people to be considered for the scholarship.”
Zono first started playing hockey as a nine-year-old and was captain of the VGHS 1st
hockey team. She currently plays for Rhodes 1st XI. In 2008 she was a member of the U19
national side that played against Australia. Zono says she prefers playing centre link, but
“can play any of the positions effectively, it just depends on the strength of the team.”
Her parents are ecstatic about their daughter’s achievement.
Zono’s mother Boniwe said “I am very proud of her and this is a lifetime opportunity for
her.” Zono’s father, Maboy added “She is committed to what she does and it was her choice
to follow hockey as she had participated in different sporting codes.”
Although she will be away from home for some time, Zono says she has every intention
of remaining close to her roots. “Yes, I am going to the States but I am a Rhodent. My blood
is purple [for Rhodes] and green for VGHS.”
OVERJOYED... Thandolwethu Zono with her father, Maboy and her mother Boniwe,
before heading for the United States. Photos: Steven Lang
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If ever proof were needed of how special Grahamstown is, it was provided last Thursday
and Friday at the Guy Butler Theatre when
the Rhodes Orchestra and massed choirs of
several local schools staged a resounding performance of Carl Orff ’s wonderful Carmina
I was fortunate to be part of the audience
in a packed auditorium on Friday to be royally
and magnificently entertained by the talents
of more than 300 mainly young musicians under the baton of the inspirational Juan Muñoz.
I thank them all, as well as the army of others
whose organisational and supporting efforts
helped to make this such a rich and satisfying
evening. The standing ovation at the end was
humans who allow animals to breed and then
do not care for them or feed them. Or they
get fancy breeds they know absolutely nothing about and when the dogs start behaving
according to their nature, the people do not
know how to respond and generally a lot of
chaos is let loose on the community before the
dogs invariably meet a sticky end.
However, cats continue to be killed by dogs
on Rhodes campus and elsewhere and I have
never before had so many reports of killings
or of missing cats.
If nothing is being done to stop them, I
would like to appeal to everyone who cares to
look after their own small animals, although I
would imagine that many are being killed that
no one is even aware of. I found the tortured,
disembowelled remains of a young campus
cat yesterday among a colony I am working
with at present and it was a very sad sight
that will haunt me for a long time.
Dogs still on the loose Thank the Curves
Cats are still being killed by marauding dogs
around town and on campus but it appears
the authorities aren’t doing anything to stop
them. I do not want the dogs to suffer unduly,
but their killing spree must come to an end
and there is only one way that will happen,
unfortunately, since there is obviously no
one taking responsibility for them. I have an
unconfirmed report that the killer huskies of
George Street were shot after they attacked
a man. This really saddens me because this
is not what any of these dogs deserve and all
of these problems stem from irresponsible
The Rotary Annes of Grahamstown would
like to thank the members of Curves for their
generous donation of two trolley loads of
These have been distributed to the
Khanya Care Unit which looks after twelve
special needs children, a destitute family identified by Famsa and the Grahamstown Health
Development Forum run from the Presbyterian Church which assists families that are
affected by HIV/Aids.
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The abortion and DJ posters wallpapered all over
town are a disgrace to the
town. Why does Makana not
prosecute these vandals of
our historic city?!
Does Makana traffic dept
not protect children? I
often drive pass the corner of Hodges & Spring Str
where a white woman sits
on her pavement doorstep
at 5 Hodges Str, smoking,
while her small son commits hare kiri with passing traffic on his plastic
bike. He has repeatedly
shot in front of my car,
risking his life.
G'town should have a 3rd
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Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010
The nitty gritty of wind power
he possible introduction
of nine or ten 90-metrehigh wind turbines, each
equipped with three 45-metrelong blades, to the Waainek
landscape has upset many
of the potential neighbours.
Each turbine costs approximately R35-million to build
and has a life span of 30 years.
Noise, and the introduction
of industrial structures to an
area where many businesses,
basing their appeal on a calming environment – as in the
case of the Mariya uMama
weThemba Monastery – or
on the illusion of untamed wilderness (in the case of several
surrounding hunting lodges
and game reserves), are considered major disincentives.
The environmental impact assessment (EIA) presented by
Coastal Environmental Services (CES) and the project
manager of Innowind, Kevin
Minkoff earlier this month
became an opportunity for
concerned residents to air
a variety of grievances and
worries. Privately owned and
French funded, Innowind has
undertaken to identify and
assess the environmental
and social impacts, and make
recommendations to mitigate
negative impacts – but a critical minority who attended a
recent meeting expressed
dissatisfaction with the many
uncertain variables raised by
the proposed wind farm, and a
lack of guarantees.
The process of “scoping”
the Grahamstown area was
completed by the end of November last year. Two other
sites, on either side of the N2
to East London were considered but Waainek was
considered the best due to
accessibility, excellent wind
resources and proximity to
the municipal power grid.
Innowind is currently using
the nearby MTN cellphone
mast (which is 18 metres
high) to assess wind quality
and consistency. They would
like to erect a 60-metre mast
to measure the wind in conditions similar to those experienced by the turbines.
A stable power supply for
in winter, and the 26% share
held by the Makana Winds of
Change Educational Trust
will be the major benefits of
the wind farm. The trust will
be administered by members
of civil society, “unpaid, from
different bodies, with different interests” said wind farm
lobbyist Dr Garth Cambray.
Impact on the environment
The heritage assessment
found that impact would
be low; there are no archaeological sites in the
area and the sandstone
surrounding the sites was
unlikely to yield palaeontological remains. Noise assessment found that there
were “sensitive receptors”
(such as homes) within audible range of the turbines.
However, tests for sound
and infrasound found that
impacts were minimal and
the turbines are positioned
outside an internationally
established 500-metre buffer
zone. The EIA found that the
area was not a “pristine terrestrial habitat”.
However, four species
and a genus of flora of
“special concern” grow
Open manhole poses a threat
in Extension 6
A one-year-old child almost
fell into an open manhole in Extension 6 last Wednesday while
playing outside. The manhole
has been without a cover
“The municipality knows
about this manhole because
I have complained about this
before,” said Extension 6
resident, Yoliswa Dube.
She says she informed
the City Engineers Department of the problem again
last week, but has still not
received any response.
However, Phakama Booi
from the department denies
being told about the open
manhole. “I don’t know anything about this, but if it has
been open for three years
then this is an old project
which means it is still in
progress,” she said.
Makana Media and
Thandy Matebese was also
not aware of the problem.
“As soon as we find out exactly where the manhole is,
we will be able to do something about it. People need
to report these matters so
we are aware of what to do,”
Dube was at her mother’s
house when she heard the
neighbour’s baby scream.
“The child was playing near
the manhole. I heard the
baby scream a few minutes
later, but luckily we got there
before any harm was done,”
she said. “We eventually covered the hole with a mat and
placed stones on the mat to
keep it down.” Dube is also
concerned about the health
risk the manhole poses.
once, this manhole is the
main manhole for all the
surrounding houses in this
area. This can be a problem
because children like play-
ing where it is dirty.”
Matebese has since taken down Dube’s details and
will be dealing with the open
manhole as soon as he receives more information.
nearby. Only one turbine
falls within a sensitive area.
According to the EIA fifteen
species of bat occupy the
area and relatively high fatalities are expected, but these
fatalities can be reduced
by 50% with the reduction
of the cut-in time of the turbines. This can be done with
a minimal loss to power generated. Generally one bird is
killed annually by a turbine
in a wind farm. To put this in
perspective: 57 million birds
are killed by cars in the US
annually. Eleven vulnerable
species of raptor frequent
the thermals surrounding
Waainek, nine of which are
near-threatened. It is expected that these species may
experience some displacement and loss of habitat. The
visual impact assessment
considered the “full range
of visual, aesthetic, cultural
and spiritual aspects of the
environment that contribute
to the area’s sense of place”.
Impact was found to be relatively low. However, CES acknowledged that this is a generalised verdict for the whole
adjacent area and impacts
on, for instance, the monastery are higher – the 12
turbines originally proposed
were reduced for this reason.
On several occasions the
process of feasibility assessment was criticised for
“putting the cart before the
horse”. Nick Stavrakis, a concerned local and geologist,
raised the “obvious slumping” occurring below the N2
bypass as evidence of how
local underlying rock strata, (made of illite) liquefy
under pressure and vibration. Stavrakis added that although the proposed site appears to be a consistent ridge
it could contain four to five
different soil types. These
factors would make the site
inappropriate for structures
such as the turbines, he said.
Minkoff said that while
would be part of pre-emptive studies they would not
be undertaken yet, while
public approval is still being sought, as they are very
costly and the project must
be given the go-ahead first.
Russell Field, from Cold
Spring Farm, where he
runs a buffalo breeding programme and hunting lodge,
raised numerous concerns.
Among them was the likely
decrease in property values
surrounding such obtrusive
He also said that he expected a loss of business due
to the destruction of the “wild
experience” at his lodge.
These sentiments were echoed by representatives from
Amakhala and Shamwari
game reserves. Ecotourism
accounts for 65% of their
business and they already
have difficulty marketing
the Eastern Cape as a wild
area, difficulties which will
increase once the wind farm
is built, whether it is directly
visible from guests’ accommodation or not.
Dr Ted Avis of CES assured those concerned that
they are “obliged by law to
take cognisance of resident’s
issues”. “There is a need for
compromise,” he concluded,
“there will always be issues
that are hard to resolve;
what’s important is the willingness to resolve them”.
and new defects were picked
up on the second day. “The
purchase and installation of this
equipment took place during the
project phase, of which all was
done by the service provider,”
The purchase was processed in the midst of some
identified concerns such as
there being no local agent for the
Tamco Breakers, no spare parts
are available in South Africa and
if training of staff is required then
it has to be done in Malaysia.
Matebese said that the concerns
raised by council officials after
the factory test visit are being
addressed before the project is
handed over to the municipality.
During the committee
meeting DA Councillor Michael
Whisson expressed his confusion as to why this equipment
was purchased despite the
outlined concerns. “It’s a wonderful piece of equipment, but
it does not work.
We should cut our ties with
this,” said Whisson. Technical
Services Deputy Director Johnson Steto said that the council
officials informed him of the
failed demonstration. He explained that he tried to stop the
process of the equipment being
purchased but without any success. LHID portfolio committee
chairperson and ANC councillor, Zamuxolo Peter, said that a
full report explaining what occurred should be written and
that the manufacturers should
reimburse them in full.
He added that something
went wrong somewhere and if the
fault lies with the technical services team then someone should be
held accountable. “Make sure it
does not hamper service delivery.
“We have the Fifa World Cup
and the Festival just around the
corner. If it’s going to affect electricity in Makana, it has to be
addressed as soon as possible,”
Muni equipment purchase
The 11Kv Tamco Vacuum circuit breakers, purchased amid
some concerns, drove a heated
discussion at the Land, Housing, Infrastructural Development and Disaster Management
(LHID) Portfolio Committee
meeting last week.
Thandy Matebese, the Tamco
Vacuum circuit breakers, which
are switches used to make or
break high voltages, were purchased at a cost of R250 000.
Before the purchase was
made, four council officials were
selected to go, at the manufacturer’s expense to Johannesburg
in March this year to witness the
factory testing of the equipment.
The Technical and Infrastructural directorate report
stated that the defects which
were noted on the first day of
the visit were partly repaired
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Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Last week’s poll question:
What’s your reaction to Rhodes possibly pulling out of the Inter-Varsity sports
This week’s poll question:
Do you use Facebook and/or Twitter?
• I use Facebook and Twitter
• I use Facebook, but not Twitter
• I use Twitter, but not Facebook
• I use neither
Most popular stories last week:
• Hubbly bubbly- toil and trouble?
• High Court move to weaken local economy
• Mandela-Rhodes scholars meet Madiba
• Muni puzzled over Green Drop report
• Friar Tucks bar fight case heard in PE
Shut up about ‘climate change’
“The only good thing about [the proposed wind farm project] is that it will, hopefully,
make Grahamstown independent of Eskom and its perpetual price rises and increasing ineffiency. I wish the proponents of this project would stress that point instead
of the very discredited notion of ‘climate change’. Since when, once the atmosphere
around the Earth was first formed, has the climate not been changing? Since when
can the climate be controlled? Global warming has been observed on other planetary bodies in the last 20 years, notably Mars and Triton, and there are no carbon
producers there. The earth has been cooling for the last eleven years. Carbon dioxide
is not a pollutant nor is it a poisonous gas, indeed it is absolutely essential to all life
of earth so why is it suddenly being demonised as something dangerous?”
- Seriola Lalandi
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TESTING THE TESTERS... Settlers Hospital staff took time out of their busy schedules to get
themselves tested for HIV, diabetes, TB and high blood pressure. Photos: Twiggy Matiwana
Hospital workers check
their own health
ollowing the launch
of the national HIV
Counselling and Testing campaign by Health
Minister Aaron Motsoaledi,
Settlers Hospital is encouraging its employees to get
tested for various illnesses,
Hospital staff members
came in droves on Tuesday
last week to get tested for
diabetes, HIV, high blood pressure, tuberculosis (TB) and
weight readings so that they
can know their health status.
Moyake said: “Today has
been a good day for everyone,
the nurses were very positive
about the campaign and were
willing to volunteer for TB
screenings and the distribution
of condoms,” she explained.
programme for employees is
called the Employee Assistant Programme (EAP) and
was rolled out at the hospital
According to the hospital
manager Bongiwe Moyake,
the programme has been
prescribed for all government departments by the
national government so that
employees can be supported
spiritually, socially, psychologically and physically.
“This has been a very successful event, I am very happy
about the staff ’s response as
we all know that this is an ongoing programme.”
Moyake added that social
workers had been giving
some of their services to the
Assistant nurse Phakama
Sithole said: “We also have
female condoms because our
boyfriends tend to forget to
put on their condoms, so once
we put on ours we are safe
from diseases such as HIV
and STDs [Sexually Transmitted Diseases] .”
Twiggy Matiwana is an
DO IT YOURSELF... Nurse Assistant Phakama Sithole demonstrates how to use a female condom. Photos: Twiggy Matiwana
Health department targets
The Department of Health’s
HIV/Aids Counselling and Testing campaign which started this
month aims to have 47% of the
Makana and Ndlambe population tested by the end of June
While the national target
is, reportedly, to have 15 million people tested by the end
of June 2011, the Makana
sub-district expects to test
44 152 people.
The department’s subdistrict covers areas in both
Ndlambe and Makana municipalities.
The campaign was introduced by Health Minister Dr
Aaron Motsoaledi as a pre-
vention strategy to curb the
spread of HIV in the country.
Makana Health Promotion Manager Gladys
Mtimkulu said: “The Health
Minister emphasises that
everybody must go for testing, even our President
Jacob Zuma has tested and
the Eastern Cape MEC has
tested, plus our healthcare
workers are trying to destigmatise HIV/Aids so that
the public can see that this
campaign is for everybody.”
During this period, free
counselling and testing
will be offered at all clinics, Settler’s Day Hospital,
Settlers Hospital and Rhodes
University’s sanatorium as
well as at local NGOs such
as Raphael Centre, Africare
and Jabez Health Centre. “We
have also mobilised religious
leaders to assist in spreading
the word in their churches as
there are people who are affected by and infected with the
virus out there,” she added.
The purpose of the campaign is to mobilise people
to know their status, encourage those who are negative
to remain so and encourage
people to take full responsibility for their lives (even if they
are infected with HIV) as well
as to provide life skills programmes for learners.
Twiggy Matiwana is an
Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010
v. to read; to learn
Becoming a reader
with Zanele Yantolo
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Learning to read opens the door to a lifetime of learning and
pleasure. Reading develops your imagination and empathy for
others. It’s the best way to develop your vocabulary and general knowledge. It’s not surprising therefore that regular reading
improves verbal intelligence. To become readers, children need
interesting books at the right level. It’s important to get an early
start. For some children, their ﬁrst encounter with books is on
their parent’s knee, sharing a story.
Reading to young children develops their vocabulary and, unconsciously, they learn a lot about books. With this head start,
children make progress when learning to read at school. They
build conﬁdence in themselves as readers and choose to read.
The more they read, the more children’s vocabulary, ﬂuency and
comprehension improves and their conﬁdence as readers grows.
It is this virtuous circle that turns children into readers and puts
them on the journey of a lifetime!
In this issue of Ukufunda, we interview a local teacher, Zanele
Yantolo, to ﬁnd out how she became a reader
and how she encourages her learners to become readers. Zanele also shares with us
a book she has just read. We also ﬁnd out
about a new provincial association set up for
English teachers like Zanele.
Sarah Murray, Ukufunda editorial committee
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awareness about educational
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create a platform for all
people interested in literacy
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Bold new body for
ast month saw the historic formation of a professional association of English teachers in
the Eastern Cape, the ﬁrst one of its kind in
the country. The Eastern Cape English Educators
Association (ECEEA), which was preceded by two
years of planning, was launched at the Networking
conference hosted by the Institute for the Study of
English in Africa (ISEA) at Rhodes University. The
conference brought together some 150 current
and past students from the Institute’s ACE (ELT)
and BEd programmes, as well as district managers, subject advisors and librarians to consider current challenges to effective English teaching and
how best to surmount them.
English is known to be a critical subject area,
because of the widespread dependence of other
subjects on good language performance in English. This is one of the reasons why it was decided
to form a discipline-based association at provincial
level – the aim is to enhance educational performance in a speciﬁc subject area.
The guideline followed in conceptualising the
association has been to put in place something
• The Eastern Cape English Educators
Association was established to enhance the
professional standing of English teachers, offer
ongoing access to cutting edge educational
research, and provide a forum in which
discipline-speciﬁc challenges can be confronted
and solutions shared. To join or ﬁnd out more
contact Monica Hendricks on 046 603 8565 or
• The Professional Development Centre at
Rhodes is looking for donations of good quality
children’s books (preprimary, primary and senior
school age) and magazines, for distribution to
schools. Items can be dropped at the PDC, 19
Somerset Street (old CSD ofﬁces). Enquiries MJ
Jackson or Natasha de Souza on 046 603 7263.
that will make a positive and sustainable difference in Eastern Cape classrooms. The ECEEA is
not a political organisation nor is it intended to
ﬂuff the professional self-esteem of teachers,
but is wholly dedicated to improving the quality of
English language teaching. While the focus is currently on English, the association is open to all language educators and it is hoped that the scope of
the association may broaden to cover the full ﬁeld
of language education in the long run.
The ECEEA has been launched in partnership with the provincial education authorities. To
be successful in transforming classroom practice
and bringing it into the mainstream of education,
such a partnership is critical. It ensures that there
is systemic and ongoing buy-in from all concerned
parties. In the words of Prof Laurence Wright, head
of the ISEA, “Educational renovation comes from
the hard work of committed professionals working
in classrooms, supporting each other intellectually
and emotionally, and from the efforts of those ancillary professionals who can in turn support them
in intelligent and reliable ways.”
The Eastern Cape and Grahamstown can be
proud of taking the lead in this regard.
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provides education and training workshops,
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Friends of the Library: Coming soon to Hill Street Library...
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A fork in the
Makana Friends of the Library started 10 years ago to fundraise for the libraries of Grahamstown. If you
would like to join the Friends please contact the subscriptions manager, Kate Marx ([email protected])
or ﬁll out a membership form at the Public Library in Hill Street.
Zanele Yantolo is a Grade 11 and 12 English
teacher at TEM Mrwetyana High School. She is
an avid reader and has her own library at home.
She has a BEd and BEd (Hons) from Rhodes
University and is currently doing her Masters.
Rod Amner was the quizmaster.
Q: How did you come to be a reader?
A: I’m not entirely sure! But, when I was doing
Standard 8 (Grade 10) in King William’s Town
during the the time of school boycotts I started
reading because there was nothing else to do! I
accidentally came across a book by James Hadley Chase called There’s a Hippie on the Highway.
I read it and enjoyed it and I wanted to read more
of the author. I have a substantial collection of
James Hadley Chase books at home! And I am a
regular at Fables book shop.
Q: How did your training at Rhodes help you incorporate reading into your teaching practice?
A: Reading is a problem in our schools. The timetable is very tight – and reading is not regarded as
the most important aspect of learning. When I was
at Rhodes I was introduced to publisher-sponsors
who supply reading books for pleasure. And then
we were also trained to start reading programmes
in our schools. I started a reading programme. At
ﬁrst, because of the shortage of reading resources, I was using newspapers and magazines – anything I could lay my hands on. But, then I started
writing to organisations like Biblionef and READ
and they donated books. I reported back to them
on the success of the programme and I have received about ﬁve batches of books from them. The
purpose of the programme is to instil a culture of
learning in the children, and to develop their language, writing and reading skills.
Q: How successful has the reading programme
A: There are somehow many challenges. It is a
problem when it is regarded as the sole responsibility of the language teachers to get learners to read in class. I make sure that during my
classes – especially classes speciﬁcally reserved
for reading – the learners do read. Another problem is the shortage of books, especially the
isiXhosa books. It seems the publishers are no
longer publishing books in isiXhosa, especially
books that learners could read for pleasure. Even
magazines – there is a shortage of isiXhosa
magazines. There is just not enough reading
material available. Another thing is that learners either steal the books or tear the pages – at
the moment that is the greatest challenge. If you
leave the learners in the class unattended, you
can be sure that three or four books will go missing. On the other hand, a number of my children
are now reading for pleasure.
Q: Apart from your own classroom library is
there a library at TEM Mrwetyana?
A: We have a building for the school library, but
there are only old textbooks in it. There are no
books for pleasure. That why I have to ensure
that the books I received from READ and Biblionef are looked after. Also, I took them on a
tour of the nearby Duna Library and I asked
them to join the library. They are taking books
out of Duna – and I make sure they read these
books by requiring them to do book reviews,
both in writing and orally. Also, because they like
magazines, I collect magazines and get them to
take just one article and tell me in class what
they have read. That’s how I make sure they
Q: How did you learn to write book reviews?
I was taught how to do a book review for my Advanced Certiﬁcate in Education (ACE). Every day
during our course we were given 15 minutes reading time. We were required to read at least 10
books for the year and produce book reviews for
each book we read. So it was part of my training.
Q: Tell us how you came about the book you
reviewed for us (see Zanele’s review of The Uncertainty of Hope below):
A: I am doing a Masters at Rhodes and Sarah
Murray brought a whole lot of books into class.
She noticed that I was an avid reader and asked
if I would like to review The Uncertainty of Hope
to see if it would be an appropriate read for student teachers. I took the book home and my
18-year-old daughter was the one who started
to read the book because I was busy. She told
me, ‘You must read the book mum, it is interesting.’ So I read it! It is good and deals with a lot
Q: We seem to be living in an age when most
people – both young and old – do not read
books for pleasure. How do you explain the
fact that your daughter reads?
A: I think it’s ﬁrst and foremost because she can
see that I like to read. When she was a child, I
would read to her. Also, she was at Victoria Girls,
so she would get books every day to take home.
At home it’s our culture! We like to read. Sometimes we don’t even watch the TV.
The Uncertainty of Hope by Valerie Tagwira
clearance programme – displacing millions of
people and leaving them destitute.
Review: Zanele Yantolo
THE Uncertainty of Hope is the debut novel of
Although the novel focuses on the
Valerie Tagwira, a Zimbabwean medical doctor disadvantaged side of Zimbabwe, it also
currently working in London. The story is set shows how people with money and inﬂuential
in Mbare, a densely-populated suburb outside positions in society are not as badly affected by
Harare and revolves around the lives of Onai the economic situation. The book shows how
Moyo, a Zimbabwean mother
the lives of well-off characters like
of three and market vendor,
Tom Sibanda, a young businessman
and her best friend Katy Nguni,
and farmer, Faith a law student, and
a mother of one, vendor, and
Emily a doctor are intricately woven
black market currency dealer.
together with the lives of the poor.
The novel focuses on the trials
Ultimately the rich better the lives of
and tribulations faced by Onai
the poor, as can be seen in the case
and Katy, including poverty,
of Onai and Mawaya, a beggar.
domestic abuse, homelessness
I would recommend this book
and vulnerability to HIV/Aids,
to people because it is not only
which Onai faces because of
an enjoyable read, but it teaches
her husband Gari.
one valuable life lessons like the
The novel also focuses on
importance of true friendship and
how government corruption
hope, surviving through difﬁcult
has worsened the situation for poor times and to be grateful for the things one
Zimbabweans. Home affairs ofﬁcials demand has in life.
sexual favours in return for aiding people
In addition the novel is also a good read
in desperate situations. Police ofﬁcers buy for South Africans especially those who are
foreign currency on the black market and xenophobic, as it can open their eyes to the
execute Operation Murambatsvina – the living conditions of foreign people, therefore
government’s controversial urban slum make them more empathetic.
Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010 Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Turn write for Bedford
Turn write for Bedford
Renowned writer brings the magic of storytelling to Bedford
Rhodes journalism students working in the Grocott's Mail newsroom packed up their notebooks recently and headed for a Story Jamboree in Bedford. The weekend focused on “the writer’s voice” in four workshops led by writer Dorian Haarhoff with creativity and
encouragement. At Friday evening's Rekindling the Fire, participants were served soup and introduced to Dorian. He told a series of short stories to get the creative juices flowing, and participants interacted to relate these to their life experiences. On Saturday morning
participants gathered at a farm for a feast of words. Writing Yourself Alive focused on writing as a conversation with yourself and others. Dorian believes that writing is not a talent but a skill drawn from attention and openness which anyone can master with enough practice.
Underneath shady trees, participants scrawled across paper hoping to access their inner writer. They shared their stories and were encouraged to make their writing more alive through the imagination. That evening, in Bosman and Boerekos, Dorian told Herman Charles
Bosman stories between three courses of a traditional Afrikaans meal. On the last day of the Jamboree, writers gathered under a beloved oak tree for The Great Metaphor Hunt. The workshop encouraged participants to look to nature for inspiration and self-reflection.
A life full of colours
Jan Lister and her son Matthew came to the Eastern Cape
from Johannesburg in 2008. Jan had read about Bedford and
decided to drive through the town. She came to a house with a
‘for sale’ sign and was immediately interested.
“I was devastated when the estate agent said someone
had put in an offer that morning. I said to myself: ‘what are
you thinking? You came to Bedford just to have a look and now
you’re looking at property!’” Jan was still interested in looking
at the house so she was given a tour. Ten days later, Jan was
back in Bedford because the potential buyer had not paid the
deposit on the house on time.
This time, Jan noticed a tile in the dining room with a picture of a bird she dreamt of 25 years ago. She recalls feeling a
sense of fullness and being where she was meant to be. The
rest is history. She set up a café called Kaleidoscope Kafe, and
is also involved in the arts project Kaggaberg Kraft Centre. “I
feel so blessed and privileged to have found where my connections lie,” she said.
Having organised the Story Jamboree, she plans to make
it an annual affair.
From one writer to another Bosman and boerekos
Mentor, writer and story-teller, Dorian Haarhoff, spent
time with the Rhodes fourth year writing class answering
questions about life, writing and books.
Donning a floppy hat and
slukking repeatedly from a
bottle of Old Brown, Dorian
reincarnated Oom Schalk
Lourens, the figure who
traverses many of Herman
Charles Bosman’s short
The legendary South
African story teller sat before us atop a makeshift
stage, a North African
wooden bed, and cleared his
throat. As the light flickered
over the disintegrating lion
skin on the stone walls of the
Bedford Gaol, gloom became
a cosy realm of fiction. Oom
Schalk’s adventures in the
Groot Marico entertained us
between courses of hearty
The Old Gaol, its high
walls intimidating visitors,
made me pity any prisoner
who was once held in this
impenetrable and inescapable fortress. But the Gaol’s
refurbished interior tells a
different story; its high ceilings and monstrous fireplace, flanked by the lengthiest leather couch I’ve ever
seen, are more reminiscent
of Dracula’s castle.
A well tamed English
garden weaves its way
through labyrinth-like courtyards. Recently bought by
businessman Derek White, the Old
Gaol is to be converted into
a luxurious bed and breakfast – the plush beds and
fine dining a far cry from its
What would you be if not a writer?
Some sort of a homegrown philosopher. I have a need to communicate with people. Maybe I'd be a travelling monk. Or a
pilgrim like in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
When do you know you have a final draft of a story?
Sometimes after the seventh or eighth version, I go back to the
one I’m happiest with. I also test my drafts with writer friends
who will be honest.
Has your writing changed over the years?
I hope it has got more simple. I like to think each work is like a
cloudy glass. After time, it settles.
When did you write your first story?
When I was eleven, my father died. I wrote a poem to try to hold
my grief. Then I began to trust words.
Where do you get the stories that you tell?
A lot of people send me stories, or I often read them in books.
Every culture has stories, and you begin to notice them everywhere. Every fiction is someone's life story.
FEELING AT HOME... Jan Lister, organiser of the Beford
Story Jamboree, working on a collage about her life.
Photo: Gillian Rennie
A place of picnics and metaphors
Who is your favourite poet?
Gerald Hopkins's use of language and enthusiasm inspired my
writing. Also Robert Frost and Geoffery Chaucer, who talk of the
long road to crafting one’s writing.
We imagined ourselves being drawn into the Old Oak Tree –
Bedford’s traditional picnic spot. Led by Dorian's words, we
became part of the tree, our feet transforming into the twisty
roots, and our arms morphing into the sturdy branches. This
was the opening of Dorian's “metaphor hunt” on Sunday
DJ Comyn, who lives next door to the majestic tree,
related its history. “My mother’s side of the family arrived
here in the 1820s on a ship called the Wymeth.
“When boarding the ship in Portsmouth, the captain informed them that they had to wait for the tide to come in, and
since they would be on board for three months, he suggested
they spend some time on land while waiting.”
“There were oak trees forming acorns in the area, and
the little boys were playing with them. So when they boarded
the boat again, they had pockets full of acorns. That’s why oak
trees in the Eastern Cape are different from ones in the Western Cape.
“I don’t think this oak tree is originally from one of those
acorns, but probably from an acorn of an acorn,” he said. “You
get these kinds of trees all over the Eastern Cape.”
INSPIRING... Writer and story-teller Dorian Haarhoff talks
about the magic pf metaphors under the Old Oak Tree in
Bedford. Photo: Gillian Rennie
Keep space for dessert
Annetjie van Wynegaard
HUNTING FOR METAPHORS… Dorian Haarhoff delivers a
writing workshop on metaphors under Bedford’s traditional
picnic spot, the Old Oak Tree. Photo: Laea Medley
Exceeding our expectations
Following the lights of the bakkie
through the dust, a fellow student said
with a shaking voice, “We’re going to be
made into pies!”
Pulling into the narrow driveway,
it appeared that some creatures were
mounted on walls, but we humans did not
have to fear. We were staying on a hunting
farm just outside Bedford called Robert’s
Kraal. Zebra, kudu and wildebeest heads
loomed over us. Their skins lay as mats
on the floor for when we tumbled out of
bed. There were two lodges, one of which
had a long table dressed in African print.
Each room had beds with clean
sheets and blankets that kept us snug
during the chilly nights. The showers
were the size of walk-in cupboards and
the baths were comfortable for the tallest
As dawn broke on Saturday morning,
the sun sparkled on the white walls and
made halos around the trees.
A fireplace stood between the two
lodges where we bonded on Saturday afternoon. As we closed the doors for the
final time, we locked away not only our
safe haven, but memories of our time at
the farm, connecting among the freedom
of Africa’s Karoo, instead of over coffee in
the Grocott’s Mail newsroom.
Mealtime in Bedford was a pomegranate pip
moment. Creative juices not only flowed on the page,
but also in the Karoo kitchens of Kim van Niekerk and
Jan and her son, Matthew, prepared scrumptious
boerekos on Saturday at the Bosman and Boerekos
evening at the Bedford Old Gaol, from boontjiesop,
cocktail roosterbrood with powdered biltong, to
pampoenbredie, bobotie, melktert and bread and butter
pudding. With our bellies full we enjoyed the entertaining Herman Charles Bosman tales told in character by
Dorian Haarhoff, Old Brown Sherry included.
Saturday lunch was an explosion of fresh tastes
prepared by local estate agent Kim van Niekerk. Most
of the ingredients she used, like aubergine, spinach,
radish tops and curly kale, are organically grown in her
The highlight was Kim’s Moroccan inspired pomegranate pudding. The dessert, like Marcel Proust’s
madeleines, reminded Dorian of his search this year for
“pomegranate pip moments”. Dorian made a collage at
the start of this year to plan the year ahead. In his collage he stuck a pomegranate where a man's heart was
missing, which sparked his quest to live romantically.
Dorian believes each person is a pip of potential that
can inspire “heart moments of connection”.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT... This Moroccan inspired
pomegranate pudding was the highlight of Saturday's lunch in Bedford during a weekend of creative
writing led by acclaimed writer and Rhodes alumni,
Dorian Haarhoff. Photo: Gillian Rennie
FORTRESS... Writer Dorian Haarhoff explores Bedford's Old Gaol, now a local entertainment
venue and soon to be a luxurious bed and breakfast. Photo: Anthea Garman
Sandhira Chetty and Meggan McCarthy
The aim of Dorian's workshops was to improve our writing
skills and to coax out our inner writer.
We participated in the ‘Writing Yourself Alive’ workshop,
connecting with our own life story and sharing it with others.
It is this openness and honesty that frees us from the
confines of our self-made prisons, and enables us to find the
words to tell our stories.
Unfortunately, being only 22 years old meant that most
of us did not yet have a life story to unpack, and this workshop was enjoyed more by older participants, most of whom
had a cache of subject matter to work with.
The Great Metaphor Hunt on Sunday was more suited to
us Journalism students, and did not involve having to delve
into our inner psyche. We acted out metaphors and hunted
for organic materials to create characters.
It was a treat to work with such an esteemed writer like
Dorian, but I would have liked to have written more, and to
receive feedback from him.
In any case, we left with the comforting knowledge that
writing is a skill, and that each of us has the potential to be
great writers with a lot of perseverance and crafting.
Grocott's Mail reporters asked participants whether
Dorian's wise words inspired their inner best-selling author.
English teacher Ricky Woods said, “Dorian has already
done two workshops, and at our annual conference he said
something which I will never forget: ‘Stories stick to me like
burrs to a rug.’ When I heard he was going to Bedford, I
jumped at the opportunity. This weekend has shown me we
all have a voice, whatever we have to say has value, and to
Alison Immelman, another English teacher, also found
the workshops valuable. “It has been so uplifting. I have obtained such rich history and diversity from being with different people. Everyone has a story to tell. These workshops
have provided me with deep rest.”
Bedford resident Rita Oosthuysen said the workshops
showed her how she could improve her own writing. “I’ve
had an interesting and eventful life. My therapist suggested I write my life story, not only because it would be
healing but because it could be a good read. I’ve learnt
valuable skills such as to show, not tell the reader.” Oosthuysen believes Bedford was an ideal place to hold the
Jamboree: “It’s close-knit but we are welcoming towards
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FRIDAY, 21 MAY 2010
Kingswood College staff
and pupils who joined the
Rhodes University Orchestra in the performance
of Carl Orff’s Carmina
Burana at the Guy Butler
Auditorium are, from left:
Boris Mohr (French horn),
Njaveva Bingana (trumpet),
Dario Broccardo (timpani),
Jenny Brand (clarinet),
Adam Campbell (flute),
Tessa Campbell (violin) and
Joshua Smuts (trombone).
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he presentation of Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana at the
Guy Butler Theatre in Grahamstown is a proud moment. It was more than just an orchestral and choral
performance. It was about celebrating Grahamstown’s social
capital. From the very first moment when the conductor Juan
Muñoz stood on the conductor’s podium and raised his hand to
command his choir and orchestra for O Fortuna in the opening, it was certain that the wheel of fortune was going to spin
in his favour.
Both Muñoz and his pianist wife Muriel Illusorio are well
known in Grahamstown for their passionate commitment to music
education. It must be certain that Muñoz’s passion and commitment to Carmina Burana can only be inspired by Carl Orff who,
like Muñoz, also had a parallel career teaching music to children.
Presented by Graeme College and the Rhodes University
Orchestra, the Guy Butler auditorium was an explosion of colour,
harmony and excitement when more than 300 children drawn
from Grahamstown’s DSG, Kingswood College, Mary Waters
School, PJ Olivier High School, St Andrew’s College, TEM Mrwetyana School and Victoria Girls’ High School delighted an
enthusiastic audience with a repertoire that is no easy task
to perform. Sung in Latin and old German, Carmina Burana
drifts between combined choral adult male voices, children’s
voices, an orchestra and the three solo voices. The strength
of any performance of Carmina Burana rests in the conductor’s ability to harmonise the experienced voices of adults in
the production with that of its youth performers. This is where
Muñoz’s experience as a musician and a teacher was so pivotal for creating a production that will always be cherished by
its 400 strong cast and by its appreciative audience.
Being part of an audience that swiftly rose to its feet on
the Thursday night performance was an absolute blast. This
was a standing ovation for more than just performance. It
was an accolade and a moving tribute paid to the adult musicians and choristers and to the teachers from all the participating schools in Grahamstown who came together with so
many young people to celebrate diversity through the arts.
Carmina Burana is after all about so many different people.
It is about so much variety. It is about different textures. When
so much of that was found and assembled on one stage just
how does one resist not calling for an encore?
Bravo to the full company.
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION...The three new residences currently being built at Rhodes University should be ready by the end of
the year. Photo: Sandhira Chetty
New residences to go green
hree residences currently under construction at Rhodes University will be the first to
go green. The new houses
will have an alternative water system installed in an
initiative undertaken by the
university to become more
“Instead of the boilers
which current residences are
using, these new ones will
have heat pumps,” said the
director of the Residential
Operations Division, Dr Iain
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technology of air conditioners,
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heat water. “In the long run
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up to 80% for the university,”
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go green. “We also looked at
solar paneling, but with further analysis we found that
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a better result.
The topography of the
land was not suitable for solar
panelling.” The costs of the
air conditioning technology
had to be considered as well.
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very expensive. The Green
Fund was established to
deal with projects such as
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proposed by the environmental science student projects to
support initiatives that could
contribute to Rhodes University reducing its carbon emissions and becoming a more
environment-friendly institution. Although it is still new,
the Green Fund is a fundraising initiative which will help
implement green initiatives
In addition to the heat
pumps, 5 000 litre rainwater
tanks will become standard
at all residences as a watersaving tactic. There will also
be a change in the landscaping. “The plan is to make the
vegetation far more indigenous so that we stay away
from water-hungry plants;
just to keep a lawn green
means an enormous amount
of water is consumed.”
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Existing residences will
also become more environmentally friendly according to
“As the boilers of the old
houses age, we will replace
them with the heat pumps. We
are still experimenting with
these new residences.”
“Going green is a must,”
said L’Ange. “We need to be
more aware of our landscaping, it’s beautiful to have
these plants, but we need
to save water, especially in
light of the water crisis in
Construction is expected
to be complete by December
Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has signed a
groundbreaking partnership agreement with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). They are one of only two game reserves
in South Africa that have been selected as a pilot project for the
industry. The pilot project will involve developing and demonstrating good conservation and workplace management practices
within a game lodge environment. This will then serve as a model
to be rolled out more generally once the pilot phase has been
completed. Amakhala and Madikwe Game Reserves were selected in terms of the ILO criteria that looked for viable game lodge
operations located in a rural setting and linked to vulnerable
The three main focus areas are:
• The development of sustainable small businesses within the
local community that will develop skills, create employment and
provide products to lodges.
• Development of a workable conservation management plan
that facilitates the synergy between a commercial operation and
sustainable conservation and energy practices;
• Human Resource and workplace management issues;
• Empowering staff to understand and increase the efficiency of
the processes involved in running a game lodge.
The ILO is funding the project for two years. The first year is
largely taken up by the research and preparatory phase, while
the second year is for implementation. Experts from the ILO will
be working hand in hand with owners, management and staff at
Amakhala to address the relevant issues.
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Creative Minds. Photo: Supplied
Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010
TICK TOCK… Volunteers wait in the queue, anxious to donate. Photo: Candice Cupido
LOOK AWAY… Nurse Elsabe Potgieter finds the vein in David Kenyon’s arm.
Photo: Candice Cupido
Giving life, giving blood
HERE IT COMES… A nurse sterilises a volunteer’s arm before
inserting the needle. Photo: Lynn Berggren
On Wednesday Grahamstown residents and students gathered in Eden Grove to give life
by giving blood. A nerve-wracking experience for some, there were many pained faces
and gritted teeth. Despite the apprehension, around 200 people allowed their arms to be
pierced for a good cause. According to Msimelelo Lose, a donor educator at the
testing center, the blood is collected into one bag and then divided into the different
components: red cells, platelets and plasma. It is then sent to Durban for safety testing
and distributed to areas in need. Lynn Berggren and Peta Daniel
show us what happened
OUCH! Photo: Lynn Berggren
HAPPY TO GIVE… Farrah Hayes grins and bears it as she gives blood for the ninth time. Photo: Candice Cupido
DRAINING AWAY… The bag of precious fluid hanging from a
volunteer’s arm. Almost a full unit. Photo: Peta Daniel
RELIEF… Akapene Abidiwa is glad it’s over.
Photo: Candice Cupido
A PRECIOUS GIFT… 480 ml of blood. Photo: Candice Cupido
classifieds 1. Personal 2. Announcements 3. Sales & Services 4. Employment 5. Accommodation 8. Motoring 9. Legals
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Dave Mullins Auctioneers
5 TON Truck with dropsides for
Hire. Contact 073 143 4642
On behalf of Mr and Mrs A Sheilds
Born: 15 June 1929
Died: 12 May 2010
Service Will be held at
Lesley Methodist Church
May her soul rest in peace.
BLACK Telefunken Hi-Fi System
found in Hill Street area in
WATSON Paul (Pud)
Memorial Service/Wake will
be held Friday 21 May 2010 at
3pm at Blaauwkrantz
AA PROTEA GROUP. Antic Hall,
7.30pm Monday nights. 22 Albany
Road, next to New Apostolic Church.
Cell: John 083 550 4221. Wilfred
073 292 6057 and Antony 082
682 1234. If anyone, anywhere
reaches out for help we want the
hand of the AA to be there.
THE FRIENDS OF
Notice is hereby given of
the holding of the Annual
General Meeting of the
Friends of Brookshaw
Home on Tuesday
22 June 2010 at 3pm in
the diningroom of
1) Consideration of the
minutes of the Annual
General Meeting June
2) Matters arising there
3) Receipt of the Chairman
of Council’s annual
4) Presentation of the
5) Election of new council
6) Appointment of auditors
046 622 7222
AUCTION starts PROMPTLY AT
Many items of Furniture and Smalls too
numerous to mention.
For further information please contact:
Dave Mullins - 082 299 7953
Les Mallett - 072 716 3608
Select 2nd Hand Furniture
THENJIWE REGINA NELO
At: 31 PRINCES STREET,
Viewing: Fri 21 May –16h00 to 18h00
Registration & Viewing: Sat 22 May from:
ers & Seller
22 MAY 2010
es & Collecta
2A Cawood Street
(Up the road from Village Green)
Tel: 046 622 5171
Duly instructed by the executors of the estate late Miss
NPC Mathie we shall submit
by public auction at 2 Ayliff Street,Grahamstown on
Wednesday 19 May 2010 at
GRASS CUTTING. Once-off
cuts, Refuse removal, Tree felling/Pruning, Hedge trimmimg,
Painting and water tank installations. 082 696 6831/
071 896 6569.
Items for sale : 1996 Toyota
corolla 1.6 GL, Assorted costume jewellery, two dining
room suites (oak), one desk,
assorted old chairs, exercise
machine, Imbuia ball & claw
display cabinet, wing-back
lounge suite, occasional tables, TV and video machine,
barley-twist standard lamp,
fire-screens, set of cluster
tables, carpets, old radiogram, 4 plastic chairs, oak
bedroom suite, old towel
racks, heater, stool/ ladder,
oregon tables, corner stand,
2 wall-units, hot-tray, leaded
window bookcase, oak chest
of drawers, magazine stands,
electric organ, compactum,
chest of drawers, oak book
case, hospital bed, folding
bed, old linen cupboard, grass
table, washing machine, oak
dressing table, old wooden
kitchen table. Sundries too
numerous to mention
Auctioneer’s Note : there are
a fair amount of collectables
amongst sundries and all furniture is in good condition
Viewing : Tuesday 18 May
between 2 & 4pm or morning
Enquiries : Mike on 073 2648
845 or 046 636 1137
Telefax: 046 622 4121
2 Cobden Street (next to Metro
Cash & carry
All types of fencing
1. Cylinder head tune-up
2. Skimming include
3. Pressure testing
1. Repair to farm implements
2. Steel structures
3. Sliding gates - burglar bars
1. Boundary walls with ﬁxture
ALBANY DRIVING SCHOOL.
133 High Street, Grahamstown.
Telefax 046 622 3211 for
professional driving lessons.
082 430 9855
Room 15 EPBS
Building Cnr of 87 High & Hill Street
AND Basic Obedience Classes
With a qualified trainer and
Starting 22 May 2010
For more information phone:
Trainer: Leigh-Ann (CO4; COAPE)
Behaviourist: Henriette (Ethol.
For Well Cared-for,
Tel: 046 622 3233, 072 191 2173
Emergency: 079 037 3466
• Several head of unclaimed cattle and
donkeys found around Grahamstown.
• X Breed terrier black and white found
• X Breed tan and white dog found
ANIMALS FOR ADOPTION
• Collie-type, black, good nature, easy
• A young and vibrant black male Collie.
• Afrikana, tan, male, good condition,
found and never claimed.
• 2 cross breed puppies, a male and a
female, very playful and health.
• Small brindle dog, docked tail, very
living and quick to learn.
• Afrikana male, very handsome.
• Bobby, X Breed, well behaved, young,
longing for a family.
• Dark chocolate brown adult small dog,
found and never claimed, very lovable.
• We have a few pretty and playful
kittens, all colours.
• We also have several lovely adult
cats, all colours and friendly.
SPCA says a big thank you to those
wonderful donations of food that keep
rolling in, also thank you to DSG,
Wendy Jacobs, Larissa and all the
volunteers that give up their time to help
out at the SPCA, walking, grooming,
socializing our dogs and cats.
WIN A CORSA
Are your debts giving you
Phone Shirley Robinson @ Alpha
Debt Counselling on
082 083 5709 or 046 622 8064.
is assisting the SPCA with
winter looming. Blankets
and food can be dropped off
at our ofﬁces (7 Somerset
Street) until the end of May.
Tel: 046 622 3527
Cell: 082 552 3829
3. SALES & SERVICES
Hospice would be grateful for any donations of
clothing and linen. We
046 -622 9661 or
15 Milner Street
“For all your access control
and vehicle security needs”
Electic gates, burglar bars,
pallisade fencing, VESAapproved car alarms/
Call 046 622 5668 or visit
us in Anglo-African Street
for a free quotation
Opportunity for full-time,
managerial abilities, at
The successful candidate
will be an enthusiastic, selfdriven person with own
Email / Fax CV by 31 May:
086 218 4507
ALL facilities available in
serviced rooms. Phone 046
622 4464. HELEN WALLACE
PROPERTIES TO LET:
3 Bdr Hse: R8800/month
Incl. 2 bathrooms, garden ﬂat
3 Bdr Hse: R 8500/month
incl. 3 bathrooms, secure
village, under ﬂoor heating,
stove, double garage
3 Bdr Hse: R 6500/month
Incl. Hi Tec, water and garden
2 Bdr Hse: R6000/month
Incl. 2 en-suite bathrooms,
garden cottage, Hi-Tec
3 Bdr ﬂat: R5500/month
Incl. 1½ bathrooms and stove
2 Bdr ﬂat: R5000/month
Incl. Off-str parking, stove &
2 Bdr ﬂat: R4800/month
Incl. Off-str parking, stove &
1 Rm: R 2500/month
Incl. Hi Tec, garden service,
shared W & E
1 Rm : R 1870/month
Incl. Hi Tec, shared W & E
Contact: Adrian Frost
046 622 2778 or
083 556 7481
1998 Silver Volvo S70 for sale,
very good condition R49 500.
Contact 082 343 7556.
40 High Street
Need an advert in
046 622 7222
of fun in
unday’s River Valley,
in the Addo area outside Port Elizabeth,
expects 40 000 visitors to the
Absa Kirkwood Wildlife Festival this June.
“This year visitors will find
more to tempt their tastebuds
than ever,” says festival director Jenni Honsbein. “We will
have a selection of gourmet
foods, wonderful cheeses,
the province’s biggest wine
festival, mampoer, seafood
delicacies, the Lemon and
Lime bar – you will even be
able to munch on a famous
Annelisa Weiland, who
plays the part of Hilda in
7de Laan will be assisting
with cooking demos and
Prime Circle, Juanita Du
Plessis, Amore Vittone, Kurt
Darren, Dozi, Nianell, and
the Soweto String Quartet
will provide free entertainment. Kids can enjoy the
funfair rides, clowns and the
Walk on the Wildside tent
filled with creepy crawlies
and snakes, while sports
fans can watch live matches
on a big screen in the beer
tent. The wildlife auction
will also be offering prize
animals. “We are expecting
white rhino from the Kruger
National Park and 26 disease-free buffalo,” says auction organiser Johan Swart.
The 2010 Festival is stepping up its green approach.
“Our goal is to make Kirkwood Wildlife Festival a carbon neutral festival within
the next five years,” says
Honsbein. “We hope to undertake a green audit on
the festival this year to use
as a benchmark, and we will
strive to improve on that
every year.” In partnership
with Sappi’s War on Waste
the festival will recycle all
its refuse and a prize will
also be awarded to the most
The Festival takes place
from 4 to 6 June in Kirkwood
in the Sunday’s River Valley.
Drive down the N2 towards
Port Elizabeth, take the N10
and then the R366 past Addo.
For information call Jenni
Honsbein on 042 230 0066.
Grocott’s Mail Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Rhodes personality nominee
his week’s PG Glass Rhodes Sports Personality nominee
is Donovan Kennedy.
Kennedy has been a paddler for seven years and
joined the Rhodes Canoe Club in 2009, where he immediately
made his mark. He is both a river canoeist and a surf ski paddler on the ocean. Kennedy says, “I love the sport because it
takes me places where not many people have been before. I
have paddled down rivers where there is no civilization for days.
I’ve paddled out at sea where I’ve been a few metres away from
whales.” He has competed in a number of races and has been
placed highly including being placed third in the U18 Surf Ski
World Cup in 2007, third in 2008 and second in 2009. He was also
placed second in the U16 Dusi Canoe Marathon in 2007, first
in the U18 SA river champs in 2008 and third in the SA Marathon champs in 2008. He is entering six of the Discovery Men’s
Health Winter Series races this coming vacation and hopes to
perform well. Kennedy is always ready to help new paddlers: “I
paddled on the Fish River with a 102kg novice in a K2 this past
week end. It was tough but I enjoy helping out beginners, I know
how hard it is to get started, I was a beginner too.”
The St Andrew’s College 1st four rowing side were selected to represent the Eastern Cape at the South African National Selection
Trials which took place at Roodeplaat Dam in Pretoria recently.
The purpose of the trials was to select crews to represent
South Africa at the Junior World Championships in the Czech
Republic in August.
The four St Andrew’s pupils raced in four events, placing
second in three and third once, with only a strong heavyweight
composite crew from Gauteng proving themselves stronger on
Saturday and Sunday.
These performances put the St Andrew’s first four in contention to be one of the crews to race at the World Championships
Being the only crew at the national trials having all rowers
from the same school, the St Andrew’s pupils produced some outstanding racing, including a six minute 36 second time in their
second race over 2 000 metres on the Saturday, three seconds
faster than the six minutes 39 second time which won them the
SA Schools Championship title in February this year.
CANOE KING... Donovan Kennedy makes his way down a fall
called 6B on the Bivane River. Kennedy has been nominated by the Rhodes University Canoe Club for the PG Glass
Rhodes Sports Personality. Photo: Supplied
The Grahamstown Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club held a highly successful, inaugural Junior Tennis Tournament on Sunday
10 May. Encouraging junior tennis in the district and to expose
juniors to the concept of competition was the aim of the tournament. Tournament co-ordinators, Morny Le Roux and Sonja
Were, were delighted with the total entry of 92 children who
elected to play and this certainly augers well for the future of
tennis in the region. Morny, Sonja and their team are to be congratulated for the initiative in taking on an event of this nature
and for making it a resounding success.
It is clear from feedback from parents and children who participated that the day was well received and Rod Walker, president of the club, has indicated that they would like to make this
an annual event.
The event was played at the Grahamstown club courts,
Wyvern and at the Diocesan School for Girls Courts and the
club would like to thank Cherie Biggs, Sheryl Emslie, Shirley
Robinson and Ant Kitson for their assistance with co-ordinating
play at each venue and the following for assisting them: Delia
Duxbury, Kirsty Still, Milo Mills, Chris and Liezl Nel, Christelle
and Andrew Hutchison, Carol and Glen Cuthbert.
The winners persevered in strong winds to come through
victorious. The results in each section were:
U8: 1st - James Mullins/Dale Brody, 2nd - Tom Mills/Ross Mullins;
U10 Girls: 1st Jade Basson/Keisha Still, 2nd Amy Mills/Bonga
U10 Boys: 1st Darin Holman/Scott Cuthbert, 2nd James Davies/Daniel Davies,
U12 Girls: 1st Judy Lee Harvey/Kelsey Purdon, 2nd Paula Duxbury/Kriston Sandy’s Thomas,
U12 Boys: 1st Nicholas Zimmerman/Regardt Kitching, 2nd Cobus van Zyl/Bryan Geyer;
U14 Boys: 1st Jayden Pienaar/Daniel Scholtz, 2nd Clifford
In addition the club would like to thank Danber Feed Services CC, United Cash and Carry (Tony Naidoo), Re-Max (Jean
Rodgerson and Alexis Bowker), Pick n Pay, Pam Golding (Kim
Webber), UPB (Irene Ellis), Sothebys (Steve Birt), King Pie
(Anton Strooberg), Steers High Street (Pierre Pienaar), Shu
In (Alan and Sandy Thomas), Dulce Café, KFC - Eastern Cape,
Roxbury Cinemas (Johnny Kluivers), Spur Grahamstown, Calabash and Scott’spot (Peter Reppinz), Rat and Parrot and Wimpy
for their generous sponsorship and donations to the event.
Golden oldies keep fit
The Golden Oldies Athletics Club is a
club for senior citizens who would like
to keep fit while having tremendous
amounts of fun at the same time.
The programme entertains all people
that are 60 years and older and includes
fun activities such as the duck walk, the
dress-up-race, passing the ball, and for
those who are wheel chair bound there is
West Bank junior golf champs
A group of five St Andrew’s College golfers competed in the
West Bank Junior Championships in East London recently.
Conditions were perfect and a number of good scores were recorded, the best being a level par 72 by Dylan Thompson. Dylan
went on to win the B division with Bryce Bosman in third with
a good second round score of 74. Bryce was placed first on the
day in the Best Nett competition. After the prizegiving the Border U16 team was announced for the upcoming Inter-provincial
tournament to be held in Aliwal North during the holidays. Jason Baggott was selected to represent this team.
Results from the latest Run/Walk For Life time trial, held at
Graeme College Junor Fields from 5.30pm, held every Thursday. 4km: Rikhotso Rooi 15.11, Mlamli Klaas 15.32, Kevin Rafferty 15.50, Stephen Penney 16.09, Terri-Lynn Penney 16.16, Frith
van der Merwe 16.45, John Galela 17.39, Deon Boshoff 18.54, Peter du Toit 22.09. Rooi and Galela both ran personal best times.
FAB FOUR... The St Andrew’s College 1st Four who were
selected to represent Eastern Cape at the National Selection Trails are, from front to back: William Cahill, Michael
Blunden, Graham Pringle, Daniel Still and Cameron Gardner (coxswain). Photo: Supplied
Sport in brief
Run Walk For Life time trial
pegging the washing. Some of the more
serious events include the 100m, 400m,
500m brisk walk and the 800m jog/run.
For the more adventurous, other activities include rugby-ball throw (throwing a
rugby ball at a target), goal shooting (a
hockey activity), pass the ball (a soccer
The club has various events happening in the third quarter (July to September) which include zonals, and a district
event where teams from the different
zones come to take part. A Cacadu team
will then be selected to take part at the
provincials, where an Eastern Cape team
will be selected to take part at the Golden
Anyone interested in joining the club
can contact Hilton Adonis at the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture for more information.
Rhodes Universioty Athletics Club time trial results:
4km: Jenny Coppinger 16:48 (personal best), Steve Robarts 18:03, Dave Goble 19:18, Bronywn Mathopo 19:27 (pb),
Madeleine Du Toit 19:29, Caroline Ross 19:41 (pb), Steve Baines
20:31 (pb), Cynthia Ngwenya 20:36 (pb).
Well done Coppinger, Mathopo, Ross, Baines and Ngwenya for
running personal bests on the course, and to Steve Robarts for
winning the R50 Pick n Pay voucher, his guessed time was the
closest to his actual time. Last Wednesday was the last time
trial for the semester. The next Rhodes time trial will be the
first Wednesday of next term.
DSG hockey vs Victoria Girls’ High School
1st team DSG won 2-0, 2nd team DSG won 5-0, 3rd team DSG
won 7-0, U16A DSG won 5-0, U16B DSG won 5-0.
DSG hockey vs Union High School
1st team DSG won 3-0, 2nd team DSG won 1-0, U16A drew 3-3,
U16B drew 0-0.
Various hockey U14A vs Collegiate DSG won 2-0, U14A vs Alex
Rd DSG Lost 0-1.
Netball vs Victoria Girls’ High School 1st team DSG won 3014, 2nd team DSG lost 8-15, U16A drew 14-14, U16B DSG won
13-5, U14A DSG won 13-4, U14B DSH won 11-6.
Netball vs Kutliso Daniels 1st team DSG won 31-5, U16A DSG
won 34-4, U14A DSG won 13-0.
Junior hockey – EP Trials
The following DSG pupils were selected for the Eastern Province U13B: Lalage Nuttall, Megan Viljoen, Megan Meyer.
Kingswood College results
Kingswood 1st 15 Hudson Park 5, Kingswood 2nd 17 Hudson Park 12, Kingswood 2nd 17 Alexandria 1st 10, Kingswood
3rd 0 Hudson 22, Kingswood 4th 0 Hudson 49, Kingswood
5th 0 Hudson 31, Kingswood U15A 15 Hudson 14, Kingswood
U15B 17 Hudson 46, Kingswood U14A 29 Hudson 24, Kingswood U14B 0 Hudson 56, Kingswood U13A 48 Moregrove
12, Kingswood U11A 26 Moregrove 5, Kingswood U9A 14
Kingswood 1st 0 Hudson 5, Kingswood 2nd 1 Hudson 2, Kingswood 3rd 0 Hudson 3, Kingswood 4th 2 DSG 1, Kingswood 5th 0
DSG 0, Kingswood 16A 0 Hudson 1, Kingswood 16B 1 Hudson 1,
Kingswood 16C 1 Hudson 0, Kingswood 16D 2 Hudson 0, Kingswood 16E 0 DSG 2, Kingswood 14A 1 Hudson 4, Kingswood 14B
3 Hudson 0, Kingswood 14C 2 Hudson 0.
1st XI Hockey Result vs Hudson Park
Kingswood were probably a little out-gunned by a good Hudson Park team on Wednesday, as they lost 0-1. They managed
to hang in during the first half, until conceding a goal with a
minute left on the clock. Hudson had most of the chances in
the half, where the two sides seemed to put each other under
pressure, especially with regard to turn-over of possession by
defence and midfield. Kingswood strikers struggled to win 50/50
balls against tight marking, and therefore limited opportunities
entering the D. There was a spirited come-back in the second
half from Kingswood, where they seemed to control things a
lot more. Nigel Namuyamba made some great saves to keep
Kingswood in with a chance.
Kingswood 1st 0 Hudson 1, Kingswood 2nd 5 Hudson 2, Kingswood 3rd 1 Port Alfred 1st 2, Kingswood 4th 2 SAC 16C 2, Kingswood 16A 1 Hudson 1, Kingswood 16B 6 Hudson 0, Kingswood
16C 0 SAC 16D 3, Kingswood 15A 3 Graeme 3rds 0, Kingswood
14A 3 Hudson 2, Kingswood 13C 3 SAP 13D 0, Kingswood 13D
1 SAP 13E 0,
Kingswood 14A 3 Hudson 22, Kingswood 16A 4 Hudson 11, Kingswood 16B 3 Hudson 6, Kingswood 3rd 3 Hudson 16, Kingswood
2nd 8 Hudson 17, Kingswood 1st 9 Hudson 35.
KC1st 10 SAC1sts 7, KC2nd 0 DSG Club 12, KC3rd 14 DSG1st 8,
KC4th 12 Graeme2nd 5, KC5th 13 SAC5th 7, KC6th 10 SAC6yh
8, KC7th 6 DSG Junior 14.
18 M ay 2010
Bumper entries at golf open
WIDE SWING... Jean Austin tees off during the Grahamstown
Golf club’s women’s open on Saturday. Austin and her partner Jane Bladen finished third. Photo: Stephen Penney
he women of the Grahamstown Golf Club held their biggest
event ever on the Grahamstown calendar on Saturday.
The Grahamston women’s open attracted 46 entries
from Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred, Bedford, Joubertina, East
London and even one from Cape Town, with 32 entries from out
of town. “We had a fantastic open today with good weather for
golf,” said Jenny Kroon of the women’s golf club on Saturday,
adding that various clubs from across the country were sent invitations for their women members to attend the open.
Esmé Basola, manager of the Grahamstown Golf Club, provided lunch for the golfers. The mother and daughter twosome
of Nonnie and Nanette Strydom from Walmer Country Club in
Port Elizabeth were crowned the open champs as they went on
to win with 47 points.
Grahamstown Golf club members Rose Gunton and Wilma
Pellissier took second spot, while their clubmates Jane Bladen
and Jean Austin finished third.
On a lighter note, one of the club’s male members, Judge
Frank Kroon acted as a marker as there was a two ball cover.
He went on to win the nearest-the-pin prize.
Meanwhile, any woman interested in taking up the game of
golf are welcome to attend the Tuesday women’s day’s which
are held at the Grahamstown Golf Club from 12.30pm. For more
information on the women’s club contact Jenny on 082 974 2595.
GENTLY DOES IT... Daphne Bowker makes a successful put
during the women’s golf open at the Grahamstown Golf Club
on Saturday. Photo: Stephen Penney
Nombulelo comes out tops Collegiate fails to beat DSG
Nombulelo Secondary School are the current
log leaders in the Grahamstown High Schools
U17 Football League.
Nombulelo and Kutliso Daniels both ended
round one with eight points, but with Nombulelo’s better goal difference, they are top of the log.
In third spot is Mary Waters with five points,
followed by TEM Mrwetyana also on five points. In
fifth position is Samuel Ntsika.
The competitions top goal scorer is Lelethu
Makile (Nombulelo) with eight goals, with Siyabonga Lwisani (Mary Waters) the next top goal
scorer with three goals.
The second round of the Grahamstown High
Schools U17 Football League fixtures starts on
All the results after round one:
Nombulelo (5) vs Mrwetyana (0)
Mawas (2) vs Ntsika (2)
Nombulelo (1) vs Mawas (1)
Nombulelo (5) vs Ntsika (1)
Khutliso (0) vs Mrwetyana (0)
Khutliso (2) vs Ntsika (0)
Mawas (0) vs Mrwetyana (0)
Ntsika (0) vs Mrwetyana (3)
Nombulelo (0) Khutliso (0)
Khutliso (2) vs Mawas (0)
The DSG U13A hockey side had a successful outing at the Collegiate Junior’s hockey
festival as they were unbeaten in all their five
In DSG’s first match against Westering,
DSG won 2-0, and beat the hosts, Collegiate,
also 2-0. They then beat Priory 1-0 and drew 0-0
to Lorraine, before beating Erica 5-0.
The festival, which took place on Saturday,
was aimed to create an exciting atmosphere,
encouraging fun and fellowship among the
players, and therefore there were no overall
This was the third annual hockey festival
hosted by Collegiate with a total of 13 teams
Meanwhile, the DSG U13A side beat a St
George’s Prep U13A side 5-0 last Friday.
Another fine win for St Andrew’s
The St Andrew’s College 1st rugby side were
not able to deliver a technically good performance in their game against Queen’s College on
Saturday, but still managed a 21-6 win.
With a number of players taking part in
the Eastern Province Craven Week trials on
Friday afternoon the energy levels were a bit
low and the usual spark was missing. The team
however dug deep and used the supportive and
vocal home crowd to inspire them to play with
passion and commitment against a defensively
organised and spirited Queen’s team.
The first half was a stop/start affair with
a number of penalties and reset scrums, and
so both teams never developed any rhythm or
flow and the first half ended with St Andrew’s
The second half carried on in much the
same manner as what had happened in the
first half. St Andrew’s were however able to
use their territorial advantage better in this
half and score more often from visits to the opponents half. The end score was a comfortable
but hard fought 21–6 victory to St Andrew’s.
Ryan Black scored one try for St Andrew’s, while Dane van der Westhuizen scored
one try and put over three penalties and one
Rhodes in first loss of season
The Rhodes University Soccer Club men’s
first team suffered their first defeat in the
Port Elizabeth Football Association Promotion
League over the weekend.
Before the weekend’s two matches, Rhodes
were in perfect form, as they had won all of
their first five matches.
Among the latest of their first five victims
were Westville United and Motherwell Academy whom they beat 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.
The students then had a double over the
past weekend as they travelled to Komatsu
Young Tigers at Kemsley Park on Saturday,
and then visited Forresters on Sunday at the
Eastern Province Command.
Young Tigers are the newcomers in the
league and were unable to deal with Rhodes’
assault as Rhodes went on to win 4-0.
On Sunday Rhodes played against Forresters at the Eastern Province Command, with
Rhodes fielding a weaker side due to students
preparing for exams.
Rhodes lost the match 3-1 their first defeat
of the season. This is also the first time Forresters have beaten Rhodes in four years.
GO BABAS!... The Raglan Road Multi-Purpose Centre held a fun sports day for Grahamstown pre-schools. Nomphelo Belwana of the Multi-Purpose Centre said 19 schools took
part in the sports day. Among the activities were 50m dash, egg and spoon race and a
beanbag race. The sports day was organised to network with other pre-schools and for
the children to meet with children from other schools. The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture helped with the various events as well as with the sporting equipment. Seen here is one of the 50m dash events. Photo: Stephen Penney