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IN THIS ISSUE: NEW BOTHASIG POLICE COMMANDER See page 2 TENNIS CLUB NEWS See page 4 LIBRARY NEWS See page 8
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FROM THE EDITOR
Social media is a wonderful tool, but it also has a dark side, as we have seen to devastating effect during lockdown. Yes, while we were in isolation, twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp kept us up to date, but the pernicious drip drip drip of FakeNews was always lurking in the shadows.
COVID is a killer, we all know that. But it wasn’t the invention of the Illuminati, Bill Gates, a race of Space Lizards, a CIA experiment gone wrong, or a devilish way to implant us all with 5G, via the vaccine. Equally, Mary from Facebook, despite her huge amount of ‘Likes’, isn’t a world authority. And the ‘it happened to my friend’s aunty’s cousin’ is the modern equivalent of ‘Once upon a time’. Ignorance can kill you, while COVID exists.
And the naysayers who refuse to follow the covid protocols are potential killers. Please be safe, and follow the COVID protocols.
Edgemead Residents Association chairlady, Natalie Huth, has resigned for personal reasons.
A new Chairperson will be elected at our meeting in September.
COLONEL KHANYILE DRIVES FIGHT AGAINST CRIME
Recently Police S that despit appointed commander of the Bothasig tation Lt Col Khunjulwa Khanyile says e the lockdown, criminal activity in the area is not going away and appeals for the public not to relax their guard.
However, she is exceptionally happy with the welcome she has received, and aims to forge an even better relationship with the local Community Policing Forum, security companies and Neighbour- hood Watches.
“Neighbourhood Watches are a key partner in our fight against crime,” Khanyile said. “It is a multiplication of forces, and more ‘eyes and ears on the road’. “We would also welcome more residents becoming reservists, to take back our streets from criminals” This cooperation recently led to an early morning arrest of suspects when police, working closely with Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch , stopped a vehicle whose occupants were acting suspiciously, and
found various tools as well as laptop computers
And charger, digital camera and a suitcase containing clothing and shoes. The three occupants of the vehicle could not explain where they had come from, nor how they came to be in possession of all the property.
The suspects, aged between 31 and 35 years old, residents of Du Noon and Gugulethu were arrested and detained on charges of being in possession of presumed stolen goods and housebreaking implements.
Colonel Khanyile, who previously served in Kraaifontein, and Cape Town Central, appealed to the public not to be complacent, and to remain vigilant, especially during the lockdown curfew. “Even though, with the curfew, movement of suspicious vehicles and people is easier to spot, criminals will not stop,” she says. “Theft from vehicles remains a big problem in our area, and residents are reminded not to leave valuables in the vehicle, which creates an opportunity for thieves.
“There has also been an increase in online fraud, especially with people buying goods, sending a fake SMS confirming payment, and then sending a third party, like an Uber, to make collection. “If in doubt, check with your bank… don’t trust people too easily.” Another issue which she highlighted was the rise in ‘scare’ stories on social media.
“If you read something on facebook, don’t just pass it on, rather contact us, let it be verified,” she says. “Stories circulate, with no basis in fact, and it is a waste of resources investigating these fake reports.”
Colonel Khanyile also asked that residents show patience with the police, as investigations often take time, as solid cases have to be built.
EDGEMEAD TENNIS CLUB NEWS
Wow, what a season of ups and downs… First we could play, then we couldn’t, then we could and then again we couldn’t. NOW we can. With COVID protocols of course. Our membership has increased dramatically and we are so thrilled to welcome so many new members, especially families. We think people just want to get out in the fresh air and do some family things together.
We could not have fundraisers and had to cancel our renowned Wimbledon Day, but members are still reserving courts and coming down to play. We did however manage to hold our annual Club Championships, and with the weather playing its part, everything went ahead smoothly.
The 2021 Champions are as follows Men’s Champion: Dion Roos Ladies’ Champion: Maralize Stander Junior Boy and Girl Champion: Alexander Rossouw and Yana Yovchev. To join the club or for more information, please contact Christine on 082 969 5479 or email email@example.com.
Biokineticist Glynn Moolman was recently featured on
an episode of Medies on DStv channel 145.
Picture credit: Romano Fortuin.
Dion Roos and Maralize Stander, club champions
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EDGEMEAD SENIORS CLUB by Dianne Newcombe
What bei we have with the world ng in turmoil tried hard to be as ‘normal’ as possible at Edgemead Seniors. We have had no outings, but the club is open and we are being as cautious and careful as possible. Fortunately we have recently signed on three new members, and we extend a hearty welcome to you all.
Our ‘Previously Loved’ clothing shop is open and we invite you to call on us and find out more about the Club and our little shop. Any donations of clothing are most welcome. We use all monies made in the shop to help run the club. We are hoping to have a celebration for Seniors Day in October, lockdown willing – the date and time will be advertised.
We are still very busy with our charity work and welcome knitters and crocheting ladies to join us. At this time there are so many families in dire need of help. We also donate toys and household goods to several animal rescue groups.
The club holds a Bingo morning and evening once a month. This month’s morning is August 19 (R20) and evening Friday, August 27 (R25). Any enquiries, and bookings, should be done at the club prior to the date. There is a monthly social evening recently started, unfortunately, this publication will be too late for August 13. We felt this would be an opportunity for those who work to attend the club, and hopefully become members.
We wish all members and friends a warm and safe remainder of winter and hope to meet you at the Seniors’ Club.
The an appoi Lions Club De Grendel Members welcome d congratulates Ian Williams, the newly nted Edgemead News Editor and wish him every success with this appointment.
A new COVID variant is expected in the RSA shortly ….. We suspect that this unwelcomed variant will be with us for many years and the pres- ent precautions of temperature testing; sanitising; wearing of masks; and respecting social distancing will need to be followed indefinitely, despite the huge inconvenience.
Worship activities will continue from our homes due to the restrictions placed on all church congregations. In addition, these restrictions have affected Lions’ activities in assisting the needy, though all fundrais- ing has ceased. So while our club continues with daily food deliveries
to the needy, and we are also making plastic and newspaper sleeping bags for the homeless, there is very little else being done.
We would like to thank the various shops and our club ladies who prepare jars of soup to accompany the food deliveries. We would like to share with the readers two recent service projects;
1) The Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) donated R500 000 to the Western Cape’s Lions Clubs. These monies are earmarked to purchase and supply Hospitals and Healthcare Workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Our twenty Western Cape Clubs will be distributing PPE donations to 14 Hospitals and Clinics soon.
2) “Triplets need our help” An urgent cry for assis- tance was voiced to help an 18-year-old mother of three cute five-month-old triplet boys. Powdered milk, toiletries, nappies and all babies’ goods are needed. De Grendel has provided three donations thus far. If any reader is moved to assist please contact our president Malcolm whose details are given below.
For nearly 50 years our club has established a footprint for assisting the needy and improving the lives of our community members. We list a couple of the most memorable projects undertaken in our first three decades. In the 1960s, after the Cheshire Quadriplegic/ Paraplegic Home had been built in Sanddrif, our representative observed that the wheelchair residents were housebound and unable to negotiate over the outside rough terrain to enjoy the gardens.
Our club provided cement pathways, enabling the residents to enjoy the outdoors.
The 1970s saw the completion of the Monte Vista Scout/Guide Headquarters. We also sponsored two of this group’s youngsters to travel and be hosted to various Zimbabwean Lions Clubs. Perhaps the biggest life changing project was sponsoring a coloured orphan to study medicine at UCT.
Now a doctor, she has influenced many lives in her community.The 1980s saw the realisation of the Edgemead Soccer Club/Lions Club Project in developing The Sports Complex and sports fields. In this decade our Lions Clubs were active assisting with matters of sight – promoting white cane day, eye operations, collecting spectacles for redistribution, donating eye equipment for the Tygerberg Hospital and providing Guide Dogs to a few who qualified, thus allowing the recipients a comparative life of independence.
Lion President: Malcolm McCallum (082 977 2737) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A long awaited dream has finally come to fruition, with the recent opening of the new extension to Edgemead Library. The official handover was a milestone as it marked the transition from a construction project to a tangible benefit.
Principal Librarian, Renatha Snyders, and other stakeholders including Councillor Helen Carstens, the contractors and the project manager, Riaan Ismail signed the handover of the extension on 10 August 2021. This marks the successful completion of a project in the pipeline since 2007, when Sunell Lötter was the Principal Librarian. It was recognised even then that there was already an urgent need for space – shelves were overflowing with books, and furniture had to be rearranged for primary school programmes.
Cllr James Vos submitted a motivationfor the R1 million needed to enlarge the Library. Lorraine Matthewson, appointed as Principal Librarian in 2009, increased the number of activities and events held at the library, and emphasised the need for more space.
Cllr Carstens, with her enthusiasm and determination, renewed the process to motivate the need for an enlargement, and the project was completed in August 2021. The City Manager, Lungelo Mbandazayo, visited the Library on Friday, 13 August 2021, to view the extension. There was understandably a lot of dust, noise and furniture had to be rearranged, and we thank our patrons for their understanding and apologise for the inconvenience.
The Library also had to close in July due to Lockdown level 4, but staff remained hard at work. We were privileged to have two students, Dana and Kat, with us to gain practical experience as part of their librarianship studies. In their short, three week stay, they spruced up sections in the library, giving the children’s section a makeover with the theme “Our Reading Garden” and renewing the labels on the junior non-fiction shelves to assist in navigating the Dewey Decimal system.
Edgemead/Monte Vista Library took part in the City of Cape Town Library Services Mandela Day Drive. The aim was to collect beanies for babies and donate them to clinics who would then distribute them to those in need. Our Library’s knitters did not disappoint and a total of 605 beanies were donated, officially placing us at
number one of all the libraries in the City. Beanies are still being donated by knitters who would like to make a difference. We urgently need a volunteer to assist with our food garden. Patrons have donated plants, seedlings, and compost for which we are thankful.
If anyone would like to get their hands dirty in the food garden on a regular basis please contact us. It is for a good cause and the exercise and sunshine is good for mind and body. Harvests will be sold to the community at an excellent price and the funds will go towards the purchase of new books.
We would like to convey our thanks to everyone who supported The Corner Book Shop and the Car Boot sales. The Friends of the Edgemead/Monte Vista Library are arranging these fundraising activities which are utilised to purchase those best sellers that Edgemead/Monte Vista Library is famous for.
Soon we will increase our services and facilities to include SmartCape computer facilities; Study facilities and Overdrive/Libby e-books.
Please like and follow The Edgemead Library on Facebook for the latest developments. We will literally start Spring of 2021 with a spring in our step, boasting a new extension, a spruced up children’s section and increased facilities and services. May Edgemead/Monte Vista Library be a beacon of hope to the community during these uncertain
COVID-19 times. Keep safe!
The children’s section of the library recently
recieved a makeover.
LIBRARY BOOK REVIEWS
by Pam Gilbee
The Alert Level 4 Lockdown has seen a dearth of new books, but we are ready to whet your appetites with the following titles which are now
available for reservation at the Edgemead Library.
The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah
This is the story of a young woman, Elsa Wolcott, who is trying to save her family farm and children during The Great Depression. There was a great deal of research done to ensure the historical events and
occurrences which Elsa and her family endured were based on fact.
Find You First – Linwood Barclay
Gripping thriller about a billionaire trying to track down his children, while staying ahead of a vicious killer who is erasing every trace of the possible.
Turn A Blind Eye – Jeffrey Archer
This is the third instalment in the gripping story of Detective Inspector William Warwick. Nothing Ventured and Hidden in Plain Sight were the first two titles, should you wish to start the series.
A Gambling Man – David Baldacci
Set at the start of the 1950s, this novel continues the adventures of Aloysius Archer, whom we met in One Good Deed.
A Distant Shore – Karen Kingsbury
When Eliza Lawrence was a child, she was caught in a riptide in the Caribbean. Jack Ryder was a teenager from the East Coast on vacation who dived in to save her, and that single terrifying moment changed both of their lives forever.
Finding Ashley – Danielle Steel
Two estranged sisters get the chance to reconnect and right the wrongs of the past. If you are a Danielle Steel fan, this is a must-read.
CITY CYCLING CLUB by John Martin
The brakes were locked again
Alert level 4 lockdown immediately put the brakes on all club races and events. Official club rides were cancelled and in order to remain fit and ride in relative safety, members formed their own small groups and ventured out into the winter chill.
We did manage to have two further club races in June, before this lockdown level change was announced: 13th June – This was a 2.7km hill climb time trial held at Zwaanswyk Road in the southern suburbs, which is behind Steenberg golf course in Tokai.
The second half of the hill is so steep, that the post boxes of those residents living near the top, are mounted on poles along the side of the road mid-way up, saving the postman the anguish of having to pedal all the way to the summit.
The club cycled through on the morning, tackled the climb, then cycled back to Edgemead. It was a great club turnout, where we combined with some of our members from the southern suburbs. The event was won by Zubair Esack who became the new holder of the Bob Theis Memorial Trophy. The quickest woman was Liesel Gray.
27th June – We returned to the Atlantis circuit for another handicapped race (staggered start, with the slowest group starting first), this time racing for the Kay Trophy. It was a 56km race in which the seeding worked out perfectly, with all three groups merging on the final lap. The top seeded group pretty much needed to go flat out in order to catch the two groups ahead of them, and the final sprint to the line was won by Tyron Ingle.
Alert level 4 then abruptly put an end to our events, as well as the larger events arranged by eg WP, PPA and various charities etc.
Alert level 3 has now permitted us to resume club activities and with spring just around the corner, it leaves a little more than a month in which to squeeze in some late training for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which is planned for 10th
With the threat of a fourth wave, mitigated by the vaccination roll-out, we can only hope that it’s safe enough for the event to still take place. Our members have trained throughout winter and are looking forward to achieving their individual goals. With warm weather on the horizon and an earlier sunrise, our regular week-end rides will start at 6:30am from the BP in Letchworth Drive.
For anyone wishing to ride with us, ‘City’ is here to welcome you. For our contact details and more information, view www.citycyclingclub.co.za and our Facebook page link.
EDGEMEAD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
by Mark Richards
Edgemead residents who keep an eye on facebook will have read that our long serving station commander at Bothasig SAPS, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Jacobs, has been transferred to SAPS Brackenfell where he has been appointed Head, Visible Policing. Taking over the position of Bothasig station commander is Lieutenant Colonel Khunjulwa Khanyile, previously stationed at SAPS Kraaifontein. Lt. Col. Jacobs has always been hugely supportive of our Precinct Neighbourhood Watches and it was certainly sad to see him leave.
However Lt. Col. Khanyile has an impressive service record and at a recent meeting where Lt. Col. Khanyile introduced herself to the Bothasig Precinct Neighbourhood Watches, she voiced her appreciation of the high level of cooperation amongst all the Precinc Neighbourhood Watches and Bothasig SAPS and going on to state how paramount partnership policing is and committing to add value by interacting with local community structures in order to improve and strengthen these partnerships.
It was indeed heartening to have the new station commander willing to meet with the Neighbourhood Watches and to voice her enthusiasm and goals for further strengthening of ties.
Lt. Col. Khanyile, the new face of Bothasig Police.
Our ENW patrollers continue noting an influx of what can only be termed rather atypical “vagrants” into Edgemead. By this we mean that they’re not your run of the mill, scruffy, unkempt individuals but rather a slightly neater,
less disheveled look. According to one of our local Auxiliary Law Enforcement officers, these would appear to be known drug abusers from the greater Bellville area.
What is becoming more apparent lately is that unscrupulous people like these are taking advantage of the COVID pandemic and claiming to be homeless, telling really heartfelt tales about being down on their luck and asking for money. One of the younger looking ones claims that his girlfriend is pregnant but several patrollers can
attest to him using this same story for about 14 months.
By the beggars’ continued presence in Edgemead, they are clearly being supported. What troubles us about this is that our patrollers,
as well as residents, are reporting an increasing amount of discarded ice cream tubs and opened, partially eaten tinned foods being dumped around our suburb. Clearly hunger is not an issue and they are only here for money to feed their habit. Again, this statement is supported by the discovery of drug paraphernalia and discarded hypodermic syringes on an almost daily basis. In fact, while typing this article a photo has just been WhatsApped to me showing a syringe found by a resident in her driveway in Louis Thibault.
In the past few months there have coincidentally also been what appear to be opportunistic break ins, mostly but not restricted to the area around Denison Way, Pringle Way and Primary School area. There was also the shocking incident where a young lady surprised an intruder in their home in the lower side of Edgemead. Fortunately the brave young lady’s screams caused the wouldbe burglar to flee.
We cannot be certain that these new faces to our suburb are responsible for these crimes, but we absolutely cannot discount it and all we can do is to make an earnest plea to residents to please rather support night shelters instead of randomly handing out money to strangers who may just be targeting our suburb for easy pickings.
WAR HERO BILL CELEBRATES HIS CENTURY
Edgemead resident William ‘Bill’ van Schalkwyk celebrated his 100th Birthday on August 20 with family and friends, and the old soldier, who had been in the Eighth Army at El Alamein in World War Two, was full of reminiscences from the time.
“I was in the Medical Corps (the Union Defence Force was part of the British Eighth Army) while my brothers and sisters were all in uniform as well, in the SA Air Force,” he says Bill, who saw it as his duty to serve, spent three years in North Africa, bringing succour to the sick and wounded of both sides in the conflict. However, the fighting was never far away, and his position was bombed by German and Italian aircraft on an almost daily basis.
“I even picked up and treated my brother in law, an artilleryman on 25 pounders, who had been wounded in the field.” Bill spent time in hospital himself, having contracted sandfly fever, which laid him low for two weeks. The Allied victory at El Alamein, in October and November 1942 was the beginning of the end of the Western Desert Campaign, eliminating the Axis threat to Egypt, the Suez Canal and the MiddlenEastern and Persian oil fields. The battle revived
the morale of the Allies, being the first big success against the Axis since late 1941. In 1943, Bill returned to South Africa, as an injury to his ear ruled him out of joining his unit following the invasion of Italy. However, he wasn’t immediately out of danger, as his ship was subject to an attack by a submarine while he was sailing back home.
He saw out the war years at Wynberg Military Hospital, and following the end of the conflict, he was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45 and Africa Service Medal – a reproduction of which adorned one of the many cakes Bill received for his birthday
HOW MANY DOGS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB?
Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?
Border Collie: Just one. And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.
Dachshund: You know I can’t reach that stupid lamp!
Rottweiler: Make me.
Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!
German Shepherd: I’ll change it as soon as I’ve led these people from the dark, checked to make sure I haven’t missed any, and made just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation. Jack Russell Terrier: I’ll just pop it in while I’m bouncing off the walls and furniture.
Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I’m sorry, but I don’t see a light bulb!
Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.
Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or “We don’t need no stinking light bulb.”
Greyhound: It isn’t moving. Who cares?
Mastiff: Mastiffs are not afraid of the dark.
Poodle: I’ll just blow in the Border Collie’s ear and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
I am indeed a proud councillor following the official handover from the contractor the extension of the extension to the Edgemead Library in early August. When I originally started floating the extension proposal through the system, I knew it would be difficult to get a new building, and I even had a container ready and waiting to be delivered.
That idea was not very popular and we then mooted a prefab – that
was not too popular either! – and then we ended up with the bricks and mortar we have today. This is bigger and better than we expected, but we are so grateful and happy. Edgemead Library can now hold additional activities, have their reading corner and place for more books. This will benefit them for many years to come, and I feel rewarded after I dug my feet in and kept pushing.
I want to touch on the current state of our roads which, everyone agrees, are in an appalling state. I am not an engineer and do not fill potholes, but I do engage with the relevant authority, which is the Roads Department. The roads are their assets and they are responsible for the upkeep. In my role of oversight, I engage them and enquire ‘why, when and what’ with regard to the state of the roads, and then communicate this back to the community.
To be perfectly honest, roads are an issue across the City and not just in our suburbs. We are currently, through the SC, investigating exhaustively with the Department and monitoring their progress every fortnight. Other projects in the ward are making a slow start and this is due to tender issues as well as COVID infections, because unfortunately there are a number of staff who have contracted the virus.
I hope to be able to give feedback on the status of these projects soon, and hopefully we will be able to see them taking shape. The Urban Gardens are progressing, however the winter weather all but destroyed our crop, which was due for harvest. Nonetheless, we now have the three gardens – Bothasig Community Hall, Edgemead Library and Bothasig Library – so planting will begin soon and these will harvest at the same time. If there is anyone who has a passion for gardening and would like to volunteer some time at the Edgemead Library Urban Garden, please contact the Edgemead Library.
Despite being relatively COVID free at present let us remember this virus is all around us and,
whether we are vaccinated or not, have had COVID before or not, the new mutations mean the current mutations are the ones we have to deal with. The golden rule is to maintain distance, keep your hands clean and wear a clean mask. Wearing the same mask, day in and day out, merely keeps the virus particles and dirt in place.
Your mask should be washed every time you take it off, and you should
only touch it by the straps on the side. Paper masks should be thrown away after use. The stats of everincreasing infections say we need to strictly adhere to the protocols. Stay Safe.
Ward Councillor Helen Carstens
CHIP SHOP TACKLES THE COVID BLUES
While many businesses have suffered during the pandemic and resultant lockdown, Fisheries’ Erik Burger is confident trade will return to normal soon and, despite the recent tribulations, his love for Chelsea Football club gives him hope. Burger, while concerned about the various lockdowns, trading restrictions and load shedding, puts on a brave face, joking “When you support Chelsea, you are used to ups and downs!”
Visitors to the centre are often bemused that the popular take away shop seems to be more of a shrine to his beloved Chelsea, with posters, scarves and memorabilia taking up almost half the shop. “It started small, but has grown phenomenally,” Burger says. “Many customers bring us gifts, like posters and mugs.
“There’s always a lot of banter, as fans of other clubs make a point of popping in when Chelsea lose… but there hasn’tbeen much of that lately!” Though a Chelsea man for over 20 years, Erik has still to see his heroes play live. “I was at Stamford Bridge, their Home ground, back in 2009 but it was the off-season,” he says. “One day I’ll go back and see my ‘boys’ play.”
GIRL GUIDES TO FEED THE NEEDY
The De Grendel GIRL GUIDES (comprising units in Edgemead, Monte Vista, Bothasig and Tableview) will be running a belated Mandela Day community project called Mama Mia Madiba.
The girls and their adult leaders will be making delicious, nutritious, tummy-filling pasta dishes to distribute to those in need in the community. The recent change in lockdown restrictions meant that they couldn’t run the project on Mandela Day, 18 July, so the date has been moved to early in October. You can help by donating any of the following:
pasta, oil, carrots, potatoes, green peppers, fresh parsley and basil, lentils (tinned or dry), tinned chick peas, tinned beans, fresh tomatoes and tinned chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato puree, garlic and onions. They also need plastic containers like yoghurt and ice-cream tubs.
You can contact District Commissioner, Tanya Prinsloo, on email@example.com or 084 591 0077 to find out your nearest drop-off point, or for more information about GIRL GUIDES.
Peyton Witten hands over a donation to fellow
GIRL GUIDE, Zena Marks.