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Hartseerverhale van mense wat nie net die dood van hul geliefdes moet verwerk nie, maar ook vrede moet maak met die skokkende toestande en afbrekende gedrag by hul geliefdes se laaste rusplek – Pretoria Oos Begraafplaas – is hierdie week aan Eastern Times vertel.
“My vriendin is in 1996 oorlede – skaars drie maande na ons uit matriek is. Haar ma het twee jaar daarna ook haar stryd teen kanker verloor en sy is langs haar dogter begrawe. My vriendin se pa het ‘n borsbeeld van sy dogter gemaak om bietjie van die seer te probeer verwerk,” vertel ’n inwoner van die omgewing wat anoniem wil bly weens werksetiek.
“Toe ek vanjaar so rondom haar verjaardag in Junie daar kom om blomme op haar graf te plaas, vind ek dat die borsbeeld letterlik uit die graf geruk is en gesteel is. Haar ma se grafsteen is ook onherkenbaar geskend.”
Sy het ook dieselfde agteruitgang by twee ander vriende en haar skoonpa se grafte ervaar. “En my besoeke raak min, want daar word op jou afgestorm en sommer dreigend gebedel …
“Gisteraand sit ons by n eetplek in Woodlands en ek wys vir my man: dáár, net dáár waar my mensies lê en rus word daar tussen die grafte ’n sokkerwedstryd gespeel. En ek kan nie help om die laaste prentjie van my vriendin se geskende graf te sien nie – so sonder haar mooi glimlaggende beeld en met ‘n halfgeëete boks slapskyfies daarop.
Loraine Venter, ook van die ooste, se dogter het ‘n vriendin wat onlangs beide haar ouers verloor het en wat op 5 Oktober daar begrawe is. Ook vir haar is dit moeilik om die omstandighede met respek vir ander mense te versoen. “Dit is net aaklig, vuil, leë bottels en papiere en kinders wat al gillende en laggende rondhardloop en op die grafte speel, terwyl ander mense hartseer afskeid neem . . . ”
Loraine se sus is in 1982 in die begraafplaas begrawe. “Dit was ’n pragtige plek met groen gras . . . voëltjies . . . mens kon enige tyd daarheen gaan. Nou is ook gevaarlik. Ek het besluit om self my sussie se grafsteen af te breek en in die mooi rustige plekkie in my tuin te kom sit waar my ouers se as is.”
Daar word al jare lank, selfs dekades, oor die toestand van die begraafplaas gekla, maar die Stad van Tshwane swyg. Die desperaatheid van inwoners dryf hulle selfs na sosiale-netwerk inisiatiewe soos Hello Peter, maar daarop regeer die stadsraad ook nie.
Vir haar voel dit dat inwoners se menswaardigheid en menseregte op die wyse geskend word, skryf Emma Duvenhage. “Al wat ons as belastingbetalende inwoners van die stad se leiers vra, is: erken ons seer en ons behoefte om ons geliefdes se herinneringe te koester in ’n gepaste omgewing. Toon respek teenoor ons en gee aandag aan die toestand van die befraafplaas.”
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Repeated sewage spillages in the eastern suburbs have now resulted in Ecoli bacteria levels in the Struben Dam at 29 times higher than the acceptable amount.
Eastern Times has, during the year, repeatedly reported on sewage spills in the area .
The Wolwespruit joins the Waterkloofspruit in Menlo Park and then runs into Lynnwood Glen where it enters the Struben Dam at the Struben Dam Bird Sanctuary.
“From July to mid-September there were no less than four major spills into the Wolwespruit from the main sewer line running parallel with the Wolwespruit, says ward councillor, Siobhan Muller. According to her the Department of Sanitation took up to three weeks to respond to the reports from the community and councillor and stop the spills. “The quickest response time was 48 hours when a 10 meter waterfall of raw sewage was cascading into the spruit.”
When the Department of Sanitation tested the water on 3 September, their results showed that contamination in the dam was within acceptable limits, “although over 150 large dead fish were removed from the Struben Dam with the last spillage in September,” mentions Muller.
These results were disputed Muller and councillor Duncan Baker and an independent test was done on 18 September. “The results were shocking, with Ecoli bacteria levels at 29 times above the acceptable amount,” says the councillor.
A meeting was held on 17 September at the dam with the Departments of Sanitation and Environmental Management. “The official stance was to wait for good rains to flush out and cleanse the water system.”
In the interim yet another sewage spill on 10 October was found not far from the inlet into Struben Dam.
The water from this tributary joins the Moreletaspruit and runs into the Roodeplaat Dam, ultimately becoming part of the drinking water for the City of Tshwane.
‘n Man is net na 9:00 vanoggend in Hoefystersingel, Kameeldrift geskiet.
Volgens die Kameeldrif polisie is hy in die nek en been gewond, maar nie ernstig nie. Hy is op die toneel deur paramedici versorg, maar is nie hospitaal toe geneem nie.
Volgens inwoners van die omgewing was die man vroeg al uit die huis. Toe hy ongeveer 9:00 weer tuis kom was daar na bewering twee rowers in die huis. Kol Swanepoel, stasiebevelvoerder van Kameeldrif SAPD, sê ‘n .38-vuurwapen is gebruik. Met ons ter perse gaan was die polisie nog besig om verklarings af te neem. Hulle is op soek na twee verdagtes.
Hoërskool Garsfontein het tydens die afgelope Nasionale Skole-perdesportkampioenskap te Misty Meadows in Gauteng ongekende prestasies behaal.
Agtien eerste, agt tweede en agt derde plekke is tydens hierdie landswye kompetisie losgery. Wat hierdie uitslae so merkwaardig maak , is dat nie minder nie as 259 skole van alle uithoeke van die land deelgeneem het. Voorts het 626 hoërskoolruiters aan 1600 klasse deelgeneem.
Die volgende Garsies verdien spesiale vermelding:
Eerste plekke het gegaan aan Mia Joubert (8 ), Kristen Joubert (3), Alecea Olivier, Margaux Roux, Rozelle Trumpie, Savannah Rouvoet, Jasmyn Lourens, Chané Malherbe en Adri Venter. Alecea Olivier, Margaux Roux, Maryna Bosman, Milaine Trumpie, Kristen Joubert en Mia Joubert het almal tweede gekom in hulle onderskeie klasse, terwyl derde plekke aan Maryna Bosman, Margaux Roux, Mia Joubert en Kristen Joubert gegaan het.
Nie net is Hoërskool Garsfontein reeds vroeër vanjaar as Ligawenners in Gauteng Noord gekroon nie, maar mnr. Jan Joubert, voorsitter van SANESA Skole (Gauteng) het vandag (Maandag) die provinsiale trofee vir die beste skool in Gauteng aan die span oorhandig. Me. Marlene du Plessis, president van SANESA Skole, was ook by hierdie besonderse seremonie wat by die skool plaasgevind teenwoordig en het die trofee aan Suid- Afrika se top perdesportskool se kaptein, Savannah Rouvoet, oorhandig
The Curious Incident (UK) is the Alternative Pop embodiment of that roller coaster feeling in your belly! A band of multinationals wearing their hearts on their sleeves; their music has a little RHCP, a little Sting, a little Winehouse, a little Bruno Mars and a lot more thrown in depending on the weather. They have supported some of their heroes including The Zombies and have been lucky enough to play in the UK, Switzerland and Canada. The band had their first SA tour in 2012.
SA Tour dates:
25 Nov – Aandklas Stellenbosch
29 Nov – Mystic Boer Bloem
4 Dec – Live The Venue Durban
5 Dec – Arcade Empire PTA w/ Lark
6 Dec – Rumours JHB w/ Lark
13 Dec – Manila Bar, Cape Town
Fans can keep an eye out on www.thecuriousincident.com for the updates on the tour schedule.
From 23 to 31 October, residents can bring their gifts for underprivileged children around South Africa for the Santa Shoe Box project to the Pretoria Chinese School. The project started in Cape Town in 2006 with 180 gift boxes being distributed. The distribution has since grown to a nationwide distribution and last year, 118 274 boxes were distributed. Participants fill shoe boxes with Christmas gifts, wrap them and then drop them off at the various pick-up points. The gifts are then distributed to underprivileged homes and schools in the country. For more information visit www.santashoebox.org
Pretoria breast cancer support group Reach for Recovery celebrated the growth and renewal of the organisation at an inspiring launch of their new brand and fresh look.
Coinciding with the start of breast cancer awareness month on 1 October, the launch took place at Netcare Femina Hospital and was attended by survivors as well as friends and supporters from the medical professions and other cancer organisations.
Guest speaker was Grant Christie, a young man who recently completed a “Six Million Steps” (3 500 km) solo walk around the entire coastline of the country. Relating highlights and low points from this incredible journey, he drew parallels with the journey of a breast cancer patient. Although he was alone, it was the encouragement, support, help, love and friendly faces of those he encountered on the way that kept him going, “one step at a time”.
Reach for Recovery is based on the concept that someone who has lived through breast cancer and gives freely of their time to help another person facing the same experience is a valuable source of support. Their trained volunteers are referred by doctors, and visit breast cancer patients throughout the Pretoria area, offering practical and emotional support and a message of hope. The Pretoria group was started in 1970.
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A female grey duiker that was spotted running down Selikats Causeway in Faerie Glen on the evening of Sunday, 5 October was rescued by members of the community.
The small antelope was eventually safely released in the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve (FGNR) after being treated for injuries at Onderstepoort where it was also discovered that she is pregnant.
Jacques van Rooyen, a wildlife specialist and resident of the area, says they are not sure where the duiker came from – one would expect possibly from the Bronberg Ridge.
“Residents spotted the animal and members from MyFaerieGlen and the Faerie Glen Neighbourhood Watch assisted in getting her to Valley Farm Animal Hospital where she was kept safe until Henkce Marais from Nature Conservation arrived to collect her,” says Van Rooyen.
After being treated at Onderstepoort for a torn muscle and ligament in her leg “Little Miss Silli”, as she was named, was released in the FGNR by Marais, aided by Van Rooyen and Alf Joubert.
“She looks healthy and strong and she will settle in well,” remarked Fanus Johnson shortly after she was released. “She is still young. We estimate around four years.”
Van Rooyen says it is important to promote the concepts of sustainable living and urban conservation in the area by “creating awareness about eco-friendly citizenship.”
On his blog (http://faeriegreen.blogspot.com/) he writes: “Wildlife is often much more part of our environment than what we might think because many species do adapt successfully to urban environments. We should therefore always be on the lookout for these furry and feathery friends in case we can help to make life for them in our midst more comfortable.”
Van Rooyen encourages residents to become involved in and to support local gems like the FGNR. “Urban reserves are going to play an increasingly important role in future as resemblance of the fauna and flora that once occurred here.”
The Friends of the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve extended a big thank you to everybody involved from the moment the animal was spotted until the release.
“Please do not hesitate to contact us should you see a wild animal in distress out of its environment. Alternatively call Tshwane Nature Conservation’s 24 hour emergency number 072 097 4772.
The Pretoria Shepherd Dog Club (PSDC) celebrated its 51st year with an annual walk to raise funds for the South African Veterinary Association’s Community Veterinary Clinics, whose main activity is to give primary veterinary health care in disadvantaged areas.
Club members and dog enthusiasts from around Pretoria took part in the walk, which started at the club’s grounds in Menlo Park. Participants and their dogs meandered along the Waterkloof Spruit, through the beautiful suburb of Maroelana, finally completing the walk at the club house.
“The PSDC encouraged owners to purchase bandanas in aid of the Sunflower Fund, and it was quite heart-warming to see so many colourful dogs,” says Tania Quarmby, chairperson.
Pretoria Secondary School won the award as Gauteng provincial winner for competing in Eskom Foundation’s Simama Ranta Enterprise Education in the month of September after a year of running their arcade business at the school.
Simana Ranta is a yearly competition designed to encourage South African learners in entrepreneurship in order to boost the economy of the country. This year the Secondary School was part of 2 000 schools that took part in the whole country.
“We realised that our learners from Pretoria Secondary are very interested in technology so I started with two students and then the group grew till there were six and we decided to keep it small since it’s our first time,” said Ms Althea Williams who oversaw the running of the business by the students.
The six grade 12 learners were each given a responsibility in the arcade, gym or traditional food court. They then delegated to their classmates and friends for each of the tasks.
As they proceeded with the competition reports were sent in randomly upon request to the Department of Education in a portfolio with photographs. The school then made it to the top 27 finalists which presented their business at the Coca Cola dome in Johannesburg on 11 to 14 September.
“We won R10000,” said win Ms Williams. “Five percent will go back to the school, because the business was run on school resources, and the other money will be invested in the new business and to maintain the business.”
The Principal Mr Saul Magengenene says he was very proud of the school learners for winning such an award.