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  • E-mail: post@peoplespost.co.za Tuesday 22 May 2012 Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481

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    PROBLEM: These properties on Pontac and Nelson streets are causing some concern among the neighbours. Photo: Tauriq Hassen

    Problem Building Unit.Herron confirmed an application has been

    lodged with Heritage Western Cape to demo-lish the buildings. The houses are believed tobe more than 60 years old.

    The applicant will need a permit from Her-itage Western Cape to have the buildings de-molished as they are protected by the Nation-al Heritage Resources Act, says Herron.

    He also added that the heritage processcould take up to three months.

    In our view the application to have thebuildings demolished will most probably besuccessful and, although they have some her-itage significance, any future regeneration ofthe street block in this hostile context maynot materialise.

    Richard Bosman, executive director forSafety and Security at the City of Cape Town,confirmed that the City has launched an in-vestigation into the properties.

    He says the City is aware of the poor state

    of the houses, but was unaware of the allegedcriminal activities.

    He explained that the houses are all semi-detached with nothing of value inside.

    Bosman said: The gutters and fasciaboards are starting to fall off and could be-comeadanger topedestrians (walking) on thepavement. Bosman encouraged residents torefrain from entering these properties and toreport any illegal activities to the police orthe City on (021) 596 1999.

    TAURIQ HASSEN

    A STRING of run-down properties inWoodstock are allegedly being usedas drug dens and as hangouts for crimi-nals.

    Owners have already been served with a 30-day notice to have the houses boarded up andsecured.

    The houses, on Pontac and Nelson streets,have been deserted by their owners and havebecome a playground from criminals, say res-idents.

    During a walk-by, it was evident to Peo-ples Post that some attempts have beenmade to secure the buildings.

    Entrances were boarded up and signs indi-cating warnings that trespassers will beprosecuted.

    Rubbish had been dumped in the frontyards, while the interiors have been de-stroyed.

    One resident, who wished to remain anony-mous, claimed to have been robbed in PontacStreet by an alleged drug user.

    While on her way home from work, thewoman entered Pontac Street when she no-ticedagroupofmenexitingoneof thederelictproperties and heading towards her.

    She says one of the men threatened herwith a knife, ripped off her jewellery and ranoff with her handbag.

    Its not only me, but the people in this areanow dont want to walk past these houses be-cause anything can happen and it alreadylooks dodgy from the outside.

    You can just imagine what it looks likefrom the inside, she says.

    Another nearby resident, Micheal Wil-liams, says he started noticing an increase inthe number of criminal elements loiteringaround the houses.

    Williams explained that many problemsare being caused as a result of the houses be-ing left derelict, including tarnishing the im-age of the area.

    This area is already faced with so muchcrime, says Williams, who adds residentsbeing scared to walk past these houses is thebiggest sign of concern.

    The neighbourhood worry was brought tothe attention of ward councillor Brett Herronjust over a week ago. He has requested an in-vestigation to be conducted by the Citys

    Vacant houses now drug dens

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    THE benefits of the Radio 786Health Fair, held on Tuesday 8May, are still being felt in thecommunity. It was supported byProNutro.

    On Tuesday, Radio 786 staff hand-ed over a sizeable cheque to Diabe-tes SA, the beneficiary of the first7,86 km Health Run/Walk.

    The handover took place at Hida-yatul Islam Primary School, whichgenerated the highest amount of en-tries for the walk.

    In return for their efforts, Radio786 provided them with a PC Tablet.

    The organisers also thanked Peo-ples Post for playing a big role inproviding a print platform to pro-

    mote the ever popular annual Radio786 Health Fair.

    Representatives of the Universityof the Western Capes Communityand Health Department were alsothanked for giving up their time, toprovide free health screenings atthe Radio 786 Health Fair.

    Dear reader,There are only a few days left before the

    Jive Slave Route Challenge, on SundayMay 27, and Im praying harder than everbefore.

    Im convinced that nothing short of amiracle, combined with a bagful of deter-mination, arnica, ankle and knee guardsand painkillers with the power of mor-phine, will help me go the 10km distance.

    Despite best intention a few short weeksago, I havent stuck to my training plan(was there ever one?). I cant be blamedthough as Ive had a number of pressingmatters to attend to. Life!

    Between my work and personal commit-ments, Ive squeezed in three runs in thepast two weeks, one on my trampoline, onewith a much fitter adult and another withtwo toddlers.

    I usually drive this energetic pair to day-care, but this time round, I ran them the2.2km distance. Ive never seen them morerelieved to arrive at Teacher Carols, orhappier to see my tail end as I ran back bymyself.

    My eating plan is flourishing, with aftermidnight checks-in at an eatery drive-through for supersized meals, routinestops at a popular roadhouse for half a doz-en samoosas - where incidently, I bumpedinto one of our coaches, who shall remainnameless - and loads of hot chips to warm

    the early winter chill. I think this is whatsmeant by carbo loading.

    Though unscientific, my strategy haspaid some dividends as Ive lost lots of cen-timetres and have had to have some cloth-ing adjusted as my favouritepairs of pants are literallyswimming around my waist.I must be on the right track,in fact this was confirmed bysame coach who, packet ofsamoosas in hand, told methat as runners we can af-ford to eat such delicacies. Inever want to stop running.

    Realistically, and Im sureany expert runner willagree, I see no point instraining myself betweennow and race day or in in-curring further injury to myathletic form, so Ill beputting up my feet prettymuch, secure in the knowledge that I willcomplete the race, whether I run, walk orcrawl it.

    My reward will be knowing that Ive fin-

    ished what Ive started and enjoying thesumptuous breakfast Ive been invited toby the race organisers as a representativeof Peoples Post. I am usually famished aftera good workout.

    After my long working week which endsonSaturday, Sundaywill seemebright andbreezy at the start of the Jive Slave RouteChallenge half marathon and 10km race at06:45, with my race beginning at 07:15 andbreakfast lasting till 11:00, so if my maths

    is good, Ill have a generousfour hours to complete myrun. At this pace, Im notout to break any records,but may yet set a newrecord.

    I wish all race partici-pants an enjoyable run,with immense admirationfor runners like EdwardMurdoch who, at 79, will bethe oldest competitor.

    I will be cheering for youEdward.

    Till next time, go well!ConnectED is a weekly

    column, by Peoples PostEditor, Feroza Miller-

    Isaacs who can be contacted on fero-za@peoplespost.co.za

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    Slave route:In it to finish it

    Kensington schoolgets healthy injection

    CHECK IT OUT: Igsaan Ganiet (centre) accepts the check on behalf ofDiabetes SA. With him is HidayatulIslam Primary School Principal, MrsFridie (left) and brand manager ofProNutro, Khosi Snondo.

    Photo: Summer Jacobs

    HEALTHY LIVING: Gareth Smithdorf from theUWC sports department speaks to the pupilsabout healthy living .

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