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    WOODSTOCK

    Metrorail ticket troubles

    GARY VAN DYK

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    M

    etrorail staffs methods of dealing

    with the public have come under the

    spotlight after a young mans experi-

    ence left him traumatised.

    Liam Brown, 19, from Woodstock found

    that pointing out bad manners can land you

    in hot water if you deal with Metrorail staff

    at Parow Station.

    He explains that on Tuesday 28 June he

    boarded a train at Woodstock to start his

    night shift at a Parow factory.

    The problem started when the ticket box

    (atWoodstock) was closedwhen I got there,

    he says.

    Normally this is not a problem, and there

    was a number of people who could not pur-

    chase tickets when they got onto the train.

    When we got to Parow we explained the

    situation to the staff at the barriers and we

    were taken to what seemed to be a canteen

    or staff area because therewas lockers in the

    room. From the start the woman who was

    there to write out the tickets was very rude

    to the people. When it came for me to get a

    ticket and I told her that the officewas closed

    at Woodstock, like others had told her, but

    she just refused to listen to me and told me

    that I must not have an attitude.

    I pointed out that she was the one with

    attitude because of her rudeness to the peo-

    ple and how she must respect people espe-

    cially older people. That really upset her and

    she ordered the other staff present to search

    me and that I must give them all of my mon-

    ey.

    That is when I panicked

    and tried to get away but one

    of the conductors grabbed me

    and head-butted me and told

    me that they were going to

    keep me there until I paid.

    I tried to explain that they

    were making me late for my

    shift but they refused to listen

    to me and because I did not

    have a phone asked one of

    them to letme callmymother.

    After I called her and ex-

    plained the situation I asked

    to see their supervisor but got

    no help from him as well.

    While Liams mother,

    Nicky Asher-Pedro, tried to

    get family in Ravensmead to go to the sta-

    tion, he was kept at the sta-

    tion for about an hour.

    My mother eventually

    called back to the phone that

    I used and I dont knowwhat

    she said to them but they

    eventually letme leavewhen

    one ofmyuncles arrived and

    I paid the normal price for

    the ticket.

    Asher-Pedro confirmed

    that she was very worried

    when she got the call from

    her son.

    I told them that they have

    no right to abuse their power

    and assault people, she

    says.

    V Continued on page 3

    Liam Brown, whowas alleged

    ly assaulted by Metrorail staff.

    PHOTO: GARY VAN DYK

    UESDAY 5 July 2016 | Tel: 021 910 6500 | Email: post@peoplespost.co.za | Website: www.peoplespost.co.za @T

    2V

    Celebrations were the order of the

    day at the Red Cross War Memori

    al Childrens Hospital on Friday 1

    July when the facility celebrated

    its 60th year of existence. It is a

    living memorial to South African

    soldiers who fought in World

    War II and donated two days of

    their pay towards what was to

    become the hospital. Enjoying a

    slice of the special birthday cake

    that was supplied by Charlys

    Bakery is patient Charlbi (9), who

    enjoyed the activities to celebrate

    the birthday. Dr Anita Parbhoo,

    acting CEO of the facility says

    that this special celebration is an

    opportunity for rejoicing and

    thanksgiving. Glancing back over

    the years we realise how grateful

    we must be for the valuable

    contributions of many individuals

    and groups who have given us

    support and assistance in every

    way possible.

    Red Cross Hospital

    Red Cross Hospital

    celebrates 60 years

    celebrates 60 years

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    Tuesday, 5 July 2016

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    WATERFRONT

    Dog bucks the

    trend on site

    W

    hen visitors to the Clock Tower and Si-

    lo Districts report sightings of a fluffy

    black dog wearing a luminous yellow con-

    struction vest, V&A Waterfront staff smile

    and quickly reassure them that Buc is sim-

    ply amember of the Silo Districts construc-

    tion team.

    Every day, Buckaroo the Belgium shep-

    herd known to his familiars as Buc ac-

    companies owner Paul Edgecome from No-

    ordhoek to the Waterfront, where he works

    on site as a surveyor. But while contractors

    regard Buc as simply amember of the team,

    he is greeted with incredulous stares by the

    public, who all want to pat him.

    And Buc is happy to oblige.

    Bucs primary job on site is to guard

    Pauls equipment and sense of humour, a

    job he doeswell except when drowors is on

    offer. Then, according to Paul, his brain

    shuts down.

    Pauls previous dog, Lupie, used to ac-

    companyhim towork everyday aswell. But

    four years ago, when he became too old to

    do so, Paul paid a visit to the SPCA where

    he encountered Buc. Paul says: Buc pretty

    much chose me. He immediately ran up to

    me and the decision was made.

    Paul andBuchave been involvedwith the

    Silo District construction project since the

    tail end of the now completed No. 1 and No.

    2 Silo buildings. They are currently in-

    volved with the construction of the remain-

    ing No. 3 Silo through to No. 6 Silo, and the

    conversion of the historic Grain Silo into

    the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Af-

    rica.

    Initially, Bucwas unsure of the labourers

    in their heavy boots, overalls andhardhats,

    andbarkedwheneverhe encountered them.

    Paul asked the labourers to say hello to

    Buc whenever they encountered him, and

    their friendly tone soon convinced Buc that

    theywere friends. Todayhehappily runsup

    to greet them.

    During the demolition phases at the Zeitz

    MOCAA construction site, Buc needed to

    wear special earmuffs, which he did reluc-

    tantly. These had to be attached to his con-

    struction bib as he sometimes rebelled and

    removed them with his paw.

    If Buc becomes uncomfortable with the

    noise level, he opts for administration

    work instead, trotting off to the construc-

    tion office around the corner. If the door is

    closed but unlocked, hewill open it with his

    paw, or hewill nudge someone tounlock the

    door for him. While there, he takes a break

    from work by napping under Pauls desk.

    Unlike his owner, Buc has a head for

    heights and will fearlessly travel with the

    crew in lifts or up a flight of scaffolding

    stairs.

    Paul describes Buc as e