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    COMPLAINTS: NOISE DISTURBANCE

    Locals want to halt all games

    TAURIQ HASSEN

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    eathfield residents have red-carded all

    ball games being played on land zoned

    as a Public Open Space (POS).

    Langevlei Parkland inMagda Road is said

    to be used by soccer players, golfers, quad

    bikers, cricket players and even friends

    gathering to enjoy music and a drink.

    But the City of Cape Town maintains the

    public cannot be denied access onto the field

    and the purpose of the space is to encourage

    physical activities.

    Arlene Jacobs, a nearby resident, says she

    has endless problems with people using

    the field for recreational activities as they

    cause a major disturbance.

    I am still having endless problems with

    people coming from all over to play soccer

    andvarious other forms of sport, directly op-

    posite my house, she says.

    This is a desperate plea asmy son cannot

    endure the disturbances caused as he works

    after hours.

    Mitchell Neilson lives up the road from

    the field and understands what residents

    face daily.

    Although promoting recreation within

    the community is important, respecting the

    residents privacy and peace is equally as

    important, Neilson says.

    That field is a popular spot among the

    youth and I feel it will be hard to keep them

    off this field.Onedoesnotwant to soundneg-

    ative, because at least they are doing some-

    thing constructive, he says.

    On the other hand, the residents cannot

    be forgotten because they are the ones who

    have to put up with the kicking and scream-

    ing.

    Signage on the field states that no formal

    sports activities may be played on the field.

    But it gives no indication that informal

    games should not be played.

    Residents are calling for signage stating

    that no form of sports be allowed on the

    field.

    CityParksareamanagerJohannHerholdt

    says erecting further signage can be ar-

    ranged, but the public cannot be deprived of

    using the open space.

    It must be understood the purpose of the

    public open space is that all citizens use it

    for passive and active recreation, he says.

    Herholdt explains that informal games

    such as soccer and cricket are acceptable

    and encouraged, just as long as it does not

    take on any formal status.

    If bylaws are contravened, it is the re-

    sponsibility of the Citys Law Enforcement

    agencies to enforce the law, he adds. We

    will make it clear on the signage that no for-

    malised sport will be allowed.

    Ward councillor Jan Burger understands

    how residents must be feeling, but says fen-

    cing off the field is not an option.

    Imagine how it will look if we closed off

    every public open space in the community,

    he says.

    This is also all about respect. People us-

    ing that fieldmust show some respect for the

    people living there.

    Thursday was a buzz of

    activity as people across

    the country and around

    the world celebrated the

    95th birthday of former

    president Nelson

    Mandela. Coinciding with

    the birthday of the

    statesman, whose

    health seems to be

    improving, was the

    celebration of Mandela

    Day and people per

    forming 67 minutes of

    community service. At

    St Georges Cathedral in

    the CBD special

    messages for Madiba

    were written on boards

    by visitors. Some also

    donated goods such as

    nonperishable foods.

    Steenberg residents Zo

    Jephta (4) and Ethel

    Veronica Martin (57)

    read the messages.

    PHOTO: LEANNE STANDER/

    PHOTO24

    MADIBA MAGIC

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  • PEOPLE'S POST | RETREAT

    Tuesday, 23 July 2013

    2 ISSUES

    Making sense of mental illness

    NADINE MOODIE

    L

    iving with amental illness is trying and

    traumatising for most people. But ade-

    quate resources would go some way to

    helping.

    During July Psychiatric Disability

    AwarenessMonth CapeMental Health and

    Cape Consumer Advocacy Body (CCAB) are

    campaigning for better resource allocation

    to publicmental health services. CCAB is an

    advocacy group representing people with

    psychiatric disabilities.

    Cape Mental Health spokesperson

    Maleeka Mokallik says there appears to be

    a rising number of people with mental ill-

    nesses.

    In SouthAfrica substance abuse andHIV/

    Aids, cause variousmental health problems,

    including depression and dementia, which

    add to the mental health burden.

    A 2008 study by the Alcohol and Drug

    Abuse Research Unit of the Medical Re-

    search Council found that the majority of

    people who have been admitted had a sub-

    stance-induced psychotic disorder, which

    far outweighed those admitted for schizo-

    phrenia disorders and bipolar mood disor-

    ders, Mokallik says.

    Only 4% of the national health budget is

    allocated tomental health and in Cape Town

    there are only 1682 beds between four psy-

    chiatric hospitals.

    The plight ofwoefully inadequate resourc-

    es was taken to the streets of Cape Town.

    Complaints include too few beds in State

    hospitals, day hospital dispensaries not al-

    ways stocked with medication on collection

    days, and therapy not always been available

    on request.

    Others spoke of the difficulties to get jobs

    and not disclosing their mental illness for

    fear of not being employed.

    One such person is former teacher and

    mother of two, Vanessa, whowas eventually

    correctly diagnosed with apsychotic bipolar

    mixed mood disorder.

    My condition was misdiagnosed and for

    16 years I was using the wrong medication,

    which aggravated my mental condition,

    she says.

    Whenever I spoke to my psychiatrist

    about my uncertainties towards my condi-

    tion, hed say I am imagining it. By accident

    the hospital changed by medication after

    they saw I was functioning better on lighter

    dosages. Theywere able to pin downmy con-

    dition and diagnosed me with apsychotic bi-

    polar mixed mood.

    This means Vanessa experiences depres-

    sion, agitation and anxiety simultaneously.

    My illness came to the fore after I had my

    children, and experienced severe post-natal

    depression, which went unnoticed, because

    of my sense of guilt towards my them.

    She saw psychologists and psychiatrists

    18 years ago after her first episode, but re-

    sisted using themedication they prescribed.

    Seven years ago I made peace with my ill-

    ness, when I recognised the symptoms be-

    fore major episodes presented.

    Her marriage suffered as a result. My ex-

    husband stopped paying my medical aid,

    which forced me to access the State health

    system.

    She received excellent help and had no

    problems with obtaining my medication,

    but battled finding psychologists and psy-

    chotheraphy, because the system does not

    readily provide that.

    Her illness led to a downward spiral and

    she had to leave her teaching job. I was a

    danger to myself and others and was admit-

    ted to Victoria Hospital where the doctors

    were sensitive and helpful, despite awful

    conditions and overcrowding.

    The nurses showed a lot of prejudice to-

    wardspatients. Iwas fortunate tohaveabed,

    while other patients (were) in armchairs

    and on mattresses on the floor. The lack of

    funds and facilities in State hospitals is evi-

    dent, especially after youve used private

    healthcare.

    She points out private healthcare is not

    infallible, because they misdiagnosed me.

    For CCAB chairperson Oscar January,

    who has a rare form of schizophrenia, diffi-

    culties set in at an earlier stage.

    I always thought Iwas just going through

    themotionsof pubertyandgrowingup. Iwas

    constantly confused and paranoid, strug-

    gling to walk away from arguments, and I

    never shared the same reaction to situations

    as others did, he says.

    Id often freeze up with vacant eyes and

    not know whats happening around me.

    He knew something was wrong and, at 19,

    a health professional told Oscar he had had

    a nervous breakdown of which I was una-

    ware andwas later diagnosedwith schizo-

    phrenia.

    My time at Groote Schuur Hospital is a

    blur; I felt like I was there for two days, (but)

    it was two weeks before I was transferred to

    Valkenberg Hospital where I underwent

    electroconvulsive therapy.

    He has been fortunate, he says, because

    my family was very supportive from the

    start, but Ive met many people whose fami-

    lies disown them, because they dont know

    how to handle their situations.

    Through stigma, Oscar has lost many

    friends.

    People place you in a box and categorise

    you, and themedia doesnt assist with elimi-

    nating these stereotypes, by claiming all

    schizophrenic patients are violent and psy-

    chotic, and forgetting the illness is treata-

    ble.

    Families also hide the mental status of

    their kin, making it difficult to get an accu-

    rate figure of the mental health situation in

    South Africa, he says.

    He says mentally ill people experience

    great difficulty when trying to find work.

    So many of our members have qualifica-

    tions and are unemployed. The employment

    equity quota states that 5% of staff should

    be disabled. This figure needs to include

    mentally ill people, which is not the case at

    the moment. This stems from a lack of

    awareness and services, and because the

    topic is taboo.

    Oscar, too, has been at the receiving end

    of inadequate resources in the State health-

    care system.

    I amonanti-psychoticmedication,which

    I have to take every evening before bed. (One

    day) I collected my medication from the day

    hospital and the dispensary never had my

    medication in stock. The pharmacist gave

    me substitute medication which had severe

    side-effects.

    He suffered contact jitters and excessive

    sweating. Functioning during the day was

    a serious issue and I only got better when

    I went back on to my usual medication.

    Provincial health department spokesper-

    son Faiza Steyn says pharmacy services

    have checked recent out-of-stock records

    and there were no serious shortages to psy-

    chiatric agents.

    Suzanne Solomons, of Cape Mental

    Health, says access to psychiatric hospitals

    for patients is becoming an increasing prob-

    lem.

    Patientsnowhave tobeadmitted to agen-

    eral hospital, where they have to be ob-

    served for three days before they can be ad-

    mitted to a psychiatric hospital such as

    Valkenberg, Stikland, Lentegeur and Alex-

    andria, she says.

    Solomons says a Cape Mental Health

    member had an unpleasant experience at

    Somerset Hospital when he was admitted

    five times in six months, for three days ob-

    servation. He spent five days sleeping on a

    chair before the doctors determined what

    was wrong with him.

    V If youor someone youknowneedassistance, contact

    Cape Mental Health at (021) 447 2416 or go to

    www.capementalhealth.co.za.

    MAKING A STAND: People with psychiatric disability demonstrate about inadequate mental health

    services they demonstrate at the St Georges Mall. PHOTO: LULAMA ZENZILE/PHOTO24

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    brave the ongoing gang violence, but

    this has not forced local to throw in the

    towel as they continue to call for preventa-

    tive measures to be put in place.

    In the latest shooting incident last week,

    two men were gunned down in St Montague

    Village, adding to horrifying statistics

    mounting almost daily.

    Trevor Trout, chairperson of the Muizen-

    berg Sub Sector Forum and a community

    worker inCapricorn, confirmsanurgent let-

    ter requesting for help has now been for-

    warded to the provincial police commission-

    er General Arno Lamoer.

    People are not sure if they should go to

    work because the shootings are taking place

    at any hour. Even more worrying is the fact

    that children returned to school after a

    three-week holiday duringwhich they spent

    ducking and diving stray bulletswhen going

    out to play, says the distressed Trout.

    The letter called on police to consider de-

    ploying armoured vehicles at schools, li-

    braries and shops for strength and control

    with immediate effect.

    Othermeasureswere also suggested in the

    letter by locals who called on the Depart-

    ment of Social Services to tackle the many

    social issues in the community.

    This includes asking the justice system to

    explain why convicted murderers are able

    to get bail and theDepart...