THE 2016 local government elections are now officially complete, and citizens all around the country have cast their votes to determine who will lead their various municipalities for the next five years. In Ndlambe and Makana it was necessary for voters to brave the strong winds and rain to place their mark in the appropriate box. As at the time of writing, we hope for everyone’s sake that the elections have been free of intimidation, and that the best men or women have been selected for the job as ward and PR councillors. With a record number of parties competing for councillor positions, and a new mayor for Ndlambe, let’s hope that whoever has been elected to the post takes up some of the more pressing problems we face, especially the condition of our roads, the problems with “free-range” cattle, refuse dumps on fire and many other issues, and that these will be resolved by the new council.
ON Wednesday morning TotT visited a number of polling stations in the area and found that the cold, wet and often muddy conditions did little to dampen the excitement of the 2016 municipal elections. Although there were some issues (see our front page story), the election process seems to have gone off fairly smoothly. Many said that these were the most important elections since 1994, as young and old entered the polling booths and made their mark. Let’s hope their enthusiasm was warranted, and that whoever wins the most votes is able to support the local economy, bring jobs to our area and revitalise the industries; chicory, general agriculture and tourism among them.
GREAT news for motorists is that the pump price for a litre of petrol is now 99c a litre cheaper for all grades as from yesterday, while the price of diesel 0.05% sulphur and diesel 0.005% sulphur will decrease by 74c and 73c a litre respectively. Motorists will now pay R12.35 a litre for unleaded petrol inland and R11.87 on the coast. The Department of Energy also announced last Friday that illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will cost 66c/l cheaper and illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) 88c/l. The maximum retail price for LPGAS will decrease by 160c/kg.
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone celebrating a birthday in the week ahead and may you all be blessed with lots of good things in the future, especially Louise Swanepoel, Andre Laas, Marin Jonhnson, Lyneth Gradwell, Janet Collett, Paul Thorp, Rachel-Ann Strachan, Edith Misken, Angus McDonald, Adie Wilkins, Cecil Swartz, Biff Todd, Margaret Ganter, Nadia Grimbeek, Tracy Lloyd, Alda Elliott, Lana Reed, Burg Naude, Peter Smethurst, Nancy Schnehage, Flora Kuhlame, Lyn Haig, Toezie Turner, Angie Botha, Hazel Hawkin, Elsie Merifield, Anthony Skipper, Craig Robertson, David McCowen, Kye Macgregor, Jacobus Grove, Taryn Lee, Petro Pretorius, Linda Edwards, Thandukolo Vaaltein, Tanya Adams and Magda Mugge.
SPECIAL congratulations to our former colleague Danielle Cannon and her husband Ruan on their new baby boy Liam who was born on Friday July 29. We know big sister Laela is also going to enjoy this new addition to the family and that Liam will bring you lots of joy and happiness in the years to come.
ALL the best to Owen Moore who turns 80 on August 12. Congratulations from his wife Colleen and his daughters Janet and Karen and their husbands, and precious granddaughter Sarah, coming all the way from the UK for the party.
BUSINESS anniversary congratulations and continued success for many years to come to Kekkel and Kraai, and Quench Juice Bar.
THE Rand appears to be doing well against international currencies, falling below the R14 to the $1 mark, but don’t get too comfortable. The elections may well have an influence on the international market and, with Britain’s recent appointment of a new prime minister and the American elections looming, South Africa may yet face harder times ahead. In the meantime, and with last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was trading at R13.99 to the Dollar (R12.75), R18.68 to the Pound (R19.86) and R15.66 to the Euro (R13.85). Gold was trading at $?1 364.42 ($1 085.50) per fine ounce, platinum was $1 169.30 ($948.00) and Brent Crude Oil at $42.15 per barrel ($50.48).
SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are not well, who are having or have already had tests, operations and treatments. “Sterkte” to Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, June Hart, Linda Hulley, Val Kilian, Ben Kember, Blake Squires, Llewellyn Wicks, Philly Dell, Myrna Keet, Barbara Tee, Janet Hyde, Bevan Edwards and Brenda Shelton.
IT came as a complete shock to learn of the death of our public prosecutor Paul Rossouw who apparently died of a heart attack last week. Paul was a friend of Talk of the Town who always had time to explain important cases and point us in the right direction. You will be missed. His funeral will take place on today (Thursday) in Pretoria.
WEDDING anniversary greetings and best wishes for many more years to enjoy together to all couples having such an occasion, especially Claude and Susan McLellan, Joe and Margaret Stas, Bev and Bess Radue, Larry and Colleen Elliott, Rhodes and Diana Tremeer, Erica and Neels Snyder, Bevan and Linda Edwards, Dale and Leonie Wepener.
WHILE we await the election results, let’s talk about the amazing turnaround at the Lions’ Den. Having been dropped by the Super Rugby South African conference in favour of the failed Southern Kings two seasons ago, the Lions are now to compete against the Hurricanes at Wespac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday. The Lions have already beaten four of the five New Zealand franchise teams and, despite the forecast of rain and wind, many believe that the Lions can pull this one out of the bag and come home with the trophy. Good luck guys, the whole of South Africa is behind you.
WITH only one day to go before the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics, things are heating up in the iconic Brazilian city as athletes from around the world prepare for the battle of the lives to receive an Olympic gold medal. The games have faced their fair share of problems over the last year, specifically the refusal of many athletes to participate, citing the threat of the Zika virus as the deterrent. The slowness of erecting stadia as well as polluted state of the waterways were also a concern. Nevertheless, South Africans are looking forward to more gold medals than the three we received in London in 2012 and with good reason, as Chad Le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh hit the water on just day two of the games. Good look to all 137 athletes, and bring us home some good news and plenty of gold.
WE will be reflecting on all the many outstanding women of long ago and today who fought and are still fighting for a better future for all. We wish all the women a wonderful August 9 and an amazing time for the year ahead.
THOUGHT for the week: “How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself”
BEST regards as always,