MIDWINTER has now passed and summer is on the way, though it is almost certainly going to get colder before the weather begins to heat up. Nevertheless, in the mornings will begin to get lighter earlier, and that’s a good thing. To celebrate the solstice, hardened residents congregated at Kelly’s Beach on Wednesday morning to greet the sun and take a dip in the icy Indian Ocean. Mind you, as Graeme Sunny Hill said, the temperature of the ocean was probably warmer than the morning air, but he said that before he entered the water. Fortunately there was no need to call the ambulance service to help distressed swimmers, and everyone, young and old, delighted as the sun that rose and spread its pale light on the scene. Goodbye winter, it was fun but let summer now take over.
THE Eastern Cape Provincial Youth Economic Summit, held at the Royal St Andrews Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday, seems to have been a great success, and the youth present had no qualms about speaking their minds and reminding government that they have to do more than spout words in areas where there are problems. They have said that the time for talking is over and that action is required. Well done to you, but let’s sort out the problems in a rational manner and not see violent protest action as a way to get your own way.
THE problem with “free-range” cattle is ongoing according a discussion at this month’s CPF meeting and, after an auspicious start, it appears that cattle-owners are still not branding their cattle or even tagging their animals. The reasons seem obvious. Firstly, cattle owners are not necessarily farmers, and have little interest in their animals except as a show of wealth. Secondly, if cattle escape the confines of their backyard and cause an accident, the owners do not want the police knocking at their doors, so anonymity is essential. But thirdly, and most importantly, the police and municipality do not seem to be working together to enforce the laws surrounding stray cattle. Although cattle were impounded at the police station a month or so back, and owners fined when they collected their animals, this seems to have little or no effect. Strays have caused death on the road so please, everyone, let’s get this problem sorted out before anyone else becomes a victim.
ON to national news, and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, is proving to be a bit of a handful, having released her report on the Reserve Bank’s bailout of Bankorp (now Absa) of R1.5-billion in the 1990s. Her recommendations on remedial actions are, to be blunt, not within her authority to make. Her findings are diametrically opposed to the findings of both the Davis Panel and those of former Reserve Bank governor, Chris Stals. Even Tito Mboweni, Reserve Bank governor from 1999 to 2009 has stated that Mkhwebane has got it wrong. But perhaps the most telling issue is that Mkhwebane doesn’t seem to understand the limits of her authority. She has suggested that the Reserve Bank’s mandate be changed in our constitution, to protect the people of South Africa rather than its current constitutional mandate in protecting the rand. Even the Constitutional Court does not have the authority to change the constitution, so Mkhwebane’s recommendations are just going to cause more nonsense in an environment and at a time when we should be attempting to stabilise the country. Many are calling for Thuli Madonsela’s return to the post.
CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone who is celebrating a birthday in the week ahead. Special greetings and many more to Helen Purdon, Amanda Ludick, Roarke Penn, Beverley Welsh, Des Gallagher, Madelaine Murray, Lizzy Gouws, Fuzeka Runeli, June Keeton, Robert Godfrey, Marsha de Kock, John Champion, Margaret Ilderton, Isabella Coetzee, Ann de la Rey, Marjorie Wilmot, Lucille Scheepers, Vaughn de la Mare, Lyndon Coltman, Bev Young, Amber Berry (nee Briant), Marion Konig, Pat (Paddy) Thorp, Beatrice Crawford, Lloyd Stevenson, Andrew Nell, Megan van Niekerk, Yvonne Surtees, Lee Botha, Claire Burriss, Beverly Oosthuizen, Peter van der Merwe, Matthew Dell and Delina van Heerden.
CONTINUED success and warm congratulations to the following businesses/organisations on another anniversary, especially Voila (Kenton-on-Sea), Siliseal, Noel’s Cartage, Olofs 24/7 Motor Spares, PA Art club on 59 amazing years and PA Scouts Club.
OUR heartiest congratulations to Karl and Lindsey van der Schyff and big brother Matthew on the arrival of Cameron, born on June 19. We know he will bring heaps of joy and happiness to the entire family.
THE good news is that petrol price dropped by 25c per litre on Wednesday and 23c for diesel. Paraffin dropped by 30c a litre and LP by 77c. However, despite the rand appearing stronger than a year ago, the latest public protector’s report is just another incident that has caused a significant drop in value of the currency. It seems that, each week, something else happens at a political level that forces us to reassess our expenditure and cut back on what we purchase. As we go to press, and with last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R13.04 to the dollar (R14.74), R16.53 to the pound (R21.66) and R14.53 to the euro (R16.59). Gold was trading at $1246.35 ($1 269.80) per fine ounce, platinum at $926 ($980.30), Brent crude oil price are $43.23 per barrel ($51.04).
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, Dot Fetherstonhaugh, Ben Kember, Myrna Keet, Barbara Tee, Brenda Shelton.
OUR heartiest congratulations to all celebrating the wonderful occasion of their wedding anniversaries, especially Carel and Doreen Swart, Terry and Margaret West, Douglas and Nancy Meyer, Colwyn and Marie Holshausen, Robert and Emily Blenkinsop, Stefan and Kelly Ferreira, Neil and Tarryn van de Linde, John and Debbie Ford, Mariane and Chris Walwyn.
AND a special congratulations to Cecil and Dee Jones-Phillipson on your 57th wedding anniversary on June 25. May the two of you enjoy many more. SO sorry to hear about the death of Eric Msi who passed away suddenly on Tuesday June 20. Our condolences to his family and friends.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Springboks and coach Allister Coetzee who beat France in Durban last Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series. Watching the Boks was a revelation, and flanker Siya Kolisi was magnificent showing a safe pair of hands to the Boks and a clean set of heels to the French. Let’s hope he and the rest of the team can whitewash the French and win Saturday’s game at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg.
AS far as the Proteas are concerned, this year’s ICC Champions Trophy proved a greater challenge than anyone had realised. They now take on England in a T20 three-match series, the first match played yesterday (June 21) and the remaining two tomorrow (Friday) with the final match on Sunday. Good luck boys, you might need it.
THOUGHT for the week: “If you don’t have a plan for personal growth, then don’t expect to grow!”
BEST regards as always,