Neighbourly Notes – 17 August 2017

PORT Alfred High School holds its Founders Day celebrations this weekend, starting with an assembly and tea at the school at 11am, and followed by Sundowners and snacks at the clubhouse on Friday evening. Past pupils and staff are most welcome to attend both events.

DOUBLE TAKE: Twins Lilli, left, and Kate Weeber were two of the dancers at last Saturday’s South African Air Force Association bash, ‘For the Love of Dance’, held at Don Powis Hall at Settlers Park. Picture: ROB KNOWLES

On Saturday, the Port Alfred Floral Arts Group (PAFAG) will be holding its AGM, as well as celebrating 25 years of floral art in Port Alfred. The meeting will take place at the Don Powis Hall at Settlers Park. Then, on Sunday, it’s Classics at the Castle with Emma Farquharson, accompanied by Garreth Robertson on piano, who will be revisiting Opera Found, for which the pair won a Standard Bank Encore Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival earlier this year.

IT IS becoming more and more of a problem, with litter mounting up on the streets of Ndlambe, and municipal spokesman Cecil Mbolekwa has asked residents (and visitors, for that matter) to please pick up litter and, better still, not to drop it in the first place. Although the municipality is responsible for refuse collection, it cannot control people who choose to throw refuse on the streets, or in bushes, or even in the dunes at the beach. Sue Gordon (of Classics fame) is currently embarking on a project to produce arty refuse bins to be distributed around Port Alfred, so there should be no excuse for people to throw litter on the ground. Let’s hope residents take note and help keep Ndlambe clean.

THE inquest on the death of former Stenden Grand Tour student Jurrien Wissink, who died after consuming excessive alcohol over three years ago while at the campus bar, continued yesterday (August 16) at the Port Alfred Magistrate’s Court. While we still have to await the findings from magistrate Pieter Koopman on October 30, there are a few positives that have resulted from this tragedy. Firstly, the culture at Stenden has subsequently changed and no alcohol is now allowed on campus. The emergency services have upgraded the equipment they carry and everyone is aware these incidents happen and are therefore better prepared to deal with them. However, we must not forget a person lost his life in order for us to learn these lessons.

THE Heritage Mall is undergoing significant renovations to upgrade it to top-notch standards. Western Gruppe Properties which owns the mall, along with 15 other convenience shopping centres from George to Mthatha, has invested R40-million into the new development and says it will be a mall worthy of the residents of the area. There will be a full article about the rebranded mall in next week’s Talk of the Town.

THIS week marks five years since that fateful day when the police opened fire on striking mineworkers, killing 34 mine workers. That same week, several other miners were killed leading up to the tragedy on August 10 2012. So far, no one has been prosecuted for the murders and, aside from the suspension and sacking of former national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and the passive Farlam Commission’s findings, nothing much has happened. Perhaps Grace Mugabe’s case will end up the same way?

HAPPY birthday greetings to everyone who is another year older in the week ahead. Congratulations to all, especially Neil de Villiers, Roger Coates, Thelma de Waal, Brian Hayward, George Morgan, Ian Macpherson, Dale Waters, Shirley Evans, Raymond Kelbrick, Mary-Anne Goddard, Marge Timm, Beryl van Wyk, Jurie Swart, Thanduxolo Jika, Gary Human, Tracy Hancock, Sute Sülter, Connor Thorp, Amy Bennett, Carole Hill, Nancy Meyer, Yvonne Logan, Gillis de Korte, Karen Kew, Sipho Tandani, Peter Colywas, Chandra Knowles, Eunice van Rooyen, Lezle Broodryk, Sid Penney, the Scheeper’s twins – Brodwyn and Andrico, Teago Pone, Tanya Adams, Amanda Pretorius, Connor Halforty, Rhonda Swanepoel, Hilton Keeton, Rob Gimbel, Jennifer Fullarton, Gys Waller, Gail Kember, Daphne Howarth, Patrick Cull, Lionel Nel, Mary Long, Gordon Goff, Sinesipho Siyolo, Stan Webber, Susan Nel, Tammy Johnson, Darian Dove, Olivia Prince.

WELL done, congrats and further success for the future to the following businesses celebrating an anniversary, especially Spinning Reel Family Beach Cottages, Chalets and B&B on their 54th anniversary.

WHILE awaiting the latest ratings from Moody’s ratings agency, we are anticipating no change to our sovereign credit rating of Baa3, with a negative outlook. This is despite South Africa falling into a technical recession last month. It is interesting to note that Fitch and S&P are the next agencies to rate us, and they have already placed the country into junk status (Moody’s places us one notch above junk). Brent crude is still hovering above the $50 per barrel mark, but this is set to fall below $50 during next week. At the same time platinum, while nowhere near as high as previous years, is picking itself up and looks set to break the $1000 barrier soon. However, politics around Lonmin Mine at Marikana still haunt the commodity. With last year’s figures in brackets to refer to, the rand was trading at R13.25 to the dollar (R13.46), R17.06 to the pound (R17.50) and R15.51 to the euro (R15.16). Gold is trading at $1270.77 ($1 342.31), platinum at $974.05 ($1 121.50) and Brent crude oil at $51.06 per barrel ($ 48.74)

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, Dot Fetherstonhaugh, Ben Kember, Barbara Tee, Dr Jerome Boulle.

DEEPEST sympathy to the family and friends of Yvonne Robinson, who passed away on Thursday August 10. Lovingly remembered by Bryan, Sany, Malcolm and families. A memorial service will be held on Thursday August 17 at Wesley Methodist Church at 2.30pm.

SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of husband, father and proud grandfather Dave Fraser who passed away recently. A celebration of life will be held at the Port Alfred Golf Club on Thursday August 24 at 12.30pm.

CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of Laura Coetzee who recently passed away. Remembered by her sister, Dawn, and Colleen, Owen, Gilbert and Marlene.

OUR sympathy and special thoughts to the family and friends of Camilla Junkin who passed away on Tuesday August 8. May wonderful memories of time spent together bring comfort to you in your sadness.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations to all couples enjoying this wonderful occasion, especially Tim and Chantelle Waller, Rob and Lydia Gimbel, Tom and Kay Hartzenberg.

THOUGHT for the week: “One must marry one’s feelings to one’s beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one’s life.”

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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