ALTHOUGH the weather is still likely to remain chilly for the foreseeable future it is generally recognised that September 1 is the start of spring. By September 22 we will hit the spring equinox, meaning the day where light and dark are both 12 hours each. From then we are moving into summer. The moon is responsible for steadying the tilt (precession) of our planet and this is what gives us our seasons as well as tides. We wish all of our readers a happy spring day on Friday! Let’s all dress up in bright colours and embrace the new season and add some much-needed colour in our lives.
ALL eyes were glued to television screens this past weekend for the boxing match of the century between boxing veteran Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor (who wasn’t allowed to kick). Although succumbing to a 10th round technical knockout, McGregor put up an astonishing debut boxing performance. In rugby, the Springboks held their own against Argentina in a 41-23 victory in Salta, Argentina. Facing the Wallabies on Saturday at 12pm in Perth should be a true test for the young Springbok team.
SORRY to spoil the mood but we have to mention the new Eskom debacle and, once again, the Guptas are involved. Now it seems that Eskom lied when it said the payment of over R1-billion to Gupta-owned Trillian was above board. Come on guys, the relationship with this family is toxic, and the fact that President Jacob Zuma is responsible for establishing an investigation into state capture, of which he, himself, is implicated, is simply disturbing. The truth will only come to light if the investigation is carried out independently but, after Zuma‘s threat against those who voted with their conscience in the no confidence “secret” ballot, who knows how independent it will be?
IN the spirit of celebrating spring, the Indoor Pool is hosting another fun pool party for the young ’uns. The event is held as an initiative to help raise much-needed money for a new heating system for the pool. There are different times for different ages allocated and parents are welcome to come hang out!
WITH exactly four months to go before 2018, it’s a good time to reflect on how much we have achieved this year and how much we still want to get done before the New Year comes sweeping in.
FOR music lovers head down to the Mamityi Gidana stadium on Saturday for the Port Alfred Spring Festival featuring national and local deejays. The headliner will be Akhona Excelleny from Tru FM with a massive line-up of local talent to follow.
CONGRATULATIONS and every good wish for the coming year to everyone who is having a birthday this week, especially Dennis Coghlan, Ros Oliver, Lynne Costa, Magda Rieger, Malcolm Evans, Charles Frederichs, Charles Randall, David Bradfield, Adrian Moss, Stasha van Rooyen, Judy Paterson, Syd Dugmore, Kathy Riddin, Dimitri Papa, Mirinda Venter, Jason Odendaal, Erica Burnette, John Ford, Gideon Thiersen, Fanie Fouche, Daniel Botha, Sallie Jane Edwards, Cameron Kretschmann, Justin Wilmot, Deidre Muller, Robyn Hobbs, Frans Nel, Lauren McCreath, Sheldon Amos, John Wilson, Kirsty Clayton, Una Tarr, Carol Ford, Dawn Hains, Charles de Bruin, Donne Kolesky, Sanume Esterhuyse.
SPECIAL milestone birthday congratulations to Celine Hilpert who will be celebrating her 21st birthday on Sunday September 3. We hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.
BUSINESSES enjoying an anniversary at this time of the year are the following, and we congratulate them and wish them many more successful times in the future – Kawayan Restaurant (Rosehill Mall), Sunshine Coast Hospice, Sandbar Restaurant, Actron Computers, Kenton Primary School.
OUR heartiest congratulations to Ryan Vermaak and Carly Wakelin on the arrival of their baby girl Mia Faye on Sunday August 27. We know she will bring heaps of joy and happiness to the entire family, especially the grandparents, Winston and Babette Vermaak.
WITH last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R13.04 to the dollar (R14.47), R16.84 to the pound (R19.06) and R15.58 to the euro (R16.12). Gold was trading at $1 309.65 ($1 314.15), platinum was trading at $992.90 ($1 059.20) and Brent crude oil at $51.96 per barrel ($48.06).
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.
SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of Ntia Stylianou who passed away on Friday August 25. The funeral service will be held at St George’s Greek Orthodox Church, St Georges Street, Southernwood, East London on Monday September 4 at 11am.
CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of wife, mother and grandmother Kay Vosloo who passed away Monday August 28. May wonderful memories of time spent together bring comfort to you in your sadness. A memorial service will be held for family and friends on Friday September 1.
OUR heartiest congratulations to all couples who are celebrating another wedding anniversary in the week ahead, especially Jim and Maureen Truscott, Trevor and Winsome Collett, William and Sue Horn, Paul and Maureen Ramsay, Rudi and Ava Beukes, Dalton and Tracy Phillips, Russell and Joy Geard, Brett and Teia Neil-Boss, Hendrik and Pietie le Roux.
THOUGHT for the week: “Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well.”
BEST regards as always,