Neighbourly Notes – 7 September 2017

GIFT TO THE ANIMALS: Kowie Foundation School children visited the SPCA kennels in Station Hill last Tuesday to bring food, love and attention to the animals there. Picture: LOUISE CARTER

DISABLED people from the area met at the Titi Jonas Multipurpose Community Centre last Friday to celebrate Casual Day and show that they really do have talent. Whether it is an ability to sing or dance or recite poetry or even model clothing, all are perfectly able to do something constructive with their lives. The problem is not one of their own making, and is really the fault of so-called able-bodied people who have not created an environment conducive to their needs. Caregiver Teri Lee Baartman explained that everyone needs help at some point in their lives. One of the major problems is the lack of ramps in town to assist those in wheelchairs, and Talk of the Town has already published articles in this regard. Baartman said she was grateful to the community for its support and also wanted to thank Rotary (cupcakes), Twizza, Buco, Guest Revu, PAHS Presidents’ Award pupils, Stenden helpers, disability care centres for their involvement and Titi Jonas employees for all their assistance.

ATTENDING morning markets in and around Ndlambe is a very popular activity for residents of the area, and Saturday’s market at Damant Lodge, as always, was a huge success, attracting hundreds of visitors buying home-grown vegetables, bric-a-brac and much more. In fact, it was a great place to meet friends over cake and coffee. If you have never been, make room for this and other morning markets in your diary.

THE East Cape Archery competition took place at the Port Alfred Country Club on Saturday, and attracted 82 competitive archers from 16 schools in the Eastern Cape. The sunny, warm weather most definitely played a part in making this an excellent competition. The fact that 14 archers from Port Alfred High School and El Shaddai Christian Academy were selected to take part in various Eastern Cape archery teams, is an indication of just how good we area. Well done to all those that participated.

AS a boy growing up in Liverpool, I was aware that many people kept lofts and were called “pigeon fanciers”. This always struck me as odd, but I have come to understand that pigeon racing is a very rewarding sport for those taking part. The idea of taking what is, effectively, a wild animal and training it to return to its owner’s loft is a task in itself. The Kowie Pigeon Racing Club met last Saturday to discuss the race from Willowmore (approximately 300km away) earlier that day, and to hand out prizes to the winners. Birds appear to be able to sense the Earth’s magnetic field and use it to determine direction, and perhaps distance to home. Kowie Pigeon Racing club chairman Ray Schenk explained how the races work and the way that points are allocated for the fastest pigeon to reach home.

THE tragic news of the death of former PJ Olivier matriculant Hendrik Olivier has sent shockwaves through the community. The driver of the vehicle was rushed to hospital where, at time of writing, he was stable in ICU and under sedation. According to police spokesman Captain Mali Govender, the car drove into a tree and both occupants had to be extracted using the Jaws of Life. We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends following the tragic accident.

BEST wishes and birthday greetings to everyone who is having a special day in the week ahead, especially Janê Moss, Emily Scholtz, Doreen Pons, Wade Elliott, Kate Venter, Graham Reilly, Derek Fellows, Garnett Westley, Alex Hope-Bailie, Megan Grundling, Lisa Rose Downer, Mason Dell, Taylor Naude, Julia Painting, Jean Atkinson, Rosemary Nelson, Herman Breetzke, Pen Schultz, Nicolas Cock, Timothy Rudman, Elzette Reed, Derryn Willis, Eben Groenewald, RJ Swart, Marion Barnard, Patrick Kenny, Kelly Bradfield, Lionel Wilson, Matthew Neethling, Keith Cunning, Stephanie de Bruin, Heather Tyson, Trish Versfeld, Jordon Faca, twins Natalie and Caroline Ross, Pam Hopper, Clare du Plessis, Colin Wiggett, Ryan Owsley, Lydia Gimbel, Dee Squires, Veronica Mansfield, Alfred Weyer, Corrie Groenewald, Joan Greaves, Helen Emslie, Lionel Hunt, Jonty Payne, Phindiwe Kuhkana, Jamie Kleinhans, Jenna Rowe, Thabisa Vukuza, Pietie le Roux, Euthine Shone, John Basson, Noni Wilkinson and Dawn Nelson.

BUSINESS anniversary greetings and congratulations for many more years to come to Highway Motors and Buddy’s, Vanessa’s Nail Bar, Coral Cottages, The Holistic Oak, NF Wood Worx and Bathurst Woodmill. WE should all be aware by now that petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin were all subject to a price increase on Wednesday, adding further strain on the empty pockets of our residents. The reason for the increase was a rise in the price of crude oil and oil-based products along with a weakened local currency. Although Brent Crude has exceeded the $52 per barrel, Platinum has broken through the R1000 per ounce barrier once more, the first time in a long while. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R12.93 to the dollar (R14.04), R16.87 to the pound (R18.79) and R15.43 to the euro (R15.77), gold trading at $1 339.01 per fine ounce ($1 347.72), platinum at $1 010.80 per ounce ($1 099.70) and Brent Crude Oil at $53.10 per barrel ($ 47.78).

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.

OH no! Are we cursed? Bafana Bafana lost both of its World Cup qualifying matches against lowly Cape Verde within a week and coach Stuart Baxter said, “I’ve never had a more disappointing feeling”. You and the rest of the R55-million South Africans who had hoped that we might qualify for next year’s World Cup finals without having to host the event. In the meantime, we are all holding thumbs that Sprinbok coach Alister Coetzee will be able to keep it together and bring our boys to victory when they face first Australia on Saturday and New Zealand the following Saturday.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations and continued joy for many more years of happiness together, especially to Fred and Heather Tyson, Dave and Jacqui Parsons, Ian and Erna McPherson, Andrew and Judy Elliott, Rafe and Debbie McKinnon.

THOUGHT for the week: “Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team