Neighbourly Notes – 21 September 2017

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CHEERS TO A FRIEND: Di Clayson, left, celebrated her birthday on Saturday with some of her closest friends at the Wharf Street Brew Pub. Unfortunately, the birthday celebrations also doubled up as a farewell party to Clayson who will be relocating. With the birthday lady is Dawn Ewing. Picture: LOUISE CARTER

WHAT an exciting weekend last weekend was when Tuks men and women A teams rowed away with the trophies. And this weekend will be equally exciting with Earthdance taking place at the Woody Cape Backpackers and Nature Lodge, as well as the Inter Sub-districts Bowling Tournament at the Kowie Bowling Club from tomorrow. On Saturday, we will have the Bathurst 4×4 Challenge, a favourite with motorheads, as well as anyone else who enjoys seeing vehicles climb almost vertical obstacles and appreciates the driving skill it takes to participate in the event. Then, on Sunday, there is the Kenton Rhino Run, another favourite with runners from all over the province as well as elsewhere, participating. Overall, this is going to be an interesting weekend for people of all ages.

THIS week’s lead story is a sad one, with the imminent closure of one of the area’s iconic hotels at the end of November unless Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti intervenes and prevents more than 130 jobs being lost.

ON Wednesday, the Rhodes University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Scarr, will perform in the Guy Butler Theatre, Settlers Monument at 7.30pm. The performance showcases the Rhodes University Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the NMU orchestra, top young musicians from local schools St Andrew’s College and Kingswood College, as well as members of the ECPO and local musicians. The 60-minute programme includes some all-time favourites. The curtain will rise to the sounds of the RU Windband conducted by Lindsay Johnston and conclude with a guest performance by the RU vocalists and RU Chamber Choir performing Mozart’s Lacrimosa (Requiem). Sponsored by Samro, the programme features City Slickers originally composed in 2002 by South African composer Grant McLachlan for a TV documentary depicting the lives of penguins and their greatest hazard, oil. A candle-lit cheese and wine reception follows the concert in the foyer. See below for more details.

ON to national news, and the Gupta family are again causing waves both here, at home, as well as internationally. Auditors and global consultants KPMG are this week’s “Guptarised” victims, although it must be said that climbing in bed with the Indian (now South African) family was entirely KPMG’s choice, as was it the choice of Bell Pottinger. Still, despite withdrawing its report on the SARS “rogue spy unit”, SARS commissioner Tom Moyane is still using this in pursuit of a conviction against former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, for his role in the establishment of the unit when he was SARS commissioner. This despite KPMG having withdrawn its repor t and formally apologising to Gordhan for any problems it has caused. Legal experts say Moyane has no legal basis on which to pursue the matter, but Moyane is convinced he is in the right.

A SARS spokesman said on e.tv to columnist Justice Malala that he was prepared to further waste taxpayers’ money fighting this in court as it was “a matter of principle”. Perhaps someone should ask the taxpayers if this is how they want their tax money to be spent?

CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday to everyone having a special day in the week ahead, especially to Dawn McQuillian, Sven Herselman, Alan Gunn, Di Menin, Leon Erasmus, Liezl van Zyl, Tim Ord, Warren Bowdler, Rob le Roux, Sandra Wiblin, Aidan Sparrow, Ryan Axe, Tippin Crisp, Michael Armstrong, June Tapson, David Foulkes, Hendrik Smit, Priscilla Mike, Judie van Wyk, Jenny Dalgety, Judy Boland, Robert Atkinson, Douglas Meyer, David Painting, Tony Brown, Winston Bagley, Gavin Came, Isobel Meyer, Joyce Heny, Jack Elliott, Shirley Waters, Leonie Scheepers, Phyl Russell, Andy Hough, Eddie Botha, Herrington twins Jason and Jessica, Chloe Middleton, Jane Bladen, Elene Daubermann, Jarred Moss, Robin Hyde, Bruce Frederichs, Christo Paul, Lucille Coltman, Wayne Cock, John Haywood, Tisha Marshall, Valda Elliott and Noeline le Roex.

THERE are many businesses and organisations celebrating an anniversary at this time of the year. Congratulations to all and we wish everyone the very best for the future, especially The Kowie Striders Club, Kowie Key, Re/Max Kowie, IPC (Bathurst), Marko Polo, Coastal Blue Star.

THE rand is slowly sliding, with international currencies beating it down to record lows. And, for the first time, Africa’seconomic powerhouses – Nigeria and South Africa – are not on the top of recommended African destinations for investors. While Nigeria still struggles with 0.55% growth this month, South Africa managed to pull itself out of its second technical recession with figures of 2.5% growth. Most of this was provided by the agricultural sector, which accounts for around a third of the country’s growth figures. With last year’s in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R13.26 to the dollar (R13.91), R17.95 to the pound (R17.88) and R15.92 to the euro (R15.35). Gold was trading at $1 344.47 per fine ounce ($1 319.34), platinum at $945.45 per ounce            ($1 036.10) and Brent crude oil at $55.17 per barrel ($46.73).

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.

WEDDING anniversary greetings to everyone celebrating another year and may joy continue to be yours, especially to the following couples – Craig and Penny Robertson, Christopher and Jill Japp, Godfrey and Kathy Elms, Sean and Jackie Elms, Ian and Haruyki Currie, Christy and Robey Pretorius, John and Janet Basson, Wim and Wilma Slieker.

HEARTIEST congratulations and every good wish for the future to Blake Squires and Amber Sparg on their recent engagement.

WHO wants to talk about the Springboks v the All Black last Saturday? Enough said!

THOUGHT for the week: “We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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