Neighbourly Notes – 28 September 2017

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COLOURFUL SOULS: Enjoying the music Saturday afternoon at the Earthdance Nelson Mandela Bay, an event geared at promoting global and community peace, are festival goers who travelled from all over South Africa. The event took place at the scenic Woody Cape Lodge and Backpackers and was also a fundraising event for Jehovah Jireh Haven in Alexandria. Picture: JUSKE WILLIAMS

THIS upcoming Sunday is the National Agricultural Youth Show Competition at the Bathurst Agricultural Showgrounds. Nearly 500 competitors aged from 8 – 18 years, coming from all provinces are competing in events for: cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, rabbits, pigeons and culinary art. This is a major event for the Bathurst Agricultural Society, and one which will certainly put Bathurst on the map in terms of youth development. Well done to Danny Wepener and his team for managing to secure the event. We know how much hard work you and your team have put into this endeavour. Please see our diary section for opening ceremony times and more information. After suffering the most severe loss to the All Blacks (57-0) in history, the Springbok’s faces the Wallabies in Bloemfontein on Saturday at 5pm. Hopefully coach Allister Coetzee has lifted the team spirit the past two weeks and our boys in green and gold can bank a good game and hopefully a win.

ON the cricket front, the Proteas take on Bangladesh in Potchefstroom in the first match of the two match series today. Good luck to our cricketers, the first ball to be bowled at 10am today.

GREAT news for golf lovers, the 12th edition of The Presidents Cup tee’s off today. Catch Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Brendan Grace representing South Africa in the European Team.

LAST weekend, Earthdance Nelson Mandela Bay hosted their 21st anniversary of promoting global peace at the Woody Cape Nature Lodge and Backpackers. Party goers from all over South Africa arrived at the three day event as an official gathering of people across nationalities and cultures joining together to promote peace. It is also a registered organisation that mandates that each of the approximate 600 synchronised events across 80 countries contribute part of their profits to vulnerable people and communities. The Woody Cape Nature Lodge and Backpackers in the heart of dairy farm lands and the scenic Alexandria dune forest made for a perfect venue to host the event and saw the coming together of people from near and far join together for a good cause. With this in mind, let’s look at our own lives and be conscious of the impact we have on the world and our communities at large.

ON October 2 1996, the very first edition of your favourite community newspaper, Talk of the Town, hit the streets. Throughout those 21 years we have attempted to keep Ndlambe and Makana residents and visitors up-to-date with all the latest local news, and have become the primary local news source in the area. With this in mind, Talk of the Town, it’s management and staff, would like to sincerely thank all our advertisers and readers for their genuine interest with the ‘goings on’ in all our distribution areas, and their fantastic and continued input that has made us successful as your community newspaper.

BEST wishes and happy birthday greetings to everyone having a birthday in the week ahead, especially Charles Webster, William Whitham, Dr Dirk de Vos, Breyton Scheepers, Darian Keeton, Jongisipho Matthews, Gill Wansell, James Viedge, Jacques Swanepoel, Martha Voorvelt, Layton Hilpert, Fernando Gallant, Margaret Foulkes, Reay Squires, Megan Hobson, Bronwyn Fick, Donnae Colesky, Peter Beaumont, Sean Cullen, Dennis Laubser, Jonty Alexandre, Jenny Henning, Heather Rowe, Chase Dell, Jax Taskov, Gordon Japp, Shaun Wilken, Ingrid Griffiths, Jim Fox, Pieter Steenkamp, Franco Klopper, Peter Larkin, Dylan Murray, Melissa du Randt, Wendy Mills, Mark Pauls, Tanya Jacobs, Roy de Wet, Yvonne McDonald and Dalene du Toit, Susanna Honiball.

EVERY success for many more years to follow are the wishes we convey to the following businesses and organisations on another anniversary, especially Feathers Farm, Kwaaihoek Builders, Alpha Dry Cleaners, The Fig and Daisy, Wharf Street Fruit and Veg.

WITH last year’s in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R13.53 to the dollar (R13.58), R18.16 to the pound (R17.66) and R15.91 to the Euro (R15.22). Commodities were trading with gold at $1 291.13 per fine ounce ($1 325.71), platinum at $928.95 per ounce ($1 029.30) and Brent crude oil has gone up over the past three weeks to $58.80per barrel ($46.43).

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, Dr Jerome Boulle.

A VERY special happy birthday to Renate Cooper who is celebrating her 70th birthday today! Renate and her husband John Cooper are the owners of D’Vine Deli at the Postmasters Village and have been longstanding residents of Port Alfred. Pop into D’Vine Deli on Saturday from 11am to 2pm for a one of a kind wine tasting experience with Mellasat Wine Estate where the winemaker will present and guide wine lovers through tasting the unique and only White Pinotage in South Africa.

HEARTFELT sympathy and condolences to Eddie Tee, Luke and Cindy Charter and their children Hannah and James, and Judy and family on the passing of Cindy’s precious mother, Barbara, after a brave, long and painful fight with cancer, on Sunday morning. Barbara will be remembered by all for her dedication and love for her family. A hard working woman who fought a brave fight and made the most of life. She has been called back to where she belongs – another angel in heaven.

SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of Alvern Fitzhenry. He passed away Monday September 18. A memorial service will be held on Friday September 29 at St Paul’s Anglican Church at 11am. May wonderful memories of all the good times spent together comfort you through the sad times.

HAPPY wedding anniversary congratulations to Brian and Ann Meyer, Anton and Annelien Gouws, Adrian and Cathleen Clarence, Loua and Devon Coetzee, Jonathan and Jenny Lyn (Tuppy) Timm, Des and Liz Cooper, Terence and Doreen McCarthy, Calla and Tammy van Heerden, Keith and Lisa Buhr.

TO all our school going readers, we hope you enjoy a well-deserved school holiday from tomorrow, and to the Grade 12’s who will be completing the last leg of their school going career, we hope you make every second count in the days leading up to your final exams.

THOUGHT for the week: “We fluctuate long between love and hatred before we can arrive at tranquillity”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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