Neighbourly Notes – 14 December 2017

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: The Red Leaf Nursery Christmas cracker workshop proved to be very popular with young kids last Saturday who had the opportunity to create their own Christmas crackers Picture: LOUISE CARTER

A WARM welcome to all holidaymakers gracing our fair area. May you have a fabulous holiday and enjoy everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

OUR free holiday supplement – the Sunshine Holiday – is available at outlets where Talk of the Town is sold, as well as from the Tourism office, various hotels, B&Bs and guest houses and, of course, the TotT office at the corner of Miles Street and the R72. It is jam-packed with everything happening over the holiday season, as well as important contact numbers and safety tips. Talk of the Town will continue to be published weekly, so to all of you out there, happy holidays!

ON the local front, there is so much to do in Ndlambe over the festive season. Our often
sleepy town really comes to life as the holidaymakers arrive, and everywhere gets busier, louder and more social. There’s the Rosehill Mall Arts and Crafters Market from
today through Saturday, and don’t miss the Carols by Candlelight and Tree of Lights
tonight (Thursday) at the Port Alfred Hospital grounds. Bathurst would seem to be the place to be on Friday evening with a Christmas carol sing-a-long at the Keeton’s home; Jessie Clegg, the son of Johnny Clegg, will be at the Pig n Whistle; and there’s a Moroccan evening going on in the village. On the holiday Saturday (Day of Reconciliation) there’s the Bushman’s Christmas Craft Market, Kleinemonde
Morning Market, El Shaddai’s Dirty Pineapple Mud Run, gingerbread house decorating workshop at Red Leaf Nursery, the Kowie History Museum Tea at the Station and, in Bathurst again, the Pig will have a craft market and there’s another Moroccan evening. And we haven’t got to Sunday yet. To see what’s going on in and around the area, take a look at our Diarise This section, below, or get your copy of Sunshine Holiday for events taking place throughout the entire season. It’s free. Also, look on-line at our web site ( www.talkofthetown. co. za) or our Facebook page and group for regular updates.

DON’T forget, the Ndlambe Municipality has issued strict water restrictions for the area.
While we are not in any immediate danger, our dams should be fuller at this time of
year, and the added pressure on the system as the holidaymakers arrive could lead to
more severe restrictions being imposed. Read more about this on Page 2.

OUR page 4 story is about the Ndlambe Music Festival, which council initially refused to put on this year due to there being no income generated from the festival, and the fact that the reports from the previous year’s festival had not been released to show exactly how the money had been spent. Last year’s festival cost Ndlambe Municipality (and therefore the ratepayers) over half-a-million rand, and the council had voted to budget R365 000 for this year’s festival which was later withdrawn. Then the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (Dsrac) said that it would handle things and that it
wouldn’t cost Ndlambe a cent. Well, so much for that. Read the full story on Page 4.
So the music festival is on, this year at the Manityi Gidana Stadium in Nemato, despite
the audit committee telling the councillors that spending that money would contravene
the auditor-general’s directives (and cost Ndlambe another black mark and possibly
dash their hopes for an unqualified audit). And what will ratepayers receive in return?
The expenditure of our money (in what the AG will no doubt consider wasteful and
fruitless expenditure), more urgently needed on repairing roads, buying equipment and
bettering the lives of our people (in a sustainable way, not with a one-night music
festival). Instead we get a concert that will generally appeal to only one section of the
community. Ndlambe has to select three local groups (or individuals) of youths to
perform at the festival and provide a venue (and all that goes with it) free of charge. But what happens then? Will Dsrac nurture this local talent, or must Ndlambe take on this task as well? Let’s not waste public money on politically-motivated short-term events like these. Let’s all have fun this holiday season, but not at the expense of our
people’s long-term sustainability. Please councillors, use your heads.

THE race for the ANC’s top job is almost over, but controversy surrounding branch and provincial leadership, murders and intimidation as well as the selection of elective conference delegates over the last month or so begs the question, is the ANC falling apart? Already there have been splits in the party as at least one of its alliance partners plan to contest the 2019 general elections independently of the ANC, and a new party African Democratic Change party, (or the ADC, whose logo and acronym seem pretty close to that of the ANC) founded by former ANC MP and chairperson of the portfolio committee on public service and administration, Makhosi Khoza, Still it is anyone’s race at the moment, although business seems to favour Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa over the other leading contender, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Whether this is because they fear President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife might be more inclined to halt corruption proceedings against him or, at the least, pardon him should he be convicted of the charges remains to be seen.

CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone celebrating a special day in the week ahead, especially Brenda Wansbury, Kevyn Letley, Kerri Stevenson, Bradley Odendaal, Kerry Warren, Justin Hackart, Warwick Heny, Alister Harman, Crystal Darné, Heather Samuel, Debra Harris, Karli-Di Owsley, ‘Digger’ Garden, Natalie Kaschula, Ingrid Hilpert, Jenny van Rensburg, Deidre Japp, Kelly Ferreira, Grace Phillips-Page, Hendrik le Roux, Ann Ward, Audrey Winterbottom, Christine Haworth, Wilma Graham, Greta Snaith, Roland Shone, Carol de Beer and Sandra Bradfield.

THE markets reacted negatively to President Tr u m p ’s announcement that the US would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There is also confusion as to how the
announcement that the World Bank would not support funding for oil and gas projects
from 2019 will affect the markets. In some sectors the news was accepted with pleasure and declared a victory while hard-liners have speculated on the number
of job losses the announcement might cost, along with future fuel shortages. With this in mind, the exchange rates for international currencies at the time of going to press were R13.64/$,R18.21/£ and the Euro R16.03. The gold price was $1 242.52, platinum was $889.50 and Brent Crude was trading at $64.21.

CONGRATULATIONS to all businesses enjoying another anniversary with wishes for
many more successful years ahead. Good luck to Graze by the River (in van der Riet
Street), BVSA (formerly known as MR Financial Services), Halyard’s boat cruise Spirit of Adventure, The Black Rock Restaurant and River Wild Safaris and Motor Mate.

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, Howard Dredge, Tom Hartzenberg.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations and every good wish for your continuing happiness to all couples celebrating this special occasion, especially Jonathan and Lisinda Hanstein, Alex and Nadia Harris, Gavyn and Gwyneth Letley, Frikkie and
Nicola Coetzee, Ray and Julie Davidson, Richard and Mary McGhie, Hans and Tina
Hon, Ian and Bettine Hattingh, Sipho and Tando Matthews, Dennis and Moira Stirk, Ruan and Danielle Cannon, Doug and Edie Galpin, Vernon and Marie Jakins, Justin and Lynda Haller, Mervyn and Trevllyne Woods, Lourens and Elouise Botha.

SPECIAL shout out for Judy and Dawie van Wyk on their 46th wedding anniversary, as
well as to my friend Albert (aka “George”) and Pat Whitfield on their anniversary.

THOUGHT for the week: “Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you
left open”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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