Neighbourly Notes – 18 January 2018

HEROIC FLYBOY: Saving a life was 43 Air School trainee Jonathan Sayer ’s mission as he drove along the R67 toward Port Alfred on Monday morning. Seeing there was something in the road he stopped the car to save a tortoise that was attempting to cross just at the Wharf Street turnoff. Sayer placed the animal at the side of the road, hopefully the side the tortoise was attempting to reach. Picture: ROB KNOWLES

IT was back to school yesterday (Wednesday) around Ndlambe as well as nationally, and kids arrived in their droves to begin the new academic year. We wish all our local pupils,
whether starting Grade R or their matric year, the very best of luck. But remember, the more you practice the luckier you get. There is no alternative to hard work and, although you might find it tough going (considering that, for Grade ones, this is just the beginning of a 12-year study period), leaving school without good results will make it even more difficult in the years that follow. If you don’t understand something, then ask the teacher, or the headmaster, or a suitably qualified parent for help. Form study groups with your friends. Although school might not be cool when you’re there, you guys will one day take over leading our businesses and, in fact, the country. Enjoy it and learn.

WATCHING the young Grade ones attending their first day of school it was surprising to note that hardly any of the five- and six-year-old children were crying. Talking in the office it seems that children used to bellow blue murder when dropped off by mom on their first day at school. Of course, after that you didn’t want anyone to see you being walked to school with your mom, and definitely no kiss at the gate. But it seems today’s kids are tougher than we were, and hardly a tear was shed.

SCHOOLS in the area all reported their materials and books had all been delivered and they were raring to go. Last year’s results were, in most instances, disappointing, but some
schools showed a marked improvement on previous years’ scores. Let’s hope that last year’s results represent an ultimate low and that an upsurge of great results follow for the class of 2018.

QUESTIONS surrounding the Port Alfred dumpsite are being asked and answers demanded by the public as the site falls into disarray, with papers, plastic and metal scattered outside the site gates. Local EFF member Xolisa Runeli believes a health hazard is caused by the proximity of people to the dump and the almost constant stench from illegal burning. Kenton-on-Sea Ratepayers Association (Kosra) fought a successful battle against the municipality to prevent such occurences at the Marselle/Bushman’s dump and the mess being spread to the surrounding environment, with the result that the dumpsite was closed. Runeli asked if anyone was going to take up the case for Port Alfred. In the meantime, councillors and other groups have been made aware of the situation and conditions at the dump and will now have to work diligently if the matter is to be resolved.

NATIONALLY, the appointment of a judge to head the state of capture enquiry seems to
have jolted some people (at least, the National Prosecuting Authority – NPA and the Asset
Forfeiture Unit) to make some bold moves to recover money allegedly stolen by overseas
firms such as Trillian, Steinhoff, McKinsey and Gupta-linked companies. The question  remains, why did these people not react before now? It’s not as though there were no allegations of corruption in the past. Why did they refuse to investigate, never mind prosecute, despite damning evidence that money was being funneled out of our coffers and leaving the country? Is it only because now overseas companies are admitting their culpability in dodgy dealings? Analysts say that this is just scratching the surface of what is really going on, but the reported R1.6-billion and more the NPA wants to recover could be a good, although slow, start to realising “free tertiary education”.

YOU really can’t make this stuff up. A criminal who has served at least two spells in prison for armed robbery and then appointed to the police crime intelligence unit and there stole
tens of thousands of rand from the slush fund, is now back in jail after the Independent Police Investigations Directorate (Ipid) pounced on him as he went to sign in with his parole officer. In this case as in many others, Crime Intelligence is surely an oxymoron.

ANOTHER year has passed and another birthday has arrived for those celebrating a special day in the week ahead. Congratulations and all good wishes on this occasion to Hugo Slater, Dee Joiner, Wendy Kretschmann, Lisinda Hanstein, Clinton Millard, Samantha
Jones-Phillipson, Candice Larken, Cecil Jones-Phillipson, Peter Keeton, Stanley Richter, Pat Clough, Pieter Ehlers, Twiggs Britz, Warwick Strachan, Sai Pieterse, David Krige, Steven van Rooyen, Claudia Blumrick, Brendan Bessinger, Derek Blair, Jaco van Rensburg, Bronwyn van Zyl, Bella Crabtree, Chris Butt, Val Simpson.

CONGRATUL ATIONS, well done and wishing all businesses having an anniversary all the best for further success in the future. Good wishes especially to The Health and Wellness Centre, JD Electrical, El Shaddai School, St Andrew’s College and Seafield Liquor Store.
THIS week has seen a slight drop in the value of the rand, but this might well pick up as the NPA proceeds to prosecute state capture perpetrators and as long as ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa continues enforcing a new non-corrupt ANC. President Jacob Zuma spent
his last days as ANC president setting up the judicial inquiry over state capture and promising free tertiary education for the poor. Still, he seems to be a sad a lonely figure at the moment as he awaits the knock on the door from the NPA, but the markets have been volatile. Brent crude shot to over $70 per barrel earlier in the week, and gold and platinum have seen significant increases in value. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at 12.33 (R13.59) to the dollar, R17.00 (R16.75) to the pound and R15.05 (R14.52) to the Euro. Gold is trading at $1 335.45 ($1 213.10) per fine oz, and platinum at $1 011.00 ($977.30). Brent Crude is trading $68.81 ($55.79) per barrel.

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.

SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of Tjaart Barnard who passed away peacefully at Kenton-on-Sea on Saturday December 30, 2017. Special thoughts to Audrey, Alan and Penny, David and Sharon, Tim and Michelle and all his grandchildren.

CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of John Clayton who passed away Saturday January 13. May cherished memories of good times spent together in the past comfort all those who will miss him greatly through all the sad times in the future.

SINCERE condolences and may cherished memories comfort you at this sad time for the
family and friends of the Athalie Elliott who passed away on Wednesday January 17. Wife,
mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she will be missed by many.

THANKS from Diane, Michael, Justin, Jo and their families who extend their gratitude for all
the messages, telephone calls, flowers, gifts and cards of love and support following the
passing of Olive Wilmot in December.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations and sincere good wishes for many more happy years ahead to Gavin and Delene Deenik, Rob and Ann McKay, Gerrie and Pat Bosch, Warwick and Lindy Heny, Kevin and Sheilagh Scott.

THOUGHT for the week: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.
Remember what you now have, was once among the things you only hoped for”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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