Neighbourly Notes – 1 March 2018

A VET’S LIFE: Port Alfred veterinarian Leon de Bruyn got married to Annemie Freitas last weekend in Hogsback. We wish the couple well as they begin their new life together                           Picture: RAILTIME PHOTOGRAPHY

THE adjustment budget was tabled at the special council meeting, held at the council chambers on Monday to the disappointment of those present. It contained a great number of errors and some items that appeared to be suspiciously unwarranted or inexplicable. DA whip at council, Ray Schenk, did not hold back in telling the councillors that this was totally unacceptable and, eventually, the ruling party (ANC) decided he was correct and vetoed the acceptance of the adjustment budget until the errors were fixed, calling a meeting for yesterday.

AND, at a time when money is tight, Ndlambe municipality is preparing to send yet another
delegation to a foreign country. Despite assurances from the German Department of Education and Research, which visited Ndlambe at the end of last year, that its proposed Ecosun village would not cost the municipality a cent, the ratepayers are now expected to pay for overseas travel for three people to investigate the concept of a sustainable eco-village. The municipality is rapidly developing a reputation for pointless overseas trips, as well as being suckered into paying for things despite being told that no money would be required. What do these “delegates” learn overseas that they could not have learnt from reading or, if too tired to do that, perhaps watching a video. The old saying about
“fool me once” comes to mind. Didn’t the department of sport, recreation, arts and
culture say that no money would be required to host the Christmas music festival that benefitted few people, if any, but still cost the municipality more than R300 000? We haven’t heard what happened on the municipal manager’s recent Canada trip, and little
or nothing came from previous trips to Spain, the US and others, so why would this trip be any different?

THIS weekend is a fairly busy one, and there are lots of things to do, whether you have a talent, would like to swim, feeling spiritual, would like to chill out with some Elvis from the ’50s through the ’80s or watch some exciting cricket, you should be thoroughly entertained this weekend. No matter how quirky, if you have a talent then get to the Titi Jonas Centre in Nemato today until Saturday. You could end up with a prize, or appear on TV or even receive a contract from a top entertainment company. Tomorrow, Port Alfred High School’s Amanzi Day will take place as a fundraiser to renovate the school pool. There are lots of prizes up for grabs so, if you’re between Grades 1 and 12, have fun! To help you unwind even before the weekend begins, why not refresh your soul at the Christian Men’s  Association breakfast at the Celebration Centre on Saturday morning? And, to get your groove on, do yourself a favour and get to Tash’s Craft Bar for a rock ‘n roll evening with Lionel Hunt. This weekend sees the start of the Kenrich Motors Pineapple Cricket Tournament that concludes next weekend (March 10). With 29 teams competing, this
will be a monumental battle between some older characters and some new ones who want to take home the prestigious trophy and bragging rights for the rest of the year. Matches will be played on fields in and around Port Alfred. Keep an eye on the Talk of the Town web and Facebook page/group. For more information, see the back page sports story.

HAPPY birthday and may the year ahead be the best ever, is what we wish everyone enjoying a special day this week, especially Samie Step, Jerusha Govender, Anna Byrd, Val Dugmore, Mike Hockin, Rohan Myburgh, Dan Hilpert, Delonore Schafer, Colleen Shaw, Amber Oelofse, Sima Booi, Mauneen Charter, Kaine Charter, Orpa Westraadt, Ziyanda Bans,  Darryl Hanstein, Amelia Hanstein, Jill Long, Monique Harvey, Athol Waters, Dave Tyrrell, Gordon Bunting, Kathy Turner, Stuart Vincent, Angela Welsh, Kathy Mansfield, Bev Monaghan, Liz Cooper, Peter Francis, Carole Christie, Lee Anne Sawyer Repinz, Gwen Venters, Sue Neame, Sanelle Fourie, Jimmy Neave, Pat Wilson, Brenda Hulley, Saskia Swart, Pieter Retief, Andre van Vuuren, Cyril Tyson, Ivor Gray, Ivan Schaefer, Ken Butler, Isobel Timm, Elsabe Wiseman, Louise Grottsch, Trisha Van Wyk, Dominique Pattie, Sanelle Fourie, Lynn Coetzee, Andre van Vuuren, Natasha Pawley, Stella Reifman, Giles Shepherd, Jeremy Kohler.

CONGRATULATIONS, best wishes and continued success to all businesses having an anniversary, especially to Decadent (Postmasters Village), Top Carpets (Rosehill Mall), Pick n Pay Liquor (Heritage Mall), Kowie Vet Clinic (corner of Southwell and Atherstone Road) and LP Gaz (Bathurst Street, East Bank).

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet reshuffle this week has not had much of an impact on the markets to date, and certainly not as much as when he took over from Jacob Zuma. But the continued pressure to arrest and prosecute corrupt businessmen, politicians and corporate leaders certainly did. The re-appointment of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister has given international investors a shot of confidence. With Pravin Gordhan also taking up a position in the cabinet investors are regaining confidence in the future of the South African economy, but the retention of Gupta-linked or otherwise allegedly corrupted leaders such a Malusi Gigaba and Bathabile Dlamini things cannot be considered in top form yet.
With last year’s trading figures in brackets to compare against, the rand is R11.71/$ (R13.06), R16.26/£ (R16.17) and R14.31/ß (R13.77). Gold is trading at $1 315.77 per fine ounce ($1 244.90) with Platinum at $1 007.05( $1 025.00) and Brent Crude Oil at $66.62 per barrel ($56.76).

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.

HAPPY anniversary greetings and best wishes for many more to the following couples on their special occasions. Further happiness to Hayden and Anneli Hanstein, Kevin and Marlene Brown, David and Megan Waddington, Trevor and Stephanie Warner, Tyler and Sasha-Lee Schafti, Kenny and Liz Hill.

THOUGHT for the week: “Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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