WELL, Ndlambe is getting a fair amount of exposure these days with some major events taking place over the next month or so which should attract thousands of visitors to our small towns along the Sunshine Coast. Sometimes locals are prone to complaining when the town gets too full, but my suggestion is that we get used to it as tourists bring much needed funds to our area, stimulate growth and create employment. We cannot hope to fix
many of the infrastructural issues in the area without funding. Unless we accept and embrace the fact that we are a holiday destination our roads will remain pothole-ridden, our water will stay brackish and our town centres will slowly become shabby facsimiles of what they once were. For the locals, don’t forget the Lower Albany Historical Society meeting at Don Powis Hall at Settlers Park on Thursday where Bartle Logie will present
Marshmallows and Obies, the title of his latest book. There will be a Rotary Careers question and answer session for the youth at Port Alfred High School hall on Thursday to help them establish the careers available in the market and what they need to achieve at school to get there. The Enkuthazweni special needs school is also holding its AGM. On Saturday the Port Alfred Art Club meets at St James Hall. Also on Saturday, get to the Red Apple in Bushman’s River to help celebrate its first year in business, where there will be plenty to do and great food. The Kenton Tennis Club will also be holding its annual round robin tournament and the Port Alfred Floral Art Group will also be meeting at Settlers Park. On Sunday Father Noel-Jean Creille will be holding another organ recital at St Paul’s Anglican Church. So, there’s something for everyone this weekend. See our Diarise This, below, for more information.
LAST week, Thursday and Friday, a tourism capacity planning conference was held at the Royal St Andrews Hotel and was attended by municipalities from the Eastern Cape including our two metros, Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay, as well as Sarah Baartman District and local municipalities such as Sundays River, Makana and Ndlambe. But, although Ndlambe was the host of the event, only councillor Ray Schenk was an attendee, at least on the first morning, standing in for mayor Phindile Faxi who was apparently
engaged in other business. The problem is, tourism is one of only two main industries in the area, the other being agriculture. Understanding the tourism industry and, more importantly, helping to shape it, will assist the Sunshine Coast in becoming a marketable
attraction to domestic and foreign visitors, but Ndlambe must participate if it wants to reap the rewards.
CONGRATULATIONS to Salem Cricket Club for winning the Pineapple Cricket tournament last Saturday. This is the first time that Salem has won in 10 years, so this is a really big deal. At the same time, commiseration to all those teams that entered the tournament although, I’m sure, you learned a lot and will come back again next year with more gusto to compete again. It is important to remember that many of the players have to take a week’s leave from work to compete, so it is no small commitment these men (and their families) make each year to attend the event. Well done, and may Pineapple Cricket still be around when the youngest members of our community are ready to take up bat and ball and compete.
ON to national news, and between the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa), the South African Post Office (Sapo) and illegally-appointed service provider, Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), it appears that grant recipients may be in for a sticky time come April as no one in government seems able to say for sure if grants will be ready to be paid. Talk of the Town will keep you informed of the latest developments as they are announced. Please see our web page, of either our Facebook page of group to keep up-to-date.
PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa attended his first question and answer session in parliament yesterday, too late for inclusion in the paper, but please check our Facebook page and group as well as our web page (www.talkofthetown.co.za) for more news stories.
ANOTHER year has passed, so it is time to wish the following folk having a special day in the week ahead, a very happy and healthy birthday and fortunate year ahead. Good wishes to Julia Jamieson, Gayle Barnardt, Charl Waters, Lauren Kruger, Lizanda Hilpert, John Hughes, Bettine Hattingh, Ian Macpherson, Gert van der Merwe, Deon Stander, Jill Mitchell, Dee Jones-Phillipson, Marenna Spieker, John Barnes, Angie Waller, Joan Gane, Amanzi
Festival co-organiser David Lawson, Pat Bailes, Grant Warren, Lynette Millard, Miemie Golding, Hilda Green, Michael Schnehage, Gillian Bowen and her daughter Tamlyn, Pene Devenish, Ollie Davis, Ethan Mahloko, Lana de Aroja, Edna de Villiers, Fanie van den Berg, Melinda Smit, Sheldon Elliott, Danielle Cannon, Abi Cheater, Guy Wessels, Sven Grimbeek,
Bradley Fick, Rosalie Hare, Joy Geard, Tricia Border, Melissa Spira, Meagan Alexander, Lauren-Leigh Randall, Anthony Bowdler, Onika Ranft, Phumla Mxuma, Renata Mouton, Meryl Baker.
FURTHER success and congratulations to all businesses who are celebrating an anniversary at this time. Congratulations to Root72 (Beavers Complex), Decadent at the Postmasters Village, Hi-Tech Security.
THE rand has remained fairly steady all week against other international currencies. Brent Crude oil has effectively stayed at around the $63/64 mark and land reform announcements have not had as big an impact on investors as initially anticipated. However, should unlawful land-grabs continue and escalate, it will definitely see investors pull out and the rand take a substantial knock, and probably force Moody’s to downgrade us even further. With last year’s figures in brackets for comparison the Rand was trading at R11.77 (R13.08) to the Dollar, R16.42 to the Pound (R15.95) and R14.56 to the Euro (R13.90). In the commodities department, gold was trading at $1 325.22 per fine ounce ($1 201.84), platinum was trading at $966.25 ($940.50) with Brent Crude Oil at of $64.93 ($51.68) 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, Emilene Bruwer, Jenny Groenewald, Mark Price.
BEST wishes for many more and congratulations to all couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week, especially Colin and Louise Wiggett, Schalk and Nicole Voster, Carl and Natasha Haller, Quinton and Paula Fick.
WELL done to our Protea boys in beating Australia in the second test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Monday morning. You beat them in a similar way that they beat us the week before. The teams seem ideally matched for a great game of cricket for the third test at Newlands next Thursday (March 22). What a pity that the world’s No 1 fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada (KG) will be out, having been suspended for two tests by the ICC for an altercation with Australian captain Steve Smith and player David Warner. Come on cricket
administrators, we want to see the best in action, and that means Rabada should be playing. Your accumulation of demerit points should zero once a player has been
suspended, not carry them over for two years. You (not the action of the 22-year-old) are in the wrong.
THOUGHT for the week: “Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.”
BEST regards as always,