Neighbourly Notes – 8 March 2018

ENSURING FAIR PLAY: Pineapple Cricket Tournament umpires, from left, Barry September, Barry Smith, Forbes Coutts and Anthony Bowdler show off their new togs at the evening prize-giving after the first day of play. The week-long tournament ends on Saturday, with the final at the Port Alfred Country Club Picture: JON HOUZET

WELL, the Kenrich Motors 114th Pineapple Cricket Tournament is really beginning to hot up, as this weekend marks its conclusion, when the winners will be awarded their trophies and those players that have contributed the most to the tournament will be rewarded for their efforts. So far, in the A League, there seems to be a three-way battle between  reigning champions Cuylerville (who have won the tournament for the past three years) and previous winners Salem and Southwell. Manley Flats, who are historically also one of the top teams, seem to have lost their way and both their first and second league
teams are languishing at the bottom of their respective tables. So, Saturday evening at the Port Alfred Country Club is the place to be. It’s a great vibe and it’s your chance to get to meet the teams and get involved in this great historic tournament.

ON the subject of Pineapple cricket, at the Port Alfred Country Club on Monday evening former Irish and Proteas cricket coach Adrian Birrell, who has a farm in the area, told those at the 60s Club about the challenges of coaching. The leg-break bowler took 75 wickets for South Africa before turning to coaching, and no doubt inspired many of the players present.

SURVIVING cancer would probably be at the top of most people’s list of heroic achievements, but local author Russell Kearney did not sit back on his laurels. He rather took on a series of walks around the South African coastline to raise awareness for charities. Accompanied by his dog, Kei, also a survivor of various illnesses that might have killed him, he has written and self-published a book on their adventures, Keep Walking, signed copies of which he will be selling at his book-launch at the Halyards Hotel from  10am to noon this Saturday. Fully colour-illustrated copies of the book sell for R250 each of which R25 will be donated to Lions Club International.

ON Sunday there is an organ recital with Port Alfred’s Father Noel-Jean Creille at St Paul’s Anglican Church on Ferndale Road at 3pm.This is the first of three recitals Creille will be giving and it is a free concert, although donations will be appreciated.

THERE is a problem with the way we are dealing with the issue of sand in the car parks of our most important beaches. Ever since the municipality was caught allowing sand to be removed from Cannon Rocks for the Amatola Water Project, and the Green Scorpions protested to the municipality, it seems that a moratorium has been placed on even  sweeping sand from your shoes. This is a ridiculous situation, particularly when sand in the East Beach car park will prevent spectators from even approaching the international bodyboarding competition to be held there at the beginning of April as part of the world-class events taking place during the Amanzi Festival. Surely, if the sand is simply removed from the car park and placed back on the dunes, this should serve everyone’s needs? Or will this require some work for the municipality. Rather let the competition fail, perhaps?
ON to national issues, and registration for the upcoming 2019 local government elections opens up at local polling stations this weekend. There has been considerable press coverage of this, and it appears that some are on a mission to conflate the issue of
registration with the planned (and much heatedly-discussed) expropriation of land without
compensation issue. I personally received two What’sApp messages and one of those really
annoying phone calls where a recorded voice speaks to you about the problem. Both issues are important, but they are not directly related. Please check your registration information this weekend. If you have an issue with expropriation without compensation (which, we all should have, one way or the other) then speak with your MP (or, at least a member of the
provincial legislature, your local councillor is probably not going to be able to help).

OUR heartiest congratulations to everyone celebrating a birthday in the week ahead. Best wishes for many more especially to Dawn Frederichs, Trenton Webster, Bob Ford, Linda Clur, Blake Brent, Kathy Clayton, Kaine Heny, Dean Morrissey, Richard McGhie, Yolande
Stander, Ivan Schafers, Ken Butler, Elsabel Wiseman, Stella Reijman, Natasja Pawley, Noel Anderson, Angela Rowe, Lillian Scheepers, Wade Mitton, Betty Rivett, Christopher Whitham, George Petzer, Lorna Clayton, Pam Elliott, Jody Chowles, Wendy Mitten,
Matthew Strydom, Ella de Wet Steyn, Allan Davies, Tessa van Rooyen, Cathy Yeomans, Clair Meiring, Angelique Adcock, Joan van Niekerk, Christen Booth, Phyll Long, Tyler Hanstein, Anne Williamson, Kate Heny, Jean van der Merwe, Nicole Sullivan, Mercedes
Biller, Francois Fourie, Jasmin Kruger, Maureen Edlmann, Ivor Gray, Maureen Walker, Sue Neame, Gisella Brickhill.

BUSINESS anniversary congratulations with wishes for continued success to the following firms – Pam Golding Properties Port Alfred, Total Sports, Miladys, Standerwick Nursery, Nature’s View Farm Stall (on the way to Fish River).

THE good news is that the price of petrol and diesel dropped by R0.36 at the pumps as from midnight on Tuesday. The other good news is that, so far, the announcement of expropriation without compensation has not actually scared off too many investors, at
least at the moment, that is. With ratings agency Moody’s about to make its announcement on our country’s credit worthiness, we might be lucky and not get further downgraded provided ministers just keep quiet for a while until Moody’s has made its decision. With last year’s figures as shown in brackets for comparison, at the time of going to print the Rand was trading at R11.90 to the dollar (R13.08), R16.49 to the pound (R15.85) and R14.76 to the Euro (R13.77). Gold is trading at $1 330.46 per fine ounce ($1 212.64), Platinum at $965.90 per ounce ($963.10) with Brent Crude Oil at $65.17 per barrel ($55.70).

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.

BEST wishes, congratulations and continued happiness to all couples celebrating a wedding
anniversary especially David and Mary Boyd, Andrew and Wendy Cock, Ian and Marion Macpherson, Gordon and June Sheasby, Guy and Moira Hilton-Barber, Kevin and Karen Kelly, Dan and Ann Ward.

RUBY wedding anniversary wishes and our heartiest congratulations to Peter and Mauneen Charter on their 40th wedding anniversary on March 11. May there be many more wonderful years of happiness ahead for this special couple.

THOUGHT for the week: “First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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