Neighbourly Notes – 29 March 2018

BORN FREE: Young and energetic, Colonel Lizette Zeelie’s grandson, Liam Zeelie, ran the parkrun on Saturday

IT’S an action-packed weekend over the Easter holidays with the Amanzi Festival beginning tomorrow and continuing with non-stop action throughout the weekend and, through the whole of next week and the following weekend (when the Bathurst Agricultural Show begins). If you are a swimmer, a runner or you own a jet ski, you are invited to participate in some of the great events planned for the weekend including an 8km trail run, the Marina Mile swim, or the jet ski races at East Beach.

AND, if you prefer your sports while sitting down with a cooldrink and a sun hat, then why not go to East Beach on Sunday and Monday, as well as to West Beach for the rest of the week to watch some of the best water sports action we have ever seen in this area? If you’ve got kids, then Kiddies Beach will have a plethora of activities for the children to do in a safe and supervised location.But ladies and gents, please remember that it is illegal to drink alcohol in open public places, and that includes the beaches. If you take any drinks or bottles onto the beach (hopefully, just plastic and no glass), please pick up after yourself and use one of the many bins that will be scattered around the area over the period.

OH, and finally on this subject, thank you to all our visitors for coming to Port Alfred. We know you might have chosen anywhere to spend your Easter break, so a sincere thank you for choosing Port Alfred. We hope you enjoy your stay and come back to visit us next year when the Amanzi Festival will effectively be in its third year and with even more  entertainment.

ALTHOUGH the Amanzi Festival will take first spot in a lot of diaries this weekend, don’t forget there are plenty of other events happening in the area. Firstly, there’s the Alexandria Easter Football Tournament at Derric Mbele Stadium in Alexandria.from today to Monday April 2. And then tomorrow, there is an SPCA fundraiser dinner at Lara’s Eatery in Bathurst.
ON Saturday there’s a lot of things happening, including the Kleinemonde Morning Market, Rotary Bargain Hunt, an Easter Egg hunt at Red Leaf Nursery, cupcakes being sold at the Rosehill Mall by hospice in aid of cancer, a potjiekos competition at Route 72 Saloon, as well as auditions for the Coastal Talent Competition at the Little Theatre on the Wharf.

AND possibly the biggest event of them all (I’m allowed to say that because I write Neighbourlies) – Unorthodox Jukebox Volume 2 will be performing at Ta s h ’s Craft Bar at the Small Boat Harbour on Saturday evening. What a great way to end a Saturday, a great show with music from the ’50s through to the ’70s with me, Rob Knowles, Scott Harvey, Melissa du Randt and Sasha Badenhorst. It’s a great venue, fabulous entertainment (a completely unbiased opinion, by the way), fantastic food and brilliant atmosphere (are there enough superlatives there? – Just come, you’ll enjoy it).

FOR more details on these and other events, see our Diarise This section below.

IT has to be said, but the ball tampering incident at the third test match played at Newlands this week by Australia has apparently just scratched the surface. After worrying whether KG Rabada would play the week before, now we have three new Aussies coming
out to replace captain Steve Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft who were all sent home. The riders in the Two Oceans Marathon, also taking place this weekend, have asked the trio’s replacements to please bring out some more sandpaper to help them repair bicycle punctures, but requested finer grain as the stuff they used on the cricket ball is a bit too coarse.

BIRTHDAY greetings, congratulations and good wishes to everyone celebrating a happy occasion in the week ahead, especially Sally-Ann Phillips-Page, Joy Geard, Vicky Kleynhans, Okkie du Plessis, Christopher Phillips-Page, Jami Weeber, Jay-Leigh Taai, Hein Barnard, Scala Booi, Leon de Waal, Dorothy de Reuk, Noeleen Pretorius, Megan van de Merwe,
Brendan Marais, Eloyse Meinzer, Anthony Gill, Roxy Simes, Kiki Hughes, Michelle Bowles, Maureen Spearman, Lance Parker, Eve Dombai,Vince McDuda, Shireen Hilpert, David Cooke, Daniella Swanepoel, Beryl Pancoust, Joyce Harrison, Charne Boshoff, Ashley Riddin, Fred Tyson, John Ball, Tamsanga Ntantiso, Max von Paul, Amy Wilmot, Kim Snyman,
Ntia Sylianou, Wendy Cock, Linda Buchanan, Reuben Hayes, Tosca Spenceley, Ann Engler.

EVERY success for many more years to follow are the wishes we are conveying to the following businesses and organisations on another anniversary, especially KTP Kitchens, Sports ’n All and Red Leaf Nursery.

IT’S not a good sign that the price of Brent Crude has shot up by around $5 per barrel this week, as Brent Crude affects petrol prices, which affect transport costs and therefore the cost of food on the shelves. With VAT increasing by 1%, this is not good news for consumers. But Moody’s has kept the South African credit rating at investment level (just), so we will have to wait and see what impact all this has on our economy and the value of the local currency. With last year’s figures in brackets for comparison, the currency was trading at R11.70 (R15.05) to the dollar, R16.55 to the pound (R21.65) and R14.50 to the euro (R17.03). In the commodities department, Gold was trading at $1337.13 per fine ounce ($1 238.94), Platinum was trading at $947.20 ($946.50) per ounce and with Brent Crude oil at of $70.11 ($39.60) 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 and Mark Price.

SINCERE sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Keith Kolesky, who suddenly passed away recently. May happy memories of wonderful times together comfort Lyn, Karen, Michelle, Grant and families at this sad time in your lives. The funeral will be held on
Thursday April 5, at St Paul’s Anglican Church at 2pm.

CONGRATUL ATIONS and best wishes for many more years of happiness to all couples enjoying another anniversary, especially Jedd and Tania Reid, René and Eileen Denis, Jimmy and Julia Jamieson, Glenn and Jennifer Henning, Eric and Dawn McQuillan, Juan and
Candice Pretorius, Gordon and Katie Japp, Graham and Merrilee Strachan, Reegan and Wouné Muller.

THOUGHT for the week: “Harmony makes small things grow, but lack of it, can make great things decay”.

BEST regards as always,
The team.

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