Neighbourly Notes – 26 April 2018

FORM AND SUBSTANCE: The men of Round Table 177 Port Alfred and overseas visitors at Harry B’s
at the Port Alfred Ski-boat Club on Saturday night Picture: MAUNEEN CHARTER

IT’S another big weekend if you are a girl or boy involved in sport and living in Alexandria as the sports festival takes place this weekend at the Derrick Mbele Stadium. With soccer, a fun run and lots of entertainment, it’s definitely not to be missed. And then there’s the Bathurst Agricultural Museum Farm Fair that takes place on Saturday. For those of us who
get a kick from the antiquity of old farm equipment or the craftsmanship of a blacksmith at an old forge, this is another event you should not miss. Again, there will be plenty of stalls, a tea garden and more.

ON SATURDAY evening it is going to be total insanity at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club as the week-long Mad Hatter tournament comes to an end. This is a great fun event for the golfers, their family and friends, so it’s not to be missed either. And then, on Sunday, it’s the Bathurst Bookfair. There is a truism that reading expands your mind, and reading is an essential skill that everyone needs. In this age of the sound bite, or instant messaging and
Tweets we often lose sight of the fact that good reading and writing skills are essential in  almost every facet of life. Can you remember back to your own childhood and the excitement of being able to read stories for yourself? There were tales that sparked your
imagination and broadened your mind, where you could almost feel the battle between warring tribes, or where you climbed a mountain, or accompanied Bilbo Baggins through the caves. But today, it appears that many people just want the headlines, not the story behind it. We don’t have time to sit down and read a book, there’s too many things to do and not enough time. But, we need to take time out to use our imaginations, and books allow us to do just that. This is particularly important for our children who, if encouraged to read from an early age, will learn to love books and benefit from the knowledge they contain. So, get to the Bathurst Bookfair this Sunday where there will be food stalls and you stand a chance of meeting some local authors. For these and other events, please see our Diarise This section, below.

WITH the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) strike having caused problems in the major centres yesterday, it seems that the government’s minimum wage proposal of R20 has not gone down too well. After all, this means that, for a 40-hour-week one could expect to pick up just R800 and between R3 000 and R3 500 per month. Is this a living wage? Could you live on this amount per month? Remember, this is the minimum wage.
However, when we consider the enormous salaries paid to politicians, directors of our  state-owned enterprises such as SAA and Eskom, and bosses in the private sector, R3 000 per month seems quite out of sync.

AND then, tomorrow the EFF is planning a land-grab here in Ndlambe. EFF members are being asked to assemble at Jauka Hall at 7am to discuss and possibly occupy land in the area. The police have confirmed they are aware of the proposed meeting and potential land-grab, and are on alert. Yet, irrespective of your views on the rights of individuals to occupy land that does not in any legal sense belong to them, unlawful land-grabs will need
to be dealt with swiftly and decisively or this will lead to anarchy. It will also further divide our nation based entirely on race. When Julius Malema (and others) speak of “our people”, who are they referring to if not everyone who was born or now resides permanently in South Africa? Surely, there cannot be laws that only apply to one sector of the community?

WE KNOW many people don’t like to be reminded that they are getting older, but there are others who maintain getting on in years is just about a number, as they feel just the same in their hearts. Anyway, here’s to wishing everyone celebrating a special day in the week ahead a wonderful birthday and best wishes for many more, especially to Colleen Shaw, Ginger Naude, Ray Hicks, Erica Janse van Rensburg, Norman Levine, Sue Simpkins, Ronin
Beetge, Pieter Pretorius, Hazel Whitham, Glenn McCreath, Taylor Thorp, Tony Border,  Andrew Marshall, Dries Meyer, Wally Vandermeulen, Jacoba Maritz, Lauren Brunette, Warren Currie, Grant Marais, Paul Crous, Jed Thurgood, Graham Webber, Steve Lambert, Timothy Riddin, Monty Colville-Reeves, Lindsay van der Schyff, Mercia van der Westhuizen,
Rowena Collin, Trish Reed, Meryl Bodill, Anne Foonk, Syanthanda Rungqu, Clifford Samuel, Zel-René Jacobs, Tristan Clayton, Merin Eaton, Caitlyn Japp, Kyle Henning, Natasha Kenny, Cecile Oosthuizen, Thulani Makinza, Cecile Nelson.

CONTINUED good luck and success to all businesses celebrating another year in trade. All the best to C’e st la Vie (Stewart Road), PA Vet Clinic (Gluckman Road), and Home Essentials (Rosehill Mall).

THE price of Brent Crude has not really moved over the last few weeks and pundits are speculating on another large increase in the fuel price in the next few weeks. That, of course, will have a very detrimental effect on the prices of all goods as the cost of production of products will increase along with the cost of transporting them. Yet, how much tighter can we draw our belts? At the time of going to press (and with last year’s figures in brackets to compare against), the rand was trading at R12.41/$ (R14.48), R17.30/£ (R20.97) and R15.13/ß (R16.31). Commodities such as gold were trading at $1324 per ounce ($1 223.80) and platinum at $923.10 per ounce ($1 015.50). Brent Crude is trading at $73.86 per barrel ($44.37).

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 and Charlton Hilpert.

OUR sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Syd Alder who passed away at Settlers Park on April 21. A memorial service will be held at the Full Gospel Church in Port Alfred on Thursday May 3 at 11am.

ON a personal note, my sympathy to Trish as well as the friends and family of Arnold Rudolph. It came as a shock that Arnold had passed. Goodbye, my friend, you will be missed.

HERE’S to many more terrific years together and our heartiest congratulations to everyone celebrating a wedding anniversary, especially to Clinton and Lize-Marie Millard, Kudu and Beryl Pancoust, Dennis and Sue Chandler, Gert and Jean van der Merwe, Matthew and Antoinette Buchholz, Jannie and Elsabe Badenhorst, John and Diana Lardner-Burke, Des  and Tosca Spenceley.

THOUGHT for the week: “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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