THIS weekend is packed with entertainment for the whole family. On Saturday, we have the Port Alfred High School derby day at the school grounds where local schools will compete in both team and individual sports. And don’t miss the Old Boys vs Stenden South Africa rugby match that starts at 3pm. A Drive 4 UR School opportunity from Ford will also be at the school grounds, as well as an ’80s Bash at the PAHS hall in the evening. Karate is back at the Fish with the Inaugural Sunshine Coast Karate Open Championships (SCKO) at the Fish River Resort. And, if sport is not your thing, how about award-winning playwright Corinne Willoughby’s one-woman show Two Blue Ticks at the Little Theatre on the Wharf? There is a matinee and evening performance. And, after all the frivolity of Saturday, it might be time to settle down at the Port Alfred Baptist Church for the Port Alfred High School Thanksgiving service on Sunday.
THERE were several vicious attacks on people recently, and the hammer seems to be the weapon of choice for these cowards who attack people in their homes to steal things they did not work for, but feel it is their right to have. Attacking victims with a hammer, particularly the older members of our community, is an act that must not go unpunished. So far police have not made any arrests although two of the attacks in Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred seem suspiciously similar (three attackers, one with a knife and another with a hammer), and could have been perpetrated by the same criminals.
ON to national news, and the SABC, that (former?) mouthpiece of the ANC government, was the first to break the news that, following the ANC’s Lekgotla, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his government was finalising plans to amend the constitution to make it possible to expropriate land without compensation (EWC). The DA and other political parties are claiming foul as the parliamentary committee established to evaluate the question of EWC has not yet completed its task, but the ANC has one eye on the 2019 elections and, after the losses it faced during the last local elections, cannot afford to lose another metro or perhaps even a province. Even Zimbabwe’s incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa has stated that his government’s expropriation exercise was a mistake, so why is the government so gung-ho that they would disregard any findings of the committee it established? This is just a short-term solution to the party’s political problems, both in-house and with the opposition, and it will have to move caut iously if it is not to face the same disaster as our neighbours did.
ON the subject of Zimbabwe, although the results of the presidential election were not available at the time of going to press, there have already been allegations of collusion and corruption at the hands of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission who have been accused of unnecessarily delaying the results of the election.
CONGRATULATIONS to everyone celebrating a birthday in the week ahead and may you all be blessed with lots of good things in the future, especially Glen Henning, Eileen Denis, Peter Thorp, Melinda Frankenfeld, Kerynn Dahl, Ben Timm, Simon du Plessis, Megan Wright, Ivor Phillips, Maureen Truscott, Louise Swanepoel, Andre Laas, Marin Jonhnson, Lyneth Gradwell, Janet Collett, Paul Thorp, Rachel-Ann Strachan, Edith Miskin, Angus McDonald, Adie Wilkins, Cecil Swartz, Biff Todd, Margaret Ganter, Nadia Grimbeek, Tracy Lloyd, Alda Elliott, Burg Naude, Peter Smethurst, Flora Kuhlame, Hazel Hawkin, Anthony Skipper, David McCowen, Kye Macgregor, Jacobus Grove, Taryn Lee, Petro Pretorius, Linda Edwards, Thanduxolo Vaaltein, Tanya Adams and Magda Mugge.
BELATED congratulations to Candice Naude who celebrated her 21st birthday on July 14. Best wishes came from dad Craig, mom Sandra and brother Reece Naude.
BUSINESS anniversary congratulations and continued success for many years to come to Kekkel and Kraai.
THE rand was fairly stable last week, but the ANC’s latest expropriation announcement may see some movement on the financial front. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R13.29/$ (R13.24), R17.43/£ (R17.50) and R15.52/ß (R15.65). Gold was trading at $1,222.46 ($1,266.34) per fine ounce, platinum was $834.90 ($948.10) and Brent Crude Oil at $73.89 per barrel ($51.35).
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, Emilene Bruwer, Jenny Groenewald, Mark Price, Rowena Collin and Chris de Wet Steyn.
OUR sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Neville Errol Woollgar who passed away on July 28, especially his wife, Bev, and children Barry and Sharon, Christine, Malcolm and James and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Rhodes University Chapel of St Mary and All the Angels, Grahamstown, on Friday August 3 at noon. May the wonderful memories left behind sustain you at this very difficult time.
SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of Chris Lloyd who passed away on July 28. May cherished memories of all the happy times spent together comfort all during your bereavement.
WEDDING anniversary greetings and best wishes for many more years to enjoy together to all couples having such an occasion, especially Claude and Susan McLellan, Bev and Bess Radue, Larry and Colleen Elliott, Rhodes and Diana Tremeer, Erica and Neels Snyder, Bevan and Linda Edwards, Dale and Leonie Wepener, Bob and Gay Ford.
GET your rugby vuvuzela out and ready for Saturday’s Super Rugby final between the Lions and the Crusaders in Christchurch, New Zealand. Despite being their third successive final, the Lions are massive underdogs against eight-time winners, the Crusaders. Good luck boys, and bring home the silverware!
THOUGHT for the week: “How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself”.
BEST regards as always,