FOLLOWING a rather exciting two weekends in a row with lots for residents and visitors to do, this weekend is a little lacking in entertainment. But leading up to the weekend is a busy Thursday. It starts with the Lower Albany Historical Society celebrating its 60th anniversary on Thursday. The meeting will display photographs of historical events in and around the area, followed by a luncheon. Then, on Thursday evening, there is the much-anticipated Talk of the Town/Stenden South Africa Quiz Night at MyPond Hotel in aid of the Port Alfred Soup Kitchen. Lots of prizes make this quiz one of the favourites among the “quizzer set”, and quizmaster Jon Houzet will stretch your knowledge of things such as music, famous faces, geography, tennis and general knowledge. This quiz is one not to be missed. Also on Thursday evening, comedian and radio/TV personality, Roland Gaspar, is back in town to deliver a barrel of laughs at Harry B’s on the Kowie. On a personal note, Gaspar was the man who first got me (Rob) up on the stage, so you can blame him. And finally, there’s a mini belly-dancing workshop by Twan Venter at the Volo Bar in Kenton-on-Sea. This free workshop should get your belly moving to the rhythm in no time at all.
ON Friday there’s a hockey umpiring course at the Port Alfred High School hall, and you can book online to take part. And then on Saturday it’s the Port Alfred Floral Art Group AGM at the Don Powis Hall in Settlers Park.
THE festive season is fast approaching and Ndlambe Municipality held a meeting on Monday at the Port Alfred Civic Centre to discuss the issues pertaining to the beaches, traffic control and crime prevention. Why is it then, when a meeting is called, hardly anyone wants to attend, but when the season is over, everyone seems to have an opinion about what “should” have happened? This is an appeal to all: the Christmas and New Year period has seen so many deaths from drownings and injuries caused by alcohol-related accidents and broken bottles on our beaches that it is surely time for us to take a stand. But adding extra clean-up teams, or checking for drunken drivers are just attempts to cure the symptoms and do not address the cause. We must impose a complete ban on alcohol on our beaches; no glass must be brought onto the beach and parents must make certain their children are not left alone to play in the surf, even if they are with friends and seem perfectly safe. The riptide around the river mouth at West Beach is treacherous and has been the cause of many deaths. This is not a black and white issue as many would like to advocate, it is a simple reality. No one is attempting to stop anyone from having fun. Booze on the beach inevitably means someone is going to get injured or maybe even die. It happens every year. There will be more meetings and surely it is your duty as a resident to take a stand and say no to booze and glass bottles on the beach.
HAPPY birthday greetings to everyone who is another year older in the week ahead. Congratulations to all, especially Jenna Rowe, Tracy Lloyd, Campbell Westcott, Marion Bartlett, Hester Vorster, Neil de Villiers, Roger Coates, Thelma de Waal, Brian Hayward, George Morgan, Ian Macpherson, Dale Waters, Shirley Evans, Raymond Kelbrick, Mary-Anne Goddard, Marge Timm, Beryl van Wyk, Jurie Swart, Thanduxolo Jika, Gary Human, Tracy Hancock, Sute Sülter, Connor Thorp, Amy Bennett, Carole Hill, Nancy Meyer, Gillis de Korte, Karen Kew, Sipho Tandani, Peter Colywas, Chandra Knowles, Eunice van Rooyen, Lezle Broodryk, Sid Penney, Teago Pone, Tanya Adams, Amanda Pretorius, Connor Halforty, Rhonda Swanepoel, Rob Gimbel, Jennifer Fullarton, Gail Kember, Patrick Cull, Lionel Nel, Sinesipho Siyolo, Darian Dove.
WELL done, congrats and further success for the future to the following businesses who are having an anniversary, especially Spinning Reel Family Beach Cottages, Chalets and B&B on their 55th anniversary.
OH dear. This week we have discovered just how fiscally unstable it is to be lumped in with other developing nations, with the rand taking a massive nose-dive apparently due to increased pressure on the Turkish lira because of an issue with the US that has absolutely nothing to do with SA. And while this is good news for people drawing pensions from overseas investments, that is only applicable to a small number of South Africans. Most of us have to live with the consequences which include higher import costs, a big increase on transport costs and therefore the prices of products on the shop shelves. The increase in VAT has also had some serious repercussions. The price of gold and platinum dropped drastically. Yet the markets recovered slightly on Tuesday and Wednesday, but not by enough to stop us feeling the impact. With last year’s figures in brackets to refer to, the rand was trading at R14.27/$ (R13.25), R18.14/£ (R17.06) and R16.17/ß (R15.51). Gold is trading at $1,187.65 ($1,270.77), Platinum at $804.65 ($974.05) and Brent crude oil at $72.30 per barrel ($51.06)
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 sympathy and special thoughts to the family and friends of Chris Swanepoel who passed away on August 6, especially his wife, Michelle, and son, Kian. May wonderful memories of time spent together bring comfort to you in your sadness.
SINCERE condolences and very special thoughts to the family and dear friends of Boet Matthews who passed away on August 14. May you feel the warm embrace of loving memories and hear happy echoes of the good times you all shared together.
OUR sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Douglas Olivier who passed away on August 8, especially his wife, Debbie. May the wonderful memories left behind sustain you at this very difficult time.
WEDDING anniversary congratulations to all couples enjoying this wonderful occasion, especially Rob and Lydia Gimbel.
THOUGHT for the week: “One must marry one’s feelings to one’s beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one’s life.”
BEST regards as always,