Neighbourly Notes – 13 September 2018

CLOSE RESEMBLANCE: Jonathan and Robyn Hamp-Adams, son-in-law and daughter to Port Alfred residents Graham and Merrilee Strachan, thought they had got the chance to meet former US president Barack Obama at a business convention in Chicago, Illinois recently, but it was just an impersonator. They grabbed a photo opportunity though, to boast to their friends and family.

DID you play in the snow? Scores of locals travelled to snow-covered areas last weekend to experience the phenomenon. We posted some awesome pictures on Facebook, the most unusual probably being elephants and giraffes in the snow at the Asantesana game reserve, Sneeuberg in the Eastern Cape. What do you think the animals thought of it?

GREETINGS and birthday wishes to everyone enjoying another special day in the week ahead, especially Corrie Groenewald, Tony Versfeld, Anne McCreath, Nigel Difford, Val Thorncroft, Robyn Cock, Karen White, Robyn Solwandle, Jenna Pretorius, John Mobbs, Selby Tarr, Jamie Kleinhans, Jenna Rowe, Dillan Dugard, Mandie Cirhakazi Mangesi, Carole Hill, Nancy Meyer, Jacobus Nel, Kathleen Sansom, Amy Bennett, Su Reed, Gillis de Korte, Doris Emslie, Carl Haller, Isobel Meyer, Jan Pearson, Alec Clark, Dennis Crowther, Noni Wilkinson, Nomawethu Seti, Sonelle Muller, Nolonwabo Mani, Denise Rutgers, Van Faca, Dianne Menin and El-sje Willis.

SPECIAL birthday wishes to Dean Charter and congrats on your big 3-0 on the 16th!

BUSINESS anniversary congratulations and may success continue to grace your doors, is the wish we send to all businesses and organisations celebrating, including Kowie Key, Pick n Pay Liquors, DA office and Diaz Cross Bird Club.

WHAT did you think of Serena Williams’s behaviour during the US Open tennis tournament final against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday. Williams was fined $17,000 (R255,731) and docked a point and a game for three code violations during the match, including smashing a racquet and verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos. Billie Jean King, former world No 1 and founder of the Women’s Tennis Assocation in the 1970s, said on Tuesday all sides shared blame, saying Williams was “out of line” but that Ramos could have prevented the controversy with more leniency and clearer communication. On our own Facebook group, Williams received more condemnation than defence.

WITH last year’s figures in brackets for comparison, the rand was trading at R15.07 to the dollar (R13.12), R19.64 to the pound (R17.41) and R17.48 to the euro (R15.72). Gold trading at $1201.60 ($1 333.17), Platinum at $790.00 ($988.80) and Brent Crude at $68.89 per barrel ($54.28).

A TOTAL of 62 farm murders were reported in the past financial year in SA‚ according to the latest crime statistics released in parliament on Tuesday. The dead included farm owners and workers. Police said they had recorded 33 farm robberies‚ six incidents of attempted murder and two incidents of rape. A total of 11 incidents were reported on Gauteng farms‚ including a dozen murders. The North West province recorded the second-highest number of at tacks‚ resulting in nine deaths. Mpumalanga had the third-highest number of reported farm attacks‚ including eight deaths in eight attacks. Encouraging to read that the Eastern Cape and Western Cape ranked much lower. Each province recorded three farm attacks. Six people were killed in the two provinces.

WELL done to Port Alfred parkrun who have already held 40 events. Port Alfred parkrun started on December 9 last year. Since then 1,654 participants have completed 6,973 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,865km, including 1,690 new personal bests. Last week was wet and rainy, but did not deter runners or volunteers who had to start at the Girl Guide Hall due to the wet conditions. Participants braved the weather and 50 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Volunteers make this all possible. If you would like to volunteer your services and help on a Saturday morning, contact Martin Neethling on Facebook. Well done to all volunteers and runners for growing the event.

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are unwell, 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.

DEEPEST sympathy and special thoughts to Yvonne (wife), and the family and friends of Bruce Yendall who passed away on September 9. May cherished memories of all the happy times spent together comfort all the family during your bereavement.

WEDDING anniversary greetings and congratulations with wishes for many more wonderful times ahead to Mark and Tracy Deenik, Ian and Erna McPherson, Chris and Janice Housten, Andrew and Tonia Walker, Erica and Chris Alexandre.

TALK of the Town staff have been busy organising the Heritage Festival on September 22. Never in our wildest dreams did we realise just how much work goes into organising a festival like this. Businesses have been fantastic and have sponsored fabulous prizes, as have been certain private individuals. The potjie competition is gaining momentum, with more than a dozen entries – from pens ‘n pootjies, afval, biltong to Malay curry, beef and dumplings and more – so don’t miss out, as visitors will have the opportunity to buy a plate of food from our potjiekos entrants and the variety is sure to please discerning palates. We have more than 40 amazing stalls – from specialised coffee, clothing, educational toys, succulents, food stalls, Italian ice cream, preserves, curry and rice, caramel delights, kudu burgers, book-folding art, doggie bazaar, books, greeting cards, 3D-printed items and so much more. There will be a bar at the clubhouse with specialised drinks, a gin bar, wine slushy bar and a general bar run by Round Table 177. The chilly challenge is drawing quite a bit of interest, where you can prove just how “hot ” you are when you sink your teeth into one of Tash’s chilli pizzas. Tash Kenny has gone all out on this one and has sourced a variety of the hottest chilies available, so it should be interesting. Moms are madly manufacturing costumes for their children to enter the Superheroes competition in the afternoon – the judges are all superhero fanatics too. Costumes will be judged on creativity and confidence. Entries for the beauty pageants for the littlegirls will be judged on the same criteria. PAHS will be running a kids’ zone with exciting games, rides and competitions to keep the little ones busy. There will be entertainment throughout the day. Our local artists and entertainers have come forward to showcase our town’s talent. Health and safety will be paramount, with Multi-Security and Atlas Security hosting stands and manning the first-aid and ambulance service. They will also perform demonstrations throughout the day. Unfortunately, the Freemasons cancelled their tug of war due to lack of entries – only five teams had entered, so not worthy of a championship. There will be an auction around lunchtime where art works and various prizes sponsored by various businesses in town will be put on offer, so don’t miss out. Should you still wish to enter a competition, book a stall or donate a prize, please contact Anneli on 046-624-4356 or hansteina@tisoblackstar.co.za. We hope this festival will bring together the people of the Sunshine Coast for a day of family fun, while raising much-needed funds for our beneficiaries: Hospice, Retreat-2-Eden and the Port Alfred High School.

THOUGHT for the week: “Success is peace of mind, a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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