Neighbourly Notes – 20 September 2018

WINNING FOR RHINOS: It was a brilliant day for running on Sunday when almost 1,000 people, young and old, boys and girls, arrived in Kenton to take part in the 2018 Rhino Run, an event aimed to raise money to support the plight of the rhino in SA. The winners of the 12km race stopped after the race for a quick photograph. From left are Stegman van Zyl, who took second place, Sizakele Dayimani, who won first place, and Vuyisani Nobi, who came in third. Picture: ROB KNOWLES

WE wish all our readers a very happy Heritage Day for Monday.

WELL, if you don’t know already, it’s the Talk of the Town Heritage Festival this Saturday and it is going to be amazing. So much to see and do, as already amply described elsewhere in this edition. Heritage Day is a time to celebrate our diversity, black, white, coloured and Asian people all getting to know “how the other half lives”. Our strength as a nation is because of diversity and our various cultures that should complement rather than divide us. It is a day for us to come together and learn from each other. At the Port Alfred High School sports fields there will be so many stalls that you could spend the entire day just browsing, but there is far more to see and do at the festival than shopping. From tug-o-war to potjekos and from a free fitness workout to a super heroes competition and so much more. Don’t miss this event which continues into the evening with some great entertainment.

WHO is taking Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Mongameli Bobani, to task for his totally racist statement about 100% of municipal funds to be reserved for black people only? Why is there no outrage from other political parties? Why has no one contacted the Human Rights Commission? Is this now acceptable behaviour? The municipality is responsible for all its citizens, not just one race group or the people who voted for it (the absolute minimum actually voted for Bobani or his party). Come on, let’s not allow ignorance to govern us, take a stand.

WHAT does the decriminalisation of the use of cannabis, as announced by the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, actually mean to South Africans? While pictures and videos of people clouding the skies with smoke filled our TV screens, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook pages, this is not a call for everyone to start smoking weed. In fact, according to the ruling, cannabis can be used by adults in private places (not on the streets, in the office or in public). Widely regarded as a gateway drug (although research disputes this, pointing out that alcohol consumption is more typically the gateway to harder drugs) it is not the intention of the Con Court ruling to encourage the use of cannabis, just to allow adults to use it if they want to in privacy. Let’s get real; if you don’t want to use marijuana then this ruling should make no difference to you. It always makes me laugh when someone in a pub with a brandy and coke in one hand and a cigarette in the other makes silly statements about their opposition to taking drugs. If you want to spark a spliff at home, go right ahead, it is now your right (or, it will be when the laws are rewritten). Smokers are typically non-violent (they’re often too goofed to clench a fist) and just want to enjoy the experience. Let’s not be haters, but rather embrace our freedoms.

CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone having a special day in the week ahead, especially to Glenda Jakins, Norman Whale, Van West, Dawn McQuillian, Sven Herselman, Alan Gunn, Di Menin, Leon Erasmus, Liezl van Zyl, Warren Bowdler, Rob le Roux, Sandra Wiblin, Aidan Sparrow, Ryan Axe, Tippin Crisp, Michael Armstrong, June Tapson, David Foulkes, Hendrik Smit, Priscilla Mike, Judie van Wyk, Jenny Dalgety, Judy Boland, Robert Atkinson, Douglas Meyer, David Painting, Tony Brown, Winston Bagley, Gavin Came, Isobel Meyer, Jack Elliott, Shirley Waters, Leonie Scheepers, Jane Bladen, Elene Daubermann, Jarred Moss, Robin Hyde, Bruce Frederichs, Christo Paul, Lucille Louw, John Haywood, Noeline le Roex, Pat Fischer.

VERY special milestone birthday greetings to someone who is extremely precious to her family and friends, Tisha Marshall, on her 100th birthday. We hope you have a super day.

THERE are many businesses and organisations celebrating an anniversary at this time of the year. Congratulations to all and we wish everyone the very best for the future, especially The Kowie Striders Club, Kowie Key, Re/Max Kowie, Coastal Blue Star, IPC (Bathurst) and Marko Polo.

TRADE wars between America and well, let’s face it, almost everyone, are causing pandemonium in the financial marketplace and are leading to the devaluation of currencies, specifically for developing nations like SA. SA’s own internal battles with state capture, as well as the current instability of our political parties, the escalating crude oil price, the threat of more load-shedding due to the incompetent management of our state-owned enterprises is pushing us further and further into recession. This means this summer might be one of the most difficult for consumers and, with next year’s elections almost upon us, it is time for all to seriously consider which political party should be given a mandate to govern. With last year’s in brackets to compare against, the Rand was trading at R14.66 to the Dollar (R13.26), R19.32 to the Pound (R17.95) and R17.13 to the Euro (R15.92). Gold was trading at $1,203.40 per fine ounce ($1,344.47), Platinum at $804.00 per ounce ($945.45) and Brent Crude Oil at $78.95 per barrel ($55.17).

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 the family and friends of Wayne Bushell who passed away on September 14. We also keep his colleagues from Sothebys in our thoughts. A memorial service will be held on Friday September 21 at OD Inggs, 73 Beaufort Street, Grahamstown at 10am. May cherished memories of all the happy times spent together comfort all the family during their bereavement.

WEDDING anniversary greetings to everyone celebrating another year and may joy and contentment continue to be yours, especially to the following couples, Craig and Penny Robertson, Christopher and Jill Japp, Godfrey and Kathy Elms, Sean and Jackie Elms, Ian and Haruyki Currie, Christy and Robey Pretorius, John and Janet Basson, Wim and Wilma Slieker.

IF, like me, you had a shock when the Springboks felled the mighty All Blacks last Saturday, then you can only hope the two remaining matches against Australia (next weekend) and the All Blacks (the weekend after) will be equally fruitful and see us winning the Rugby Championship. What’s wrong with dreaming?

THOUGHT for the week: “We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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