Neighbourly Notes – 4 October 2018

WE LOVE OUR GRANDPARENTS: The children at Happy Hours celebrated with their grandparents last Friday and put on a short show with lots of songs reflecting how much they love them. Picture: ROB KNOWLES

ON Tuesday, Talk of the Town celebrated 22 years of bringing the people of Ndlambe and Makana the latest local news, views and happenings in the area. Talk of the Town would like to say a big thank you to all our readers, advertisers and friends for all your support over the last 22 years. Without you, none of this would be possible. Let’s look forward to the next 22 years and beyond.

DO you have a pet? Then this afternoon you should be at the St Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Alfred for the St Francis of Assisi “Blessing of the Animals”. At last year’s event it was really good to see so many dogs (and a few cats and even birds in cages) with their owners being blessed. No barking, fighting or fussing, all the animals appeared calm and collected as they accepted the blessing, and then home in time for supper.

THE Midlife Chronicles, a comic cabaret, is on at the Little Theatre on the Wharf on Friday evening, so lots of laughs there to end your working week. If you miss the Friday evening show, catch the Saturday matinee performance. Then there’s the Christian Men’s Association breakfast on Saturday morning at Tash’s Craft Bar to set you up for the weekend. And the Albany Homegrower’s Market at the Pig and Whistle also on Saturday, will include Oktoberfest, not to be missed. And, later on Saturday, why not get to Kariega Beach in Kenton-on-Sea for the Life’s A Beach Party?

ON to sporting events, and the big race, the Buco Kowie Striders 27km and 10km races are on this Saturday. This is one of the area’s most popular races and brings in athletic talent for around the province. And its popularity is growing. Good luck to all the runners.

IT has to be said, but our economy is not looking good at this stage. Although President Cyril Ramaphosa has done a lot of work to drum up support and encourage greater investment in the country, the stench of corruption lingers over many of the politicians from previous eras, hampering his efforts. While politicians who have made some serious errors in judgement and in exercising their authority still remain in office the ruling party will be tarred with the same brush by potential investors. It’s time for a clean sweep and, if the ANC wishes to retain its seats in the upcoming national elections, due to take place in the first half of next year, it needs to act quickly and decisively. The poorest members of our community cannot sustain themselves in a milieu of unemployment, ever escalating prices of basic foodstuffs and crime. The ruling party needs to give people something to look forward to, a brighter future, not staring into a black hole that is consistently drawing them into abject poverty.

HAPPY birthday greetings and congratulations to everyone celebrating special days in the week ahead, especially Fanele Siyolo, Ingrid Griffiths, Di Cockcroft, Zoë Wille, Ava Beukes, Basil Solz, Penny Maddocks, Calla van Heerden, Barry Griggs, Joan Strachan, Andy Swanepoel, Norma Mysell, Grant Mouton, Bronwyn Murray, Tanja Jacobs, Andrea Kemsley, Chris Avis, Elmien Kew, Eric Garner, Hennie Marais, Lauren Snyman, Lynette Shelton, Jocelyn Kirkup, Monique Hunke, Hallé Hilpert, Nick Sousalis, Dianne Loots, Eric Evezard, Wally Hill, Linda Schlemmer, Franco Klopper, Jonty Alexandre, Gordon Naysmith, James Mpolongwana, Carla Gailey, Louw Potgieter, Lauren Teixeira, Lucinda de Vos, Margie van Lier, Hennie de Bruin, Kerryn van der Walt, Dot Thorburn, Kristy Henderson, Karen Lee, Alf Steck, Lizelle Rielly, Liz Briggs, Nick Howard, Brenda Shelton, Yvonne McDonald, Darrren Coetzee and Fanele Siyolo.

CONGRATULATIONS to all businesses and organisations celebrating another anniversary and good wishes for further success to GBS Mutual Bank (on 141 years), Tectronic, Happy Hours Pre-primary, Top Carpets and Floors (Grahamstown), Postnet, Cosi Home and RD Patternmakers, West Side Assemblies Church and Coastal Car Care.

IT is going to be dark days ahead as the Rand struggles against international currencies and the price of Brent Crude escalates. The latest astronomical increase in the petrol price of R1, as from midnight on Tuesday, will do nothing to alleviate the struggles of those on government grants or the unemployed. At the time of going to press, the Rand was trading at R14.37 to the Dollar (R13.59), R18.68 to the Pound (R18.05) and R16.62 to the Euro (R16.00). Gold was trading at $1,202.47 ($1,277.44), Platinum at $820.55 ($915.85) and Brent Crude Oil at $84.96 ($55.77).

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 and Rowena Collin.

OUR sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Grahame Poole who passed away on September 25, especially his wife Sally and children David and Cathy.

HAPPY wedding anniversary wishes for many more years ahead of continued happiness, especially to Adrian and Cathleen Anderson, Des and Liz Cooper, Terry and Sonia Blenkinsop, Jim and Pauline Reynolds, Hans and Jo-Anne Fourie, Dave and Delene Hawkins, Luke and Cindy Charter, Brett and Ingrid Newcombe, Dries and Annatjie Liebenberg, Wayne and Lizelle Rielly, Hans and Jo-Anne Fourie, Rob and Dianna Owsley, Gilbert and Marlene Coetzee, Owen and Colleen Moore.

THOUGHT for the week: “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something and it’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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