Neighbourly Notes – 18 October 2018

SPECIAL MOMENT: Port Alfred High School grade 12 pupil Britney Hawkins received a certificate for achievement for Afrikaans additional language, and merit certificates for business studies, English home language and life orientation, along with the Hotel Victoria Cup for drama from her mom, Delene Hawkins at the Port Alfred High School annual prize giving, held at the school hall on Tuesday evening. Picture: ROB KNOWLES

LIKE last weekend, this weekend is another quiet one. It’s like the calm before the Christmas storm. Nevertheless there are some interesting things for you to do on Saturday including the Sunshine Coast Hospice Fun Run, a 5km run around the town that starts from the Port Alfred Girl Guide Hall to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. If you are a runner, jogger or walker (a person who walks, not one of the zombies from The Walking Dead), then you should be there to support this important fundraiser. By the way, in a recent news report on news they asked men if they were aware that men can also develop breast cancer. Almost all said they did not and that they had never checked themselves. Well, now is the time as, caught early enough breast cancer is curable. Also on Saturday missionary a descendant of settler William Pike, will be speaking at his ancestral church, the Clumber Church. Also, for those in the area, don’t forget the Nanaga Festival, a fundraiser for the Nanaga Primary School.

ON Tuesday evening, Port Alfred High School held its annual prize-giving ceremony, an occasion when the staff process into the school hall to fanfare and in full academic attire and take their seats at the front row to watch as their pupils are awarded with certificates and trophies for academic and athletic achievements during the year. It is a grand affair and academic head Eleanor Taai did a fantastic job – probably the most difficult of the evening – reading a brief precis on each pupil’s triumphs. The next most difficult job was that performed by Delene Hawkins, who has been instrumental in promoting many of the school’s activities and in donating and raising funds for the school, as she was responsible for handing out the certificates and trophies. The picture on the left was a poignant moment when Delene presented her daughter, Britney, with awards, the audience making an audible sigh as mom and daughter shook hands and exchanged a hug and a kiss. The school Glee Club entertained with two songs and it was clear that many of those pupils might consider a musical career when they leave school. Well done to all those pupils who received awards and a word of encouragement to those who did not; the best that can be expected of you is that you always do your best. Whether you come top or bottom of the class, it is the effort you put in that really counts. Of course, it is nice to be recognised, but a person who does little studying but comes first in a test cannot be worth more than someone who has worked hard but not reached the top. When you leave school, you will be judged on your work ethic more than the number of certificates and degrees.

CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone having a special day in the week ahead. We wish you all a wonderful day and a super carefree year ahead, especially to Alfred Scheepers, Arthur Manning, Andrew Warren, Shaun Elms, David Drennan, Mick Tuck, Dean Samuel, Michael Dewsnap, Jimmy Hyde, Gerald Spilkin, June Wheelwright, Irma Venter, Jean Steyn, Derrick Page, Shannon Hopkins, Johanna van der Merwe, Eddie Hoseck, Bea Klopper, Ria van der Merwe, Blake Squires, Sandy von Memerty, Diane Malan, Jessica Pullen, Hermann Heim, Reginald Prince, Lionel Farao, Maryna Shepherd, Anneli Hanstein, Jan Simpson, Talia Ohayon, Belinda Prince, Ivo Chunnett, Jeanette Msipa, Peter Sulter, Percy Elliott, Erica Alexandre, Alan McLean, Wesley Grove, Helen Cowie, Ewa Mogilnicka, Tracy Wilmot, Terri Kruger, Lorraine Samuel, Clinton “Stoffe l ” Schultz, Claire Purdon, Arlene Young, Rory Gailey, Wendy Vivier, Erica McNulty and Jenny Potter.

BEST wishes and continued success to businesses celebrating an anniversary soon. Pig ‘n Whistle, The Crazy Store, The Hospice Shop, Guido’s Port Alfred and Bedford Garden Festival.

IT is almost certain that fuel process will once again increase at the end of this month, and the government is not in a position to subsidise fuel increases again. The only way to do this is to increase other taxes, and no one wants to see a further increase in VAT, the fuel levy or the road accident fund levy. So, it looks like 40c per litre on petrol and an even bigger increase in the price of diesel. That means that those transporting goods (by truck using diesel) will need to recover costs, and that will result in increased cost of the items on the supermarket shelves. You just want to shout, “Enough”, but there seems no one to shout it at. While the looting of state – owned enterprises and other businesses, such as VBS Bank, continues, we will never inspire confidence in our currency or our country. Although Moody’s did not recently downgrade our currency further, at the moment the only knock at our door comes from our friends in China. Maybe another good business to get into is teaching Mandarin?

WITH last year’s financial figures in brackets to compare against this year’s trading figures, at the time of going to press the Rand was trading at R14.24/$ (R13.49), R18.67/£ (R17.76) and R16.42/ß (R15.84). Commodities hovered just above what they had been lst week, but still too high for the SA market with Gold trading at at $1,2227.07 per fine ounce ($1,280.17), Platinum at $844 per ounce ($947.70) but Brent Crude Oil, although still above the $80 mark, has dropped from last week’s high to $80.94 per barrel ($57.88).

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, Rowena Collin, Marian Eaton.

OUR condolences to the family and friends of Norman Whitfield who passed away on October 6. May your children Belinda and Raymond, Roger and Monique and Cheryl, Colin, Rene and their children and grandchildren find peace with your passing.

MAY happiness and contentment continue to be in your lives for many more great years ahead to all couples celebrating another wedding anniversary. Good wishes and congratulations especially to Popeye and Jean Steyn, Colin and Joan Purdon, Ryan and Sonai Owsley, David and Margaret Foulkes, Emil and Wilma Jurgensen, Cyril and June Wheelwright, Basil and Agnes Ormald, Graeme and Liesl Brown.

THOUGHT for the week: “It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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