Neighbourly Notes – 25 October 2018

THE TALL AND THE SHORT OF IT: Port Alfred High School headmaster Clive Pearson announced the head prefects for 2019 at the recently held senior school prize giving event. They are, from left, deputy head boy Mhlangovuyo Beja, head girl Lynn Baatjies, head boy Joel Austin and deputy head girl Asisipho Dingile

THIS weekend is a little busier than it has been recently, so there’s a lot more to consider attending. Let’s start with the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) AGM at the Wimpy restaurant this evening (Thursday). It starts at 6pm and all are welcome. Saturday, however, is a little more active with the St James Catholic Church bazaar from 9am, and a Prayer service for the country at 12 noon at Port Alfred Baptist Church. The Rhodes University Jazz Band will be hosting their end-of-year concert at The Lowlander in Makhanda at 7pm, and Two’s Company will be performing at Tash’s Craft Bar starting at 7.30pm. But, perhaps the biggest event on Saturday is the Duck Pond clean-up where you are invited to join Talk of the Town in helping to clean up the Duck pond in the CBD. Ladies, gents, boys and girls, this is our town and, no matter whose job it is supposed to be, we need to take care of our town. We need visitors to generate more income for our town, and the more attractive we can make it the more visitors we will get. Conversely, if we leave the town to degenerate into wrack and ruin there will be no visitors, no economy and no jobs. So join Talk of the Town for the clean-up and do your bit to help clean-up our town.

INCIDENTS of crime seem to have escalated over the past few weeks, and residents and visitors are reminded that they should be aware of how to lessen the chances of being robbed by following some simple and even obvious rules. Do not walk alone through the CBD or in isolated places at night. Be attentive to your surroundings. Lock doors and windows of your place of residence and if there is an emergency alarm system, activate it even at night when you are in the house sleeping. Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle wherever you park it. You can probably think of a lot more obvious ways to prevent crime so, just be vigilant and aware that criminals are at large. Do not make it attractive for them to steal or rob from you.

PORT Alfred’s only gun shop was robbed last week Thursday in a manner that implies there was inadequate security at the premises. Our page 2 story is a brief description of the incident as provided by SAPS spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender. However, on further enquiry it appears that the directorate of priority crime investigation (DPCI), more typically referred to as The Hawks, is now on the case. Therefore it appears that this is a priority crime yet, as far as we are aware, no arrests have yet been made and the weapons stolen (including handguns, shotguns, rifles and ammunition) have not yet been recovered. Let’s hope that none of these weapons end up killing or injuring anyone here.

IT has to be said, but the sheer arrogance of some of the civil servants and government officials, as well as the business people they dealt with, have shown nothing but complete contempt at the state capture inquiry. They refuse to answer questions put to them and earnestly believe that South Africans are so brow-beaten that we will just accept this type of behaviour from people whose salaries we pay. The VBS scandal has brought an entirely new angle to the matter of state capture and corruption, where municipalities unlawfully invested in a mutual bank, VBS, and now expect us to ignore the fact that billions have been stolen and that some people, particularly pensioners, now have no savings left for their retirement. But inquiries cost the taxpayer (you and me) a lot of money, so we need to move these along as quickly as possible and get the fraudsters out of their positions. But first, they need to pay back the money.

THE trial of Nigerian Pastor Timothy Omotoso (he’s the clown-like character with the frilly shirt sitting in the dock) continues, and the defence’s efforts to have the judge recuse himself on the grounds of bias toward the witnesses failed. Let’s get this one out of the way as quickly as possible. If Omotoso is guilty this is not just a crime against the girls but against God in whose name the pastor worked enslaving and raping girls, some who were just entering puberty. To the authorities; stop wasting our money and get it over with.

HAPPY birthday greetings to everyone celebrating and enjoying a special day in the week ahead. Congratulations to all with wishes for many more, especially Dr Glenda Hicks, twin brothers Jacques and Billy Krige, Rob Chris Hammond, Patricia Maqanda, Graham Frost, Kadekile Nosilda, Kyle Menin, Jeremy Briscoe, Heine Aylward, Gail Elliott, John Elliott, Chadley Alexandre, Rebecca Simes, Claudine Riddle, Alma Surmon, Val van der Bergh, Clinton Schultz, Benita Gibb, Janine van der Merwe, Maude Cannon, Andre Mahne, Patrick Moran, Merwyn Jones.

BEST wishes for your continued success to all businesses or organisations having or adding another anniversary to their score, especially The Kowie Museum, Pig ‘n Whistle (when they reopened in 2008), Sew Smart, Wharf Street Brew Pub.

BY the time you read this Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, will have announced his medium-term budget policy statement which will be in the public domain. Let’s hope that his strategy, together with that of President Cyril Ramaposha, is enough to give the economy what it needs to be able to create jobs and assist people out of poverty. Fat-cat salaries have to be lowered (and yes, I even mean councillors who earn R25k and upwards plus allowances in a job that was previously a voluntary position), and the obscene pay-outs awarded to people to get them out of office (For example, at Eskom and the other state-owned enterprise, along with other business leaders). This must stop. In fact, having calculated how much these people have stolen from our fiscus, they should be made to pay it all back or go to jail for a very long time so they have no way to enjoy the fruits of their nefarious activities. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was trading at R14.18$ (R13.91), R18.29£ (R18.40) and R16.14 to the Euro (R16.42). Gold was trading at $1,230.39 per fine ounce ($1 274.99), Platinum at $836.30 per ounce ($925.50) and Brent Crude Oil at $75.87 per barrel ($58.54).

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, Jenny Groenewald, Rowena Collin, Marian Eaton.

WEDDING anniversary greetings and our congratulations to all couples celebrating an anniversary, especially Dave and Ann Tyrrell, Greg and Elzette Reed, Rico and Belinda Viljoen, Christo and Deirdre Muller, Emil and Wilma Jurgenson, Trevor and Sue Langley, Colin and Joan Purdon.

THOUGHT for the week: “Many good minds working together are always better than one working alone – teamwork certainly makes the dream work!”

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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