LET’S begin the weekend with some spiritual inspiration on Saturday morning provided by Piers Steenekamp, who committed his life to God while playing in a rock band. Steenekamp will be speaking at the CMA breakfast at Tash’s Craft Bar at 7.30am. Then there’s bargains galore to be had at the Settlers Park Craft Market that opens at 8.30am. On Saturday and Sunday it’s the Bathurst Art Fair, a must for art lovers and a great place to have a meal, a drink and indulge in browsing the collectables on display and even to purchase. And, on Sunday there is another organ recital with Father Noël-Jean Creille at the St Paul’s Anglican Church, at 3pm.
THE Talk of the Town Duck Pond clean-up last Saturday collected about 20 bags of rubbish picked up from the banks and the water by the 25 or so participants who arrived on the day. Most noticeable were the number of sweet wrappers scattered about; hundreds of plastic wrappers from the complimentary mints and toffees available at the restaurants in the area. Many glass bottles were also found there. More disturbing still was the amount of builder’s castoff such as rusted electrical connections and switches, rubble and carpeting. But the worse thing we found (and left to the municipal health department to attend to) was the bowels of a slaughtered beast hidden in the reeds. You can argue that it is someone else’s job to clean the town, and ask why the Extended Public Works Programme workers are not doing their job, but they have proved ineffective. Together we must adopt an attitude seen elsewhere in the world where citizens are good stewards of their environment. If we come across litter, we should pick it up and throw it in a bin.
THE Talk of the Town Senior Santa Shoebox collection aims to make this Christmas a little more special for the many elderly in the area, who might spend this otherwise joyful time alone and without family. Please contribute to this worthy cause with items that the elderly might enjoy. Sweets and other non-perishable food items would be welcome, as would be good-quality used items including clothing. Think about what your granny and granddad would enjoy receiving at this special time of year. Gifts and shoeboxes (or any other suitably-sized box) can be dropped off at Talk of the Town’s offices in Miles Street. We will all get old (if we manage to live that long) and the elderly deserve our consideration at this time of the year.
GREETINGS to everyone enjoying a birthday in the coming week, may the year ahead bring only happy and healthy times for all, especially, Erin Bowker, Laura Guest, Rose Ryan, Gwen Laubsher, Bryant Letley, Kaylene Hilpert, Oliver Skipper, Amorette Oosthuizen, Joy Coster, Jannie Badenhorst, Jason Prince, Nicolene Rieger, Helga Adams, Geraldine Heim, Penny Kavagias, Isabeau Schoombie, Doreen Tee, Mary Hechter, Bryan Smith, Warren Solz, Mary-Ann Gailey, Candice Bradfield, Jurie Grant, Neil Doyle, Yma van Zyl, Jamie Edwards, William Whitham, Janie Butt, husband and wife team – Andy and Darice Nicholas, Chris Louw, Johan Roos, Declan Joubert, Jean McCowen, Gaz Worral and Anne Muir.
BEST wishes and continued success to the following businesses or organisations which are celebrating another milestone, especially Lunch Box (Alexandria), The Workshop (Bathurst), Kowie Crossing Guest House, Debonairs, A1 Pre-Owned Vehicles, PA Floral Art Group and the PA Round Table No 177.
PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa is currently in Germany at the G20 Africa Investment Conference. It is hoped he can woo the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and win even more investment in SA. With the current political in-fighting within the ANC, corruption and mismanagement of state-owned enterprises, the DA, the official opposition, in turmoil and the EFF attempting to backpedal with respect to the Shivambu brothers and VBS, Ramaphosa certainly has his work cut out for him. Stats SA issued the unemployment figures on Tuesday that show that 27.5% of eligible people in the country are out of work (that number is considerably higher if the people who have given up looking for work are included). As we go to press and with last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was trading at R14.69 to the dollar (R14.14), R18.75 to the pound (R18.81) and R16.70 to the euro (R16.45). Gold was trading at $1,223.89 per fine ounce ($1,276.68), Platinum at $842.05 per fine ounce ($925) and Brent Crude Oil at $76.93 per barrel ($61.51).
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 and Brenda Shelton.
OUR heartiest congratulations and very good wishes for the future to everyone celebrating a wedding anniversary in the week ahead, especially Patrick and Jeanine Kenny, Barry and Anne Hartley, David and Lauren Drennan and Athol and Elaine Waters.
SOMEONE has to say it. Well done to the Sharks on your Currie Cup win last weekend. It’s about time.
THOUGHT for the week: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
BEST regards as always,