FOR all those interested in sports shooting, the Port Alfred Sport Shooting Club AGM will be held at Harry B’s tonight, at 5.15 for 6pm. On Friday don’t miss the wellness talk at MyPond Hotel (5.30pm for 6pm) in aid of the Port Alfred Soup Kitchen. In this age of super-fast communication, together with worries over finances, family matters and the like, the talk focuses on how to curb worry. “Think well to stay well” is the clarion call. On Saturday birders will be out in their numbers for the Diaz Cross Bird Club Christmas outing. Also on Saturday (or Sunday, depending on the weather) it is the next stage in the King of the Kowie surfing competition at East Beach. Surfers will gather at 7am (on one of these two days) and the event will begin at 8am. And, on Sunday it’s another organ recital with Father Noël-Jean Creille at the St Paul’s Anglican Church which starts at 3pm.
ON Tuesday the Ndlambe Municipality Fire and Rescue Services team attended a training course on how to use the Jaws of Life, an essential skill for emergency services personnel, and of particular importance during the upcoming festive season when tens of thousands of visitors arrive here by motor vehicle. It showed that there is a lot more to rescuing people from a car wreck than just pulling them free. Some vehicles are overturned in an accident and therefore the entire weight of the engine and gearbox, the chassis and the petrol tank will all be on top of those inside and it is therefore essential that the vehicle is properly supported before any cutting takes place or obstacles are removed – something one might not consider. It is not about taking the patient out of the vehicle but of removing the vehicle from the patient. Dewald de Vos of Kowie Towing Services organised the training and it was conducted by Rescue Services chief supervisor Benny Mike. Well done to the De Vos’s on a great initiative. The story will be in next week’s Talk of the Town.
IT was great to see 38 students, some of whom were owners or managers of some of our hospitality establishments, take part and graduate from Stenden South Africa’s Service Excellence 4-day course on Monday. As executive dean at Stenden Wouter Hensens said, the certificates are not just given away but have to be earned. Fortunately all the students graduated the course. This is a great initiative by Stenden as we need to understand that our service in this area has to be as good as the service our visitors can receive anywhere else in the world they may visit. In the past it might have been acceptable that everything happened a little more slowly here at the coast, but that is no longer the case. Help in getting the staff (and managers) of our hotels, guest houses and all other hospitality businesses to offer excellent service is important or we could well see the number of visitors dwindling.
OKAY, it has to be said, what is going on with Julius Malema? I am not his biggest fan, but his recent rants outside the state capture inquiry have me wondering about who exactly has been captured. He repeatedly spoke (probably “raged” would be a better verb to use) about state-owned enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan, claiming he was an architect and enabler of “white monopoly capital” when he knows that the term was a Gupta phrase originally provided for them by disgraced British public relations company Bell Pottinger. Maybe Malema missed that but, if you are going to accuse someone of being “captured” it’s probably best not to use phrases made up by those who are doing the capturing.
WE send bright thoughts and warmest birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a birthday and hopefully may it be the best ever. Congratulations, especially to Olivia Charter, Jill Bax, Colette Reid, Hilpert twin sisters Michaela and Monique, Lydia Atteridge, Lisa Tarr, Julia Stevens, Ann McCann, Bella Metcalf, Lynette Keeton, Jacquiline du Preez, Gladman Sontsonga, Geofrey Duruwe, Richard Rudman, Barry Allen, Peter Reed, Barbara Carolan, Martin Neethling, Mo Goff, Shalmedine Brooks, Gavin Keeton, Tyrone Dixon, Lindi Garner, Cecilia Paul, Anthony Stevenson, Mikayla Patterson, Denise Beresford, Michelle Rowe, Delene Deenik, Craig Dickie, Francois de Klerk, Carol Mentz, Jacques Tarrant, Benjamin Arnott, Val Kilian, Omica Ngqowana, San Marie Vorster, Bruno Menin, Matthew Evans, Marion McPherson, Lodene Pohl, Danica Steyn, Ilse Wicks, Anita Thompson, Anneli Collyer, Hal Snyman, Bernadine Probart, Liz Gouws, Claude McLellan, Lance Miller, Toni Metcalf, Gareth Turner, Kerry Charter, Sylvia Strydom, Juan Southey, Emma de Jager, Brandon Handley.
CONGRATULATIONS and continued success to the following businesses celebrating another anniversary especially to Mildek Garden Services, Cherrywood Nursery (Kenton-on-Sea), Kekkel en Kraai, Mabini’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant (Kenton-on-Sea), Try Me for Tours, The Corner Gallery (Bathurst), Rosehill Mall opened on November 27 2008.
THE auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu, published his results for the consolidated audit outcomes of national and provincial governments yesterday and, with an increase of 38% in unauthorised expenditure (to R2.1bn), things don’t look so healthy. Ratings agency Standard and Poor is due to release its rating next week and it has warned SA that things are really not looking good for the country. S&P downgraded South Africa to “junk status” last year and reaffirmed this in May this year, but it seems they wish to drop us even lower on the sub-investment listing. President Cyril Ramaphosa is still attempting to rouse international investors by telling them how good an opportunity this country is. Was Ramaphilia just a flash in the pan? With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against the rand was trading at R13.97 to the dollar (R13.93), R17.89 to the pound (R18.44), and R15.94 to the euro (R16.40). Commodities were trading with gold at R1,223.98 per fine ounce ($1,283.16), platinum at R844.85 per ounce ($954.1 0) and Brent crude oil at R63.50 per barrel ($63.26).
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, Mike Hockin, Malcolm Cock and Brenda Shelton.
SORRY to hear of the death of Robert Coster on November 12, and we send our condolences to his family and friends.
SINCERE condolences and kind thoughts to the family and friends of Linda Reynolds who passed away on Friday, November 16. A celebration of her life service will be held at Wesley Hill Methodist Church on Thursday November 22 at 11am. May you feel the warm embrace of loving memories and hear happy echoes of all the good times and many years you shared together.
WEDDING anniversary congratulations and may there be many more years of continued happiness to Garth and Jenny Kieck, Jaco and Cheryl Delport, Matthew and Casey van Niekerk, Vic and Beryl Goddard.
THOUGHT for the week: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”
BEST regards as always,