Neighbourly Notes – 6 December 2018

WELCOME TO THE CLUB: The president of the Rotary Club of Port Alfred, Ray Oliver, right, inducted new members, from left, Craig Ellis, Tali Alexandre, Linda and Temba Tele and Elise Ellis to the organisation during their festive end of year dinner held at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club last Saturday evening.

CAN you believe it? It’s almost the end of the year and what a year it’s been. There is an ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”, and 2018 certainly has been interesting. We’ll discuss this more in the upcoming editions leading to the Year in Review that will appear in our first edition in the New Year.

AS usual, end of the year is a time for Christmas parties, AGMs, graduations and concerts. We therefore recommend you study our comprehensive diary, below, to see what is going on in your neck of the woods. An extended diary will be published in our Sunshine Holiday edition which is free and will be available in the shops on Thursday December 13 along with our regular edition of Talk of the Town. Make sure you get your copy, as it’s filled with interesting articles, tips for visitors and residents, places to go, events to attend and a whole lot more.

OUR Santa Shoebox for the elderly campaign is now done and we must thank the people of the area for their generosity and kindness. As Mauneen Charter has already stated on Facebook, we well exceeded or original target of 300 boxes and managed to donate to the Benevolent Society in Bathurst and Port Alfred, Diaz Old Age Home in Alexandria, Settlers Park, Sunset Park, Loaves and Fishes, St James’ Catholic Church, Salem Crossroads in Grahamstown and Nemato House of Happiness. Once again the people of Ndlambe stepped up and showed that we are a caring community. We still have a few boxes left, and will be delivering these to people at the PA hospital on Christmas Day to try and bring a little cheer to those who are sick.

I HAD an interesting talk with a young couple from France on Tuesday afternoon (just as the power went off – but that’s another story) who have travelled all the way from their home in Tour, France, and will complete their journey in Cape Town before Christmas. They are not hiking for anything other than to expand their life experience; no charities, no causes, just the fun of travelling. Still in their mid-20s the couple sold up everything to make the journey and say they have learned so much about people as they travelled, as well as about themselves. Their story will be included in next week’s Talk of the Town.

LOAD-shedding; even writing that phrase sticks in the craw. Why must residents who pay – and continue to pay – for their electricity be prejudiced due to the incompetence of Eskom management who did not order coal when they should have and did no maintenance for years? Where did the money go and who benefitted? How can what was once one of the top five utility companies in the world be reduced to its current crippled state in just 15 years? It owes over R400bn (if rands were seconds it would take over 12.5 thousand years to get to that number). It is because of cronyism, incompetence and industrial era strategies. Nuclear (and I worked in the nuclear industry for many years) is not any more the answer than fossil fuels. We should be investing in renewable, sustainable fuel sources but government, who own the industry in SA, have not moved forward with the times. It claims job-losses and poverty has driven its thinking, and we are all now aware of how well that’s working. Stop the politicking and do your jobs; making our country work again.

CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone celebrating a special day in the week ahead, especially Garner Rieger, Koleka Nkwinti, Charidene Malan, twins Keagan and Ross Coetzee, Dylan Brown, Nicholas Dempers, David Steck, Brad Taljard, Annie Pike, Riekert Moller, Janine Groenewald, Paul Griffiths, Daniel Drennan, Stewart Evans, Rudi van der Merwe, Loren Hilpert, Gary Jones-Phillipson, Denise Gunn, Mike Loewe, Nico Scheepers, Carol Behrman, Daniel Ross, Gregory Gudmanz, Mia Mary de Aroujo, Jean Botma, Donné Piquet, Jeanne Cloete, Vivienne Reid, Reinette Marx, John Dresner, Yvonne Vermeulen, Donne Wentzel, Rob Edllman, Peter Dickson and Akhona Qunta.

WELL done and continued success to all businesses celebrating another anniversary. Good luck for the future to Kenny’s Sports Bar.

THE petrol price went down by R1.84 at midnight on Tuesday and this will come as a great relief to consumers. Investors were happy that, according to the statistician general, growth in the last quarter was positive and has taken us out of the technical recession. Still, we must be careful as our currency revival is more as a response to China US trade wars and the worldwide lowering of the price of Brent Crude than on what the government has achieved. With last year’s figures in brackets the Rand it is trading at R13.76 to the Dollar (R13.56), R17.54 to the Pound (R18.12) and R15.61 to the Euro (R16.03). Commodities are trading with Gold at $1,235.67 per fine ounce ($1,268.19), with Platinum at $804.10 ($935.30) and Brent Crude Oil at $61.55 ($62.62).

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are not well, 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.

SINCERE condolences and kind thoughts to the family and friends of Theodore (Ted) Boltman who passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday November 28. A Celebration of his life will be held at the Pink Lady Milkshake Parlour in Bathurst on Friday December 7 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.

OUR heartiest congratulations and good wishes for continued happiness to the following couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries in the week ahead, especially Neville and Tilly Handley, Mike and June Jones, Eben and Janine Groenewald, Chris and Irene Snyman, Russell and Kerry Bartlett, Des and Sybil Kopke, Clayton and Kim Lloyd, Keith and Sherle Hackart, Brandon and Alexa Calitz, Andrew and Carlyn Smith, Ray and Glenda Hicks, Marcel and Laurie-Ann Raven-Fabe and Michael and Kathryn Kimberley.

THOUGHT for the week: “If you want a limitless, abundant, loving life, make sure that all that your beliefs are limitless, abundant, compassionate and loving”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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