WE would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers, advertisers, holidaymakers, colleagues, family and friends a blessed Christmas and hopefully you will receive the present that you have been looking forward to.
TO our visitors, a big thank you for gifting us with your presence. Please remember that we are still experiencing water restrictions, so use water wisely. Also, be careful on our roads as they are still under construction and some parts may be difficult to negotiate. Just drive at a reasonable speed through town and give yourself a chance to take in all the history and beauty of our little town. Remember, that glass on the beach is a strict no-no and that police will be on the lookout for people drinking in public. Let’s make sure no more children drown on our beaches. Let’s make this Christmas season one to remember for all the right reasons.
LOCAL is lekker, as the saying goes and, over the festive season, Ndlambe and Makana offer a wealth of experiences that should keep even the most adventurous visitors excited, from game drives, overnight camping, hiking trails, water sports and a host of other high-adrenaline activities. Or, why not just relax at a lodge, a guest house or one of our fantastic hotels, sit back with a drink in hand (alcoholic or not) and watch the ocean? The area has some excellent eateries, from Alexandria to Bathurst, to Grahamstown to the Great Fish River, there is something for everyone. Ndlambe is part of the newly-branded Sunshine Coast and is one of our country’s most interesting and rewarding holiday destinations so, to all our visitors, have a great time and we hope you enjoy your time with us.
THE long weekend was a very interesting one, especially as far as sporting events were concerned with the Dirty Pineapple Mud Run on Sunday (which included running, cycling and swimming) and the Adviceworx fun run on Monday morning. We also saw Freight Train at Hoppy’s Paddle Inn on Friday evening and Jesse Clegg on Saturday at the Port Alfred High School. See our comprehensive Diarise This section, below, for information on upcoming events for this coming weekend (the last before Christmas) and don’t miss out on the fun.
THE more than two-year-long court case of Tonny Donile ended in the Port Alfred Regional Court on Friday when magistrate Kenny Cooney handed down an effective 27 years imprisonment for crimes Donile committed – a case of culpable homicide against suspected housebreaker Khwezi Memani in 2010, one of housebreaking and a third of the murder of Noel Maddocks in 2016. Donile had shown no remorse for his actions and even had his attorney, Mark Botha, argue that everyone was conspiring against his client and that the testimonies of witnesses had been discredited. Donile also had a long list of attorneys who had attempt to defend him but had been sacked, possibly because they could not support Donile’s claim that everyone – Donile’s former girlfriend, the police, emergency services and the forensic pathologist – had lied to the court. He left the court while a handful of his supporters crowded around him to offer condolences. In the meantime, as distressed by the proceedings as they might have been, the family and friends of Maddocks said they were relieved it was all over, but a little perturbed at what they regarded as too light a sentence for his crimes – Memani had had his head beaten in with a brick after being incapacitated (there was no direct evidence that Donile had used the brick), and Maddocks was stabbed over 40 times, at least three of which entered from the back. They wanted to know why Donile was only given 27 years. Still, at last there is closure on the case that horrified locals with its sheer brutality. How long Donile will actually spend in prison is now up to correctional services and the parole board.
CONGRATULATIONS and happy birthday greetings to everyone celebrating a special day in the week ahead, especially to Martin Nel, Kelly Ferreira, Shane Marais, Jean Letley, Christine Holmes, twins Emily and Kate Fella, Nicole Phillpson, Noeline Kirsten, Kim Fryer, Marie Davies, Noel Stötter, Marianne Stiglingh, Audrey Barnard, Janet Stirk, Deetje Rooke, Janné Steyn, Michael Wilmot, Lyn Riddin, Clive Williams, Bevan Edwards, Nova Butt, Alan Lubbé, Gerhard Strydom, Jimmy McQuirk, Jacko Vogel, Penny Patterson and Clive Buchanan.
ENDING the year off for business anniversary wishes and with congratulations and wishes for further success in the future are Mooifontein Quarry, Sister Ingrid’s Clinic and not forgetting the huge and annual Bathurst Ox Braai which will be on Saturday December 29 this year.
WELL, between Gupta-supporter Andile Mngxitama’s insane rants about killing five white people (plus their wives/husbands, children and even their pets) for every black person who is attacked, and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s refusal to sack members of his cabinet who have been accused of corruption and worse, and have caused massive divisions in the ranks of the ruling party, it is surprising that South Africa is still holding its own with respect to global markets and currency exchanges. However, once the US and China tariff war is resolved and the UK Brexit deal goes through the world might turn to see what is going on in South Africa, and that may not be good news for the country. We still have elections to face in the New Year and any violent protests that take place will not help us to steady the economy and could lead to thousands of people finding themselves unemployed. Still, at the time of going to press the Rand was trading at R14.35 to the Dollar (R12.77), R18.09 to the Pound (R17.06) and R16.27 to the Euro (R15.09). Commodities are trading with Gold at $1,239.89 per fine ounce ($1,264.61), Platinum at $834.90 per ounce ($897.55) with Brent Crude Oil at $60.90 per barrel ($57.56).
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, Malcolm Cock and Brenda Shelton.
TO those couples celebrating an anniversary at this time of year, may we add our congratulations and best wishes for your continued happiness, especially Ettienne and Ren Mouton, Craig and Tori Stowe, Peter and Val Kilian, Anthony and Alide Nelson.
THOUGHT for the week: “Do all the good you can, by all means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can. At all the times to all the people you can, as long as you can” (quote by John Wesley).
BEST regards as always,