Neighbourly Notes – 17 January 2019

FRIENDLY SUPPORT: Christel Erasmus, centre, was ordained at Port Alfred Presbyterian Church on Saturday, and friends Danielle Nortier, left, and Phumeza Mciteka came to support her. Picture: NTOMBI MSUTU

IF you have never played bowls and consider it an old person sport, think again. The Kowie Bowls Club Night Bowls tournament is due to begin at the club this Friday evening. The atmosphere during night bowls tournaments in the past has been very social with young and old rolling their bowls along the finely manicured grass in an attempt to get their bowl closest to the jack (a smaller white bowl bowled at the start of each “end”). But there is far more strategy involved than that. Each four-person team consists of a “skip” who directs his or her teammates where to bowl to block the opposition bowls or to knock an opposition bowl out of the way. There are slots for 16 teams, and business such as Leach Pharmacy, Pick n Pay, Kenny’s Sports Bar and many others have entered teams. The winners walk away with terrific prizes. Contact event organiser Mike Tomlinson at the club should you like to participate and may your bowls run smoothly.

THE story of how R92,000 from a stokvel fund was allegedly stolen from the vehicle of ward 7 councillor Mbuyiseli Yali following a traffic accident he was involved in at Bathurst on December 15 last year has been a hit on social media recently. Although the money was paid back due to personal contributions from Ndlambe speaker Vivian Maphaphu and Ndlambe executive committee member councillor Monica Mateti and Yali’s own contribution, most of the 26 stokvel members are still pressing charges against the councillor for alleged fraud and theft. They say that Yali owes them over R150,000 that they would have received in terms of interest on their investment. However, financial restitution at this point has not made up for the problems the members encountered through not having the money they had expected to receive before the Christmas season, which they needed to purchase food, clothing as well as school uniforms. The Sarah Baartman ANC regional executive committee (REC) instructed Yali to pay back the money and, at least as far as he is concerned, this has been done. Yali is due to meet with the REC on Tuesday next week, but he is being challenged to resign his position as a councillor by the EFF who took up the cause on behalf of the stokvel members. We will know after Tuesday what happened at the REC meeting and will report back when the news is released.

IN two separate incidents in Seafield/Kleinemonde in the early hours of Tuesday morning houses were broken into within 20 minutes of each other. In one some beers seem to have been the only thing stolen whereas in the other a R40,000 necklace was stolen and the resident, an old lady alone, was punched in the face and her wrist was hurt. There is no clear indication that the events were related. It seems that incidents such as these are a common occurrence and the temptation is to dismiss them as, “just another robbery”, yet this should not be the case. We need to each protect our neighbours by reporting suspected criminal activity as soon as it occurs. If we all do this for one another then we will help eliminate crime that is so prevalent at the moment.

ANOTHER year has passed and another birthday has arrived for those celebrating a special day in the week ahead. Congratulations and all good wishes on this occasion to Claire McKinnon, Sandra Knight, twins Connan Hill and Shannon Hawkes, Tanya Elliott, Shaun Uys, Buck Buchholz, Hugo Slater, Dee Joiner, Wendy Kretschmann, Lisinda Hanstein, Clinton Millard, Samantha Jones-Phillipson, Candice Larken, Cecil Jones-Phillipson, Peter Keeton, Stanley Richter, Pat Clough, Pieter Ehlers, Twiggs Britz, Warwick Strachan, Sai Pieterse, David Krige, Steven van Rooyen, Claudia Blumrick, Derek Blair, Jaco van Rensburg, Bronwyn van Zyl, Chris Butt, Val Simpson, Willem Mouton, Oonah Butcher.

CONGRATULATIONS, well done and wishing all businesses having an anniversary all the best for further success in the future. Good wishes especially to The Health and Wellness Centre, JD Electrical, El Shaddai School, St Andrew’s College and Seafield Liquor Store.

ALTHOUGH President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that the independence of the South African Reserve Bank must be retained, calls for its nationalisation are still affecting the markets in South Africa and making investors nervous and resistant to ploughing any more money into the economy. This means that jobs will not be created and the billion US dollar paper pledges Ramaphosa and his team managed to secure last year with many overseas visits might just stay on paper and not be enacted. This will lead to further job losses, more unemployment and the promises of the ruling party being largely unachievable. With the national election scheduled for May it will be interesting to see how markets react to the lead-up and ultimate conclusion of the elections. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was trading at R13.72 (R12.33) to the dollar, R17.65 (R17.00) to the pound and R15.63 (R15.05) to the Euro. Gold is trading at $1,289.11 ($1,335.45) per fine ounce, and platinum at $803.30 ($1,011.00) per ounce. Brent Crude is trading $60.67 ($68.81) per barrel.

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.

SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of Dawn Millar who passed away peacefully on Friday December 21, 2018. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 9 at the Presbyterian Church at 3pm.

OUR heartiest congratulations and very best wishes for your future happiness to newlywed couple Dean and Charis (Will) Charter who tied the knot on Wednesday January 9 in Germany. Also congratulations to father and mother of the groom Peter and Mauneen Charter.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations and sincere good wishes for many more happy years ahead to Gavin and Delene Deenik, Rob and Ann McKay, Gerrie and Pat Bosch, Kevin and Sheilagh Scott.

THOUGHT for the week: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember what you now have, was once among the things you only hoped for”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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