Neighbourly Notes – 7 March 2019

FRIENDS AT THE PLOUGHMANS: On Friday evening the Bathurst Agricultural Museum held a successful auction and many people from Bathurst and surrounding areas attended the event to show support, while picking up some great bargains. At the occasion were, from left, Ann Hernon, Mike Flint, Preston Will and Debra Gibson. Picture: ROB KNOWLES

THE biggest event this week is the Pineapple Cricket, where games began last Saturday with the final being held at the Port Alfred Country Club this Saturday. Former president of the tournament and DA MP in parliament, Ross Purdon, was the guest speaker on Monday evening and gave a fairly comprehensive history of the tournament that began in 1904 right up until 1990. He then challenged the new president, Rob Nel, to take the story onward from 1990 to date. The history of this tournament, the oldest and biggest rural cricket tournament in the world, is rich with stories of the great games and players of the past, some of whom attended Monday evening’s “Club 60” evening. Purdon did the history justice by inviting past players to recount some of their more amusing anecdotes much to the delight of the players and supporters present. Also on Monday evening the Kowie Vintage Car Museum brought some of its vehicles to the Country Club grounds for the people in attendance could stare at these great machines of the past. During the day on Monday the Pineapple Invitational XI, average age of around 60, took on the touring Cheshire Cricket Club from the UK and, sorry to have to say, trounced them proper. Well done to our older players, showing the Pommies that although England may have invented the game, it was up to the South Africans to perfect it. Thanks to Cheshire (where I lived in the UK) for making it to the tournament. We hope to see you again in the future. If you have nothing planned for Saturday as yet, you could do no better than to get to the Port Alfred Country Club to watch great cricket in the final and have a ball in the after-party later.

ON Saturday Windsong at Shaw Park held its latest equestrian event with cross-country, dressage and show jumping. As an adult I took horse-riding lessons when I lived back in Benoni and, if you have never ridden a horse you cannot understand the thrill of jumping fences or riding hard to take the cross-country course in the fastest time. It is a fantastic day of entertainment, so it is perhaps troubling that so few spectators arrived to support the event. Look out for the next event and make sure you get there for the thrills and spills of this great sport.

EVEN before this weekend begins, on Friday get your plastic bags and join Talk of the Town, together with local schools (who were organised by Ward 6 councillor Mkhulisi [MK] Raco), in the clean-up around the Titi Jonas Multipurpose Community Centre that starts at 10am. Actually, plastic bags will be allocated to those who do not bring, along with latex gloves. You need only spend an hour, but every bit counts, and we have a very real need to clean up and keep our town clean. And it’s not just for the visitors but for all residents of the area. Please help to keep Port Alfred and our other Ndlambe towns, villages and settlements clean.

OUR heartiest congratulations to everyone celebrating a birthday in the week ahead. Best wishes for many more especially to Gwen Venters, Sue Neame, Sanelle Fourie, Jimmy Neave, Dawn Frederichs, Trenton Webster, Bob Ford, Linda Clur, Blake Brent, Kathy Clayton, Kaine Heny, Dean Morrissey, Richard McGhie, Yolande Stander, Ivan Schafers, Ken Butler, Elsabe Wiseman, Stella Reijman, Natasja Pawley, Noel Anderson, Angela Rowe, Lillian Scheepers, Wade Mitton, Betty Rivett, Christopher Whitham, George Petzer, Lorna Clayton, Pam Elliott, Jody Chowles, Wendy Mitten, Matthew Strydom, Ella de Wet Steyn, Allan Davies, Tessa van Rooyen, Cathy Yeomans, Clair Meiring, Angelique Adcock, Christen Booth, Phyll Long, Tyler Hanstein, Maureen Edlmann, Ivor Gray, Maureen Walker, Gisella Brickhill, Desmond Kopke.

BELATED birthday wishes to Ruleen de Witt. We hope you had a lovely day and a year filled with health and happiness ahead.

BUSINESS anniversary congratulations with wishes for continued success to the following firms – Pam Golding Properties Port Alfred, Total Sports, Miladys, Standerwick Nursery, Nature’s View Farm Stall (on the way to Fish River).

THERE was some big news on Tuesday that seems to have had only the mildest of criticisms from pundits but that will affect all South Africans. First was the announcement from Stats SA that the rate of growth of the country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was pegged at 0.8% for the fourth quarter of 2018, taking the year’s total growth to a minimal 1.4%, considerably less than the 5% annual growth rate in GDP demanded by the National Development Plan. This is a worrying sign, even though many analysts had projected an even lower growth rate for the last quarter of 0.5%. So, although the growth rate may have been higher than some thought it is still an indication that SA’s economy is not doing anywhere near as good as the government needs to attract investment into the country. The second bit of bad news was the increase in the price of fuel from midnight on Tuesday, with petrol increasing by 74c per litre and diesel a whopping 91c per litre. The price of Brent Crude was blamed for necessitating the increase but if the economy was in better shape and our currency was worth more against those internationally, the impact of fuel increase would be lessened. Look out for higher prices in the shops due to increased transport costs and, even worse, we await the next fuel price increase as announced by finance minister Tito Mboweni in his budget speech last month. With last year’s figures as shown in brackets for comparison, at the time of going to print the Rand was trading at R14.21/$ (R11.90), R18.67/£ (R16.49) and R16.06/ Euro (R14.76). Gold is trading at $1,286.89 per fine ounce ($1,330.46), Platinum at $839 per ounce ($965.90) with Brent Crude Oil at $65.69 per barrel ($64.17).

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, Malcolm Cock, Chris de Wet Steyn and Brenda Shelton.

BEST wishes, congratulations and continued happiness to all couples celebrating a wedding anniversary especially Andrew and Wendy Cock, Peter and Mauneen Charter, Ian and Marion Macpherson, Gordon and June Sheasby, Kevin and Karen Kelly.

THOUGHT for the week: “First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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