Neighbourly Notes – 14 March 2019

GREAT SHOPPING! The winner of the Port Alfred High School carnival raffle, which brought in R60,000 for the school, was Cheryldene Hilpert who won a trolley dash at Rosehill SuperSPAR with a cap of R2,500. Hilpert has a bad back so her daughter Dané was her substitute at the dash on Tuesday evening. With just two minutes to shop, she filled a trolley with R1,997.46 worth of groceries. Dané, fourth from left, was congratulated by PAHS head of marketing, alumni and development Laura Guest and SuperSpar staff members. Picture: JON HOUZET

CONGRATULATIONS to Southwell and Salem for sharing the trophy this year at the annual Kenrich Pineapple Cricket Tournament. Both teams played excellent cricket throughout the year and the final would have been a cracker but, fortunately, we were blessed with two inches of rain that we were desperate for, so there was no play on the final two days.

IT HAS BEEN another week of water woes and power outages in Ndlambe. Between burst pipes and problems caused by the storm on Tuesday, there are households that have not had water for several days. Let’s hope that the problems encountered can be sorted out next week as it is adversely affecting many businesses and households.

THE SETTLERS PARK quiz last Friday was well attended, with residents and visitors taking part. Quizmaster David Boyd had participants racking their brains trying to recall esoteric trivia, with a few kinder questions thrown in, along with famous faces to identify. The winners were the Talk of the Town team, The Flugelbinders, comprising Bryan Smith, Adele Steck, David Steck and Jon Houzet. A second Talk of the Town team came in joint third place, but fell into fourth position after a five question sudden death round. The top three teams won prizes. Well done to everyone who entered.

ANOTHER year has passed so it is time to wish the following folk having a special day in the week ahead and a very happy, healthy birthday and fortunate year. Good wishes to Jean van der Merwe, Nicole Sullivan, Mercedes Biller, Jasmin Kruger, Francois Fourie, Joan van Niekerk, Anne Williams, Kate Heny, Julia Jamieson, Gayle Barnardt, Charl Waters, Lauren Kruger, Lizanda Hilpert, John Hughes, Bettine Hattingh, Ian Macpherson, Gert van der Merwe, Deon Stander, Jill Mitchell, Dee Jones-Phillipson, Marenna Spieker, John Barnes, Angie Waller, Joan Gane, David Lawson, Pat Bailes, Grant Warren, Lynette Millard, Miemie Golding, Hilda Green, Michael Schnehage, Gillian Bowen and her daughter Tamlyn, Pene Devenish, Ollie Davis, Ethan Mahloko, Lana de Aroja, Edna de Villiers, Fanie van den Berg, Melinda Smit, Sheldon Elliott, Danielle Cannon, Abi Cheater, Guy Wessels, Sven Grimbeek, Bradley Fick, Onika Ranft, Phumla Mxuma, Renata Mouton, Marinda Snyman, Jan Wesselo, Eugene Catherine, Colleen Elliott and Meryl Baker.

SAVE THE DATE for the 111th Bathurst Agricultural Show happening from April 5-7. Organisers are gearing up to make it a show to remember, so don’t miss it! If you would like to feature in our Show Supplement, please give Adele or Bryan a call on (046) 624-4356.

APRIL is going to be a busy month in Ndlambe. Another date to save is April 19-28. The Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Challenge is the largest and most exciting annual national and international beach, river and sea water sports event in South Africa. If you love sports such as surfing, body boarding, volley ball, inflatable power boat racing and more, then this event is a must visit. This annual 10-day event of national and international sports will get your adrenaline pumping with show-stopping action from surfing and body-boarding to beach handball, inflatable boat races and much more. The event kicks off with an 8km trail run through beautiful scenery and pathway along the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches, followed by the Marina Mile swim in the Kowie River.

FURTHER success and congratulations to all businesses who are celebrating an anniversary at this time. Congratulations to The Bean and Olive (Wimpy Complex), Decadent at the Postmaster’s Village, and Hi-Tech Security.

WITH last year’s figures in brackets for comparison the Rand was trading at R14.37 (R13.08) to the Dollar, R18.82 to the Pound (R15.95) and R16.22 to the Euro (R13.90). In the commodities department, Gold was trading at $1304.21 per fine ounce ($1201.84), Platinum was trading at $831.11 ($940.50) with Brent Crude Oil at of $66.80 ($51.68) 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, Chris de Wet Steyn, Marian Eaton, Martin Bekker and Brenda Shelton.

BEST wishes for many more and congratulations to all couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries this week, especially Colin and Louise Wiggett, Schalk and Nicole Voster, Quinton and Paula Fick.

HUGE thanks to our advertisers and readers who support us on a weekly basis. Without you we could not bring you the news and views of our awesome town. Don’t forget that we are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and of course on our website at

THOUGHT for the week: “Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.”

BEST regards as always,
The Team.

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