Neighbourly Notes – 4 April 2019

BALLOONS AND BEAUTY: Serenity Day Spa ladies take a breather during their recent one year birthday celebration. From left are Ashleigh van Antwerpen, Bree-Anne Froehlick, Thandokazi Runqu, Kerryn Watson, Nandipa Memani and Lesley-Anne Kemp.

GET ready for the biggest and longest running agricultural show in the Eastern Cape this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With thousands of visitors flocking to this prestigious event, the atmosphere is always fun and highly social as the local farmers and business people put on a fantastic show of what the Eastern Cape has to offer. From fine cattle to sheep, goats, pigs, chickens… there’s something for everyone at the show. Bathurst Agricultural Society president Danny Wepener and his team, mostly volunteers, have done a great job this year to get the Bathurst Showgrounds prepared including paving, painting, a new borehole and a new view on the home and garden section (formerly home industries). There are dog shows, blacksmith demonstrations, dancing (including the local belly dancers), a fun fair for the kid, tractors, vintage cars, a baby competition, equestrian events and a whole lot more. Watch the teams vie for honours at the Frontier Bonsmara cook-off – and chef Gordon Wright will give a cooking demonstration. Entertainment, should you need more, is provided at the pubs that will feature live music as well as the rugby on big screen TVs. There is no excuse not to visit this year’s show and extra security has been commissioned should the protests in the local township, Nolukhanyo, spill over to the showgrounds. And don’t forget a raincoat, as there is chance of rain on Friday and Saturday. Otherwise, enjoy the show.

THE time for the Royal St Andrews Hotel Amanzi Challenge is almost upon us and organisers of the event are finalising preparations for what is is going to be a great 10 days of high-adrenaline action including swimming, running, international surfing, bodyboarding, handball, rubber ducks and a whole lot more. The challenge will take place at West Beach and East Beach and children will be well entertained over the period at Kiddies Beach. The excitement among participants is palpable as they wax their boards, check their boats, put on their speedos and running shoes and get ready for Port Alfred’s biggest event of the year, sponsored by the Royal St Andrews Hotel.

ON to national news – and it comes as no shock that Jessie Duarte, the deputy-secretary general of the ANC, had a blow-up with eNCA senior political reporter Samkele Maseko when he was accused of phrasing “at tacking” questions about the ruling party and its much-maligned candidates list for the upcoming elections. The ANC itself has shown support for Duarte but this is just typical of the current political environment. Politicians, once elected, tend to forget that they are servants of the people who elected them into power. They are not the bosses, we are. Their job is to do what they are told by the electorate. Duarte has every right to refuse to answer questions posed (that should be submitted to the official spokesperson) but no right whatsoever to defame and belittle someone for doing their job. She told him that free speech was something she (the ANC) and not Maseko (who is too young to have participated in the liberation struggle) had fought for. Get off your high-horses, politicians. You are there to serve the people and not to bully them. It reminds me of another incident years back when then rural development and land reform minister, Gugile Nkwinti, had Talk of the Town news editor Jon Houzet ejected from a meeting at the Kenton Town Hall when he asked the minister if he was aware those allocated land at the Gorah Farm project were his friends and relatives. Jessie Duarte, you owe Maseko an apology.

MAY everyone having a birthday in the week ahead enjoy a very happy one and lots more happy years ahead for all, especially Mike Jones, Thelma Hofer, Trevlyn Robey, Margie du Preez, Fred Tyson, John Ball, Tamsanqa Ntantiso, Max von Paul, Amy Wilmot, Kim Snyman, Lance Parker, Anthony Vivier, Jovan van Aarde, Ragel Fleischack, Elbe van Heerden, Annelize Averill, Luke Oosthuizen, Robyn Clayton, Grace Kloppers, Georgie Shelver, Linda Buchanan, Barbara Matthews, Bernard du Plessis, Jenny Moodie, Wendy Gregory, Beauty Matomela, Darrel Botha, Bradley Ford, Malcolm Cock, Georgie Neumann, Jean Rodgerson, Anne Roos, Danica Kukard, Hannah Charter, Ronnie Slaughter, Eve van Rooyen, Brian Burnette, Colin Purdon, Morgan Hunke, Lara Heny, Jean Wright, Charlene Palmer, Alroy Taai, Diana Lardner-Burke, twins Kate and Rachel Grimbeek, Lynette Wilson, Jandré Terblanche, Jenre du Plessis, Jacques Hilpert, Derick Bamber, Gerhald Scholz, Rachel Kohler, Shireen Hilpert, Rose Daweti, Taylor Biggs. OUR heartiest congratulations to Devon and Kelly Brittle on the arrival of their beautiful baby girl Taya Keziah on Thursday March 28. We know she will bring heaps of joy and happiness to the entire family, especially to grandparents Steve and Kim Gardner and Vaughan Brittle and Juanella Martin.

CONTINUED success and best wishes for many more to the following businesses celebrating another anniversary, especially Volcanik (Biscay Road), 2nd Best (Campbell Street) and Port Alfred Service Centre.

HOORAH! Despite growing concerns and a delay in announcing its rating assessment until Tuesday (it was scheduled for last Friday), Moody’s rating remains above junk (non-investment) status. They will be reviewing their decision until November, no doubt in anticipation of the elections and some real improvement in our financial outlook. And petrol – do I need to say more? It’s a disaster – infrastructure, water, electricity, Bosasa, Sassa, Transnet, VBS and a lot more. Take your pick, the country needs real leaders, and preferably ones not accused of crimes, to lead. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was at R14.15/$ (R11.91), R18.16/£ (R16.73) and R15.92/ß to the Euro (R14.63). Gold is trading at $1,293.61 per fine ounce ($1,346.46), Platinum is at $856.50 ($936.46) with Brent Crude Oil the highest it has been this year, at $69.71 per barrel ($67.18).

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, Malcolm Cock, Chris de Wet Steyn, Marian Eaten, Martin Bekker and Brenda Shelton.

OUR sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Bennet who tragically passed away after a long, brave struggle with illness. Rest in peace.

MAY your love and happiness continue as you celebrate your wedding anniversary, is our wish to all couples who enjoy such, especially Graham and Merrilee Strachan, Burg and Arleen Naude, Warren and Trish Solz, Bruce and Kelly McNicol, Alfred and Jacqui Weyer.

MAY the love you share be with you through a lifetime of wonderful tomorrows, is the wish we extend to Brendan and Signet Samuel on their marriage last Saturday, March 30. Best wishes and our heartiest congratulations.

ANOTHER wedding this past weekend was that of Melissa Gailey to Simon Roberts at Fort D’Acre.

WE would also like to congratulate Javan and Nadine Eaton on their marriage on Saturday March 30 and wish them every happiness for a long and happy future together.

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes for a wonderful future together to Andrew Witte and Sarah Cohen who got engaged on Saturday March 30.

THOUGHT for the week: “To become a thoroughly good man is the best prescription for keeping a sound mind and a sound body”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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