WE can all breathe a sigh of relief at the fact that the 2019 elections are a thing of the past and government can collect itself and do what is right for the people. It was a bruising battle and the real winners are the polarised groups on either side of the political spectrum, namely the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Freedom Front Plus. This is not, as some say, proof that our democracy is working. It is the sign that people are tired of waiting for those in power to make decisions that benefit us all and not just the deployed cadres.
THE horrific accident on the R72 between Port Alfred and Kenton on the weekend has sent a clear message to the community: when you speed you do not just put your own life in danger but those of other road users as well. In effect, speeding along our roads (or any roads) is selfish and serves no purpose except to boost your ego. That cannot be worth your life and certainly not he lives of others. But it is not just speeding that kills. Recently a disabled woman was knocked off her wheelchair in the centre of town and could have been killed by an impatient driver. The fact is that the roads into, out of and within Port Alfred are currently in a bad state with no end in sight for the R72 roadworks, potholes, truck drivers parking wherever they feel like, trucks overturning and some roads virtually impassable (such as Biscay Road). Ndlambe Municipality needs to get a real town planner who is not afraid to upset the apple-cart by implementing a proper plan for the town’s roads. It also needs stricter traffic contro. Come on Ndlambe. Next to agriculture our biggest industry is tourism and our roads are keeping visitors away. If we cannot attract visitors we cannot attract business, there will be no work for the majority of our people and thus crime will increase (as we can see in the crime briefs). Worse, we will not have money to fix the roads and so it becomes a vicious circle. The time to act is now.
HAPPY birthday greetings and every good wish for the year ahead to everyone celebrating a birthday in the coming week, especially Natalie Hanstein, Lorraine Taylor, Jakkie Westraadt, Kelly Fella, Zoe Koch, Jenny Pincente, Carla de la Mare, Caitlin Barnard, John Lardiner-Burke, Gavin Deenik, Thelma du Preez, Rose Bartlett, Linda Gibson, Aileen Cunningham, Marietha Petzer, Roy McLean, Gail Turner, Kay Hartzenberg, Paul Haywood, Lal Purdon, Darren de Bruin, Cuan Macgregor, Risha Faca, Karen Hecht, Gavyn Letley, Justin Thackeray, Ruth Wewege, Gayle le Roux, Denise Cock, Taylor du Plessis, Erroleen Boarolo, Joan Dyson, Bev Scoble, Andrew Goetsch, Mia Groenewald, Travis Jacobs, Ann Meyer, Dan Ward.
TO all business and community organisations who are enjoying another anniversary, we extend our sincere congratulations and may you have continued success in the future to Ocean Basket, Leach Pharmacy, Kingston Farm and Restaurant (Bathurst), Gail’s Dance School, Nduna Lodge, The Sandbar Floating Restaurant (Bushman’s), First Port Alfred Cubs and Scouts, the Bathurst Methodist Church.
THE unemployment figures, released on Tuesday, show unemployment rose by 0.5% to 27.5% with youth unemployment standing at over 36%. Yet these figures only account for those who had work and where jobs were lost. It does not take into account those who are no longer seeking employment and have given up where the figure nationally exceeds 38%, meaning that more than one in every three work-eligible citizens is not actively employed. The government needs to make some decisive decisions regarding attracting business to the country and, with the election of the ANC, once more the majority party and President Cyril Ramaphosa in charge, international investors (both East and West) are looking to see if the ANC can live up to its election promises. Investors want to see a much more stable economy, better incentives to start business, a much reduced cabinet, the elimination of corruption and a constant power supply. Can the government deliver and how long it will take are critical questions that must be answered. After a week where the rand held firm, midweek figures showed a slightly weaker local currency and, at the time of going to press the rand was trading at R14.22 to the dollar (R12.55), R18.36 to the pound (R16.93) and R15.94 to the Euro (R14.85). Gold was trading at $1,298.16 per fine ounce ($1,293.47), Platinum at $858.55 per ounce ($900.80) with Brent Crude Oil at $70.79 per barrel ($77.72).
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, Chris de Wet Steyn, Marian Eaten, Martin Bekker, Trish Solz, Brenda Shelton and Theo Snyman.
SINCERE condolences to the family and friends and especially widow Dawn Ewing, whose husband Bob passed away recently. A farewell celebration will be held on Saturday May 18 at 11am at 5 Port Frances Crescent, Port Alfred.
WE were sad to learn of the passing of Penny Kavagias from Zorba’s at the old Burksies and Athena’ Delights formerly in van der Riet Street, and best known for her home made Greek delicacies over the years, sadly passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
WEDDING anniversary greetings and congratulations for many more to everyone celebrating this special occasion in the week ahead, especially Hector and Kathy MacDonald, Treg and Edna Robey, Gordon and Muriel Gill.
THOUGHT for the week: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”.
BEST regards as always,