Neighbourly Notes – 6 June 2019

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES: Having a ball with friends at the Kowie Striders meeting held at the Port Alfred Country Club on Tuesday evening was veteran walker Billy Futter, who was celebrating his 73rd birthday. Hope you had a happy one and lots more in the future. Keep walking. Picture: ROB KNOWLES

THIS weekend is another fairly quiet one in Ndlambe, but there are still a few events that need your support. For example, the Lions Golf Day is due to take place at the Alexandria Golf Club with tee-offs from 8am. There’ll be lots to do so, if you live in the Alexandria area, go support the Lions on Saturday. If you are a gun owner then you should attend the Port Alfred Shooting Club handgun shoot on Saturday morning. The sea cadets are hoping to re-constitute the organisation here in Ndlambe and are holding a meeting for interested youth and parents at the MOTH Hall (behind the Ski-boat Club) on Saturday at 12 noon, Pop in and ask questions. On Saturday evening kick off your shoes and get down to Tash’s Craft Bar to enjoy an evening of dancing at the Port Alfred Soup Kitchen’s dance evening. Then, on Sunday, help keep our community clean when the Port Alfred High School Enviro Club will be holding a clean-up at the West Beach car park. For more information on these and all other activities going on during the weekend.

ON Tuesday evening this week the Kowie Striders announced young Lithemba Jekana had been awarded the 2018 Junior Male Athlete of the Year by Eastern Province Athletics for cross country. What an achievement for everyone concerned; from Jekana to his mentor, Sticks Stiglingh to the Kowie Striders who made all this possible. Well done to all. For the Striders to have made this sort of impact on the athletics community shows that we have a great deal of talent in the Kowie. More on the Kowie Striders in next week’s Talk of the Town.

OH dear, once gain the governing party has erred and plunged the country into crisis. ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule, announced that the NEC (National Executive Committee) wants to extend the South African Reserves Bank’s mandate. Now, in case you don’t know, the Reserve Bank is the country’s central bank and manages finances on behalf of the country (that is, manages our money). Now, as finance minister Tito Mboweni stated after Magashule’s announcement, it is the responsibility of government, not the ANC’s NEC, to determine a change in the mandate which is currently to achieve and maintain price stability. Magashule’s announcement discourages investors from entering the South African market to open businesses here that will create jobs and stimulate the economy. However, the ANC is a political party and, like political parties around the world, it is losing ground to those who have historically sat outside mainstream politics. People are disillusioned by the incompetence of politically elected “leader” who have little or no understanding of finances and the way the economies of the world work. It is time to put qualified people into jobs and get rid of the politicians who only seem to serve themselves and not the people who elected them (indirectly, as in our country it is the political parties who appoint candidates).

GREETINGS and congratulations to everyone celebrating a birthday in the week ahead. Happy birthday and many more, especially to Jim Reynolds, Nicola Nel, Lara Lloyd, Jenni Reed, Dalys Sparg, Jenny Pincente, Thomas Barnardt, Wayne Reilly, Digby Pocock, Annelien Gouws, Stevie Godson, Bev Radue, Charlton Hilpert, June Sheasby, Lynne Nettleton, Devon de Bruin, Colleen Venter, Gareth Kilian, Hannah Robinson, Brian Webber, Daniel Kieck, Jonathan Hanstein, Di Thorp, Trish Solz, Erna Light, Penny Noel, Jean Burnside, Mel Bradfield, Dave Rodgerson, Barbara Welsh, Allen Thompson, Scott Elliott, Bryan Robinson, Lynne Kirk, Sybil Kopke, Charlene Brown, Dawie van Wyk, Ava Peet, Audrey Kuhlane, Dana Pullen, Pat Whitfield, Sue Steenkamp.

OUR heartiest congratulations to Tarquin and Derryn Willis on the arrival of their beautiful baby girl Calla on Wednesday May 29. We know she will bring heaps of joy and happiness to the entire family, especially to big brother Harlan, granny and grandpa, Colin and Lee Howard and great granny Gift Gardner Wallace.

BEST wishes for many more happy years of trading – may success always be close to the following businesses, clubs and churches – The Ploughman Pub, R72 Port to Port Courier Services, Kenton Bowling Club and Kuyasa Interact Club.

IT is difficult to be non-partisan when the figures released by statistician-general Risenga Maluleke on Tuesday show that the decline in the first quarter of the year’s gross domestic product (GDP and yes, we were anticipating a decline of around 1.7%) was actually 3.2% – the largest decline since the global financial crisis in 2009. This completely undermines President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic reform plans announced at his inauguration. This will discourage investors and shrink our already strangled economy, leading to job losses in agriculture, mining, manufacturing and all other primary and secondary market sectors. Added to this, the ridiculous “carbon tax” was introduced that saw fuel prices rise at a time when ordinary South Africans are already struggling to meet ends meet. It is time for competent people to be put in charge of our economy, not politically-appointed cadres who seem to have no idea of the job they are responsible for. At the time of going to press and with last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R14.78 to the dollar (R12.83), R18.79 to the pound (R17.22) and R16.66 to the euro (R15.10). Gold is trading at $1,334.15 per fine ounce ($1,294.89), platinum at $825.40 per fine ounce ($902.80) and only Brent crude oil at $61.45 per barrel ($75.81).

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, Zelda Neethling, Chris de Wet Steyn, Marian Eaten, Martin Bekker, Trish Solz, Brenda Shelton and Theo Snyman.

SINCERE condolences to the family and friends of Fiona Parnell of Kenton-on-Sea who passed away Monday June 3. A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 8 at 11am at St David’s Church in Bushman’s River Mouth.

CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of Arthur Ernest Cockcroft who passed way on Monday June 3. A memorial service will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hards Street, Port Alfred on Friday at 11am. OUR heartiest congratulations to all couples enjoying a wedding anniversary with good wishes for many more to Ernest and Nikki Bendeman, Tony and Sharon Dove, Kenny and Toezie Turner, Neville and Anne Williamson, Dale and Kyle Coates.

DIAMOND congratulations to Jeoff and Peggy Southey on their Diamond wedding anniversary (60-years married) on June 6. We, together with your children and grandchildren wish you all the very best on this special milestone.

EMERALD wedding anniversary wishes and our heartiest congratulations to Neville and Marjorie Henley on their 55th wedding anniversary on June 6. May there be many more wonderful years of happiness in store for this special couple.

THOUGHT for the week: “When we are not honest, we are cut off from a significant resource of ourselves, a vital dimension that is necessary for unity and wholeness.”

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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