GET ready for Friday evening for the inaugural Wharf Street Soiree, from 6pm to 8pm. This is going to be a fun evening for the whole family with all the shops on Port Alfred’s oldest shopping area, where all the shops will be open and offering massive discounts, prizes and more. There will also be live entertainment. So, if you did not read the double-page spread in TotT on June 6, get ready for some surprises and a whole lot of excitement at Wharf Street. Also starting on Friday and continuing through to Monday (June 17, a public holiday) is the Alexandria Sports Festival. And, if art is your thing, the footprints, Old and New, Big and Small art exhibition opens on Saturday. Saturday also sees the next round of the King of the Kowie surfing competition, taking place at East Beach on Saturday (weather and waves permitting). For more details on these and other activities in the area.
OUR Facebook question regarding police response to drugs was answered by more than 80 readers over the past week, with most saying that SAPS was not doing enough to curb drug abuse in our area. As anecdotal evidence of this I met someone recently who was just passing through town and told me that, within 15 minutes of arrival in Port Alfred he had made a connection to purchase marijuana. Now, if it was that easy for him to find drugs, how can the police who patrol the area not know who the dealers are? This is probably going to be a subject of discussion for some time, but the issue is a real one that potentially destroys the lives of the addicts and their families alike. It is time for the police to drive dealers (and specifically those dealing in hard drugs such as tik, cocaine, heroin, etc) out of our town.
INVASIVE plant species is another topic worth mentioning this week as it is clear that the laws and regulations with regard to invasive plant species are not being observed or acted on. It is the law that a clearance certificate is required when buying or selling a property confirming there are no invasive species on that property before transfer is concluded, but this does not seem to be happening. Yet, the municipality is not exactly leading by example in this regard as so much lantana is growing on municipal-owned land. Perhaps using the Expanded Public Works Programme Works (EPWP) personnel to remove these alien species would be a good start and show some leadership in this regard.
IT was another “oh dear” moment when he ANC National Executive Committee commissioned an enquiry into allegations that the organisation’s general secretary, Ace Magashule, assisted in the formation of a rival political party, the African Transformation Movement (with the unfortunate acronym for an electronic banking machine). At the same time long-term ministers Derek Hanekom and Bathabile Dlamini joined the ranks of politicians who were not appointed ministers and have subsequently resigned from parliament. The ANC is certainly in crisis at the moment, but their official opposition, the DA, is hardly faring better with problems in the Tshwane and Johannesburg municipalities, the Alexandra protests and the drawn-out ousting of Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille. It can hardly be surprising that people are looking for real alternatives to our traditional governmental structures where the citizens who voted them into power are treated as an afterthought and don’t seem to be the main focus of their attention.
CONGRATULATIONS and every good wish to everyone having and hopefully enjoying a happy birthday in the week ahead, especially to Kaylee Hanstein, Lilah van Eeden, Peter Kilian, Popeye Steyn, Basil Were, Diana Tarr, Bee Tarr, Gail Holforty, Kaelene Steyn, Denise Drew, Cheryl Coates, Anne Williams, Terry Illingworth, Pat Holford, Valencia Jacobs, Benjemi Barnard, Liza Opperman, Betty Bremmer, Hilary Smith, Tanya Schenk, Annette Laas, Annelize Lloyd, Joan Buckley, Shane le Roux, Driekie Straus, Jean Page, Andrew du Plessis, Calla-Ann Faca, Winston Vermaak, Cecelia Morris, Gordon Reynolds, Gavin Breeden, Lynette Hansen, Kris Gallager, Fuzeka Runeli, Chris Carter, Norma Terry, Amanda Ludick, Cindy Katz.
OUR heartiest congratulations to Aidan and Nicole Norden on the arrival of their beautiful baby boy Kade on Tuesday June 4. We know he will bring heaps of joy and happiness to the entire family, especially to granny and grandpa, Colin and Lee Howard, and Mike and Sonja Norden and great granny Gift Gardner Wallace.
BUSINESS anniversary congratulations with even more success in the year ahead to Guido’s, Port Alfred Country Club, Leaf it to Me Garden Services, Mike’s Driving School and Port Alfred High School’s Founders Day.
IT’S not good news on the financial front and it seems as though “Ramaphoria” has petered out and we are back to a probable recession before the end of the year. Particularly if warnings by Moody’s (the only one of the three major ratings agencies who has not relegated the country to “junk” status) are to be heeded and the economy does not grow by at least 1% (the new revised low) in the next quarter. There are too many commissions of enquiry with no prosecutions or even charges being laid against offenders. There are also factional divisions in the ruling party and the question of expropriation without compensation along with a host of other problems that may lead to a downgrade sooner. The time for talk is over and action must take place or else we will go the way of other African countries who are struggling with massive inflation, little industry and no partners to sell product to. At the time of going to press and with last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R14.69 to he dollar (R13.38), R18.72 to the pound (R17.86) and R16.67 to the euro (R15.72). Gold is trading at $1,337.36 per fine ounce ($1,293.93), platinum at $736.46 per ounce ($901.45) and only Brent crude oil at $61.33 per barrel ($ 75.39).
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.
OUR deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Jacques de Coning, especially his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Joani. May wonderful memories of times spent together comfort you through this sad time.
WEDDING anniversary congratulations to all couples enjoying such an occasion, especially Ken and Catherine Reynolds, Barry and Herma Purdon, Bradley and Kathryn Fick, Reay and Dee Squires.
CONGRATULATIONS and every happiness to Michael Hayes and Robyn Cocks who got engaged recently. All the best for many happy years together.
THOUGHT for the week: “Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom”.
BEST regards as always,